Saturday, July 07, 2012

'Internet freedom' becomes hot cause for politicians across political spectrum - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

'Internet freedom' becomes hot cause for politicians across political spectrum - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Eric Hovde For Senate

Marco Rubio to Fundraise for Mitt Romney

Marco Rubio to Fundraise for Mitt Romney: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will fundraise on behalf of Mitt Romney on Friday at a luncheon in Boston, the city where the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s headquarters is based. An invitation obtained by ABC News shows donors may either contribute $5,000 or raise $10,000 to...

Term limit for Ryan is Republican dilemma - The Hill's On The Money

Term limit for Ryan is Republican dilemma - The Hill's On The Money

Eric Hovde For Senate

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

Jim DeMint: Sam's Big Government Backpack

Friday, July 06, 2012

GOA Alert: Help Senator Moran nix UN gun control

Gun Owners of America

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) needs your help.

As GOA reported before the holiday break, the United Nations has begun discussions over finalizing language in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) -- talks that are expected to last all month.

Senator Moran has prepared a letter, which GOA has in its possession, demanding that the Obama Administration oppose any treaty that would sacrifice Americans’ gun rights -- even if it means “breaking consensus” at the July conference.

“We are concerned that the Arms Trade Treaty poses dangers to rights protected under the Second Amendment,” Senator Moran says in his letter.

You have to ratify the ATT to see what’s in it

Despite the risks to our liberties, there is much double-speak taking place at the UN. The talks in New York are reminiscent of the process that Americans saw with the passage of ObamaCare. Remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous quip: “You have to pass the [health care] bill so you can see what is in it”?

In similar fashion, the gun control details in the ATT will “not be publicly available” until the treaty has been agreed to by all the member nations.

It makes you wonder if Pelosi is being paid as a consultant at these meetings.

Make no mistake about it; UN officials are using secrecy to their advantage, claiming the treaty will not infringe upon the rights of individual gun owners. They claim the treaty only deals with international transfers of firearms.

But Moran counters that the treaty will expand federal gun controls and lead to the registration of firearms.

The Arms Trade Treaty WILL restrict your gun rights

The Moran letter quotes a draft of the treaty, noting that it requires nations to “monitor and control” arms in transit and to prohibit the unauthorized “transfer of arms from any location” -- a requirement, he says, that implies a huge “expansion of federal firearms controls that would be unacceptable on Second Amendment grounds.”

And the draft version of the treaty calls for the creation of a “U.N.-based firearms registry for all firearms that are either imported into or transit across national territory.” Can you imagine any greater infringement of your privacy … giving UN bureaucrats the “right” to collect information on you as a gun owner?

Some 130 Representatives sent their own letter to the President on Monday reminding him that the Second Amendment guarantees the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms” and declaring that the U.S. has no business supporting a treaty that infringes on the Bill of Rights.

The House letter is a good first step, but getting a similar one sent from the Senate is even more important. After all, IT’S THE SENATE -- and not the House -- which must ratify the ATT.

Since the treaty will be finalized later this month, it is very important for Senator Moran to get at least 34 Senators on his letter -- meaning he would have enough votes to prevent the treaty’s ratification.

ACTION: Please click here to send a message urging your Senators to sign on to the Moran letter right away. Senator Moran’s office says that Senators have been very slow to respond to his request for more signatories. But he needs these signatures right away!

Is the Higgs boson the first step to a 'Star Trek' transporter?

Is the Higgs boson the first step to a 'Star Trek' transporter?

Tales from a tribble: On The Liberty Bell

Tales from a tribble: On The Liberty Bell: I want to thank my tribble friend Steven the Balladeer, who on twitter is known as @inhuggermugger and @RomanceNSorrow who sent me his beau...

Capital Account: Steve Keen on the Minsky Singularity and the Debt Black Hole's Event Horizon!

