Friday, April 22, 2011

Where Is The Conservative Agenda

Conservatives were excited when Scott Walker won the governorship and the Republicans took the State Senate and Assembly. After the election Democrats provide us with the perfect opportunity, throwing one of their tantrums they fled the state. Did Gov. Walker and the Republican majorities take advantage of this and pass the conservative agenda? No they wasted that opportunity.

Now we're headed into the State Supreme Court recount and we still have no voter ID law. It's time our Republican majorities prove that they're worthy of the seats they hold. Here is a list of the agenda items an Milwaukee radio host and state conservatives compiled last November. As you read through the last ask yourself how many of these items have the Republicans even attempted to do anything about.

An Agenda To Move Wisconsin Forward

Yesterday on Jay Weber's radio show he had callers give their agenda for the Republicans in Wisconsin. It was an exciting segment and he was kind enough to type up the list and put it on his website. I put the list below and agree with basically every suggestion.

One suggestion that I did not see was some sort of parental rights legislation. I think too many places have been meddling in roles that rightfully belong to the parent.


1. Pass voter ID.
2. Eliminate same day voter registration.
3. Pass conceal carry.
4. Join the national lawsuit to repeal Obamacare.
5. Repeal combined reporting and pass a package of pro-business legislation.
6. Kill off the high speed rail project and all wasteful commuter train projects.
7. Kill off the Regional Transit Authority Board. Don’t create any boards that have taxing authority.
8. Bring back TABOR or some taxpayer bill of rights.
9. End the minimum markup law.
10. End all state mandates and subsidies for Ethanol.
11. Get rid of the mandatory emissions test for Wisconsin autos.
12. End the state tax on Health Savings Accounts.
13. Repeal the Planned Parenthood sponsored Sex Education bill.
14. Allow school districts to negotiate for health insurance on the free market.
15. Create a rainy day fund from excess or unexpected revenues that pour into the state coffers during boom times.
16. Eliminate the state income tax on retiree pensions to help keep them in Wisconsin.
17. Freeze the property taxes of retirees to keep retirees in Wisconsin.
18. Move on reasonable Tort reform.
19. Undo the mandatory car insurance law that Doyle and the democrats passed as a gift to the trial lawyers.
20. Ten percent across the board pay cuts for all state employees.
21. Repeal the law that allows the state to kill off Indian team nicknames.
22. Investigate and reform the state’s child welfare system.
23. Go after the fraud in the Food Shares program.
24. End early retirement for public employees, so they can no longer live off of a state pension longer than they ever worked at the job.
25. Change the state law to make MATC and other tech school boards elected positions and accountable to the taxpayers.
26. Reinstitute the QEO for teacher pay.
27. Eliminate the rule that has Wisconsin taxpayers paying for 2/3 of the cost for all school building projects.
28. Drop the residency requirements for Milwaukee school teachers and city workers.
29. Negotiate new or different compacts with the Wisconsin Indian tribes.
30. Require Wisconsin cities to enforce immigration laws. No Sanctuary cities.
31. End any state funding of National Public Radio.
32. Stop the excessive building of roundabouts.
33. Reform the DNR. End gimmicks like. Earn-a-buck and the wholesale slaughter of herds as a ‘management tool’ for CWD.
34. Change the law to require DNR wardens to get search warrants before they can search cabins and property.
35. Repeal the statewide smoking ban.
36. End the ridiculous rule that says every state building project needs to set aside one percent of the total cost of the project for artwork.
37. Expand and/or allow for statewide School Choice.
38. Expand and/or allow for more Virtual Schools.
39. Increase the reimbursement rate for doctors who see patients on welfare.
40. Review, reform and reduce the number of people on Badgercare.
41. Review and repeal the so-called ‘smart growth’ environmental requirements and restrictions, which have hit the point of absurdity.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Founding Fathers Quote

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Website Update

I just added a 2012 presidential candidates page. So far it only list one candidate, I will list the additional freedom loving candidates as they declare their intention to run.

Our America - The Gary Johnson Initiative



Sounds good. If you'd like to learn more about former Gov. Gary Johnson you can visit his campaign site by clicking here.

