Friday, December 16, 2011

House cybersecurity bill would establish federal overseer - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

House cybersecurity bill would establish federal overseer - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Americans Don't Approve of Anything Obama Has Done

Winners and Losers In Final Iowa Debate Before Iowa Caucus

Winners and Losers In Final Iowa Debate Before Iowa Caucus: Just ten days before Christmas and 19 days before the Iowa caucuses, the seven GOP candidates met in Sioux City, Iowa for their 13th debate of the year. #13 was lucky for some. Not so great for others: WINNERS: Mitt Romney: He was cool, calm...

McConnell pressures Dems on Keystone - The Hill's Floor Action

McConnell pressures Dems on Keystone - The Hill's Floor Action

The Government as Lawbreaker, Again by Andrew P. Napolitano

The Government as Lawbreaker, Again by Andrew P. Napolitano

Can Congress make legal something that is inherently wrong, and can Congress take a freedom that is a part of our humanity and make its exercise criminal?

If there were no First Amendment, would we still have the freedom of speech? The answer, like many in the law, depends on what values underlie the legal system. If the government is the source of our rights, then without the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech, any government could legally punish you for saying words and expressing thoughts it hated or feared; and it could even silence you before you spoke.

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Russia to build two military posts in disputed Kuril Islands

RIA NovostiKuril IslandsRussia to build two military posts in disputed Kuril Islands
16:49 16/12/2011 The Russian Federal Agency for Special Construction will build two military posts in the disputed Kuril Islands, the agency's chief said on Friday.>>

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

December 16, 2011
Senator Johnson Cosponsors Pro-Growth Budgeting Act
America’s fiscal and economic health have both deteriorated badly in recent years. Under President Obama, we’ve lost 1.6 million jobs, and we’ve run three straight years of deficits over $1 trillion.
Congress needs the best available data as it addresses these serious challenges – and the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act provides that. It gives Congress a better understanding of the effects of major legislation on Gross Domestic Product, employment, labor supply, and other factors.
The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act requires CBO to supplement its traditional cost estimates with a more dynamic assessment of the impact “major” legislation would have on the economy. It would also report on the potential fiscal effects of legislation, including any estimates of revenue increases or decreases resulting from changes in GDP.
Senator Johnson Discusses the Senate Republican Conference election for Vice-Chair
This week, the Senate Republican conference held leadership elections, and I ran for the position of Vice-Chair. While I did not win this race (press reports indicated the vote count was 22-25), I am tremendously grateful for the level of support I received. I want to thank my colleagues who supported my bid, those who encouraged me to run, and those who spoke to others on my behalf. I also want to thank the grassroots voices outside the Senate who supported my candidacy.
I realize it’s relatively audacious for someone who’s been here for just eleven months to run for leadership, but Washington is bankrupting this nation. We are mortgaging our children’s future – because of a lack of presidential leadership and a do-nothing Senate led by Harry Reid. Washington hasn’t listened. I thought that having an independent voice at the leadership table would help get that message across.
My colleagues chose a different path; they chose someone with different skills. I wish Senator Roy Blunt well. I appreciate his graciousness during the race and I am committed to doing everything I can to help him succeed.
I am here to build consensus, but I believe you build consensus by having all viewpoints at the table. We build consensus among the American people by communicating the extent of the problem. That’s what we need to do. I’m not going to change. I’m pretty tenacious. As a manufacturer, when I see that something is broken, I try to fix it. As long as I’m here, I’m going to do everything I possibly can to fix the problem, and be an independent voice for Wisconsin.
Senator Johnson Holds Roundtable on Cyber Security Issues

Senator Johnson Meets with Constituents Traveling from Wisconsin

Senator Johnson Announces Staff will be in Readstown Next Week

This week, I announced that my staff would be available at the date and location listed below. Mobile office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Monday, December 19th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Readstown Public Library, Meeting Room
129 West Wisconsin Ave, Readstown, WI 54652

1 Big Gov’t Busts of ’11: #7 The Food Police

11 Big Gov’t Busts of ’11: #7 The Food Police

Ted Cruz: The Ghost of Obama's Future

Batman star Christian Bale roughed up while trying to visit China pro-life activist |

Batman star Christian Bale roughed up while trying to visit China pro-life activist

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CNN On The Iowa Caucus And Ron Paul

Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer

Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer

Celebrating Bill of Rights Day by Waving Goodbye to Your Rights

Celebrating Bill of Rights Day by Waving Goodbye to Your Rights

By Grant Davies

Do you think the title to this piece is over the top? I'm sure some of you do. But I can assure you that I'm serious. And as you celebrate Bill of Rights Day today (12-15) you might want to give some thought to the irony of what is going to happen to one of those rights as things unfold on the glorious national holiday that no one has ever heard of.

