Sunday, October 31, 2010

Where In the World Is Uncle Jimbo

and what is that hat he's wearing?

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Redstate Morning Briefing

1. America's First Black President Tries to Push Out Another Black Politician
First they came for David Patterson, Governor of New York. Barack Obama and the Democrats ganged up on him and forced him to not seek re-election.
Now they've come for Kendrick Meeks, or at least Bill Clinton, America's first black President, has come for Kendrick Meeks, but at the behest of America's second black President.
Specifically, "Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed to Politico" that Clinton's top aide, Doug Band, brought up the subject with Meeks. Meeks sounded amenable. They then brought Clinton in.
Kendrick Meeks denied it to CNN.
Clinton confirmed it then backed away from it then confirmed it again. But Clinton said the White House was not involved.
Charlie Crist, who has had to heated private conversations with Kendrick Meeks in the past week, says the White House was involved.
Some Democrats "with knowledge of the plan" confirm the White House knew.
Had this been the Republicans ganging up on a black man to drive him from office, we'd hear all sorts of cries of racism.
But there are three really important points to make here. They are major points.
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2. Significant Election Complaint Filed in Nevada
Attached is a Nevada Election Task Force complaint filed late today in Nevada by Babette Rutherford, a Nevada voter.
The complaint alleges scores of union tactics designed to undermine the integrity of the voting process and intimidate voters.
Specifically, the complaint notes that union officials are busing in union workers, leading them to the polls, deterring or preventing the union member from going to unobserved polling locations set up in Las Vegas, etc.
"The union personnel strategically position themselves at various points around the boundaries of the polling location to ensure that one or more of them are able to monitor their members' activities at all times."
The complaint is highly detailed and filled with eye witness accounts of union officials intimidating casino employees and directly overseeing how the union employees are attempting to vote.
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3. Jerry Brown Not A Fan Of Women. Or, You Know, The Truth
Earlier this month, the National Organization For Women (N.O.W.) endorsed Jerry Brown for Governor of CA a mere 24 hours after an audio tape surfaced wherein Jerry Brown was heard agreeing with an aide that Meg Whitman should be called a "whore". What's a little sexism if it is aimed at a Republican woman! I mean, Jerry Brown is totally For The (Real) Women T , right? And The Children, of course. Only, not so much.
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4. White House Conspires With Media Matters
ABC News notes the White House had a meeting of special needs representatives. What ABC News fails to point out is that two of them work at Media Matters For America, the George Soros funded character assassins who see evil racists in the white filling of every twinkie they consume.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Debate Audience Recites Pledge When Another Moderator Says ‘No

Another Debate Audience Recites Pledge When Another Moderator Says ‘No

After the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, moderator Susan Reuther dealt with her obvious consternation over the spontaneous show of patriotism by scolding Candidate Murphy who asked for the pledge.

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I Have To Agree

Virginia Ballot Questions 2010:

Vote NO on 1, 2, and 3
by Rob Schilling on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 9:15am
On November 2, 2010 Virginians will be faced with several seemingly innocuous but fatally flawed ballot questions, primarily dealing with various facets of taxation in the Commonwealth.

At hand are three constitutional amendments, which appear on the ballot following a multi-stage approval by the Virginia General Assembly, as follows:

A constitutional amendment, as established in Section 1 of Article XII, can be proposed in either house of the Virginia General Assembly. If a proposed amendment is approved by a simple majority vote in one session of the state legislature, it is automatically referred to the next session of the state legislature that occurs after the next general election of members of the Virginia House of Delegates. If in that second session the proposed amendment is “agreed to by a majority of all the members elected to each house” it is then placed before the state’s voters. If approved by a simple majority vote, it becomes part of the state’s constitution.

Question 1 reads:

Shall Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to authorize legislation that will permit localities to establish their own income or financial worth limitations for purposes of granting property tax relief for homeowners not less than 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled?

Question 2 reads:

Shall the Constitution be amended to require the General Assembly to provide a real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability?

Questions 1 and 2 deal with real estate taxation. Helping veterans, disabled, and elderly people is a noble goal, as is tax reduction; the means by which the assistance will be granted, however, is insidious.

America’s founders recognized inherent peril in progressive taxation: a citizen exempt from paying taxes that his neighbor must pay, has no incentive in keeping the tax low because he, himself, does not pay the tax.

Alexander Hamilton warned against multi-tiered real estate taxation schemes in Federalist 35:

“No tax can be laid on land which will not affect the proprietor of millions of acres as well as the proprietor of a single acre. Every land-holder will therefore have a common interest to keep the taxes on land as low as possible; and common interest may always be reckoned upon as the surest bond of sympathy.”

The disastrous results of nearly a century of progressive income taxation can be seen in present day America where 47% of U.S. households paid no federal income tax in 2009. Those paying no tax actually have a vested interest in seeing rates raised for federal income-taxpayers, in order to maintain their own tax-free status.

Virginians would be unwise to allow their system of property taxation to emulate the federal model of progressive income taxation with its designated “winners and losers” and special “protected” classes.

By adding more exceptions to the rule, Virginia Ballot Questions 1 and 2 continue the erosion of “flat” (i.e., equitable) real estate taxation in the Commonwealth, ultimately to the detriment of maintaining Hamilton’s referenced common interests in private property rights and ownership.

Ballot Question 3 fundamentally enlarges state government at the expense of ordinary citizens and the overall state economy.

Question 3 reads:

Shall Section 8 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to increase the permissible size of the Revenue Stabilization Fund (also known as the “rainy day fund”) from 10 percent to 15 percent of the Commonwealth’s average annual tax revenues derived from income and retail sales taxes for the preceding three fiscal years?

Increasing the allowable size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund” by 50% is a colossally bad idea. The state is not a bank, an investment, or a savings account; it should hold as little of the people’s money as is practical.

Funds retained by government are unavailable to the state’s economy and thus stifle economic activity both of businesses and individuals.

In addition, fattening the state’s “slush” fund encourages growth in the size and scope of state government, and it is a disincentive to vital cost cutting and budget reform/reduction measures.

Disappointingly, many known “conservatives” publicly are supporting some or all of these constitutional amendments— each of which was passed unanimously in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. In reality, legislators will reap political gain and political power from the passage of the measures: this is another opportunity to buy votes and to curry favor from large constituencies, all in the name of providing assistance.

As an entire class, property owners are deserving of relief from crushing real estate taxation in Virginia, but such reprieve granted piecemeal is detrimental to property rights and to America’s common interest in limited government. There are better and more American-centric ways to assist veterans, disabled, and elderly people. And, growing the ability of the state to confiscate—and ultimately spend—greater sums will further saddle taxpaying Virginians and encumber Virginia’s struggling economy.

