My Taps To Mothers of Fallen Heroes


Today, my Taps to all those related to you or whom you know whom are fallen heroes. Especially, to all mothers of our fallen heroes, I think you are heroines. May Our Lady of Fatima specially be with you, guide you, and lead you through this Memorial Day, and may your courage be an example to me and others in our lives. -jp

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News Letter – SWFL 9/12 Group


ACORN/UNIONS/SCHOOLS

Action

American Ideology/Progressive Ideology

Economy/Finance

Elections/Politics

Freedoms

Ft. Hood/Gitmo/National Insecurity/Sharia/Terror/Trials

Global Warming/Climate Change

Healthcare Reform

Immigration Reform

International

Local

Media/Internet

Military

Obama and the White House

Off to the Races

On The Hill

On the Home Front

Tea Party

Your Say

ARTICLES of the Day: Media Hopes to Blame Right for Times Square Bombing Attempt: They want so badly to pin this on the tea partiers.

Related:  U.S. arrests Pakistani-American over failed car bomb

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested late on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as he tried to take a flight to Dubai, local and federal officials said.   Hat tip Carole! 

Will Mayor Doomberg sleep better at night knowing Times Square bomber is not a deranged redneck?

The culprit behind a smoking idiot bomb placed in Times Square is a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, reports the AP, and not, as NY Mayor Michael Doomberg suggested to Katie Couric, “a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” Faisal Shahzad was “taken into custody late Monday by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives at Kennedy Airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials. He was identified by customs agents and stopped before boarding, Holder said early Tuesday in Washington.” Shahzad will appear in court today, where he will likely be charged with trafficking fireworks across state lines and trying to destroy the American way of life.

Army Intelligence Planes Led To Suspect’s Arrest Hat Tip John who says “Very Interesting… where are those Patriot Act objectors now?  Gosh, I guess it must have been which party was in charge of the White House.”

Call To Emirates Airlines Intercepted By Military Jets, Helped Investigators Track Faisal Shahzad Down

 

Rahm Emanuel working with Federal Reserve to beat ‘audit the Fed’ amendment in Senate 

 

Elections in three states today

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tea party activists haven’t liked former Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana from the time he launched a comeback campaign three months ago. Now he’ll find out what that means for his bid to retake his old Senate seat.

Coats has support from the state and Washington GOP establishment that recruited him, making Indiana’s primary election one of three Tuesday that will test whether party backing is enough to secure a nomination and, in some cases, signal the strength of the tea party coalition.

Open Senate seats in Indiana and Ohio and the Democratic race for a challenger to North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr top ballots as the states kick off a wave of primaries during the next several months.

 

Oil Spill Q&A — Why Utopia Isn’t an Option
Reality-based energy policy requires tradeoffs

LOL of the Day: Darwin Dynasty Cursed By Inbreeding

Charles Darwin’s family suffered from the deleterious effects of inbreeding, suggests a new study that serves as ironic punctuation to the evolutionary theorist’s life work.

Pioneer of the theory that genetic traits affect survival of both individual organisms and species, Darwin wondered in his own lifetime if his marriage to first cousin Emma Wedgwood was having “the evil effects of close interbreeding” that he had observed in plants and animals.

Song of the Day: Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration  

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ACORN/UNIONS/SCHOOLS

 

SCHOOLS:

Race and Resentment
Recent stories out of both Philadelphia and San Francisco tell of black students beating up Asian American students. This is especially painful for those who expected that the election of Barack Obama would mark the beginning of a post-racial America.

How Bad Are Our Graduation Rates?
U.S. colleges will be challenged to achieve President Obama’s goal of America once again having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world,

UNIONS:

What we don’t know can hurt us….53% Favor Public Employee Unions

New Jersey and California are just two of the states that are wrestling with high numbers of well-compensated unionized public employees as they try to reduce growing budget deficits. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Americans are generally favorable toward these unions and evenly divided over whether they place a significant strain on the U.S. budget.

Action

 

Sign Petition to Stop Amnesty Now! Amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens will bankrupt our nation. What is it about the word illegal that our elected officials don’t understand?

You can stand with Arizona and show your support for their efforts by signing onto the petition drive supporting their crackdown on illegal immigration:

SIGN HERE TO SHOW SUPPORT.

CCREC members to the Boots on the Ground training this Fri.! Hat Tip Cheryl!

Speakers are coming all the way from OH to equip us for getting Boots on the Ground. We have more organizers coming from other parts of FL than we do Southwest FL activists!We are excited that others in FL are taking advantage of the opportunity, but with two sessions it would be great to take advantage of this opportunity so we can get our own community fired up!
Progressive groups like the League of Women Voters are taking the summer off. This is our chance to get better organized and equipped. If you have any questions please feel free to call me to discuss! The information is copied again below for your convenience.
Thank you,
Cheryl Couture
SWFL 9.12 Project
Naples912@aol.com
(239) 285-9697

INFO: “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” PRECINCT ORGANIZATION TRAINING
Two Time Slots! This Friday May 7, 12:00-4:00 PM OR 5:00-9:00 PM
Voices of America will present two training sessions to equip local citizens to make a difference in their own neighborhoods and precincts. Invite friends, family, neighbors and co-workers that are interested in preserving the Constitution and founding principles and who want to impact the upcoming 2010 Election.
There is no charge, however, participants will be asked to make a donation to help offset the travel expenses of the two speakers from Voices of America and the one speaker from the Abigail Adams Project. They are all traveling from OH. Hope to see you there!

WHERE: North Naples Fire Control District
1885 Veterans Park Drive
Naples, FL 34109
Register at: www.swfl912project.com OR Naples912@aol.com

REPUBLICANS AFTER 5

RNC Website 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19th-After 5

WHERE: Noodles Italian Café & Sushi

1585 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109

(239) 592-0050

PLEASE RSVP VIA EMAIL OR PHONE  

Mike Brennan

(239) 304-6453

ALSO: REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB

Representative Tom Grady will be our guest speaker this Friday May 7th at 7:45am for breakfast.  He will fill us in on all the important legislation that moved through the house during session, particularly what is relevant to SW Florida.  We will be at our home base of the Pelican Marsh Country Club and breakfast will be $15.00.  Bring a friend!   

American Ideology/Progressive Ideology

 

Black Americans and Liberty
Having recently reached 74 years of age, if one were to ask me what’s my greatest disappointment in life, a top contender would surely be the level of misunderstanding, perhaps contempt, that black Americans have for the principles of personal liberty and their abiding faith in government…

Courts

 

Economy/Finance

 

WH releases list of CEOs who dined with Obama
The list of attendees at President Barack Obama’s dinner with CEOs was released Monday evening.

