Monday, August 30, 2010

CBO: Eight Years of Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus Act

Published August 30, 2010 | FoxNews.com

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

Read full story FoxNews

Duck Tales Inflation Lesson

An episode of Duck Tales dealing with the negative consequences of inflation.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Italy: Islam Not Recognized As A Religion

Rome, 27 August (AKI) - Mosques in Italy will not receive a share of income tax revenue the Italian government allocates to religious faiths each year. Hindu and Buddhist temples, Greek Orthodox churches and Jehovah's Witnesses will be eligible for the funds, according to a bill approved by the Italian cabinet in May and still must be approved by parliament.

Until now, the government had earmarked 8 percent of income tax revenue for Italy's established churches. The great majority of these funds go to the Catholic Church, although if they wish, individual tax payers may elect to give the money to charities and cultural projects instead.

The head of COREIS, one of Italy's largest Muslim groups, Yahya Pallavicini, said he was bitter that Islam had been denied the revenue from Italian income tax.

"Work should be begun on legally recognising those moderate Muslims who have for years shown themselves to be reliable interlocutors who are free of and fundamentalist ideology," he said.

Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome's Grand Mosque. Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women's rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy.

Until now, only the Catholic Church, Judaism and other established churches including Lutherans, Evangelists, Waldensians and 7th-day Adventists have received the income tax revenue from the Itallain government.

545 vs 300,000,000

I thought I would repost this. It is so simple and true.

Liberals, please don't write me complaining how it chastises only Democrats. How you come up with that assertion is beyond me. But then again; you are a liberal.

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it.......... is up to you.

Sales Tax
School Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Excise Taxes
Property Tax
Cigarette Tax
Medicare Tax
Inventory Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Inheritance Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell politicians?

Israel prepping for war with Iran?

Jewish state orders military fuel from U.S. Defense Department
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Increasing speculation it may be preparing for a military assault on Iran or a regional war involving Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, Israel has placed its largest order of military fuel with the United States on record.

The Jewish state, earlier this month, ordered 284 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel, 100 million gallons of diesel fuel and 60 million gallons of unleaded gasoline – all suitable for military uses – at an estimated cost of $2 billion.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment about what actions Israel may take or how they will use their fuel," Marine Corps Major Chris Perrine, a public affairs officer at the Department of Defense, told WND. "I would note, however, that it would take a lot more than fuel to attack a country or wage a regional war."

Read the full article at WorldNetDaily.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Minnesota Under Attack From Sharia Law

This is one the best, clearest-cut examples of how Muslims are attempting to convert America to Sharia law. It is a bold, overt, and aggressive campaign to change the fiber of American way of lfe. The sad part is that it appears to be working.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

18 Signs That America Is Rotting Right In Front Of Our Eyes

Reprinted from The Economic Collapse Blog

Sometimes it isn't necessary to quote facts and figures about government debt, unemployment and the trade deficit in order to convey how badly America is decaying. The truth is that millions of Americans can watch America rotting right in front of their eyes by stepping out on their front porches. Record numbers of homes have been foreclosed on and in some of the most run down cities as many as a third of all houses have been abandoned. Unemployment remains at depressingly high levels and the number of Americans on food stamps continues to set new records month after month. Due to severe budget cuts, class sizes are exploding and school programs are being eliminated. In some areas of the U.S. schools are even going to four day weeks. With little to no funding available, bridges are crumbling and street lights are being turned off in many communities. In some areas, asphalt roads are actually being ground up and turned back into gravel roads because they are less expensive to maintain. There aren't even as many police available to patrol America's decaying cities because budget problems have forced local communities across the U.S. to lay off tens of thousands of officers.

Once upon a time, the American people worked feverishly to construct beautiful, shining communities from coast to coast. But now we get to watch those communities literally crumble and decay in slow motion. Nothing lasts forever, but for those of us who truly love America it is an incredibly sad thing to witness what is now happening to the great nation that our forefathers built.

The following are 18 signs that America is rotting right in front of our eyes.... read more HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Poll: Public still bewildered by healthcare reform

The Hill
Poll: Public still bewildered by healthcare reform
By Mike Lillis - 08/23/10 12:02 PM ET

Americans are more worried about losing access to health services this summer than they were two seasons earlier, before health reform was enacted, according to a new Reuters poll released Monday.

