Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ron Johnson's Site Is Up And Running

Ron Johnson's temporary site has been replaced by the permanent site. You can now volunteer, donate, read issues, check out campaign videos and a variety of other things. This site is extremely user friendly, well laid out, and sharp in appearance. Here is his second ad "Apple Pie".



Here is a press release on the new job numbers. It is important to remember that government jobs take from our pockets and private sector jobs add to the economy.

Statement on Labor Department Report

[Oshkosh, WI…] Oshkosh manufacturer and United States Senate candidate Ron Johnson today said a new jobs report released by the US Department of Labor is more confirmation that the $862 billion so-called stimulus bill did not work.

The Labor Department’s report released Friday showed an increase of 431,000 jobs – owed almost entirely to the federal government’s hiring of temporary census workers. In contrast, private sector jobs grew by just 41,000, and the month of May contained the slowest pace of job growth since January.

Johnson said removing capital from the private sector and transferring those dollars to the federal government to pick winners and losers is a losing proposition for taxpayers and families struggling to find jobs.

“This report is more evidence that Washington politicians simply have their heads buried in the sand when it comes to job creation. Running up our federal debt and blowing hundreds of billions of dollars on more government programs is not how to stimulate America’s economy,” said Johnson. “We need new leaders in Washington that will have the courage to cut spending and taxes, and provide incentives for Main Street to grow and prosper.”

Johnson, 55, owns PACUR, Inc., an Oshkosh-based manufacturing facility that specializes in a variety of plastics manufacturing for medical, commercial and industrial purposes.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Does Obama Hate The South?

I think it is very apparent that Obama has, either knowingly or subconsciously, a hatred for the South. Every disaster that has occurred since the start of his presidency, in the South, has basically been ignored or mishandled by his administration.

Ice storms in Kentucky devastated that state, yet you did hear about it from Obama because he was too busy being praised and worshipped. We had the flooding in Nashville and again Obama did the bare minimum. Now we have this devastating oil spill that is wrecking the economies of several Southern states and again Obama has dropped the ball.

Now some say it is because he didn't want to give Republicans, Gov. Jindal, any credit for handling the disaster. Others say he is just incompetent. Let me float a new theory; what if he just doesn't like the South? What if he sees the South as standing between him and his radical agenda.

After all, all those racists in the South are stopping him from enjoying the approval ratings that a man of his greatness should automatically receive from the people. The only thing his administration appears willing to do is use the oil disaster to push his anti-drilling policies; even if it means deliberately misleading the American people.

Bottom line, if you live in the South you better pray nothing happens in your state because this administration doesn't care. Remember that come November 2012. You may also want to let a few of his friends know your displeasure this November; you know, Harry Reid and Blanche Lincoln, to name two.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Talking Heads Wrong Again - Sharron Angle Up Huge In Nevada

Well, the mainstream media and, unfortunately, the talking heads in our own party went on and on about how Sharron Angle was too conservative to win in Nevada. Apparently the voters in Nevada don't agree. According to the latest Rasmussen Poll she enjoys an 11 point lead over far Left Senator Harry Reid.

Ron Johnson's First TV Ad: Real World



An effective ad dealing with the important subject of jobs. Last night when I was at the neighbor's bonfire jobs came up repeatedly. You can't have a conversation in Wisconsin and not have jobs come up. DC has been passing anti-business policies as fast as they can so Ron Johnson is exactly right; the job climate will not improve until we clean out DC.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Joe Miller: Constitution is a Limiting Document

Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

Four American Service Members Make The Ultimate Sacrifice

I have been attempting to cover Afghanistan more. What is so hard about it is there is almost no good news. Well, this story falls under both the heart-breaking and proud categories. Four of our service members perished when their helicopter was shot down while trying to rescue wounded British soldiers.

These brave service members laid down their lives in service to this Republic and I have seen nothing more than a quick sound bite on the news. In the American papers I read that they were shot down, but it was not until I read the British papers that I found out they died coming to the aid of our allies. Another great generation is sacrificing and most Americans aren't paying attention.

These service members are heroes and they should be honored. We should all be proud that such people lived among us. Please keep their families and those who served with them in your prayers. Let's not forget the wounded British; we also need to keep them in our prayers.

Pence: "Mr. President, Whose Side Are You On?"

Responds to President’s Call for Israel’s Blockade to be Sharply Limited

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's call for Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip to be sharply limited:

"Mr. President, whose side are you on? You said, 'the situation in Gaza is
unsustainable.' The truth is, your policy toward Israel is unsustainable. The
American people support Israel's right to defend itself and expect the American
President to do the same."

Catholic League News Release

MOTHER TERESA TRIBUTE DENIED

Anthony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, released a statement today saying, "As a privately owned building, ESB has a specific policy against any other lighting for religious figures or requests by religions and religious organizations."

Commenting is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

Malkin is either misinformed or he is lying. Here's the proof: When John Cardinal O'Connor died in 2000, the Empire State Building was lighted in red and white; in 2005, when Pope John Paul II died, the tower lights were extinguished in his honor; also in 2005, the tower was aglow in yellow, red and blue in tribute to the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army; and every year the colors red, black and green are lit in memory of Rev. Martin Luther King. In other words, there is no policy barring religious figures or organizations from being honored.