BANKS/REFORM:

Greed, Wall Street, and the Financial Crisis
JAY RICHARDS calls for discernment rather than demagoguery.

Consumer Group Lays Out Financial Reform Strategy

The consumer-backed Americans for Financial Reform laid out its amendment strategy Tuesday, saying it intends to strengthen provisions in the Senate financial regulatory reform bill while defending against Wall Street’s attempts to weaken the bill.  

Analysis: Dodd Bill Would Not Prevent Bailouts
A Senate measure advertised as protecting taxpayers from another Wall Street bailout would still leave them fronting the money if the government moves to liquidate a big failing company like insurance giant AIG. Taxpayers could end up putting up billions of dollars to cover the costs of dealing with such a firm.” Kuhnhenn says that “an amendment the Senate is expected to pass Tuesday states that ‘taxpayers shall bear no losses from the exercise of any authority under this title,'” but, according to Kuhnhenn, “the measure doesn’t prevent that kind of obligation, though it does require that taxpayers would be paid back.” Take Action

Republicans Relent, Allow Debate On Financial Overhaul To Begin »
After voting for three consecutive days to block financial reform legislation from reaching the floor, Senate Republicans finally relented last week and agreed to allow floor deliberations to begin. 

It’s No Accident — Why Goldman’s Suddenly Getting Grilled
Presidents are always in need of enemies. Obama has the Tea Party movement, and Wall Street – and he is using Wall Street, namely Goldman, as a paper tiger to help build support for financial reform.
While they still have total control of Washington, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats have been working feverishly to pass a financial regulatory reform bill that would give the federal government expanded powers over Wall Street. At the same time, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into Goldman Sachs and one of its vice presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts about a financial product tied to subprime mortgages just as the U.S. housing market was beginning to falter. Most recently, in an outrageous abuse of power, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) released internal e-mails from Goldman employees, the same week Goldman execs are slated to testify on Capitol Hill, and on the same week that Democrats make their final push to pass the financial reform bill.
If you think there are coincidences in Washington when it comes to timing, think again.

Dentists fear finance reform could cause them some pain
Dentists are warning they may become unintended targets of legislation designed to overhaul Wall Street.

Related: Doctors, dentists, plastic surgeons wary of Wall Street bill
By Silla Brush
More than 20 of the nation’s largest healthcare associations are warning Congress that they would fall under sweeping new financial regulations aimed at Wall Street.

BUDGET/DEBT:

Why Our Current Budget Situation Is a Crisis
There is no precedent for reducing the ratio of debt to GDP by simply growing our way out of it

ECONOMY/CRISIS:

Factory Orders Strengthen, Home Sales Contracts Up

This Time Isn’t Different — the Financial Crisis in Perspective
NICK SCHULZ sits down with Alex Pollock to discuss reform.

HuffPo, Krugman, and Too Good to Check
The Federal Reserve certainly did not quash housing bubble dissent

JOBS:

 

Video: Rasmussen Employment Index Reaches Highest Level Since September 2008 

 

According to Gallup, the Obama administration is hiring new federal workers faster than the private sector can create jobs to support them.

 

 

MARKETS:

 

Phelps: The Moral Superiority of Dynamic Capitalism
JAY RICHARDS highlights an economist who also applies sophisticated moral analysis

 

GM named in deceptive advertising complaint filed with FTC Hat Tip John and Cris!

Some pay back, huh? Now they face a lawsuit.

Related: Rep. Issa accuses Treasury Department and GM of aiming to ‘defraud the American people’

Governors Gather in Washington to Launch U.S. Chamber’s Jobs Report
A group of governors from both parties met Monday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a discussion of state-level job creation. Govenors Rick Perry (R-Tex.), Bill Richardson (D-N. Mex.), Jack Markell (D-Del.), Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), Donald Carcieri (R-R.I.), and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) were on hand to celebrate a new report commissioned by the Chamber that ranks states on the job-creation performance. Join the campaign for Free Enterprise

Jaeger Steps Down From GPhA After Teva Exit

Kathleen Jaeger said Tuesday that she would step down as president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, which has recently faced internal turmoil with the departure of one its key member companies, Teva Pharmaceuticals.  

Apple Faces Antitrust Investigation
A lost iPhone may be the least of Apple’s problems: Rumors are swirling that antitrust authorities may investigate the company after it issued a new licensing agreement for iPhone application developers that prevents them from using non-Apple software to create the apps. New advertising restrictions may also give the company’s iAd service an unfair leg up over other companies, and both new restrictions will be the subject of talks in the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, which will determine whether or not an inquiry is needed. The controversy is reminiscent of monopoly complaints against Microsoft in the 1990s and one official said, “Apple is playing right out of Microsoft’s playbook—and it’s one they complained about a lot.”

“Nuclear Batteries” Go Public
Mini nuclear reactors have been in service for decades in the military, especially on naval vessels. But now their commercial application has arrived.
Several smart companies are introducing – and already selling – “nuclear batteries.” They’re designed to deliver power to smaller communities in an inexpensive and manageable way. And they’re working, especially for shareholders…

MySpace lost $150 million…

Stocks, Euro Retreat on Debt Concern…

SAVINGS:

Kiss your 401(k) goodbye!    
Behold, the latest government takeover…

SPENDING:

Beware of Obama Bearing Gifts to Greeks

President Obama is focusing his attention on Greece and its financial collapse. Oh no! American taxpayers should brace themselves for another raid on the U.S. Treasury that will ultimately result in even higher taxes as our own debt grows.   Hat tip Carole!

And You Thought Wall Street Was Fudging the Numbers
Social Security and public pensions offer reverse images of poor accounting

TAXES:

MUCH TO LOVE AND HATE IN A VALUE-ADDED TAX

A value-added tax (VAT) may not be a good solution to the nation’s fiscal problems, says N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard University professor of economics and former adviser to President George W. Bush…

Elections/Politics

 

A Conservative Insurgency, Not a ‘Purge Movement’
Liberals and the Republican establishment dismiss Tea Partiers at their peril,

Party of the rich? World’s wealthiest hedge fund managers gave 98% to Democrats

DCCC adds targets, launches program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added two new seats to its Red to Blue program for challengers and open-seat candidates.

Generic Ballot Tied In Gallup Poll; GOP Leading In Rasmussen Survey
A Gallup poll of 1,600 “registered voters” (4/26-5/2) shows the “generic ballot” tied at 45%. Rasmussen’s automated survey of 3,500 “likely voters” (4/26-5/2), meanwhile, finds the GOP leading 44%-37%.
Read More: Gallup | Rasmussen

Related: Leading the charge for GOP insurgents Hat Tip Cheryl!
Santa Barbara is about as far from Greenville, S.C., as you can get in the continental United States, but Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) cares more about principle than geography. He is leading a conservative insurgency across America. Speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s annual retreat here late last month, DeMint told the faithful that if they want to return to the principles of limited government, they need to elect people who believe in limited government: “I came into the Senate with 55 Republicans, George W. Bush in the White House and large majorities of Republicans in the House, and we didn’t do what we promised,” he said. “We’re not going to change the Senate until we change the people who are there.”