GBTV: Early Muslim Extremists In American History

Hovde Trails Thompson By Single Digits in Own Poll

Hovde Trails Thompson By Single Digits in Own Poll

Jordan: MP Pulls Gun on Activist During TV Debate - Middle East - News - Israel National News

Jordan: MP Pulls Gun on Activist During TV Debate - Middle East - News - Israel National News

Sen. Ron Johnson: Report from Wisconsin

July 06, 2012

Senator Johnson on Department of Labor's June Unemployment Report

It’s been well over 3 years since President Obama was sworn in promising to get the economy moving again. Instead, the economy is not recovering as it should – and his policies are to blame. The ‘stimulus,’ Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, excessive regulations, and $5 trillion in added debt are stifling business expansion and strangling job creation. His failed experiment has gone on far too long.
The evidence clearly shows that our economy has stagnated, but President Obama continues to ignore the facts - claiming the private sector is doing fine. America must take a different path. We need new leadership committed to encouraging long-term, self-sustaining job creation in the private sector.
Senator Johnson's Statement on Independence Day
This week the people of Wisconsin and the United States celebrated the anniversary of America's birth. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day.
We should always remember those brave men and women - and their families - who sacrifice to protect our freedom. More than one million souls have given their lives in defense of our nation. The finest among us continue to risk life and limb to protect us every day. We cannot adequately express the depth of our gratitude.
For 236 years the United States has been a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world. Let us renew our dedication to preserving that legacy for future generations.
Chart of the Week

In recent years the federal government has been able to borrow funds at historically low interest rates. What if those rates returned to their long-term levels? The cost to finance debt would rise to about $827 billion annually -- consuming about 63 percent of all discretionary
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, July 9th, 3:00 pm - 4:00pm
Wauwatosa City Hall, Upper Civic Center
7725 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI, 53213
Tuesday, July 10th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Durand Community Library
604 7th Ave E, Durand, WI 54736
Tuesday, July 10th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elmwood Village Hall
323 West Winter Avenue, Elmwood, WI 54740

STRATFOR: Ukrainian Protests and Russian Influence (Dispatch)

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

Celebrating Our Independence

The United States of America is arguably the greatest country in the history of the world because in times of crisis, whether it be economic, fiscal, or military, ordinary citizens have risked their futures with the hope that they could make our country better off for the next generation.

I was reminded of this when, not too long ago, I visited Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the first time in my life. When I walked into the room and saw the chairs and desks that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and others used to create our founding documents, it had a powerful impact on me.

When I was a student learning about our nation’s birth, I often thought of our founders as superheroes. But literally seeing the chairs they sat in and the small room used to debate and adopt the Declaration of Independence made me realize they were just ordinary people who did something exceptional. Our founders were normal people who risked everything to standup to an oppressive government with the hope that they could make America a better place for their children and grandchildren.

Since that time, military service members have selflessly served to protect the freedoms our founders risked their lives for when they read the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 at Independence Square. Both military service members and veterans are in large part responsible for the preservation of our society as we know it today.

Because of this, I proclaimed 2012 the Year of the Veteran, with the hope we could help those returning home reintegrate into civilian society with housing, education, health care, and meaningful jobs.

The best part of my job is welcoming home those who have served overseas. The hardest days are when I have to attend military funerals. However hard it is, talking with the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, always gives me hope. At nearly every military funeral I attended, a family member or friend of the fallen soldier has come up to me and thanked the people of our great state for honoring those returning home. It’s remarkable that those who are experiencing an unbelievable amount of grief from the loss of a son or daughter, husband or wife, or friend, can take the time to thank the people of our state. They are what make our state and country great.

While we will certainly face difficult challenges in the future, it is important to remember the extraordinary courage exhibited by ordinary people throughout our nation’s history. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the courage exhibited by our founders, our service members, and our veterans. If you see a veteran or service member at a parade, community event or gathering throughout this summer, please thank them for their service and for protecting our freedoms.

Governor Walker Announces First Recipients of Dairy Grants

Agriculture is one of Wisconsin’s top three industries, which is why earlier this year we rolled out the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative, with the goal of producing 30-billion pounds of milk by 2020.

This week I announced the first recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Producer Grants, which were awarded to dairy farmers around the state. These unique grants require matching funds from farmers, and will help improve the long term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. They are targeted at long-term, sustained dairy operations to meet the growing needs of Wisconsin dairy producers.

One fact that often surprises those not directly associated with agriculture is that Wisconsin dairy farms currently produce only 90% of the milk volume needed by the state’s dairy processors. This is because dairy processors have an expanding cheese, butter and specialty product market, all of which are milk based products.