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The Syria Crisis: Assessing Foreign Intervention

The Syria Crisis: Assessing Foreign Intervention is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By Scott Stewart

The ongoing unrest, violence and security crackdowns in Syria have been the subject of major international attention since February. Our current assessment is that the government and opposition forces have reached a stalemate in which the government cannot quell the unrest and the opposition cannot bring down the regime without outside intervention.

In the Dec. 8 Security Weekly, we discussed the covert intelligence war being waged by the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies against Iran. Their efforts are directed not only against Tehran’s nuclear program but also against Iran’s ability to establish an arc of influence that stretches through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. To that end, the United States and its allies are trying to limit Iran’s influence in Iraq and to constrain Hezbollah in Lebanon. But apparently they are also exploring ways to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad, a longtime ally of Iran whose position is in danger due to the current unrest in the country. In fact, a U.S. State Department official recently characterized the al Assad regime as a “dead man walking.”

We therefore would like to examine more closely the potential external efforts required to topple the Syrian regime. In doing so, we will examine the types of tools that are available to external forces seeking to overthrow governments and where those tools fit within the force continuum, an array of activities ranging from clandestine, deniable activities to all-out invasion. We will also discuss some of the indicators that can be used by outside observers seeking to understand any efforts taken against the Syrian regime.

Syria Is Not Libya

It is tempting to compare Syria to Libya, which very recently was the target of outside intervention. Some similarities exist. The al Assad regime came to power in a military coup around the time the Gadhafi regime took control of Libya, and the regimes are equally brutal. And, like Libya, Syria is a country that is quite divided along demographic and sectarian lines and is governed by a small minority of the population.

However, we must recognize that the situation in Syria is quite different than Libya’s. First, the fault lines along which Syrian society is divided are not as regionally distinct as those of Libya; in Syria, there is no area like Benghazi where the opposition can dominate and control territory that can be used as a base to project power. As our map indicates, protests have occurred throughout Syria, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claims to have a presence in many parts of the country.

The Syria Crisis: Assessing Foreign Intervention
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Moreover, while some low-level, mostly Sunni soldiers have defected from the Alawite-controlled Syrian military to the FSA, Syria has not seen the large-scale military defections that occurred in Benghazi and eastern Libya at the beginning of that conflict that immediately provided the opposition with a substantial conventional military force (sometimes entire units defected). The Syrian military has remained far more unified and intact than the Libyan military.

Second, Syria simply does not have the oil resources Libya does. We have not seen the Europeans push for military intervention in Syria with the same enthusiasm that they did in Libya. Even France, which has been the most vocal of the European countries against Syria, has recently backed away from advocating direct military intervention. The strength of the Syrian military, specifically its air defense system — which is far superior to Libya’s — means military intervention would be far more costly in Syria than in Libya in terms of human casualties and money. In fact, Syria spent some $264 million on air defense weapons in 2009 and 2010 after the embarrassing September 2007 Israeli airstrike on a Syrian nuclear reactor.

With the future of Libya still unclear, it does not appear the United States and Europe have the political will or economic incentive to conduct another major military intervention (operations in Libya were very expensive). We also do not believe that regional powers interested in Syria, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Turkey, could take military action against Syria without U.S. and NATO support.

Regardless, it is important to remember that there are many options foreign governments can apply against the al Assad regime (or any regime, for that matter) that do not constitute outright invasion or even entail an air campaign supported by special operations forces.

The Force Continuum

As we examine some of the actions available along that force continuum, we should keep in mind that the steps are not at all static; there can be much latitude for action within each step. For example, training provided by mercenaries or the CIA’s Special Activities Division is far more low-key, and therefore easier to deny, than training provided by the U.S. Army’s Special Forces.

