Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ron Paul - Clear Winner

This was an interesting debate tonight.  I felt, without a doubt, this was Ron Paul's best debate.  He was on the offensive, he was clear, he was precise, he looked the part.  Mitt Romney easily had his worst debate performance yet.  His $10,000 bet was a horrible choice.  It shows he has no clue how much $10,000 is to most people in the country.  Some families cannot even afford to spend $10,000 on a vehicle, let alone betting.  Newt Gingrich struggled early on, but being a career politician he was able to quickly throw up his counterfeit conservative mask in the second half of the debate.  Michelle Bachmann blew her chance by repeating 999 and Herman Cain too much.  Rick Perry provided comic relief with his facial expressions and managed a few good points.  Rich Santorum just looked like his usual angry and arrogant self. 

ABC News made a horrible mistake by completely skipping over Paul in the post-debate discussion.  Paul has a serious chance to win in Iowa and they only look foolish when they ignore him.

Ron Paul Draws Big Crowds and Many Undecided Voters in Iowa

Ron Paul Draws Big Crowds and Many Undecided Voters in Iowa: By all accounts, Ron Paul is on a roll in Iowa. In the latest ABC News / Washington post poll, Paul is tied with Mitt Romney for second place in the state. Paul has visited the Hawkeye State more than 50 times since he declared...

Rep. Robin Vos: Historic Jobs Bill Unveiled

Assembly GOP Introduce Mining Legislation

Wisconsin has an amazing opportunity knocking at its door: use part of the state's past for our economic future. On Thursday, Assembly Republicans introduced a comprehensive mining bill that protects the environment and produces thousands of jobs for generations of Wisconsin workers.

Wisconsin has one of the largest iron ore deposits in North America. It's located in Iron County, which happens to be one of the most economically depressed areas in the state. However, with the implementation of this bill, that area could see a major economic turn around.
The new proposed mine near Hurley is expected to create:

What if Freedom Were Temporary? by Andrew P. Napolitano

What if Freedom Were Temporary? by Andrew P. Napolitano

What if our rights didn't come from God or from our humanity, but from the government? What if the government really thinks we're not unique individuals with immortal souls, but just public property? What if we were only entitled to our natural rights if it pleased the government? What if our rights could be stripped away whenever the government considers us to be its enemy?

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EU Nations Need To Slash Their Runaway Spending — Not A U.S. Bailout -

EU Nations Need To Slash Their Runaway Spending — Not A U.S. Bailout -

Friday, December 09, 2011

Ron Paul Interview Today With Megyn Kelly

h/t: The Daily Paul

The Truth About the Refugees: Israel Palestinian Conflict

Founding Fathers Quote

The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.

Benjamin Franklin

Rand Paul: Gingrich ‘diametrically opposed’ to Tea Party position - The Hill's Video

Rand Paul: Gingrich ‘diametrically opposed’ to Tea Party position - The Hill's Video

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

December 09, 2011
Senator Johnson Calls on CBO to Reestimate "Dumping" in Obamacare
I decided to run for the Senate in part because of my concerns over Obamacare and what it will do to our economy and future. I started and ran a Wisconsin business that created jobs, made payroll and provided health care.
Once taking office, I swore to myself that I would do everything I could to question this burdensome plan. Accordingly, I had the opportunity to ask Director Elmendorf questions at a Budget Committee hearing on November 15, 2011 about how many private employers would “dump” health care coverage for employees in favor of exchanges. From conversations with health care experts and my own experiences as a private sector health care decision maker, I do not believe that the estimates provided by the CBO are accurate.
Following the hearing I sent a letter to Director Elmendorf on November 29th, 2011 and that culminated in a meeting yesterday. I believe there is sufficient evidence to ask the CBO to re-estimate those numbers and I have done so at yesterday’s meeting. I look forward to seeing CBO’s new analysis of the Obamacare exchanges and I will continue to examine what the true costs of this program will mean for hard-working Americans.
I certainly appreciated Director Elmendorf taking the time to meet with me and providing forthright answers.
Senator Johnson Encourages Constituents to Utilize American Job Creators Page on his Senate Website
All too often, the federal government hinders economic growth instead of promoting it. America's job creators are atttempting to grow their businesses in the face of burdensome regulations, mandates, and taxes. While some regulatory and tax policies are justified, many have negative impacts that our economy cannot afford right now.
This is one reason that I have introduced the Regulation Moratorium and Job Preservation Act. This legislation gives job creators a temporary breather from costly and destructive new regulations. Once unemployment falls below 7.8 percent, the regulation moraratorium would be lifted. Common-sense reforms like this one can help encourage economic growth when millions of Americans are out of work.
How are policies of the federal government impacting your company? What are some examples of federal regulations that prevent your company from expanding? Please let me know. Go to my website: RonJohnson.Senate.Gov. Click on the "Issues & Legislation" tab, and then click "American Job Creators".
Senator Johnson Holds Roundtable on Effects of Obamacare

