Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Southern Avenger: Nikki Haley for Governor

We Remember Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice This Weekend

Every Memorial Day my wife makes sure I get to the Veterans' Memorial to pay my respects. The sad thing is, though, every single time I have went I am the only one there. This Memorial Day weekend when you are spending time with your family please remember to teach your children and grandchildren about our brave men and women who have lost there lives in service to the Republic. Let's especially remember their families in prayer.

This video below is for Veterans' Day, but I think it is very fitting for Memorial Day; I cried both times I watched it.

SOME GAVE ALL

Friday, May 28, 2010

Census Workers Invading Private Homes - With The Law On Their Side

Did you know that any census worker, including Joe Shmoe from down the street who signed up to be a census worker this year and may not have been properly fingerprinted, can demand from any landlord access to any leased property whether or not the tenant is home? Talk about the ultimate invasion of privacy. This right is given unconstitutionally and is given to people who can and in some cases do abuse the power.

Census workers are committing all sorts of crimes against private citizens and are given free access to commit these crimes compliments of a government who increasingly hates freedom, rights, limitations on itself, the Constitution, and Conservatives. The only one who can change this the people. The people have to stand up and demand an end to the intrusion.

STRATFOR Video Dispatch: Hungarian Citizenship and Central European Tensions

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Founding Fathers Quote

In the next place, the state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the latter, but the latter cannot exist without them.

Joseph Story

Sarah Palin: Passing The Buck Doesn’t “Plug the D#*! Hole”

Nearly 40 days in, our President finally addressed the American people’s
growing concerns about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Listening to today’s press
conference, you’d think the administration has been working with single-minded
focus on the Gulf gusher since the start of the disaster. In reality, their
focus has been anything but singular to help solve this monumental problem.

If the President really was fully focused on this issue from day one, why
did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department
of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill
site?

Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only
set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?

Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster to go on
national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for
federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect
his state’s coastline?

Why was no mention of the spill made by our President for days on end while
Americans waited to hear if he grasped the import of his leadership on this
energy issue?

Why have several countries and competent organizations who offered help or
expertise in dealing with the spill not even received a response back from the
Unified Area Command to this day?
[read more]

Poll Has Support for Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Lower Than Past Nominees

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 27, 2010


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new USA Today poll shows the level of support for the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan is lower than the support for any of the five previous Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed. Whether that will translate into fewer votes for her nomination remains to be seen. [read more]

Pence: "It Is Unacceptable That Democrat Leaders in Congress Have Abdicated Their Duty to Write A Budget"

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, made the following remarks at a press conference today in criticism of the Democrats’ inability to produce a budget:

"The American people are anxious. They know in their hearts that this tidal wave
of debt is coming. And they also know that the Democratic leadership of the
Congress has no plan to deal with it. Even this administration back in February
offered a budget, a ten-year budget plan. You heard today, Republican solutions
that are in the debate are available on the Internet.

"And yet, we are
about to adjourn for Memorial Day break for the first time since 1974, with a
House of Representatives that has not passed a budget. It is an abdication of
their duty and responsibility to the American people.

"When families and
small business, and family farms face difficult times, they sit down at the
table, they sharpen their pencils, they write a budget and figure a way forward.

"It is unacceptable that Democrat leaders in Congress have abdicated
their duty to write a budget. That's no answer for the American people and it
shouldn't be acceptable to any American."

Pence Calls Delay on Iran Sanctions Bill "Unacceptable"

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, a member of the Iran sanctions conference committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Congress will miss the May 28 deadline to produce a final version of Iran sanctions legislation:

"On April 22, 2010, the House voted 403 - 11 to instruct conferees to
complete their work on Iran sanctions no later than May 28.

"Despite
this overwhelming directive, the House will recess later this week with no such
agreement. This is unacceptable.

"Iran continues to develop a nuclear
weapon and the means with which to deliver it. Given Tehran's long history of
state-sponsored terrorism and outright hatred for our most cherished ally,
Israel, time is of the essence.

"With the centrifuges spinning in Iran
at this very moment, Congress must confront the Iranian regime with bold action
to deny Tehran a nuclear weapon. Unless we act now, Iran will soon emerge in the
Middle East as a nuclear power that threatens the security of the United States
and our allies in the region. Let me say: multilateral negotiations should not
delay action by the U.S. Congress.

"Congress must remain determined to
send tough, meaningful sanctions legislation to the President as soon as
possible."

Background:
H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act would impose extensive sanctions on companies that do business in Iran’s energy sector, well beyond what the U.S. is seeking at the U.N. Security Council.

The House passed H.R. 2194 on December 15, 2009. The Senate passed its version, S. 2799, on March 11, 2010. The House and Senate subsequently agreed to form a committee of members of the House and Senate tasked with resolving the differences between the two versions of this legislation before final, compromise legislation can be passed by both chambers and presented to the President for his signature.