The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative is an ongoing program where dairy farmers can get advice and referrals to resources that will help meet their needs and make their operations more productive and sustainable. For more information on the program you can call 855-WIDAIRY (855-943-2479) or email

U.S. Women’s Golf Open in Wisconsin

This weekend Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin is hosting the U.S. Women’s Golf Open. The event will bring in lots of tourists—providing a substantial positive economic impact to the area.

You can learn more information about the event at or I was at the event on Thursday and greeted attendees by working at the tourism welcome center.

“America’s Top States For Business 2012”

Get ready to battle for business! On July 9, CNBC is launching the “Top States Twitter Battle.” Beginning Monday you can go to to watch our video that explains why Wisconsin is a top state to do business in. Vote for Wisconsin by tweeting with #TopStatesWI. This is a great way to spread the word about all of the strides we’ve made in the past year and a half, which will help fuel our economic recovery and bring more jobs to the state. Vote #TopStatesWI and let everyone know that Wisconsin is Open for Business!

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.


Governor Scott Walker

Texas: Ted Cruz Internal Poll Shows Lead Over David Dewhurst

Texas: Ted Cruz Internal Poll Shows Lead Over David Dewhurst

PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Kicks off statewide "Take Back Washington" tour

Hovde Campaign: Kicks off statewide “Take Back Washington” tour

Madison—Conservative businessman and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde is hitting the road Sunday for an eight-day, 21-city “Take Back Washington” bus tour across Wisconsin.

The tour will bring Hovde to every corner of the state to talk about his plan for growing our economy, reforming the tax code and putting people back to work.

“Folks across Wisconsin are looking for a fresh face with new ideas,” said Hovde. “The work of career politicians like Tammy Baldwin in Washington just isn’t cutting it.”

Hovde’s “Take Back Washington” tour will be making stops in and around Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, Eau Claire, Hayward, Superior, Eagle River, and everywhere in between.

Recent polling has shown that Wisconsin’s GOP Senate Primary has become a two-man race between Hovde (29 percent) and four-term governorTommy Thompson (34 percent).


Nigel Farage on Cameron's worthless EU referendum promise

US Will Sign Gun Control Treaty on July 27! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

Eric Hovde For Senate

RIA Novosti: Cyprus Asks Russia For 5 Bln Euro Loan

RIA NovostiCyprus Asks Russia For 5 Bln Euro Loan         Cyprus Asks Russia For 5 Bln Euro Loan
16:47 06/07/2012 Cyprus has asked Russia for a five billion euro loan to partially cover its budget deficit, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday.>>

Obama In His Own Words: If Things Don't Get Better, I'm A One-Term President

Fighting Clan Casts Off for Security Mission East of Suez Naval Today

Fighting Clan Casts Off for Security Mission East of Suez Naval Today

"My Concerns With Eric Hovde..." - WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM

"My Concerns With Eric Hovde..." - WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Poll Results - Thompson 34, Hovde 29

The Eric Hovde campaign release poll results today showing that the race is between two men now.  Tommy Thompson received 34% and Hovde, just outside of the margin of error, received 29%.  The poll contacted 600 likely GOP primary voters instead of the far less accurate registered voters that some polls use.  The margin of error is +/- 4% and undecided is 14%. 

The other two candidates in the race were significantly behind; Mark Neumann coming in with 16% and Jeff Fitzgerald at 7%.  Those numbers are so low they really do effect either candidate's ability to market themselves as competitive.  It appears now that GOP voters will have to decide, do they want to go with an old, moderate politician, Thompson, or a young, conservative outsider, Hovde. 

Rocket Attacks on Israel From Gaza • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Rocket Attacks on Israel From Gaza • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Aerial Photographs of IAF Strike on Rocket Launch Site in Gaza • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Aerial Photographs of IAF Strike on Rocket Launch Site in Gaza • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Capital Account - Reggie Middleton: as Nuclear Asset Winter Freezes over, Central Banks say "Start Your Engines!"

Mitt Romney sets GOP fund-raising record - Mike Allen -

Mitt Romney sets GOP fund-raising record - Mike Allen -

Record Highs

Telegraph: British Army Cuts

Romney's VP Short List: It May Be Down to Four

Romney's VP Short List: It May Be Down to Four

DVIDS - News - French Air Force: immeasurable support to OEF, ISAF

DVIDS - News - French Air Force: immeasurable support to OEF, ISAF

DVIDS - News - Longbow Apache pilots learn to land on Navy's USS New York

DVIDS - News - Longbow Apache pilots learn to land on Navy's USS New York

STRATFOR: Europe's Temporary Economic Relief (Portfolio)

Morning Bell: Governor Walker Breaks New Ground in Higher Ed

Lindsey Burke and Teresa Shumay

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), already well known for his efforts to curb union power, has now set out to tackle an equally big task: busting the higher education bubble.

