Saturday, February 14, 2009

Blogger Round Up

Way Up North

States Seek To Regain Their Sovereign Power From The US Government!

RedState

A Race Around the Country

House GOP Is Back: Video

American Elephant Blog

What Chuck Schumer Said

Americans For Prosperity Wisconsin Blog

New Poll Shows an Overwhelming Number of Wisconsinites Want Increased
Spending to Stop

WEBSTER'S BLOGSPOT

Looming on the Horizon

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Alaska Planned Parenthood Business Opens New Abortion Center in Juneau

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 13, 2009


Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) -- For the first time in over a decade, women in southeastern Alaska can get abortions locally without having to fly to Seattle or Anchorage. That's because the long-planned Planned Parenthood abortion facility the business planned to start is now open. [
read more]

Friday, February 13, 2009

Red Envelope Project Campaign Founder Surprised by Huge Pro-Life Response

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 13, 2009



Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Christ Otto has spent the past 21 years of his life in ministry founding churches and working as everything from a pastry chef and worship leader to a hotel clerk and vocal coach. Little did he know he would become best known around the country as the founder of the Red Envelope Project.

Inspired during a prayer, Otto came up with the idea of sending red envelopes to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion policies. [
read more]

Pro-Abortion Republican Groups Announce New Partnership to Weaken GOP

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 13, 2009



Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Two pro-abortion Republican groups have announced a newly-formed partnership designed to weaken the long-standing pro-life platform the GOP maintains. The Republican Majority for Choice and the WISH List (Women in the Senate and House) hope to team up to drag the party to the left.

Colleen Parro, the head of the Republican National Coalition for Life tells LifeNews.com about the new effort. [
read more]

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Obama Choose Classical Conditioning Over Openness

Like dogs being subjected to significant stimulus the media may soon show signs of produced behavioral responses. Obama is selecting reporters from a pre-screened list of questions. Wouldn't want any of those pesky, real questions popping up and stumping a "President" now would we? So much for an open administration; unless you don't meet his qualifications that is.

Ann Coulter On The Stimulus Bill

Here is an article that puts the stimulus bill into scary perspective. Ann Coulter breaks down some of the pitfalls of the bill including the effects of welfare and the institution of socialized medicine. It is a great eye opener.

Michael Steele Willing To Lead On The Stimulus - Too Bad Dems Didn't Listen

Here is an article by Michael Steele who attempted to help the Dems see the truth when it comes to spending money that is not their own; Responsibility. Too bad it didn't make a difference.

Republicans have a better solution: an economic recovery plan that lets families and small businesses keep more of what they earn. By our analysis, the Republican plan would create 6.2 million jobs, twice the number created under the Democrats' plan, at half the cost. We favor fast-acting tax relief that will boost our economy and create new jobs not slow-moving, wasteful government spending.

It's an honest and fundamental disagreement, and we stand ready to work with the president on a plan that will directly help taxpayers to make ends meet and get our economy back on track. [read entire article]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wisconsin Pro-Life Advocates Support Randy Koschnick for State Supreme Court

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 11, 2009



Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Fresh from a defeat in an attempt to stop second-trimester abortions form being done at a University of Wisconsin medical center, pro-life advocates are turning their attention to another battle. That is the April 7 election for Wisconsin Supreme Court where Randy Koschnick has a pro-life endorsement. [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.

Benjamin Franklin

Red Envelope Effort Takes Off, Letters Opposing Abortion Head to Obama

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 11, 2009


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- It started with one unknown person who had a prayer and desire to affect the abortion debate and it has caught on to become an Internet phenomenon. The Red Envelope Project could result in millions of envelopes heading to the White House over the next month to protest President Barack Obama's pro-abortion policies. [
read more]

Missouri House Urges President Obama, Congress to Oppose FOCA Abortion Bill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 11, 2009


Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) -- The Missouri state House has approved a resolution condemning the Freedom of Choice Act, a Congressional bill that would make unlimited abortions a national law. The resolution urges President Barack Obama and Congress to oppose the measure, which would reverse hundreds of pro-life laws. [
read more]

Endorsement For Judge Randy Koschnick

The Maritime Sentry endorses Judge Randy Koschnick for Wisconsin Supreme Court. I found out in a phone conversation with our County Chairman yesterday that the Judge is running on very limited funds; if you have the ability please consider donating to his campaign. I know a lot of Republicans in the State are sitting on their hands because we have a one seat majority on the Supreme Court. That is just foolish, in my opinion. First of all, every judge should be a strict Constitutionalists on the court, and that kind of thinking leads to activist judges who damage our State Constitution. I will be voting for Judge Randy Koschnick and I hope you will be too.