Voters Say Republicans in Congress More Partisan than Democrats 

For the first time in over a year of regular polling, voters nationwide say Republicans in Congress are acting more partisan than congressional Democrats. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 62% believe congressional Republicans are acting like partisan Republicans. That’s up six points from last month and ties the highest level measured first reached last December.

Mona Charen: Are Republicans Stepping on a Land Mine?
Imagine yourself inside Democratic National Committee headquarters, in the department of long-term planning. Huddling in the no longer smoke-filled room, stocked no doubt with eco-friendly coffee cups and whole-wheat snacks, the savants are pleased with themselves.

Misguided Efforts

“Liberals who vowed to take revenge against conservative Democrats who opposed President Barack Obama’s health care law have little to show for their anger six months before the midterm elections… Some labor unions and party activists have turned to long-shot, third-party candidates as they try to send a message to the wayward Democrats. The impact of such efforts is dubious, however, and could help the incumbents, many of whom represent conservative Southern districts.”

Indiana, Ohio, and NC primaries should tell us if this is a down-with-the-establishment type of year

Freedoms

 

Innocent until proven guilty? Overcriminalization: Victimizing the Innocent

George Norris’s house was ransacked by police while he was held prisoner in his own kitchen.  Officers informed him he was not under arrest and no charges were pressed against him at that time.  He asked to see a warrant, which was revealed to him reluctantly; but when he asked to fetch his reading glasses from another room, police denied his request, confining him to his chair with a warrant he couldn’t read.

One year later, crippled by legal fees and a government dead set to make an example of him, George Norris pleaded guilty to a crime he did not commit.  His misdeed?  Importing perfectly legal orchids.

The liberal war on science continues

“Nearly 40% of parents of toddlers have delayed or refused a child’s vaccination — a practice that endangers not only their children but others around them,” reports USA Today. “The percentage of parents who delay or refuse a shot rose from 22% in 2003 to 39% in 2008,” according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies. “Interviews with parents suggest that many are influenced by medical myths, such as the notions that kids can’t be vaccinated when they have a cold or that shots cause autism, Rodewald says.” Where do these myths come from? Liberal websites!

Why do you support the Parental Rights Amendment? That is the question addressed in this video of Patrick Henry College junior and speech contest winner Aaron Kamakawiwoole (pronounced “Aaron K”) at a recent collegiate competition. (For more information on the contest, visit Patrick Henry College’s page here.) We are grateful to have Aaron serve as a research analyst for ParentalRights.org as well.

Walgreens Shooting: Another GREAT Post Gunfight Interview

This is a great interview that demonstrates many of the key characteristics of those who command and control their destiny versus those who fall prey to random acts of violence…

1968 – The Birth of Gun Control

Responding to events has always been the politician’s stock in trade. “Look what we have done, we’ve acted to make sure this never happens again!”…

ISRA Criticizes Chicago Mayor Over Gun Regulations As New Coalition Plans To Close Gun Show Loophole »
Earlier this month, when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recommended that an international court take up his petition to shut down United States firearm retailers, Illinois State Rifle Association suggested that he “take a couple of weeks off.” 

Ft. Hood/Gitmo/National Insecurity/Sharia/Terror/Trials

 

FT HOOD:

JIHAD:

Jihad Watch: Obama Ignores Islamic Violations of Religious Freedom

In Iraq Sunday, Islamic jihadists exploded two bombs near buses full of Christian students, killing one and murdering over one hundred. Last week in Indonesia, thousands of enraged Muslims destroyed…

Sayyid Qutb on the meaning and purpose of jihad Hat Tip George!

Andy Bostom’s remarkable collection of writings by authorities and scholars of Islam, The Legacy of Jihad, is not the kind…

Lt. Col. Allen West speaks about Islam

NATIONAL INSECURITY:

Tell what we got why don’t ya? While you’re at it, why don’t you tell them where they all are? Geez! US says it has 5,113 nuclear warheads

Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons: Congress Must Understand the Risk Hat Tip Peggy!

In 2004, the congressionally mandated Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack released an unclassified executive report on its broader study of the U.S.’s vulnerability to EMP weapons strikes.[1] In 2008, the commission released a follow-up report that detailed the vulnerabilities of the critical infrastructures of the U.S. to EMP strikes.[2] Taken together, these two reports make it clear that an EMP attack could inflict severe damage on the U.S. As the initial report stated, “EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences.”

Secret Blackwater Tape Discovered
Blackwater founder Erik Prince is no fan of the press—in fact, when he speaks at the May 5 “Tulip Time Festival” in his hometown of Holland, Michigan, he’ll do so only under the condition that the press not attend. However, Blackwater watchdog Jeremy Scahill has obtained a recording of a recent private speech by the reclusive and powerful Prince. In the speech, Prince suggests his contractors are more effective than some of America’s NATO allies, who he says should “should just pack it in and go home.” He brags that Blackwater once “call[ed] in multiple airstrikes” during a raid on a narcotrafficking facility. And at one point, he seems to say that Blackwater is working in Pakistan—something that Blackwater and both the U.S. and Pakistani governments have denied. Characterizing America’s enemies, Prince says “they crawled out of the sewer and they have a 1200 AD mentality. They’re barbarians.”

TERROR:

Michael Bloomberg is a disgrace and must resign. Immediately.    
NYC Mayor initially bet that conservatives, not crazy Muslims, were responsible for the car bombing… It is truly stunning that Bloomberg’s initial reaction to the car bomb in Times Square was to blame tea party activists, not Islamic terrorists

Lieberman Bill Would Strip Terrorists’ ‘Citizenship Rights’

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) is pursuing legislation that would strip the “citizenship rights” of Americans who commit acts of terrorism.  

Terrorism, WMD Charges for Faisal Shahzad

Would-Be Times Square Bomber Admits to Plot, Says He Trained in Pakistan, Criminal Complaint States

Pakistan Detains Several in Times Square Plot

Friend of Bomb Suspect Faisal Shahzad Among Those Held in Connection with Failed Attack

Faisal Shahzad Gave Appearances of Family Man

Former Neighbors of Accused Times Square Bomber the Married Father of Two Kept To Himself, Claimed to Work on Wall St.

Exclusive: The Times Square Suspect’s Terror Ties

With Faisal Shahzad in custody, The Daily Beast’s Philip Shenon reports on his ties to another Pakistani American involved in the Mumbai attacks—and what role Emirates airline played in his capture.