The least risky and least detectable option for a country pursuing intervention is to ramp up intelligence activities in the target country. Such activities can involve clandestine activities like developing contact with opposition figures or encouraging generals to conduct a coup or defect to the opposition. Clandestine efforts can also include working with opposition groups and non-governmental organizations to improve their information warfare activities. These activities may progress to more obvious covert actions, such as assassinations or sabotage. Most of actions taken in the covert intelligence war against Iran can be placed in this level.

Clandestine and covert activities often are accompanied or preceded by overt diplomatic pressure. This includes press statements denouncing the leadership of the target country, the initiation of resolutions in international organizations, such as the Arab League or the United Nations, and international economic sanctions. These overt measures can also include formally meeting with representatives of the opposition in a third country, as when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Dec. 6 with Syrian opposition members in Geneva.

The next level up the force continuum is to solidify a relationship with the opposition and to begin to provide them with intelligence, training and advice. In the intervention in Libya, this happened fairly early on as foreign intelligence officers and special operations forces traveled to places like Benghazi, then later the Nafusa Mountains, to provide the Libyan opposition with intelligence regarding Gadhafi’s forces, and to begin to train the militia forces to fight. In Syria there is still a very real issue of a lack of unity within the opposition, which is apparently more fragmented than its Libyan counterpart.
The Syria Crisis: Assessing Foreign Intervention
In this level, outside governments often take opposition fighters to a third country for training. This is because of the difficulty involved with training inside the home country, which is controlled by a hostile government that rightfully views the opposition as a threat. Already we are seeing signs that this is happening with the training of FSA members in Turkey.

The next step beyond training and intelligence-sharing is to provide the opposition with funding and other support, which can include food, uniforms, communication equipment, medical assistance and even weapons. To restate a point, providing funding is not as aggressive as providing weapons to the opposition, so there is a great deal of latitude within this level.

When providing weapons, an outside government will usually try to supply opposition forces with arms native to their country. This is done to maintain deniability of assistance. For example, at the outset of international support for the mujahideen who were fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, efforts were made to provide the fighters with weapons consistent with what the Soviets and the Afghan communists were using. However, when those weapons proved insufficient to counter the threat posed by Soviet air superiority, the decision was made to provide U.S. FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) to the Afghan fighters. Tactically, the MANPADS greatly benefited the mujahideen on the battlefield. But since they were advanced, exogenous weapons systems, the MANPADS stripped away any sense of plausible deniability the U.S. might have maintained regarding its operations to arm the Afghans.

We saw a similar situation in Libya in May, when rebels began using Belgian-made FN-FAL battle rifles. While the rebels had looted many Gadhafi arms depots filled with Soviet-era Kalashnikovs, the appearance of the FN-FAL rifles clearly demonstrated that the rebels were receiving weapons from outside patrons. The appearance of Iranian-manufactured bomb components in Iraq in 2006-2007 was another instance of a weapon indicating foreign government involvement in an armed struggle.

Since furnishing weapons foreign to a country eliminates plausible deniability, we are listing it as a separate step on the force continuum. Unveiling the foreign hand can also have a psychological effect on members of the regime by signaling that a powerful foreign actor is supporting the opposition.

The next level begins to bring direct foreign involvement into play. This usually entails foreign special operations forces working with local ground forces and foreign air power being brought to bear. We saw this model used in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, where the CIA, special operations forces and air power augmented Afghan Northern Alliance ground troops and helped them to defeat the Taliban quickly. This model was also used successfully against the Gadhafi regime in Libya.
The highest and least exercised step on the force continuum is foreign invasion, like the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.    

Preludes to Intervention

With this range of actions in mind, outside observers can look for signs that indicate where foreign efforts to support a particular struggle fit along the continuum.

Signs of a clandestine intelligence campaign can include the defection of critical officers, coup attempts or even major splits within the military. When figures such as former Libyan intelligence chief and Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa defected from the Gadhafi regime, they were doing so in response to clandestine intelligence efforts.

