Thursday, September 30, 2010
College students and graduates are tired of waiting tables after taking classes and getting their degree (and the huge loan payments along with it)- they need work. It looks like they are starting to look abroad for opportunity.
This country cannot afford to lose the brightest minds from MIT and other Ivy League schools.
This is exactly what people like Peter Schiff have been saying... the youth are not going to stick around and pay huge taxes and have little opportunity here in America. They will be the first to leave.
Our youth are beginning to go to places like India and Hong Kong and Singapore and Australia, to work and to live... perhaps to stay.
How sad for us here in America.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
“It’s hard when you’re up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp.” - Ronald Reagan
The Connecticut Grassroots Alliance will lead a rally on the north steps of the Capitol on Saturday, October 2nd at noon. The theme of the rally is “Drain The Swamp.”
The focus is to spotlight actions of Federal and State legislators that have driven both the Federal and CT State governments to the doorstep of bankruptcy. Connecticut’s five congressional representatives have voted in lock-step with a big-government national leadership that has repeatedly demonstrated it is governing against the will of the American people. In our statehouse we face an army of legislators who are simply incapable of self control.
This is indeed a swamp of incumbents who have proven themselves disconnected from the realities of even simple mathematics. The culture of legislating to serve the special interests of those who finance their campaigns, rather than the citizens of their districts must be brought to an end.
We will highlight the spending records of both Federal and State incumbents and remind voters that they have a choice on Nov. 2nd to turn out of office all those who are culpable for our current dire state of affairs.
The program will include some patriotic ceremony, candidates, music, and some humor.
The event will be key-noted by Martha Dean - candidate for CT Attorney General
We have invited both congressional and state candidates who are committed to pushing back on the big government agenda, eliminating and reforming ineffective and burdensome programs, cutting taxes, legislating only within the Constitution, supporting free-market solutions, and representing the interests of individual citizens. These are the candidates many of our groups are working to elect, to reverse several generations of the growth of government at all levels. Many are citizen candidates who have stood up and entered the arena to change the culture of both Hartford and Washington, and bring some sorely needed common sense and constitutional principles to those respective legislative bodies.
We anticipate this to be a rousing event to build electoral energy in our state as we ring the bell with one month to go to a fateful election that promises to be most critical to the survival of our cherished Republic.
Join us at noon Saturday to demonstrate to Connecticut that the sleeping giant has indeed arisen here and is prepared to get the job done.
The Connecticut Grassroots Alliance includes some 28 groups that champion individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and adherence to our federal and state constitutions.
For more information contact
Bob MacGuffie, bobmac(at)rightprinciples(dot)com or
Deborah Stevenson, dgs31(at)yahoo(dot)com
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Honestly, you can't make these things up!
A space ambassador could be appointed by the United Nations to act as the first point of contact for aliens (or as they are known in Liberal circles: "undocumented space beings") trying to communicate with Earth.
Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.
Aliens who landed on earth and asked: “Take me to your leader” would be directed to Mrs Othman.
Are you kidding me?
I hope the UN tells some farmer in Iowa about this.
And why don't they pick someone far cooler than Mazlan Othman?
How about Michio Kaku? or Jodi Foster? or Will Smith?
And of course there is Stephen Hawking:
Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that alien interlopers should be treated with caution. He said: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
Meanwhile back at the National Press Club, On Monday, six former Air Force personnel broke their silence and disclosed dramatic first-hand experiences with UFOs at nuclear weapons sites.
“At long last, all of these witnesses are coming forward to say that, as unbelievable as it may seem to some, UFOs have long monitored and sometimes tampered with our nukes.” The co-host for the news conference, ICBM launch officer Capt. Robert Salas, was witness to a UFO incident in 1967 that, he says, caused a missile disruption at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, and he was ordered to keep quiet about it. “The Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases, and we can prove it,” Salas said.
Next, I suppose we will all be getting the cable news report from FOX and MSNBC that we are being invaded by little green men who are tampering with our weapons systems .... and of course conspiracy theorists (the ones with the infamous "tin-foil hats") will be saying that it's another BIG government lie, the purpose of which is to unite us all against a common enemy in order to expedite and justify a move toward a unified world government with one law, one army, one nation (which might not be too far from the truth). Some have reported on "Project Bluebeam" (alleged to be a mind control operation on a massive scale relating to an alien visitation and/or the second coming of Jesus, and possibly what caused the "Norway Spiral"). Some say October 13th, 2010 is the date for the aliens arrival (Just before the elections) and that an alien invasion, or first contact, could be an opportunity to trot out a plan for global governance in response to global fear brought on by a global threat. And of course World War 3 will break out because the aliens will be exploding nuclear bombs that will be blamed on the United States.