Gary Johnson announces presidential bid, plans to ski Tuckerman Ravine - Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011

Gary Johnson announces presidential bid, plans to ski Tuckerman Ravine - Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011

Your Privacy Exported out of State

Your Privacy Exported out of State

Gov. Scott Walker Answers Your Questions Part 2

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Part 1 here.

Catholic League News Release

TIMES SQUARE NUNS


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the response to two Broadway plays depicting nuns:


"Sister Act" opened on Broadway this week, much to the delight of the New York Times. The script, however, was shallow. We're being nice. The Times, in characteristic form, was not. Charles Isherwood couldn't resist throwing a sucker punch, noting that "this sentimental story of a bad girl showing the good sisters how to get down has all the depth of a communion wafer, and possibly a little less bite." Which only goes to show that even when a play about nuns does not offend, there is no guarantee that some critics won't find an opportunity to do so.


Another play, "High," features a recovering alcoholic, gutter-mouth nun, the kind of sister that warms the heart of Broadway aficionados. Though Kathleen Turner manages to keep her clothes on for a change, she wishes someone could have dressed up the score: the play opened April 19, and a week later it was announced that its last performance will be this Sunday. Evidently, we can't blame Turner. Here is what Matthew Lombardo, the play's creator, said in response to why he chose Turner: "In a word, I needed a broad, and when you think of a broad, you think of Kathleen Turner." But I guess this broad didn't cut it as a nun.


In case the snickering class wants to meet real nuns, we suggest they check out the Sisters of Life. They are in sharp contrast to the Times Square nuns featured on Broadway, and quite unlike their imposters, they know how to succeed without denigrating themselves.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

Year After Oil Spill, Obama Energy Policy Endangers Economy



By The Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sore Loser Kloppenburg Wants A Recount

No surprise here Democrats love spending taxpayer money. Hopefully this will motivate Wisconsin Libertarians and Republicans to donate money and make sure the Democrats stay in the minority.

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

Rep. Michele Bachmann On Obama's Ideology

Governor CL "Butch" Otter Says No Thank You to Obamacare

In a strong show of leadership Gov. C.L. Otter stood up to Obama's power grab through his unconstitutional healthcare law.
 
C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER


GOVERNOR

News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2011

11:028

CONTACT: Jon Hanian

(208) 334-2100

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITS STATE AGENCIES FROM IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE


(BOISE) – Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter issued an executive order today imposing a State prohibition on receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – often called "Obamacare."
Executive Order 2011-03 uses portions of House Bill 298, a so-called "nullification bill" that was approved by the Legislature this year. The executive order directs State agencies not to establish new programs, promulgate rules or accept federal funding to implement Obamacare. It also bars State agencies from assisting federal agencies in implementing the law.

A copy of the executive order can be found here.


"The Legislature clearly wanted to send a message to the national government this session, expressing its frustration with Obamacare. I agree with the message and know the debate about Obamacare would be vastly different, if not completely unnecessary, if the national government adhered to the Tenth Amendment," Governor Otter wrote in a three-page letter to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, explaining his veto of House Bill 298, which sought to entirely "nullify" the federal law's application in Idaho.

"I also agree with the Legislature and the sponsors of this bill that now is not the time to implement Obamacare. However, it is equally unacceptable to forego exploring viable state solutions to our healthcare needs and allowing the national government to assert more control over Idahoans," the Governor wrote. A copy of his letter can be found here.

While Executive Order 2011-03 bars State agencies from implementing Obamacare, it does allow the Idaho departments of Insurance and Health and Welfare to continue developing a State health insurance exchange. The Governor said that would prevent the federal government from controlling the state's insurance market by administering an exchange of its own in Idaho.

"I had worked in the health insurance field for over 30 years and applaud the Governor for allowing Idaho to remain in control and giving our citizens the reins for our own solution to healthcare reform,"Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Richard Armstrong said. "I am confident that Idaho's expertise and can-do attitude will design an exchange that provides better access for families and employers, while also preserving the health insurance marketplace.""

Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation – which worked closely with legislative sponsors of House Bill 298 – said the executive order was a positive alternative.