Signs of training and support will translate to increased effectiveness by the FSA — if they suddenly begin to employ new tactics, strike new targets, or show the ability to better coordinate actions over a wide geographic area, for example. Another sign of increased effectiveness would be if the FSA began to execute sophisticated asymmetrical warfare operations, such as coordinated ambushes or hit-and-run strikes directed against high-value targets. Foreign trainers will also help the FSA learn how to develop networks within the local population that provide intelligence and supplies, communication, shelter and early warning.

Outside training and intelligence support would lead to an increase in the strategic impact of attacks by armed opposition groups, such as the FSA. The opposition claims to have conducted several strikes against targets like the Syrian Directorate for Air Force Intelligence in suburban Damascus, but such attacks do not appear to have been very meaningful. To date these attacks have served more of a propaganda function than as a means to pursue military objectives. We are carefully monitoring alleged FSA efforts to hit oil and natural gas pipelines to see if they become more systematic and tactically effective. We have heard rumors of American, Turkish, French and Jordanian special operations forces training FSA personnel in Turkey, and if these rumors are true, we should begin to see results of the training in the near future.

As we watch videos and photos coming out of Syria we are constantly looking for evidence of the FSA possessing either an increased weapons supply or signs of external weapons supply. This not only includes a greater quantity of weapons, but different types of weapons, such as anti-tank guided missiles, mortars, mines, MANPADS and improvised explosive devices. We have yet to see either increased weapons or external weapons; the FSA appears to be using the weapons with which they defected.

If outside powers are going to consider launching any sort of air campaign — or establish a no-fly zone — they will first have to step up surveillance efforts to confirm the location and status of Syria’s air defense systems. This will lead to increased surveillance assets and sorties in the areas very close to Syria. Aircraft used in the suppression of air defenses would also be flown into the theater before launching any air operation, and an increase in aircraft, such as U.S. F-16CJ and British Tornado GR4s in Cyprus, Turkey or Greece, is a key indicator to watch. Increased EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, both carrier-based aircraft that regularly transit the region aboard U.S. Carrier Strike Groups, would likewise be important to watch. Aircraft carrier battle groups, cruise missile platforms, and possibly a Marine Expeditionary Unit would also be moved into the region prior to any air campaign.

Like the 2003 invasion of Iraq, any invasion of Syria would be a massive undertaking and there would be clear evidence of a buildup to such an invasion. The likelihood of actions against Syria happening at the top of the force continuum is very remote. Instead we will need to keep focused on the more subtle signs of foreign involvement that will signal what is happening at the lower levels of the scale. After all, any comparison to a “dead man walking” makes one wonder if the United States and its allies will take steps to hasten demise of the al Assad regime.

Read more: The Syria Crisis: Assessing Foreign Intervention | STRATFOR

Tonight: Watch the FOX News and GOP of Iowa Debate

Tonight: Watch the FOX News and GOP of Iowa Debate

Ron Paul On Fox News Channel

Corzine Served Papers | The Weekly Standard

Corzine Served Papers | The Weekly Standard

Ron Paul & Daniel Hannan: A Comparison of Economic Beliefs

Russia's Baltic radar to be fully operational by 2014

RIA NovostiRussia's Baltic radar to be fully operational by 2014        Russia's Baltic radar to be fully operational by 2014

21:08 15/12/2011 Russia’s new anti-missile radar station in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will become fully operational by the middle of 2014, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.>>

Tea Party Money Bomb Message from Ron Paul

Person of the Year

Founding Fathers Quote

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.
Thomas Jefferson

Benn Swann Reality Check: Is Ron Paul really anti-Israel?

h/t: The Daily Paul

Governor Nikki Haley Ask The Governor with Bob McLain

Crivitz School District: Downward Wisconsin? Governor Walker isn't the pro...

Crivitz School District: Downward Wisconsin? Governor Walker isn't the pro...: This was sent to me by a friend. It is very good although it is a little long to read. Thought provoking article . . .Share this with yo...

Press Release Reminder: Ron Paul Campaign Announces Grand Opening Events at Five New State Headquarters

Reminder: Ron Paul Campaign Announces Grand Opening Events at Five New State Headquarters

Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington open doors for debate watch parties

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the public grand openings of five new state operations headquarters, each of which will be open to supporters the evening of Thursday, December 15th for variety of activities including a debate watching party.

