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Monday, March 29, 2010

Homicide Bombers Kill 38 on Moscow Subway

From Fox News:

MOSCOW -- Two female homicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday, killing at least 38 people and wounding 102, officials said.

The head of Russia's main security agency said preliminary investigation places the blame on rebels from the restive Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, where separatists have fought Russian forces since the mid-1990s.

The first explosion took place just before 8 a.m. at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the KGB's main successor agency.

A second explosion hit the Park Kultury station about 45 minutes later.

Mar. 29: A firefighter and Interior Ministry officers work near the site of the Lubyanka metro station blast in Moscow.

Two female homicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday, killing at least 38 people and wounding over 100.
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"I heard a bang, turned my head and smoke was everywhere. People ran for the exits screaming," said 24-year-old Alexander Vakulov, who said he was on a train on the platform opposite the targeted train at Park Kultury.

"I saw a dead person for the first time in my life," said 19-year-old Valentin Popov, who had just arrived at the station from the opposite direction.

In a televised meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev, Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov said body fragments of the two bombers pointed to a Caucasus connection. He did not elaborate.

"We will continue the fight against terrorism unswervingly and to the end," Medvedev said. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, on an official trip to Siberia, was being kept informed of developments, news reports said.

The blasts practically paralyzed movement in the city center as emergency vehicles sped to the stations.

ith times like these, this won't be by any stretch of the imagination the last one. Condolences to the families of the deceased. Your thoughts.

Death of Sen. Nancy Schaefer - What the media won't tell you.

From a Facebook note by Julie Kempson:

From Garland Favorito

Note to VoterGA Supporters:

Normally my communications have been limited to subjects about our electronic voting method, ballot access for candidates and elections related investigations. I feel led to make an exception and bring to your attention another non partisan subject: The high profile investigation that has been initiated into Friday’s death of a former Georgia state senator.


Saturday March 27, 2010

On Friday, former Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were found dead in their home in Habersham County. Even before a GBI investigation could be initiated, media outlets began pronouncing that their death was a “murder-suicide” and shut off most public comment posting on their web sites. The “murder suicide” theory implies that Sen. Schaefer’s husband shot her and then killed himself (or vice versa). Both Habersham County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began investigating the case as a “murder suicide” rather than the more obvious “murder made to look like suicide”. Like so many people, I have known former Sen. Nancy Schaefer for 15 years and spoken to several people who know her better than I do. They believe that the “murder suicide” theory is highly unlikely for any one of the following reasons:

1. It is totally against Nancy Schaefer’s consistently strong commitment to the sanctity of life principles that she has fought so valiantly to uphold;

2. Nancy and her husband, Bruce, have five children and more than a dozen grandchildren who they would not choose to leave behind so abruptly;

3. Bruce’s problem with cancer was corrected and under control so there was no reason to end his life as one senator tried to imply;

4. Nancy or Bruce would not likely agree to commit such an act that violates the fundamental principles of their Christian faith;

5. Bruce was retired and the couple did not appear to be in any type of dire financial crisis that would lead them to commit such acts;

6. Bruce and Nancy knew that her sister who had Alzheimer’s disease needed her to help take care of her;

7. Friends who knew the couple best state that Bruce would simply not have the capability to kill his wife;

8. Nancy was dedicated, as a national leader, to help needy people overcome abuse within Child Protective Services organizations;

9. Nancy was actively exposing corruption within the Department of Family & Child Services (DFCS) including actions by the DFCS director in the county where she lived.

10. Nancy knew that she was needed in the fight against child sex slave trafficking in Atlanta which has one of the highest activity rates in the country;

11. Bruce was highly supportive of Nancy’s work for decades and would have little or no reason to suddenly try to kill her at such a critical juncture in her career.

Specifically in Georgia, former Senator Nancy Schaefer had found during the last few years that:

· DFCS in Georgia housed children in a foster home with a known pedophile who molested the children.

· DFCS in Habersham County failed to remove six children from a home where they are being abused and tortured.

