Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Liberal Logic in Action

On Monday, the ladies of The View were discussing the Roman Polanski arrest. Whoopi's comment:

It wasn't rape-rape. Huh? What the heck does that mean?

Here is a portion of the 13 year old victim's grand jury testimony:

Q: Did you take a Quaalude?

A: I took part of it.

Q: Where did you get this part?

A: [Polanski] gave it to me.[...]

Q: After he kissed you did he say anything?

A: No.

Q: Did you say anything?

A: No, besides I was just going, "No. Come on, let's go home."

Q: What was said after you indicated that you wanted to go home when you were sitting on the couch?

A: He said "I'll take you home soon."

Q: Then what happened?

A: Then he went down and he started performing cuddliness.

Q: What does that mean?

A: It means he went down on me or he placed his mouth on my vagina.[...]

Q: What happened after that?

A: He started to have intercourse with me.

Q: What do you mean by intercourse?

A: He placed his penis in my vagina.

Q: What did you say, if anything, before he did that?

A: I was mostly just on and off saying, "No, stop." But I wasn't fighting really because I, you know, there was no one else there and I had no place to go.

Q: What did he say, if anything?

A: He didn't answer me when I said, "No."[...]

A: I think he said something like right after I said I was not on the pill, right before he said, "Oh, I won't come inside of you then." And I just went--and he goes--and then he put me--wait. Then he lifted my legs up farther and he went in through my anus.

Q: When you say he went in your anus, what do you mean by that?

A: He put his penis in my butt.

Q: Did he say anything at that time?

A: No.

Q: Did you resist at that time?

A: A little bit, but not really because--(pause.)

Q: Because what?

A: Because I was afraid of him.[...]

Q: Do you know what a climax is?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you know whether he had a climax?

A: Yes.

Q: And how do you know that?

A: Because I could kind of feel it and it was in my underwear. It was in my underwear. It was on my butt and stuff.

Q: When you say that, you believe that he climaxed in your anus?

A: Yes.

Whoopi if that doesn't sound like rape to you, then I truly feel sorry for you. I also would like to think that if this had happened to your daughter your attitude about this being raped would be profoundly different.

138 "hollywood" people have signed a petition demanding the release of Mr. Polanski. Woody Allen of all people signed it. I guess him not thinking there is anything wrong with what Mr. Polanski did comes as no surprise since he is now married to much younger woman who was his step-daughter. Johnathon Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Tilda Swinson are signatories as well.

I was always under the impression that liberals were champions of women's rights, that as a conservative I was the one that didn't care about women. Isn't that what liberals like Whoppi say? Although this isn't really about women, this is about children. He is a CHILD RAPIST. What in that is so hard to understand?

Debra Winger has described this as an arcane technicality.

Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gotta Love the French

"In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face."

The comment from the French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in regards to the arrest of Roman Polanski.

Roman Polanski gave drugs and champagne to a 13 year old girl and than committed several lude sex acts including intercourse. That is rape.

If the French want to label me "scary" because I think a child rapist belongs in jail, then that is a label that I will wear proudly.

Government ministers and France's cultural world have lauded Polanski as a great artist, a family man and a survivor of countless hardships who deserves peace at age 76. What happened to his wife and baby at the hands of the Manson family was horrible; but that does not mean he can rape a child and it be excused. Life doesn't work that way. I don't care how many movies you make.

I actually enjoy watching the oscars. It is the only awards show that I watch. I remember a few years back when he won a lifetime achievement award and watching him get a standing ovation. It made me sick to my stomach and literally gave me chills. Applauding a rapist, how sad our society is. Thinking that making a good movie makes up for hurting a child.

His 13 year old victim deserved her innocence and her childhood. He took that away from her. That is something that never comes back.

Glen Beck and the Concerns of the Moms of America

On Friday, Glen Beck did a show on the concerns of the Tea-partying moms and the women who have joined the 9/12 project. One of the points of the show was for America to see that we are just not nuts who are opposing Obama for the simple sake of opposition. While I agree some of that does go on, most of the people showing up at the townhalls and tea parties around the country are just average Americans who are afraid of where this country is heading; and wondering what kind of country we are passing on to our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. We are also woman who have other things to do, but are feeling so insecure that we are getting involved for the first time in our lives.

We are concerned that the education being provided to our children in our public schools have an agenda that involves more than the three R's. We are concerned that some in our government are pushing us towards a global currency that will affect our way of life. We are concerned that the government has become more powerful than the founders ever intended. We are concerned that this government is spending our children into a debt that they will not recover from.

A fellow blogger, Mary Baker, was lucky enough to be among one of the featured guests on this particular show. You can read her post here.

Defending the American Dream Summit





Thursday, October 1st
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Early Registration/Welcome Reception

Friday, October 2nd
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Defenders of Prosperity Annual Briefing (By Invitation Only)

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Open Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grassroots Training and RightOnline Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Capitol Hill Rally and News Conference

3:30 – 4:30 PM

State Delegation Meetings with Legislators

4:00 – 7:00 PM

Career Fair sponsored by Leadership Institute

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Chairman’s Reception(Invitation Only)

5:30-7:00 PM

General Reception

7:00 - 9:30 PM

“Tribute to Ronald Reagan” Dinner
Speakers Include:

Congressman Mike Pence

Laura Ingraham, Radio Host and Best Selling Author

Dr. Jim Miller, former Reagan Budget Director

9:30 – 11:30 PM

Film Screening: Not Evil, Just Wrong

Brief Intro by Producer/Director, Phelim McAleer

Saturday October 3rd
7:00 AM


7:00 - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 11:45 AM

General Session
Speaker Include:

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

Senator Jim DeMint, Washington Award Recipient

Larry Kudlow, CNBC & CEO of Kudlow and Co.

Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host and Best Selling Author

Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal

John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

Herman Cain, Radio Host and FoxNews Contributor

Ed Morrissey, HotAir.com

Tracy Walsh, Breast Cancer Survivor and Spokeswoman for Patients United Now

David H. Koch, Chairman, Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Tim Phillips, President, Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy, Americans for Prosperity Foundation

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Arkansas Delegation Briefing

Kansas Delegation Briefing

Maryland Delegation Briefing

Michigan Delegation Briefing

New Jersey Delegation Briefing

North Carolina Delegation Briefing

Oklahoma Delegation Briefing

Pennsylvania Delegation Briefing

Texas Delegation Briefing

Virginia Delegation Briefing

Book Signings

1:15-2:15 PM

Breakout 1

Emerging Issues in 2010: The Left’s Strategy and Our Solution

Moderated by: Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy

Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty

Dick Patten, American Family Business Institute

Brian Johnson, Alliance for Worker Freedom

TRACK B – Grassroots Training

The Tea Party Movement – Where Do We Go From Here?