When I applied to the Empire State Building on February 2, I received a phone call from Nicole Grzywacz, Public Relations and Events Coordinator, saying the application had been received. She never indicated there was any policy which would prohibit my request. Indeed, when I spoke to her assistant, Stacy Ann, she never implied that there was a problem.

Malkin has made his decision to stiff Catholics. I have made mine: We will call off our petition drive, but we will go forward with our demonstration outside the Empire State Building on August 26. His decision to double down at this juncture—in the face of massive support for our request—is something he will regret for the rest of his life.

Contact Daniel Hernandez:
daniel.hernandez@edelman.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=1882

Pence Says Weak UN Sanctions "Will Embolden" Iran

Calls on Congress to "Enact Punitive Economic Sanctions"


Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today after the United Nations passed multilateral sanctions against Iran:

"Instead of deterring Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, today's action by the
United Nations Security Council will embolden the terrorist nation. The action
by the Security Council is a devastating repudiation of President Obama's
internationalist approach to foreign policy, further unleashing the very forces
his administration promised to tame.

"The weak resolution adopted today
allows Iran to continue enriching uranium, developing ballistic missile
capability, and purchasing state of the art anti-aircraft missiles. The U.N.
Security Council's inability to give unanimous assent to a weak Iran sanctions
resolution is a failure of leadership and an abdication of that institution's
historic charter to confront gathering threats by dictatorial regimes.

"Congress must swiftly enact punitive economic sanctions against Iran
while there is still time. Only decisive American action can force Tehran to
abandon its nuclear ambitions."

Barbara Boxer: Decades of EPIC FAIL



www.CallMeMaam.com

h/t: RedState

Rep. Joe Pitts: We Must Limit Government Spending

Pence: "Turkey Needs to Decide"

“America will stand with Israel.”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks on the House floor today:

“As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have been a strong
supporter of the U.S.-Turkish alliance. I have been to Ankara, Turkey. I have
met with officials there. I knew the president before he was president of
Turkey.

“And so you can imagine my dismay, Mr. Speaker, with the recent
aggressive action by Turkey toward our most cherished ally, Israel. The
complicity of Turkey in launching a flotilla to challenge the blockade in Gaza,
the ensuing violence that occurred, the grievous loss of life, is deeply
troubling to those of us who have supported the U.S.-Turkish alliance in the
past.

“A few things need to be said. We grieve the loss of life but
Israel has a right to defend itself. And Turkey must know that America will
stand with Israel in her inviolate right to defend herself.

“There is no
humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Ten thousand tons of food and medical supplies are
transferred into Gaza every single week. And the blockade has saved lives.

“Hamas used the Gaza strip to launch vicious and brutal attacks,
thousands of rockets on civilians. It cost lives in Gaza, it cost lives in
Israel. Turkey needs to count the cost. Turkey needs to decide whether its
present course is in its long-term interest.

“But America will stand
with Israel.”

Note: To view this clip, click here.

Founding Fathers Quote

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.

James Madison

Palestinians admit Gaza not starving, Hamas steals aid

Headline News
Monday, June 07, 2010 Israel Today Staff


Palestinians admit Gaza not starving, Hamas steals aid

In the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident, anti-Israel activists around the world have worked to boost their message that the Gaza Strip is the most destitute place on earth, where famine and plague rule.

But remarks by Palestinians living in Gaza to international media outlets covering the aid flotilla story paint a very different picture.

"There is no starvation in Gaza. No one has died of hunger," Khalil Hamada, a senior official at Gaza's Ministry of Justice, told London's Daily Telegraph. Sticking to the Hamas party line, he then went on to criticize Israel's embargo as "inhumane" and "brutal."

Since much of the international media ignores Palestinians when they admit Israel isn't so bad, Israel itself tried to counter the misinformation regarding the Gaza embargo by publishing figures showing how much aid enters the territory.

According to figures released by Israel's Foreign Ministry, in the first quarter of 2010 (January-March), 94,500 tons of supplies passed through Israel's border crossings with Gaza. That aid included 40,000 tons of wheat (equal to 53 million loaves of bread), 2,760 tones of rice (or 69 million servings), 1,987 tons of clothes (the equivalent of 3.6 million pairs of jeans), and 553 tons of milk powder and baby food.

And it's not just essential goods Israel provides. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan late last year, Israel brought 11,000 head of cattle into Gaza, enough for 8.8 million meals of beef.

The problem is that most of these goods never reach average average Gazans. It is a long-time policy of the Palestinian and wider Arab leadership to maintain a victim or "refugee" status among average Palestinians.

Gaza resident Zaed Khadar acknowledged as much in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel:

"People who are not in with Hamas don't see any of the relief goods or the gifts of money. Hamas supporters get prefabricated housing, furnishings and paid work. We get nothing."


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

Catholic League News Release

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NEW JERSEY CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 20 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to every Catholic college and university in the state of New Jersey informing them of our protest demonstration on August 26 outside the Empire State Building on 34th Street and 5th Avenue.