Sometimes RINO's Do Get What They Deserve

I don't know about you, but I have been wanting some payback on some RINO's and I am hoping that we will be removing a few from office next year. We can, though, celebrate just a little because Tennessee knows how to deal with a RINO.

The New White House Swagger - Stepping On The Backs Of Every American

Obama is really going too far. Besides his unpresidential swagger and inability to speak as if he has an education he is now providing personal favors to hand picked individuals. What are these favors? No one knows, but apparently a woman at a rally in Fort Meyers, FL named Henrietta Hughes begged for a home and a kitchen of her own from Obama and in response Obama had his staff meet with her.

Where is my meeting? Where is my new home? How about a new car while you're at it Obama? No? Well, why not? Do I not meet the qualifications? What about every other American out there, what are they going to get? A lousy check for $500 out of how many billions they stole? Why not divide that entire amount up, give a check to every American and watch the economy come back on it's own?

Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress would be amazed at how much better we Americans could spend that money than this pathetic, Socialist administration. Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress not only should be ashamed of their actions, but should be removed from office for them.

They have stolen from every American and are giving away all of our futures, what are you going to do about it? 2010 and 2012 are just around the corner, let's pray it is not too late! We must back the true conservatives, it literally means our future. Afterall, 3 RINO's voted for the stimulus; had they not it would not have passed. That is 3 RINO's who must be removed from office.

Good Bye Free Enterprise, Hello Socialized Medicine

Coming to an emergency room near you, compliments of Obama and the Democrat Congress. Imagine you rush your husband or wife to the emergency room with chest pains, after a four hour wait you are told that your spouse's age places him in a low priority care level and is refused medical care because they have been deemed an unacceptable burden on the medical system. Would this infuriate you?

Would you be worried if they required electronic health records for every citizen? Well be prepared for the inevitable because the over $838 billion stimulus bill was passed by the Senate, with the help of three RINO's mind you.

Not only is the bill loaded with pork barrel spending (earmarks), even though Obama and the Dems got around having to call it earmarks by writing them directly into the bill, but they wrote socialized medicine into it. Talk about pulling the wool over American's eyes while screwing them over.

For those of you who thought Obama would be held back by checks and balances, he is quickly removing those barriers one by one and he is working much more quickly than even I thought he had the nerve to do. The salivating from Pelosi, Reid, and Obama over the power they are greedily lapping up is in such bad taste their own base is beginning to turn on them.

This bill had done nothing for the economy, but ensure that we are all going to suffer much more greatly than needed be. BTW, they are already planning the next stimulus bill. I bet this one forfeits your grandchildren's future; they have already sacrificed yours and your children's. Even Poland was smart enough to reject the temptation of economic stimulus for the sound and proven policy of paying of debt and saving.

ISRAELI ELECTION: Right wing wins, but Netanyahu doesn't

Headline News
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Ryan Jones


ISRAELI ELECTION: Right wing wins, but Netanyahu doesn't

Israel's right-wing scored a decisive victory in Tuesday's general election, though the final results left a storm of confusion over who will be Israel's next prime minister.

With 99 percent of the vote counted Wednesday morning, Tzipi Livni's Kadima Party edged out Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. In the next Knesset, Kadima will have 28 seats to Likud's 27.

However, as every Israeli morning show commentator pointed out, Livni will have a much harder time forging a majority coalition than Netanyahu because the right-wing bloc won at least 63 out of 120 Knesset seats.

On top of that, of the 55-57 seats the left-wing bloc secured, at least 8 belong to small Arabs parties that won't join a Kadima-led coalition any sooner than they would a Likud government.

Israeli President Shimon Peres is expected to have a difficult time determining whom he should task with forming the next government, as tapping Netanyahu over Livni would be seen by many as contravening public will.

Many commentators pointed out that Peres must take into consideration that Israel only had early elections at this time because Livni was unable to pull together a majority coalition last September when the decision was made to oust Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. And that with a far more left-heavy Knesset.