Maybe they can even get Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard to do a movie about it.
You know - I am absolutely open to the notion that we are not alone in the Cosmos.. and I do not disbelieve what some of these veteran Air Force people have seen, but honestly ... Aliens would be far better served if they stayed away from this insane planet because I am beginning to be convinced that there is no intelligent life on Earth (at least not in government).
Honestly... it IS time the United States exited the United Nations.
Their membership have probably been watching too many Marvin the Martian cartoons.
Monday, September 27, 2010
A picture is worth 1,000 words.
This one speaks volumes.
Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future. Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, "What have you done?" Many of these modern Presidents, seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments. In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.
Obama's foot on the Constitution - with certain Presidents around him applauding says it all.
Government tyranny - coming to us from the Left or Right, is unacceptable to the People.
We must oppose anyone or anything that seeks to destroy our Republic, our Sovereignty and our Freedom.
McNaughton has further explanation of his painting - please read it.
The ballot box is one way for us to speak.
November is coming - What will YOU choose?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, it's a good start but it needs more than pretty pictures and rhetoric.
You can read the pledge here. Also here.
- Stop job-killing tax hikes
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran
Only 3 days for members to read a bill?
How about limiting a bill to 10 pages?
There is a lot missing from this pledge.
Here's what should have been included:
- I want to see this pledge include auditing the Federal Reserve - or ending the Federal Reserve.
- I want to see this pledge include returning us to money backed by gold and silver and the abandonment of fiat currency.
- I want to see this pledge include prosecuting the treasonous traitorous behavior of those in Congress who are NOT honoring their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, as well as those who have acted unethically and who have broken the law.
- I want to see this pledge include an investigation and full disclosure of all of the President's documents - including an original birth certificate signed by a doctor and his parents, his school and college records and his. If he cannot supply those things then he should be impeached.
- I want to see this pledge include no more federal taxpayer money to foreign countries to build their roads and infrastructure when we need those things here at home.
- I want to see in this pledge the abolition and dismantling of unconstitutional agencies like the Federal Department of Education, Department of Energy, and the Department of Housing and Urban development (to name a few).
- I want to see in this pledge the cessation and reversal of the creation of the myriad of agencies and entitlement programs which are bankrupting this country and creating a nation of Americans dependent on government handouts.
- I want to see this pledge include full compliance with federal law regarding illegal immigration - including deportation of lawbreakers and prosecution of companies that hire people illegally.
- I want to see this pledge include respect for State's rights and to stop federal encroachment of State's rights.
- I want to see the promise to end coercion of the Federal government of States by giving them federal funding if they pass certain types of legislation.
- I want to see this pledge reverse the unconstitutional portions of the Patriot Act that include warrantless searches along with gag rules and the destruction of 1st and 4th amendment rights.
- I want to see in this pledge the cessation of eminent domain abuse.
- I want to see this pledge include the cessation of spying on American citizens and forcibly taking their information from various businesses and institutions.
- I want to see this pledge include the full prosecution of the people Eric Holder has given a pass to - like the Black Panthers and others.
- I want to see this pledge include stronger language against the Socialist policies that have been passed by Congress and the promise to repeal all unconstitutional legislation.
- I want to see this pledge include the cessation of Executive Orders being used to skirt Congressional lawmaking.
- I want to see this pledge include the abolishment of shadow government "Czars".
- I want to see the this pledge include a stipulation that no bills be packed with sneaked in legislation that could not pass on its own merit.
- I want to see the this pledge include a promise to end our membership to the United Nations and to extricate ourselves from Treaties that damage our US sovereignty.
That's what should have been in this so-called "Pledge" put out by the Washington Republican establishment.
If they were really listening to the American people those things would all be in there!
I am also interested to see if this Pledge - as watered down as it is - if it will in fact be signed by RINOs like John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mike Castle. (etc.)
The Pledge is a good start - but it has miles to go for real Washington establishment reform.
Perhaps the Washington Republicans should have read and adopted the Articles of Freedom put out by the Continental Congress 2009.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Edward Kennedy Jr. is all in a snit about the McMahon campaign using footage of one of President John F. Kennedy's speeches, to bring home the message that lower taxes help the economy. (and JFK was right!)
Kennedy also said this:
"The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy."
It's so fun to see the Kennedy heirs having kittens over this McMahon campaign ad - They just can't accept that by today's standards JFK would most likely be a Republican.