The problem of college affordability is recognized on both sides of the aisle, but sadly, most efforts to abate the problem – such as increasing federal subsidies – have only exacerbated it. Walker wants to try a different approach for taxpayers and students in his state.

Last Tuesday, Walker released his proposal to create the University of Wisconsin Flexible Degree Program, a competency-based approach using both online learning and traditional college courses. He explained:

More at:

Defense cuts starting to pinch economy –

Defense cuts starting to pinch economy –

Poland orders five Airbus Military C295 aircraft - Airbus Military

Polish Air Force to become largest C295 operator

The Polish Air Force today signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of five C295 transport aircraft to further expand their transport capabilities. Deliveries will start end of this year and continue into 2013.

The aircraft will join the existing C295s currently in service, increasing the fleet to 16 aircraft, and will be used to support the Polish Air Force in its national and international operations.

“The C295 is working extremely well with the Polish Air Force and we are proud to have a further vote of confidence from our customer with this new order for a further five aircraft. We have a very close relationship with Poland also through our Polish subsidiary and we look forward to further expand our footprint in Poland”, said Domingo Ureña Raso, CEO of Airbus Military. “This order also underlines our leadership in this segment with over 110 orders of which 27 orders were placed this year.”

This now brings to the total orders for the C295 to 113, with 85 currently in operation with 13 countries.

More at:

Marine Corps band plays Romney song on White House lawn - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Marine Corps band plays Romney song on White House lawn - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

IDF Elite Unit Combats Hamas Smuggling Tunnels • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

IDF Elite Unit Combats Hamas Smuggling Tunnels • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

RIA Novosti: PM Medvedev Says Vladivostok Ready for 2012 APEC Summit

RIA NovostiRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok is ready to host the 2012 APEC summit.PM Medvedev Says Vladivostok Ready for 2012 APEC Summit

05:33 05/07/2012 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok is ready to host the 2012 APEC summit.>>

STRATFOR: Peru's Geographic Challenge

Ann Coulter: On July 4, remember: We are not French

Ann Coulter: On July 4, remember: We are not French

With Pomp and Parade

Mitt Romney: The Best of America

Out And About, The Crivitz Parade Supporting Eric Hovde

Our family attended the Crivitz, WI parade in Marinette County to hand out materials and bags for the Eric Hovde campaign. The city put on a great parade with lots of participants. The Northwoods seemed to come out in large numbers. It was an absolute blast for the whole family.

I didn't notice any other Republican U.S. Senate candidates represented, which was surprising. Hopefully, this shows the extent of Hovde's grassroots support compared to the other campaigns. Ran into a Tom Tiffany for State Senate volunteer, nice young man. Unfortunately, there didn't appear to be too many Republicans in the parade, but the Democrats were well represented. Even supporters carrying Obama signs. I didn't notice any Romney signs, which is surprising because Marinette County is a Republican stronghold.

Volunteering is a fun time for the whole family, please consider volunteering before the August primary; if you don't have time to volunteer please consider a donation. We need Hovde in the U.S. Senate and Tiffany in the State Senate.

Here are some photos from the parade.

Rand Paul puts forward measure that would force the Senate to read bills - The Hill's Floor Action

Rand Paul puts forward measure that would force the Senate to read bills - The Hill's Floor Action

Sen. Ron Johnson: Happy Independence Day

Dear Friends,

I want to wish you all a Happy Independence Day.

For 236 years, the United States has been a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world. As part of our celebration, let us recommit ourselves to preserving that legacy for future generations.

EWTN News: Pope Benedict reaffirms confidence in Cardinal Bertone

The Libertarian Patriot: "I Like Gary Johnson But He Can't Win"

The Libertarian Patriot: "I Like Gary Johnson But He Can't Win": I hear this all the time. With people I know, on the blogs, on twitter; the common theme being that Gary Johnson is the best candidate for ...

We hold these truths

Gov. Scott Walker: Happy Independence Day!