Owner of SUV with bomb says he sold it 3 weeks ago

Expert: Times Square bomb was a ‘millisecond’ away from causing ‘mass casualities’

Luggage explosion causes scare at Houston airport…

TRIALS:

Beck: Of course Shahzad should get Mirandized!

Glenn Beck and Judge Andrew Napolitano both wind up on the same side of this debate, thanks to Faisal Shahzad’s status as an American citizen. “Of course” Shahzad should get Mirandized, Beck tells Fox and Friends this morning, warning that “you don’t shred the Constitution — ever.”

Related: Has the Times Square Terrorist Been Read His Miranda Rights?
MARC THIESSEN wonders if the administration has learned from its mistakes.

Krauthammer: So, that KSM trial in New York probably isn’t happening now, huh?

Global Warming/Climate Change

 

 PETA blamed omnivores for oil spill, Rush suggested it was eco-terrorists (guess who got raked over the coals)

After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh wondered on his show if maybe, just maybe, “hardcore environmentalist wackos” had sabotaged the Deepwater with an explosion that killed 11 people. Perhaps he was thinking of the Earth Liberation Front, which torched an SUV dealership in Oregon in 2001 and used a stolen earth-mover to topple two radio towers in Washington state circa 2009. Regardless, his critics lambasted Rush for his insensitivity and political opportunism. Those same critics were oddly silent a week later, however, when PETA chartered a banner plane to fly over coastal Alabama trailing a message that read, “Meat on your grill=Oil Spill.” PETA claimed that the message was a wakeup call for meat-eaters: “This morning, PETA delivered [a] message to Alabama residents by flying a banner over downtown Mobile….Oil spills can be blamed in large part on the oil-guzzling meat industry, which owes its existence to the meat-guzzling public.”

And Now for Some Good Energy News…
The United States had the most energy-efficient economy in history last year

Do as I say, not as I the great Gatsby gargantuan gargoilish gross green Gore does. Gore’s $9 million mansion (for those who don’t know, that is an alliteration)
Al Gore once promised to dump all the climate related money he made back into the climate. Technically he’s keeping the promise, as he just bought another mansion. This $9 million monster probably does put a lot back into the climate. Don’t worry, Al probably planted a lot of trees to off-set the house…or something like that. NewsBusters has pictures of the house and Glenn talks about it on radio today

Healthcare Reform

 

Standing Up To Obamacare: What The States Can Do

Related: Citing inadequate federal funding, eighteen states have already told the Obama administration they will not work with the federal government to set up Obamacare-created health insurance pools.

Heritage’s Rob Bluey details how the American Hospital Association used Obamacare to kill off physician-owned hospitals.

Healthcare Post Mortem
After passing healthcare overhaul, the president’s disapproval ratings remain high. In the late-March Gallup/USA Today poll, 42 percent of respondents approved of his performance on the issue while 54 percent disapproved. The 42 percent approval rating on healthcare in the new poll represents a slight recovery from February, when only 36 percent approved.

Congressional Research Service Report:Obamacare May be Unconstitutional

Every member of congress and every senator should have this Pogo cartoon framed and hung in their office, cause Pogo is correct the biggest enemy of congress, is congress.

Many Plans Fail Health Reform Affordability Test

The likelihood of employers offering unaffordable coverage is inversely related to employer size, with smaller employers having a higher percentage of workers paying more than 9.5 percent of household income.

Struggling Businesses Seek Leeway

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 12 other business groups asked members of President Obama’s cabinet including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for more leeway in implementing the health-care overhaul. The groups said they’re being forced to make contract, employee-benefit and other decisions without guidance on how to comply with provisions that take effect in September… ‘We’ve got a lot of existing and new costs to manage and face a lot of uncertainty over whether the health-care law will actually lower health-care costs,’ said Neil Trautwein, employee-benefits counsel for the National Retail Federation, in an interview. ‘It’s not really a good idea to swamp the business community when we’re still struggling to get off the mat from the last recession.'”

 Liberal challenge to Dems on health care falters

“Liberals who vowed to take revenge against conservative Democrats who opposed President Barack Obama’s health care law have little to show for their anger six months before the midterm elections… Some labor unions and party activists have turned to long-shot, third-party candidates as they try to send a message to the wayward Democrats. The impact of such efforts is dubious, however, and could help the incumbents, many of whom represent conservative Southern districts.”  Hat tip Carole!

18 states refuse to run insurance pools for those with preexisting conditions

“Eighteen states have said they will not administer a stopgap program to provide insurance coverage to people whose preexisting conditions have left them uninsured, forcing the federal government to do the work. The states’ decisions increase the challenge the government faces as it sets out to translate the far-reaching health-care legislation into action, and they hint at the complexities to come.”  Hat tip Carole!

Immigration Reform

 

“I want to explain why SB 1070 is needed.” by Arizona State … Hat Tip Loyd!

I want to explain why SB 1070 is needed.” by Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen”. snappysandy Says: May 1, 2010 at 8:36 p05

House Dems preparing for immigration reform battle
    House Democrats are quietly preparing to move an immigration bill this year.

 

A Warning of Things to Come

Only when our borders are completely under control and our immigration policies fully enforced, should the avenues of legal immigration be restored…

Where No One Locks The Door

Imagine you are a child growing up in a small town. You have always felt safe there. The crimes of big cities seem distant from your serene world, where no one ever locks the door. Then one night your next-door neighbors are murdered in their home, which is burned to the ground. Drawings of the suspects are printed in the newspaper. The sheriff says they speak a foreign language. No one in your town looks or sounds like that. Your parents gather the family together for a…

Democrat Arizona Congresswoman: Deputy’s Shooting a ‘Wake Up Call,’ Border ‘Out of Control,’ ‘Immediately Deploy National Guard’
Declaring that the shooting of a Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff’s deputy by suspected illegal-alien drug traffickers should be a “wake-up call” for politicians in Washington, D.C., Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) said the “border region is out of control” and called for immediate deployment of the National Guard there…
ABC’s Sherri Shepherd: ‘I Don’t Care’ About Report on Drugs from Mexico, Arizona Law on Illegal Immigration ‘Very Unfair’
When asked, in the context of Arizona’s new immigration law, about a Justice Department report showing that one-out-of-five Amreican teenagers uses illegal drugs and that most of those drugs come out of Mexico, Sherri Shepherd, a co-host of ABC’s “The View,” said she did not care. Arizona’s new law against illegal immigration is “very unfair,” she said, and America has got to do better….
Catholic Teaching on Immigration
There is no scriptural injunction regarding immigration policy other than the Torah’s admonition to treat the resident alien living among you fairly. The Gospels and other New Testament writings simply adjure Christians obey the laws of the state and to be good citizens of the cities in which they live…

25% Have Favorable Opinion of Immigration Rights Protesters, 50% Unfavorable 

Following weekend protests against the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration, support for the Arizona policy remains unchanged. 
However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 25% have a favorable view of those who marched and protested for immigrant rights in major cities. Fifty percent (50%) hold an unfavorable opinion and another 26% are not sure.