Senator Johnson Meets with Constituents Traveling from Wisconsin
Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin

This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Monday, December 12th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Manawa Village City Hall, Council Room
500 South Bridge Street, Manawa, WI 54949

Monday, December 12th, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Marion City Hall, Large Room
217 North Main Street, Marion, WI 54950

Monday, December 12th, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Weyauwega Public Library, Downstairs Room
301 South Mill Street, Weyauwega, WI 54983

Tuesday, December 13th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
New London Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
406 South Pearl Street, New London, WI 54961

Tuesday, December 13th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Fremont Village Hall, Council Room
317 Wolf River Drive, Fremont, WI 54940

Tuesday, December 13th, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Winneconne Village Hall, Community Room
30 South 1st Street, Winneconne, WI 54986

Wednesday, December 14th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rice Lake City Hall, Lakeshore Room
30 East Eau Claire Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868

Wednesday, December 14th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Village of Plover Branch Library, Basement Meeting Room
2151 Roosevelt Drive, Plover, WI 54467

Wednesday, December 14th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sawyer County Courthouse, Assembly Room
10610 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843

Thursday, December 15th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bagley Village Hall, Community Room
400 South Jackley Lane, Bagley, WI 53801

An Eventful Year for the GOP Legislative Majority

An Eventful Year for the GOP Legislative Majority

Governor Nikki Haley First Year In Office

A great governor who has had an amazing amount of accomplishments in her first year. Imagine what could have been accomplished if establishment Republicans in the legislature put the state ahead of their own petty egos. In the video below Gov. Haley puts them in their place.

Gun Owners Of America: House Committee Grills Holder Over Fast and Furious

House Committee Grills Holder Over Fast and Furious

Friday, 09 December 2011 13:54

The government’s “gun walking” scandal heated up a Capitol Hill hearing this week.

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice, but Operation Fast and Furious dominated the discussion.

Holder, as he has already done numerous times in testimony before Congress, coninued his practice of stonewalling and deflecting blame for the failed scheme that led to thousands of firearms “walking” across the border into Mexico and into the hands of violent drug cartels.

Committee members grilled Holder on misleading Congress, not dealing appropriately with the individuals who called the shots on Fast and Furious and, even worse, for using the guns that the government allowed to “walk” to Mexico as an excuse for greater gun control in the U.S.

Fast and Furious Leading to More Gun Control

From his opening statement, Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA), a chief congressional investigator looking into Fast and Furious, made clear that gun control, not crime control, is really the main objective of the Obama administration.

Rep. Issa pointed to recent ATF regulations to register many long-gun purchasers in southwest border states:

The idea that regulations, without any approval of Congress, to create databases in the southwestern states…clearly shows that, in fact, this administration is more interested in building databases, more interested in talking about gun control than actually controlling [the Fast and Furious guns].

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a strong ally of gun owners, further pressed the point, assuring Holder that:

If the American people learned that the motivations for [Fast and Furious] was somehow to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the Department’s ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry.