The big winner of the night was Avigdor Lieberman and his Israel Beiteinu Party, which, despite years of scorn and biased reporting from the media, became Israel's third largest Knesset faction with 15 seats.

That result will effectively make Lieberman Israel's king-maker in the next government, and while his policies are far more aligned with those of Netanyahu and the Likud, he was a member of the outgoing Kadima-led government under Olmert.

In the coming days Livni and Netanyahu will be working hard to woo Lieberman and the heads of other medium-sized parties like Shas and Labor in order to convince Peres that they are the best choice for prime minister.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

RSC Update: Monday, February 9, 2009

From the Chairman
As debate continues in Washington over whether the nation’s economic problems can be solved by a massive pork-stuffed spending bill, the American people have weighed in with their support for a new approach to economic recovery. Just a few days ago,
poll numbers indicated that fewer than two-in-five Americans support the Democrats’ current plan to hand out government funds, while a clear majority wants Congress to look for a new solution. A separate poll found that half of the American people believe that the Democrats’ plan will actually worsen our economic crisis. Yet, in typical Washington fashion, the Democrat Majority continues to value its own political interests at the expense of the people these ill-advised policies will actually affect.

A final decision on this so-called stimulus proposal is forthcoming, and once again, I encourage my fellow members of Congress to spurn Washington’s spending addiction and consider a more common sense approach. Less than two weeks ago, when the spending bill came to its first vote in the House of Representatives, a handful of brave Democrats joined a united Republican conference in a call for fiscal responsibility. Now, with final consideration looming, I hope that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who opposed their party leadership will continue to fight alongside Republicans for a final package that offers real, long-term economic growth.

We must focus on a proven strategy for long-term recovery – allowing American taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money and minimizing government interference in the business sector. The Republican Study Committee has proposed the Economic Recovery Act, a comprehensive pro-growth plan designed to give American individuals and businesses the ability to save and invest during these tough economic times. Please visit our website at
http://rsc.price.house.gov for more information about this responsible, long-term solution. The RSC is glad to have your support as we continue to fight against wasteful spending and government expansion.

Sincerely,
Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA)
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity
Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. With unbridled federal spending once again Washington’s leading issue, Republicans have been busy spreading their message.

Wall Street Journal Feature: Rep. Camp Pushes Stimulative Powers of Tax Cuts
Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04)
Rep. Dave Camp, the ranking Republican on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, touted the stimulative power of tax cuts over spending and decried health-care provisions of the economic stimulus package in a meeting with Wall Street Journal reporters and editors this morning. Camp, along with the rest of the House Republicans and 11 Democrats, voted against the House economic rescue bill in what Camp called “bipartisan opposition.” Republicans are now rallying behind their alternative legislation that they say would create 6.2 million jobs over the next two years — “twice the jobs at half the cost” of Democrats’ proposals, said Camp, who represents Michigan’s 4th congressional district. (
Read more)

Washington Times: French Solutions Not the Right Solution for U.S.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
So what are we getting for our $500 billion? Basically just a grab bag of non-stimulative liberal spending priorities, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Americorps, climate research, and yes, it's hard to believe, even a $25 billion down-payment on government-run health care. What about all the wonderful tax cuts supposedly in the bill? This will surprise readers who are not familiar with Washington double-talk, but there is actually not a single income tax cut in the bill. (
Read more)

Dallas Morning News: Expand the Economy, Not the Government
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
I had the honor last week to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss our nation's economic turmoil. I made two points: One, I don't see much economic stimulus in the stimulus bill, and two, I don't want to pass legislation that places a crushing burden of debt on our children. Unfortunately, it does a lot more to stimulate big government than it does to stimulate the economy. Even if you adhere to Keynesian economics – which I don't – only 4 percent of that legislation is aimed at what most economists view as true, stimulative infrastructure spending. Less than 2 percent of the legislation is dedicated to pro-growth tax relief that will stimulate small-business job creation. (
Read more)

Omaha World-Herald: Stimulus Will Only Put Off the Recovery
Rep. Steve King (IA-05)

There is an old saying that you may have heard your grandmother or a high school history teacher recite at some point: “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently muscled a 647-page, $819 billion economic “stimulus” bill through the House, that simple statement seems more appropriate now than ever. Pelosi and other liberals in Congress believe that growing government is the way to solve the economic problems our country currently faces. (
Read more)