Moderated by Mark Block, AFP Foundation – WI Director

Jim Bratten, Tea Party Organizer (IN)

Eric Olsen, Montana Shrugged (MT)

Teri Adams, 9/12 Organizer (PA)

SESSION C – RightOnline Detecting and Countering Media Bias

Dan Gainor, Media Research Center
Special Session: Students for Prosperity

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Breakout 2
TRACK A Energy, Our Biggest Economic Challenge and Opportunity

Moderated by: Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy

TRACK B – Grassroots Training

Free-Market Victories Abroad

Moderated by Carl Bearden, AFP Foundation – MO Director

Phelim McAleer , Director/Producer, Not Evil, Just Wrong

Congressman Dario Paya (Chile)

Matthew Elliott, UK Taxpayers Alliance

TRACK C – RightOnline

Investigative Reporting Skills
Special Session: State Budget Crisis and Grassroots Activism

Moderated by

Tom Jenney, AFP Foundation – AZ Director

Derrick Sontag, AFP Foundation – KS Director
3:45 – 4:45

Breakout 3


Patients United Now: Government Shouldn’t Stand Between You and Your Doctor

Moderated by Amy Menefee, Director of Communications

Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association

Dr. Michael Gloth

Nicole Kurokawa, Independent Women’s Forum

TRACK B – Grassroots Training

How to Impact Your Legislator: What Matters to a Member of Congress or State Legislator

Moderated by Virginia Galloway, AFP Foundation – GA Director

Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring

TRACK C – RightOnline

Information Polination: Integrating Technology to Amplify the Message
Special Session:

Internet Regulation and Net Neutrality

Moderated by Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy,

Scott Cleland, Precursor and NetCompetition.org

Nick Schulz, American Enterprise Institute

Jim Lakely, The Heartland Institute

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Closing Reception

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I have officially entered hell - The New Obama Girl

This is distrubing on so many levels.
WTF - This is a dress (if one could really call it that) worn to the Emmy Awards last week by Victoria Rowell, an actress on The Young and the Restless. Maybe the show should be renamed The Young and the Brainwashed.
What do you think?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Aother Day in Obamaland, Another Lie

For 18 months leading up to the election of President Obama we were told over and over again how he was going to change how Washington worked, and he promised the most transparent administration in history. One of the ways he was going to accomplish this was not to hire lobbyists in his administration.
One of the ever growing list of lobbyists that are being hired is Anne Ferro. She is the president and CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association. Here is something from their website:
Through the collective strength of its members, MMTA has developed effective programs that keep our members’ operating costs down, influence legislative and regulatory decisions in Annapolis and Washington, and keep our members up to date on the many regulations affecting commercial motor transportation.
This particular department has a reputation of being inept and full of inaction. Safety concerns can sit for years without being addressed. Even democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is questioning her ability to be fair and to have the tenacity needed to handle an agency that is in dire need for reform.
We heard that he was going to transform America and change the way Washington does business. It seems to me that it has not turned out that way. Not even close.


On Thursday a press release was sent out by Americans for Limited Government.

One of the recipients of the email was Jane Stone; a producer at Dateline and an employee of NBC news.

The response is alleged to have said:
Bite me Jew boy!

Wow. I really hope this is some sort of mistake.

At the end of the day, someone is going to look really bad.

ALG released a copy of the email here

NBC released what they say is the email that was sent. That did contain only line, but they said it said:

From: Stone, Jane (NBC Universal) Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:57 PMTo: 'arosenwald@getliberty.org'Subject: Re: ALG Calls on Congress to "Put Up or Shut Up" on Defunding ACORN
Take me off this list!-------------------------- Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

This seems like a classic he said she said. Now, I am not the most techie person; but it would seem to me that this could easily be checked by someone who is a techy.

Would someone be so stupid to really send this? I certainly hope not.

It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. The only media that seems to be covering this is Politico. You would think that MSNBC would be going crazy calling ALG right winged nuts. HMMMM

Friday, September 25, 2009

Do you think that I am this stupid; really, do you?

The story behind the video of the kids singing keeps getting more curiouser and curiouser. Charisse Carney-Nunes, the author of the children's book I am Barack Obama, has been quoted as saying that the video was done as part of a father's day celebration, and the kids made up the words themselves. First of all, the kids are way overdressed for June. If they are in school at all by the time father's day comes rolling around.

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand

To make this country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today

Equal work means equal pay

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand

To make sure everyone gets a chance

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said red, yellow, black or white

All are equal in his sight

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama

Mmm, mmm, mm

Barack Hussein Obama

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!

For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"
Hooray, Mr. President!

You're number one!

The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans

To make this country's economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!

And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!
So continue ---- Mr. President we know you'll do the trick

So here's a hearty hip-hooray ----
Hip, hip hooray!

Hip, hip hooray!

Hip, hip hooray!

Someone actually expects me to believe that seven year-olds use the word Doth?

Someone actually expects me to believe that seven year-olds understand the concept of equal pay for equal work?

Someone actually expects me to believe that seven year-olds understand the concept of our economy?

Someone actually expects me to believe that liberals wouldn't be up in arms if their seven year-olds were singing "President Bush your number one"?

If this exercise was truly done in February, it would be an useful exercise to talk about the first black president during black history month and President's day. But talking about him and singing these songs are two totally different things.

Anyone who is justifying this has their head in the sand.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Have You No Shame? - A Slapdown at the UN

When I was younger I liked to travel. I didn't have much interest in going to college at the time, so I would save all the money I could get my hands on and travel. During some of those travels I ended up in Israel. I worked on a kibbutz for several months picking avacodos. It was a beautiful area on the shores of the Mediterranean. While I am not Jewish, I have a real soft spot for the country, it's history and traditions.

One of the first things that I learned in Israel was how to properly use a gas mask. That was quite an experience for a naive girl from suburban Connecticut. At least naive about this topic as I grew up in a town where diversity was not easy to come by. Pretty much everyone was the same. So, for me racism was an abstraction. For the most part, I believed that people were making it up. My time in Israel cured me of that belief. Not only was I living in a country where war was an everyday reality; I also had a roommate who was from South Africa. She was the first person I had ever met that I could honestly say hated blacks. It was a rude awakening for me.

This seaside town of Israel had been pretty well isolated from much of the violence that engulfed the rest of the country. It also was an area where Jews and Arabs lived side by side in peace. I met wonderful people from both neighborhoods. Sadly, that is no longer the case. It has joined the rest of the country and now has a body count of people who were sacfriced. This is the same town that Lebanon targeted just a few short years ago.

Benjamin Netanyahu took his turn at the UN lectern today. An opportunity he did not waste. It was a smack down. Bibi took swipes at not only Iran and Ahmadinejad he took on the UN directly. While holding blueprints to the death camps of Auschwitz as well as notes taken during the meetings that lead up to the final solution he railed against the very obvious anti-Semitic human rights body.