Rep. Franks went on to read from an email between Mark Chait, ATF Field Operations Assistant Director, and Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious. Chait wrote:

Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same [licensed gun dealer] and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.

The demand letter Chait was referring to is a regulation (which is in violation of federal laws protecting gun owners’ privacy) requiring more than 8,500 firearms dealers in four states to report multiple sales of long guns to the ATF.

In other words, the Justice Department helped to create a huge mess, and is now seeking more authority to regulate firearms to clean it up. At the same time, the Department has taken no action to hold anyone accountable within the government.

No Accountability at ATF

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) questioned the Attorney General about holding specific people responsible for the government’s actions.
“Who is the person in the United States government that made the decision…to facilitate the guns going to Mexico,” Rep. Poe asked Holder, who claimed not to know.

After the hearing, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren brought up that question to committee member Steve King (R-IA).

“Whoever was so stupid to authorize this operation…is still sitting there with the Justice Department because no one will tell us who the one is with such flawed judgment,” Van Susteren said.

King replied that, “If Eric Holder will not identify that person or answer that question, you have to wonder if Eric Holder isn’t the person.”

Holder remains defiant, and has rebuffed calls to step down or to fire those involved.

GOA Petitions Congress to Get ATF off the Backs of Gun Owners

President Obama and his Attorney General are clearly going after American gun owners, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal of more gun control.

Eric Holder should be fired immediately for his mishandling of Fast and Furious, and then further investigated for possible criminal wrongdoing.

But there needs to be more done, which is why GOA is urging Congress to take firearms out of the ATF’s jurisdiction.

The Fast and Furious scandal is not an isolated incident, but just the latest in a long string of abuses by the agency. As far back as 1982, a Senate committee noted that ATF “has trampled upon the second amendment by chilling the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms by law-abiding citizens.”

But even in light of its many documented abuses, the agency has continued to grow in its budget, personnel, and mission.

This rogue, unconstitutional agency is dedicated to infringing on Americans’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms. And left unchecked, they will regulate it right out of existence.

If you haven’t already signed the petition, please do it today. Citing a long string of agency abuses, it asks the Congress to exercise its constitutional authority to get the ATF out of the firearms business. The petition goes directly to your Representative and two Senators.

The ATF has abused the rights of gun owners for far too long. If enough Americans make their voices heard, we can do away with this unconstitutional agency.

So please, click here to sign the petition today, and then help spread the word.

Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul

Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul

By Patrick J. Buchanan

In August 2008, as the world’s leaders gathered in Beijing for the Olympic games, Georgian President , hot-headed and erratic, made his gamble for greatness.

It began with a stunning artillery barrage on Tskhinvali, capital of tiny South Ossetia, a province that had broken free of Tbilisi when Tbilisi broke free of . As Ossetians and Russian peacekeepers fell under the Georgian guns, terrified Ossetians fled into .

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URGENT MESSAGE From the Troops

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Business Insider: The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US

STRATFOR Dispatch: Foreign Interventions and Jihadists in Somalia

Founding Fathers Quote

But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to the United States.

Alexander Hamilton

Ron Paul: Foreign Policy & Israel

A must watch video for anyone who has questions on Ron Paul's stands on Israel and foreign policy. This was a brilliant move by the campaign to put to rest an increasing amount of false information. I am a life-long, passionate, supporter of Israel and I strongly support Ron Paul who would allow Israel to be independent and free from the constant meddling from the White House.

It seems every president, nearing the end of his term, decides to make Israeli and Palestinian peace their pet project. Well, it is not a project. It is life and death struggle for the Israelis against a hateful and unrelenting enemy who will not be happy until Israel is wiped from the face of the earth. 

The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran

The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By Scott Stewart

There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about a “cold war” being waged by the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies against Iran. Such a struggle is certainly taking place, but in order to place recent developments in perspective, it is important to recognize that the covert intelligence war against Iran (and the Iranian response to this war) is clearly not a new phenomenon.