Official Ron Paul state operations headquarters in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington will open their doors to Ron Paul supporters for activities ranging from volunteer recruitment and training, campaign materials distribution, special guest appearances, and refreshments. All will take place amid a family-friendly atmosphere and all will feature a debate watching party.

The Republican debate airs at 9:00 p.m. EST on the Fox News Channel. The event is sponsored by Fox News and the Republican Party of Iowa, and will occur at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa. As such, Dr. Paul will be unable to attend these grand opening celebrations.

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An Internet without uploading?

An Internet without uploading?

Job Creators Fighting Back - HUMAN EVENTS

Job Creators Fighting Back - HUMAN EVENTS

STRATFOR Dispatch: U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Turkey

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paul closes in on Gingrich - Public Policy Polling

Paul closes in on Gingrich - Public Policy Polling

Internet piracy bill: A free speech 'kill switch' - The Hill's Congress Blog

Internet piracy bill: A free speech 'kill switch' - The Hill's Congress Blog

KGAN CBS 2 :: Top Stories - Ron Paul Supporters Open First Republican Election Office In Johnson County

KGAN CBS 2 :: Top Stories - Ron Paul Supporters Open First Republican Election Office In Johnson County

h/t: The Daily Paul

Cato Institute: Internet Censorship Is the Wrong Answer to Online Piracy

Founding Fathers Quote

If tyranny & oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

Monday, December 12, 2011

In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level

In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level

STRATFOR Dispatch: The Chinese Navy's Possible Port of Call in the Seychelles

Ron Paul Closing in on First Place in New Iowa Poll

Ron Paul Closing in on First Place in New Iowa Poll

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Monday, December 12, 2011

RSC Update: Everything but the Kitchen Sink This Week

From the Chairman

For the last 11 months, liberals in the Senate and President Obama have blocked almost all the good reforms and spending cuts that Republicans have passed through the House. They backed things up so much that it seems everything but the kitchen sink is on the agenda this week.

Tomorrow, the House will vote on a bill (H.R. 3630) extending through 2012 the reduction in the Social Security payroll tax that Congress approved last December. The bill also puts tighter constraints on the growth of future spending, gets the job-creating Keystone pipeline back on track, creates more taxpayer safeguards in the TANF welfare program, and reduces the maximum duration of unemployment payments from 99 to 79 weeks – which President Obama has also proposed – and then finally to 59 weeks. In fact, the President has at one time or another supported 90% of the reforms in this legislation.

There is, however, a major concern that liberals in the Senate will gut H.R. 3630 of its good reforms and insert major tax increases. Senate Democrats also continue to demand spending at levels we simply can’t afford. In their obstinance, they have rolled 9 different spending bills into 1 “megabus” package that they will attempt to pass this week as well.

From the RSC budget to Cut, Cap, and Balance, conservatives have fought all year to get spending down in a serious way. We’ve had some successes and are starting to make an impact, but, as the existence of this “megabus” shows, our work is far from over. With your help, we will continue to advance conservative solutions.

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. John Fleming (LA-04): Kagan’s Necessary Recusal; The Washington Times, December 6.
· Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Small Businesses Want Washington to Rein in Regulations; CNBC, December 7.
· Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04): EPA Must Stop Playing in the Dust; The Washington Examiner, December 7.
· Rep James Lankford (OK-05) Video: A Market-Based Approach to Health Care, December 7.
· Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-04): REINS Act Would Rein in Overzealous Regulators; Roll Call, December 7.
· Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04): New Austerity in Our Future; The Washington Times, December 8.
· Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49): Holder Protecting Staff over ‘Fast and Furious’; USA Today, December 8.
· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) & Sen. Jim DeMint (SC): End the Bailouts: US Should Not Participate in $1.4 Trillion European Bailout Fund; Investor’s Business Daily, December 8.
· Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-12): Economic Reality vs. Popcorn Populism; News Chief, December 11. 
· Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04): Jobs Through Growth Act: Aspiration Replaces Envy; Human Events, December 11.
· Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06): Time to Kill Congressional Pensions and Cut Pay; Human Events, December 12.
· Rep. Tom Price (GA-06) & Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01): Getting America out of Deep Debt; The Chicago Tribune, December 12.