The rally is being held to protest the decision of Anthony Malkin, the owner of the storied building, 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 birthday, 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. By contrast, the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp.

Everyone is being asked to pass the word about our demonstration and to join us that evening. They are also being asked to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

To sign our petition click
here.

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=1880

Nikki Haley Republican Primary Night Speech

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sharron Angle Wins In Nevada Despite Establishment Republican Attacks

This is a huge victory for anyone who supports Constitutional government. Sharron Angle has won after blistering attacks from Republican talking heads who do not like her unwavering limited-government approach. Unfortunately, this shows many in the Party are still out of touch with reality. Thank the Lord Republican voters in Nevada backed the true Conservative candidate.

Whenever a RINO wins a primary there is immediately a call in the Party for us Conservatives to support the winning candidate; now it is the Party's turn to shut up and get behind Sharron Angle that just bested their chosen candidate, whether they like her limited-government approach or not. The day of the RINO's is fast coming to an end.

Carly Fiorina Wins Big In California

First, to Chuck DeVore, thank you for running and for the sacrifices you and your family made. You should have won the race. You were, by far, the most conservative candidate. I hope you will run again for statewide or national office.

I am also sorry that some prominent Republicans betrayed you for a sure thing. DeVore has released a statement announcing his endorsement for Carly Fiorina and called on his supporters to support her.

I will support Fiorina as she is vastly more conservative than Barbara Boxer. Congratulations to her on her win tonight. Now let's all get busy on retiring one of the most far Left members of the Senate, Barbara Boxer. I know a lot of people are concerned about Carly's positions; you can read her issues here and of great importance to many of us Catholics here is her stance on life and Second Amendment from her website:

Carly Is Pro-Life
Carly believes that life begins at conception; she is pro-life. She earned an “A” rating from the National Right to Life Committee and has been backed by the Committee’s California affiliate, the California Pro-Life Council. Carly has also earned the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life political action committee.

Carly Supports the Second Amendment
Carly is a strong proponent of protecting Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Carly believes the rights outlined in the Second Amendment are a critical part of our country’s founding principles and that it is the responsibility of our leaders in Sacramento and in Washington to uphold and defend these fundamental rights.

Republican Governors' Association Release

Here is the release the RGA put out tonight on South Carolina's governor race:

RGA Statement on South Carolina Primaries

The Republican primary contest in South Carolina is now headed to a runoff, while Democratic voters have selected Vincent Sheheen as their nominee. Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers today issued the following statement:

“The voters of South Carolina made a clear choice in Nikki Haley, notwithstanding the possibility of a runoff. The outcome is all but certain.

“Nikki Haley withstood a barrage of innuendoes and slurs in the closing days of the primary season and persevered to the finish with dignity, determination and confidence. Moreover, receiving half of the votes against two other statewide incumbent Republicans and a sitting Congressman speaks volumes of her strength as a candidate and bodes very well for her in the General Election. We congratulate Nikki for her grit and determination.

“Meanwhile, South Carolina Democrats have again served up the same old Washington, D.C.-style solution to any problem: expanded government. Vincent Sheheen promises more regulatory interference, bureaucratic red tape and impediments to free enterprise. Exactly what The Palmetto State does not need.”

Schiff for Senate petition drive a success

Peter Schiff for U.S. Senate 2010

Nikki Haley Heads To Run Off In South Carolina On June 22

In a powerful blow to the Establishment in South Carolina, Nikki Haley has come from no where to take first place in the primary. Now South Carolinians will have a chance to vote for a limited-government, fiscal conservative in the run off.

Picture by Nikki Haley for Governor

Friendly Fire

You can't pick up a newspaper or listen to the radio without hearing a Republican talking head trashing one of our conservative candidates as "cooky" or out of the mainstream. Rand Paul, Nikki Haley, and Sharron Angle are the favorite targets, currently.

Why would so many in our own Party try to sabotage our candidates in the general election? The answer; power. They want to be popular at all the cocktail parties so, of course, they don't want to be associated with any limited government approach. Not only would it make them unpopular within the beltway, but they would lose their power; after all, big government is not only a friend to the Donkeys, but also to RINO's.

The Limits of Public Opinion: Arabs, Israelis and the Strategic Balance

This report is republished with permission of STRATFOR.


By George Friedman

Last week’s events off the coast of Israel continue to resonate. Turkish-Israeli relations have not quite collapsed since then but are at their lowest level since Israel’s founding. U.S.-Israeli tensions have emerged, and European hostility toward Israel continues to intensify. The question has now become whether substantial consequences will follow from the incident. Put differently, the question is whether and how it will be exploited beyond the arena of public opinion.

The most significant threat to Israel would, of course, be military. International criticism is not without significance, but nations do not change direction absent direct threats to their interests. But powers outside the region are unlikely to exert military power against Israel, and even significant economic or political sanctions are unlikely to happen. Apart from the desire of outside powers to limit their involvement, this is rooted in the fact that significant actions are unlikely from inside the region either.