When John F. Kennedy ran for office, he ran on a platform of tax cuts, strengthening American defense (particularly missile defense) and prosecuting the Cold War. He was very anti-Communist and he was very pro-military. He was a Hawk by today's standard.
Think that would fly in the Democratic party these days? Not likely.
And John F. Kennedy was also making moves to End the Federal Reserve (some even claim this was what really led to his assassination)
On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business....John F.Kennedy also stood up to the Communists (Re: Bay of Pigs) - and he'd be appalled to see they have taken over his party.
President Kennedy's Executive Order 11110 gave the Treasury Department the explicit authority: "to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury." This means that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury's vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation based on the silver bullion physically held there. As a result, more than $4 billion in United States Notes were brought into circulation in $2 and $5 denominations. $10 and $20 United States Notes were never circulated but were being printed by the Treasury Department when Kennedy was assassinated. It appears obvious that President Kennedy knew the Federal Reserve Notes (FRN) being used as the purported legal currency were contrary to the Constitution of the United States of America.... Kennedy knew that if the silver-backed United States Notes (USN) were widely circulated, they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve Notes.
This is a very simple matter of economics. The USN was backed by silver and the FRN was not backed by anything of intrinsic value. Executive Order 11110 should have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level (virtually all of the nearly $9 trillion in federal debt has been created since 1963) if LBJ or any subsequent President were to enforce it. It would have almost immediately given the U.S. Government the ability to repay its debt without going to the private Federal Reserve Banks and being charged interest to create new "money". Executive Order 11110 gave the U.S.A. the ability to, once again, create its own money backed by silver and realm value worth something.
He would probably also be loathe to see all the entitlements people receive from government ... remember he was the one who said, "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Sage words.
So, Edward Kennedy Jr. can do all the finger wagging and foot stomping he wants.. but the Democrat party of JFK is officially dead, and what is in it's place calling itself the Democrat Party is the American Progressive Socialist movement backed by union thugs and anti-Constitution anti-Liberty statists. JFK is probably rolling in his grave.
It's about time that all today's Democrats whose parents were Democrats back in JFK's time understand who and what is driving their party creating poverty and government dependency, stifling business and restricting our rights, while creating enormous debt for our children.
Today's Marxist Left which has hijacked the Democrat party would probably call ole Jack an "End the Fed" Rightwing Extremist Teabagger!
That being said:
November 2nd - Vote these Marxists out!
In CT, "the Marxist 5" are: John "Lenin" Larson, "Red" Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes, Joe Courtney, and Chris Murphy. And please don't let Dick "I served in Vietnam" Blumenthal anywhere near Washington DC!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This Wall Street Journal article describes how Americans have become dependent on the government, and how this is hampering any meaningful reduction in the deficit.
"Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history.
At the same time, the fraction of American households not paying federal income taxes has also grown—to an estimated 45% in 2010, from 39% five years ago, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research organization.
A little more than half don't earn enough to be taxed; the rest take so many credits and deductions they don't owe anything. Most still get hit with Medicare and Social Security payroll taxes, but 13% of all U.S. households pay neither federal income nor payroll taxes."
So the bottom line here is that we have more people getting government checks - in one form or another - and an increasingly smaller portion of the population that's paying for that.
The Treasury Department recently reported that the government ran a $1.26 trillion deficit for the first 11 months of the fiscal year, which puts it on pace to be the second-biggest on record.
According to the WSJ report - the statistics for entitlements was staggering:
In the early 1980s - 30% of Americans lived in households in which an individual was receiving Social Security, subsidized housing, jobless benefits or other government-provided benefits.That went up to 44% by the third quarter of 2008!
41.3 million people were on food stamps as of June 2010 and that was a 45% increase from June 2008!
Federal unemployment benefits are now available for up to 99 weeks! and in late August 2010, 9.7 million unemployed workers were receiving checks (twice as many as the 4.2 million in August 2008)
And with Obamacare in the wings, 19 million more Americans are slated to get federal aid to buy health insurance by 2019.
"Government data don't show how many of the households receiving government benefits also escape federal taxes. But there is certainly some overlap between the two groups, since many benefits are aimed at those earning too little to pay income taxes and at people who don't have jobs, and who thus don't pay payroll taxes".
Today, an estimated 47.4 million people are enrolled in Medicare, up 38% from 1990. By 2030, the number is projected to be 80.4 million now that the baby boomers are starting to become eligible for that benefit.