Indeed, STRATFOR has been chronicling this struggle since early 2007. Our coverage has included analyses of events such as the defection to the West of Iranian officials with knowledge of Tehran’s nuclear program; the Iranian seizure of British servicemen in the Shatt al Arab Waterway; the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists; the use of the Stuxnet worm to cripple Iranian uranium enrichment efforts; and Iranian efforts to arm its proxies and use them as a threat to counteract Western pressure. These proxies are most visible in Iraq and Lebanon, but they also exist in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

While the covert intelligence war has been under way for many years, the tempo of events that can readily be identified as part of it has been increasing over the past few months. It is important to note that many of these events are the result of hidden processes begun months or even years previously, so while visible events may indeed be increasing, the efforts responsible for many of them began to increase much earlier. What the activities of recent months do tell us is that the covert war between Iran and its enemies will not be diminishing anytime soon. If anything, with the current withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Iranian nuclear efforts continuing, we likely will see the results of additional covert operations — and evidence of the clandestine activity required to support those operations.

Ramping Up

All eyes were on this covert intelligence war after The New York Times published an article Jan. 15 reporting that the United States and Israel worked together to create and launch Stuxnet against the Iranian nuclear program. The visible events related to the intelligence war maintained a relatively steady pace until Oct. 11, when the U.S. Department of Justice announced that two men had been charged in New York with taking part in a plot by the Iranian Quds Force to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, on U.S. soil.

In early November, a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was issued detailing Iranian efforts toward a nuclear weapons program. While this report did not contain any major revelations, it did contain new specifics and was more explicit than previous IAEA reports in its conclusion that Iran was actively pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The IAEA report resulted in an Israeli-led diplomatic and public relations campaign urging more effective action against Iran, ranging from more stringent sanctions to military operations.

Then, in the early afternoon of Nov. 12, explosions occurred at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ballistic missile base near Tehran, killing 17 people, including a high-ranking IRGC commander who was a critical figure in Iran’s ballistic missile program. Iran has insisted the blast was accidental, but speculation has since spread that the explosion could have been part of a sabotage operation carried out by Israeli intelligence. Israeli intelligence officials also have undertaken not-so-subtle efforts to ensure that outside observers believe they were responsible for the blasts.
Later on Nov. 12, the Bahraini government went public with the discovery of an alleged plot involving at least five Bahrainis traveling through Syria and Qatar to carry out attacks against government and diplomatic targets in Bahrain. Iran vehemently denied it was involved and portrayed the plot as a fabrication, just as it responded to the alleged plot against the Saudi ambassador.

The next day, the Iranian press reported that Ahmad Rezai, the son of Mohsen Rezai — who is the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, a former IRGC commander and a presidential contender — was found dead at a hotel in Dubai. The deputy head of the Expediency Council told the Iranian press that the son’s death was suspicious and caused by electric shocks, while other reports portrayed the death as a suicide.

On Nov. 20, the Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the CIA had suspended its operations in Lebanon following the arrest of several of its sources due to sloppy tradecraft on the part of CIA case officers assigned to Beirut. Following this report, the Iranian government announced that it had arrested 12 CIA sources due to tradecraft mistakes. We have been unable to determine if the reports regarding Lebanon are true, merely CIA disinformation or a little of both. Certainly, the CIA would like the Iranians to believe it is no longer active in Lebanon. Even if these reports are CIA spin, they are quite interesting in light of the Oct. 11 announcement of the thwarted assassination plot in the United States and the Nov. 12 announcement of the arrests in Bahrain.

On Nov. 21, the United States and the United Kingdom launched a new wave of sanctions against Iran based on the aforementioned IAEA report. The new sanctions were designed to impact Iran’s banking and energy sector. In fact, the United Kingdom took the unprecedented step of totally cutting off Iran’s Central Bank from the British financial sector. The Canadian government undertook similar action against the Central Bank of Iran.