Personally I don't believe the Nazi props were necessary; as anyone who doesn't believe that it happened is an idiot. But be that as it may, he felt it was necessary. He went on to say "To those who gave this Holocaust denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people. ... Have you no shame? Have you no decency?" His real point was to make crystal clear the idea that Iran and Nuclear weapons is danger to all people, and to make clear his country's wish for a lasting peace.

Israel has the facts on their side when it comes to peace talks. Both Egypt and Jordan have signed peace agreements with Israel. Israel now has peace with both these border countries. If you leave Israel alone, they will leave you alone.

He also mentioned that 60 years ago The United Nations offered a state to the Palestinian people and the Arab nations turned it down. From what I can gather from President Obama's speech yesterday he is leaning towards a state that would look almost exactly like the state that was turned down 60 years ago.

The UN has proven to be an organization that will always side with anyone against Israel. Israeli's live daily with rocket attacks launched from within Gaza. Many of these attacks come from cowards who surround themselves with innocent women and children. This is done to make Israel look bad if they defend themselves. The UN has fallen into the trap of Hamas. The Europeans are also constantly siding with Hamas over Israel.

Bibi reminded them of the bombing that occured during the second world war and how the UK defended her people with bombings into Germany that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civillians. Those bombings were necessary and over time brought peace.

It was a speech that's time had come. That should have come a long time ago actually. The United Nations needs to prove that they are for world peace for all people, including the Jews. So far, that has not been the case.

ACORN Audit?

Here is the list of the people who are going to do the "independent" audit of ACORN.

Andy Stern - SEIU head. This man received a shout-out from President Obama during the campaign; they would work together.

Henry Cisneros - Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a background check.

John Podesta - Now works at The Center for American Progress. Personally chosen by George Soros.

John Bakes - Formerly with Con Ed. A large supporter of both SEIU and ACORN

Harvey Hirshfeld - NY Gore campaign manager

Eric Eve -

Dave Beckworth - a community organizer since the 1970's

Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend - She currently sits on the board for The Center for American Progress.

What do you think the chances that real change if any will be done by this organization? Truly amazing that they have no willingness to make the necessary changes. I am sure that they have helped many low income people over the years. It is a shame that the people who really do need help are being used by these people.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The UN Speech

Good morning.

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to address you for the first time as the 44th President of the United States. (Applause.)

I come before you humbled by the responsibility that the American people have placed upon me, I find that hard to believe that you are humbled about anything. mindful of the enormous challenges of our moment in history, and determined to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad. Justice according to whom?

I have been in office for just nine months -- though some days it seems a lot longer (to me as well). I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences, and outpaced by our problems. But they are also rooted in hope -- the hope that real change is possible, and the hope that America will be a leader in bringing about such change. Many people around the world can't stand America. You are not going to change that. In many cases, we can't win for losing.

I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction. I had a friend who was traveling back to the US on 9/11. His plane was over the Atlantic close to Canada when the airspace in this country was closed. He landed in Canada, but then was returned to Europe. He spent almost a week in Belgium. He was housed in a shelter like area. People from many different countries were with him. Of course the attacks on our country was the talk of the day. What he kept hearing over and over again from people from other countries was how we deserved it due to the fact that we were so isolationist. My point with this story is to illustrate that no matter what we do we are looked down upon.

Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests (really, it seems to me you apologize for them all the time). But it is my deeply held belief that in the year 2009 -- more than at any point in human history -- the interests of nations and peoples are shared. The religious convictions that we hold in our hearts can forge new bonds among people, or they can tear us apart. The technology we harness can light the path to peace, or forever darken it. The energy we use can sustain our planet, or destroy it. What happens to the hope of a single child -- anywhere -- can enrich our world, or impoverish it.

In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future (No we don't, this is what you don't understand). No longer do we have the luxury of indulging our differences to the exclusion of the work that we must do together. I have carried this message from London to Ankara; from Port of Spain to Moscow; from Accra to Cairo; and it is what I will speak about today -- because the time has come for the world to move in a new direction. We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and our work must begin now. You are so naive. You can't possibly believe that countries like Iran, North Korea, Yeman, Somolia, and the Palastians respect us.

We know the future will be forged by deeds and not simply words. Speeches alone will not solve our problems -- it will take persistent action. For those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months. I thought this speech wasn't going to be about you? Do you have any idea how not to make everything about you?

On my first day in office, I prohibited -- without exception or equivocation -- the use of torture by the United States of America. (Yes, but you still practice rendition. Personally, if you are going to do it, then man up and do it. Don't send them to other countries that you know will do much much worse than waterboard.) (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.

We have set a clear and focused goal: to work with all members of this body to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies -- a network that has killed thousands of people of many faiths and nations, and that plotted to blow up this very building. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, we and many nations here are helping these governments develop the capacity to take the lead in this effort, while working to advance opportunity and security for their people. We have done nothing as a nation to stop the spread of terrorism in countries like Somolia. A video was just released in the past few days by what could be easily referred to as the shadow government pledging alliegance to OBL.

In Iraq, we are responsibly ending a war. We have removed American combat brigades from Iraqi cities, and set a deadline of next August to remove all our combat brigades from Iraqi territory. And I have made clear that we will help Iraqis transition to full responsibility for their future, and keep our commitment to remove all American troops by the end of 2011.

I have outlined a comprehensive agenda to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. In Moscow, the United States and Russia announced that we would pursue substantial reductions in our strategic warheads and launchers. At the Conference on Disarmament, we agreed on a work plan to negotiate an end to the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons. And this week, my Secretary of State will become the first senior American representative to the annual Members Conference of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Yes, let's reduce our capacity to defend ourselves and our allies just in time for both Iran and North Korea to have missiles. Great Idea.

Upon taking office, I appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and America has worked steadily and aggressively to advance the cause of two states -- Israel and Palestine -- in which peace and security take root, and the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians are respected. He has been reassigned. Did you appoint someone new without telling anyone?

To confront climate change, we have invested $80 billion in clean energy (yes, that legislation is going to cost me $1700 next year; and you lied about it.)for conservation, launched an energy partnership across the Americas, and moved from a bystander to a leader in international climate negotiations.

To overcome an economic crisis that touches every corner of the world, we worked with the G20 nations to forge a coordinated international response of over $2 trillion in stimulus to bring the global economy back from the brink. We mobilized resources that helped prevent the crisis from spreading further to developing countries. And we joined with others to launch a $20 billion global food security initiative that will lend a hand to those who need it most, and help them build their own capacity.