Rep. Michael McCaul Discusses Border Security

Northern Ireland Court Allows Pro-Life Group to Sue Over Abortion Guidelines

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 27, 2010


Belfast, Northern Ireland (LifeNews.com) -- A Northern Ireland court has granted leave to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) for a full legal challenge of the decision by the NI health department to re-issue controversial guidance on abortion. The court decision came despite the health department's attempt to have the case dismissed. [
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Pence Urges Congress to Not Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

“The American people don’t want the American military used as a vehicle to advance a liberal social agenda.”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks on the House floor today in opposition to an amendment that would repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy:

“I believe the American people don’t want to see the American military used to
advance a liberal political agenda, especially when the men and women who serve
in our military haven’t had a say in the matter. And that’s precisely what this
Congress is poised to do today, with a vote essentially repealing ‘Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell.’

“I believe the American people don’t want to see the American military used to advance a liberal political agenda, especially when the men and women who serve in our military haven’t had a say in the matter. And that’s precisely what this Congress is poised to do today, with a vote essentially repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

“Look, we all know that success on a battlefield requires high morale and unitcohesion. Standards of conduct, over the years, have been a critical part of this.

“’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has been in place for 17 years. Repealing it, without waiting until we hear from our military in December, is essentially a disservice to those who
are putting their lives on the line every day.

“I urge this Congress to stop and put our priorities in order. The American people don’t want the American military used as a vehicle to advance a liberal social agenda.

“Give the men and women in uniform a say before bringing this change to
the floor of this House.”

Catholic League News Release

NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA GOVERNORS CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 12 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut notifying them that Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building, has decided not to overrule those who have chosen to deny a tribute to Mother Teresa: our request to have the towers shine blue and white, the colors of her congregation, on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of her birth (and the day the U.S. Postal Service is honoring her with a commemorative stamp), was denied without explanation. Yet the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong.

Everyone is being asked to sign our petition (click
here), and to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

Also contact Melanie Maasch at the Empire State Building:
mmaasch@esbnyc.com

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1869

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Momentum Continues To Build For Ron Johnson's Campaign

First Terrence Wall dropped out of the race today. Good luck to him and his family as they move on. The most exciting news today, by far, was Rasmussen's poll showing Johnson with 44% support to Feingold's 46% support. Look for CQ to upgrade this race to toss up in the near future.

Germany After the EU and the Russian Scenario

This report is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By George Friedman

Discussions about Europe currently are focused on the Greek financial crisis and its potential effect on the future of the European Union. Discussions these days involving military matters and Europe appear insignificant and even anachronistic. Certainly, we would agree that the future of the European Union towers over all other considerations at the moment, but we would argue that scenarios for the future of the European Union exist in which military matters are far from archaic.

Russia and the Polish Patriots

For example, the Polish government recently announced that the
United States would deploy a battery of Patriot missiles to Poland. The missiles arrived this week. When the United States canceled its land-based ballistic missile defense system under intense Russian pressure, the Obama administration appeared surprised at Poland’s intense displeasure with the decision. Washington responded by promising the Patriots instead, the technology the Poles had wanted all along. While the Patriot does not enhance America’s ability to protect itself against long-range ballistic missiles from, for example, Iran, it does give Poland some defense against shorter-ranged ballistic missiles and substantial defense against conventional air attack.

Russia is the only country capable of such attacks on Poland with even the most distant potential interest in doing so, and at this point, this is truly an abstract threat. In removing a system that was really not a threat to Russian interests — U.S. ballistic missile defense at most can handle only a score of missiles, meaning it would have a negligible impact on the Russian nuclear deterrent — the United States ironically has installed a system that could affect Russia. Under the current circumstances, this is not really significant. While much is being made of having a few U.S. boots on the ground east of Germany within 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, a few hundred technicians and guards are simply not an offensive threat.

Still, the Russians —
with a long history of seeing improbable threats turning into very real ones — tend to take hypothetical limits on their power seriously. They also tend to take gestures seriously, knowing that gestures often germinate into strategic intent. The Russians obviously oppose this deployment, as the Patriots would allow Poland in league with NATO — and perhaps even by itself — to achieve local air superiority. There are many crosscurrents in Russian policy, however.

For the moment, the Russians are interested in encouraging better economic relations with the West, as they could use technology and investment that would make them more than a commodity exporter. Moreover, with the Europeans preoccupied with their economic crisis and the United States still bogged down in the Middle East and needing Russian support on Iran, Moscow has found little outside resistance to its efforts to increase its influence in the former Soviet Union. Moscow is
not unhappy about the European crisis and wouldn’t want to do anything that might engender greater European solidarity. After all, a solid economic bloc turning into an increasingly powerful and integrated state would pose challenges to Russia in the long run that Moscow is happy to do without. The Patriot deployment is a current irritation and a hypothetical military problem, but the Russians are not inclined to create a crisis with Europe over it — though this doesn’t mean Moscow won’t make countermoves on the margins when it senses opportunities.

For its part, the Obama administration is not focused on Poland at present. It is obsessed with internal matters,
South Asia and the Middle East. The Patriots were shipped based on a promise made months ago to calm Central European nerves over the Obama administration’s perceived lack of commitment to the region. In the U.S. State and Defense department sections charged with shipping Patriots to Poland, the delivery process was almost an afterthought; repeated delays in deploying the system highlighted Washington’s lack of strategic intent.