"When we started the year, our No. 1 priority was to stop the operability of Obamacare in Idaho. The Governor's executive order meets our objectives by using our language from House bills 117 and 298 to send a powerful message that the State of Idaho will not be a willing partner in the implementation of an unconstitutional federal law," Hoffman said. "It is an important step in the right direction for Idaho and for freedom. We are grateful to the Governor for his action as well as the hard work of Senators Pearce, Fulcher, Vick and Nuxoll, and Representatives Barbieri and Boyle, on this issue."

Senator Russ Fulcher of Meridian, one of the Senate cosponsors, also welcomed Governor Otter's action.

"The intent of H298 was to lawfully discourage the implementation of Obamacare in Idaho," he said. "To me it doesn't matter if that happens through legislation or executive order. I am just thankful to have the Governor's support on the issue."


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Obama hates the South

In June of 2010 I wrote a post entitled "Does Obama Hate The South?" in it I laid out several examples of natural disasters Obama has ignored in the South. Now here's another natural disaster that has hit the South and Obama is nowhere to be seen. How much more proof do we need that Obama hates the South. I think it's safe to say that this president is only concerned with the welfare of liberal states and certain minority groups. If you don't belong to either one of those you're on your own. which would not be bad except Obama is constantly forcing new laws and regulations on the same people he despises.

While I'm on the subject of Obama and the South, I wanted to point out this video of Obama's irritation with a Texas reporter. I would also like to know where is Houston's space shuttle? That is a decision that should be getting considerably more attention.

Pumping Out Great News

STRATFOR Dispatch: China's New Weapons Systems



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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

PBS's Autism Now Looks At The Explosion In Autism Diagnosis

PBS really should be complemented for their " Autism Now " special. I normally don't watch PBS but their approach with this special is completely unbiased and chalked full of useful information.

Autism Now: Exploring the 'Phenomenal' Increase in U.S. Prevalence


Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

Obama The Worst President In My Lifetime

It is amazing how quickly one determined man can destroy a Republic. Obama's far from the first president to work towards the destruction of our Constitution. But he is continuing at a ever-increasing pace to divide this Republic and the consequences are not what the left is hoping for. I believe the left is so arrogant and naive to believe that they will create a socialist utopia as long as they can rid themselves of the Conservatives and Constitution. Instead more likely they'll end up with a war of independence among several states. The result of which will be panicked liberals begging for protection from their conservative neighbors.

Only a fool would purposely trying to destroy the greatest Republican the history of this Earth. Obama is actively destroying our energy sector in the process devastating states like Alaska and Louisiana. While billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs are lost throughout our country Obama sits back and enjoys himself without a care in the world some might even say without even a thought. As gas races toward four dollars a gallon every day people are struggling to feed and clothe their families. And they can thank Obama and the radical Democrat party along with their willing accomplices in the Republican Party; you know like Lindsey Graham.

It's time we call Obama out regularly as not only the worst president but as the decisive, backstabbing,  intellectual-lightweight that he is. We cannot afford to allow the liberal historians to write the history of this presidency because it's a dangerous presidency one that threatens our our way of life. We must learn from this mistake and vote this divider and chief out and make sure that no socialist, racist lightweight ever gets elected to the presidency again. Our votes are sacred, hopefully more Americans will start to notice. I don't know if we can save the Republic, it could be too late but don't you want to go down fighting? I know I would.

More Snow: Updated

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor. Snow is falling pretty heavy now, just since I've taken the photo the entire lawn is now covered.



Noooooooooooo!
 Update:

It's continuing to come down heavy, visibility is down to about 300 yards. Click on the photos to see a large view.


If you need me, I'll be in New Mexico.


Founding Fathers Quote

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison

Propaganda posters of Soviet space program 1958-1963 · Russia travel blog

Propaganda posters of Soviet space program 1958-1963 · Russia travel blog

israel today | IDF nabs terrorist butchers of Jewish family - israel today

israel today IDF nabs terrorist butchers of Jewish family - israel today

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RSC Update: House Republicans Embrace Path to Prosperity


From the Chairman
It has been said a million times, but it bears repeating still: America’s enormous borrowing is catching up with us. The costs of doing nothing are very real. Medicare is going bankrupt. Future Social Security beneficiaries face an abrupt 22% benefit cut. Americans of all ages face massive tax increases, skyrocketing interest payments, and fewer job opportunities. We cannot tax and borrow ourselves out of this problem. We have to save Medicare and Social Security, cut wasteful spending, and get Washington out of the way of job creation. And we need to start today.