We've also re-engaged the United Nations. We have paid our bills. We have joined the Human Rights Council. (Great idea, we can join the likes of Iran who once led this council)(Applause.) We have signed the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We have fully embraced the Millennium Development Goals. And we address our priorities here, in this institution -- for instance, through the Security Council meeting that I will chair tomorrow on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and through the issues that I will discuss today.

This is what we have already done. But this is just a beginning. Some of our actions have yielded progress. Some have laid the groundwork for progress in the future. But make no mistake: This cannot solely be America's endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone. We have sought -- in word and deed -- a new era of engagement with the world. And now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges. Yes, because countries like France have done so much to defend others in the world. We can count on them now.

Now, if we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility. Consider the course that we're on if we fail to confront the status quo: Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world; protracted conflicts that grind on and on; genocide; mass atrocities; more nations with nuclear weapons; melting ice caps and ravaged populations; persistent poverty and pandemic disease. I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: The magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our actions.

This body was founded on the belief that the nations of the world could solve their problems together. Franklin Roosevelt, who died before he could see his vision for this institution become a reality, put it this way -- and I quote: "The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…. It cannot be a peace of large nations -- or of small nations. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world." That may be true. But as long as people like bin Laden, Gadhaffi, and a very long list of others are still in the world that is the way it is going to stay.

The cooperative effort of the whole world. Those words ring even more true today, when it is not simply peace, but our very health and prosperity that we hold in common. Yet we also know that this body is made up of sovereign states. And sadly, but not surprisingly, this body has often become a forum for sowing discord instead of forging common ground; a venue for playing politics and exploiting grievances rather than solving problems. After all, it is easy to walk up to this podium and point figures -- point fingers and stoke divisions. Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles, and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions. Anybody can do that. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more.

In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game. No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional divisions between nations of the South and the North make no sense in an interconnected world; nor do alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War. Again, you are showing how naive you are. Russia is still engaged in a cold war. They have proven that time and time again in the past decade.

The time has come to realize that the old habits, the old arguments, are irrelevant to the challenges faced by our people. They lead nations to act in opposition to the very goals that they claim to pursue -- and to vote, often in this body, against the interests of their own people. They build up walls between us and the future that our people seek, and the time has come for those walls to come down. Together, we must build new coalitions that bridge old divides -- coalitions of different faiths and creeds; of north and south, east, west, black, white, and brown.

The choice is ours. We can be remembered as a generation that chose to drag the arguments of the 20th century into the 21st; that put off hard choices, refused to look ahead, failed to keep pace because we defined ourselves by what we were against instead of what we were for. Or we can be a generation that chooses to see the shoreline beyond the rough waters ahead; that comes together to serve the common interests of human beings, and finally gives meaning to the promise embedded in the name given to this institution: the United Nations. The UN is anti-American and anti-Israeli.

That is the future America wants -- a future of peace and prosperity that we can only reach if we recognize that all nations have rights, but all nations have responsibilities as well. That is the bargain that makes this work. That must be the guiding principle of international cooperation.
Today, let me put forward four pillars that I believe are fundamental to the future that we want for our children: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people.

First, we must stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and seek the goal of a world without them. This is not something that will happen anytime soon. This institution was founded at the dawn of the atomic age, in part because man's capacity to kill had to be contained. For decades, we averted disaster, even under the shadow of a superpower stand-off. The Cuban Missile Crisis happened due to the fact that the USSR viewed Kennedy as weak. Just as they view you. But today, the threat of proliferation is growing in scope and complexity. If we fail to act, we will invite nuclear arms races in every region, and the prospect of wars and acts of terror on a scale that we can hardly imagine.

A fragile consensus stands in the way of this frightening outcome, and that is the basic bargain that shapes the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It says that all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy; that nations with nuclear weapons have a responsibility to move toward disarmament; and those without them have the responsibility to forsake them. The next 12 months could be pivotal in determining whether this compact will be strengthened or will slowly dissolve. You don't realize that it will be the latter? Iran and North Korea have no intention of disarming. They will need to be stopped by us since no one else will do it.

America intends to keep our end of the bargain. We will pursue a new agreement with Russia to substantially reduce our strategic warheads and launchers. We will move forward with ratification of the Test Ban Treaty, and work with others to bring the treaty into force so that nuclear testing is permanently prohibited. We will complete a Nuclear Posture Review that opens the door to deeper cuts and reduces the role of nuclear weapons. And we will call upon countries to begin negotiations in January on a treaty to end the production of fissile material for weapons. How exactly are you going to do that?

I will also host a summit next April that reaffirms each nation's responsibility to secure nuclear material on its territory, and to help those who can't -- because we must never allow a single nuclear device to fall into the hands of a violent extremist. And we will work to strengthen the institutions and initiatives that combat nuclear smuggling and theft.

All of this must support efforts to strengthen the NPT. Those nations that refuse to live up to their obligations must face consequences. Are you going to yell at them when they won't? Let me be clear, this is not about singling out individual nations -- it is about standing up for the rights of all nations that do live up to their responsibilities. Because a world in which IAEA inspections are avoided and the United Nation's demands are ignored will leave all people less safe, and all nations less secure. It should be about singled out nations like Iran and North Korea.

In their actions to date, the governments of North Korea and Iran threaten to take us down this dangerous slope. We respect their rights as members of the community of nations. I've said before and I will repeat, I am committed to diplomacy that opens a path to greater prosperity and more secure peace for both nations if they live up to their obligations. They have never lived up to any agreement that they have made in decades. Why do you think they will now?

But if the governments of Iran and North Korea choose to ignore international standards; if they put the pursuit of nuclear weapons ahead of regional stability and the security and opportunity of their own people; if they are oblivious to the dangers of escalating nuclear arms races in both East Asia and the Middle East -- then they must be held accountable. The world must stand together to demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced. We must insist that the future does not belong to fear. The sanctions have not worked.

That brings me to the second pillar for our future: the pursuit of peace.

The United Nations was born of the belief that the people of the world can live their lives, raise their families, and resolve their differences peacefully. And yet we know that in too many parts of the world, this ideal remains an abstraction -- a distant dream. We can either accept that outcome as inevitable, and tolerate constant and crippling conflict, or we can recognize that the yearning for peace is universal, and reassert our resolve to end conflicts around the world. The US has done nothing to bring about peace in Darfur.

That effort must begin with an unshakeable determination that the murder of innocent men, women and children will never be tolerated. On this, no one can be -- there can be no dispute. The violent extremists who promote conflict by distorting faith have discredited and isolated themselves. They offer nothing but hatred and destruction. In confronting them, America will forge lasting partnerships to target terrorists, share intelligence, and coordinate law enforcement and protect our people. We will permit no safe haven for al Qaeda to launch attacks from Afghanistan or any other nation. We are already doing that in Somolia. We will stand by our friends on the front lines, as we and many nations will do in pledging support for the Pakistani people tomorrow. The Pakistani's do nothing but take our money and continue to allow extremism to flourish. And we will pursue positive engagement that builds bridges among faiths, and new partnerships for opportunity.