The U.S. government first offered large-scale assistance during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. The Social Security Act, passed in 1935, created the popular retirement program as well as unemployment compensation, the early stages of what became known as "welfare" and assistance to the blind and elderly. In the 1940s, the G.I. Bill offered unemployment benefits, education assistance and loans to veterans. That same decade, Washington began offering free or reduced-price lunches to children from low-income families and, a decade later, monthly benefits to the disabled.
Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs brought food stamps plus Medicare and Medicaid. In the 1970s, Supplemental Security Income was created on top of routine Social Security benefits for the poorest of the elderly and disabled, and so-called Section 8 vouchers began subsidizing rental housing. The earned-income tax credit was launched in 1975 to offer extra cash to low-wage workers, and grew in the 1990s to become one of the government's principle antipoverty programs.
Benefits for children were expanded in 1997 with the State Children's Health Insurance Program during the Clinton administration—and were expanded again in 2009. Shortly after President Barack Obama took office, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill, which among other things extended unemployment compensation and offered incentives for states to cover more workers.
All this is expensive. Payments to individuals—a budget category that includes all federal benefit programs plus retirement benefits for federal workers—will cost $2.4 trillion this year, up 79%, adjusted for inflation, from a decade earlier when the economy was stronger. That represents 64.3% of all federal outlays, the highest percentage in the 70 years the government has been measuring it. The figure was 46.7% in 1990 and 26.2% in 1960.
“And I will go on criticising Socialism, and opposing Socialism because it is bad for Britain—and Britain and Socialism are not the same thing. (...) It’s the Labour Government that have brought us record peace-time taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease—they’ve run out of other people’s money.” ....... ----"The trouble/problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” - Margaret Thatcher (paraphrased)
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply or create wealth by dividing it." - Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931
Read more interesting facts about entitlement programs at the Heritage Foundation - Here and here..
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Every citizen living near the Gulf should go dig in the sand there.
Wonder what they'll find???
And scientists are being kicked out and their samples are being confiscated.
America deserves to know the truth.
Read this article from Zerohedge.
Monday, September 20, 2010
There are more designs.
Europeans are now designing what our money should look like.
They've even got designs with Obama's face on it, just like in dictatorships or monarchies.
Our currency is supposed to be competing with the so-called snazzier looking EURO (which is also a fiat currency worth crap) and these new designs:
Organized by creative strategy consultant Richard Smith, the Dollar ReDe$ign Project is soliciting ideas for the dollar bill of the future. "Our great 'rival', the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign," the project notes on its website.They want to tell you that American Greenbacks are so "yesterday".
They want you to think that the way out of the global downturn is to "rebrand the dollar" and jazz it up. What they are really trying to do is get us prepared for a global currency and to decouple us from the money we have become so used to. Recent changes in our dollar bills were supposed to be for security reasons. We've had numerous changes in our coinage as well. Now, we hardly know what our money is supposed to look and feel like. We have in fact, already become disconnected to our own currency, so much so that radical changes such as the ones that are proposed, won't be such a culture shock. No one will care, despite the fact that a currency is so iconic and in many ways defines who we are as a people.
But this move to change our currency at this time only presents more instability... more confusion about who we are as a nation and what our money is supposed to represent.
It's all crap.
Rebranding and redesign... it's nonsense.
It's plain old marketing nonsense.
The only thing that needs to be made over is to make our currency worth something... to back it with something.
Right now it's just paper, and so are those ridiculous new designs.
It's not any better than Monopoly Money.
Fiat money is pixie dust... printed and backed by thin air.
You want real money?
Buy gold and silver coin.
Related: Definition of Money
Thomas Jefferson on coin and paper currency:
“Specie [gold and silver coin] is the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die in our hands, and it is the surest resource of reliance in time of war.” ~Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813
“Paper is poverty,… it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”~Letter to Edward Carrington, 1788
“Experience has proved to us that a dollar of silver disappears for every dollar of paper emitted.” ~Letter to James Monroe, 1791
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Mordechai Ben David sings Kol Nidre on the 1992 Chabad "To Life" Telethon. He is accompanied by pianist Yaron Gershovsky. Kol Nidre is the traditional prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur. The prayer is sung in synagogue by the cantor and sometimes accompanied by a choir.
The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.
"...In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work ... For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD." -Leviticus 16:29-30
and the Kol Nidre prayer says:
"All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."
These vows and oaths are only the ones we make with God. Personal contracts and promises that we make with other people are not included.
The leader and the congregation then say together three times "May all the people of Israel be forgiven, including all the strangers who live in their midst, for all the people are in fault." In the service the Torah scrolls are then replaced, and the customary evening service begins.
