Friday, April 20, 2012

Democrats expressing buyers’ remorse on Obama's healthcare law - The Hill's Healthwatch######

Democrats expressing buyers’ remorse on Obama's healthcare law - The Hill's Healthwatch

GOA Alert: The Nation's Self Defense Laws on Trial in Florida

Gun Owners of America

It wasn’t the first time that virulently anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pick the bones of a national tragedy for political advantage.
But pick he did.

And now every anti-gun zealot in America is trying to use the Trayvon Martin incident to repeal pro-gun laws, such as Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.

The New York Times, always a toady for anti-gun causes -- put it this way:

“As the [George Zimmerman] case proceeds, the Stand Your Ground law should be on trial as well. It has invited gun owners to flirt with vigilantism...”

In other words, anti-gun zealots would take us back the “bad ol’ days” in 2003 -- when a 78 year-old man was taken through the wringer by the legal system because he shot a man breaking into his trailer.

Or a 71 year-old-man was almost destroyed by the legal system because he used a gun to defend his 63 year-old friend against thugs who were trying to rob him.

In fact, in the four years for which we have statistics since the Stand Your Ground law was passed in Florida, homicides have dropped by 16.1%.

This is faster than the national average.

This means that many -- perhaps hundreds -- of Floridians are alive today because criminals have had to pause before robbing or killing them.

And, in most cases, they have had to pause not because a victim pulled a gun, but because the killer didn’t know whether or not the victim had a gun.

But make no mistake about it: Florida will be the test case to see whether anti-gunners can use the threats of riots and lynching’s to force repeal of America’s pro-gun laws.

We have to stop their threats in Florida.

And we need to do this by getting Governor Rick Scott to agree to veto efforts to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Because, if we don’t the anti-gun laws -- the threats of riots -- the vigilante justice -- may soon be coming to a state near you.
I hope you will take a minute to sign your Gun Owners of America petition to Gov. Scott urging him not to repeal laws that protect your right to self-defense.
No one knows exactly what happened in the Trayvon Martin incident – and we may never know. But the fact is that your gun rights will be on trial in the courtroom in that case.
That’s why it’s important that gun owners from across the country make their voices hear loud and clear.
Click here to sign the petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott urging him to reject efforts to gut the right of citizens to protect themselves.
The anti-gun lobby has billionaires like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros to fund their battles. And believe me, they truly believe they have an opportunity to repeal Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws in many states, and they are even pushing to repeal concealed carry laws.
The billionaire club will stop at nothing to push their anti-self-defense agenda. After all, what do they care about your gun rights? They can afford as many armed security guards as they want.
But we have something the other side does not have: millions upon millions of grassroots gun owners who will let the politicians know that they will be voted right out of office if they dare to undermine our sacred right of self-defense. It is with generous contributions from activist such as you that we can engage in this fight.

So today take just a moment to sign the GOA petition.
Tim Macy
Vice Chairman

PS – Even if you don’t live in Florida, it’s important that you sign the petition. If Florida’s laws are weakened, you can be sure that the same thing will begin to happen in other states.

Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are after your gun rights like never before. The battle starts in Florida, as anti-gun forces attempt to repeal the state’s pro-gun laws.
And after you sign the petition, please consider making a contribution to Gun Owners of America -- the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington -- so that we can engage as many gun owners as possible in this battle.

EWTN News: US bishops urge end to Cuba embargo

BREAKING NEWS: Alaska GOP Cheating Ron Paul In Delegate Process!

Palin: Ousted Secret Service agent who joked about her deserved to be fired - The Hill's Video

Palin: Ousted Secret Service agent who joked about her deserved to be fired - The Hill's Video

Catholic Prayer:

Saint Frances of Rome, help us to see the difference between what we want to do and what God wants us to do. Help us to discern what comes from our will and what comes from God's desire. Amen

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mitt Romney vs Ron Paul Round 1: NDAA

h/t: The Daily Paul

The Deal with Jack Hunter: Ignoring the rEVOLution

rEVOLutionizing the Republican Party

rEVOLutionizing the Republican Party

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

RSC Update: Taxes Cost More than Food, Clothing, & Housing

From the Chairman

Today is tax day. By coincidence, it’s also Tax Freedom Day – the day Americans have finally earned enough to pay all our taxes for the year (but paying for all government spending would take a lot longer). According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the country will work 107 days this year just to pay for federal, state, and local taxes. By their calculations, a larger share of Americans’ income will go to taxes than food, clothing & housing combined!