· DFCS in Georgia turned two girls over to a California father who had a pornographic video business.

A report that Nancy Schaefer produced on these remarkable cases can be found here:

Nancy Schaefer was also interviewed extensively by talk show host Alex Jones about corruption in Child Protection Services nationally. A multi-part series of her interview and an Eagle Forum presentation can be found on You Tube here:

In addition, Senator Schaefer led opposition to HB582 and SB304, two bills introduced by fellow Republicans that would have likely resulted in increasing child sex slave trafficking. These bills would have made it legal for teenagers to participate in certain illicit acts. The bills effectively removed the legal authority that police now have to pick teenagers up and get them into protective custody so that they can no longer be pimped for those acts.

As President of Georgia Eagle Forum, Nancy Schaefer planned to be in Alabama this weekend for an Eagle Forum convention. Instead she chose to stay in Georgia to develop new information that would have further exposed corruption in DFCS and beyond. Many Eagle forum members who were close to Sen. Schaefer were aware of her courageous efforts. None of them believe that either she or her husband was involved in any type of suicide.

It is particularly ironic that the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) chose to quote State Sen. Don Thomas in their March 26 article about Sen. Schaefer’s death. The AJC portrayed him as a friend of the couple even though he lives on the other side of the state from the Schaefer family and was diametrically opposed to many of their core beliefs. Sen. Thomas, the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, immediately propagated and expanded the “murder-suicide” theory without any first-hand knowledge or evidence. That is very disturbing considering it is his committee that should have been helping to clean up the corruption at DFCS. Activists supporting Sen. Schaefer explained that he constantly advocated increased power and authority for DFCS in spite of the evidence showing the organization was misusing that authority.

With Nancy Shafer no longer on the scene the question may be raised as to how best to continue her legacy. I believe that she would want conservatives, progressives, libertarians, constitutionalists as well as grass roots Democrats and Republicans throughout Georgia to unite and work to rectify the corruption in DFCS and eliminate child sex slave trafficking in Georgia.



Just sad. While I did support Jim Butterworth over Shaefer in 2008, she was a good woman who was doing something no one else would about the problem with DFACS. I think this was politically motivated, possibly by the pedophile lovers on the left. Your thoughts.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ok CSP Readers, Lets Mobilize for A Cause

Yesterday, Congressman Benedict Stupak voted for HCR, and the mass-slaughter of millions of unborn babies wth it. This pro-life-in-name-only Congressman pandered to us for months on this issue before sending this country up shit creek without a paddle. We are recognizing him today with an honorary position on the Congressional Hall of Shame. You, Mr. Stupak, should be ashamed of yourself. Now, I want to pass along a great idea that I came up with not too long ago. Lets all email him this picture:

and finish it off with this:

Dear Congressman Stupak,

I am very disappointed in your vote on Health Care Reform. By ignoring the will of the people, you have set yourself, the Democratic Party, and most importantly, your country, up for disaster. Shame on you. You have sent you country and millions of unborn babies up the creek without a paddle. I am supporting your opponent in November, whoever he or she may be.

With love,

(insert your name here)

So, can I count on you to do this? Please notify me of your decision in the comments. Congressman Stupak's e-mail address is

Bart Stupak


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Vote on HCR

This is the official HCR Vote Thread. We'll be streaming updates as they come. Have at it.

6:29 update: Rule passes 224-206.

10:08 update: Bohener speaks.

10:16 update: Pelosi speaks.

10:32 update: House voting on HCR.

10:48 update: HCR passed 219-212.

Former Congressman Fred Heineman Dies at 80

From The Daily Reflector:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Frederick Heineman, a law enforcement veteran who served as Raleigh's police chief for 15 years before being elected to Congress, has died. He was 80.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue announced Heineman's death in a news release Sunday morning. Heineman's congressional biography says he is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served on the New York City police force for a quarter-century before becoming police chief in 1979.