Don’t be fooled by seemingly sympathetic subjects. Progressive taxation and government largesse have not benefited America in the preceding century. The 2010 ballot questions are bad news for liberty loving Virginians, and if passed, they will result in greater state control over our everyday lives.

Virginia Ballot Questions 2010: Vote NO on 1, 2, and 3.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daily Caller on VA-08

Is long-time Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran really safe this election cycle?
(I hope not)
Democratic Rep. Jim Moran’s 8th Congressional District is considered the second bluest district in Virginia, and the 19-year incumbent has consistently demolished his GOP challengers, but internal polling conducted by his current GOP opponent’s campaign suggests this year could be different.
Republican candidate Col. Patrick Murray’s most recent internal numbers from the last four days show Moran leading with 32.3 percent compared with Murray’s 29.7 percent. 30.5 percent are shown to be undecided.
The Murray campaign’s internal numbers also suggest Moran has high negatives. A Sept. 22 poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found Moran’s support at below 50 percent ̶ with only 42 percent of those polled rating him as good or excellent and 41 percent rating him as fair or poor.
“Although he currently leads Patrick Murray on the ballot for U.S. Congress, his favorable rating , job rating and vote share fall short of the thresholds for strong incumbents,” pollster John McLaughlin wrote in a memo to the Murray campaign. “Given voters’ dissatisfaction with Jim Moran’s performance as congressman and the current mood of the electorate, Jim Moran is one Democrat incumbent that could be unseated in November.”
McLaughlin’s memo also suggests that the retired Army colonel, who served tours of duty in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq during his 24 years of service, could defeat Moran if he can improve his name recognition.
But Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, says the campaign’s most recent internal numbers, although reflecting the national tilt toward the GOP, cannot be used to determine the race’s outcome because they do not reflect a true random sample.
“If Murray beat Moran it would be an extraordinary upset ̶ one of the headliners of the night,” Sabato said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. “The 8th is the second most D district in Virginia (after the majority-black 3rd). Obama won 69 percent there. A party switch is highly unlikely in 2010. That’s my best judgment.”
Moran has amassed many enemies in his two decades in Congress due to his personal conduct and connections.

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Redstate Morning Briefing

BREAKING: SEIU Handling the Voting Machines in Las Vegas
Remember the news story yesterday about the lady in Las Vegas who, when casting her ballot, discovered that Harry Reid's name was pre-checked for her? My friend Jim Hoft has breaking news that the SEIU is responsible for servicing those machines. Hhhmmmmm. . . .
Read more about it right here at Jim's site.

1. What Better Way to Signal the World You "Get It?" - Hire Washington Insiders!
So, expecting to pick up a number of seats by "newbies," what do GOP leaders in Washington want to ensure? They want "GOP insiders to staff outsiders," according to Roll Call. Eric Cantor's staff added, "There's a lot of important work to get done right out of the gate, so it's important that newly elected Republicans have access to experienced, competent staff so that they can hit the ground running."
According to Roll Call, "[a] Republican aide confirmed leadership's interest in having staff that works well with Boehner to move the agenda forward." And even better, the lobbyists and strategists are in on the act, as well - one lobbyist saying, "[y]ou want to be sure that the newbies, when they hit town, do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their Congressional offices, because in some cases they are totally ill-equipped."
But that's not really what this is about at its core. This is about making sure the "newbies" do not rock the boat and get with the program. the Washington establishment's program. The staff that the establishment will "suggest" to the new members will be the same freaking idiots who have been bouncing around the Hill forever and will be more likely to go along to get along - to continue the same way Washington has been working forever. Just take a look at top Republican offices - they are a bunch of re-treads from years past, Administrations past - and for those of us who have been in the trenches fighting for conservatism, let me just say that we have more often been fighting against them than with them.
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2. It's Time to Make GOP Leadership Less Powerful
As Election Day approaches, no outcome should be taken for granted, but it looks increasingly likely that Republicans will take control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate. For those who want to reform Congress, increased thought and planning needs to take place now because many decisions are made the very next week after the election when Republicans "organize."
During these organization meetings, Republicans will elect their leadership for the upcoming Congress, agree upon their internal conference rules, and give their blessing to the slate of members who will represent them on the powerful "steering" Committee that distributes committee assignments. Much of this resembles a bum's rush where the current Leadership offers a series of resolutions, often designed to preserve their own power, that are quickly agreed to because none of the members in attendance are prepared (or willing) to object and consider the long-term ramifications for conservatives.
Yet in many respects, these organizational meetings will lay the framework for whether the incoming class of members will actually be able to change the way Congress and their party does business.
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3. Did Harry Reid pull strings to protect aide in immigration conspiracy?
The facts of the case are these: in 2003 Diana Tejada entered into a fraudulent conspiracy with Lebanese national Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini, with the aim of securing permanent US residency for the latter (there was also and investigation whether Mr. Tarhini had links to 'extremist groups,' but nothing was ever confirmed). Money changed hands. For the next five years Ms. Tejada continued to misrepresent her relationship with Mr. Tarhini, despite official inquiries by immigration services; her eventual confession took place in November, which was one month after she joined current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's staff. Despite her confession, Ms. Tejada was not charged with any crime at all, let alone a felony; in fact, Ms. Tejada was misidentified as still being at her former job (La Raza) by immigration officials at Tarhini's deportation proceedings. Harry Reid's office has fired Ms. Tejada only in the last month (she was an official Reid spokesperson for the latest DREAM Act push), and claims that they had no prior knowledge of her activities: this has been contradicted by Fox's own sources, which insist that Tejada's confession was partially motivated by concerns relating to her new job with Harry Reid; and that in any case it would be standard operating procedure for the Senate Majority Leader to be made aware of a situation of this magnitude that involved one of his own aides.
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4. Dan Benishek: Of The People, By The People
We are getting down to the wire here and a candidate who can win needs our help. Dan Benishek is running in MI-1 for the seat that Bart Stupak is vacating. Y'all remember Bart Stupak, right? The man who proved that the myth of the Pro-Life Democrat is just that; a myth. He disgustingly sold out the unborn, after promising not to, and voted for Obamacare. Then bravely ran away, in the form of retirement.
Dan Benishek is the man that can, and should, replace the cowardly Stupak. He has a money bomb going on right now. . . . His latest ad, entitled "Get Us Back" shows why we need him to win. Oh, and it is an ad done by a RedState diarist.