Not too long ago, I visited Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was struck by the great presence imposed on me by that historic site. When I was young, I always imagined our Founders to be larger-than-life figures, almost superhero-like in stature. But only when I stepped into the small, humble Assembly Room, did I truly realize that these were ordinary men who exhibited extraordinary courage. They were willing to sacrifice their lives in order to advance the cause of human freedom and self-governance.

July 4, 2012 marks the 236th Anniversary of our nation’s inception as a free and constitutional republic, and I am reminded of this passage from Thomas Jefferson’s exceptionally eloquent Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Those words give us the great lesson of our republic. We must always remember that we the people have the power over our government and that the will of the people is the law of the land.

Today, we celebrate another year of freedom and remember the lives of those lost who fought to protect that freedom. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice so many Americans made to protect our way of life. Today, as we gather around our barbecues and watch outstanding fireworks displays, we pay homage to those heroes who are no longer with us. We must honor them not only today, but everyday that freedom prevails over tyranny.

Tonette, Matt, Alex, and I wish you and your family a blessed and happy Independence Day!



Scott Walker
45th Governor of Wisconsin

Founding Fathers Quote

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.

Thomas Paine

Jim DeMint - Freedom Alert: Thank You to Our Citizen Soldiers

Dear Friend,

This week, we celebrate the 235 th anniversary of America’s independence. As we spend time with our families and friends, we are mindful of the many blessings of liberty we share because of the sacrifice of past generations of patriots.

America's service men and women know better than anyone that our love for country is shown in works. From the earliest days of our country’s birth, it was the shopkeepers and lawyers, the doctors and farmers -- the citizen soldiers -- that set aside their trades, left their families, and went to war to defend freedom. That spirit of service is alive and well in today’s citizen soldiers: our own South Carolina National Guard.

These men and women are on our hearts and minds now more than ever with the recent deaths and injuries sustained by the 133 rd Military Police Company while serving in Afghanistan. This last weekend, despite the intense summer heat, memorial services for the three brave men who died drew thousands of mourners from all walks of life. 1LT Rawl, SGT Meador and SFC Thomas gave their lives for their country, and I'm proud of the unparalleled support that South Carolina's communities have shown them and their families in return.

In this time of war, we have turned to the National Guard for missions that are difficult and dangerous, and they have never let us down. I want each of them to know that we respect the sacrifices they make, and we are thankful for their devotion to duty.

As we continue the fight for freedom abroad, the men and women of the National Guard remain committed, even in the face of danger, to answer the call of service, giving their time and energy to causes greater than self-interest. These soldiers who wear the National Guard uniform live their lives for others, and for that we are all eternally grateful.

As we go about our daily lives after this July Fourth, let's each make an effort -- however large or small -- to show our appreciation for those fighting on our behalf. Thank a service member as you pass them on the street. Buy them a meal the next time you see them at your favorite restaurant. And most importantly, let’s keep them and their families in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Jim Signature

New Jersey Republican Party: Happy Independence Day

Today, we celebrate America’s independence and it is a day of great pride and remembrance for the people of our nation. We take pride in all that we have accomplished in our history and find solace in the thoughtful recollection of all those who came before us.

But as we enjoy this national holiday with our family and friends, it is important to remember those here at home and overseas who are defending the freedoms that many too often take for granted. The men and women of our Armed Forces are the finest in the world and they represent the very best of what America has to offer and today we honor them.

It is a blessing to live in a country where freedom is cherished but we must all never forget the heroes whose daily sacrifices make it all possible.

Happy Independence Day and God bless America.


Samuel S. Raia
Chairman, New Jersey Republican Party

Bill Maloney: Celebrating Independence Day

Maloney for West Virginia

July 4, 2012

Dear Fellow West Virginians,

Can I let you in on a little secret? This is one of my favorite times of the year: a time to get together with friends and family, enjoy the great outdoors, partake in some good food and fireworks, and most importantly to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Today, as we remember America's 236th birthday, we celebrate our independence from tyranny: our ability to live in freedom, exercise our God-given talents, enjoy our natural rights and liberties, and pursue the American Dream for a brighter tomorrow.

That’s why I am running for governor: to achieve a brighter future for West Virginia.

As I have traveled around the state, I’ve met some truly great West Virginians. They inspire me to work hard every day to make West Virginia a better place for our children and grandchildren. We should accept nothing less.