But that trend is probably the result of the many public criticisms of the bill, pollsters said, not what the bill itself contains.

"I doubt the average person really knows what has been implemented," Gary Pickens, chief research officer at Thomson Reuters, said in a statement. "They just know there is a lot of talk and there has been a lot of negative publicity."

Read full article at The Hill

Ground Zero Imam Says U.S. Worse than al-Qaeda

Whilst the NY Times front page spins interfaith yarns into PR gold faster than Rumpelstiltskin and accords godlike status to Imam Faisal Rauf, new audio surfaces. Here are a couple of soundbites of tolerance: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: "We tend to forget, in the West, that it has blood on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US lead sanction against Iraq lead to the death of over half a million Iraqi children."

No mention of the 270 million victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilation and enslavement. No mention of the recent slaughter by Muslims of Christians, Hindus, Jews, non-believers in Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, China................ no candor, no criticism of Islam. Imam Feisal: "The West needs to begin to see themselves through the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world, and when you do you will see the predicament that exists within the Muslim community."

On the question of reforming Islam and expunging the texts of the threat doctrine and mandated violence and conquest: Imam Feisal: On the issue of the reformation, in terms of what is again intended by it, Islam does not need a reformation. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: "So men will say: women, you know, they're emotional, ..... whatever, whatever, and women will say: men, they're brutes, insensitive, etcetera, and you have the beginning of a gender conflict. If gender is not what distinguishes us we'll look at skin colouring and say: n***** or whities, or whatever"

Reverend Al Sharpton was unavailable for comment. Too busy endorsing the Islamic supremacist mosque. Imam Faisal: And when we observe terrorism, whether it was done by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or by al Qaida or whoever is behind the bombings in London or those in Madrid,

Note, when he says about the London and Madrid bombings,that was five days after the London attacks and over a year after Madrid. It was common knowledge who the perps were at that time.

In July 2005, Ground Zero Imam Rauf gave a public lecture, presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre/UniSA International and The Migrant Resource Centre, entitled, What does it take to change the relationship between the West and the Muslim world? His remarks were devastating.

Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food

Infowars.com
Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food

S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

Read full article at InfoWars.com

George Demos - Governor Pataki Ground Zero Press Conference

George Demos calls Press Conference with former Govenor Pataki at Ground Zero to discuss the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rasmussen: Tea Party Sweeping US, Anger at GOP

"Americans don't want to be governed from the left or the right," Scott Rasmussen tells the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conference of 1,500 conservative and moderate legislators. "They want, like the Founding Fathers, to largely govern themselves with Washington in a supporting — but not dominant — role. The tea party movement is today's updated expression of that sentiment."

Newsmax.com : http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Scott-Rasmussen-pollster-wall-street-journal-john-fund/2010/08/22/id/368091

Rep. Phil Hare: Questions About the Constitution & Health Care Are "Silly Stuff"

Several Illinois constituents tried to get Rep. Phil Hare to answer their questions about the constitutionality of the democrat's nationalized health care plan at a meeting in Springfield, IL on Saturday August 21, 2010. Hare told them their questions were "silly stuff."


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Krista Branch "Remember Who We Are" Official Video

KRISTA BRANCH DOES IT AGAIN! Her second release, "Remember Who We Are" is an inspiring patriotic song calling Americans to remember our history, our triumph over adversity and our legacy which hangs in the balance. For more info visit http://www.kristabranch.com

Please share this video on your favorite social networks. For info on the video producer visit RETROSPEC FILMS click here http://tinyurl.com/2crzt8q

Recorded at http://www.musostudio.net Tulsa OK.

U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio

The Washington Post
U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in investigation
By Jerry Markon and Stephanie McCrummen
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff known for tough immigration enforcement has intensified in recent days, escalating the conflict between the Obama administration and officials in the border state.

Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics. The civil rights inquiry is one of two that target the man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff." A federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining whether Arpaio has used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether his office misappropriated government money, sources said.