What it means is that any and all rash vows made to God in the past year, and that for whatever reason were not fulfilled, could have created painful religious and ethical difficulties for those who had made them. There is an earnest desire for dispensation from them in order to wipe clean the slate for the new year. Thus came this rite of absolution from a vow ('hattarat nedarim'). The rite is performed as if in a court of Jewish law (Bet Din) which might be performed only by a scholar, or an expert on the one hand, or by a board of three Jewish laymen on the other.
This rite declares that those who recite Kol Nidre, and are seeking reconciliation with God, solemnly retract the vows and oaths which they have made to God during the period intervening between the previous Day of Atonement and the present one; this rite makes those vows null and void from the beginning, entreating in their stead pardon and forgiveness from God. This is in accordance with the older text of the formula as it is preserved in the Siddur of Amram Gaon.
Some of the YouTube renditions of the Kol Nidre Prayer are really quite lovely, as is the musical performances. here is one from Jarin Lee (Age 9) Naroo Art Center, Seoul, Korea, MAR.2008,
I wish all my Jewish readers a Happy New Year - and an easy fast on Yom Kippur.
G'mar Hatima Tova!
May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.
(Literally: 'A Good and Significant Finishing')
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787
Test your knowledge of the US Constitution.
Can YOU pass a Naturalization Test?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Apparently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her goons are putting a lot of pressure on Democrat members of Congress and demanding that they pony up campaign contributions to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The sludge in her swamp are being asked to ante up and pay tribute. Instead of draining the swamp as promised, it is just being filled with more excrement. But light is being shed on the cesspool as we speak.
House Member Eleanor Holmes Norton made a fundraising call to a lobbyist. The lobbyist wasn’t available, so Holmes Norton left a voicemail. (Bet she didn't ever think it would end up on the Internet!)
Below is the full transcript of the call: (listen to the actual voice message on the link)
"This is, uh, Eleanor Norton, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Uh, I noticed that you have given to uh, other colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I am a, um, Senior Member, a twenty year veteran and am Chair of the Sub-committee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. I’m handling the largest economic development project in the United States now, the Homeland Security Compound of three buildings being built on the uh, old St. Elizabeth’s hospital site in the District of Columbia along with uh, fifteen other, uh, sites here for, that are part of the stimulus .
I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. And, I think it must have been me who hasn’t, frankly, uh, done my homework to ask for a contribution earlier. So I’m trying to make up for it by asking for one now, when we particularly, uh, need, uh contributions, particularly those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds.
I’m asking you to give to Citizens for Eleanor Holmes Norton, PO Box 70626, DC, 20024. I’ll send you a follow-up note with appreciation for having heard me out. Thanks again.
Big Government points out the Ethics laws and other statutes that have been broken:
She who promises, directly or indirectly, any government contract or other government benefit (provided for or made possible by any Act of Congress) as a reward for a political contribution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (18 U.S.C. § 600).
She who attempts to cause anyone to make a political contribution by denying or threatening to deny any government payment or other government benefit (provided for or made possible, in whole or in part, by any Act of Congress) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (18 U.S.C. § 601).
Then there are the House Ethics rules, according to House Ethics Manual (2008 Edition):
p. 147: “[N]o solicitation of a campaign or political contribution may be linked to an action taken or to be taken by a Member … in his or her official capacity. … The Standards Committee has long advised Members … that they should always exercise caution to avoid even the appearance that solicitations of campaign contributions are connected in any way with an action taken or to be taken in their official capacity. … [A] Member should not sponsor or participate in any solicitation that offers donors any special access to the Member in the Member’s official capacity.”
p. 150: “[A] Member may not accept any contribution that is linked with an action that the Member has taken or is being asked to take. A corollary of these rules is that Members … are not to take or withhold any official action on the basis of the campaign contributions or support of the involved individuals …. Members … are likewise prohibited from threatening punitive action on the basis of such considerations.”
VOTE THEM OUT!!!!
Then indict them and send them to jail!
It is most interesting to me that the media has fixated on this homeschool parent as a story.
I have known many homeschoolers who have taken their kids to courtrooms, participated in mock trial, and have openly discussed many aspects of real life with their young kids.
In the same breath, critics of homeschooling are apt to say that homeschoolers are shielded from the real world.. now with this media piece they are saying that they are harshly presented with the real world. So which is it?
(Other video here)
Bravo to this homeschool mom who has taken her kids to a courtroom, that is open to the public, for a very important civics lesson.
But it's not like she hasn't prepared them for it.
She obviously has.