The first generations of Israelis lived under the threat of conventional military defeat by neighboring countries. More recent generations still faced threats, but not this one. Israel is operating in an advantageous strategic context save for the arena of public opinion and diplomatic relations and the
question of Iranian nuclear weapons. All of these issues are significant, but none is as immediate a threat as the specter of a defeat in conventional warfare had been. Israel’s regional enemies are so profoundly divided among themselves and have such divergent relations with Israel that an effective coalition against Israel does not exist — and is unlikely to arise in the near future.

Given this, the probability of an effective, as opposed to rhetorical, shift in the behavior of powers outside the region is unlikely. At every level, Israel’s Arab neighbors are incapable of forming even a partial coalition against Israel. Israel is not forced to calibrate its actions with an eye toward regional consequences, explaining Israel’s willingness to accept broad international condemnation.

Palestinian Divisions

To begin to understand how deeply the Arabs are split, simply consider the split among the Palestinians themselves. They are currently divided between two very different and hostile factions. On one side is Fatah, which dominates the West Bank. On the other side is Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip. Aside from the geographic division of the Palestinian territories — which causes the Palestinians to behave almost as if they comprised two separate and hostile countries — the two groups have profoundly different ideologies.

Fatah arose from the secular, socialist, Arab-nationalist and militarist movement of Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser in the 1950s. Created in the 1960s, Fatah was closely aligned with the Soviet Union. It was the dominant, though far from the only, faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PLO was an umbrella group that brought together the highly fragmented elements of the Palestinian movement. Yasser Arafat long dominated Fatah; his death left Fatah without a charismatic leader, but with a strong bureaucracy increasingly devoid of a coherent ideology or strategy.

Hamas arose from the Islamist movement. It was driven by religious motivations quite alien from Fatah and hostile to it. For Hamas, the liberation of Palestine was not simply a nationalist imperative, but also a religious requirement. Hamas was also hostile to what it saw as the financial corruption Arafat brought to the Palestinian movement, as well as to Fatah’s secularism.

Hamas and Fatah are playing a zero-sum game. Given their inability to form a coalition and their mutual desire for the other to fail, a victory for one is a defeat for the other. This means that whatever public statements Fatah makes, the current international focus on Gaza and Hamas weakens Fatah. And this means that at some point, Fatah will try to undermine the political gains the flotilla has offered Hamas.

The Palestinians’ deep
geographic, ideological and historical divisions occasionally flare up into violence. Their movement has always been split, its single greatest weakness. Though revolutionary movements frequently are torn by sectarianism, these divisions are so deep that even without Israeli manipulation, the threat the Palestinians pose to the Israelis is diminished. With manipulation, the Israelis can pit Fatah against Hamas.

The Arab States and the Palestinians

The split within the Palestinians is also reflected in divergent opinions among what used to be called the confrontation states surrounding Israel — Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

Egypt, for example, is
directly hostile to Hamas, a religious movement amid a sea of essentially secular Arab states. Hamas’ roots are in Egypt’s largest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian state has historically considered its main domestic threat. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime has moved aggressively against Egyptian Islamists and sees Hamas’ ideology as a threat, as it could spread back to Egypt. For this and other reasons, Egypt has maintained its own blockade of Gaza. Egypt is much closer to Fatah, whose ideology derives from Egyptian secularism, and for this reason, Hamas deeply distrusts Cairo.

Jordan views Fatah with deep distrust. In 1970, Fatah under Arafat tried to stage a revolution against the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan. The resulting massacres, referred to as Black September, cost about 10,000 Palestinian lives. Fatah has never truly forgiven Jordan for Black September, and the Jordanians have never really trusted Fatah since then. The idea of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank unsettles the Hashemite regime, as Jordan’s population is mostly Palestinian. Meanwhile, Hamas with its Islamist ideology worries Jordan, which has had its own problems with the Muslim Brotherhood. So rhetoric aside, the Jordanians are uneasy at best with the Palestinians, and despite years of Israeli-Palestinian hostility, Jordan (and Egypt) has a peace treaty with Israel that remains in place.

Syria is
far more interested in Lebanon than it is in the Palestinians. Its co-sponsorship (along with Iran) of Hezbollah has more to do with Syria’s desire to dominate Lebanon than it does with Hezbollah as an anti-Israeli force. Indeed, whenever fighting breaks out between Hezbollah and Israel, the Syrians get nervous and their tensions with Iran increase. And of course, while Hezbollah is anti-Israeli, it is not a Palestinian movement. It is a Lebanese Shiite movement. Most Palestinians are Sunni, and while they share a common goal — the destruction of Israel — it is not clear that Hezbollah would want the same kind of regime in Palestine that either Hamas or Fatah would want. So Syria is playing a side game with an anti-Israeli movement that isn’t Palestinian, while also maintaining relations with both factions of the Palestinian movement.

Outside the confrontation states, the Saudis and other Arabian Peninsula regimes remember the threat that Nasser and the PLO posed to their regimes. They do not easily forgive, and their support for Fatah comes in full awareness of the potential destabilizing influence of the Palestinians.
And while the Iranians would love to have influence over the Palestinians, Tehran is more than 1,000 miles away. Sometimes Iranian arms get through to the Palestinians. But Fatah doesn’t trust the Iranians, and Hamas, though a religious movement, is Sunni while Iran is Shiite. Hamas and the Iranians may cooperate on some tactical issues, but they do not share the same vision.