Finally, I do want to remind everyone that people are still enduring hardships today following the storms last weekend. I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers, and I encourage everyone to do something to help your neighbors. The Red Cross is assisting with relief efforts, and you get more information on how to help at:

Have a safe, happy and enjoyable 4th!


Bill Maloney


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God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

The Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776
In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States;

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent;

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury;

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences;

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies;

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments;

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
[Column 1]
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
[Column 2]
North Carolina:

William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
[Column 3]

John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
[Column 4]

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
[Column 5]
New York:

William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
[Column 6]
New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple

Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Stand Up *Official Video - Jeremy Dodge 2010


I Am American

Happy Fourth of July!

I am reposting my 2009 post since I would just end up saying the same anyways. I do want to add an updated thank you to our armed forces and our veterans and their families.

A Tribute to our Founding Fathers

Absolutely powerful video. I have been in love with our Republic as long as I can remember. One of the greatest honors in my life was getting to serve her in uniform. One of the greatest sorrows of my life is that our Republic is just a shadow of its former self. It is incumbent upon all of us who love our republic to fight for a return to our founding father's vision.

Our rights come from God. No one can take them from us. It is only due to our population's own self ignorance that government has been allowed to expand and devour our precious freedoms. Education is the key remember what today is really about and use the opportunity to educate your family and friends.

To our armed forces who are currently serving to keep us free, God bless you and protect you.

Founding Fathers Quote

The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.

Benjamin Rush

יום עצמאות שמח לאמריקה happy Independence Day from your friends here in Israel

Crivitz Parade Today - Off To Support Eric Hovde

Marinette County Republican Party will be in Crivitz, WI today for the parade.  If you would like to be involved, here is the information:

We will be participating in the Crivitz parade. If you are able, you are welcome to join us. We will be arriving in Crivitz around 9:20am. Line up on Henriette avenue (County W, west of 141). Parade starts at 11:00am.

Our family will be there supporting Eric Hovde for Senate.  If you live in the Northwoods, or surrounding area, please stop out and get involved.  It is important we keep Wisconsin a solid red color this November.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Exciting Things Happening In New Hampshire

I have been following the Free State Project for a few years. They are really an impressive bunch of people dedicated to liberty. It seems that all their hard work is paying off. I was reading the other day that New Hampshire's legislature defeated their governors veto of voter ID and now they have adopted jury nullification. These are two great examples of why New Hampshire is ranked the freest state in the country.

Capital Account: Jim Rogers, War and the Financial Mafia - LIBOR, Centrals Banks and JP Morgan!

RIA Novosti: Putin Calls for New Ground Forces Equipment

RIA NovostiRussian President Vladimir PutinPutin Calls for New Ground Forces Equipment

14:05 03/07/2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the country's arms designers and manufacturers on Tuesday to begin work on new small arms, body armor and communications equipment for the infantry and airborne forces.>>

Italian court rules MMR vaccine did trigger autism

Italian court rules MMR vaccine did trigger autism

In Dependence

Russia: CF Fleet to Participate in Caspy-2012 Naval Today

Russia: CF Fleet to Participate in Caspy-2012 Naval Today

Business Insider: Barclays Nukes The Bank Of England, And Basically Accuses It Of Being Behind Their Interest Rate Manipulation

Mark Belling Defends Eric Hovde

RNC Web Video: Unpatriotic Debt

Lead on, Wisconsin. Lead on! – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Lead on, Wisconsin. Lead on! – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Poll Results: Maritime Executive's Weigh in on 2012 Presidential Race | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

Poll Results: Maritime Executive's Weigh in on 2012 Presidential Race | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

h/t: Jack Tar Magazine Maritime News

Monday, July 02, 2012

STRATFOR: Dynamic Shifts in Georgian Politics (Dispatch)

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 7/2/12: Audit the Fed Headed for the House Floor!

h/t: The Daily Paul

John Roberts? Meet John Marshall. – Tenth Amendment Center

John Roberts? Meet John Marshall. – Tenth Amendment Center

NATO Counter-Piracy Flagship Ocean Shield Sends Off Saved Seafarers Naval Today

NATO Counter-Piracy Flagship Ocean Shield Sends Off Saved Seafarers Naval Today

Capital Account: Ruchir Sharma on the Latest and Greatest of Emerging Markets and Breakout Nations!