Judging by her child's response to reporters, it looks like they are prepared to go into a courtroom. It is unlikely they will see the entire trial, but it is apparent that they have been doing a lot of talking about this case beforehand. Seven year old Shreyoshi Ghoshray wants to be a lawyer someday. I'd say she has an excellent start.
This is precisely why homeschoolers out perform their peers.
They aren't dumbed down and treated like they cannot handle life.
They are taught meaningful lessons about life and society by people who really know them the best. Rest assured homeschool parents know what their kids can and cannot deal with.
What did most seven year olds do today in government school?
Probably learned about sex and drugs and how to use swear words, or how to parrot back whatever the teacher tells them.
Now, can the media go away and report on some real news?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Bad reputation? No problem... just change the name!
Since researchers have named High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as a culprit in the American obesity epidemic, sales of foods containing HFCS have gone down so much that consumption is at a 20-year low. (Read this:Why High-Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Insulin Resistance and this from Princeton researchers: A Sweet Problem)
Huge corn subsidies and high import tariffs on cane sugar make HFCS the cheapest sweetener available. As a result, HFCS is just about in every processed food you can think of - even those you wouldn't think needed sweetening. But people have become a bit more food conscious and are choosing foods with natural or organic sweeteners rather than highly processed ones. They are reading labels and abstaining from HFCS as well as other food gremlins and other additive "nasties".
So now, the people who brought us HFCS aim to rebrand it in order to boost sales. They will now be changing the name to "Corn Sugar" (Pssst... don't tell anyone it's the same thing as HFCS, ok?) - Corn Sugar sounds more "natural".
From Live Science:
The Corn Refiners Association has in the past marketed high-fructose corn syrup as natural. Our Bad Medicine columnist Christopher Wanjek argues otherwise:
"High-fructose corn syrup could be all-natural if cornstarch happened to fall into a vat of alpha-amylase, soak there for a while, then trickle into another vat of glucoamylase, get strained to remove the Aspergillus fungus likely growing on top, and then find its way into some industrial-grade D-xylose isomerase. This funny coincidence didn't happen in nature until the 1970s in a lab somewhere in Japan."
Now the Corn Refiners Association plans to ask the FDA to allow high-fructose corn syrup to be called simple "corn sugar" instead, AP reports. And already the group is advertising it with that name. The adds also claims there's no difference between corn sugar and cane sugar.
Oh, and one other thing... HFCS contains traces of mercury.
Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.
So - look out for "Corn Sugar" ... and don't be fooled.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Get ready for the next insane piece of legislation introduced by Senator Dodd.
Social engineering on steroids!
This bill will restrict residence in the suburbs and rural areas and pretty much force Americans into city centers. The bill has already passed the United States Senate Banking Committee and is on the fast track to passage in the Senate.
The bill is called the Livable Communities Act (SB 1619). It is part of the plan from the United Nation’s Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed onto by President George H.W. Bush.
Livable communities and so-called "Smart Growth" plans are designed to usurp property rights and constitutional rights. (Google "Agenda 21" and see what you come up with).
Also check out Taking Liberty website about plans to essentially abolish private property in the name of "environmentalism".
According to the non-profit American Policy Center the bill:
* Is a blueprint for the transformation of our society into total Federal control.
* Will enforce Federal Sustainable Development zoning and control of local communities.
* Will create a massive new “development” bureaucracy.
* Will drive up the cost of energy to heat and cool your home.
* Will drive up the cost of gasoline as a way to get you out of your car.
* Will force you to spend thousands of dollars on your home in order to comply.
Of course, local government will be coaxed/bribed to sign on with promises of municipal funding. Grants will come with all kinds of strings attached which will force local governments to bend to the will of these Socialist Federal mandates. Billions of dollars in grants will be made available to local governments if they agree to amend their zoning laws according to their dictates. They want to restrict housing in outlying areas and force people to give up their homes and land and move into the city centers. If towns don't comply with these zoning changes then funds will be denied, and the towns will receive negative publicity (criticizing government officials for turning down free money) by so-called “Green” organizations.
It will make living in the suburbs and rural areas very very expensive.
It will make home ownership cost prohibitive.
It will reduce the amount of land that can be lived on.
It will make the federal government in control of local zoning.
The goal is to force people to live in a congested city center/urban areas in apartment buildings with store fronts on the street level which will all be connected by public transportation.
This of course will result in higher housing costs (because overcrowding will make housing space a premium) and goods and services (because of less choice and competition) and less freedom to move about (because cars won’t be necessary and parking space will be prohibitively expensive).
Please contact your two Senators today and tell them to oppose Dodd’s SB1619.