The standoff comes just weeks after the Justice Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) because of the state's new immigration law, heightening tensions over the issue ahead of November's midterm elections. The renewed debate has focused attention on Arpaio, a former D.C. police officer who runs a 3,800-employee department, and a state at the epicenter of the controversy over the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

Read the full article at The Washington Post

Nancy Pelosi - Calls for investigation into Ground Zero mosque critics

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, calls for an investigation into Ground Zero mosque critics. Taxpayers already pay for her private jet, should we also foot the bill investigating 210,000,000 Americans who feel the Mosque should be moved?

Stolen Valor Act Ruled Unconstitutional

"A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with him in a 2-1 decision Tuesday, agreeing that the law was a violation of his free-speech rights. The majority said there's no evidence that such lies harm anybody, and there's no compelling reason for the government to ban such lies.

The dissenting justice insisted that the majority refused to follow clear Supreme Court precedent that false statements of fact are not entitled to First Amendment protection."
FOXNews.com : CRIME & COURTS : US appeals court panel: Law against faking receipt of military medals is unconstitutional - Published August 17, 2010 | Associated Press

Once again a federal court in California, redefines "Free Speech". The First Amendment, free speech clause, was intended to protect political and religious speech. Nothing more, nothing less. Activist courts have extended First Amendment protection to various forms of speech, including but not limited to offensive, rude, obnoxious and downright hateful speech. Now it would appear that lies and now covered by the First Amendment.

This decision flies in the face of existing case law. So, does First Amendment protection cover perjury? Guess, Blagojevich's conviction is on a fast track to being overturned; since, rendering a false statement to the FBI would apparently be within his First Amendment protections.

 America has lost it's collective mind.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Carbon Cap and Trade Market Already Exists!, Insiders expecting 400% ROI

Carbon Cap and Trade Market Already Exists!, Insiders expecting 400% ROI
by American Defense League (ADL) on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 10:43am

NY, NJ and 8 other Northeastern States already have a Carbon Cap and Trade program and exchange. Wall street insiders have been buying discounted Carbon Credits for 2-3 years and you have been financing it through your electric bills with hidden fees.

Here is the home page of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inniative: http://www.rggi.org/home

The market is reportedly $600 million dollars per year and you're part is just to pay for the credits that other people get richer trading. Like most markets, being in a position to buy the IPO before it's released to the general public is a millionare maker.. That option has not been disclosed to you, the entire process has been functioning secretly.

For the insiders that have been bidding on these carbon credits and the businesses that have been awarded them the process is described on the rggi.org website. In short it amounts to a carbon budget for a business when exceeded credits are required to balance the budget when there is an excess the credits can be sold. The credits are sold via auctions in lots of 1000 units. You must provide a letter of credit, bond or other financial guarantee before you are allowed to bid, and you are only considered for bidding if you are approved by the regulatory bodies. Good luck with your application, unless you're an insider your chances of getting approved are going to be zero, afterall your role is to finance the millionare making scheme.

The options are currently sold at an 80% discount to the expected valuation (if federal law, if Cap and Trade federal legislation passes) meaning a 400% return on investment for all the Wall Street insiders and their government co-conspirators. This is Al Gore's plan to get a piece of you for ever and turn himself into royalty. The never and would be King has no clothes and he is in bad need of a bath, perhaps tar and feathers along with the wall street firms, power utilities, and others involved.

Don't bother trying to profit from it. This is Al Gore's scheme, it's getting mighty close to rebellion time...

Liberalism's Sin

August 15, 2010
American Thinker: Liberalism's Sin
By Jim Mahoney

Recently, liberalism's been characterized as a mental disorder. While that assessment makes entertaining rhetoric, it misses the mark.

Liberals are fully capable of functioning in their daily lives. They are often highly successful. They can be very pleasant and engaging people. Obviously, the alleged insanity isn't incapacitating. Nonetheless, elite liberals in particular are prone to behavior that appears insane. A great example is the moral certitude saturating the JournoList files. The blind and often vicious self-righteousness in the JournoList exchanges is light-years beyond the wildest liberal caricature of fundamentalist "bible-thumpers."