RedState: Hypocritical House Democrats’ Trillion Dollar Fiscal Obscenity
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11)
Unable to defend the trillion dollar fiscal obscenity they deceitfully christened the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, hypocritical House Democrats are attacking the bill’s opponents – well, just the Republican ones. Evidently, the hypocritical House Democrats are shocked Americans are disgusted by a trillion dollar fiscal obscenity that does much for hiking artists who are trying to stop smoking and avoid STDs, but does nothing – or worse than nothing – to create jobs for working families and respect taxpayers. (
Read more)

RSC Legislative Activity

RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

RSC Members Named to House GOP Health Care Task Force
House Republican Leader John Boehner and Rep. Roy Blunt announced the formation of a Health Care Task Force, which is charged by Leader Boehner with crafting Republican solutions to increase Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care and highlighting the consequences that a government-run health care system would have for American families. RSC members named to the Task Force include Reps. Michael Burgess (TX-26), Dave Camp (MI-04), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Wally Herger (CA-02), Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), Buck McKeon (CA-25), Tom Price (GA-06), Paul Ryan (WI-01), and John Shadegg (AZ-03). (
Read more)

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) Takes Lead to Oppose Administration’s Census Policy
Rep. Issa issued the following statement after learning of the President’s attempt to circumvent the Commerce Department and give census authority to his own White House staff: “Any attempt by the Obama Administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce opposition as this ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart of our democracy. President Obama’s calls for bipartisanship are severely damaged when reports indicate they’re maneuvering to stab Republicans in the back through a national gerrymander orchestrated directly by the White House.” (
Read more)

Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) Set to Introduce Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Safe Closure Act
Rep. Cole’s bill would prohibit the use of funds available to the Department of Defense to transfer enemy combatants detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States, or to construct facilities for such enemy combatants at such locations. (
Read more)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06) to Introduce Truth in Accounting Act
Rep. Bachmann’s Truth in Accounting Act will require the federal government to fully disclose its spending obligations—money Congress has already agreed to spend in future years—in the U.S. Treasury’s annual Financial Report to achieve government transparency and accountability that does not exist today. Traditional fiscal measures such as debt held by the public, deficit projections over short, 5 or 10 year periods, or 75-year estimates of Social Security and Medicare shortfalls do not fully account for all of the government’s spending commitments. The bill would provide a fuller and fairer picture of existing budget deficits and the growing fiscal burden facing every American. (
Read more)

House Floor Activity
The following key legislation saw a vote on the House floor this week:

Senate Amendments to Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization (
H.R. 2)
This is the final passage of legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Progam (SCHIP), with accepted Senate amendments. This bill provides a massive increase in SCHIP spending but weakens current laws requiring states to document the identity and citizenship status of SCHIP applicants and is widely seen as a cornerstone for a massive government-run health care bureaucracy. According to the Heritage Foundation, the 62 cent-per-pack tobacco tax enacted to cover the bill’s cost would require 22 million new American smokers in order to properly finance the program’s expansion. Passed 290-135.

DTV Delay Act (
S. 352)
The DTV Delay Act pushes the previously-set digital television transition deadline of February 17 back to June 12, pending the President’s approval. This delay undermines public outreach emphasizing the previous deadline. Both government and industry offices have spent $1 billion on education and awareness programs for the February 17 deadline, only to have Congress undercut them at the last minute. Passed 264-168.

Money Monitor
Each week, the
RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

Authorizations
Five-year cost of authorizations passed by the house this week: $130.3 million
H.R. 748 (Campus Safety Act): $13.8 million
H.R. 549 (FAST Redress Act): $5.5 million
H.R. 559 (National Bombing Prevention Act) $111.0 million
Five-year cost of authorizations passed by the House this year: $150.3 million

Mandatory Spending
Five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this week: $0
Five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this year: $333.4 billion

Appropriations
One-year cost of appropriation passed by the House this week: $0
One-year cost of appropriations passed by the House this year:
Fiscal Year 2008: $0
Fiscal Year 2009: $276.9 billion
Fiscal Year 2010: $66.5 billion
Fiscal Year 2011: 4.1 billion

Revenue
Five-year change in revenue passed by the House this week: $0
Five-year change in revenue passed by the House this year: $177.7 billion


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Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Brendan Buck, Communications Director
Greg Blair, Deputy Communications Director
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Happy Birthday Sarah Palin!