The American Policy Center asks us to do this:
1. Call Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and demand that he lead Senate Republicans in opposition to S.1619. Tell him this bill will destroy local community decisions and enforce massive federal control over our communities.
It is vital that Senate Republicans stand firm against S.1619. They must feel your heat! Call Senator McConnell – early and often. His office # is: 202-224-3135. His fax # is: 202-224-2574.
Or write to him to demand that he take action to stop S.1619. McConnell’s address is:
S-230 Capitol Building, Washington. DC 20510-7010.
2. Call Senator John Thune, chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee.
Thune’s committee sets Republican policy for all senators. He must feel our heat in opposition to S.1619!!!
Senator Thune’s Republican Policy Committee # is 202-224-2946. Fax # 202-224-1235. Email: email@example.com.
Address: Senate Republican Policy Committee
SR-347 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-7064.
3. Call your state’s two U.S. Senators and demand they vote against S.1619. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Ask for your Senators by name. It is vital to the liberty of America that S.1619 be stopped. It is the first bill to enforce Sustainable Development through federal legislation.
We can stop it...
We must flood Capitol Hill with calls and letters NOW. A vote can come up any time, and without our strong opposition S.1619 will breeze to passage.
Take the above action NOW!
Please pass this message on to your friends and neighbors and ask them to call too.
For more information on Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 go to the American Policy Center website: www.americanpolicy.org. APC has been a leader in the fight to expose and stop Agenda 21 and its policy called Sustainable Development.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Restoring our Republic and protecting our Constitutional Rights are the greatest tributes we can give to those who perished on this day nine years ago.
The Constitution did not change on 9/11. Do not be fooled into believing that government can protect you in return for you giving up your rights and freedoms. The same "protections" promoted by government, such as biometric scanners, radio frequency chips, loss of privacy, and constant surveillance can also be used to enslave you. Winston Churchill was correct in saying that the only thing we really have to fear is fear itself. Fear makes you controllable.
Today please fly the Star and Stripes, and hug your loved ones just a little bit closer and a little bit longer.
And please remember too ... we DO have friends around the world. Americans were not the only ones who perished on that horrific morning.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Halloween is coming up and with it comes the fretting of parents over the tradition of trick or treating. The problem is always the candy. Parents nowadays claim that they just don't like all the sweets (although I'll wager they raid their kids' stash just the same).
In any case, some people give out toothbrushes, or apples or some little trinket made in China.
How about doing something a bit different this year.
(Of course it might depend how much you like the kids that come to your house!)
This Halloween you can do something different for the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood by giving them American Open Currency Standard (AOCS) copper rounds. Forget the tooth decaying candy - you can introduce the kiddos to precious metals! What costumed kid wouldn’t be delighted by an entire ounce of copper that shines like a new penny? It could be something they treasure or even barter for something with their friends. It certainly lasts longer than a Snickers funsize bar!
Just imagine how great it could be if children across America could own a little bit of honest money for themselves. Let’s all give them some this Halloween.
You can order any available AOCS copper rounds directly from AOCS Mint in tubes of twenty, and you can download and print little information cards to include with your gift of AOCS Copper.
Of course you can get copper rounds from other mints too. (Here's one)
And if you want to give pennies - you could do that too - only pennies don't weigh a full ounce of copper.
If your Lincoln Memorial penny has a date before 1982, it is made of 95% copper. If the date is 1983 or later, it is made of 97.5% zinc and plated with a thin copper coating. For pennies minted in 1982, when both copper and zinc cents were made, the safest and best way to tell their composition is to weigh them. Copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams, whereas the zinc pennies weigh only 2.5 grams.
Read more here at Squidoo, which has a whole history of copper and its use as money.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Best Quote: "The whole thing is a bit of a dog's dinner isn't it?"
See how they are running the EU?
Non-elected EU members make the choice for everyone else in the EU. There is no sovereignty for each of the members (member = country) when the EU can make laws that can't be amended or vetoed by any of these so-called "sovereign" governments.
Just imagine what Global Governance (i.e. New World Order) is going to look like!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
...In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. - Leviticus 16:24
My wish to you and yours -
"L'shanah tovah tikateiv v'taichateim"
"May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."
May this coming new year be a sweet one filled with Health, Happiness and Prosperity.