On Nov. 28, there were unconfirmed press reports of an explosion in Esfahan, one of Iran’s largest cities. These reports were later echoed by a STRATFOR source in Israel, and U.S. sources have advised that explosions did occur in Esfahan and that they caused a significant amount of damage. Esfahan is home to numerous military and research and development facilities, including some relevant to Iran’s nuclear efforts. We are unsure which facilities at Esfahan were damaged by the blasts and are trying to identify them.

Elsewhere on Nov. 28, Iran’s Guardians Council, a clerical organization that provides oversight of legislation passed by Iran’s parliament, approved a bill to expel the British ambassador and downgrade diplomatic relations between the two countries. The next day, Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, along with the British Embassy’s residential compound in the city. The angry — and well-orchestrated — mob was protesting the sanctions announced Nov. 21. Iranian authorities did not stop the mob from storming either facility.

On Dec. 1, the European Union approved new sanctions against some 180 Iranian individuals and companies over Iran’s support of terrorism and its continued nuclear weapons program. The European Union did not approve a French proposal to impose a full embargo on Iranian oil.

In the early hours of Dec. 4, a small improvised explosive device detonated under a van parked near the British Embassy building in Manama, Bahrain. The device, which was not very powerful, caused little structural damage to the vehicle and none to the building itself.

The next day, an unnamed U.S. official confirmed Dec. 4 reports from several Iranian news outlets that Iran had recovered an RQ-170 “Sentinel” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Iranian territory. The Iranian reports claimed that Iranian forces were responsible for bringing down the Sentinel — some even said the Iranians were able to hack into the UAV’s command link. U.S. officials have denied such reports, and it is highly unlikely that Iran was able to take control of a UAV and recover it intact.


The United States is currently in the process of completing the withdrawal of its combat forces from Iraq. With the destruction of the Iraqi military in 2003, the U.S. military became the only force able to counter Iranian conventional military strength in the Persian Gulf region. Because of this, the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will create a power vacuum that the Iranians are eager to exploit. The potential for Iran to control a sphere of influence from western Afghanistan to the Mediterranean is a prospect that not only frightens regional players such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey but also raises serious concerns in the United States.

As we have noted before, we don’t believe that a military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities alone is the answer to the regional threat posed by Iran. Iran’s power comes from its ability to employ its conventional forces and not nuclear weapons. Therefore, strikes against its nuclear weapons program would not impact Iran’s conventional forces or its ability to interfere with the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz by using its conventional forces asymmetrically against U.S. naval power and commercial shipping. Indeed, any attack on Iran would have to be far broader than just a one-off attack like the June 1981 Israeli strike at Osirak, Iraq, that crippled Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program.

Because of this difficulty, we have seen the Israelis, Americans and their allies attacking Iran through other means. First of all, they are seeking to curb Iran’s sphere of influence by working to overthrow the Syrian regime, limit Syria’s influence in Iraq and control Hezbollah in Lebanon. They are also seeking to attack Iran’s nuclear program by coercing officials to defect, assassinating scientists and deploying cyberwarfare weapons such as the Stuxnet worm.

It is also necessary to recognize that covert action does not occur in a vacuum. Each covert activity requires a tremendous amount of clandestine intelligence-gathering in order to plan and execute it. With so much covert action happening, the clandestine activity undertaken by all sides to support it is obviously tremendous. But as the frequency of this activity increases, so can sloppy tradecraft.

Finally, as we examine this campaign it is remarkable to note that not only are Iran’s enemies using covert methods to stage attacks on Iran’s nuclear program and military capabilities, they are also developing new and previously unknown methods to do so. And they have shown a willingness to allow these new covert attack capabilities to be unveiled by using them — which could render them useless for future attacks. This willingness to use, rather than safeguard, revolutionary new capabilities strongly underscores the importance of this covert campaign to Iran’s adversaries. It also indicates that we will likely see other new forms of covert warfare emerge in the coming months, along with revolutionary new tactical applications of older forms.