Israel’s Short-term Free Hand and Long-term Challenge

Given this environment, it is extremely difficult to translate hostility to Israeli policies in Europe and other areas into meaningful levers against Israel. Under these circumstances, the Israelis see the consequences of actions that excite hostility toward Israel from the Arabs and the rest of the world as less dangerous than losing control of Gaza. The more independent Gaza becomes, the greater the threat it poses to Israel. The suppression of Gaza is much safer and is something Fatah ultimately supports, Egypt participates in, Jordan is relieved by and Syria is ultimately indifferent to.

Nations base their actions on risks and rewards. The configuration of the Palestinians and Arabs rewards Israeli assertiveness and provides few rewards for caution. The Israelis do not see global hostility toward Israel translating into a meaningful threat because the Arab reality cancels it out. Therefore, relieving pressure on Hamas makes no sense to the Israelis. Doing so would be as likely to alienate Fatah and Egypt as it would to satisfy the Swedes, for example. As Israel has less interest in the Swedes than in Egypt and Fatah, it proceeds as it has.

A single point sums up the story of Israel and the Gaza blockade-runners: Not one Egyptian aircraft threatened the Israeli naval vessels, nor did any Syrian warship approach the intercept point. The Israelis could be certain of complete command of the sea and air without challenge. And this underscores how the Arab countries no longer have a military force that can challenge the Israelis, nor the will nor interest to acquire one. Where Egyptian and Syrian forces posed a profound threat to Israeli forces in 1973, no such threat exists now. Israel has a completely free hand in the region militarily; it does not have to take into account military counteraction. The threat posed by intifada, suicide bombers,
rockets from Lebanon and Gaza, and Hezbollah fighters is real, but it does not threaten the survival of Israel the way the threat from Egypt and Syria once did (and the Israelis see actions like the Gaza blockade as actually reducing the threat of intifada, suicide bombers and rockets). Non-state actors simply lack the force needed to reach this threshold. When we search for the reasons behind Israeli actions, it is this singular military fact that explains Israeli decision-making.

And while the break between Turkey and Israel is real, Turkey alone cannot bring significant pressure to bear on Israel beyond the sphere of public opinion and diplomacy because of the profound divisions in the region. Turkey has the option to reduce or end cooperation with Israel, but it does not have potential allies in the Arab world it would need against Israel. Israel therefore feels
buffered against the Turkish reaction. Though its relationship with Turkey is significant to Israel, it is clearly not significant enough for Israel to give in on the blockade and accept the risks from Gaza.

At present, Israel takes the same view of the United States. While the United States became essential to Israeli security after 1967, Israel is
far less dependent on the United States today. The quantity of aid the United States supplies Israel has shrunk in significance as the Israeli economy has grown. In the long run, a split with the United States would be significant, but interestingly, in the short run, the Israelis would be able to function quite effectively.

Israel does, however, face this strategic problem: In the short run, it has freedom of action, but its actions could change the strategic framework in which it operates over the long run. The most significant threat to Israel is not world opinion; though not trivial, world opinion is not decisive. The threat to Israel is that its actions will generate forces in the Arab world that eventually change the balance of power. The politico-military consequences of public opinion is the key question, and it is in this context that Israel must evaluate its split with Turkey.

The most important change for Israel would not be unity among the Palestinians, but a shift in Egyptian policy back toward the position it held prior to Camp David. Egypt is the center of gravity of the Arab world, the largest country and formerly the driving force behind Arab unity. It was the power Israel feared above all others. But Egypt under Mubarak has shifted its stance versus the Palestinians, and far more important, allowed Egypt’s military capability to atrophy.

Should
Mubarak’s successor choose to align with these forces and move to rebuild Egypt’s military capability, however, Israel would face a very different regional equation. A hostile Turkey aligned with Egypt could speed Egyptian military recovery and create a significant threat to Israel. Turkish sponsorship of Syrian military expansion would increase the pressure further. Imagine a world in which the Egyptians, Syrians and Turks formed a coalition that revived the Arab threat to Israel and the United States returned to its position of the 1950s when it did not materially support Israel, and it becomes clear that Turkey’s emerging power combined with a political shift in the Arab world could represent a profound danger to Israel.

Where there is no balance of power, the dominant nation can act freely. The problem with this is that doing so tends to force neighbors to try to create a balance of power. Egypt and Syria were
not a negligible threat to Israel in the past. It is in Israel’s interest to keep them passive. The Israelis can’t dismiss the threat that its actions could trigger political processes that cause these countries to revert to prior behavior. They still remember what underestimating Egypt and Syria cost them in 1973. It is remarkable how rapidly military capabilities can revive: Recall that the Egyptian army was shattered in 1967, but by 1973 was able to mount an offensive that frightened Israel quite a bit.

The Israelis have the upper hand in the short term. What they must calculate is whether they will retain the upper hand if they continue on their course. Division in the Arab world, including among the Palestinians, cannot disappear overnight, nor can it quickly generate a strategic military threat. But the current configuration of the Arab world is not fixed. Therefore, defusing the current crisis would seem to be a long-term strategic necessity for Israel.