Gallup, says 68% of Americans say it is very important to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, 80% are concerned that illegal immigrants burden schools, hospitals and other government services, 77% worry that illegal immigrants drive down wages, and 80% believe that allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the United States will encourage others to move here illegally.

 Petulant leftists raze downtown Santa Cruz

“Downtown business owners spent Sunday repairing shattered windows and doors after a May Day rally Saturday night turned into a riot with approximately 250 people marching along Pacific Avenue, some carrying makeshift torches, throwing large rocks and paint bombs, and spray-painting walls with graffiti. At least 18 businesses suffered damage during the rally in honor of international workers that began at 9 p.m. and escalated into mayhem around 10:30 p.m.,” the San Jose Mercury News reports. “Take back this day. Kick it with us for a truly sick night of mayhem,” read a flier for the rally that was posted at an anarchist cafe called Sub Rosa. Incidentally, while Tea Partiers have used more vitriolic language in their fliers over the last year, they’ve yet to set anything on fire, vandalize any police cars, or destroy any local businesses.

Legal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Mounting »
As the controversy surrounding the new Arizona immigration law continues, more individuals and organizations are threatening to sue the state over the provision they consider unconstitutional. 

International

 

BrazilBRAZIL GOT OFF OIL IN THE LAST 30 YEARS?

Despite what liberal commentator Bill Maher said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Brazil is hardly “off oil,” say observers…

China Faber: China May ‘Crash’ in Next 9 to 12 Months…

Dubai – Couple beats car sex charge in Dubai…
‘Don’t drink alcohol, have sex or even hold hands’…

FranceObviously Jewish Man Brutally Stabbed in Strasbourg, France

I have to wonder if the would-be murderers are Muslim. I say that because the police immediately said the assailants were mentally ill. That is always code for lone jihadis, Muslims who go off on Jews, honor killers, etc.

Kippah-Wearing Jew Stabbed in Chest in Strasbourg (hat tip Jane)

(Israelnationalnews.com) A Jewish man was brutally attacked in Strasbourg, France, on Friday night.

The man, who is 42, was attacked by two assailants. One of them hit him across the back of the head with a metal rod and the other stabbed him in the chest. He was reportedly in serious condition.

GreeceIS GREECE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

The average European Union country would need to have more than four times (434 percent) its current annual gross domestic product in the bank today, earning interest at the government’s borrowing rate, in order to fund current policies indefinitely, says economist Jagadeesh Gokhale…

Greek strikers challenge bailout deal…

Protesters drape banners on Acropolis…
Workers Shut Hospitals…

Iran Usama Bin Laden Is Living Comfortably in Iran, Documentary Asserts

Usama bin Laden gets up each morning in his dark, listening carefully for the telltale sound of a drone that is searching for him…

VIDEO: Hillary rips Ahmadinejad and his ‘wild’ speeches

Word, words, words: White House says diplomacy and sanctions can still stop Iran from getting nukes

IraqAttack Highlights Unrelenting Plight of Iraq’s Christians

Israel On the Verge of Israel-Palestinian Authority Talks and What Comes After?

Gradually, the U.S. government is constructing the basis for indirect Israel-Palestinian talks which will be simultaneously meaningless and hailed–at least by the U.S. government–as a great achievement. The latest two developments are the Arab states’ approval of the talks and a U.S. pledge to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that there will be no Israeli construction in the West Bank or Jerusalem outside the 1967 line.

ß“The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it’s overturned the order of the soul”

Do we have any clue what this means? God have mercy on all our souls.

Obama Policy: No Nukes for Israel

This is so egregious on so many levels. First off, Israel has never publicly and openly declared a nuclear weapons program, nor have the Israelis ever threatened any nation with obliteration, as Iran has. Obama’s inaction on Iran is an action. It implies tacit consent of a brutal Islamic regime. 

This latest attack on Israel by Obama will be cloaked in do-gooder rhetoric, but serves the most evil ends. Iran is going nuclear, and nothing will stop her in her march to Mid-East and then global supremacy. If they rape their own people to death, imagine what they would do to everybody else.

But to deny Israel its self defense in the event that she has nuclear weapons is the act of a madman or an evil man.

US Targets Israel as Anti-Nuke Conference Begins INN

Israel says Hezbollah missile buildup accelerating…

N KoreaKim Jong-il Visit to China Raises Hopes, Skepticism
A rare trip by Kim Jong-il beyond North Korea’s borders has stoked speculation in the region that Pyongyang’s remaining ally, China, will pressurize him to return to multilateral nuclear talks, possibly in return for economic assistance…

Pakistan Undead Muslim Leader: “The time is very near when our fedayeen will attack the American states in the major cities”

Not to worry, Obama says they don’t mean it. And more than that –– respect it.

Undead jihad leader: “The time is very near when our fedayeen will attack the American states in the major cities” Jihadwatch

He was widely believed to have been killed in a missile strike. Instead, he is promising to please Allah by doing some killing of his own. “Pakistan Taliban leader threatens US cities,” by Sajjad Tarakzai for AFP, May 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

UKAmerica’s relationship with Britain in jeopardy  
The Liberal Democratic Party candidate is even more radical than you thought…

Who’s the bigot, Mr. Brown?  
Gordon Brown may have torpedoed his last chance to be prime minister in his own right when, in the privacy of his limo, he called 66-year-old Gillian Duffy that “bigoted woman.” What had widow Duffy done to deserve the slur? After taking…

British General Election: Even the Winners Will be Losers
The British general election campaign reaches its climax on Thursday, and at this point appears to be anybody’s game. The most likely outcome is a “hung parliament” in which no party has a majority and a government is formed through backroom haggling.
However, after looking yet again at the state of the economy in my native Britain, I’m forced to ask a simple question: Why would anybody want the job?

Armed Police Storm the Roof and Arrest Peaceful EDL Protesters, Unable to Contain the Violent Rioting Muslims

UPDATE: Apparently the knives worked:  Reports coming in from Dudley:

“In Dudley now. Five of our lads been stabbed already” “Police gave our boys a bit of a kicking too so I hear”

Suppression, repression, and political corruption of the highest order.

Senior EDL leadership just received a text from “the lads there last night. they section 27’d em as they said they did not have the resources to hold the muslims back.”