RIA Novosti: Putin Backs Imports of Foreign Military Technology

RIA NovostiVladimir Putin  at a meeting of the Commission on Military-Technical CooperationPutin Backs Imports of Foreign Military Technology

19:07 02/07/2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin supported on Monday the idea of purchasing certain types of military technology abroad to satisfy the specific and urgent needs of the military and defense industry.>>

Shipping Containers: Home Sweet Home

Shipping Containers: Home Sweet Home: Shipping containers: They’re strong, durable and portable, stack easily and link together like Legos.  About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel...

RSC Update: ObamaCare: "Do What We Want or We'll Tax You"

Monday, July 2, 2012 | View Online

RSC Update: ObamaCare: “Do What We Want or We’ll Tax You”

From the Chairman

The Supreme Court has transformed an unprecedented regulation and penalty – which half the states and a majority of the Court considered unconstitutional – into an unprecedented tax. Rather than strike down an unconstitutional law, the Court rewrote both the law and the limits of the federal government's taxing power. This is appalling judicial acrobatics.

The driving philosophy behind ObamaCare is now, “Do what we want or we’ll tax you.” Where does this power end? What's to stop the federal government from taxing people who choose not to join a labor union? Or Weight Watchers?

We celebrate the 236th anniversary of our independence this week, and we must never forget that our Founders envisioned – for good reason – a country with a limited federal government. Without basic limits on federal power, we are not truly free. This law cannot stand, so the House of Representatives will vote again next week to fully repeal ObamaCare. President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate, however, have no intention of standing up for liberty. In the end, the people will have to choose.

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. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03): Federal Workers Can Help Root Out Waste; Knoxville News Sentinel, June 24.

· Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-01): Businesses Create Jobs, Not the Government; Western Free Press, June 25.

· Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04): Stop the Tax Hike; The Hill, June 25.

· Rep. Jeff Landry (LA-03): US Should Oppose European Emissions Scheme; Daily Caller, June 26.

· Rep. Tom Graves (GA-09): A Vote for Senate Farm Bill Is a Vote to Grow Government; The Hill, June 27.

· Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06): Onward to Repeal ObamaCare; Washington Times, June 28.

· Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05): We Can’t Afford It and Americans Don’t Want ObamaCare; The Dallas Morning News, June 28.

· Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02): Health Care Tax Hurts Middle Class; Michigan Live, June 28.

· Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01): Fighting the Flood of the Obama Economy; Roll Call, June 28.

· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): Internet Freedom Again Under U.N. Threat; Orange County Register, June 28.

· Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04): Fight to Repeal Obama's Health Plan; Lafayette Journal & Courier, June 30.

· Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07): The People Will Have Final Word on Health Care; Gwinnett Daily Post, July 1.

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

· Rep. Mike Turner (OH-03) introduced H.R. 6048, the Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act. The bill would repeal the taxes on individuals and employers mandated by the President’s healthcare law.

· Rep. Sandy Adams (FL-24) and 56 of her colleagues sent a letter to House Republican leadership reiterating their support for a continuation of the earmark ban in the next Congress.

· Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06) introduced H.R. 6047, the Phantom Fuel Reform Act, legislation which would reform an outrageous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that millions of dollars each year to the cost of energy production.

· Rep. Ben Quayle (AZ-03) introduced H.J. Res. 114, a constitutional amendment which would ensure that taxes passed by Congress are labeled as such during the legislative process.

· 61 Representatives and 12 Senators – led by RSC Chairman Jordan (OH-04), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06), and Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) – sent a letter to all 50 governors urging them not to implement state-run ObamaCare exchanges, which could spare businesses in their states from potential added costs of $3,000 per employee.

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

· On June 28, the House approved H.Res. 711 which recommends that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

· On June 29, the House approved H.R. 5972, the FY 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill.

· Also on June 29, the House approved the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which includes the highway bill, extends lowered student loan rates, and reauthorizes certain flood insurance provisions.

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

· The House is on July 4th recess this week and resumes on Tuesday, July 9.

RSC Reports

· Interested in health care reforms proposed by RSC members? Please read the Policy Brief on RSC Members’ Health Care Initiatives in the 112th Congress.

· RSC Updates are now online! Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.

· 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.


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Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

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