Read the rest at American Thinker: Liberalism's Sin

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Why Limit Government? | The Heritage Foundation

Why Limit Government? | The Heritage Foundation

Why Limit Government?

Published on June 21, 2004 by Lawrence Reed

The topic for our discussion this afternoon is "Why Limit Government?" I am tempted to give you the shortest speech you ever heard--just two words: "Why not?!" Yet such a flippant comment would persuade no one of anything and win no battles for liberty. Indeed, our movement may be overdue for a refresher on this very important question.

As men and women who want to "limit" government, we sometimes come across to others as naysayers. As someone once said, we do a better job describing Hell than Heaven. Whenever we make the case for limiting government, we ought to use the opportunity to remind others that we are opposed to excessive government because we are in favor of some very positive, important things. We want to limit government--ultimately--because we support freedom and the free society.

We want to limit government because we want to maximize opportunity, enterprise and creativity.

We want to limit government because we want to permit individuals to go as far as their talents, ambitions, and industry can take them.

We want to limit government because we want people to dream and to have the room to bring those dreams to fruition--for themselves and their families.

We want to limit government because we want to strengthen the institutions of civil society that tend to shrink as government grows--institutions such as the family, church, synagogue, mosque, community, and the many voluntary associations that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized as the bedrock of American liberty and self-reliance.

We want to limit government because we have learned something from the thousands of years of experience with it; that it ought properly to be confined to certain minimal, but critical, functions and otherwise leave us alone.

Let's not forget that as a movement, we must remain committed to core principles. We can't be like that character, played by Groucho Marx, who declared, "Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others!"

The Core "Core" Principles
With regard to government, at the "core" of our core principles are these unassailable truths: Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you've got.

The older I get, and the more I observe the political process, the more obvious it is that it's no way to run a business--or almost anything else, for that matter. The deficiencies, absurdities, and perverse incentives inherent in the political process are powerful enough to frustrate anyone with the best and most altruistic of intentions. It frequently exalts ignorance and panders to it. A few notable exceptions aside, it tends to attract the most mediocre talent with motives that are questionable at best. Government runs on the political process; hence, all of the problems endemic to politics show up in what government does and doesn't do.

Indeed, the more that the political process steers government into areas beyond its principal mission, the less well it does those few things (like public safety) that we all expect it to do for us.

"Whatever It Has To Be"
Back in 2001, the ninth son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Max Kennedy, flirted with the idea of running for political office. A story in the New York Times Magazine recounted his ill-fated attempt at a stump speech riddled with trite one-liners like these: "I want to fight for all of you. I'll commit myself heart and soul to be the kind of congressman who cares about you. I'll dedicate myself to fighting for working families to have a fair chance. I make you this one pledge: I will always be there for you."

Kennedy's handler pressed him repeatedly for a "take-away message," something of substance that his audience would remember. "What do you want people to take away from it?" he asked several different ways. The would-be candidate stammered and couldn't think of much other than "I'm a nice guy," until finally he admitted, "I don't know. Whatever it has to be."

Is this man eligible for public office? Certainly, though in this case the subject fizzled out before his campaign was ever lit and he has presumably found useful work elsewhere. Hundreds just like Max Kennedy get elected every year. Yet, would it ever occur to you to put someone who talks this way in charge of your business? Outside of politics, is there any other endeavor in which such nonsense is as epidemic?

The Silly Side of Politics
Welcome to the silly side of politics. It's characterized by no-speak, doublespeak, and stupid-speak: the use of one's tongue, lips, and other speechmaking body parts to sway minds without ever educating them--and to deceive them, if necessary. The serious side of politics comes afterwards when the elected actually do something, even if--as is often the case--it bears little resemblance to what they promised. It's serious business in any case because it's the part where coercion puts flesh on the rhetorical bones. What makes a politician a politician and differentiates politics from all other walks of life is that the politician's words are backed up by his ability to deploy legal force on their behalf.

This is not a trivial point. After all, in the grand scheme of life there are ultimately only two ways to get what you want or to get others that have hired you (or who depend on you) what they want: You can rely on voluntary action (work, production, trade, persuasion, and charity) or you can take it by force.