Venezuela – CHAVEZ DECAFFEINATES VENEZUELA

After Hugo Chavez put himself in charge of the country’s coffee sector last year, for the first extended period of time in the country’s history, Venezuela did not produce enough of the little red berry to satisfy domestic demand.  It has now become a coffee importer and is facing serious shortages, says columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady.   Hat tip Carole!

Local

 

Florida widens its oil spill watch

Concerned that a drifting oil spill could cause “a major disaster” for Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday extended a state of emergency he declared for the Panhandle as far down the Gulf coast as Manatee and Sarasota counties.  Hat tip Carole!

Rumor Mill is Burning the wires that Chairman Jim Dean has resigned from the CCREC.

Spculation abounds as to the reason why. We’ll keep an eye on it for you.

Florida can use some Arizona Iced Tea on Immigration – POLL

AZ illegal immigration law should be implemented in Florida and all other states.

Read the story here-Gubernatorial candidate Dockery address immigration issue : VIDEO

Senator Paula Dockery weighs in on immigration issue and Big Sugar.

Tribune: Crist undecided on calling for special session

Times: Crist ponders veto of property insurance bill for second year in a row

Herald: Florida pledges to seek funds for high-speed rail

Sentinel: Nearly 142,000 Floridians exhaust unemployment benefits

 

DBNJ: New environmental law targets septic tanks

 

News-Press: Bill closes child sex crimes loophole

 

Democrat: Federal judge strikes law protecting officers’ privacy

Times-Union Blog: BP will pay Florida $25 million for oil spill expenses

RACES:

“CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAUL CRESPO QUALIFIES FOR THE FLORIDA BALLOT, District 25”

I am extremely proud to announce that last week I officially qualified to run for U.S. Congress in Florida District 25. We’ve come a long way since we launched my principled, conservative, grass roots campaign a few short weeks ago. We are showing the establishment that this year We The People aren’t accepting politics as usual. Hat Tip Thomas, who said:

What caught my eye with this candidate was the following:
Last week I was enthusiastically endorsed by the National Republican Trust PAC, a nationally prominent conservative group and I was also invited to join the Conservative Freshmen Coalition, a national group of genuine conservative candidates running for Congress.

Crist Plots Incursion Into Democratic Base
Gov. Charlie Crist, divorced from the constraints of a conservative-dominated Republican primary, is signaling that his newly independent campaign for a U.S. Senate seat may court blacks, seniors and other mainstays of the Democratic Party base.
The chaotic race took another surprise turn Friday as well, when billionaire real-estate investor Jeff Greene said he would join the Democratic primary.

Tribune: Crist moving campaign headquarters to Tampa Bay area

Times-Union: Head of Young Republicans to challenge Brown

 

Tribune Blog: Rasmussen: Crist 38, Rubio 34, Meek 17 NOT GOOD!

Times-Union Blog: Who’s in? (In Florida 3rd)

Times Blog: Rubio adds Hoffman, Demetree to his team

Sentinel Blog: State RPOF: “You can’t spell Charlie without ‘LIE’ “

 

Media/Internet

 

Aborting Facts for Political Purposes
A couple of recent studies that reflect negatively on abortion have come to our attention. We in turn want to make you are aware of them—not because they are shocking, but rather because the secular “news” media has once again found it not in their best pro-death interest to report them objectively. For the most part, there has been no mention of them…

Enquirer Editor Denies ‘Retracting’ Obama Affair Story (NY Mag/Daily Intel)
The National Enquirer may have nailed the John Edwards story, but it’s still not getting any respect from the mainstream media for its “shocking new report” about a supposed affair between Barack Obama and a campaign fund-raiser six years ago. The reason? There are no new revelations that make the story any more credible than when the media looked into it and dismissed it during the presidential campaign.

Advocates blast FCC over net neutrality
Leading net neutrality proponents on Monday blasted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amid speculation the agency would leave the future of its proposed open-Internet rules to Congress

Military/Nuclear

 

Gates suggests big changes coming for Navy

 

A Vietnam War Lesson

On this 35th anniversary of that event, Mr. Obama and his advisors would be wise to remember where the Vietnam War was really lost. It wasn’t the rice paddies and… Read More

 

ATTN VETS: DD FORM 214 — SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Hat Tip George!

Good information for all Veterans who served on Active Duty between 1957 and 2001!  Please share this with anyone who’s had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement.

In a nutshell it boils down to this:

  • You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002).
  • Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application – which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement.
  • You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!

       

Soc Sec website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001. FYI – this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it!

We’ve all been on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.

Passing on good information for all you military folks when you apply for social security.  I know this may be too early for some of you to think about social security but, keep living and you will reach that age.

Care Givers to Get Stipend Hat Tip George!
Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on number of hours and level of care. But it will at least match pay for caregivers in the private sector.

 

Retirees Question TRICARE’s Future Hat Tip George!
Regarding your Military Update column “Health Reform ‘Threat’ to TRICARE Fading,” I wish someone would write an article about the medical care reform bill that was honest. The military deserves better information than what Mr. Philpott stated when writing about TRICARE….

Related: The Hill Moves to Protect TRICARE Hat Tip George!
Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and — for older children — how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law…

 

SBP-DIC’s ‘Ludicrous’ Remarriage Rule Hat Tip George!
Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty….

The New START Treaty: Under Fire What we get for sending a boy to do a man’s job!

The New START Treaty, which was signed on April 8th, 2010, in Prague, is being heralded by the Obama Administration as a major national security accomplishment. However, it is coming under close scrutiny and criticism by the leading US experts.

This is not surprising as the document raises grave concerns – either directly in the text of the treaty or through implicit linkages and deals that were made during negotiations. Such concerns have prompted some U.S. senators to consider requesting the negotiating record of the treaty and the supporting documents detailing what exactly took place.

Hey, that’s a new campaign slogan….DON’T SEND A BOY!

Obama and the White House

 

White House Gibbs lays into FOXNEWS reporter…

Video…

Franklin Graham: Obama White House Behind Pentagon Ban, Repression Against Christians Coming
In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham said the Obama administration had “slapped” all evangelical Christians by banning him from the Pentagon prayer service. He said the Obama White House had approved of the move. He criticized President Obama’s praise for Islam and warned of a coming repression against Christians.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is Losing All Touch With Reality

One would think that fourteen years in the House of Representatives would prepare a person for the pressures of being part of a Presidential Administration, but sadly in the case of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood the pressure seems to be getting to him. It isn’t obvious looking at him, its not that he has a perpetual tic, or drools all over his tie. You can tell by listening to him, because Secretary LaHood is blurting out the craziest things.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that Americans are “tired” of the congestion caused by motorized transportation, and instead are looking for other options such as bicycle lanes and walking paths, which the government will add to its infrastructure.