It is therefore tempting to dismiss the Patriots as of little importance, as merely the combination of a hangover from a Cold War mentality and a minor Obama administration misstep. Indeed, even a sophisticated observer of the international system might barely note it. But we would argue that it is more important than it appears precisely because of everything else going on.

Existential Crisis in the EU

The European Union is experiencing an
existential crisis. This crisis is not about Greece, but rather, what it is that members of the European Union owe each other and what controls the European Union has over its members. The European Union did well during a generation of prosperity. As financial crisis struck, better-off members were called on to help worse-off members. Again, this is not just about Greece — the 2008 credit crisis in Central Europe was about the same thing. The wealthier countries, Germany in particular, are not happy at the prospect of spending taxpayer money to assist countries dealing with popped credit bubbles.

They really don’t want to do that, and if they do, they really want to have controls over the ways these other countries spend their money so this circumstance doesn’t arise again. Needless to say, Greece — and countries that might wind up like Greece — do not want foreign control over their finances.

If there are no mutual obligations among EU member nations, and the German and Greek publics don’t want to bail out or submit, respectively, then the profound question is raised of what Europe is going to be — beyond a mere free trade zone — after this crisis. This is not simply a question of the euro surviving, although that is no trivial matter.

The euro and the European Union will probably survive this crisis — although their mutual failure is not nearly as unthinkable as the Europeans would have thought even a few months ago — but this is not the only crisis Europe will experience. Something always will be going wrong, and Europe does not have institutions that could handle these problems. Events in the past few weeks indicate that European countries are not inclined to create such institutions, and that public opinion will limit European governments’ ability to create or participate in these institutions. Remember, building a super state requires one of two things: a war to determine who is in charge or
political unanimity to forge a treaty. Europe is — vividly — demonstrating the limitations on the second strategy.

Whatever happens in the short run, it is difficult to envision any further integration of European institutions. And it is very easy to see how the European Union will devolve from its ambitious vision into an alliance of convenience built around economic benefits negotiated and renegotiated among the partners. It would thus devolve from a union to a treaty, with no interest beyond self-interest.

The German Question Revisited

We return to the question that has defined Europe since 1871, namely,
the status of Germany in Europe. As we have seen during the current crisis, Germany is clearly the economic center of gravity in Europe, and this crisis has shown that the economic and the political issues are very much one and the same. Unless Germany agrees, nothing can be done, and if Germany so wishes, something will be done. Germany has tremendous power in Europe, even if it is confined largely to economic matters. But just as Germany is the blocker and enabler of Europe, over time that makes Germany the central problem of Europe.

If Germany is the key decision maker in Europe, then Germany defines whatever policies Europe as a whole undertakes. If Europe fragments, then Germany is the only country in Europe with the ability to create alternative coalitions that are both powerful and cohesive. That means that if the European Union weakens, Germany will have the greatest say in what Europe will become. Right now, the Germans are
working assiduously to reformulate the European Union and the eurozone in a manner more to their liking. But as this requires many partners to offer sovereignty to German control — sovereignty they have jealously guarded throughout the European project — it is worth exploring alternatives to Germany in the European Union.

For that we first must understand Germany’s limits. The German problem is the same problem it has had since unification: It is enormously powerful, but it is far from omnipotent. Its very power makes it the focus of other powers, and together, these other powers can cripple Germany. Thus, Germany is indispensable for any decision within the European Union at present, and it will be the single center of power in Europe in the future — but Germany can’t just go it alone. Germany needs a coalition, meaning the long-term question is this: If the EU were to weaken or even fail, what alternative coalition would Germany seek?

The casual answer is France, as the two economies are somewhat similar and the countries are next-door neighbors. But historically, this similarity in structure and location has been a source not of collaboration and fondness but of competition and friction. Within the European Union, with its broad diversity, Germany and France have been able to put aside their frictions, finding a common interest in
managing Europe to their mutual advantage. That co-management, of course, helped bring us to this current crisis. Moreover, the biggest thing that France has that Germany wants is its market; an ideal partner for Germany would offer more. By itself at least, France is not a foundation for long-term German economic strategy. The historic alternative for Germany has been Russia.

The Russian Option

A great deal of potential synergy exists between the German and Russian economies. Germany imports large amounts of energy and other resources from Russia. As mentioned, Russia needs sources of technology and capital to move it beyond its current position of mere resource exporter. Germany has a shrinking population and needs a source of labor — preferably a source that doesn’t actually want to move to Germany. Russia’s Soviet-era economy continues to de-industrialize, and while that has a plethora of negative impacts, there is one often-overlooked positive: Russia now has more labor than it can effectively metabolize in its economy given its capital structure. Germany doesn’t want more immigrants but needs access to labor. Russia wants factories in Russia to employ its surplus work force, and it wants technology. The logic of the German-Russian economic relationship is more obvious than the German-Greek or German-Spanish relationship. As for France, it can
participate or not (and incidentally, the French are joining in on a number of ongoing German-Russian projects).

Therefore, if we simply focus on economics, and we assume that the European Union cannot survive as an integrated system (a logical but not yet proven outcome), and we further assume that Germany is both the leading power of Europe and incapable of operating outside of a coalition, then we would argue that a German coalition with Russia is the most logical outcome of an EU decline.

This would leave many countries extremely uneasy. The first is Poland, caught as it is between Russia and Germany. The second is the United States, since Washington would see a Russo-German economic bloc as a more significant challenger than the European Union ever was for two reasons. First, it would be a more coherent relationship — forging common policies among two states with broadly parallel interests is far simpler and faster than doing so among 27. Second, and more important, where the European Union could not develop a military dimension due to internal dissensions, the emergence of a politico-military dimension to a Russo-German economic bloc is far less difficult to imagine. It would be built around the fact that both Germans and Russians resent and fear American power and assertiveness, and that the Americans have for years been
courting allies who lie between the two powers. Germany and Russia would both view themselves defending against American pressure.

And this brings us back to the Patriot missiles. Regardless of the bureaucratic backwater this transfer might have emerged out of, or the political disinterest that generated the plan, the Patriot stationing fits neatly into a slowly maturing military relationship between Poland and the United States. A few months ago, the Poles and Americans
conducted military exercises in the Baltic states, an incredibly sensitive region for the Russians. The Polish air force now flies some of the most modern U.S.-built F-16s in the world; this, plus Patriots, could seriously challenge the Russians. A Polish general commands a sector in Afghanistan, something not lost upon the Russians. By a host of processes, a close U.S.-Polish relationship is emerging.

The current economic problems may lead to a fundamental weakening of the European Union. Germany is economically powerful but needs economic coalition partners that contribute to German well-being rather than merely draw on it. A Russian-German relationship could logically emerge from this. If it did, the Americans and Poles would logically have their own relationship. The former would begin as economic and edge toward military. The latter begins as military, and with the weakening of the European Union, edges toward economics. The Russian-German bloc would attempt to bring others into its coalition, as would the Polish-U.S. bloc. Both would compete in Central Europe — and for France. During this process, the
politics of NATO would shift from humdrum to absolutely riveting.

And thus, the Greek crisis and the Patriots might intersect, or in our view, will certainly in due course intersect. Though neither is of lasting importance in and of themselves, the two together point to a new logic in Europe. What appears impossible now in Europe might not be unthinkable in a few years. With Greece symbolizing the weakening of the European Union and the Patriots representing the remilitarization of at least part of Europe, ostensibly unconnected tendencies might well intersect.

STRATFOR Video Dispatch: Israel's Options on the Gaza Convoy



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Democratic Lost

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mark Belling On Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate

Founding Fathers Quote

It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.

Thomas Jefferson

Pence Encourages America to Speak Out

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, gave the following statement today on the House floor addressing House Republicans' new governing agenda, America Speaking Out:

"Well, after years of being shut out of the debates here on
Capitol Hill, seeing runaway federal spending, bailouts and takeovers built
behind closed doors, the American people finally have a way in. An unambiguous
seat at the table. It's called Americaspeakingout.com.

"Since the outset of this Congress, Republicans have been offering positive
solutions to the challenges facing this country in building a governing agenda
for this Congress. Republicans have been listening to the American people and
Americaspeakingout.com is a continuation of that process.

"Now let me say, this is not a listening tour. House Republicans are not a
party in search of our principles. We know what we believe. We're committed to
the principles of economic growth, fiscal discipline, a strong defense and
traditional American values. But we simply believe that the best ideas in
America come from the American people. That's why we launched
Americaspeakingout.com.

"So I urge all Hoosiers and frankly all my countrymen, whatever your
politics, whatever your philosophy, join us at Americaspeakingout.com. House
Republicans are listening."
Note: To view this statement, click here.

Catholic League News Release

SUPPORT GROWING FOR MOTHER TERESA;
NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER ON BOARD


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today on the growing support for the Mother Teresa campaign:

Earlier today I contacted all the members of the New York City Council. This afternoon I received the following statement from Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office offering her full support of our effort: “Mother Teresa built hundreds of orphanages, hospitals, health clinics and homeless shelters across the globe. She even created the first hospice for AIDS patients right here in Greenwich Village. She was voted the most admired woman in the world three years in a row and even won the Nobel Peace Prize. We respectfully request that the Empire State Building’s Board reevaluate its decision and choose to honor this wonderful woman who has given so much to the world.” Her office let us know that like millions around the world, Speaker Quinn is a big fan of Mother Teresa and will be contacting Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building, today.

Along with the Speaker’s support, tens of thousands have signed our petition (click
here) voicing their displeasure with the Empire State Building’s snub of the saintly nun. Just more proof that the outrage is growing.

We are happy to know that Speaker Quinn is on board and hope that her support will help to bring this ordeal to an end.

Contact Melanie Maasch at the Empire State Building:
mmaasch@esbnyc.com

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1868

What Are You Going To Do To Beat Russ Feingold Today?