Read more: The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran | STRATFOR

You Stink!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Press Release: In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Discusses Authentic Support for Israel

In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Discusses Authentic Support for Israel

U.S. should be a friend and ally to Israel – not a “master” as current foreign policy promotes

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul recently discussed his position vis a vis the State of Israel and foreign policy in general.

In an interview published online, the 12-term Congressman from Texas describes how the United States as a true ally and friend would not limit Israel’s right to defend herself. Nor would the U.S., under a fairer aid and diplomatic framework, fund Israel’s enemies and create greater Middle East instability.

Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel
By Doug Wead*

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul confirmed his support for Israel, but cautioned that while the United States should be a “friend” of the Jewish state, America should not be the “master” of Israel.

Paul also says the United States should not dictate Israel’s borders or try to “buy her allegiance” with massive amounts of foreign aid. He argued that foreign aid has actually hurt – not helped – the Jewish state.

The interview was conducted by Newsmax contributor Doug Wead, a presidential historian and New York Times best-selling author.

Paul has recently come under fire from some Jewish groups in America. The Republican Jewish Coalition banned Paul from a debate on Jewish issues in Washington this week because of his “misguided and extreme views,” according to the group’s executive director, Matt Brooks.

Newsmax chatted with Paul to get his side of the issue as the Texas Republican is surging in some presidential polls.

A new Washington Post-ABC News survey in Iowa shows him threatening Mitt Romney as the second-leading candidate behind Newt Gingrich. Paul is now tied with Romney in the early caucus state with 18 percent of the vote, behind Gingrich’s 33 percent.

Rep. Paul’s interview with Newsmax follows:

Newsmax: What should our relationship be with Israel?

Ron Paul: We should be their friend and their trading partner. They are a democracy and we share many values with them. But we should not be their master. We should not dictate where their borders will be nor should we have veto power over their foreign policy.
This is not just about Israel, by the way, this is about how we should conduct ourselves with other countries around the world…

For the full article, click here.

[*Newsmax contributor Doug Wead is a presidential historian and bestselling author. He also serves as a senior advisor for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign.]

Ten Years to Greece - HUMAN EVENTS

Ten Years to Greece - HUMAN EVENTS

Ron Paul: The 45th President Of The United States

GOP uses Obama-Harper meeting to push Keystone oil sands pipeline - The Hill's E2-Wire

GOP uses Obama-Harper meeting to push Keystone oil sands pipeline - The Hill's E2-Wire

Way Up North: December 7: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Way Up North: December 7: Remembering Pearl Harbor: Last year, I toured Pearl Harbor, and had the great honor to meet two survivors of the USS Arizona. Humble gentlemen, both of them. I wrot...

The 2012 Presidential Candidates on Official English Issues

The 2012 Presidential Candidates on Official English Issues

Fast And Furious: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money - HUMAN EVENTS

Fast And Furious: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money - HUMAN EVENTS

We Remember A Day of Infamy

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Let's keep in prayer all of our veterans who served so proudly on that day and all of our current armed forces.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Scott Walker Ad: Education

Presidential Power, Explained. – Tenth Amendment Center

Presidential Power, Explained. – Tenth Amendment Center

STRATFOR Dispatch: Perceptions Versus Reality in the Russian Elections

Ron Paul Ad - Newt Gingrich Serial Hypocrisy 60 second

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Monday, November 5, 2011

RSC Update: Help Small Businesses by Reining in Red Tape

From the Chairman

Small business owners recently told Gallup that government regulations are the most important problem they face, and it’s a problem that just keeps getting worse. The 2011 Federal Register is already more than 75,000 pages long! Conservatives have looked all year long for ways to relieve our economy from this relentless onslaught of overregulation. The House will take another step this week by passing the REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny).

H.R. 10, the REINS Act requires both Congress and the President to sign-off on all major new rules created by federal agencies. The end result will be more accountability and fewer job-killing regulations. This win-win scenario is exactly why the REINS Act was included in the RSC’s Jobs Through Growth Act.