Our efforts to promote peace, however, cannot be limited to defeating violent extremists. For the most powerful weapon in our arsenal is the hope of human beings -- the belief that the future belongs to those who would build and not destroy; the confidence that conflicts can end and a new day can begin.

And that is why we will support -- we will strengthen our support for effective peacekeeping, while energizing our efforts to prevent conflicts before they take hold. We will pursue a lasting peace in Sudan through support for the people of Darfur and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, so that we secure the peace that the Sudanese people deserve. (Applause.) And in countries ravaged by violence -- from Haiti to Congo to East Timor -- we will work with the U.N. and other partners to support an enduring peace. The UN peacekeepers are part of the problem in Sudan. They have committed rapes. Nothing was done. Yet, we continue to support this organization that is corrupt and racist.

I will also continue to seek a just and lasting peace between Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world. (Applause.) We will continue to work on that issue. Yesterday, I had a constructive meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. We have made some progress. Palestinians have strengthened their efforts on security. Israelis have facilitated greater freedom of movement for the Palestinians. As a result of these efforts on both sides, the economy in the West Bank has begun to grow. But more progress is needed. We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel, and we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Applause.) We have been calling on the Palestinians to stop the voilence for decades; has it worked yet?

The time has come -- the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security -- a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people. (Applause.) Why exactly did Israel take control of the land in 1967? Could it be that they were attacked? They have the right to defend themselves.

As we pursue this goal, we will also pursue peace between Israel and Lebanon, Israel and Syria, and a broader peace between Israel and its many neighbors. In pursuit of that goal, we will develop regional initiatives with multilateral participation, alongside bilateral negotiations.

Now, I am not naïve (yes you are). I know this will be difficult. But all of us -- not just the Israelis and the Palestinians, but all of us -- must decide whether we are serious about peace, or whether we will only lend it lip service. (we already know the answer to that. The countries in the Middle East have no desire for peace. They have been giving lip service for decades.) To break the old patterns, to break the cycle of insecurity and despair, all of us must say publicly what we would acknowledge in private. The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians. If we don't stand up for Israel, no one else will(Applause. I bet there was) And -- and nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel's legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security. That will not happen as long as Iran and Syria keep funding Hamas(Applause.)

We must remember that the greatest price of this conflict is not paid by us. It's not paid by politicians. It's paid by the Israeli girl in Sderot who closes her eyes in fear that a rocket will take her life in the middle of the night. It's paid for by the Palestinian boy in Gaza who has no clean water and no country to call his own. These are all God's children. And after all the politics and all the posturing, this is about the right of every human being to live with dignity and security. That is a lesson embedded in the three great faiths that call one small slice of Earth the Holy Land. And that is why, even though there will be setbacks and false starts and tough days, I will not waver in my pursuit of peace. (Applause.) There will be no peace until they decide for themselves that they are no longer willing to live that way. Until that happens, the cycle of violence will continue.

Third, we must recognize that in the 21st century, there will be no peace unless we take responsibility for the preservation of our planet. And I thank the Secretary General for hosting the subject of climate change yesterday.

The danger posed by climate change cannot be denied. (Really, many sciencitists are doing just that.)Our responsibility to meet it must not be deferred. If we continue down our current course, every member of this Assembly will see irreversible changes within their borders. Our efforts to end conflicts will be eclipsed by wars over refugees and resources. Development will be devastated by drought and famine. Land that human beings have lived on for millennia will disappear. Future generations will look back and wonder why we refused to act; why we failed to pass on -- why we failed to pass on an environment that was worthy of our inheritance.

And that is why the days when America dragged its feet on this issue are over. We will move forward with investments to transform our energy economy, while providing incentives to make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. We will press ahead with deep cuts in emissions to reach the goals that we set for 2020, and eventually 2050. We will continue to promote renewable energy and efficiency, and share new technologies with countries around the world. And we will seize every opportunity for progress to address this threat in a cooperative effort with the entire world.

And those wealthy nations that did so much damage to the environment in the 20th century must accept our obligation to lead. But responsibility does not end there. While we must acknowledge the need for differentiated responses, any effort to curb carbon emissions must include the fast-growing carbon emitters who can do more to reduce their air pollution without inhibiting growth. And any effort that fails to help the poorest nations both adapt to the problems that climate change have already wrought and help them travel a path of clean development simply will not work.

It is hard to change something as fundamental as how we use energy. It's even harder to do so in the midst of a global recession. Certainly, it will be tempting to sit back and wait for others to move first. But we cannot make this journey unless we all move forward together. As we head into Copenhagen, let us resolve to focus on what each of us can do for the sake of our common future. Until China and India are on board, it will make no difference.

This leads me to the final pillar that must fortify our future: a global economy that advances opportunity for all people.

The world is still recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In America, we see the engine of growth beginning to churn, yet many still struggle to find a job or pay their bills. Across the globe, we find promising signs, yet little certainty about what lies ahead. And far too many people in far too many places live through the daily crises that challenge our common humanity - the despair of an empty stomach; the thirst brought on by dwindling water (Do you mean like the farmers in California? they have no water due to the government); the injustice of a child dying from a treatable disease, or a mother losing her life as she gives birth.

In Pittsburgh, we will work with the world's largest economies to chart a course for growth that is balanced and sustained. That means vigilance to ensure that we do not let up until our people are back to work. That means taking steps to rekindle demand, so that a global recovery can be sustained. And that means setting new rules of the road and strengthening regulation for all financial centers, so that we put an end to the greed, excess and abuse that led us into disaster, and prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again.

At a time of such interdependence, we have a moral and pragmatic interest in broader questions of development. And so we will continue our historic effort to help people feed themselves. We have set aside $63 billion to carry forward the fight against HIV/AIDS (it is a shame that you didn't bring up how much the US did during the past eight years to fight HIV and Malaria in Africa. More than any other country ever.); to end deaths from tuberculosis and malaria; to eradicate polio; and to strengthen public health systems. We are joining with other countries to contribute H1N1 vaccines to the World Health Organization. We will integrate more economies into a system of global trade. We will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year's Summit with a global plan to make them a reality. And we will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.

Now is the time for all of us to do our part. Growth will not be sustained or shared unless all nations embrace their responsibility. Wealthy nations must open their markets to more goods (Didn't you just add a tariff onto tires from China?)and extend a hand to those with less, while reforming international institutions to give more nations a greater voice. Developing nations must root out the corruption that is an obstacle to progress - for opportunity cannot thrive where individuals are oppressed and business have to pay bribes. That's why we will support honest police and independent judges; civil society and a vibrant private sector. Our goal is simple: a global economy in which growth is sustained, and opportunity is available to all.