A mislabeled White House list

 OBAMA:

Defending Freedom is a Choice

In April 2009 in Strasbourg, France, President Barack Obama was asked at a press conference if he “subscribe[d], as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy?” President Obama then responded: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

T. Boone Pickens says Obama promised him U.S. cars would run on natural gas

Obama’s Secret White House Meetings: Seeks to Keep Visitor Logs Confidential

Despite the poo-pooing, it appears that those visitor logs and what they reveal are a bone of contention with the fascist in the White House. I suspect that the freedom of information act will become a relic of the past, much as freedom of speech will.

Judicial Watch had to sue to get the visitor logs made public. Why would Obama want to keep his visitors secret? Who is he meeting with, and why? He is meeting with worst scum of the earth. That’s why. Enemies of America, haters of liberty, individual rights, haters of life and the pursuit of happiness.

WHITE HOUSE EXPOSED: Farrakhan, Ayers, Wright, Sharpton, Jackson are in da house

Obama’s pattern of dissing cops
The President spoke today about the failed bomb attempt in Times Square, and he gave a very special shout out to the police who did such a fine job. The compliment comes with a grain of salt, of course, because it seems that most of the time the President feels the police are acting stupidly, racist or both. Glenn listens to the President and reacts on radio today.

Obama’s Predator drones
The president made a funny the other night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner about how if anyone, like the Jonas Brothers, gets near his daughters, he’ll send the drones. Plus, the state of Pennsylvania released this creepy commercial that seemed to insinuate the state would bomb your house if you didn’t pay taxes. Glenn gets attacked for such lines – is the press outraged? Glenn reacts.

Cantor slams Obama on Iran, Russia…

OBAMA’s KATRINA:

WH admits that BP probably won’t be paying full cost of Gulf clean up

What about those fire booms?
It appears that the government may not have followed their own plans and regulations put in place back in 1994 to help prevent oil spills from reaching shore. The ‘In-Situ Burn’ plan was designed to burn surface oil on the water before it made its way to the shore, damaging sensitive environmental areas. Get the full story HERE and Glenn’s mention of it here.

Our Neronian Leader

Much like our tragic President, Nero did not take this criticism to heart, but continued in his increasingly profligate ways, while all the time continuing to do whatever he had to do to maintain his popularity with the masses…

Gulf Spill: Obama There ‘Since Day One’? Maybe Not

While the Obama administration insisted it anticipated the magnitude of the oil spill crisis from Day One, the sense of urgency was not so apparent.

The Big Question: Did Obama respond quickly enough to the oil spill?
Some of the nation’s top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.

Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand. … in situ burn in the Gulf of Mexico, in response to the oil spill after the …

Obama Repeatedly Ripped Bush, Promised Never to Repeat Katrina Hat Tip John!

On Immaculation Day, his website bashed Bush.

After Oil Spill, Obama Uncertain on Offshore Drilling Policy
Whether President Obama’s plan for limited expansion of domestic offshore drilling continues or is scrapped will depend on the findings of an Interior Department investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday…

ABC’s Joy Behar: Obama Is Not Sarah Palin, ‘Do Not Drill, Baby, Do Not Drill!’
Emmy award winner Joy Behar [although why, I have no idea], a co-host of ABC’s The View, told CNSNews.com that she does not know why President Barack Obama “feels like he has to be nice to Republicans” by supporting an offshore oil-drilling plan. She also referenced Sarah Palin with Obama on the issue, saying, “Do not drill, baby, do not drill!”…

Oil Spill: Focus on Containment, Clean Up, Causation

 

Obama ignored NOAA warnings about damaged oil rigs (surprise!)

In October, a whistle-blowing group published a letter from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the Obama White House that pointed out there was a “substantial increase in spill volume in 2005, primarily due to spills associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Some of the damaged rigs and pipelines damaged during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons continue to have episodic releases, and repairs have not been fully completed,” reports HuffPo’s Dan Froomkin. In other oil news, the White House will have no choice but to let BP off the hook once the company has paid $75 million in damages, due to a federal cap on offshore drilling penalties. In a display of gratitude, BP is attempting to con Gulf Coast fisherman by offering them each a one-time payment of $5,000 if they promise not to sue BP for destroying their livelihoods.

Post: Florida officials say spill response too clumsy

Off to the Races/State by State Election News

 

AK – Union: Ads chiding Ark. Senate candidate ‘racist’

CAWhitman Can Spend, but Can She Govern?: A Commentary By Debra J. Saunders 

HI – Obama urges Hawaii voters to pick ‘a Democrat’ in special election but don’t listen to him.

President Barack Obama urged voters to support “a Democrat” in a Hawaii special election, though he didn’t get

IAIowa Governor: Branstad 53%, Culver 38%

IL20% of Illinois Democrats Say Party Should Pick A New Candidate For Senate 

Scott Lee Cohen, yes, that Scott Lee Cohen, launches campaign for governor

KY – Dobson changes mind, endorses Paul for Ky. Senate

McConnell Endorses Grayson in Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday broke his official silence in the Bluegrass State’s contested GOP Senate primary by formally endorsing Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  

NY38% in New York Approve of Governor Paterson’s Job Performance

PA Hooray! Quinnipiac Poll Shows Sestak Closing Gap on Specter Pray Psalms 109:8 for Specter!!!!!!

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is ahead of Rep. Joe Sestak (D) by a mere 8 points with two weeks to go until the May 18 primary, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.  

TX – Latino Giant to Change U.S. Politics: A Commentary by Froma Harrop

On The Hill

 

Really? Gee. Whodathunk! Report: Congress makes too many vague laws

What’s in a name? Just ask former Navy pilot hero McCain
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is playing a major role in blocking a House bill that has a record number of co-sponsors.

 

Jeff Stier: The Government and the Food Safety Modernization

We have the safest food supply in the world today – it has actually never been safer. But there is always room for improvement. After more than a year of deliberation and negotiation, the Senate is poised this week to pass The Food Safety Modernization Act.

Recent Senate Votes:

Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate failed for a third time last week to approve this procedural motion and begin floor debate on this legislation to overhaul financial regulations. However, it appears the Senate will proceed to floor debate this week and begin voting on amendments to the bill.
Sen. Bill Nelson voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. George LeMieux voted NO……send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes:

IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010 – Vote Passed (417-3, 10 Not Voting)
The House overwhelmingly passed this measure that would require the Defense Department to develop a system with specific metrics, including targeted schedules and cost objectives, for the acquisition of weapons, information technology and services. It would also direct Defense Department officials to set up a system by 2017 to reward organizations that meet objectives and penalize those that do not. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Connie Mack IV voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Vote Passed (223-169, 1 Present, 37 Not Voting)
The House approved this bill to establish a two-stage process to determine Puerto Rico’s political status. The first step would be a referendum on the question of whether to maintain or change Puerto Rico’s current status as a commonwealth. If a majority of Puerto Ricans were to vote for a new status, then a second vote would be held to ask residents whether they favor statehood, full independence, independence with a special political association with the United States, or to retain the current commonwealth status. The legislation goes to the Senate.
Rep. Connie Mack IV voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes:

Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 – S.3217
The Senate will continue its work on this financial regulatory overhaul legislation.

Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 – H.R.5019
The House is scheduled to vote on this bill that would provide benefits for home energy efficiency retrofits.

On the Home Front/State by State Headlines

 

DCD.C. May Legalize Weed

Washington, D.C.’s perennially stressed politicos may have a new way to unwind, as long as they have a doctor’s note: The D.C. Council will vote on Tuesday whether or not to legalize medical marijuana and thus dispensaries for patients who qualify. The drug’s widespread use is something of an open secret in the city, which studies have shown to have one of the highest rates of use (and highest rates of arrest)—11 percent of District residents admit to lighting up over the past year in spite of heavy fines, according to federal surveys. “The number of colleges in the city is one factor,” explained one marijuana advocate. “Another factor, and a subtle one, is the degree that people feel open enough to answer.” Under the new bill, doctors would be allowed to recommend but not prescribe 2 ounces of the drug for use over a 30-day period. Fourteen U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana.

LANashville underwater as Cumberland River floods killing 28, residents make frantic scramble for safety

MIThe Hutaree have been set (sorta) free

 “The United States is correct that it need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” a federal judge wrote about the members of the Hutaree militia, “but, the defendants are also correct: their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.” With that, reports the New York Times, the judge allowed the Hutaree to return to their homes, where they will live under house arrest like animals until they can be tried for fantasizing in the privacy of their own homes about hurting people they did not like.

NYNEW YORK’S EARNINGS EDGE EBBS AS MEN REACH LATE 30s

Though initial earning is higher, by the time they reach their 30s, the gap between what educated men in New York earn and what they would earn in some other big cities starts to close, according to study…

PA Phillies’ fan sprints onto field eluding police, officer decides to shoot him with taser

Tea Party

 

Doug Giles : Obama’s Boys Call in Riot Cops on Tea Party Protestors (Chavez Would Be Proud)

Somebody help me here. What kind of ominous situation requires local law enforcement to dispatch their Darth Vader look-alike SWAT units to keep the peace or kick some criminal butt? Hat tip Carole!

Tea Party pushes 17th Amendment to the forefront
We bet you didn’t know that the 17th Amendment was such a hot-button issue this year.

Phyllis Schlafly: Why Tea Partiers Say Throw the Bums Out

Proof that the Tea Partiers and others are on target when they criticize both political parties was supplied by the behavior of the U.S. House on April 29. Demoting all major economic and corruption problems facing our country to the bottom of the agenda, the House devoted a long afternoon and 12 roll-call votes to passing a bill to force U.S. statehood on Puerto Rico.

The media was right about racism and violence at rallies…

Mainstream media has, for more than a year now, claimed that tea party rallies and events were racist, violent and presented a threat to the safety of American society.

Of course, the media has no real evidence showing this to be the case, and that’s because it isn’t the case.

But now that Arizona passed a common sense immigration law that allows law enforcement to actually enforce existing laws on illegal immigration, violent rallies and protests are breaking out across the country.

Ironically, the tea party movement has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Your Say

 

From Deana! So many people tell me they just don’t have time to get involved in “politics”. Well, I agree but since we’ve been saying that for the last 70 years or so, we have what we have today. I thought this message was a good one that doesn’t require a whole lot of time but if enough people do something positive, we can turn the tide and get our country back.

If you don’t know, the 9/12 project is one of many grassroots movements that supports holding our government accountable through educating voters and being pro-active about elections and issues. It was founded by Glenn Beck which turns off a lot of people but if one can get passed that, the movement is good for educating people and making a difference.

One of the things our local group is doing is researching candidates. Visit our blog: http://swfl912projectcandidatewatch.wordpress.com/about/ to read about candidates and post your own findings. We just started this and the more input, the better!

Deana

“Gentlemen, it appears we are out of time and money. Now we shall have to think” – Winston Churchill

 

”Life’s tough……it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”  — John Wayne

 

“If you spent a million dollars a day going back to the birth of Christ, that wouldn’t even come close to just one trillion dollars – $23.7 trillion is a staggering figure.” – Rep. Issa (R-CA) on exact spending totals of the 2008/09 Stimulus Packages. And they tell us it is “not enough”…

 

“Government is Not a Competitor, It’s a Predator” Sen. Grassley on Healthcare Reform Aug 25, 2009

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Ralph Benko

“Gentlemen, it appears we are out of time and money. Now we shall have to think” – Winston Churchill

 

”Life’s tough……it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”  — John Wayne

 

“If you spent a million dollars a day going back to the birth of Christ, that wouldn’t even come close to just one trillion dollars – $23.7 trillion is a staggering figure.” – Rep. Issa (R-CA) on exact spending totals of the 2008/09 Stimulus Packages. And they tell us it is “not enough”…

 

“Government is Not a Competitor, It’s a Predator” Sen. Grassley on Healthcare Reform Aug 25, 2009

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Ralph Benko

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Rent Seeking


Using the United States Postal Service (USPS), large publishers, like liberal media giants, use their lobbyists to design a new postal rate system with increases that put cost pressure on the budgets of smaller publishing companies or put them out of business. This occurs after there is large decreases in postage costs. This is called “rent-seeking.” It is a tactic employed by these liberal media giants to put the conservative publishing companies out of speech and out of competition. Key in rent seeking is large publishing companies using the government as leverage over the business of their competitors.

Armed Forces Day! – Thanks Men & Women Who Serve in the Armed Forces. You make this country free and we’re proud of you! #ln


I would like to honor the armed forces today. You men and women make unusual sacrifices for the United States of America, the citizens of our country, and even those who depend on our country. I would (also) like to honor the families of the service members, who as well make great sacrifices to care for the family at home without their spouse. I know it can be difficult for families who loose a loved one, or are away from a loved one for a lengthy time. I personally salute all service members of the armed forces and their families.

James Patrick Guerrero
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CANDIDATE  JAMES PATRICK GUERRERO, A Conservative Republican

 ISSUES/PLATFORM

  • TRADITIONAL
  • JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-BASED NATION
  • PRO-LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH
  • FAMILY VALUES
  • PROPERTY RIGHTS & LESS TAXES TO INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES
  • RIGHT TO PROSPER AND RECEIVE GAIN
  • CONSTITUTIONALIST
  • STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
  • LIMITED GOVERNMENT
  • RIGHT TO EDUCATION OF CHILDREN
  • DEFEND THE SECOND AMENDMENT (GUN RIGHTS)

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