Now that Ron Johnson is in the race and we have a chance to defeat Russ Feingold we should wake up every morning thinking of how to best accomplish that goal. For example, spreading the word to your friends and family that we have a real Conservative in the race and reminding them just how far to the left Feingold really is. He likes to portray himself as a man of the middle; something his record does not support. Another important way you can help is by volunteering or donating to Johnson. We have a short time to defeat Feingold. Let's not waste any of it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Joe McGinniss, Alaska's own professional stalker. Please help get the word out.

If you are reading this, you know why I am asking for help.

This guy creeps me the hell out. Conservative or Liberal, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone no matter what the circumstances. So, what I am going to do is ask for some help. Alaskan bloggers, Palin bloggers as well as normal blogger, please copy and past this into your blog so people are aware.

Joe McGinniss is scum. He is the professional stalker in all sense of the word. A man who actually bid for a charity auction on eBay for Wounded Vet to have a private dinner with Sarah Palin and family for his book and lost because Alaska Dispatch accidentally let the cat out of the bag as well as we all know he is writing a book about her. But this isn’t the only book, he has written another supposed book about how the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas was negligent and up to standards concerning Oil Companies. Whitney has a great thread up on this as well.

I want you to take this post and tell others. Keep his photo around as well. And if/when you see this despicable man, all you need to say is one word.


Stalker.

He will know he has crossed the line… especially in Alaska.

Editor's Note: This post is by Upinak over at The Palination. It is a must read.

Our Troops Purposely Left Vaulnerable

In blatant disregard for the safety of our armed forces some patrols in Afghanistan are being ordered to leave their chambers empty while out on patrol. This is going to lead to a higher body count. Any commander who willingly went along and issued these orders has failed the troops under his command. Our military is not a police force it is the most powerful military in the world that has one purpose; to kill and win in defense of the Republic.

These PC games that our politicians and many political officers play are keeping our forces from winning while exposing them to unacceptable risk. These wars have dragged on year after year because this country's leadership lacks the will and desire to win. We should have declared war and then hammered the enemy relentlessly until they either surrendered or were utterly destroyed. That was how we won World War II. If we employed the tactics and rules of engagement we have now to WWII we would all be speaking German.

On a personal note this veteran is tired of seeing his brothers and sisters in uniform put at risk and killed and maimed due to the failings of both our civilian and military leadership. Bring them all home if you are not willing to win. Otherwise you are just wasting their lives and our resources. I think it is sad and pathetic that we treat our prisoners in Guantanamo Bay with more respect and dignity that our own armed forces.

Please pray for protection of our armed forces. They need our support now more than ever.

Living In France's Immigrant Ghettos Can Be Deadly For Women

France's inability to control the violence of immigrants living in ghettos built away from the city's center has been costing women greatly, and some their lives. Living in ignorance and insisting on continuing atrocious traditions of treating women like they are less than human has bred an environment in French slums that are mostly hostile towards towards the women unlucky enough to be stuck there.

A society that raises their males to believe they are better than their females and a country that allows it to happen is a society and country that needs to change. To blame a woman for being raped, assaulted, or murdered is an ignorance that should not exist anywhere. I am glad to see that France is putting this scourge in its place and starting to put women back in their place; where they can live happy without fear or harm. Hopefully, they are serious enough and quick enough to protect the countless number of women at risk before it is too late for any more.

Along that same note, America is not that far off from allowing this happen here. Although it be on a hopefully smaller scale minorities and immigrants are increasingly preying upon women right here in our own back yard and officials are tolerating it with light to non existent punishment and the criminals know it.

We are hearing more and more about honor killings of female family members by the men who should be protecting them and women preyed upon by a increasing number of men from groups of our own society who know their punishment will be minimal. It won't be long before they feel justified in any atrocity they chose to commit against women here, or at least comfortable in the fact that they will not be held accountable.

Suspected Illegall Alien Crashes Into Democrat State Rep's Vehicle And Laughs

A suspected illegal alien driving under the influence of alcohol slammed into the vehicle of State Rep. Mike Moran of Massachusetts. This report poingted out that thanks to a brilliant move by Massachusetts's Gov. Deval Patrick revoking the ability of state police to investigate immigration violations the suspect only laughed at the toothless threat of possible charges.

I have pointed out before that Dems won't care about the repercussions of illegal immigration until it affects them personally. Well, well, well, as predicted he was affected and now debate on the issue of illegal immigration may be reopened.

Concerning the statement from the woman in the video, since when is it not a law enforcement officer's job to enforce the laws of this Republic? On what planet was she born that she would have such a disconnected and misguided view that the legal status of person is not the concern of the state police? She has obviously not paid any of the high prices that comes with allowing undocumented illegal aliens to flood over your borders and for her sake, I hope she never does because quite often it costs the unlucky American citizen their life, dignity, or liberty.

Secure The Border

Click the image for a message from Gov. Palin.

Cross posted at THE PALINATION.

STRATFOR Video Dispatch: Competition in Controlling the Nile

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Pence Previews America Speaking Out on CNN

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, previewed House Republicans' new agenda, America Speaking Out, this morning on CNN's American Morning:

John Roberts: Here to talk about it, the Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Congressman Mike Pence. Congressman, great to see you this morning Thanks for joining us. According to an AP poll, Republicans haven't yet convinced voters they will do a better job if they take control of Congress. When asked a question do you want to see Democrats or Republicans win control of Congress, 45% of those that responded said Democrats and 40% said Republicans. Sounds like you've got some work to do.