A Dangerous Servant
No generation ever grasped the meaning of this better than that of America's Founders. It was one of our Founders who declared that "Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it can be a dangerous servant or a fearful master." In other words, even when government is no larger than what our Founders wanted, if it does its job so well as to be a true "servant," it's still "dangerous."

Indeed, it is on this point that all the difference in the world is made. Things that rely upon the regular affirmation of voluntary consent don't look at all like those that rest upon force. Whereas mutual consent encourages actual results and accountability, the political process puts a higher premium on the mere promise or claim of results and the shifting of blame to other parties.

To win or keep your patronage and support, a provider of goods or services must manufacture something of real value. A business that doesn't produce or a charity that doesn't meet a need will quickly disappear. To get your vote, a politician only has to look or sound better than the next one--even if both of them would renege on more pledges than they would keep. In the free marketplace, you almost always get what you pay for and pay for what you get. As a potential customer, you can say "No, thanks" and take a walk. In politics, the connection between what you pay for and what you actually get is problematic at best.

What Is a Vote Worth?
This is another way of asserting that your vote in the marketplace counts for so much more than your vote in the polling booth. Cast your dollars for the washing machine of your choice and that is what you get--nothing more and nothing less. Pull the lever for the politician of your choice and, most of the time (if you're lucky), you will get some of what you do want and much of what you don't. The votes of a special interest lobby may ultimately cancel out yours. As someone much wiser than me once said, "[P]olitics may not be the oldest profession, but the results are often the same."

These important distinctions between voluntary, civil society and coercion-based government explain why political Max Kennedy-types are the rule rather than the exception. Say little or nothing, or say silly things, or say one thing and do another--and your prospects of success may only be enhanced. When the customers are captives, the seller may just as easily be the one who whispers seductive nonsense in their ears as the one who puts something real on their plates.

Like it or not, people judge private, voluntary activities by a higher standard than they do public political acts. That is all the more reason to keep politics in a small and isolated corner of our lives. We have many more productive things to tend to.

Recommendations
With an eye toward strengthening our efforts to limit government, let me offer these brief tidbits, each of which is worthy of much greater discussion and many more specific examples than I have time for here:
  • Our side must work harder to relate to real people. No green eyeshades, dollars-and-cents-only stuff. We have to show how limiting government actually improves lives. We must put a human face on the issue by not only showing how runaway government inflicts real harm on real people, but also how the free society can produce a more abundant life for all.
  • Our side must get smarter with our rhetoric. We should not allow ourselves to get bogged down in debating the fine points of every proposed government expansion. We need to remind people that government, as a share of our personal income, is consuming five or six times what it did a century ago. We should be demanding to know from our Big Government friends why that is not yet enough. We should embarrass them by asking them to publicly reveal how much more they really want, and at what point they will finally acknowledge that what a person earns belongs fundamentally to him, and not to the government.
  • Our side must be strategic, investing more in the issues in which small victories can mean a lot. Issues that come to mind are school choice, private retirement accounts, and state government budgets. When we win those battles, we will start to win across a broad front of issues.
  • Our side must be convinced that it can win. We must be optimists. Pessimism is not only unwarranted, it is also a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think the cause is lost, it will be. No one works hard for a cause they think will lose. We need to convince the world that if anything in human affairs is inevitable, it is that humans will be the free beings their Maker intended. It is not inevitable that they will be ruled by know-it-alls. History is on the side of liberty, not statism.
In other words, limiting government is a lofty endeavor. It's good, honest work. It's a powerful message when presented well.

So let's get out there and get it done.

Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. These remarks were delivered in Chicago, Illinois, at the 27th annual meeting of The Heritage Foundation's Resource Bank.

Democratic Socialists of America

Ever wonder which members of Congress are socialist.  Well a October 2009 newsletter put out by American Socialist Voter, list 70 current members of the United States Congress that are members the Democratic Socialists of America.  (Scribd)

American Socialist Voter–
Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?
A: Seventy

Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?
A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez, Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].