I also encourage you to print off and distribute copies of this handy Jobs Through Growth Act pocket card. While President Obama’s various stimulus proposals seem to be more about his job than anyone else’s, the plan put together by House conservatives has the bold ideas needed to make a real, positive impact on our economy.

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. Doug Lamborn (CO-05): Constitution Dictates a Duty to Protect Our Citizens; Roll Call, November 30.

· Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21): The White House Needs to Come Clean on Elena Kagan; The Washington Post, December 1.

· Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01): U.S. Warned That It Would Defund UNESCO; Roll Call, December 1.

· Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03): Pull the Plug on Electric Vehicle Subsidies; USA Today, December 1.

· Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05): Extending Payroll Tax Cut Without Offsets Will Extend U.S. Debt; The U.S. News & World Report, December 2.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. Jeff Landry (LA-03) introduced H.R. 3551, the Social Security Preservation through Individual Choice Enhancement (SSPICE) Act, which turns the payroll tax holiday into an opt-in system, allowing each worker to annually decide if he or she wants to continue receiving the holiday.

· Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) introduced H.R. 3511, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, which would save lives and protect citizens who use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in emergencies.

· House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) introduced H.R. 3521, the Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act, which is a bipartisan bill to help lawmakers target wasteful government spending to reduce the deficit and create a more conducive environment for job creation.

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

· On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.

· On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 3463, to reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission, and H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act.

· On Friday, the House passed H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 10, the REINS Act.

· On Thursday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Prevention Act. (See the RSC’s April Golden Turkey Award, All We Are Is Dust in the Wind, for more information)

· The Senate is expected to consider Richard Cordray’s CFPB nomination, along with legislation on appropriations, payroll tax, unemployment insurance, and Medicare physician payments.

RSC Reports

· The RSC Golden Turkey Award: New FERC Ruling Tramples Private Property Rights

· 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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Northwoods Patriots: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TOP TEN CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION...: The Daily Caller -- 12/4/2011 -- Ilya Shapiro discussion on health care and federal mandates

Founding Fathers Quote

We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?

John Page

Indefinite Detention and American Citizens - Sen. Rand Paul - National Review Online

Indefinite Detention and American Citizens - Sen. Rand Paul - National Review Online

Ron Paul on State of the Union 12/5/11

Monday, December 05, 2011

New Ron Paul Ad - BIG DOG

Time For The Republican Party To Care About Civil Liberties

Watching Huckabee's Presidential Forum last night I was, once again, left wondering if the Republican Party is still the place for me. If the Republican Party is no longer going to stand up for civil liberties, they are going to lose a lot of voters like myself.

I am what is often referred to as a political junkie, I have almost 20 years of volunteer experience. Everything from letters to editors to running a campaign office. I do not miss voting in elections and I have never voted for a Democrat, and never would. I am finding myself more and more drawn to the Libertarian Party, even though I am more hawkish on defense, simply because the Republicans continue to grow government and advocate for a police state.

I did not serve my country in uniform and volunteer for years so that there could be cameras on every street corner, national security letters, and indefinite detentions to name a few. Do you think Thomas Jefferson's vision for our Republic was ATF agents and local police departments with drones and armoured personnel carriers? How do you think he would feel about assassinating American citizens?

The only candidate that I could even think of supporting in the Republican field is Ron Paul. None of the other candidates even pretend to care about civil liberties. There is always one excuse, after another, of why we have to violate civil liberties and the Constitution.  Not everyone accused and charged by the government is guilty, and not every innocent person is ultimately exonerated.  The government does tear apart innocent families every day and even when a citizen does clear their name they are often left with crippling legal debt. 
Rather than the caviler approach many Republicans take when advocating for more power for the government, we should be concerned whether the government has the right to that power and how will it be misused.  Republicans like Rick Santorum are just as bad as Obama, they just go about destroying the Republic in different ways; Obama through abortion and war and Santorum through law enforcement and war.  For all the attacks on Ron Paul, it is clear to me he is the one candidate actually concerned with the devastation government can cause.  It is time to elect someone who takes their oath serious and in my opinion that is Ron Paul.