Rep. Pence:
Well, you know, probably when it comes to the upcoming election, there is work to do. But americaspeakingout.com is really about right now. It's about realizing that we have enormous challenges at home and abroad, families are hurting during this struggling economy. As we raise the curtain today on americaspeaking.com we're going to say ‘yes,' we have principles built on fiscal responsibility, a strong defense, values, limited government. But we believe the best ideas, the best articulation of those principles comes from America. And as we build a governing agenda for this congress we want to be listening to the American people which is a pretty new idea in the last year and a half here on Capitol Hill. A lot of Americans, me included, feel like this Congress has been more about tuning out the voice of the American people and moving a big government liberal agenda we want to listening to the American people and building a governing agenda to get this economy and to ge! t this country moving again right now.

John Roberts : One of the criticisms of the Republican party over the last decade it's kind of lost its way. I'm wondering in this program of reaching out to constituents, are you just reinforcing that notion that there's no real leadership in the Republican party. Are you kind of saying we have no ideas, what do you think?

Rep. Pence: Well John, I'm one of the people that believes the Republican party lost its way back in 2006. I think after that election I actually said, ‘we didn't lose our majority, we lost our way.' But it was because we walked away from the principles that minted our national governing majority, which was a commitment to fiscal responsibility, limited government and reform.

We know what those principles are. When people go to AmericaSpeakingOut.com today they will see right on the logon page, Republicans will outline: we know who we are, we know where our compass leads.

But we really do believe the best ideas in America come from America. And so what we're saying to the American people - and we think, frankly, millions of Americans will go to this website - is to say, ‘Alright, in the area of fiscal responsibility and putting our fiscal house in order, what are your specific ideas for how we do that? What are the priorities for bringing about changes in these various areas of foreign and domestic policy?'

John Roberts: You say that this is about now. But the time between now and November is pretty short. Is this going to lead to maybe another Contract with America as we saw in 1994, which ended up in a landslide victory for Republicans?

Rep. Pence: Let me say, this really is about - this isn't about a campaign agenda - this is about a governing agenda. You'll recall back in 2006 House Democrats...

John Roberts: Understood, but good governing agendas do lead to good results in an election.

Rep. Pence: You look back in 2006, the House Democrats, through their official resources, developed an agenda for that congress in 2006. That's what we're about doing right now. Except, rather than Republicans huddling back in a room and pulling in policy wonks and pollsters, we're throwing the sash open. We're saying to the American people, here are our principles. They're built on the timeless American ideals of limited government, fiscal responsibility traditional values and national security.

But now we want the American people, in this highly dynamic; what you're gonna see when you go to AmericaSpeakingOut.com: This is a state of the art - my kids would say, ‘really cool' social networking site - where people can put up ideas and other people can rate them, score them, thumbs up, thumbs down. It's really going to be a lot of fun for people and it's going to help us develop the governing agenda for this congress.

John Roberts: Do you expect that you are going to hear from a lot of Tea Party supporters, because they are probably the most vocal segment of the Republican Party? And if you hear from a lot of Tea Party supporters, do you expect that they may try to push your agenda further to the right?

Rep. Pence: I think we'll hear from a lot of Americans across the board, John. I really do. There is no filter here. There is no ‘are you an activist conservative' in the Tea Party movement. There's not even an ‘are you a republican.' People will go to AmericaSpeakingOut.com. They log on. They get a little avatar. I just learned in the last couple years what that is. They get a little picture of themselves and they participate in the conversation.

Rep. Michele Bachmann Announces America Speaking Out

http://www.americaspeakingout.com

Founding Fathers Quote

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

George Washington

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


RSC Update: Monday, May 24, 2010

From the Chairman
The House Republicans’ YouCut initiative to reduce spending and save taxpayer money has received nearly half a million votes since its recent debut. Nevertheless, out of touch Democrats still do not seem to hear the public outcry for immediate steps to reduce spending. While avoiding their duty to write a budget for next year, House Democrats are pushing a “grab-bag bill of spending and tax measures” that will increase deficits by $134 billion over ten years. The RSC, on the other hand, is preparing to unveil a balanced budget proposal. It reflects our understanding that tough choices must be made today to prevent the United States from succumbing to the debt woes troubling much of Europe.

In related news, the White House reportedly plans to ask Congress to pass legislation which would require a vote on spending cuts proposed by the President. In essence, this would give the President a legislative line-item veto. I have supported similar efforts in the past as another tool to help eliminate wasteful spending. Yet – just like President Obama’s Fiscal Commission will not make any recommendations until the end of the year – this proposal ignores the urgent need to rein in deficit spending right now. With the national debt about to hit $13 trillion ($118,000 for every taxpayer), it’s time to stop kicking the can further down the road.

Sincerely,

Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10): The Numbers Don’t Add Up; Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 17.

· Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04): Border Security Essential to Immigration Reform; Weekly Column, May 24.

· Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16): The Estate Tax and Jobs; The Daily Caller, May 24.