The changes that I have spoken about today will not be easy to make. And they will not be realized simply by leaders like us coming together in forums like this. For as in any assembly of members, real change can only come through the people we represent. That is why we must do the hard work to lay the groundwork for progress in our own capitals. That is where we will build the consensus to end conflicts and to harness technology for peaceful purposes; to change the way we use energy, and to promote growth that can be sustained and shared.

I believe that the people of the world want this future for their children. And that is why we must champion those principles which ensure that governments reflect the will of the people. These principles cannot be afterthoughts - democracy and human rights are essential to achieving each of the goals that I have discussed today. Because governments of the people and by the people are more likely to act in the broader interests of their own people, rather than the narrow interest of those in power.

The test of our leadership will not be the degree to which we feed the fears and old hatreds of our people. True leadership will not be measured by the ability to muzzle dissent, or to intimidate and harass political opponents at home. The people of the world want change. They will not long tolerate those who are on the wrong side of history.

This Assembly's Charter commits each of us, and I quote - "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women." Among those rights is the freedom to speak your mind (as long as it doesn't insult Muslims) and worship as you please; the promise of equality of the races, and the opportunity for women and girls to pursue their own potential; the ability of citizens to have a say in how you are governed (then why did they let people like Gadhafi and Ahmadinejad speak?), and to have confidence in the administration of justice. For just as no nation should be forced to accept the tyranny of another nation, no individual should be forced to accept the tyranny of their own government.

As an African-American, (Do you realize that the US is the only country where people hypenate. You are an American.)I will never forget that I would not be here today without the steady pursuit of a more perfect union in my country. That guides my belief that no matter how dark the day may seem, transformative change can be forged by those who choose the side of justice. And I pledge that America will always stand with those who stand up for their dignity and their rights - for the student who seeks to learn; the voter who demands to be heard; the innocent who longs to be free (We didn't seem to stand with the people of Iran a few months ago); and the oppressed who yearns to be equal.

Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people, and - in the past - America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment, it only reinforces it. There are basic principles that are universal; there are certain truths which are self evident - and the United States of America will never waiver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny. Oh my gosh, how long is this speech?

Sixty-five years ago, a weary Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the American people in his fourth and final inaugural address. After years of war, he sought to sum up the lessons that could be drawn from the terrible suffering and enormous sacrifice that had taken place. "We have learned," he said, "to be citizens of the world, members of the human community."

The United Nations was built by men and women like Roosevelt from every corner of the world - from Africa and Asia; form Europe to the Americas. These architects of international cooperation had an idealism that was anything but naïve - it was rooted in the hard-earned lessons of war, and the wisdom that nations could advance their interests by acting together instead of splitting apart.

Now it falls to us - for this institution will be what we make of it. The United Nations does extraordinary good around the world in feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and mending places that have been broken. But it also struggles to enforce its will, and to live up to the ideals of its founding. Struggles? It doesn't even come close. It is time that we stop funding this organization.

I believe that those imperfections are not a reason to walk away from this institution (of course you don't, let's just keep throwing good money after bad)- they are a calling to redouble our efforts. The United Nations can either be a place where we bicker about outdated grievances, or forge common ground; a place where we focus on what drives us apart, or what brings us together; a place where we indulge tyranny, or a source of moral authority. In short, the United Nations can be an institution that is disconnected from what matters in the lives of our citizens, or it can be indispensable in advancing the interests of the people we serve.
We have reached a pivotal moment. The United States stands ready to begin a new chapter of international cooperation - one that recognizes the rights and responsibilities of all nations. With confidence in our cause, and with a commitment to our values, we call on all nations to join us in building the future that our people deserve.

Thank you.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Is it just me?

President Obama during the run-up to the election hammered home the point that Iraq was a war of choice and Afghanistan was a war of necessity. So why is it that 8 months after taking office he still doesn't have a plan?

President Obama said during his interview with George Stephanopoulos yesterday that if you have to look up the meaning of taxes in the dictionary you are really stretching it. If it meets the definition than isn't it actually a tax?

President Obama didn't realize that ACORN was getting a lot of federal funding. Did he not read the bills he voted on while in the senate?

President Obama doesn't think that an obviously corrupt organization like ACORN getting millions of tax dollars is a high priority.

Attorney General Holder has never read the report regarding the CIA investigations already done regarding the interrogations of alleged terrorists. Wouldn't you think that he should have read the report before deciding to start another investigation?

President Obama has no interest in increasing the size of government. HUH? Is he delusional?

Samantha Power, the women who was fired from the Obama campaign for calling Hillary Clinton a monster in an interview, is now a member National Security Council and is married to Cass Sunstein.

A letter in today's edition of the Washington Post came from a man who is upset about a cartoon about Michelle Obama taking an armoured limo to the farmers market. He described the first family as living under siege due to the right winged nuts. Did he think that Laura Bush would have been able to walk across the street on her own? Clearly this is part of the problem. Did they forget what was said about President Bush?

22% of Fox News Channel viewers consider themselves independents. Why wouldn't the President not want to reach those people?

With all the interviews that President did yesterday, he was only asked about ACORN by ABC. Did the rest not think this is an important story?

Interesting Blogpost from ABC News

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.

Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.

“If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.
Republicans need to pick up 40 seats next November to take back control of the House.
There are 49 seats currently held by Democrats in districts that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) won in last year’s presidential election.

Biden said these House seats are Republicans “one shot” at breaking the Obama administration’s agenda. But if Democrats can hold on to those seats, “the dam is going to break,” he said, and a new era of bipartisanship will begin.

“All the hidden Republicans that don’t have the courage to vote the way they want to vote because of pressure from the party … it will break the dam and you will see bipartisanship,” Biden said.

Republicans welcomed the vice president’s assessment of the 2010 landscape.

“What didn’t seem possible just a few months ago, appears to be the topic of conversation even within the upper echelons of the Obama White House,” said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “It is interesting to hear Vice President Biden admit that the administration’s effort to double down on a partisan agenda of government takeovers could possibly mean the ‘end of the road’ for their political viability.”

Knowing that 2010 is going to be a tough year for defending their own turf, Democrats are hoping to stay on offense in several House districts held by Republicans, including Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Mike Castle of Delaware, Mary Bono Mack of California and Joseph Cao of Louisiana.

“From day one, Democrats said this is a challenging cycle but we're aggressively tackling that challenge with outstanding Frontline Members and by putting additional Republican seats in play,” said Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, referring to the most vulnerable Democoratic incumbents. “Republicans have banked on failure by opposing common-sense measures to get the economy back on track and health insurance reform.”

Biden’s comments came at a fundraiser for Giffords, a Blue Dog Democrat who was first elected in 2006 to represent a district that had been Republican since 2000.