5. Alex Sink Drips
Alex Sink and Rick Scott agreed before hand to the rules of their debate. One of the rules was that they'd not take messages or converse with staff during the debate.
Alex Sink, during the debate, sung her own praises about how she always follows the rules. Then her makeup artist came in and handed her a message. During the debate.
Given Alex Sink's debate performance, however, we may need to give her a mulligan.
She spent the entire debate bragging about all the newspaper endorsements she's received. You'd think she was running for Editor of the New York Times. Of course Sink also kept denying she was an "Obama liberal."
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6. We Helped Him Start His Campaign. Let's Help Him Finish It.
It was March 19, 2009. I got on the front page of RedState and said Marco Rubio was my choice to be Senator in Florida and we should not be going all in with a guy like Charlie Crist.
Rubio was at 4% in the polls.
Everybody laughed and thought I was crazy. He who laughs last . . .
We helped Marco Rubio start his campaign. Now let's help Marco Rubio finish it.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If It Aint Close They Cant Cheat But They'll Still Try

This from a friend in North Carolina. Lesson learned? Do not assume anything, double check your screen before you hit that final button and remember the dhimmis are desperate and desparation breeds criminals.

"A neighbor of mine voted today in early voting at the downtown New Bern site and had a strange experience. He "pulled the lever" to vote straight Republican (pressed the circle at the top that allows you to vote straight ticket), and when he looked down, the voting machine had highlighted all the Democratic candidates. He cleared it and tried again, and the same thing happened. He called a poll assistant over, she tried it, and the same thing happened. Several phone calls were made, and they finally got the machine to highlight the correct candidates.

If my neighbor had not been paying attention, he would have given his votes to the opposition!He told the Republican judge about his experience, and he said she did not seem to be that concerned. He told a Republican worker outside the poll and that worker had him call Channel 12 news about his experience."

PLEASE tell your friends and neighbors if they are voting straight Republican (or voting period) to make sure that the correct candidates are highlighted before they finish

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Quick Links from Vision to America


Monday, October 25, 2010

TheDC Analysis: Mary Katharine Ham speaks out on Juan Williams and the speech police | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment


Thanks To Delegate Peace For the Info

Virignia Constitutional Amendments on the November Ballot

Many voters may not be aware that there are three Virginia Constitutional Amendments on the ballot on November 2. I wanted to take a moment and provide a quick overview of the three constitutional ballot questions.

All three amendments address taxation and revenue issues. An amendment to the Virginia Constitution is required to pass the General Assembly two consecutive years. These amendments have done just that and now, as is required by the Constitution of Virginia, they go before the voters for final approval.

The first ballot question reads as follows: "Shall Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to authorize legislation that will permit localities to establish their own income or financial worth limitations for purposes of granting property tax relief for homeowners not less than 65 years of age or permanently disabled?"

Currently, localities are only authorized to make exemptions for those who bear an "extraordinary tax burden," or with the express approval of the General Assembly, which occasionally passes legislation authorizing specific localities to afford local property tax relief to senior citizens or the disabled. This amendment, if approved, would allow local governments to make the decision on their own, without going to the General Assembly for approval.

The second ballot question asks: "Shall the Constitution be amended to require the General Assembly to provide real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability?"

If approved, this amendment would require a statewide exemption from local property taxes for the primary residence of any 100% disabled veteran, provided that the veteran's disability is service-related. A surviving spouse could continue to claim the exemption so long as the same home remains his or her primary residence, and s/he does not remarry.

Finally, the third ballot question says: "Shall Section 8 of Article X of the constitution of Virginia be amended to increase the permissible size of the Revenue Stabilization Fund (also known as the "rainy day fund" from 10 percent to 15 percent of the Commonwealth's average tax revenues derived from income and retail sales taxes for the preceding three fiscal years?"

In other words, should we expand the allowable size of Virginia's "rainy day fund," to which state government contributes in good years to provide resources for lean years? Currently, the maximum size of the Fund - which is almost empty at present - is 10% of the Commonwealth's average annual tax revenues from income and sales taxes for the preceding three fiscal years; this amendment would up the maximum allowable amount to 15%.

If you have any questions about these three ballot items, please do not hesitate to contact me - and please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 2nd!

Web link to What's on My Ballot:

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Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues

I don't think there's ever a bad time to run a photo of Gina Elise of Pin-Ups for Vets. Classy, classic, and fun are words that spring to mind. Dedicated to doing for the troops and veterans is a phrase that comes to mind (okay, not the first phrase) as well. I met her at the last Milblog Conference and her calendar, with the lipstick kisses, is now in my home office.

Today, we're glad to join with Gina and announce Operation FPH Blues

The post-holiday blues can be bad enough on those who are healthy, and fully engaged in their normal activities. Stop for a moment and consider what it might be like for a member of the U.S. or Allied forces who find themselves evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's has been like a fire-hose of attention, visits, and more. Then, suddenly, it's gone. They are alone in a hospital, in a foreign country, and away from friends, family, and normal support networks. Despite the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the blues can hit hard.

Recognizing that, Gina Elise of the non-profit Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops have partnered to create Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues. This special event, timed for mid-January to have maximum effect, will combine a special dinner for a planned 150 people cooked by Guest Chef Ellen Adams, with hospital and other visits by Gina to help drive the blues away.

To aid this effort, the team is being joined by author Michael Z. Williamson, who will also do visits, autographs, and give away books. And, yes, Baen Books is donating books for Operation FPH Blues.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tuesday Night Jefferson vs Hamilton

WHAT: Jefferson vs Hamilton Debate
Hamilton (Big Government) vs. Jefferson (Small Goverment) -
Come hear the debate and you make the call.

WHEN: October 26, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm

WHERE: C.E. Curtis Elementary School
3600 W. Hundred Rd.
Chester, VA 23831

TICKET INFORMATION purchases are available at for $10.00* each; click on the bookstore page to order

Note: There is no tangible ticket, their name will be on a list and checked at the door.

*Cost of ticket is to pay Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Hamilton for their time and travel expenses.
Mr. Hamilton is traveling from Pennsylyvania for this event

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Dhimmi Unions and Foreign Money

Who’s really influencing the elections?
Jonathon M. Seidl
The Wall Street Journal has a report that says the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is spending $87.5 million this election season to re-elect Democrats.

But you’re supposed to overlook that and remember that the Chamber of Commerce, along with big business, is buying this election.

Brought to you by Business Insider.

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The Continuing Conspiracy

Most epic book video ever?
Jonathon M. Seidl
Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute has a new book out Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer. If there is a doubt in your mind the labor unions, community activists, and the president are bedfellows, this book removes it. If that description doesn’t make you want to read the book, then maybe the marketing video will. Epic:

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The Meathead Speaks


You Should Wrap Your Head In Duct Tape Before Reading This

In a bid to stem taxpayer losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify. His proposal was rejected 57-42 on a party-line vote because, as Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) explained, "passage of such a requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it."
Our Senators voted against this. Remember this in 2012, when we replace Webb.