RSC Legislative Activity – RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) recently introduced H.R. 5340, the Local Education Authority Returns Now (LEARN) Act, to ensure state rather than federal control of education.

· Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) recently introduced H.R. 5348, the Federal Workforce Reduction Act, to halt government growth and produce a smaller, leaner federal workforce.

· Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) recently introduced H.R. 5339, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2010. The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to offer surplus federal lands for competitive sale in the open market. All proceeds would be used to pay down the public debt.

Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.
· The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4213, legislation extending various spending a tax measures along with $40 billion in new tax increases. The bill would increase the deficit by $134 billion over ten years.

· For the third time in as many weeks, House Democrats will attempt to pass a reauthorization of the 2007 America COMPETES Act. It is currently unclear what the bill will look like when it comes to the floor again.

· Last week, the Senate passed the Democrats’ permanent bailout bill, which will now be merged with the House version before going back to both chambers for a final vote.

RSC Reports
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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Reading My Teleprompter

Catholic League News Release

NYC MAYOR AND PUBLIC ADVOCATE CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 10 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio notifying them that Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building, has decided not to overrule those who have chosen to deny a tribute to Mother Teresa: our request to have the towers shine blue and white, the colors of her congregation, on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of her birth (and the day the U.S. Postal Service is honoring her with a commemorative stamp), was denied without explanation. Yet the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong.

Everyone is being asked to sign our petition (click
here), and to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

Also contact Melanie Maasch at the Empire State Building:
mmaasch@esbnyc.com

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1865

Catholic League News Release

WESTERN BISHOPS IN THE U.S. CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 9 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to the U.S. bishops in the West notifying them that Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building, has decided not to overrule those who have chosen to deny a tribute to Mother Teresa: our request to have the towers shine blue and white, the colors of her congregation, on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of her birth (and the day the U.S. Postal Service is honoring her with a commemorative stamp), was denied without explanation. Yet the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong.

Everyone is being asked to sign our petition (click
here), and to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

Also contact Melanie Maasch at the Empire State Building:
mmaasch@esbnyc.com

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1864

Monday, May 24, 2010

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Racism and Property Rights

There is a very legitimate, historically well-grounded argument that the Constitution does not authorize the federal government to enter upon or regulate private property, absent a search warrant issued by a judge (in the case of entering upon) and litigation demonstrating to a jury its right do so and paying for its right to do so (in the case of regulating).

The Fourth Amendment was written in response to the self-permitted entry upon the colonists’ private property by British soldiers, and the Fifth Amendment was written in response the Parliament-authorized seizure of the colonists’ private property by British agents. A seizure can consist in the physical takeover of property or in substantially preventing the owner from using it as he wishes. The Fourth Amendment requires a search warrant from a judge and the Fifth Amendment requires that the government first sue for the right to regulate private property and then pay the landowner for any regulation that diminishes the value of the property. Both amendments have combined to make it very clear that the federal government has no authority to tell private property owners how to use their property, or whom to admit to it, and whom they may exclude from it. [
read more]

Ron Johnson Interview At 8:30 AM

Ron Johnson and Dick Leinenkugel will both be on Charlie Sykes' show at 8:30 AM. If you are not in the Milwaukee area you can listen here.

A Hopeful American Again

I had been sinking into a mire of dread and worry over the recent past under the tyranical reign of liberals and progressives in DC. It has been a frightening and suffocating experience like I have never known. I have never been so politically involved as I have become in the past few years, due in large amount to my husband's involvement, and because of that involvement I have become painfully aware of how wrong things have gone.

To be honest with you, I almost never watch the news anymore because I have discovered how much they twist and hide the truth. If I want to find out what is really going on in my world I go to the Internet now. It is sad that the media has sold out to the very government it was meant to expose and keep honest.

The smartest and most educated people, I am discovering, are not those who hold degrees from educational institutions, but rather those who have self educated and continuously search for the truth on their own. There is a growing number of people in this Republic who are self educating and because of that there is a thunderous and unstoppable movement heading towards DC to take it back.

I am once again a hopeful American with all anticipation of a citizen protected by a Constitution so great the minds of today cannot fully comprehend the wisdom of it's writters. We are going to take back this Republic as it was meant to be this November; we will because we must.

Arizona Governor Restores 2nd Amendment Rights

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a champion of her citizens. What an example of what a leader should be in this American Republic. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1108 into law eliminating the requirement for a concealed-carry weapons permit. For the protection of law enforcement officers it does require a citizen to reveal and temporarily turn over any weapons they have concealed if they are stopped by an officer. This is a victory of great magnitude.

"I believe strongly in the individual rights and responsibilities of a free society, and as governor I have pledged a solemn and important oath to protect and defend the Constitution," Brewer said in a news release. "I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well."

I hope this quote is noted in history for all generations to come. Like our founding fathers' quotes we are so blessed to have this quote has a greatness that should never be forgot. In a time when so much of our government is stripping us of our rights faster than we can imagine it bring hope to see that there are those who will stand up for those rights.