-Karen Travers

Project Can You Hear Me Now? - Media Tea Party

Do you feel like the media is not hearing you? Show up on October 17th to let them know that we are energized and not going away. Go to your local TV station or newspaper. I will print locations when the day gets closer. If you have not been to a tea party, you will have a good time. I have been to two, and enjoyed both.

Step 1: Contact all your freedom-loving, American-loving, free-speech loving friends and invite them to get together and plan. Invite them to this page and encourage them to GET THE WORD OUT.

Step 2: Identify local left-wing media outlets (most likely TV, since no one reads newspapers anymore).

Step 3: Plan a tea-party rally for October 17th, 2009. If you have enough folks, visit multiple sites concurrently, otherwise pick your least favorite, liberally biased outlet as ground zero.

Step 4: Use your 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech right outside their offices or broadcast locations. Make sure you are on public property, not private property. Bring your signs, banners, flags, and voices to the event. Protest big government, small minds in Congress, and liberal media atrocities in reporting (or non-reporting). (Watch for the Free Speech media to attempt to have you forcibly removed by law enforcement - so stay on public property!)

Step 5: Be peaceful, respectful, but let them HEAR you and SEE you. Remember, they are hard of hearing and their eyesight isn't what it used to be the last 8 years prior.

Step 6: Complete your tea party with a cup o' tea before leaving the premises. Go home (remember to leave no litter behind - we're not liberals).

Step 7: Turn on the TV and see if they saw you. If not, smile and remember that November 2010 is just several more Tea parties away!

For updated info go here

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Activism Caps Needed

Here is a list of the senate members of the Senate Finance Committee. It seems that the healthcare bill is going to rise and fall from this group of people. Get out your stationary and write some letters, burn the fax or phone lines, or send some e-mails. Just remember that hand written letters are much harder for them to ignore.



Contact them here

Friday, September 18, 2009

Things that make you say hmm

During a debate between the candidates for Virginia's governor yesterday Democrat Creigh Deeds said:
"No, I'm not going to raise taxes. But I am the only person on this dias who will sign a transportation plan that will raise new money."
How exactly are you going to raise money without increasing taxes?

Yesterday the first lady made a stop at the local farmer's market to promote healthier eating habits. She is an advocate for lower income people having access to healthy and organic foods. She spent $5 for a dozen eggs. Does she think that lower income people can afford to spend $5 for eggs? I am not lower income, but I am not going to spend $5 for a dozen eggs.

The DNC has an ad out featuring Glen Beck. Is he running for something?

Nancy Pelosi stated the other day that the rhetoric sounds familiar. She is referring to the riots after the verdict of the murder trial of Harvey Milk's killer. Harvey Milk was murdered because a man was upset at not getting his job back. What has that got to do with what is going on today?

Have you noticed that the number of uninsured has dropped from 50 million to 30 million? Has the twenty million gotten insurance in the past few months? And why exactly is the press not asking what happened to these twenty million people?

The Danish tourist agency did a video featuring a young women holding a young baby asking for the father to contact her. She met him at a bar and didn't remember his name. So, are they trying to say that they have a bunch of loose women who drink too much so it is a good vacation spot for young horny men?

Even Jay Leno and John Stewart are turning on ACORN.

Today Michelle Obama met with democratic woman activists. In her speech she talked about how all women need to work for health care reform. So, I guess as well as being racist and I am not a good woman now too.

Nancy Pelosi has a new fundraising ad out, The September Money March. Hmm, where ever did she get the idea about a march?

Not one single arrest was made at the DC March last weekend. If we were angry and violent wouldn't at least one person have been arrested?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

75 Kool Aid Drinkers - Look Who Supports ACORN

The house voted today to defund ACORN on a student loan bill. This was a largely symbolic bill, as they still have access to federal funds.

Here’s the roll call vote.

The no votes:

Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Clyburn (This is the man who has the power to investigate them)
Davis (IL)
Edwards (MD)
Green, Al
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson, E. B.
Kilpatrick (MI)
Larsen (WA)
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Markey (MA)
Meeks (NY)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Nadler (NY)
Neal (MA)
Polis (CO)
Price (NC)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Thompson (MS)

The “presents”

Hastings (FL)

And not voting:

Barrett (SC)
Connolly (VA)
Frank (MA)

What happened to follow up, Brian?

Ah, the left is at it again; calling anyone who has the audacity not to agree with the policies of President Obama a racist. During an interview President Carter said the following: “…the overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity is based on the fact that he is a black man an African American.”. I could go into a long thing about race. But, plenty of other people are taking care of that part of the story.
My issue is where were the follow up questions for President Carter?

Why didn’t Brian Williams of NBC ask some of the following questions?

Were we racist on election day? After all he won. No candidate can win a national election with just the support of black people. Obviously white people voted for him. We couldn’t have been racist on that day.

Were we racist on inauguration day? His presidency was being touted as one of the most important things that ever happened to this country. It was a historic day for sure. We couldn’t have been racist on that day.

Were we racist the first six months of his presidency when his approval ratings were at near record levels? The approval ratings of the president were hovering at near historic levels for months. Again, this had to include support of other races. We couldn’t have been racists during those months.

Do you think that people who believe in limited government would like President Obama’s policies if he were white? The policies are increasing the size of the government and increasing the dependency we have on the government. Wouldn't that make them unhappy regardless of color?

Do you think that people who are fiscal conservatives would like President Obama’s policies if he were white? He is spending money that we don’t have in levels that we have not seen in decades. Wouldn't they oppose it anyway?

Fiscal conservatives were unhappy with the spending levels of President Bush who was white; wouldn’t that fly in the face of your premise?

And they wonder why we don’t trust the media.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Conservative Girl Adventure Update

Several weeks ago I went to breakfast fundraiser for Barbara Comstock with Newt Gingrich as the guest speaker. One of the things that Newt mentioned during his talk was about how the unions and special interest groups would start taking an interest in the Virginia elections.

Well, here we go:

They are coming for Bob McDonnell - a staunch conservative candidate for governor.
In Virginia, our laws are very liberal about how much money you can give; it is umlimited actually. But, the disclosure laws are very strict. I went online and checked. The unions are starting to bring it in; SEIU from New York and New Jersey. Why New York and New Jersey are so interested in Virginia is beyond me.

Dear M,

Join us on Facebook and Twitter today!

We’re a little perplexed… Isn’t Bob McDonnell the gubernatorial candidate who:
Wrote that feminism is “detrimental to society”?

Claimed that the government paying for childcare erodes family values by pushing women into the workforce?

Deemed birth control for married couples “illogical”?

Sponsored over 40 anti-choice bills in his 17-year career?