"The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn, which represents the trumpet blast of a people's coronation of their king. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance; for Rosh Hashanah is also the anniversary of man's first sin and his repentance thereof, and serves as the first of the "Ten Days of Repentance" which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Another significance of the shofar is to recall the Binding of Isaac which also occurred on Rosh Hashanah, in which a ram took Isaac's place as an offering to G-d; we evoke Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son and plead that the merit of his deed should stand by us as we pray for a year of life, health and prosperity. Altogether, the shofar is sounded 100 times in the course of the Rosh Hashanah service."
The CIA can assassinate Americans who they think are terrorists.
Question is... who does our government consider a terrorist?
Very dangerous indeed.
My friends.... we really need to vote these people in Washington out of office - and soon.
Restore the Republic.
"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector." - Plato
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Black Conservatives leaving the "Restoring Honor" rally encounter Al Sharpton's protestors who were holding signs claiming "Tea Party Racism." This is just one of debates that was captured after the rally had ended.
The ravages of Progressivism will be exposed with the upcoming movie "Runaway Slave"
The Liberal/progressive agenda has made minorities slaves to the State - dictating how they live their lives and making them wholly dependent on government hand-outs. Medicaid programs have made their children guinea pigs for the drug industry and have allowed their schooling to be substandard, making them prisoners in bad schools.
Statism = Slavery.
That Black Conservative woman has the courage to tell it.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
While it is said that no taxpayer money was harmed for this makeover, I have to say that the office of the Leader of the Free World is now very bland and uninteresting.
Beige, beige, beige.
It's only redeeming factor is that all contributions to this new decor were American made (so they say).
Gone is the "Official" and "Formal" ambiance of the office.
There's no Royal Blue or Gold.
To me, the Oval office now looks like a Marriott Hotel lobby.
Hopefully, the final phase of this makeover will occur at noon on January 20, 2013 when the current resident vacates the premises*.
Historical photos of the Oval Office.
* - Maybe sooner if Congress seriously deals with treasonous and unconstitutional acts or decides to do something about having proper papers produced.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Washington Examiner broke a story this week about how the leader of a Department that shouldn't even exist, sent out an email to his employees inviting them to attend Sharpton's rally which was organized to counter Glenn Beck's "Restore America" rally on the Mall in D.C. this past weekend. Sharpton cooked up his anti-Beck rally after Beck announced that he was planning a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, themed "Restoring Honor", where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in 1963.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, attended the rally led by "the Reverend" Al Sharpton. He sent around this email to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education:
"ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the 'Reclaim the Dream' rally and march"
So let me get this right.. Duncan used state funded computers and resources to send out a message for his staff to attend the Sharpton event - and not the Beck event - so he didn't even offer a choice for his staff regarding both events. He just wanted them to show up to the Sharpton rally - and this is supposed to be OK? One commenter to this article thinks that someone should investigate how many of these employees, charged air fare, lodging, and meals for this event, under the guise of a sanctioned meeting. No doubt there were several federal employees who charged their government American Express accounts for travel and lodging for this event.
In any case - this is wrong on so many levels.
The Washington Examiner reported this after they learned of the e-mail from a Department of Education employee who felt uncomfortable with Duncan's request:
Although the e-mail does not violate the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from participating in political campaigns, Education Department workers should feel uneasy, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute.
"It sends a signal that activity on behalf of one side of a political debate is expected within a department. It's highly inappropriate ... even in the absence of a direct threat," Boaz said. "If we think of a Bush cabinet official sending an e-mail to civil servants asking them to attend a Glenn Beck rally, there would be a lot of outrage over that."...
Obama avoided comment on Saturday's dueling rallies, but Duncan took the podium alongside Sharpton and 30 other speakers on the football field of Dunbar High School. ...
Speakers at the Sharpton rally praised Obama and took jabs at the Tea Party....
Education Department spokeswoman Sandra Abrevaya defended Duncan's decision. "This was a back-to-school event," she said.
Back to school event indeed.
State sponsored activity is more like it.
One which it expects its employees to attend.
And you thought that only happened in Fascist or Communist countries.
FYI - The Hatch Act is here.
Read it and tell me if you think Duncan violated the law.
I think he did - despite what this article said.
"supervisory employees may not invite subordinate employees to political events or otherwise suggest to subordinates that they attend the political event or undertake any partisan political activity"Sharpton's event WAS indeed a partisan political activity. He stated, "[Conservatives] think we showed up [to vote for Barack Obama] in 2008 and that we won't show up again. But we know how to sucker-punch, and we're coming out again in 2010"... plus speakers at the Sharpton rally praised Obama and took jabs at the Tea Party. That is indeed political.
Duncan used taxpayer funded computers systems, servers and networks to get his message out.
Clearly Duncan violated the law and should be removed from his office immediately.