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Time To Replace the Moron in VA-08

Note to the good citizens of VA-08: If you help Patrick Murray next week, you'll be in good company. Rumor has it that a certain irrepressible milblogger will be lending a hand at the phone banks, owing to the fact that this irrepressible milblogger now calls Virginia and the 8th Distict, home. And we are damn glad to have him.

It is unconscionable to me how a member of Congress from a District with so many Veterans, who also sits on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, could make such shameful and offensive comments about the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. This kind of disrespect to our service members not only offends me, but is insensitive to the sacrifices made by our dedicated military families as well.

Friday night a segment aired on ABC's Channel 7 WJLA about Moran's remarks. The story has begun to capture national attention. Just minutes ago FOX News' Chris Wallace reported on Jim Moran's remarks and played the video of my response to Jim Moran.

Other stories related to Moran's remarks have been widely circulated in publications and programs such as the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, RedState, Hot Air, Roger Hodgecock's Show, the Blaze, FOX News' website, and so on.

We've received hundreds of responses from people all across the country who are upset about Jim Moran's disrespect to our nation's service members. Jim Moran's comments are part of a larger pattern that cannot continue.

It's imperative that we fire Jim Moran on November 2nd. Failure to do so will mean two more years of the same from a man who clearly has no respect for our military.

We cannot fail on this mission.

Even more incredulously, Jim Moran has been claiming that he has been endorsed by two military organizations; the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Officer's Association of America. The problem is, Jim Moran does not have these endorsements. Both of these organizations have sent letters to his campaign asking him to cease and desist with promoting these organizations as endorsing his campaign.

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From the "Oh Really? Ya THINK!!!??" Dept

Turns Out ObamaCare Really Might Undermine Employer Health Coverage
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.

But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health care by shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized insurance markets that open in 2014.

While it’s too early to proclaim the demise of job-based coverage, corporate number crunchers are looking at options that could lead to major changes.

“The economics of dropping existing coverage is about to become very attractive to many employers, both public and private,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen, D-Tenn.

That’s just not going to happen, White House officials say.

“The absolute certainty about the Affordable Care Act is that for many, many employers who cover millions of people, it increases the incentives for them to offer coverage,” said Jason Furman, an economic adviser to President Barack Obama.

But at least one major employer has shifted a greater share of plan costs to workers, and others are weighing the pros and cons of eventually forcing employees to strike out on their own.

“I don‘t think you are going to hear anybody publicly say ’We’ve made a decision to drop insurance,’ ” said Paul Keckley, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. “What we are hearing in our meetings is, ‘We don’t want to be the first one to drop benefits, but we would be the fast second.’ We are hearing that a lot.” Deloitte is a major accounting and consulting firm.

Employer health benefits have been a middle-class mainstay since World War II, when companies were encouraged to offer health insurance instead of pay raises. About 150 million workers and family members are now covered.

When lawmakers debated the legislation, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected it would only have minimal impact on employer plans.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quick Links from Vision to America

Did Obama Inadvertently Support Jihad in His Egyptian Speech?

'A Society Does Not Survive if it Does Not have a Reason to Survive'

The World has a Muslim Problem

Dems Gone Desperate: Schakowsky Caught Electioneering in a Polling Place

George W. Bush Reveals His Biggest Failure Was Not Privatizing Social Security

Was Juan Williams Fired Because He's Black?
No. He was fired because he is honest and expresses his beliefs.

The New Tax Man In Ancient Rome

Do You Pray for President Obama?

Union Stagehand Fired for Wearing Bush Hat and Shirt

League of Women Voters Gets Humbled by True Americans

Reid: 'But for Me, We'd be in World-Wide Depression.'
(Talk about hubris. Dingy Harry certainly has an over-inflated opinion of his importance)

Does the Term Bigot No Longer Mean Anything?

Volt Fraud At Government Motors

Dr. Obama Has Misdiagnosed Peasantry's Ills

NPR's Taxpayer-Funded Intolerance

Anderson Cooper Grills Ben Jealous on NAACP Report

Fools Rush in Where Europe Rushes Out

CWA Union Boss Says TEA Party Advocates 'Slavery'

Barney Frank Rakes in Money from Bailed Out Banks


If You Like It (and Can Afford It) You Can Keep It

You like it, you can’t keep it

Throughout the debate over healthcare reform, President Obama insisted that individuals would be able to maintain their current healthcare plan: “If you like it, you can keep it.” It was a refrain that was used as Congress was writing the bill, as the bill struggled to pass, and now the president continues to claim that the law will allow individuals to keep their coverage.

The talking point may be consistent, but talking points aren’t law. Right now, the Department of Health and Human Services, administered by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is implementing the law in ways that radically transform the coverage of many Americans.

Over the next few years, millions of American families, individuals and retired seniors will see their health coverage transformed by new regulations and decisions made by the Secretary and her successors. The bill uses the phrase, “The Secretary shall,” or one of its variants, more than 1,000 times. This means that Congress has left many of the important decisions regarding implementation up to the Secretary and the bureaucracy.

If you like it, you can keep it; but only if the Secretary agrees.
And you can afford the 50% increase in your premium and the $3,000 yearly deductible.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Union Management Is the Problem

I doubt the rank and file feels this way.

CWA Union Boss Says Tea Party Advocates ‘Slavery’
by LaborUnionReport
Just when you thought the left-wing race baiting over the last year couldn’t get any worse, the Communications Workers of America chief honcho Larry Cohen has sunk to new depths attacking those who do not agree with his socialist agenda.

On Wednesday, the NAACP, in continuing its unfounded “racist” accusations of the Tea Party movement, had a conference call on which the CWA President participated.

According to Big Journalism writer Niger Innis, after the NAACP’s Ben Jealous continued his normal the-tea-parties-are-racist-harangue, his little buddy at the CWA threw the rhetorical grenade out on the call:

The most illuminating part of the call came when “progressive” ally, Larry Cohen of the CWA (Communication Workers of America) revealed the real agenda of the attacks on the Tea Party by the Left, “We disagree with the agenda of the tea party Movement… They advocate slavery,” and this classic gem, “We don’t need 19th century capitalism.”

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Bakersfield Carpenters Union Intimidates and Threatens Violence

Bakersfield Carpenters Union Intimidates and Threatens Violence

In Bakersfield, CA the local carpenters’ union1506 picketed a construction site of a new office building on Thursday, October 21st for not using union labor. This is typical of any “carpenters’” union to protest when they don’t get their way. The video proves the people that are picketing the business are NOT carpenters or have any future interest in working on any union project.

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Your Tax Dollars At Work


Blackfive on VA-08

Two very intelligent and well-informed posts from two of my many favorite people.

First, McQ has his say.

Then the irrepressible Uncle Jimbo.

Always save the best for last.

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What We Believe, Part 3: Wealth Creation Is a Miracle


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Its a Dessert Topping, Its a Floor Wax, Its A Fine, Its NOT a Tax

"Legal arguments for Obamacare's individual mandate fail the 'Alice in Wonderland' test and the duck test. In two court challenges to the law in the past 11 days and a court hearing today on a third, the Obama administration's legal position is fading faster than the Cheshire Cat.

'The provisions of the Health Care Reform Act at issue here, for the most part, have nothing to do with the assessment or collection of taxes,' Judge Steeh ruled.

This is so important that the federal district judge in Florida, in Thursday's preliminary ruling in the second case, spent 22 pages analyzing it. If the fine is a penalty rather than a tax, Congress' power is far less extensive.

Judge Roger Vinson noted Congress repeatedly called the fine a 'penalty,' explicitly changing its description from a 'tax' that earlier versions of the bill assessed by name. Citing Alice's admonition to Humpty Dumpty that words can't 'mean so many different things' as Humpty intended, Judge Vinson concluded, 'Congress should not be permitted to secure and cast politically difficult votes on controversial legislation by deliberately calling something one thing ... [only to] argue in court that Congress really meant something else entirely.'

Judge Vinson explained that no matter what Congress called it, the assessment was designed to act as a punishment, not a revenue measure. Hence, it's not a tax.

His 22-page analysis is an exposition of the logic that if something is called a duck, acts like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck -- and the same goes for a penalty. The tax issue is vital because it's the Obama administration's fallback position if it loses on the first and biggest dispute, which is whether Congress has the power under the Commerce Clause not only to regulate commerce, but to force individuals to engage in specific commerce."
--The Washington Times

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Redstate Morning Briefing

Armageddon: What Democrats Are Hiding & Why They Are Really Scared
Unions and Democrats are scared. They should be.

Very soon, Democrats and their union bosses' worst fears may soon be realized and, if they cannot continue their slight of hand, it may threaten their very existence. While it is true that Democrats and their union bosses are facing possibly debilitating losses on November 2nd, they are hiding the really bad news from voters until after November 2nd.

Do you remember that promise we heard back in 2008 about transparency? Democrats and, in particular, then-candidate Barack Obama stated emphatically that "transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." What a joke that was. Well, it's time to shed some light on the house of cards that is about to come crashing down on Democrats' and union bosses' heads.

In June, a conversation took place in a hotel restaurant in Washington. As a latecomer to the conversation, it was easy to pick up that the topic that was the $165 billion union pension bailout bill introduced by Sen. Bob Casey [D-PA] in March.
Upon introductions, one of the individuals stated, "this is Armageddon."

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Obama and Democrats lie about Citizens United and campaign money is telling that this White House would invest so much energy on pushing an argument that is so fundamentally false on its face. It tells you something about their respect for the American people, their belief in the gullibility of the media, and their character.

Barack Obama and the Democrats have a story about this election. It goes like this. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations have free speech rights in the Supreme Court decision Citizens United. Since then, all this corporate money has flowed into campaigns, blah blah blah. And the press has completely accepted this line of thinking.

It is complete nonsense. They probably want to concoct a falsehood so that this election somehow is not about the White House. But the reality is that their core narrative is simply false on its face.

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The Heartbreak of Palin Derangement Syndrome.
It's sad that this needs to be brought up, but it must: it would appear that the Netroots - as per their continuing habit of acting as if the American political system was identical to a pre-Giuliani Times Square peep show emporium - has gotten themselves in a bit of a scrape, again. Specifically, they spent several cheerful hours hooting and hollering over the way that THAT WOMAN suggested that the Tea Party not "party like it was 1773? before they noticed that. well, that the Boston Tea Party was in, well, 1773.
A couple of things: first, this storyboard; which is both cruel and accurate.
Second, while I understand and expect that your average online progressive blogger has about much awareness of American history as, say. Oh, this is awkward. An online progressive blogger would be the actual yardstick for 'abysmally ignorant about American history.' Nonetheless, while I understand that the Online Left is dumb. really, Gwen Ifill. You're supposed to be one of the bright talking heads.
Tsk, tsk.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ROE's Still Putting Warriors In Bad Position

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: Tthe restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength.
"If they use rockets to hit the [forward operating base] we can't shoot back because they were within 500 meters of the village. If they shoot at us and drop their weapon in the process we can't shoot back," said Spc. Charles Brooks, 26, a U.S. Army medic with 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, in Zabul province.
Word had come down the morning Brooks spoke to this reporter that watch towers surrounding the base were going to be dismantled because Afghan village elders, some sympathetic to the Taliban, complained they were invading their village privacy. "We have to take down our towers because it offends them and now the Taliban can set up mortars and we can't see them," Brooks added, with disgust.
In June, Gen. David Petraeus, who took command here after the self-inflicted demise of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, told Congress that he was weighing a major change with rules for engaging enemy fighters in Afghanistan. That has not yet happened, troops say. Soldiers and Marines continue to be held back by what they believe to be strict rules imposed by the government of President Hamid Karzai designed with one objective: limit Afghan civilian casualties.

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AG Cuccinelli Says Bambi Is Worse Than George III

Virginia attorney general compares Obama to King George III

Virginia’s fiery attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who argued against the constitutionality of the health care law in federal court this week, has a new line: President Obama is worse than King George III, the English king in power when Americans declared independence in 1776.

Cuccinelli said Monday that at no other time in American history had a government forced citizens to purchase a product and gotten away with it, even the British King that sparked the American Revolution.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in April contains a provision that requires citizens to buy health insurance. Virginia’s lawsuit argues that the mandate is beyond the powers of the federal government, as defined in the Constitution. (A Massachusetts state measure, championed by former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, requires everyone in the state to have insurance.)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Well Informed Is Well Prepared

Kiplinger Spells It Out
(H/T to my buddy Boats down in NC)

(Ed Note:My advice is stockpile cash and ammo.)

Time to spell it out for those who are not paying attention…Vote Republican in November…or just continue to enjoy some of the “benefits” of Obama below. And for those that think taxing businesses is the answer…”caca rolls down hill”…we consumers will all pay for it with inflationary costs…get some people in Congress that know how to run a business, make a payroll, keep costs down, increase productivity and decrease unemployment.

Now, your insurance will be INCOME on your W2's!
(Ed. Note: We just had a quick meeting with HR at my firm, and we have been assured this information is just for record-keeping. IOW, this is how they know if you have insurance or not; and they have your employer info so they can snatch the fine, er I mean tax,, no wait..its a floor wax--its a dessert topping...out of your paycheck)
In just six months, on January 1, 2011, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves.
On January 1, 2011, here’s what happens... (read it to the end, so you see all three waves)...

First Wave:
Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. These will all expire on January 1, 2011.

Personal income tax rates will rise.
The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.

The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
The 25% bracket rises to 28%
The 28% bracket rises to 31%
The 33% bracket rises to 36%
The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family.
The "marriage penalty" (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax.
This year only, there is no death tax. (It’s a quirk!) For those dying on or after January 1, 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes, a business, a retirement account, could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones. Think of the farmers who don’t make much money, but their land, which they purchased years ago with after-tax dollars, is now worth a lot of money. Their children will have to sell the farm, which may be their livelihood, just to pay the estate tax if they don’t have the cash sitting around to pay the tax. Think about your own family’s assets. Maybe your family owns real estate, or a business that doesn't make much money, but the building and equipment are worth $1 million. Upon their death, you can inherit the $1 million business tax free, but if they own a home, stock, cash worth $500K on top of the $1 million business, then you will owe the government $275,000 cash! That’s 55% of the value of the assets over $1 million! Do you have that kind of cash sitting around waiting to pay the estate tax?

Higher tax rates on savers and investors.
The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011.
The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011.
These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Second Wave:
There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011. They include:

The "Medicine Cabinet Tax"
Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).

The "Special Needs Kids Tax"
This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.
There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States , and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.
Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington , D.C. ( National Child Research Center ) can easily exceed $14,000 per year.
Under tax rules, FSA dollars can not be used to pay for this type of special needs education.
The HSA (Health Savings Account) Withdrawal Tax Hike.
This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAsand other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Third Wave:
The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and Employer Tax Hikes
When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they'll be in for a nasty surprise-the AMT won't be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired.
The major items include:
The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year.
According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center , Congress' failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families-rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.
Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear.
Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or "depreciate") equipment purchases up to $250,000.
This will be cut all the way down to $25,000. Larger businesses can currently expense half of their purchases of equipment.
In January of 2011, all of it will have to be "depreciated."
Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses.
There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place. The biggest is the loss of the "research and experimentation tax credit," but there are many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.
Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced.
The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available.
Tax credits for education will be limited.
Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses.
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut.
Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed.
The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.
Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.
Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA.
This contribution also counts toward an annual "required minimum distribution." This ability will no longer be there.

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And worse yet?
Now, your insurance will be INCOME on your W2's!
One of the surprises we'll find come next year, is what follows - - a little "surprise" that 99% of us had no idea was included in the "new and improved" healthcare legislation . . . the dupes, er, dopes, who backed this administration will be astonished!

Starting in 2011, (next year folks), your W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are given by the company. It does not matter if that's a private concern or governmental body of some sort.

If you're retired? So what... your gross will go up by the amount of insurance you get.
You will be required to pay taxes on a large sum of money that you have never seen. Take your tax form you just finished and see what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to your tax debt. That's what you'll pay next year.

For many, it also puts you into a new higher bracket so it's even worse.

This is how the government is going to buy insurance for the 15% that don't have insurance and it's only part of the tax increases.
Not believing this??? Here is a research of the summaries.....
On page 25 of 29: TITLE IX REVENUE PROVISIONS- SUBTITLE A: REVENUE OFFSET PROVISIONS-(sec. 9001,as modified by sec. 10901) Sec.9002 "requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost of applicable employer sponsored group health coverage that is excludable from the employees gross income."

- Joan Pryde is the senior tax editor for the Kiplinger letters.- Go to Kiplingers and read about 13 tax changes that could affect you. Number 3 is what is above.

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The Continuing Adventures of Little Timmy and the DNC

"Oh no, there's a bobcat in the cave!!! Save us Lassie"
"Woof wooof"

Are the Dems drumming up an election-eve scandal?
A conservative political scientist and historian calls it an "act of desperation" that the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is trying to compare interest-group fundraising for GOP candidates to the Watergate scandal.

Critics say DNC chairman Tim Kaine is attempting to create a scandal by criticizing well-funded outside interest groups whose campaign war chests have swelled because of anonymous donors. Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, Kaine claimed that funding revenues of conservative groups, which are putting most of their resources behind Republican candidates, could be "one of the biggest political process stories since Watergate."

In response, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee called the comments a "shameless effort to silence opposition to the Democrat Party's failed policies three weeks before an election."

Dr. Charles W. Dunn of Regent University's Robertson School of Government agrees, saying Kaine and his fellow Democrats are desperate.

"That's a far-fetched claim. It's an act of desperation," states Dunn. "The Democrats are in a bind facing a landslide, an avalanche -- whatever they want to call it -- so they're trying desperately to get an issue that will stick. And nothing is sticking."

He offers this advice: "If a party has evidence of miss doings, put the evidence out there. But don't make a charge that you don't have evidence for."

Dunn says the Democrats are not winning on the issues or with the quality of their candidates -- and the American people are seeing through this desperate attempt to drub up a scandal in the waning weeks of the campaign.

Its ok for unions to appropriate member dues to give to politicians. Its ok for foreign investors to give money to advocacy groups in this country. Its ok, as long as the groups and the politicians are screaming liberal looney tunes with a progressive (ie socialist) agenda.

But Heaven forfend a group as soft and squishy as the Chamber of Commerce raises money to elect politicans who understand business and capitalism.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

What We Believe, Part 2: The Problem with Elitism

Another 10 minutes you won't regret.


Bill Whittle Explains the Basics


Message to the Good Citizens of VA-01

Ya'll need to keep Mr. Wittman for another term.
Just saying.

Quote from Representative Wittman's opponent:
"I'd vote in favor of a robust public option, in favor of allowing public funds to be used to provide abortion coverage, in favor of allowing illegal immigrants to buy health insurance with their own money on exchanges, and in favor of an income surcharge on wealthy Americans if neccessary to pay for this bill." Source-The Real Krystal Ball

Aside from the pictures that were released of Ball performing oral sex on a dildo attached to her ex-husands face, the women is a screaming looney tunes liberal.

The Commonwealth and the citizens of Virginia's First Congressional District deserve better than that.

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Morning Reads


Homegrown Terrorists

Homegrown terror: Revisiting the path to domestic radicalization

Last month marked the nine-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks against the United States. As we reflect upon the strikes that took nearly 3,000 lives, recent events remind us of the ongoing struggle to protect the American homeland from further acts of terror. As every month seems to usher in the revelation of a new terror plot hatched within our nation’s borders, we are reminded of the vigilance necessary to combat the dangers posed by radical Islamist ideologies.

Over the past fifteen months, 23 cases involving 56 individuals, both citizens of the United States and foreign nationals of legal residency, have been uncovered while in various stages of development. The groups and individuals captured over the past year and a half derived their inspiration, and often direction, from al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and the broader Islamist fundamentalist movement.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Redstate Morning Briefing


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The The Tea Party Is the Successor to the Hippy Movement

Bob,....Bob!.....Remember your blood pressure, Bob.....

No, really.....Take a look.

The Electric Tea Party Acid Test

This is a memo to America’s hippies:

Tea Party values are hippie values.

You heard me right. The Tea Party is the one social movement in contemporary America that can rightfully claim to be the ideological heir to the original hippie movement that started in the mid-’60s. And because of this, all current hippies and ex-hippies should support the Tea Party, and by extension Tea Party candidates.

I’d like to have a private heart-to-heart talk with my fellow hippies here, so can the rest of you please stop reading now and leave us alone for a while? Thanks.

Let’s Rap

If you, as a hippie, think the thesis of this essay couldn’t possibly be true, you’ve been paying too much attention to the mainstream media. The Tea Party has been intentionally misrepresented, villainized and smeared by the powers-that-be. But this too is a feature that the Tea Party shares with hippies — the hippie movement was itself misrepresented and smeared by a different mainstream media over 40 years ago.

This essay will elucidate in a fresh way how Tea Partiers are the true heirs to the hippie ethos. When you’ve finished reading, you’ll see the Tea Party in a new light and (hopefully) understand that you may have been on the wrong side of the fence until now.

In short, the Tea Party and the hippie movement share four fundamental core values:

  • A craving for independence;
  • A celebration of individualism;
  • Joy in the freedom offered by self-sufficiency;
  • And an acceptance of the natural order of things.

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Bambi's ATF

Obama agency busts plan to sell rifles to Americans
Feds call popular gun a 'threat,' proposed shipments canceled
The Obama-run Washington bureaucracy has classified a common and reliable rifle, the M1 Garand, as a "threat to public safety in the U.S.," and the State Department has canceled plans by the Republic of Korea to return tens of thousands of surplus rifles to the U.S. for sale in the consumer market.

The stunning classification of an ordinary gun that was used in the U.S. military for two decades and issued to thousands of soldiers and Marines during World War II and Korea as a threat came in a document by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

It is being publicized by Examiner gun rights writer David Codrea, who said the federal agency appeared alarmed that there would be "no more controls [over imported Garands] than any other firearm."

"If I read this right, what they're saying is, every gun poses a threat to public safety in the U.S.," he wrote. "This is the same rationale used in model-specific 'assault weapons' bans – the type of gun is somehow deemed relevant, even though untold numbers of such firearms are already peaceably owned in this country, and even though no supporting evidence for this conclusion exists beyond agenda-promoting speculation."

A source who sought confidentiality because of his current status in the industry told WND that the document posted by Codrea is at least an accurate draft, if not the final version, of the document assembled by the ATF.

According to the document itself, it came about because of this scenario: The State Department in May 2009 approved a "request by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to transfer 87,310 M1 Garand rifles and 770,160 M1 carbine rifles to U.S. private entities for subsequent commercial resale in the United States."

But the ATF contacted the State Department and argued the stock of rifles "poses a threat to public safety in the U.S." As a result, the State Department reversed its decision.

The transfer of such weapons would raise the number of guns available and, therefore, lower the price, making them more generally available, the agency found.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10 Years Ago Today

Goat humping scumbag terrorists used our trusting nature against us and pulled up beside the USS Cole in a small craft and blew it up, killing 17 seamen, including Mechanicsville, VA native Kenneth Clodfelter.


Apply the lessons learned to present day. They LIE!!! Radical islamist goat-humping scumbags LIE!!!

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Redstate Morning Briefing

1. On the Battle Between Midgets vs. Tigers
In the battle between midgets versus tigers, the midgets can win. But a few of the midgets must sacrifice themselves to distract the tigers.
This is precisely what is happening in the battle between the tea party and the establishment. The establishment controls the major party machines, the media, the fundraising tools, etc. The tea party is not in a fight against the Democrats or Republicans, but the establishment, which has grown out of touch with the people and is destroying the country. Democrat and Republican alike, the leadership of each is terrible and given voice by a media that is largely incapable of relating to the concerns of a group labeled fringe yet driving the election.
The tea partiers are the midgets. The establishment politicians and media are the tigers.
In Delaware, Christine O'Donnell is the midget sacrificing herself to the tiger of the mainstream media and establishment.
Because of Christine O'Donnell's willing sacrifice, the tigers are distracted. With only about twenty-two days left, the tigers are just now trying to refocus on Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Mike Lee, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, and Ron Johnson. Meanwhile, for the past five weeks or so, these candidates have built up leads or drawn even with their opponents.
While the tigers have been taking out Christine O'Donnell, these candidates have surrounded the tigers and are preparing to slay the beasts.
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2. Are You Astroturf?
For the last year and a half the TEA Party movement has rallied Americans around the cause of bringing fiscal responsibility back to our Government. We have protested. We have made catchy t-shirts. We have raised awareness. We have confronted our liberal representatives and served notice that they will soon join the unemployed.
Each of those activities is important and has a place but now it's time to put your money where your mouth is: Protest must become action.
Winning requires action! It's politics 101 that if you want to make policy then you must win politically. The only way to do that is to get more of your people to vote than the other guy turns out.
On November 3rd, as we look back on this election, there will be no comfort in saying, "Well, we lost by 5% but check out those awesome signs and pun-ridden bumper stickers we had!!"
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3. David Frum and the Limits to Deviancy
NewsReal Blog has done an investigative piece into one of its former writers. The writer, Alex Knepper, now writes for David Frum.
Alex Knepper is a 20 year old adult who wrote longingly of CHILF's. You, like I, probably have no idea what that is. If you know what a MILF is (NSFW, but you can google it), substitute the "mother" for "child".
What makes this relevant, despite its sordid nature, is NewsReal Blog having tipped off Frum to his employee's behavior and other conservative sites giving this Alex Knepper character a forum. You'd like to think that had they known of his predilections, they would not.
Beyond this being a derivative and foreseeably byproduct of sexualizing teens like Mylie Cyrus and the whole Bratz phenomenon, the problem we have here is people like David Frum giving a 20 year old who goes on a gay teen forum to engage in fantasies about sex with underage boys a forum to espouse views that Frum and others characterize as conservative or libertarian, thereby giving him a legitimacy no one should.
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4. Turning the Lights On #2: Tim Walz & Nancy Pelosi's NRA Endorsements
By now, you've probably heard that the NRA has endorsed Nancy Pelosi.
Okay, so the NRA hasn't officially endorsed Pelosi, but it's leaders seem just fine with signing a Devil's Pact with her.
Having been a NRA member off and on for many years, like many, I too was a believer that the venerable gun-rights group was a firm defender in America's Bill of Rights-all ten of them. At least that's what I believed until recently. As it turns out, though, save the 2nd Amendment, the NRA no longer seems to care about the rest of the Bill of Rights at all.
Especially troubling about today's NRA is that fact that the organization has endorsed so many big-government Democrats in so many races, that gun owners might actually still take the NRA's endorsement seriously. This is especially the case when the NRA endorses certain Democrats who, like Nancy Pelosi, would just as soon use the Constitution as a piece of Charmin, as opposed to the guiding principles to which our nation should be governed.
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5. "Economic Treason" & the Confiscation of America
Over the last year (and longer), we've written on the union push to nationalize America's retirement system and how important the $165 billion union pension bailout bill is to union bosses and their lackeys in the Democratic Party. Moreover, for two years, we've written how America's health care system will be socialized medicine within three to five years. We've also forewarned, before it was too late, how "Wall Street reform" opens the door for unions to re-order America's companies into their own unionized image. We've shown how today's union bosses are wholly lined up with global socialists and you saw the Marxist March on Washington last weekend. And, finally, we've told you how unions or their allies may already be stealing the November elections.
Why has all of this been put before you? Very simply, to show you how unions and their minions in the Democratic party are stealing the nation out from under all of us.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Morning Bell-Heritage Foundation

Remember Doodad Pro and Good Will.

Who wants to prove a negative?

If You Cant Beat Them, Silence Them
The President is not interested in educating the American people by making everyone disclose their donations. He is only interested in silencing his opponents. That is why unions were specifically exempted from the DISCLOSE Act as were a slew of other interest groups.

On Face the Nation this Sunday, CBS host Bob Schieffer confronted White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod about a New York Times article showing that White House charges of "secret foreign money" "stealing our democracy" were completely baseless. Schieffer asked: "If the only charge, three weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that there’s somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?"

Axelrod went on to contend that it is the responsibility of those the White House accuses to prove they aren't breaking the law. This morning, NBC's Chuck Todd described Axelrod's answer as "McCarthy-esque" on Daily Rundown.

Yes. Baseless charges about foreigners stealing democracy is the best the left can do. Their policies have completely failed and they are afraid of being held accountable. The President's response is to try and use the power of the federal government to deter all dissent. If there is a threat to our democracy in this election, it is not coming from the Chamber of Commerce.

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More Monday Morning Reading

The Daily Caller Morning Read
Obama can sling mud while backpedaling --
Someone took a page out of the 'Chuck Stuff at the President' book. Then he threw the book. -- Obama can heal the economy just by looking at you... if you're naked and yelling the name of a website --
Democrats are playing 'Risk,' and they have all their troops in four states --
Shocking: 18-year-olds are good at wasting free government money --

1.) Obama administration demands opponents prove a negative -- Mustachioed red-diaper baby David Axelrod keeps making things worse and worse for his boss. The Hill reports that Axelrod "said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has the burden of proving false the charge by Democrats that the business group is funneling foreign money to Republican campaigns. Axelrod was pressed by CBS’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday for evidence that the foreign campaign contributions benefiting the GOP is more than 'peanuts.' 'Do you have any evidence that it’s not, Bob?' Axelrod said on 'Face the Nation.' 'The fact is that the Chamber has asserted that, but they won’t release any information about where their campaign money is coming from.'" Remember this the next time somebody on the left accuses you of McCarthyism. Does Obama really want to remind people about his mysterious '08 donors, like Good Will and Doodad Pro? Maybe that's why he's already backing off.

2.) Obama ducks questions, books -- Everybody who thought it was hilarious when Bush got a shoe thrown at him will find this equally delightful. Or possibly not. The Daily Mail writes: "A book was apparently hurled at the head of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia. The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President today. It is not clear what the book was, where it came from in the crowd, or why it was thrown at Mr Obama – who did not appear to notice the danger." He doesn't tend to, does he, until it's too late? Well, you shouldn't throw things at the president, even if you don't like him.

3.) Nude dude intrudes, cash accrued -- If you think throwing a book at the President of the United States is ballsy, get a load of this. Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard writes: "If billionaire Alki David is an honest man, the man who streaked in front of Barack Obama at the president’s rally today in Philadelphia will be paid $1 million for his stunt. The man who performed today’s stunt, which captured the attention of the Drudge Report and an Associated Press photographer, is 24-year-old Juan James Rodriguez... The requirements of the streaking stunt, David told me, are that the streaker must have been within 'eye-shot and ear shot of the president, they have to scream the name ‘’ six times, and they have to be nude.'" [Insert "job created or saved" joke here]

4.) The four races Democrats must win in order to keep screwing up America -- "Republicans need to take 10 seats currently held by Democrats in order to win back control of the Senate," writes TheDC's Jon Ward. This is not wishful thinking, but fact. In order to keep this from happening, Democrats have erected a "firewall," in the form of four Senate races that they absolutely cannot lose under any circumstances, if they want to keep on doing things like passing crappy financial regulatory reform and cowering before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. These states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware and Washington. In Connecticut, revisionist historian Dick Blumenthal leads GOP candidate Linda McMahon by nine points. In California, people are too stoned to vote for anybody but Barbara Boxer. In Delaware, hahahaha, oh god, Delaware! Let's move on to Washington, where folks say Dino Rossi actually has a change of beating Sen. Patty Murray, even though he is a dirty capitalist pig.

5.) Report: States are wasting so much money sending bums to college -- If you thought the federal student lending racket was worth crying over, you are just going to sob over this: "States appropriated almost $6.2 billion for four-year colleges and universities between 2003 and 2008 to help pay for the education of students who did not return for year two," reports the AP. "In addition, the federal government spent $1.5 billion and states spent $1.4 billion on grants for students who didn’t start their sophomore years." How does one read this? Is freshman year that tough? No! Quite the opposite! Sure, all your classes are about boring crap, like how "Mexican Indians sold Manhattan to George Washington for an up-skirt photo of Betsy Ross," but otherwise it is just one big party that someone else is paying for! Why spoil it by doing it over and over again for four years?

6.) Old people deprived of cat food raise for second consecutive year -- The olds will be out for blood when they hear that there will be no cost of living increases to social security this year. Can you imagine it? Fifty-eight million electric scooters, bearing down on Washington. It will be like the Hell's Angels at Altamont, times a million. Also: Historically significant! According to the AP, this "would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year." Oh. That just doesn't good. The old people are going to get the memo about no increases, and they are going to want to know who to blame. The obvious answer will be "Democrats," so we can probably expect a huge showing for the Federalist and Bull Moose parties this November.

VIDEO: SNL jabs O'Donnell again... O'Donnell approves.

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