Israel’s actions have generated shifts in public opinion and diplomacy regionally and globally. The Israelis are calculating that these actions will not generate a long-term shift in the strategic posture of the Arab world. If they are wrong about this, recent actions will have been a significant strategic error. If they are right, then this is simply another passing incident. In the end, the profound divisions in the Arab world both protect Israel and make diplomatic solutions to its challenge almost impossible — you don’t need to fight forces that are so divided, but it is very difficult to negotiate comprehensively with a group that lacks anything approaching a unified voice.

Catholic League News Release

HIGH SCHOOLS IN NEW JERSEY CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 19 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to every Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Newark, the Diocese of Trenton, the Diocese of Paterson and the Diocese of Metuchen informing them of our protest demonstration on August 26 outside the Empire State Building on 34th Street and 5th Avenue.

The rally is being held to protest the decision of Anthony Malkin, the owner of the storied building, 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 birthday, 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. By contrast, the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp.

Everyone is being asked to pass the word about our demonstration and to join us that evening. They are also being asked to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

To sign our petition click
here.

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=1878

Founding Fathers Quote

Taxes should be continued by annual or biennial reeactments, because a constant hold, by the nation, of the strings of the public purse is a salutary restraint from which an honest government ought not wish, nor a corrupt one to be permitted, to be free.

Thomas Jefferson

The EPA's Reckless Endangerment

By Bill Wilson

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on S.J. Res. 26, Senator Lisa Murkowski's resolution that would overturn
the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon dioxide endangerment finding that was infamously issued on December 7th, 2009.

The resolution is cosponsored by most of the Senate Republican Caucus as well as Democrat Senators Blanche Lincoln (LA) and Ben Nelson (NE), leading "aides predict it will easily clear the 51-vote threshold for passage,"
as reported by Roll Call.

The American people can only hope. The EPA's alarmist decision greatly understates the impact of restricting and reducing carbon emissions — which means limiting energy use — on global population sustainability and economic growth. The American people (and everyone else) depend upon petroleum, gasoline, diesel, coal, and natural gas to do just about everything, including getting to work, delivering goods and services, heating their homes in the summer and cooling them in the winter, and providing hot water.

But it goes deeper than that. The population explosion over the past 200 years is entirely owed to the Industrial Revolution that was fueled in large part by increased energy output. The necessary consequence of dramatically reducing energy consumption — and the food production, medical advancement, and economic growth that depends on it — would have to be a commensurate, significant decrease in the human population.

Really, it all depends on just how draconian the agency's restrictions of carbon emissions are. How much of a price will be placed on carbon emissions by the agency? If it's too high, the impact could be devastating, resulting in the means of sustaining the world's population being suddenly restricted or gradually reduced.

Either way, people will die.

Ironically, in its finding, the agency claimed that the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere "threaten[s] the public health and welfare of current and future generations" with increased heat waves, more-intense hurricanes, floods, storm surges, rising sea levels, erosion, wildfires, drought, and even allergens and pathogens. The EPA also predicts the displacement of indigenous populations, the eventual decrease of food production and agriculture, and the reduction of forest productivity.

With predictions that dire, one would expect that the finding shall become the foundation for the EPA to incrementally regulate, restrict, and eventually prohibit emissions of carbon dioxide by motor vehicles and industry.

Maybe, if the people are lucky, the very air we all exhale shall remain unregulated, although given the broad nature of the finding, there certainly would be nothing to stop regulation in this arena — except for the Constitution. Liberty lovers may be out luck, however. The lack of constitutional authority for a federal agency to issue such a dictatorial proclamation has already been ignored by the Supreme Court in 2007,
when the nation's highest court ruled that carbon dioxide could be regulated by the EPA as a "pollutant."

Making matters worse, in its finding the EPA disregarded the
downward trend in global temperatures over the past decade despite increased carbon emissions, as documented by APS Physics Christopher Monckton of Brenchley. It ignored the failed projections of increased temperatures by the International Panel on Climate Change and other proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis. It suppressed internal dissent at the agency, as when Dr. Alan Carlin submitted comments against the EPA's finding.

The EPA even overlooked the impact of
the Climategate scandal where it was revealed that global temperature data was manipulated and exaggerated by climatologists, and then utilized to promote public policies such as the endangerment finding, the punitive carbon emissions cap-and-tax now being considered in Congress, and the damaging Copenhagen Protocols that would have been an extension of the Kyoto-era restrictions on energy output.

That alone should be cause for Senators to vote in the affirmative on Murkowski's resolution repealing the EPA's endangerment finding. It is devoid of all of the most important recent revelations in climate science, including the serious doubt that has been cast upon the premise that man is even responsible for fluctuations in the Earth's temperature.

In the end, the finding — and whatever tyrannical restrictions on energy use result from it — will ultimately prove more dangerous than man-made global warming ever could have been. As written by Monckton, "The correct policy approach to a non-problem is to have the courage to do nothing."

Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government


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We Don't Believe You, Mr. President

Dear President Obama,

Every citizen with a modicum of insight into public affairs would say that America is now at a crossroads of decision about what kind of future we want for our nation - and, by extension, for the rest of the world. Whether we like it or not, you are the one who is designated by a vote of the electorate to lead us in that decision-making process. You have asked for the job, and you have proposed yourself as being competent for it. History will judge your Administration on its own merits when your term is complete, but we, the citizens of this country, must judge it for what we see happening before our very eyes. Quite frankly, the picture isn't pretty, and you haven't earned our respect as a leader.

The reason for this, Mr. President, is that we can't believe what you say, and frankly, what you do is utterly unbelievable at times.

The recent Gulf Coast oil spill disaster is indicative of your utter carelessness with the onerous burden of governance. Not only did you dis the families of the 11 workers killed in the disaster, but you also attended fundraisers in CA, a trip to the golf course and several state parties in the White House during the whole time the Governor of Louisiana has been screaming frantically for your attention. How can you expect us to believe that you were actually "in charge" of handling the disaster? In six weeks we have seen hardly a shred of evidence to convince us of that. A leader who says he is in charge of something and then conducts a systematic campaign of blaming, dodging, obfuscating, ignoring and even now prosecuting the others involved - instead of fixing the problem - will hardly go down in the record books as the savior he proposed himself to be when he was elected. You are the Commander-in-Chief who has gone AWOL on a truly national crisis.

On top of all that, you basically blew off a sacred national holiday, Memorial Day, for the sake of a vacation to gangsterland. That slap in the face to our military men and women was not lost on anyone, nor was the narcissistic disregard for American history or anything other than what fits your extreme political agenda. These are appalling traits for the one who holds the highest political office in our land, and only a fawning and dishonest media allows you to get away with this negligence in office.

Speaking of which, what are we to make of your pathetic excuse for the crime of attempting to bribe Congressman Sestak to bow out of the Senate race against Arlen Specter? Do you really think Americans believe the utterly implausible story about offering him a "non-paying" position on some presidential panel? Your Administration's explanation, issued on the afternoon of a holiday weekend, rings hollow, and everyone knows it. "Hollow" is an adequate word to describe your Administration, your political theatre and your rhetoric. Even some of your staunchest ideological supporters admit that it is getting increasingly hard to believe that you mean anything you say.

In the midst of all this domestic incompetence and dishonesty, we have seen no realistic response to North Korean, Iranian or Turkish aggression on the world scene. Foreign politicians know you are a leftist lightweight, and so we can expect more of the same from the rogue nations of the world, further destabilizing the security of our nation and the world. We have, however, seen you and your inept band of political marauders pander to foreign dictators and exploit the Mexican President to abuse us and our national deliberations on serious issues. We have seen your ideological hacks take over whole industries, plunder the private sector, abuse the good will of states and consume sound American institutions as if they were your enemies and with a ferocity that would befit only those who we would call our true national enemies.

Like the Gulf oil spill, your Administration is out of control, and every day is another step closer to disaster. As the oil continues to pollute, kill and damage the external beauty and economy of a whole region, you and your team are doing the same with the trust of the people who built this great country.

We deserve better, Mr. President, and it's time you start doing your job.

Sincerely,


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President,
Human Life International

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


RSC Update: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From the Chairman
“Our resources may be finite, but our will is infinite.” – Barack Obama, January 10, 2009

In the last fiscal year, Democrats spent $1.41 trillion without paying for it. That record-breaking deficit was almost a full $1 trillion higher than the previous record. And President Obama’s spending request for the upcoming fiscal year would create another record-breaking deficit of $1.56 trillion. Talk about an infinite will outpacing finite resources.

As this recent article reports, even some Democrats are beginning to balk at this explosion of debt. In fear of the public backlash from voting for such an incredibly reckless budget, Democrats are putting off major spending decisions and have refused to act on the President’s request. Their theoretical will to spend remains infinite; their political will appears to be faltering.

While Democrats avoid both their constituents and their responsibility to govern, the RSC has a concrete proposal to balance the budget by reducing spending and not raising taxes. With 15 million Americans still unemployed and a $13 trillion national debt that threatens to weigh our economy down even further, Washington needs to prioritize and bring its will into line with reality.

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. Joe Wilson (SC-02) Spending, Ron Swanson-style; Politico, May 27.

· Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01): Another View on Disaster in the Gulf: “We Want Action”; USA Today, May 28.

· Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16): Why a VAT Is No Solution to Our Budget Woes; The Daily Caller, June 7.

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. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act. While conservatives strongly support small businesses, this $32 billion legislation is based on the TARP model – which most Americans clearly do not support.

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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House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
Curtis Rhyne, Research Assistant
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Monday, June 07, 2010

A Deadly Day For Our Military In Afghanistan

It's regretful we have lost seven more personnel in Afghanistan today. Three NATO allied troops were also lost and on top of it, believe it or not, we have been in Afghanistan longer than any previous conflict. Astounding when you remember WWII, Korea, and the War for Southern Independence.