The Budget Committee proposal that House Republicans approved last week begins this important work. Called The Path to Prosperity, this budget cuts $6.2 trillion from President Obama’s spending plan – without raising taxes by a penny. During the budget debate, RSC members presented  a plan that would have built on the Budget Committee’s proposal and balanced in just nine years. Although I was disappointed that our balanced budget proposal did not get the votes required for passage, I fully supported the Path to Prosperity.

This is a critical time in American history. The choices we make over the next two years will determine what kind of country our children will inherit. I will continue fighting to ensure the American Dream isn’t taken away from our children and grandchildren by those who seek to solve our problems at their expense.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee


RSC Media Activity – RSC 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. Steve King (IA-05): It’s Time to Shut Down the IRS; The Washington Times, April 15.

· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): The Time for Spending Cuts is Now; The Daily Caller, April 15.

· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05): U.S. Taxpayers on the Hook for Portugal Bailout; The Daily Caller, April 18.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Diane Black (TN-06) and Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) introduced H.Con.Res. 36, which would defund Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution, which cuts $38 billion for the remaining six months of the Fiscal Year 2011.

· Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) introduced H.R. 1454, the Congressional Pay Accountability Act, which would require Congress to pass a budget and all appropriations bills – ensuring that the government is fully funded for a given fiscal year – by the beginning of that fiscal year.

· Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced H.R. 1505, National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which would remedy current security gaps that exist on federal lands along our nation’s borders by preventing the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using environmental policies to restrict the U.S. Border patrol from obtaining routine access.

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.

· On Wednesday, the House passed  H.R. 1217, which would repeal a $17.75 billion slush fund in ObamaCare and reasserts Congressional authority to weigh the value of different public health service programs.

· On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1473, a continuing resolution (CR) for the last 6 months of the current budget year.

· Following the CR, the House passed two enrollment correction resolutions. H.Con.Res. 35 would ban any funds from being used to carry out the provisions of ObamaCare, and H.Con.Res. 36 would prevent Planned Parenthood – the country’s largest abortion provider – from receiving taxpayer subsidies.

· On Friday, the House approved its 2012 budget plan, known as the Path to Prosperity.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The House is not in session this week.

RSC Reports
· Each week the House is in session, 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. Jim Jordan, Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
1524 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 226-9717

STRATFOR Dispatch: Delaying the U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq?



STRATFOR

Monday, April 18, 2011

Unhinged Lunatics Message to Madison Tea Party & Sarah Palin

Unhinged Lunatics Message to Madison Tea Party & Sarah Palin

A Serious Look At Autism

PBS, starting tonight, will take a serious look at autism with a six part report entitled "Autism Now". It's important we get to the bottom of what is causing autism. The truth is nobody knows what causes autism for sure.  There seems to be overwhelming evidence that vaccinations could be involved. Of course many in the medical community refuse to even look into it.  That's why I think it's so important Robert MacNeil is giving voice to the concerns.
 
There appears to be two categories; children who seem to have been born with autism and those who change after receiving their vaccinations. Parents know their children and the medical community needs to take these parents' reports more serious, after all who else would know if their child had changed better than a parent.
 
The report, at least the first part, features MacNeil own grandchild and their family's struggles with autism. I found it to be extremely moving and even a little hard to watch, however it was worth every minute. If you're family is affected by autism or you know someone who is, you should definitely watch this program.  However, everyone should be paying attention to autism; no matter what the cause there is one undeniable truth, autism is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. It is now estimated that 1 in every 110 kids is now affected with autism. This report claims that the number is actually now 1 in every 100 kids.
 
No matter which one is accurate something is causing autism to increase at alarming rate in our society. It's time we asked the hard questions why is this happening and why are there no answers.