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

· Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) introduced H.R. 3565, the Reconnecting Congress with America Act (RCWA), which would tie Congressional salaries to the Federal budget deficit and repeal the automatic Congressional pay adjustment.
· Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01) introduced H.R. 3601, the Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act, which would require applicants for unemployment compensation to complete a drug screening assessment as a condition for benefits.
· Members of the House Budget Committee introduced a comprehensive package of ten legislative reforms designed to help repair the broken budget process.
· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05) introduced H.R. 3609, the Taxpayers Right to Know Act, to provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent.
· Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08) introduced H.R. 3488, the Invest in America First Act of 2011, which would prohibit foreign aid from being given to countries with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over $1.5 trillion.
· Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) introduced H.R. 3615, the Accountability in Unemployment Act, which would combat abuse of the federal unemployment compensation program and save taxpayers money by requiring recipients of unemployment benefits to pass a drug screen.

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

· On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which is an element of the RSC’s Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400) as well.
· On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.

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

· On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.
· On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider the “megabus” appropriations bill.
· Sometime this week, the House may consider the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act.

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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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Fighting to Ban Mandatory Mental Health Screening

Full transcript:

No Mandatory Mental Health Screening for Children!

“Maryanne Godboldo, a mother in Michigan, noticed that pills prescribed by her daughter's doctor were making her condition worse, not better. So Mrs. Godboldo stopped giving them to her. That's when the trouble began. When Child Protective Services (CPS) bureaucrats became aware that the girl was not receiving her prescribed medication, they decided the child should be taken away from her mother's custody on grounds of medical neglect. When Ms. Godboldo refused to surrender her daughter to the state, CPS enlisted the help of a police SWAT team! On March 24 of this year a 12 hour standoff ensued and young Ariana was taken into custody. The drug involved was Risperdal, a neuroleptic antipsychotic medication with numerous known side effects. Ms. Godboldo had decided on a more holistic approach for her daughter. She is still engaged in a costly legal battle with the state over Ariana's treatment and custody…”
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Sarah Palin: “Smoking Gun” in Fast & Furious?

by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12:48pm

For anyone following the Obama administration's scandalous cluster-of-an-operation Fast & Furious, which resulted in the deaths of innocent people, please see the article excerpted below. (And in my humble opinion, I do believe the anti-2nd Amendment characters working in the Obama administration purposefully used their Fast & Furious gun walking operation to propose more gun control regulations.)

2011: The Year Jobs Began Coming Back to SC

Gov. Nikki Haley is a jobs Governor. Let's just see how many more jobs she can bring to South Carolina over the next couple of years.

Business Insider: U.S. Debt Has Climbed $48,994.13 Every Single Second Under President Obama

NASA: Image of the Day

USS Intrepid Aircraft Carrier at Enterprise Title Transfer

USS Intrepid aircraft carrier which is home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is seen in the late afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 in New York City. Earlier in the afternoon NASA transferred title and ownership of the space shuttle Enterprise to the museum. The transfer is the first step toward Intrepid receiving Enterprise in the spring of 2012.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Media Matters Blames Christians For Poverty

Media Matters Blames Christians For Poverty

Ron Paul Ad - Newt Gingrich: Selling Access

Great ad!

ALG News Network: 11 Big Gov't Busts of '11: #10-Keystone XL Pipeline

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ron Paul’s Fidelity to the Constitution

Ron Paul’s Fidelity to the Constitution

Rep. Paul did a fantastic job overall in last night’s debate, but one of my favorite moments was his reply to the question concerning marital fidelity and personal values. Paul rightly pointed out that a leader’s moral character is very important but that this “shows through” by simply living a moral life.......

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Paul rips Romney, Gingrich as 'from the same mold'

Paul rips Romney, Gingrich as 'from the same mold'

Governor Nikki Haley Speaks At Allendale Elementary School About Bullying

I applaud Gov. Haley for talking about bullying. 

McConnell: Keystone is ‘shovel ready,’ pushes for linking payroll tax, pipeline - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

McConnell: Keystone is ‘shovel ready,’ pushes for linking payroll tax, pipeline - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Founding Fathers Quote

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished.

Abraham Clark

Ron Paul Highlights at the ABC News / Yahoo Iowa GOP Debate

Ron Paul On Meet The Press