We here at the Maritime Sentry are proud to send out a Birthday Blessing to Gov. Sarah Palin, born on February 11, 1964. Gov. Palin has accomplished much and has much to be proud of.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Inexperienced Callousness Of The Obama Administration And Democrat Congress Is All Over The New Stimulus

The $9.7 trillion in pledges would be enough to send a $1,430 check to every man, woman and child alive in the world. It’s 13 times what the U.S. has spent so far on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and is almost enough to pay off every home mortgage loan in the U.S., calculated at $10.5 trillion by the Federal Reserve. [read more]

What more needs to be said? The Democrats and the Obama Administration only cares about their own glutenous lifestyles and funding their pet projects, agendas, friends, and families. The average American will most likely receive nothing from this stimulus. If they do it will be a minuscule scrap that will do nothing to help their financial situation. However, they will be expected to foot the bill, along with their children, and grandchildren.

The concept of stimulus bills is so out of control and the lie that it will actually stimulate the economy is actually being swallowed by the American public; when people realize just how badly they have been ripped of it will be too late.

RGA Video: Governor Sanford On The Stimulus

RGA PRESS RELEASE

Republican Leads in New Jersey Governor's Race

A new poll released on the same day Chris Christie officially kicked off his bid for Governor shows him with a six point lead over incumbent Democrat Governor Jon Corzine.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Christie leading Corzine 44-38 percent, a 12 point shift from the university’s mid-November poll.

“The poll shows that New Jersey voters want a Governor they can trust to do what is best for the state,” said Nick Ayers, Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association. “New Jersey citizens are tired of ineffective leadership that has resulted in skyrocketing taxes and ballooning budget deficits.”

The complete poll can be found by following this link: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1299.xml?ReleaseID=1254

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Real Leadership From Gov. Sanford

The governor continues to impress me. If we had more Republicans like him, we would have never lost the majority.



Here is the news article a friend of mine sent me.

Stealing The Census

In a highly political and racial move the Obama Administration is attempting to unconstitutionally steal electoral votes and House seats by taking the power of census-taking from the Commerce Department. It has been reported that they intend to estimate the population of inner-cities. This goes completely against what was established to be an accurate count.

There is only one reason to steal this power then give estimates of minority numbers; to fudge the numbers to reflect favorably upon your own party. This is unconscionable, and pathetic behavior from someone who calls himself the President of the United States. He has brought the Presidency down to the level of a dictatorship in one inexperience blunder. Let's see if he recognizes his mistake and makes it right by leaving his hands off the census; where they don't belong.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Republic And State's Rights

"The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution." - Thomas Jefferson


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.

There is a movement happening in the states. A movement that is long overdue. The people and their states are realizing the rights and powers that have been stripped from them by the Federal Government. The Federal Government has become bloated and greedy with power it was never meant to have and its insatiable appetite is never satisfied. It continues to feed on the destruction of the Constitution and the people are finding even scraps to hard to find.

There are those who are finally waking up to what we have all lost and are beginning to move back to the foundations upon which this Republic was established; those found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These are what our Republic was founded upon and where we need to return to. The Dems and liberals have long been trying to erode away any knowledge of our Republic and our rights. They say we are a Democracy; we were never a Democracy. ""I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: ..."

A revolution is beginning in many states and more are following their example. Right now New Hampshire is in the process of considering HCR6 to affirm their state's rights. They taking testimonies and the results are quickly showing a massive outpouring of support. The state of Washington became the first to introduce a resolution to Restore Sound Money and End the Fed that is based on the JBS resolution (HJM4010). There are at least 10 more states who are moving on some form of returning to state's rights.

Under the Obama Administration our Constitution, state's rights, economy, and freedom has been under attack. Obama has shown he is more than willing to trample on all of these and on the backs of the American citizens in his egotistical, glutenous power grab. With the Dems foaming at the mouth over climate change initiatives, bailouts loaded with pork barrel spending, tax and spend, and murdering as many children as they can through abortion we must all stand up and forbid this administration to destroy our Constitution or our Republic.

Poll Results

Should Ron Paul run for Governor of Texas in 2010?

Yes 85%

No 15%