And yet, Bob McDonnell has launched an aggressive campaign to turn out “Women for McDonnell.” And on Facebook alone, they’re already 945 strong!That’s why we’re asking you to ensure your voice is heard when it comes to protecting women’s reproductive health.

Please join NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia on Facebook and Twitter today. We’re launching an aggressive campaign against Bob McDonnell and his decades-long history of harming women’s health and equality. And by joining us on Facebook and Twitter today, you can ensure that your voice is heard.

Help us reach 945 fans, and share our Facebook page with a friend, or two, or ten! With only 49 days left until the election, we have thousands of pro-choice voters in Virginia to educate. Growing our reach on Facebook and Twitter is the first step. Joins us, and help defeat Bob McDonnell. Thank you for protecting choice!

Tarina and the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Team

If you are a facebook user, feel free to join the cause and make NARAL even more angry.


Election Day Can't Come Soon Enough

The 15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress - They Must Go


CREW’s fifth annual report on congressional corruption includes 15 members of Congress, significantly fewer than last year’s report. While corruption has remained a significant political issue, many elected officials seem to be taking greater care to avoid unethical conduct.
The list shrank primarily because out of the 24 members included in last year’s report, eight are no longer in Congress and seven others were omitted either because no action was taken by any law enforcement agency, or the House or Senate ethics committees, or CREW discovered no additional information to add. New to this year’s list are Senators Roland Burris and John Ensign, and Representatives Nathan Deal, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Pete Visclosky. After having been off the list for two years, Rep. Maxine Waters has reappeared for unethical activities entirely unrelated to the conduct that landed her on the list in the past.

Of this year’s list of 15, at least 12 are under some sort of investigation: Vern Buchanan, Roland Burris, Ken Calvert, John Ensign, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jerry Lewis, Alan Mollohan, John Murtha, Charlie Rangel, Laura Richardson, Pete Visclosky and Don Young.

This year as every year, members have used their positions to financially benefit themselves, their friends and their families. Earmarks for large campaign contributors are commonplace and many members have traded legislative assistance for personal favors.

Although ethics reforms measures were passed last Congress and the House created the new Office of Congressional Ethics, there still appears to be little enforcement of ethics rules. In the Senate, Sens. Kent Conrad and Chris Dodd were not disciplined in any way for their participation in Countrywide Financial’s VIP loan program. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics sank to an all time low, holding itself -- rather than the senators themselves -- responsible for the senators’ accepting the loans. The Senate Ethics Manual is readily available and it clearly states that loans can be improper gifts. If CREW can read and understand the manual, presumably, senators can too.

As always things are worse in the House, which consistently refuses to condemn any lawmaker’s conduct no matter how outrageous. The investigation of Rep. Rangel, which was only initiated at the lawmaker’s request in the first place, has dragged on for a year with no end in sight. If the committee ever sees fit to release any sort of report regarding Rep. Rangel’s many misdeeds, expect the ethics panel to use the occasion as a “teaching moment,” reminding members of their responsibilities under the ethics rules. Any meaningful censure of Rep. Rangel is unlikely.

Similarly, thanks to Rep. Jeff Flake’s efforts, the House Ethics Committee was forced to reveal it is investigating the PMA scandal, which involves Reps. Murtha and Visclosky and likely other members as well. If history is any guide, however, nothing will come of the committee’s inquiry. If the committee opened the door to permit questions regarding the relationship between earmarks and campaign contributions, few members would be safe from scrutiny.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is now up and running, but it has yet to release any information about its work, leaving CREW to continue to question the office’s utility.
As a result of the Sen. Ted Stevens prosecution debacle and courts’ continued expansive interpretation of the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution, expect fewer federal corruption prosecutions of members of Congress in the coming years. First, the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section is in disarray. Section Chief William Welch remains in place despite the section’s mishandling of the Stevens prosecution and U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s forceful criticism. Thus, the department is likely to be hesitant to investigate, much less bring charges against other members of Congress absent glaring evidence of wrongdoing. Further debilitating criminal prosecutions is the continued expansion of the Speech or Debate Clause. An Arizona federal court is considering whether charges brought against former Rep. Rick Renzi can withstand constitutional challenge. In addition, federal investigators were forced to drop the investigation of former Rep. Tom Feeney after a court ruled the Clause prohibited the House Ethics Committee from providing any incriminating information it had obtained during its own investigation of Rep. Feeney’s conduct in regard to the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Given that the Justice Department has been defanged and the ethics committees are basically worthless, it will be up to the voters to decide if a member of Congress’s conduct disqualifies him from holding a position of public trust.


To create this report, CREW reviewed news media articles, Federal Election Commission reports,1 court documents, and members’ personal financial and travel disclosure forms. We then analyzed that information in light of federal laws and regulations as well as congressional ethics rules.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Things that make you say hmm

President Carter's book Peace Not Apartheid is recommended reading of Usama bin Laden.

Speaking of Mr. Carter, in an interview with NBC Nightly News he says:
"...the overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity is based on the fact that he is a black man, an African American..." That must be it. One of the people I trust most in the world is black; ssh don't tell him that I don't like him.

David Axelrod and company seem to be toning down the language used to describe the protesters; we are just wrong. This is step up I guess. We are no longer angry mobsters or terrorists, we are just misguided. Thanks for clearing that up.

Hey, I agree with President on something: Kanye West is an ass.

I was at fundraiser tonight. A columnist from the Washington Post told me that there were only about 65,000 people at the protest on Saturday. Hmm, we stretched from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument. We must have been pretty fat to need all that space for only 65,000 people.

Scooter Libby was at the fundraiser as well. He seems to have put all the unpleasantness behind him and has gotten back into the swing of his life. Good for him.

Charlie Gibson didn't know about the ACORN videos; he thinks it should just be left to the cables.

MSNBC is saying it is being done by conservative activists to demean President Obama.


Sen. Gillibrand of NY released a statement on her vote to continue tax payer funding of ACORN

"...while Senator Gillibrand finds the actions of certain Acorn employees to be reprehensible and will ask Acorn leaders for a full investigation and plan to prevent any further abuse, the truth remains that thousands of New York families who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like Acorn for assistance.”

They can still receive assistance, Senator.

Isn't she up for re-election next year?
While I was visiting Senator Warner's office last week, his Chief Counsel gave me his business card with an email address on it. I sent him an email to thank him for taking the time to meet with me. The email came back as address unknown.
Then they wonder why we don't like them.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Nut is Cracking - ACORN Update


The Senate has voted to cut off federal funding to this morally bankrupt organization.

Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay

Sanders (I-VT), Nay

Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay

Durbin (D-IL), Nay

Casey (D-PA), Nay

Burris (D-IL), Nay

Leahy (D-VT), Nay

These seven people need to answer the question why they feel that ACORN should continue to get MY money.
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