We need all of our leaders to follow the examples of those who are truly serving we the people and fulfilling their duty to protect the Constitution. This will not just happen on its own; we must be willing to sacrifice and work hard to put the right people in leadership. We must do our part and vote in every election of every importance from local to federal. Don't ever sit one out and fool yourself into thinking that others will do your duty for you.

Keep Public Servants In the Public Or They Become The Threat

Law enforcement officers, public servants, in Maryland are trying to intimidate and arrest anyone who records their actions while on duty. The very fact that they are public servants performing a public duty invalidates their expectations of privacy. They do not have a reasonable expectation that their actions are private when they are on duty and they do not have a right to invoke a law written to protect the privacy of citizens.

People need to speak out against this gross abuse of power being used to threaten people who are trying to keep public servants honest. We citizens have every right to know every time they abuse their power, we have every right to view what a public servant is doing, and to judge their actions and demand they be held accountable.

The only thing that keeps a public servant an honest protector of our freedom is that they are public. The very moment what they do becomes private and unknown to the public they become more of a threat than the criminals themselves. Imagine a criminal kidnaps you and abuses you and your government says that any witnesses to that crime don't have a right to record the crime and let the public know what happened to you. That is what an unrestrained law enforcement system would be like. No limits to what they can put you through because the public has no right to even know.

Sound harsh or unrealistic? Just look at what unrestrained law enforcement systems did to citizens through out history in places like China, Russia, and Germany; is that what you want your and your family to live under? I think not and that is why it is so important to acknowledge this issue and fight what these agencies are trying to do.

Stop The School Take Over Of What Is Right Or Wrong

School's are not meant to be dictators of what is right or wrong; they are not meant to have a political opinion or influence. However, that is exactly what they have been wrongfully intruding on; a parent's right to decide what is right or wrong. Political correctness does not belong in a school; at least not in a public school. It is our tax money funding these institutions, so why are we letting them dictate to us what is going to be allowed.

Public schools need to be restrained and the parents in this situation should sue the school for infringing upon their religious freedom. Don't tell us we cannot show symbols of our faith. Christians built this Republic from their very blood and all be darned if some secular take over is going to throw is all away.

I call for every student and parent who has their freedoms and rights taken away by a public school to fight back, and fight back without reprieve. There are so many organizations out there who will donate their services if a family cannot afford a lawyer and we have such a resource in the Internet in spreading disgusting intrusions like this one that anyone can find help in putting the education system in its place.

Send the message loud and clear to educators; your job is to teach the basics, the rest is up the parent and anyone who takes it upon themselves to indoctrinate our children to their beliefs should be immediately sent to the unemployment line.

Surprise Endorsement for Ron Johnson

The GOP Convention was this weekend and full of surprises it was. Dick Leinenkugel, instead of making his speech, announced that he was endorsing Ron Johnson. Before it was over Ron Johnson received the Party's endorsement.

Let's put our support behind Johnson and make our voices heard. We must constantly remind our representatives that we want all unconstitutional laws repealed, limited government, a return of states rights, and secure borders without amnesty. We can never get comfortable and expect someone to go to DC to make our voices heard if we do not regularly remind them what it is that we want.

Volunteer, donate, and let Johnson know what you want him to go to DC and do. Let's take back DC from the socialist, progressives and send them packing where they belong. People with that many issues and such extremist views and beliefs, as do the liberal and progressives, have no business running this great, Christian Republic that is meant to be a beacon of light onto the world.

We have only had God's blessing on our Republic because we have always been a Christian one; let's turn this wayward horse back back onto the right path, together.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rep. Sam Johnson: Eliminate the Foreign Debt Threat

Wisdom, but is anyone listening?

Founding Fathers Quote

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

James Madison

Elena Kagan's Reliance on Foreign Law Worries Pro-Life Group on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21, 2010


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Elena Kagan's reliance on foreign law for statutory interpretation presents another concern for pro-life advocates, says Americans United for Life in a new memo about President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. The pro-life legal group says Kagan could use it as another basis to support legal abortions. [read more]

Report Finds Women Who Refuse Abortions Often Face Violent Attacks, Death

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21, 2010


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Women who refuse requests from their husbands or boyfriends to have abortions are often finding themselves subject to violent attacks that sometimes result in their deaths. That's the finding of a new report from the Elliot Institute, which calls the problem a "widespread epidemic." [
read more]

Bella Actor Eduardo Verástegui Hosting First-Ever Pro-Life Hispanic Event

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 19, 2010


Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Eduardo Verástegui, the Hispanic actor best known for his leading role in the highly-regarded movie Bella is hosting a first-ever national event for pro-life Latinos. The Latino United for Life Family Congress will take place May 23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. [
read more]

Ron Johnson Wins The Republican Endorsement For U.S. Senate

Ron Johnson Wins 63.9 percent of the vote.

Leinenkugel Endorses Johnson

In a shocker Dick Leinenkugel has dropped out of the race and enthusiastically endorsed Ron Johnson. This is great news. Positive momentum for Johnson; the true Conservative choice this November.

I hope you all get behind Johnson and sign up to volunteer at his website. Considering the war chest Feingold has we will have to raise a lot of money to defeat him this November so please donate what you can.