Why are we still fighting in Afghanistan? It is simple. Our civilian leadership lacks the will or desire to win. Unfortunately, they are also aided by political minded generals and admirals who are more worried about their next promotion than the welfare of the troops under their command.

Anyone can see the rules of engagement are too restrictive and that the hearts-and-minds strategy being employed does not work. I have said it a million times, but I am going to keep saying it; unshackle our military and let them win or bring them home. No more American blood should be wasted for politically correct war fighting.

As always, keep our brave men and women in your prayers and especially the families that just lost loved ones. The only thing on this Earth that can stop our military is the failure of leadership in DC and the Pentagon. God bless the Republic and the United States Armed Forces.

Rep. Michele Bachmann On Inflated Job Numbers

Founding Fathers Quote

The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.

Joseph Story

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Sit, Stay… Good Boy!

Catholic League News Release

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN NEW JERSEY CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 18 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to every Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Newark, the Diocese of Trenton, the Diocese of Paterson and the Diocese of Metuchen informing them of our protest demonstration on August 26 outside the Empire State Building on 34th Street and 5th Avenue.

The rally is being held to protest the decision of Anthony Malkin, the owner of the storied building, 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 birthday, 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. By contrast, the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp.

Everyone is being asked to pass the word about our demonstration and to join us that evening. They are also being asked to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

To sign our petition click
here.

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=1877

The Cost Of Illegal Immigration

I received this email from a friend. I normally don't post them, as they are hard to verify. However in this case experience with my own children's school shows me that the substantial impact, financially and practically, on our schools is very real.

From a California school
teacher - - -

"As you listen to the news

about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that
you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language
department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title
1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income
levels

Most of the schools you
are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where
these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll
-- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a
Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

I estimate that well over
50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or
more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant
girls (some as young as
13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for
babysitters or having family watch their kids.

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing
funding for the upcoming year
even though there was little need for anything; my budget was
already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center,
half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative
students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America
..

I have had to intervene
several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal
immigrant students, here in the country less then 3 months, who raised so much hell
with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"(whores) and throwing things, that the teachers
were in tears.

Free medical, free education,
free food, free day care etc., etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled
to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point
out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE
their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some
time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, medical
facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education
in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I'll pay more
for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything
to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value
education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by
15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about"political correctness" that we don't
have the will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward
this to everyone you know.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that
what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to
pay a decent wage.

Consumers don't want expensive
produce.

Government will tell you
Americans don't want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap
labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is
no such thing as "cheap labor."

Take, for example, an illegal
alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that
wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet
at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax
Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up
to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for food stamps.

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay)
health care.

His children get free breakfasts
and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers
and books.

He qualifies for relief
from high energy bills.

If they are, or become, aged,
blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. If qualified for SSI they can
qualify for Medicaid. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense.

He doesn't worry about or
have; healthcare insurance, car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners
insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins
and printed material.

He and his family receive
the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

Working Americans
are lucky to have $5.00
or $6..00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!

THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS
WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OF EITHER PARTY. 'AND WHEN
THEY LIE TO US AND DON'T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM .

Iranian Threat Is A Call To Arms For Isreal

A representative of Iran's naval forces, the Revolutionary Guard, have threatened Israel with an escort for the next so-called humanitarian convoy to Gaza. As we have seen with the last incident, terrorist organizations are using the guise of humanitarian aide to gain international support from naively liberal countries all too quick to stab Israel in the back.

This Iranian threat to Israel was a mobster response to Binyamin Netanyahu's rightful refusal of a UN proposal to investigate Israel's right to defend itself against terrorists usurping their blockade in last week's incident. Israel's actions have been nothing but exemplary and honorable in the face of such demonistic treatment from the rest of the nations and I, for one, compliment them on their extraordinary show of restraint. No other country would have sent in forces armed initially with paint gun balls to keep the peace. I know I would not have.

Israel, despite Obama's ties, connections, and agendas, is a friend to the US and an ally that should be being supported and defended by our Republic. Instead we have a misguided leader with unfriendly intentions towards the very nation we should be sending troops to. Here is where Obama should be removing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, where we do not belong because our leaders are not willing to do what it takes to win, and sending them to defend Israel instead of condemning them for doing the very thing we would ourselves. You cannot tell me that the American people would put up with Obama allowing Mexico or Canada launching missiles into the US from across their borders.

Israel not only has the right to continue its actions, but is doing what any sovereign power would do in the same situation. If you cannot protect your people then you will not be in leadership for long. Netanyahu knows this and Obama had better learn it.

Iran has no business sticking its nose in this situation; their intentions are in continuing terrorist actions, the UN has no business telling Israel what to do since it has proven itself to be fallacious and irrational in its expectations and actions (or lack thereof), and Obama's only concern should be carrying out the alliance with Israel and defending her.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

D-Day We Remember

We remember and thank all of our D-Day veterans today and as always we thank everyone who has served, is serving, and their families. God bless y'all and our great Republic. I have posted Reagan's speech before, but it is worth relinking to, here is part I and II and the videos for this D-Day are FDR's prayer and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

FDR's D-Day Prayer


BATTLE HYMN OF THE US REPUBLIC 2007 AD