Q: Who are these members of 111th Congress?
A: See the listing below

Co-Chairs
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
Hon. Tom Udall (NM)

House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01), Chairman, House Administration Committee
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14), Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04), Chairman, House Financial Services Committee
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09), Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07), Chairman, House Education and Labor Committee
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15), Former Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Former Black Panther
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Chairwoman, House Rules Committee
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), Chairwoman, House Small Business Committee
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30), Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

Non-Voting Members
Hon. Donna M. Christensen (Virgin Islands)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Former House Members
Hon. Sherrod Brown (OH-13), Elected to Senate
Hon. Julia Carson (IN-07), Died December 2007
Hon. Lane Evans (IL-17), Retired from Congress, January 2007
Hon. Cynthia McKinney (GA-4), Lost Congressional seat to Hank Johnson
Hon. Major Owens (NY-11), Retired from Congress, January 2007
Hon. Nancy Pelosi (CA-8), Elected House Minority Leader, January 2003
Hon. Hilda Solis (CA-32), Became Secretary of Labor in 2009
Hon. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH-11), Died August 2008

Former Senate Members
Hon. Paul Wellstone (MN), Died in plane crash in 2002

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Imam behind controversial Ground Zero mosque is going globetrotting — and YOU are paying for it!




“Ground Zero Mosque” Imam to Represent U.S.
FoxNews.com

Outraged? Let the State Department hear from you:
Sign the petition: https://www.aclj.org/Petition/Default.aspx?sc=3621&ac=1

Address:
U.S. Dept. of state
2201 C Street NW
Washington,DC 20520

Email: www.contact-us.state.gov

Rebuild St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero First

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Since 1922, St. Nicholas Church had stood as a quiet sanctuary of prayer and reflection amidst the tumultuous and bustling crossroads of commerce. For the past nine years the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey has used bureaucratic obstacles and false promises to hinder the rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Church.

This must end and it must end now!

What an outrage that our government has put roadblocks in the path of its own citizens trying to rebuild their beloved church destroyed by Islamic extremists, while Saudi Arabia, a nation that prohibits people from even wearing a cross or the Star of David, now provokes the families of those who lost loved ones by apparently funneling money to build a mosque at the same location.

Before building a Mosque at Ground Zero, let's first rebuild the St. Nicholas Church, the only house of worship destroyed on 9-11.

Rebuild Church Not Mosque - George Demos Radio Interview on National Lars Larson Show

George Demos Radio Interview on National Lars Larson Show

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

President Obama on Zakat

In Cairo, President Obama promised to ensure Muslims could fulfil "ZAKAT." What is "ZAKAT"? And what are the implications of this promise?

Zakat is distributed among 8 asnaf (categories) of people, namely:

  1. Fakir - One who has neither material possessions nor means of livelihood.
  2. Miskin - One with insufficient means of livelihood to meet basic needs.
  3. Amil - One who is appointed to collect zakat.
  4. Muallaf - One who converts to Islam.
  5. Riqab - One who wants to free himself from bondage or the shackles of slavery. (In Singapore, zakat due to this category of recipients is spent on those who need help to pursue education or to improve their standard of living).
  6. Gharmin - One who is in debt (money borrowed to meet basic, halal expenditure).
  7. Fisabillillah - One who fights for the cause of Allah.
  8. Ibnus Sabil - One who is stranded in journey.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

U.S. Marine "answers" Dixie Chicks song!

Cpl. David Thibodeaux (active duty U.S. Marine, musician, father, husband, and combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq) along with Toby Keith's Easy Money Band eloquently and cleverly "answer" Dixie Chicks' hit "Not Ready To Make Nice"

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

America's New Health Care System Revealed

The new Health Reform law was intended to make health care better, more accessible, cheaper, and less complicated. According to this report it is anything but.
"Washington, D.C. - Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,"a congressional panel has released the first chart illustrating the 2,801 page health care law President Obama signed into law in March."
http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/tx08_brady/pr_100728_hc_chart.html
Congressman Kevin Brady (TX08) :: Press Release :: AMERICA'S NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REVEALED
www.house.gov

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rep. Pete Stark Says Federal Government Rules

In an amazing exchange with Congressman Pete Stark, we hear WHY our government is in the deplorable condition that it is in. Because our elected representatives think and firmly believe that the Federal Government can do just about anything it wants, whenever it wants to do it. They MUST be voted out.