Liberals like President Obama think we need even higher taxes and more complication. His latest ploy is the Buffett “Ruse,” which CNN reports “won't do much to eat away at the nation's debt, it won't create jobs, and no one expects it to get through the Democratic-controlled Senate.” Personally, I don’t think it’s fair to make anyone give the IRS one-third of what they earn. Pile on state and local taxes, and you have a system that punishes success instead of rewarding hard work.

We need a tax code that encourages entrepreneurship and doesn’t make you work harder for the tax man than to put food on the table, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head. With just two rates, generous personal and dependent deductions, and no other complications, our proposal for an overhauled income tax keeps it simple, flat, and fair.

Liberal opposition from the White House and Senate means slim prospects for major tax reform, so the House will offer what help it can by voting this week to give small businesses a 20% tax cut. With our economy still in a fragile state, it’s the least we can do.

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.

· The RSC published two charts visualizing our taxes: “Taxes or Living, What Costs More?” & “Brevity is the Soul of Good Tax Policy.”

· Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-At Large): Combating Pain at the Pump; Rapid City Journal, April 9.

· Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11): IPAB is Not the Solution; USA Today, April 9.

· Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-13): Washington's Status Quo Is Bankrupting Our Nation; The Hill, April 10.

· Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-09): Bipartisanship and 'Crowdfunding'; The Tampa Tribune, April 10.

· Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21): President Obama Wrong to Bully the Supreme Court; Politico, April 10.

· Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13): Stable Supply Will Reduce Pinch on Wallets; Times Record News, April 11.

· Rep. Connie Mack (FL-14): The Americas Summit and Obama’s Failed Leadership; The Miami Herald, April 12.

· Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Uncertainty from Washington Is Holding Back Small Businesses; St. Joseph News-Press, April 15.

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

· On Monday, the Senate rejected the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would have added a new minimum tax of 30% of all income earned on top of the current tax code.

· This week, the House will hold two hearings on the excessive and wasteful spending of the General Services Administration (GSA): the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday.

· Tuesday is both Tax Day and Tax Freedom Day, the day Americans have finally earned enough to pay all our taxes for the year.

· Also on Tuesday, the House will vote on H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act, which would ease the use of firearms on federal land.

· On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 9, the Small Business Tax Cut Act, providing a one-year 20% tax deduction for small businesses with fewer than 500 workers.

· On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is expected to work and vote on the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II, which would extend federal highway programs for an additional 90 days and approve the entire Keystone XL pipeline.

RSC Reports

· Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.

· RSC Staff recently compiled news stories and op-eds about the Ex-Im Bank.

· RSC Staff recently published two documents on taxes: an abbreviated list of tax changes set to occur automatically and a quick reference guide for tax facts.

· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.

· Check out the RSC Sunset Caucus’ work to shrink the size of government and the Repeal Task Force’s work to eliminate bad laws and regulations.

· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.

· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director

Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff

Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff

Derek Khanna, Professional Policy Staff

Brian Straessle, Communications Director

Michael Tate, Deputy Communications Director
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach

Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services

Rick Eberstadt, Research Assistant

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Monday, April 16, 2012

RIA Novosti: Caspian Flotilla Takes Delivery of Stealth Gunboat

RIA NovostiCaspian Flotilla Takes Delivery of Stealth Gunboat
19:49 16/04/2012 Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has taken delivery of a new small artillery ship that uses stealth technology, the Southern Military District press service said on Monday.>>

Taliban lead attacks on U.S. bases and government sites across Afghanistan | McClatchy

Taliban lead attacks on U.S. bases and government sites across Afghanistan | McClatchy

PICTURES: Man Who Urinated on Alamo Could Face Felony

PICTURES: Man Who Urinated on Alamo Could Face Felony: now charged with two misdemeanors

Video Captures Woman Sobbing Uncontrollably During TSA Pat Down « CBS DC

Video Captures Woman Sobbing Uncontrollably During TSA Pat Down « CBS DC

Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)

The High Cost of Illegal Immigration

Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser

Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser