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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why the Patriot Act is Unconstitutional

My Take On the 2010 TX Races

Here’s a rundown of how I think the TX races will go:

Governor: Incumbent GOP Governor Rick Perry is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Perry, US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and Wharton County GOP Chairwoman Debra Medina are in the running. On the Democratic side, Physician Alma Ludivina Aguado, Teacher Felix Alvarado, Private Investigator Bill Dear, College Professor Clement Glenn, Homebuilder Star Locke, Businessman Farouk Shami, and Houston Mayor Bill White are in the running. On the Libertarian side, Katherine Youngblood Glass, Kenneth Griffin, former Frisco City Councilman Steve Nichols, MJ Smith, and Ed Tidwell are in the running. On the Independent side, David Carpenter, Businessman Fran Cavanagh, Curtis Hartfield, USAF Veteran Thomas Helm, Student Stephen McGee, Consultant Louis Podesta, Kenneth Richardson, Tea Party Activist Dale Robertson, John Roland Ross, Bartender Les Sanderfer, and Surveyor Kevin Sill are in the running. I expect Perry to escape a runoff 51-27-22 over Hutchinson and Medina. I expect White to demolish the opposition, and lose to Perry 55-42. GOP HOLD.

Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent GOP Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Dewhurst. On the Democratic side, Democratic National Vice Chair Linda Chavez-Thompson, former Travis County DA Ronnie Earle, and Restaurant Owner Marc Katz are in the running. On the Libertarian side, Computer Engineer Scott Jamieson and Computer Technician Todd Minor are in the running. I expect Earle to defeat Thompson and Katz 59-36-5, and lose to Dewhurst 53-43. GOP HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Abbott. The Democrats have unified behind Community Organizer Barbara Ann Radfonsky. On the Libertarian side, Businessman Barry Cooper and Computer Programmer Jon Roland are in the running. The Independents have unified behind Manager Ruben Torres. I expect Abbot to defeat Radfonsky 70-26. GOP HOLD.

State Comptroller: Incumbent GOP State Comptroller Susan Combs is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Combs. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. The Constitution Party has unified behind Data Systems Manager Alan Marsh. The Greens have unified behind '08 Congressional Candidate Ed Lindsey. The Libertarians have unified behind former Pharmaceutical Research Scientist Mary Ruwart. Combs will crush the opposition. GOP HOLD.

State Land Commissioner: Incumbent GOP State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Patterson. On the Democratic side, former Henderson County Justice of the Peace Bill Burton and former State Senator Hector Uribe are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind James Holder. The Democratic Primary is a tossup. Patterson will defeat whoever the Democrats nominate. GOP HOLD.

State Agriculture Commissioner: Incumbent GOP State Agriculture Commissioner Tood Staples is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Staples. On the Democratic side, Country Singer Kinky Friedman and Whitehouse School Board Member Hank Gilbert are in the running. On the Libertarian side, Rick Donaldson and Leonard Nelson are in the running. I expect Friedman to smash his banjo upside Gilbert's head 64-36, and lose to Staples 60-40. GOP HOLD.

State Railroad Commissioner: Incumbent GOP State Agriculture Commissioner Victor Carrillo is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Carrillo and Accountant David Porter are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind Attorney Jeff Weems. The Libertarians have unified behind Roger Gary. I expect Carrillo to defeat Porter 91-9, and defeat Weems and Gary 61-35-4. GOP HOLD.

US Congress: The GOP holds districts 1-3, 5-8, 10-13, 19, 21-22, 24, 26, and 31-32. The Democrats will hold 9, 15-16, 18, 20, and 27-30.

TX-04: Incumbent GOP Congressman Ralph Hall is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Hall, Telecommunications Executive Steve Clark, Businessmen John Cooper and Jerry Hall, Auto Racing Parts Company Owner Lou Gigliotti, and College Professor Joshua Kowert are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind former Hopkins County Attorney VaLinda Hathcox. The Libertarians have unified behind Realtor Jim Prindle. I expect Hall to crush all the opposition and crush Hathcox 66-34. GOP HOLD.

TX-14: Incumbent GOP Congressman Ron Paul is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Paul, School District Administrator John Gay, Business Consultant Tim Graney, and Chemical Worker Gerald Wall are in the running. On the Democratic side, Teacher Jeff Cherry, Attorney Winston Cochran, and Galena Park Police Chief Robert Pruett are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Attorney Eugene Flynn. The Independents have unified behind Auditor John Thomas Merrifield. Paul will crush Gay, Graney, and Wall 71-21-6-2. Pruett will win 87-9-4 over Cochran and Cherry. Paul will defeat Pruett 72-25. GOP HOLD.

TX-17: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Edwards. On the GOP side, Businessmen Rob Curnock and Bill Flores, Nurse Timothy Delasandro, University Official David McIntyre, and Developer Chuck Wilson are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Richard Kelly. On the Independent side, Retiree Tommy Smith and Truck Driver Dennis Yokie are in the running. I expect Curnock to emerge and defeat Edwards 51-47. GOP GAIN.

TX-23: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Rodriguez and Iraq War Veteran Miguel Ortiz are in the running. On the GOP side, Investment consultant David Aquilar, Attorney Francisco Canceso, Podiatrist Joseph Gould, former CIA officer Will Hurd, retired Attorney Mike Kueber, and Physician Robert Lowery are in the running. On the Libertarian side, Jessie Bonley and IT Consultant Martin Nitschke are in the running. On the Independent side, Army Veteran Isaac Gallegos, Collections Agent James McCoy, and Businessman Craig Stephens are in the running. Rodriguez will defeat Ortiz 79-21. Canceso will win his Primary and defeat Rodriguez 52-48. GOP GAIN.

TX-25: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Doggett. On the GOP side, Opthamologist Donna Campbell and Environmental Contractor George Morovich are in the running. On the Libertarian side, Businessman Cory Bruner and General Contractor Jim Stutsman are in the running. On the Independent side, Pastor Dirk Edward Bauer and Sam Brannon are in the running. I expect Campbell to emerge 54-46 and defeat Doggett 51-49. GOP GAIN.

GA-07: John Linder to Retire

From Politico:

Veteran Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.), an early ally of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and an outspoken fiscal conservative, announced Saturday he was retiring.

Linder disclosed his decision at a Republican breakfast in his district, and party officials in Washington confirmed the news.

The 18-year congressman represents a heavily Republican seat in the sprawling suburbs east of Atlanta that is very likely to stay in GOP hands.

Potential candidates to replace Linder include former Georgia GOP Chairman and onetime Christian Coalition Director Ralph Reed, longtime state Sen. Don Balfour and state Sen. David Shafer, a former state party executive director who previously had considered a bid for lieutenant governor. Each hails from Gwinnett County, the population center of the district.

Other prospective candidates include state Rep. Clay Cox and Doug MacGinnitie, a Sandy Springs City Council member currently running for secretary of state.

Another name that's come up is former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who lives just outside the district and is currently running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination but has raised little money. On Saturday afternoon, however, Handel's consultant said she would stay in the governor's race.

"Karen is not going to run for Linder's seat," said Dan McLagan.The Georgia primary is not until July 20; the filing deadline is April 30.

Linder’s retirement marks the end of a House career that once seemed to carry great promise. Elected in 1992, two years before his party captured control of Congress, the Georgian was a key lieutenant when his colleague from Cobb County became speaker.


Part of me just died. As a lifelong FairTax proponent, Linder will be missed by me and all other FairTaxers that have stood behind him for his service to us. He will be missed deeply. Your thoughts.

Candidates I'm Supporting

President in 2012:

Ron Paul

Senate:

AZ-SEN: JD Hayworth

CO-SEN: Ken Buck

CA-SEN: Chuck DeVore

GA-SEN: Chuck Donovan

UT-SEN: Tim Bridgewater

FL-SEN: Marco Rubio

IN-SEN: John Hostettler

KS-SEN: Rand Paul

NH-SEN: Ovide LaMontage

NV-SEN: Sue Lowden

KS-SEN: Todd Tiahrt

PA-SEN: Peg Lusisk

TX-SEN: Michael Williams

MO-SEN: Chuck Purgason

SC-SEN: Jim DeMint

House

AL-02: Rick Barber

GA-02: Mike Keown

GA-04: Larry Gause

GA-08: Valerie S. Meyers

GA-09: Bert Loftman

GA-13: Mike Frisbee

PA-12: Tim Burns

TX-14: Ron Paul

SC-03: Mike Vasovski

SC-05: Mick Mulvaney

MD-01: Andy Harris

Governor:

GA-GOV: John Oxendine

TX-GOV: Rick Perry

Secretary of State:

GA-SoS: Brian Kemp

I’ll add more later. I hope you’ll look at them and consider supporting them, funding them, and praying for them.

Friday, February 26, 2010

ND-SEN: Awesome Piece Against Hoeven

Via Grand Forks Hearld:

North Dakota Republicans are rallying around U.S. Senate candidate Paul Sorum for a reason: He is a true conservative and, according to recent elections and every poll across the nation, the most conservative candidates will win in November.

Republicans know North Dakota Democrats plan to run a candidate who is more conservative than Gov. John Hoeven. It wouldn’t be hard for them to do. If Hoeven wins the nomination of the North Dakota GOP, the Democrats in North Dakota once again will steal the election for U.S. Senator away from the Republicans by running their own “conservative” candidate.

A conservative Democrat could attack Hoeven as a big-spending career politician, which his record confirms. Over the past eight years, Hoeven has doubled spending in the state and now is holding $700 million of taxpayers’ money in the Bank of North Dakota. It is immoral for any government to tax its citizens more than is needed.

A real conservative would reduce the size of state government and give the $700 million back to taxpayers where it rightfully belongs, especially in a recession.

The only Republican U.S. Senate candidate in North Dakota who actually can win in November is the real conservative, Sorum. Sorum, the only true Reagan conservative, will be virtually impossible for the Democrats to beat in November.


Awesome! It shows that Hoeven would be a horrible choice and is not as Conservative as we all contend. Your thoughts.

High School Tests To Come Under State Scruntiny

Via GPB News:

Standardized testing at public high schools will soon come under the state’s scrutiny.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement says it will audit high school tests this spring. This comes as nearly 200 elementary and middle schools across the state must investigate suspicious erasures on tests students took last year.
This comes as nearly 200 elementary and middle schools across the state must investigate suspicious erasures on tests students took last year.

The Governors Office of Student Achievement conducted the audit resulting in the current investigations. Executive Director Kathleen Mathers told lawmakers at a budget hearing Thursday, they’ll look at high schools next.

“We’ve done a comprehensive analysis of our tests for grades 1-8. Of course our high schools take tests too. They take end of course tests and high school graduation tests, so we hope to begin work on the high school level some time this spring.”

Mathers says budget cuts to her agency won't affect those plans.

Meanwhile the agency responsible for reprimanding teachers for any wrong doing says despite limited resources, it has the people it needs to investigate educators. Kelly Henson is with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

"I would tell you we have two investigators in our agency that are incredibly trained and confident to work on these cases," says Henson.

The commission can revoke the teaching license of educators guilty of tampering with standardized tests.


Interesting. Your thoughts.

GA-GOV, LT GOV: Georgia Political Couple Running for Office

From GPB News:

Georgia now has a couple running for the top two offices in the state. Carol Porter today became the first Democrat to run for Lieutenant Governor, while her husband DuBose hopes to become governor.

Carol Porter filled in for her husband at a few early gubernatorial debates. Then, two weeks ago, she started thinking of challenging Republican Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.

"The status quo is not working," Porter says. "Georgia needs leadership in the Lieutenant Governor’s office that is passionate, that is informed, and most important, that is willing to put the voice of the people first. I will be that voice."

Porter says the Georgia Democratic Party needs to broaden its reach. Her husband DuBose stood by her side as she made her announcement inside the Capitol. He only had one comment.

"If you do want family values in Georgia, elect a Georgia family," he quipped.

This is the first time in Georgia history that a couple is seeking the top two state posts.


At least the Dems got somebody to run for the LT GOV position, but still expect Incumbent Casey Cagle to smash Carol Porter 63-37, and DuBose will lose the Dem Primary for Goivernor, finishing near last. Your thoughts.

FL-SEN: Charlie Crist to Ditch the GOP?

From The Sun-Sentinel Weblog:

Two highly placed and independent sources, speaking strictly on background, tell me that Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent in the race for the U.S. Senate.

With Crist trailing Marco Rubio by 18 points in the latest polls, the Crist campaign has been in panic mode, launching attack after attack on the conservative Rubio.

Yesterday, the attacks reached a crescendo with the Crist campaign, and/or his disgraced Republican Party of Florida thug bootlickers, leaking Rubio's credit card expenses from his time as speaker of the Florida House.

According to published reports, the former RPOF chair, the bovine bully-boy buffoon Jim Greer, spent more in a month than Rubio did in his entire two years as state House speaker. If all the Crist campaign has on Rubio is $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami for ``food” and a couple of plane tickets for his wife, then it's game, set and match, as far as the Republican primary for Senate is concerned.

From what's been made public, Rubio's credit card expenses make him the most frugal of the Republican leaders with RPOF credit cards.

The attacks are not having the desired effect on the conservative Republican base because Crist, and the people who enable and support him, have lost all credibility with the majority of activists and Republican primary voters throughout the state.


If he does, he will split the Liberal vote in the race with Meek and cause Rubio to win. Your thoughts.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

NY-GOV: Paterson Will Not Seek Re-Election

Via The NY Post:

Gov. David Paterson has decided not to seek election to a full term amid a roiling scandal over whether he and his troopers intimidated a woman who'd reported domestic violence against one of his top aides, The Post has learned.

Paterson has communicated to top advisers and supporters that he will pull the plug on his campaign today, multiple sources said -- confirming a Post report.

He's expected to make a statement at between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today.

Paterson, who took over the state's top spot when Eliot Spitzer resigned because he had sex with a prostitute, is expected to say he won't resign.

Just last night Paterson said he intended to continue his campaign. But he also said he would talk to fellow Democrats about his future.

There were calls yesterday for Paterson to let someone else run on the party's ticket.


This is surprising news, and as a result, I'm moving this into the Likely Democrat column. Paterson would've lost anyways, and this leaves State AG Andy Cuomo as the Democratic frontrunner for both the nomination and the Governorship. Your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ron Paul Questions Bernanke

Deep Thought

"OMG my head is going to explode from the sheer level of awesomeness in Glenn Beck’s speech."

This has to be considered RedState's Erick Erickson's thrill up the leg moment.



OPEN THREAD

AT&T, Cable Tell FCC Not to Put Internet Under Telephone Rules

From Business Week:

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. told U.S. officials to reject calls to move oversight of Internet service into the same “burdensome” regulatory category as telephones.

“Far-reaching and destructive consequences” would follow if the Federal Communications Commission treats Internet service as it has treated telephone service, which is more heavily regulated, the companies said in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Also signing the letter were Qwest Communications International Inc. and trade associations for the cable and phone industries.

The FCC is considering moving high-speed Internet service, or broadband, from a lightly regulated category, “reversing almost 10 years of deregulation,” Andrew Lipman, a Washington- based attorney for Bingham McCutchen LLP, said in an interview today. “That’s a fairly significant U-turn.”

Reclassification could be a way to solidify agency authority, which in January was questioned by judges hearing Comcast Corp.’s challenge to an FCC ruling, Lipman said.

An FCC spokesman, Jen Howard, declined to comment.

On Jan. 13, FCC senior counselor Colin Crowell said in an e-mail that if the appeals court “removed the legal foundations of the agency’s current policy framework, the commission would act expeditiously to ensure that consumers are fully protected.”


Very interesting. Your thoughts.

History Lesson: 4 Term Governors

And here they are:

1. Jim Rhodes (R), 61st and 63rd Governor of Ohio from January 14, 1963-January 11, 1971; January 13, 1975-January 10, 1983.

2. Nelson Rockefeller (R), 48th Governor of NY State from January 1, 1959-December 18, 1973.

3. Bill Janklow (R), 27th and 30th Governor of South Dakota from January 1, 1979-January 6, 1987; January 7, 1995-January 7, 2003.

4. Tommy Thompson (R), 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from January 5, 1987-February 1, 2001.

5. James R. Thompson (R), 37th Governor of Illinois from January 10, 1977-January 14, 1991.

6. Jim Hunt (D), 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina from January 8, 1977-January 5, 1985; January 9, 1993-January 6, 2001.

7. George Wallace (D), 45th Governor of Alabama from January 14, 1963-January 16, 1967; January 18, 1971-January 15, 1979; January 17, 1983-January 19, 1987.

8. Edwin Edwards (D), 50th Governor of Louisiana from May 8, 1972-March 10, 1980; March 12, 1984-March 14, 1988; January 13, 1992-January 8, 1996.

9. Terry Branstad (R), 39th Governor of Iowa from January 14, 1983-January 15, 1999.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Texas History Lesson on Governors

1. Coke R. Stevenson (D), 35th Governor from August 4, 1941-January 21, 1947: as lieutenant governor, ascended to the governorship; re-elected in 1942 and 1944, didn't run again in 1946.

2. Allan Shivers (D), 37th Governor from July 11, 1949-January 15, 1957: as lieutenant governor, ascended to the governorship upon the death of Governor Beauford Jester (D); re-elected in 1950, 1952, and 1954. Did not seek 4th term in 1956 due to political scandals.

3. Price Daniel (D), 38th Governor from January 15, 1957-January 15, 1963.

4. John Connally (D), 39th Governor from January 15, 1963-January 21, 1969.

5. Dolph Briscoe (D), 41st Governor from January 16, 1973-January 16, 1979.

6. Bill Clements (R), 42nd and 44th Governor from January 16, 1979-January 18, 1983; January 20, 1987-January 15, 1991.

7. Rick Perry (R), 47th Governor since December 21, 2000: as lieutenant governor, ascended to the governorship upon the resignation of Governor George W. Bush (R); re-elected in 2002 and 2006.

Foreigners Cut Treasury Stakes, Rates Could Rise

From Yahoo News:

A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors.

China reduced its stake and lost the position it's held for more than a year as the largest foreign holder of Treasury debt. Japan retook the top spot as it boosted its Treasury holdings.

The Treasury Department said foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills fell by a record $53 billion in December. That topped the previous record drop of $44.5 billion in April 2009.

Private analysts, though, were split over the significance of the decline. Some doubted that the drop in foreign holdings of short-term Treasuries signified growing unease about holding U.S. debt. They noted that net purchases of longer-term Treasury debt rose in December by $70 billion.

But other economists saw the decline as a warning signal. They fear that foreigners, especially the Chinese, have begun to worry about record-high U.S. budget deficits and are looking to diversify their holdings.

A sustained drop in foreign demand for dollar-denominated assets could lead to higher U.S. interest rates and falling stock prices. Those trends could threaten the U.S. recovery. But economists said they see no such evidence yet.

The Treasury report showed that China reduced its holdings of Treasury securities by $34.2 billion in December.

Alan Meltzer, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said China's shift should be a wake-up call for Washington.

"The Chinese are worried that we have unsustainable debt levels, and we do not have a policy for dealing with it," Meltzer said.


This should be concerning. Your thoughts.

Reconciliation Still Alive Despite HC Summit

From Roll Call:

Senate Democrats say they see no need to abandon the idea of using reconciliation to pass health care reform this year just because President Barack Obama has scheduled a bipartisan summit next week to try to break the impasse on Capitol Hill.

Obama’s nationally televised health care summit is set for Feb. 25 — and the president has said his goal is to use the discussion to jump-start a bipartisan way forward on the health care overhaul. The issue has been idling in the Senate since late January, when the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) gave Republicans the extra seat they needed to sustain a filibuster.

Given the unified GOP opposition to their health care effort, Senate Democrats argued just before departing for the Presidents Day recess that Obama’s summit is no reason to shelve reconciliation as a potential strategy. The tactic would allow Democrats pass certain aspects of health care reform with just 51 votes.

“I think it should be constantly pursued,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Thursday when asked whether Democrats should take a break from drafting a reconciliation bill until after Obama’s summit.

“I think the Republicans are pretty committed to the notion that obstructing everything that President Obama would like to accomplish is very key to their base and their political success,” Whitehouse added. “I don’t see them departing from that strategy.”

Neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to have much faith that the summit will produce a bipartisan agreement; the forum comes after nearly a yearlong effort to enact a bill.

Democrats highly doubt the event will soften Republican opposition, and Republicans are suspicious of Obama’s motives. GOP lawmakers worry that the president has no real interest in bipartisanship and simply wants to use the summit to paint the GOP as obstructionist before a nationally televised audience.

Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) suggested that Obama needs to be willing to start from scratch on health care reform.

“If he just wants to talk about the House-passed bill and the Senate-passed bill and that’s it, it’s going to be very difficult, I think, to get that conversation going,” Murkowski said. “When you extend an invitation for everybody to come and sit down and talk, let’s understand what it is that we’re talking about.”


What do you expect from the dickheads in Washington? Your thoughts.

This Time They Will Close the Banks, not Just Wall Street

Former Reagan Secretary of State Alexander Haig has Died

Via CNN:

Alexander Haig, who managed the Nixon administration during the Watergate crisis and served a controversial stint as secretary of state under President Reagan, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Haig died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was admitted there on January 28, spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

"He served his country well. For that he should be remembered," said William Bennett, who was secretary of education during the Reagan administration. "He carried himself well. He carried himself with dignity and honor."

The White House issued a statement mourning Haig, saying he "exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service."

A top official in the administrations of three presidents -- Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan -- Haig served as Nixon's chief of staff during the Watergate political crisis, a scandal that dogged the administration in the 1970s.

"There was a time during the Watergate crisis when President Nixon was nearly incapacitated," said political analyst and CNN contributor David Gergen, who worked with Haig during the Nixon and Reagan administrations. "He had a hard time focusing, so obviously obsessed with the scandal and the gathering storms around him. I watched Al Haig keep the government moving. I thought it was a great act of statesmanship and service to the country."


RIP

Is Sonny Perdue A Friend of Baldwin County?

From The Baldwin Bulletin:

When times get tough, some people have a tendency to point fingers and find a villain.

In Baldwin County, Gov. Sonny Perdue has become that villain. Certain folks will tell you that “Sonny Perdue has it out for Baldwin County” or that “the governor never got along with Culver Kidd and is getting back at him.”

Rusty Kidd has heard all of the theories. Kidd, who is Baldwin County’s new state representative, has known Perdue for many years, dating back to the time when Kidd was a lobbyist in Atlanta and Perdue was a state senator. Rusty Kidd’s father – Culver Kidd – also served with Perdue in the General Assembly for many years.

“I’ve had people come up to me and tell me all of those things. But, that’s just not the case at all. Governor Perdue got along just fine with Daddy. I don’t blame the governor for what’s happened,” Rusty Kidd said. “A lot of people think that the governor is down on Milledgeville. But I don’t see it.”

Bert Brantley is Gov. Perdue’s press secretary. Brantley said that he has heard the governor talk openly about Baldwin County on several occasions.

“The governor thinks that it’s incredibly unfortunate what is going on around Baldwin County. He’s keeping an eye on it,” Brantley said. “But, all of the cuts have been based on the budget. There has not been any specific targeting of Baldwin County. The fact is that (Baldwin County) is a community that is extremely reliant on state jobs. And in tough economic times, those are the places where cuts are often made. Athens and Clarke County is a similar community. And they’ve been hit hard, as well.”


Interesting. Your thoughts.

Peter Schiff at The Enfield CT. Republican Town Committee February 11, 2010











Indonesian Rupiah Will Perform Well says Head of Treasury of PT Bank

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

And results in more whining from RedState.

For 3 years, neo-con Mitt Romney won the CPAC straw poll — 2007, 2008, and 2009. In the key year of 2008, despite victory, fellow neo-con John McCain was nominated.

This year, actual Conservative Ron Paul breaks neo-con Mitt Romney’s winning streak. Clearly Romney realized he was not getting a good return on his investment of organizing voters to vote — a regular phenomenon among potential candidates.

2,395 CPAC registrants voted in the CPAC poll. It’s the largest number of votes in CPAC straw polling history, but but less than 25% of the total turnout at CPAC.

48% of the votes cast were from students. 32% were from paying non-student individuals.

Paul-31%
Romney-22%
Palin-7%
Pawlenty-6%
Pence-5%
Huckabee and Gingrich-4%
Daniels-2%

We are amazed with Ron Paul for his amazing showing in these polls, and hope this translates into momentium, which I think it will. Your thoughts.

Falklands Oil Search May Stir U.K.-Argentina Tensions

Why Obama is Wrong About Net Neutrality and His Scheme Must be Defeated

From Big Government:

As Capitol Confidential noted the other day, net neutrality is an issue that that is dear to the left, but has flown under the radar of most Americans. It’s a rather technical and arcane subject, but can be summed up rather simply: Net neutrality rules enforced by the Federal Communications Commission would allow government bureaucrats to micromanage the Internet — thus sucking out the lifeblood of the digital economy and threatening the dynamism and freedom we’ve come to take for granted online.

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Proponents of net neutrality claim that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) abuse their position as “gatekeepers” to the Web, and the public needs government to establish strict “rules of the road” to protect us from their scheming. Trouble is, the evidence of abusive practices by ISPs is anecdotal and thinner than an iPod mini. The digital economy is currently so dynamic and cutthroat that free-market forces work quickly to correct any undesirable hiccups that arise — all without any micro-managing of the tech industry by government.

Net neutrality advocates insist we need government to preserve an “open” and “free” Internet and claim the market has failed. But they cannot point to any market failures that make the Internet less open or free. In short, the Internet isn’t broken. And it doesn’t need a government fix. No matter. The left presses ahead, because the facts are irrelevant. The goal is to put government in charge of digital policy, taking away your freedom as a consumer to shape the Internet with your own choices.

This would stifle the enormous private investment and innovation that has created the modern Internet — in part, because industries would be relegated to playing “Mother May I?” with the FCC before releasing its latest innovation. And that’s the best-case scenario. The Reason Foundation’s Steve Titch argues that if government-enforced net neutrality rules were in place five years ago, the iPhone as we know it wouldn’t exist. But on a more basic level, only a committed leftist could believe that more government involvement in … well … anything results is more economic dynamism and gains in personal freedom.

As noted in the video below, produced by The Heartland Institute, government isn’t in the business of preserving freedom, but of exercising power to regulate industries and control people. And this is an important thing to keep in mind — especially since President Obama recently reiterated his commitment to have government enforce a net neutrality regime on your Internet.


All of this is a threat to free speech. Blogs and Talk Radio are the only outlets for Conservative and Libertarian thinking, since TV is 100% controlled by the left. Your thoughts.

Did Glenn Beck Manipulate the Audio of the Medina Interview?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Are Icarus's Wings Melting or is it Just Me?

Here's a gem from the printing presses of fake journalism and faux-Consevatism:

When At First The Ox Does Not Succeed, He Must Fail, Fail Again.

John Oxendine’s first attempt to shake down Lynn Westmoreland didn’t go so well. The result was a bit of a political dust up and mostly just a little more embarrassment to a man that apparently has no shame.

But instead of leaving well enough alone, Ox has decided to double down on stupid, and has drawn many others into the PR debacle surrounding his investigation into the failed Southeastern US Insurance, formerly owned by Clark Fain. Fox5 in Atlanta ran a story this week showing that many Georgia politicians, including Governor Sonny Perdue, have enjoyed hunting trips complete with flights to them on Fain’s private plane.

Behind the scenes, some are getting nervous about the reflection on the Republican party as a whole, and it was under this guise that Matt Towery called Congressman Westmoreland last week emphatically telling him he had to drop his claims against Oxendine. Towery documented the number of politicians connected with SEUS and numerous claims were made about the issue taking the whole party down. For the good of the party, Lynn needed to stand down.

The curious thing about this phone call, however, is that it was made from the office of one John Oxendine. According to two of my sources, Oxendine was in the room and listened to the call.

This story grows even more bizarre when put into context with this Insider Advantage story that Matt Towery suffered a head wound a couple of weeks ago, and almost died. The story includes this surreal paragraph indicating that a team of old line Republicans apparently are credited with his ongoing medial care:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (for whom Towery served as political chairman during his years as Speaker), former Senator Mattingly, and current Senator Johnny Isakson (with whom Towery is very close) have basically joined legislators such as former Speaker Mark Burkhalter and former Rules Chair Earl Ehrhart to see to it that Towery makes a full recovery. Former Governor Roy Barnes intervened as well to assist Towery as did Attorney General Baker. Speaker Ralston and former Speaker Richardson also both assisted.


The story seems to be placed as pre-emptive damage control, as the incident happened “several weeks ago”, but the call to Westmoreland happened one week ago, and the IA story ran Monday. After all, Towery was suffering from a concussion, and he’s beloved by the old Republican guard. So, let’s just pretend the call didn’t happen and call a do-over I guess…

The question remains as to why Towery allowed himself to be dragged into the middle of this. He generally is considered to be a bright man, and understands that Ox is on the verge of toxic. So why was Towery calling a Congressman who gave exactly one interview on this topic weeks ago asking him to stand down? Why was this call made with Oxendine present?

I guess if I was being asked these questions, I would add Dick Pettys’ name to a story I wrote claiming I had a bad head injury too.

It should be clear to all now who are paying attention that Oxendine is no longer interested in serving the people of Georgia, but is instead interested in how the power of his office can serve him. Stories like this are beyond embarrassing, and when the story behind the story comes out, it always gets worse.

It is time for State Republican leaders, elected and grass roots alike, to say enough to John Oxendine. He should resign as Insurance Commissioner, and he should withdraw from the Governor’s race.


I don't know about you, but I think the SEUS investigation is legitimate, and Westmoreland's attacking Ox for going after them should shine some light on what may be his shady connections with SEUS. And the fact that Towery and Ox were in the same room when the call was placed is probably mere coincidence, as Ox may have had files to look through at the time. And I don't see anything wrong with some of Towery's friends helping him recover from a very serious head injury. Oxendine is committed to serving the people of this fine state, and has done so for the past 15 years as our Insurance Commissioner. Godspeed to Ox and may he become the greatest Governor in out Nation.

US Senator Frank Lautenberg Diagnosed with Cancer

Via NJ.com

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s 86-year-old senior senator, was diagnosed with treatable cancer in the stomach in the last 24 hours and will begin chemotherapy today.

The Democrat still plans to finish out his current term – his fifth in the Senate – and seek re-election in 2014.

“This doesn’t change any of that,” Lautenberg’s chief aide, Dan Katz, said of the senator’s political plans. “After he receives his treatment, back to normal.”

Moments ago, Lautenberg’s office issued a statement from the senator’s oncologist, James F. Holland, saying:

“We expect a full and complete recovery for Senator Lautenberg. The senator will be treated with chemotherapy administered approximately every three weeks. We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate.”

Lautenberg took ill Monday while at home in Cliffside Park. He fell down and phoned his doctor and an ambulance. The senator directed the ambulance to transport him to Manhattan for treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized ever since. Lautenberg never lost consciousness, his aides said.


Best wishes to him and his family.

I Wish Joe Stack Had Not Killed Himself

From Chuck Baldwin:

All of us are now aware of the Texas man who yesterday flew his private plane into a 7-story Austin office building. Apparently, he intentionally crashed his plane into the building to target the IRS offices that were housed inside the facility.

As I am writing this column just hours after the event took place, there has not yet been a lot of time for the major news media talking heads to spin the story. By the time this column is released on Friday, however, I'm sure we will all have been inundated with copious references to this man, Joe Stack, as being "off his rocker," or similar assertions. Perhaps our friends at DHS will label Stack a "right-wing domestic terrorist." However, Mr. Stack apparently left behind a "suicide manifesto" explaining his actions. After carefully reading Stack's manifesto, I am quite convinced that he was not crazy, and he was not a "terrorist." However, he was angry.

A lot of us are angry--and for many of the same reasons that Mr. Stack was angry! While I would certainly take exception to some of the things Stack says in his manifesto, he said things that many of us are feeling.


This is one of the finest articles I've read and Mr. Baldwin's blog shall recieve a place of honor on my blogroll. Your thoughts.

Bill O'Reilly Interviews Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes-2/18/10

Glenn Beck Loses Nearly 500,000 Viewers after Debra Medina Smear!

Great news from Project Nsearch:

It's great to see that Americans are waking up to the Benedict Arnold, Glenn Beck who tried his best to smear Debra Medina who believes in the Constitution and wants to end the Federal Reserve private bank. Glenn Beck can't have that! He wants you to elect New World Order elites like Perry who attend secret Bilderberger meetings against Federal law. Check out the numbers for Beck before and after his attempt to take down a true Constitutionalist

http://tvbythenumbers.com/?s=glenn+beck

2/9/10 Glenn Beck – 3,057,000 viewers
2/10/10 Glenn Beck – 2,969,000 viewers **Day of the Medina incident
2/11/10 Glenn Beck – 2,623,000 viewers
2/12/10 Glenn Beck – 2,516,000 viewers


Keep spreading the truth about New World Order whores like Glenn Beck.


This is absolutely great. I feel betrayed by Beck since I was once an avid follower of his. We need to elect strict Constitutionalists like Medina, Ron Paul, Jake Towne, Mike Vasovski, Bert Loftman, John Dennis, RJ Harris, David Ratowitz, Rand Paul, etc. Your thoughts.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Adam Smith's Prophecy: Today's Debt Crisis

From Get Liberty:

“[A] foolish man devours all he has.”—Proverbs, 21:20.

In 1776, when Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations, Great Britain was faced with a monumental sovereign debt crisis that would not be seen again until the 21st Century — when the U.S. finds itself with a rapidly accelerating $12.4 trillion national debt, soon rising to 100 percent of the Gross Domestic Product within a few years. The last chapter of his opus magnum, “Of Public Debts,” was dedicated to persuading the British Parliament of the calamity the British Empire was faced with. And, alas, they did not listen.

Reading through it today, one might easily surmise that Adam Smith, the Scottish economist and Enlightenment political philosopher, was actually a time-traveler who had foreknowledge of the crisis that faces the world today. For, the crisis he describes in exquisite, haunting detail is, nearly verbatim, eerily reminiscent of the calamity that now threatens the economic survival of the modern world — and threatens to enslave future generations for decades to come.

But, the truth is, there is nothing new under the sun. The crisis today that the U.S. faces — and troubled European debtor-nations Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy — with the increasing risk of a national debt default, is just the latest example in the factual and unfortunately oft-repeated economic history of the world. And Smith saw it coming.

In short, republics, empires, and other nations since the dawn of time have fallen for the same exact reason: they spent far beyond their means.


Awesome article. Your thoughts.

An Early Look at the 2013 Gubernatorial Races

Here’s an early take on the 2013 Gubernatorial races:

New Jersey: Incumbent GOP Governor Chris Christie is running for re-election. Potential candidates for the Democrats are Newark Mayor Corey Booker, Congressmen Rob Andrews, John Adler, Frank Pallone, Steve Rothman, Rush Holt, and Albio Sires, State Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan, State Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Jerry Green, State Senate President Steve Sweeney, and State Assembly Majority Conference Leader Joan M. Quigley. At this stage of the game, this is a TOSSUP.

Virginia: Incumbent GOP Governor Bob McDonnell is term-limited. Potential candidates for the Republicans are Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, former Governor and former US Senator George Allen, former Governor Jim Gilmore, former Counselor to President Bush Ed Gillespie, and Congressmen Rob Wittman, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, and Eric Cantor. Potential candidates for the Democrats are State Treasurer Braxton Powell, Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Congressmen Glenn Nye, Bobby Scott, Tom Perriello, Jim Moran, Rick Boucher, and Gerry Connolly, State Delegate Brian Moran, former DNC Chairman Terry McCauliffe, and former US Senator Chuck Robb. Considering the fields of candidates, I rate this a TOSSUP.

State Legeslative Approach to End the Fed

From Profg at Redstate:

I’ve got a question to pose to you experts :-), about a possible proposal I’ve been rolling around my brain for a while.

I’ve been having this discussion on a couple of the Georgia CfL lists, but I thought it might be a good idea to post it on a few blogs.

The U.S. Constitution says, in Article I Section 10, “No State shall… Make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…”

What if we come up with a model bill, to be introduced by our friends in state legislatures, which uses this constitutional provision to criminalize the use of Federal Reserve Notes as payment to the state? State income taxes, business taxes, sales taxes, agency fees, etc. — maybe even lottery ticket purchases! — all must be paid with gold or silver coins. Maybe even payments that the state itself has to make, too.

By law, the word “coin” can only apply to rounds that are minted by the U.S. Treasury Department, so that can be included as well.

The law will be challenged, of course; but if written correctly, it would be fully constitutional, and should hold up even to the SCOTUS level, leading to the rejection of fiat money. And even if it doesn’t, it will be one more educational chink in the Emperor’s New Armor, as we work towards the day that the FED is no more.


Great article. Your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Those Who Broke Their Oath, And Those Who Kept It

A heartwrenching RedState Diary from Beaglescout:

Courtney Cook wrote an infuriating essay for Salon that exposed the contempt she held for her marital oath and her first husband, a soldier deployed in an overseas combat theatre when she left him.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to leave a soldier on deployment. You can do it with a letter. (He can’t argue with you. He doesn’t have a phone.) If you lay the groundwork early, saying to the soldier before he leaves, “This will be the end of us, we might as well admit it,” it’s that much easier. The letter won’t even come as a shock.

And if you have children with that soldier? You can handle all that with a letter, too. He’ll write it — because he cares about the kids, because he wants to work with you to do what’s best for them even though you’re leaving him — and you’ll give it to them. Here again, you will avoid a nasty confrontation. Who will they cry to? You? You’re just the teary-eyed bearer of the letter. Him? The one who’s sweating it out in the desert?

There will be no moving truck, no boxes, no house torn asunder. The soldier is peeing in a bucket as you pack. He doesn’t care who gets the couch.

Now she has married a blue-eyed marxist war protester and had a marxist baby with him, while her ex-husband married again and had a baby with the new wife.

Nessa already wrote a beautiful response to this article. If you click through and read Ms. Cook’s diary you will know the cheater’s story, the spoiled brat’s story, the oath breaker’s story. Nessa tells the story with statistics and history. Cassy Fiano at HotAir explores the process by which this spoiled brat of a woman went astray. This diary isn’t about those things. This essay is about what oath breakers like Courtney Cook do to their husbands, men who are risking their lives to protect their families and country. And this essay is about the alternative.


Please follow the link and see what I mean by heartwrenching. I read this and was truly captivated by the gall of the f*cking philanderers that cheated on these soldiers. Truly maddening.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Early Prediction of A Conservative Rebound

From Nikitas3 at RedState:

(This is a verbatim reprint of an editorial from my website written shortly after Obama’s November 4, 2008 election victory. It predicted the current conservative rebound at a time when conservatives and Republicans were dispirited and adrift. The only thing that has pleasantly surprised me is how quickly the rebound is happening)

After the loss of the White House in the November 4 election, conservatives must begin rebuilding and planning for 2010 and beyond, by taking the following steps:

1) We must first look back. We must be thankful for many great election results for our movement since the time of Ronald Reagan including Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Papa Bush in 1988, the recapturing of Congress in 1994, George W. Bush winning in 2000, the midterm election of 2002, and Bush re-elected in 2004. We cannot win everything but our movement faltered in 2008 and we could have won this one even in the difficult political climate of the times. We need to rebuild the movement with force and vigor.

We need to recall that one recent survey showed that 34% of Americans still describe themselves as conservatives while only 22% say they are liberal. America still is a center-right nation.

2) We must recall that conservatives were dispirited at the election of Bill Clinton in 1992. Yet in 1994, Republicans rejoiced when they took back the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years because Clinton overreached with the gays-in-the-military issue and a national health-care plan.


Great article! Your thoughts.

Ron Paul is Back!

From Doug Wead:

Once more, after being written out of the script by the newspapers and television producers, the scrappy congressman from Texas, Ron Paul is back in the mix. And big time. Sarah Palin, of all people, put him there.

After turning down thousands of speaking invitations over a six month period Sarah Palin finally accepted a gig for the National Tea Party, a grass roots phenomenon that owes its life to that unstoppable old man from Texas. And then the news that she is endorsing Rand Paul, the congressman’s son, and an emerging star in the Kentucky Senate race. Who says Sarah Palin is dumb? She is tapping into the hottest political movement going.

This is no accident for it is Ron Paul, the old congressman, not Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee, or Newt Gingrich that now stands between her and a shoe-in for the GOP nomination.

Palin is a fighter. She will quickly approve TV ads blasting away on Romney’s flip flops from his Massachusetts gubernatorial days. He is already reportedly moving more to the center, writing off some southern states. Using that momentum she will likely push him all the way off the leftist edge. Her commercials will make Huckabee’s 2008 Iowa Romney attack ads look puny by comparison. And as for Huck? After the Arkansas parole board scandals he will see those revolving door – Willie Horton ads resurrected and showing ad nauseum on untraceable You Tubes. Newt Gingrich can go on James Dobson’s radio show and repent as much as he wants, he can even publicly cry like Jimmy Swaggart, but Palin’s people will anonymously spoon feed Dateline and 20/20 every tiny morsel of his private life. Palin is no softy.



Ron Paul is a very honest man who has devoted his life to the cause of freedom and I think that if he runs, he'll defeat Palin by a bigger margin than people think, and crush Obama for the Presidency.

Dems Have Decided How to Force Through HCR

From The Hill:

Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona on Sunday threw more cold water on the chances that his party would cooperate with a Feb. 25 healthcare reform summit at the White House, protesting that Democrats already seem poised to force a bill through Congress.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kyl echoed a claim that congressional Republicans have made for the past week, that President Barack Obama and House and Senate Democrats intend the summit as a public display and not a genuine dialogue. He quoted a recent Wall Street Journal article that asserted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has “set the stage” for using reconciliation to pass the bill. That controversial legislative tactic could allow the bill to pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of 60 as usually required to break a filibuster.

“What that means is they’ve devised the process by which they can jam the bill through that the president has supported in the past, without Republican ideas in it,” Kyl told CNN host Candy Crowley.

“Reconciliation is not the process for comprehensive bills like this. It’s for balancing the budget… I don’t know why we would be having a bipartisan summit down at the White House if they’ve already decided on this other process by which they’re going to jam the bill through.”


This is atrocious and unconstitutional of the Democrats. Of course, what else do you expect from the Democrats? Your thoughts.

Is Palin A "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"?

From TPM:

A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas is warning that the movement "is becoming nothing more than a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party," and slamming Sarah Palin as representing "a growing insider's attack to the heart of the Tea Party."

Dale Robertson, the founder of TeaParty.org, is just the latest Tea Partier to express concern that the movement is being hijacked by the GOP.

In a lengthy statement -- entitled "Warning: Tea Party In Danger" -- posted yesterday on the TeaParty.org homepage, Robertson instructs his felllow Tea Partiers to "[b]e alert to turncoats and deceivers being herded into the Tea Party by usurpers from the weakened Republican Party for the sole purpose of capturing our populist movement."


They're probably right. Ron Paul's the only real Conservative considering the 2012 Presidential contest. Your thoughts.

Joe the Plumber Won't Support Palin if She Supports McCain

From Hot Air:

Where does this fit in the great hierarchy of authenticity politics? Sarahcuda may be the most salt-of-the-earth pol on the American landscape but she’s also an internationally famous celebrity and multimillionaire. Surely a blue-collar Joe who’s been known to fix toilets outranks her. Does that mean she’s now been formally excommunicated from the church of “true conservatism” — as I suspected — or did yesterday’s NASCAR appearance imbue her with some sort of impregnable authenticity forcefield?

More importantly, does this mean Meggie Mac was right?

Wurzelbacher touched on several different points during his speech, and many of them were surprising. He said he doesn’t support Sarah Palin anymore. Why? Because she’s backing John McCain’s re-election effort. “John McCain is no public servant,” he told the room, calling the 2008 Republican nominee a career politician.

I pointed out he’d just be plain old Sam Wurzelbacher of Ohio — Joe the Plumber wouldn’t exist – without McCain. His response was blunt. “I don’t owe him s—. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”…

Wurzelbacher also told the room to lay off the extreme personal attacks on President Obama. He said people who question whether Obama was born in the United States or compare him to Hitler “belittle and set back” the conservative movement. “The birthers, the truthers — if people are trying to bunch them [with tea partiers], that would kill us. That just pushes away Democrats and independents who might come out for our cause otherwise.” He said he actually likes Obama, in some ways. “I think his ideology is un-American, but he’s one of the more honest politicians. At least he told us what he wanted to do.”

A semi-related footnote: Chris Simcox, head of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps and third-party challenger to McCain in Arizona, dropped out today and endorsed J.D. Hayworth to help unify grassroots opposition to Maverick. I’ve been skeptical that Palin would pay a price among conservatives for backing McCain since her endorsement can be chalked up to personal loyalty, but the higher profile this race becomes, the more of a litmus test it will seem — especially now that tea partiers are making inroads inside the GOP, at both the very highest and very lowest levels. Even among our own readers, who skew heavily pro-Palin, 42 percent thought she shouldn’t be out there stumping for McCain. Exit question: Time for Sarah to have a change of heart, or will her inevitable endorsement of Rubio balance the scales?


I like the stance he's taking. Of course, I doubt he's for Ron Paul like me.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Down With the Presidency

From Lew Rockwell:

Today, President's Day, is the most ridiculous and anti-liberty holiday of the year. Americans are asked to revere the office of president today when they should be fearing it and opposing it with every fiber of their being. The U.S. presidency is by far the greatest threat to liberty for Americans today – far greater than terrorism. And by "fearing the presidency," I don't mean just the current president, Barack Obama.

One of the first things I tell my American history students is that every dictatorship throughout all of history was an executive branch dictatorship. The Roman Senate fell by giving its powers to the Caesars, and the U.S. Congress is following in that path by ceding its power to the president. Conversely, all the free countries in human history have had legislatures dominate and tame the executive branch.

As if to confirm the fact that the presidency is becoming an out-of-control dictatorship, the White House spokesmen Dan Pfeiffer and Rahm Emmanuel told the New York Times this past weekend that if Congress won't pass their agenda they'll enact it by dictatorial decree. "The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress," White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told the Times in Saturday's news dump. "In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda."


I'm not sold on this one. Your thoughts.

Buy More Gold as Price Falls

From Commodity Online:

Global investing guru and publisher of the famous Gloom, Boom and Doom report Marc Faber says gold price may continue to drop as low as $950 to $1,050 an ounce, but that is not any reason to sell gold. “The dip in gold price is a correction and this should be taken as a great buying opportunity,” Faber said.

As gold price has surged to touch historic highs in the last few months, Faber, a gold bug, has been telling investing public that the yellow metal is cheap at $1,100 per ounce and it will be prudent if they buy the yellow metal at this rate or below so that they can reap rich dividends in 2010.

According to Faber, gold price has been falling in the last few weeks thanks to a temporary surge in the US dollar. “But the weakness that gold has shown recently is no reason for investors to get out of gold investments. I still believe gold should continue to be part of every investor’s wise investment portfolio,” he said.

Recently, Faber stated that gold price wouldn't drop below the $1,000 an ounce mark ever again. A renowned investor that he is, Faber feels that it is the right time to buy gold at these current levels, rather than dumping gold.

”There is no doubt the printing of money from central banks around the world is generating inflation, and it will increase going forward. That alone is a good enough reason to have gold in your investment portfolio,” Faber said.


This is an interesting idea. Your thoughts.

The Untold History of Nullification: Resisting Slavery

From The Tenth Amendment Center:

Last December, when Tennessee Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mount Juliet, said she would introduce legislation which would declare null and void any federal law the state deems unconstitutional, some people were horrified. Rep. Lynn was specifically targeting the health-care reform legislation that was pending at that time. But the reaction that many people had to her language was not an expression of their support for Obamacare.

Too many Americans hear the terms “states’ rights” or the word “nullification” and immediately think of racial prejudice, Jim Crow laws and school segregation. Honestly, if all I had to rely on was what I remember being taught in public school, I would probably tell you the history of it all went like this:

The theory of nullification was first invented in the 1800s’ by advocates of slavery. They used nullification of tarrifs as a test run in the 1820s. Of course, what they really had in mind was maintaining the institution of slavery against any possible attempt by the federal government to abolish it. Then America fought the Civil War in order to end slavery, but the ideas of states’ rights and nullification were later revived in the 1950s’ by belligerent white southerners in an attempt to block the racial integration of schools. The Civil Rights Movement started and the feds had to step in and force the southern states to treat everyone equally. THE END.

That’s a rough, abbreviated version of the narrative that was handed to me, but it gives you an idea of what many Americans think they know about states’ rights and nullification. Fortunately, thanks to people like Tom Woods, Thomas DiLorenzo, and many others, I know today that this was a gross misrepresentation of the classical liberal states’ rights tradition. Then again, (and it’s not my intention to be prideful here), I’m not like most Americans. And If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either.


Your thoughts.

House Bill 1207-317 Co-sponsors

From Daily Paul:

On record so far on thomas: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi...

Title: To amend title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States and the manner in which such audits are reported, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (introduced 2/26/2009)
Co-sponsors (317)
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

NEW - a link to contact the house financial services committee:
http://financialservices....

Here's 2 related links for easy access:

Democratic List of Shame: http://www.dailypaul.com/...

Republican List of Shame: ALL HAVE SIGNED ON


Here's hoping the bill passes. Your thoughts.

US Chamber of Commerce Calls Out EPA On Transparency

From Big Government:

The U.S. Chamber strongly supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, but we believe there’s a right way and a wrong way to achieve that goal.

The wrong way is through the EPA’s endangerment finding, which triggers Clean Air Act regulation. Because of the huge potential impact on jobs and local economies, this is an issue that requires careful analysis of all available data and options. Unfortunately, the agency failed to do that and instead overreached. The result is a flawed administrative finding that will lead to other poorly conceived regulations further downstream.

Today the Chamber is filing a formal petition indicating it will challenge EPA’s decision to trigger Clean Air Act regulation, based on lapses in EPA’s process in making that decision. The Chamber’s legal challenge will focus specifically on the inadequacies of the process that EPA followed in triggering Clean Air Act regulation, and not on scientific issues related to climate change or endangerment.

We continue to call for Congress to address climate change policy through the legislative process, rather than having EPA misapply environmental statutes like the Clean Air Act or Endangered Species Act that were not created to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Emphasis mine.

In addition to ignoring its own internal rules and working outside the legislative branch, the EPA is acting on a 2007 Supreme Court Ruling, which, based on new developments in the Climategate scandal, should be revisited. The ruling states the EPA was found to have the authority to regulate emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change. In addition, the Court stated:

Based on respected scientific opinion that a well-documented rise in global temperatures and attendant climatological and environmental changes have resulted from a significant increase in the atmospheric concentration of “greenhouse gases,” a group of private organizations petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin regulating the emissions of four such gases, including carbon dioxide, under §202(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act, which requires that the EPA “shall by regulation prescribe…


This is a great plan on the Chamber's part IMO. Your thoughts.

To Save Money, Utah Schools Propose to Eliminate 12th Grade

From The LA Times:

Reporting from Denver - At Utah's West Jordan High School, the halls have swirled lately with debate over the merits of 12th grade:

Is it a waste of time? Are students ready for the real world at 17?

For student body president J.D. Williams, 18, the answer to both questions is a resounding no. "I need this year," he said, adding that most of his classmates felt the same way.

The sudden buzz over the relative value of senior year stems from a recent proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars that Utah make a dent in its budget gap by eliminating the 12th grade.

The notion quickly gained some traction among supporters who agreed with the Republican's assessment that many seniors frittered away their final year of high school, but faced vehement opposition from other quarters, including in his hometown of West Jordan.


I don't know about this idea. Your thoughts.

Why Silver is better than Oil as an Investment

From a Facebook Note by Bill Greene:

1. There is a 40-year supply of oil in the ground. There is a 14-year supply of silver in the ground. Therefore, silver is the better investment.

If "peak oil" is true, then every peak oil nutcase out there ought to be several times more worried about "peak silver", since silver reserves will run out sooner.

If oil is used in more kinds of products than any other commodity on earth, then silver is the second most used commodity, used in electronics of all kinds. And if silver is used up first, then we won't have all the electronic machines needed to go and get the oil!

But the "peak oilers" are not so worried about silver. Why not? I can only guess, but it is an educated guess based on extensive reading of their works over the years. I suspect it is because they are ignorant of silver, ignorant of economics, irrationally fearful, and worship government and "mother earth" instead of God.

2. In 1970, there was a 10-year supply of oil in the ground. We did not run out in 1980. We explored, and found oil. Mankind has explored for oil and produced oil only for 150 years or so, which creates extra fear of uncertainty (unlike silver and gold's 5000 year history). Since we did not run out in 1980, then we will not run out in 2050, over 40 years from now.

3. If it's not about "running out" but rather, running out of the "cheap stuff", fine, I agree! If we run out of "cheap oil", we will run out of "cheap silver" far, far sooner, so silver is the better investment, and will outperform oil.

4. The silver to oil ratio: In 1980, at the former peak prices for oil and silver, oil cost $43/barrel and silver was $50/oz. An oz. of silver was worth more than a barrel! At the bottom of the market around 2000, oil was $10/barrel and silver was around $5/oz. This implies a price for silver of somewhere between $55-110/oz., with oil prices remaining stable. If oil doubles from here, then silver will go up ten times, to $220. Therefore, silver is the better investment.

5. The public will never buy 100 barrels of oil to store on their front lawn, at $110 each, to save $10,900 worth of wealth. The public will buy a $15,000 bag of silver to store in the closet, or home safe.

6. The silver market is orders of magnitude smaller than the oil market, and will move far higher with a smaller amount of money moving into silver.

World oil supply is 85 million barrels of oil per day x $109 = $9.2 billion/day, or 31 billion barrels/year, which is $3.4 trillion per year.

World silver mine supply is 650 million ounces per year x $21 = $13.6 billion/year.

In the long run, if paper money fails, the world might have to pay for oil with silver. (Gold would be used for everything else). In that case, that implies that an ounce of silver would buy 47 barrels of oil (31,000 / 650 = 47), which implies a price for silver of $109 x 47 = $5200/oz.

Interestingly, even gold is a much, much better investment than oil, because all the gold ever mined in all of human history is about 5 billion ounces, which, at $1000/oz., is $5 trillion, which would barely pay for the world's annual oil consumption of $3.4 trillion. But as you all know by now, silver is much better than gold.

7. About 70% of the world's oil is supplied by national governments that have confiscated private oil discoveries. Therefore, oil is a risky investment. National governments generally do not spend money on exploration or development; they spend nationalized oil profits on wasteful social programs to maintain the power of the government thieves.

Of the other 30% of the world's oil, the "free world's" oil, about 9 cents per gallon of gas goes to the oil companies as profit, and about 51 cents per gallon goes to governments in taxes. Thus, 51 out of 60 cents, or 85% of the "free world's" oil has been nationalized, too. Therefore, oil is an extremely risky investment. Not only is the price of oil too high, but governments steal most profits that exist in the industry, world-wide. Investors ought to worry far more about governments stealing an oil discovery, than a silver discovery.

While oil prices moved up over ten times from $10/barrel to $110/barrel since 2000, Exxon Mobile stock barely doubled from $40 to $85. This shows that the "big oil" companies are not "getting rich" off of high oil prices, due to excessive government taxation. (Chevron has also gone from $40 to $85 since 2000, and BP has done much worse, going from $60 to $64 since 2000!)

If only 1% of gross world oil profits were spent on silver, instead of being stolen by governments, that would be: 31,000 million barrels x $110 x .01 = $34 billion. Since total annual investment demand for silver is about $1 billion, then I estimate that much money would move the silver price up to well over $200/oz.

Yes, 1% of gross world oil costs would probably drive up silver prices over ten times!

8. I believe "Peak Oil" is a fraud. If the world does hit a "Peak Oil" temporary mini trend sometime in the next 50 years, it will be due to worsening government theft, nationalizations, confiscations, taxes, and wars, not lack of oil in the ground in the world, and all of those things would be very bad for investors in oil.

9. I have never seen a peak oil proponent advocate free market solutions; nor do they invest their own money into alternatives (some of them are broke!); they always call for more government power, and more government controls, and more government "solutions". Therefore, their entire argument is as fraudulent as government itself.

10. I believe "Manmade Global Warming" is a fraud, designed to increase government control, or even "justify" the "global solution" of world government. We may be in a mini warming cycle, but 30 years ago the world was in a cooling cycle and the fear of the day was of an impending Ice Age. If "manmade global warming" is true (and it is not), there should be more of it; we would save on heating bills; and be able to plant more crops, and enjoy a wider variety of good wines from all the vineyards that could be planted farther north, like several hundred years ago.

11. Silver is not a fraud, and is the antidote to the fraud of the dollar, and the antidote to excess government power, and government theft, which is the real problem in the world, not "peak oil" or "global warming".

12. Silver is not confiscable. This is why silver is money; it is private ownership of wealth, it is true wealth, it is owned anonymously, and is the antidote to theft through inflation or confiscation. There is not enough silver to confiscate, because the silver market is too small. All the silver in the world is worth perhaps $20 billion, which is infinitesimally small compared to the budget of the U.S. government. If the government confiscated silver, because it was "worth it" for them, it would imply that silver was worth about $10,000 per ounce.

13. There is no "oil problem". It is an energy problem. If oil prices get too high, the free market will provide energy through other means; wind, or solar, or nuclear, or coal liquefaction, or geothermal, or further oil exploration. I suspect the U.S. hit peak oil in 1970 because we abandoned silver coinage in 1964, and abandoned gold in 1971, driving up all domestic prices and severely distorting world economics. And with paper money, it became cheaper to buy foreign oil with fraudulent paper, rather than explore and produce it at home.

14. There is a 300+ year supply of coal. Coal liquefaction technology can make liquid fuel from coal. This is old, reliable technology, and dates from before World War II, both in Japan and Germany.

15. Most solar energy that comes to the earth is wasted. Look at the amount of solar space available in the deserts of the world. The Sahara is a very big place. All of the world's energy needs could probably be satisfied with a solar panel that covered 1/4 of the Sahara.

16. Yes, I know about the Hunt brothers. Do you know the full story? They tried to protect their oil profits in silver. Their oil was stolen by Libya. I believe that the mistake of Nelson Bunker Hunt, who is alive today, is that he tried to borrow money to buy more silver than they could afford, so they lost money when it went down from $50/oz. Don't make the same mistake. Don't buy silver on leverage, and don't let other people hold your silver for you.

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Thanks for reading,

Bill Greene

P.S. If you agree that starting a "growing silver business" and getting and earning pure one ounce silver coins would be a smart, fun and prudent way to begin to acquire real money instead of shrinking paper currency, maybe you should join Silver Snowball. Go to http://CheapSilver.org/ and start your silver snowball rolling.


Great article. Your thoughts.

If Senate GOP Learns this Lesson, Catholics will Respond

From The Catholic Advocate:

As we face the possibility of filling two Supreme Court vacancies this summer, it is time Republicans consider how best to reinforce a message that has won them Senate seats in midterm elections.

Senate Republicans are not able to mount an abusive “Democratic” filibuster of the next Supreme Court nominee, nor should they want to. Politically speaking, they do not need to. What Senate Republicans need is to learn the lessons of 2006. They, and the McCain campaign, did not evidence any such learning in 2008.

Most frontline conservatives know what GOP operatives and Senate leaders in Washington do not: there is no better opportunity to show sometime-voters and Catholic swing voters that Senate elections matter than Supreme Court confirmation hearings and floor debate. No issue serves better than judicial nominations as a surrogate for so many others that standing alone may scare the horses.

By failing to invest greater Senate time and effort on judicial nominations after the Alito confirmation in January 2006 or Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation last year, Senate Republicans ignored the political lesson of the Harriet Miers debacle: that supporters are forgiving on every issue so long as Republicans are solid on judges. That’s the kind of love GOP candidates need come Election Day. In 2008, the McCain campaign also misunderstood the Miers lesson.

The Miers lesson corresponds to getting out the vote; supporters may be upset on other issues, or may be otherwise unmoved, but they will come out and vote over the judge fight — if the issue is pressed. It does not traduce into large numbers, though it could with a candidate’s greater effort, but it can deliver the small margin of victory.

Prior to the 2004 election, polling showed that efforts to spotlight Democrat obstruction on judges, culminating in a 40-hour Senate debate in November 2003 had significantly grown public support for Republicans, 2 to 1. One study concluded that “a determined effort on the part of congressional leadership can shape public opinion” and that it was “possible for Republicans to use the permanently stalled, half-dozen judicial nominations to impress voters that Democrats are, at best, interested mostly in obstructing.”


Your thoughts.

MD-SEN: Mikulski to retire?

You be the judge. From The Vail Spot:

I've just heard from an impeccable source that Barbara Mikulski, the Democratic Senator who is up for reelection this November, will choose to retire. Mrs. Mikulski is expected to make her formal announcement in the next few days.

Mrs. Mikulski seriously fractured her right ankle last fall just prior to Edward M. Kennedy's death. Due to the severity of the fracture, she had to have open reduction surgery, that included the insertion of pins, as well as the use of special surgical boots, during recovery. She had tried to arrive in time for Mr. Kennedy's funeral but was turned away.

Her recovery has been exceptionally slow and she is evidently still in a great deal of pain. Reportedly, she has told her physician that she does not desire to seek reelection. Additionally, friends and family have been saying in the near future she will announce her retirement. Because of the very slow recovery, she has been forced to use a wheelchair, a walker or a cane in order to get around.

One of her complaints is that the health insurance that is provided for Congress is "poor" with high deductibles and "limitations" on coverage. My contact tells me that she told an aide that she should have inserted in the ObamaCare bill an amendment to improve Congressional health insurance!
Mrs. Mikulski was first elected to the Senate in 1986, and thus is a very senior member of the Democratic caucus. Despite this seniority, she has never been offered any important chairmanships or leadership positions. Born on July 20, 1936, she is 74 years old, come July...it is perhaps fitting that she has choose this year to retire.


If she retires, the GOP has a decent shot at picking this up. If they could do it in MA, they can do it here.

RedState's Erick Erickson Opens His Big Mouth...AGAIN-Part 5

Not one day goes by where Erickson doesn't show us his false-Conservatism. This time, through the most idiotic post I've seen yet:

Another day another story about Oxedine that should give voters pause.

Last May, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two Rome, Ga. insurance companies – State Mutual Insurance Co. and Admiral Life Insurance Co. – sent checks to the 10 PACS. The insurance companies are both headed by the same CEO, Delos “Dee” Yancey III. The PACs are administered by the son of Donald V. Watkins, the head of the bank who also sits on the board of both insurance companies. The bank also once was co-owned by Yancey’s father.

Most of the PACs had little or no money in their accounts before the infusion of cash.

Once the payments were made from the insurance companies, the PACs each sent $12,000 – a total of $120,000 — to Oxendine’s campaign. The money was all sent in the same amounts and on the same dates from all the PACs.

The banks that handled the accounts have been subpoenaed by the State Ethics Commission, but as they are in Alabama, they are refusing to honor the subpoenas. Now the Attorney General will probably get involved and ask a court in Alabama to have the banks honor the subpoena request.

This will just keep this story alive to keep clubbing the Ox.

I get that Georgia Primary voters know Ox more than most of the other candidates because he’s been kissing their butts since 1994. It’s not them I’m worried about. It’s the non-primary voters who can quickly see through the pandering veneer into what a reckless politician he is.

Hopefully primary voters will be smart enough to see the danger and reject Oxendine. The best thing that could happen to the Georgia GOP is to see the end of Oxendine’s political career.


Unless a subpoena comes from the same state as the Insurance Companies are in, they don't have to turn over any information. And I don't see the problem in Businesses giving money to the PAC's of their choice. This is just nonsense manufactured by the radical left and neo-cons like Erickson. I am comforted that Georgia Primary voters know Ox more than most of the other candidates because of his selfless public service since 1994. It’s not them I’m worried about. It’s the non-primary voters who can quickly be influenced by Lefties and Neo-Cons that they don't see what an honorable politician he is. Hopefully, primary voters will be smart enough to see the BS the progressives are manufacturing and vote Oxendine. The best thing that could happen to the Georgia GOP is to see Oxendine’s election to the Governorship.

Leading Climate Expert "Admits" Global Warming Fraud

From The Examiner:

Under pressure from Freedom of Information requests, top global warming proponent Dr. Phil Jones now claims to have "lost" all the critical data on which the infamous "hockey stick" chart was based. He is also suddenly making shocking concessions devastating to the alarmist war on science.

Top among them is that the world was actually warmer during Medieval times...before man ever built his first factory or car. Hence, global warming is a naturally-occurring, cyclical phenomenon...as reasonable, fact-based skeptics have been saying since the beginning. Another key admission was that, for the last 15 years, there has been no global warming at all.

As the popular T-shirt reads, "Global Warming: It's the Sun, Stupid."

This comes just weeks after the U.N. was caught fabricating evidence out of thin air to prop up this debunked hoax (as I noted here) and two months after leading scientists began turning against it in droves (as I noted here). This would be why most voters continue to reject this astrology-like pseudo-science on its face.


Another way to disprove the Global Warming bulls*it. Your thoughts.

Could the Sun Have Warmed the World?

This from The Herald Sun:

Yet another paper questioning the theory that man is behind the warming of the earth over the past half-century:

The notion that scientists understand how changes in Earth’s orbit affect climate well enough for estimating long-term natural climate trends that underlie any anthropogenic climate change is challenged by findings just published.

The new research was conducted by a team led by Professor Eelco Rohling of the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science hosted at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton…

According to the ‘anthropogenic hypothesis’, long-term climate impacts of man’s deforestation activities and early methane and carbon dioxide emissions have artificially held us in warm interglacial conditions, which have persisted since the end of the Pleistocene, about 11,400 years ago....

The researchers found that the current interglacial has indeed lasted some 2.0-2.5 millennia longer than predicted by the currently dominant theory for the way in which orbital changes control the ice-age cycles. This theory is based on the intensity of solar radiation reaching the Earth at latitude 65 degrees North on 21 June, the northern hemisphere Summer solstice.

But the anomaly vanished when the researchers considered a rival theory, which looks at the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth the same latitude during the summer months. Under this theory, sea levels could remain high for another two thousand years or so, even without greenhouse warming.

“Future research should more precisely narrow down the influence of orbital changes on climate,” said Rohling: “… And that is essential for a better understanding of any potential long-term impacts on climate due to man’s activities.”

Why is Rohling’s research interesting? Because the IPCC’s argument that man’s gases have caused most of the post-war warming is based not on proof that those gases did indeed do that, but on an inability to think of any other cause. Rohling suggests he may just have found that alternative explanation, or part of it.

And, he adds, our long-tern future looks chilly.


This should help disprove the Global Warming conspiracies in the world.

GA-13 Candidate Mike Frisbee-"Bring Home the Politicians"

Ron Paul on the Greece Bailout

GOP Poised for more Massachusetts Victories?

That's what Nikitas3 at RedState says:

Up here in western Massachusetts the Berkshire County Republican Association held its annual Lincoln Day dinner on Friday. It was an upbeat occasion in a place where the Republican party is a shell of its former self. But the election of Scott Brown has rocked us all.

At the dinner we hosted three great candidates for office in the Bay State. And their victories in the Fall elections will mark a turning point for left-wing liberalism in New England.

Our keynote speaker was Charlie Baker, who is very likely to be the next governor of Massachusetts because the people of this state are extremely anxious about the future and want change. The current governor, lefty Democrat Deval Patrick, is not popular. Baker showed us in a sobering and rational speech why he is going to win in November.


It would be interesting if this does happen. I see Baker as the next MA Governor. I haven't looked into the Congressional races as of yet. Your thoughts

IN-SEN: Evan Bayh Retiring!

So says The Washington Post:

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

"After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned," Bayh will say.

Bayh will announce the decision at a press conference later today. He was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and was re-elected easily in 2004. National Republicans had recruited former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Bayh in 2010 although polling suggested Bayh began the race with a 20-point edge. He also had $13 million in the bank at the end of the year.

Prior to being in the Senate, Bayh served two terms as governor of the Hoosier State. He also served briefly as Secretary of State.


This is great news. Now if the GOP would coalesce behind former Congressman John Hostletter, that would be great. Possible Democratic replacements are Congressmen Peter Visclosky, Joe Donnelly, Andre Carson, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill. Your thoughts.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Moderate Muslim Leaders Beat Extremists

Via Newsweek:

September 11, 2001, was gruesome enough on its own terms, but for many of us, the real fear was of what might follow. Not only had Al Qaeda shown it was capable of sophisticated and ruthless attacks, but a far greater concern was that the group had or could establish a powerful hold on the hearts and minds of Muslims. And if Muslims sympathized with Al Qaeda's cause, we were in for a herculean struggle. There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims living in more than 150 countries across the world. If jihadist ideology became attractive to a significant part of this population, the West faced a clash of civilizations without end, one marked by blood and tears.

These fears were well founded. The 9/11 attacks opened the curtain on a world of radical and violent Islam that had been festering in the Arab lands and had been exported across the globe, from London to Jakarta. Polls all over the Muslim world revealed deep anger against America and the West and a surprising degree of support for Osama bin Laden. Governments in most of these countries were ambivalent about this phenomenon, assuming that the Islamists' wrath would focus on the United States and not themselves. Large, important countries like Saudi Arabia and Indonesia seemed vulnerable.

More than eight eventful years have passed, but in some ways it still feels like 2001. Republicans have clearly decided that fanning the public's fears of rampant jihadism continues to be a winning strategy. Commentators furnish examples of backwardness and brutality from various parts of the Muslim world—and there are many—to highlight the grave threat we face.


INteresting article. Your thoughts.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Mark Kirk

Interesting article from US News and World Report:

1. Mark Steven Kirk was born in Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1959. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka.
Click here to find out more!

2. He attended Blackburn College in Illinois and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico before graduating with a B.A. in history from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1981.

3. He earned a master's degree from the London School of Economics in 1982. While in London, he worked as a teacher at the Milestone School, was an assistant to a member of the British House of Commons, and participated in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's re-election campaign in 1983.

4. He began his political career in the United States in 1984 working for Illinois GOP Rep. John Porter.

5. In 1992, Kirk received a J.D. from Georgetown University.

6. After working for the Baker & Mackenzie law firm for two years, he served as a counsel for the House Committee on International Relations from 1995 to 1999. He was elected in 2000 to represent the 10th Congressional District of Illinois.

7. Kirk has served in the Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer since 1990 and now holds the rank of commander. In December, he went to Afghanistan on active duty, becoming the first member of Congress to serve in an "imminent danger zone" since 1942.

8. In June, he divorced his wife of eight years, Kimberly Vertolli.

9. He says his favorite comedian is Sam Kinison and his favorite movie star is Jennifer Aniston.

10. He has a Shih Tzu puppy named Sophie