Heineman retired as chief in 1994 to run for the 4th District House seat. The Republican won, squeaking past four-term Democratic Rep. David Price by a mere 1,215 votes. However, Price ultimately won back his seat in the well-educated, Democratic-leaning district in 1996.


Your HCR Open Thread

Here's an Open Thread for the HRC vote. Tell us if you think it's gonna pass or fail. I think several Democrats are pretending to be for this just to please Pelosi and have this brought to the floor, but when the vote goes down, it will be a disastrous loss for the Democrats.

1:57 update: The House is in order.

2:01 update: Journal approved 224-189

2:09 update: Commendation of National Guard Agri-Business efforts passes 418-3

2:10 update: Congressman Gene Green(D-TX) speaks.

2:12 update: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter(D-NY) speaks.

2:15 update: The Reading Clerk is up.

2:16 update: Congressman Paul Ryan(R-WI) speaks.

2:19 update: Congresswoman Slaughter(D-NY) speaks again.

2:20 update: Congressman Ryan(R-WI) speaks again.

2:22 update: Congrats Congressman Ryan! He is showing us a chart with the real cost of HCR. Well done!

2:23 update: Congressman Ryan is showing us a chart with the "Tidal Wave of Debt". Well done!

2:25 update: The chart with the Department of the Treasury's 2009 Financial Report is being shown by Congressman Ryan.

2:27 update: Congresswoman Slaughter(D-NY) speaks again.

2:28 update: Congressman Patrick Kennedy(D-RI) speaks.

2:30 update: Congressman Peter Welch(D-VT) speaks.

2:32 update: Congressman Sam Faar(D-CA) speaks.

2:34 update: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee(D-TX) speaks.

2:35 update: Congressman Phil Hare(D-IL) speaks.

2:37 update: Congressman Steve Kagen(D-WI) speaks.

2:38 update: Congressman Chaka Fattah(D-PA) speaks.

2:39 update: Congressman Paul Ryan(R-WI) speaks again.

2:43 update: Procedural Challenge by Congressman Paul Ryan being voted on.

2:45 update: Charts show 209 firm no's for HCR, 193 firm yes's for HCR.

3:03 update: Procedural Challenge passes 228-195.

3:04 update: Congressman Darrell Issa(R-CA) speaks.

3:08 update: Congresswoman Slaughter(D-NY) speaks again.

3:09 update: Congressman Issa(R-CA) speaks again.

3:10 update: Congressman Jeff Flake(R-AZ) speaks.

3:12 update: Congresswoman Kathy Castor(D-FL) speaks.

3:14 update: Congressman Ted Poe(R-TX) speaks.

3:15 update: Congressman David Dreier(R-CA) speaks.

3:16 update: Congressman Dale Kildee(D-MI) speaks.

3:19 update: Congressman Todd Tiahrt(R-KS) speaks, and Congressman Bart Stupak(D-MI) denied a deal with Obama on Abortion Funding.

3:20 update: Congressman Issa(R-CA) speaks.

3:22 update: Congresswoman Barbara Lee(D-CA) speaks.

3:24 update: Congressman Chris Smith(R-NJ) speaks.

3:27 update: Congressman James Langevin(D-RI) speaks.

3:28 update: Congresswoman Judy Chu(D-CA) speaks.

3:29 update: Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner(R-WI) speaks.

3:31 update: Congressman David Scott(D-GA) speaks.

3:32 update: Congressman Issa(R-CA) speaks.

3:33 update: Congressman Dreier(R-CA) speaks.

3:36 update: Congressman Issa(R-CA) speaks.

3:37 update: Delegate Donna Christensen(D-VI) speaks.

3:38 update: Congressman Jack Kingston(R-GA) speaks.

3:42 update: Congressman Tiahrt(R-KS) speaks.

3:44 update: A Point of Order on Earmarks being voted on.

3:47 update: Protesters rally outside the capitol chanting "kill the bill". The Police can't keep them under control. GO PROTESTERS!!!

4:06 update: Point of Order passes 230-200.

4:11 update: Stupak will vote for HCR.

4:14 update: Kaptur also a yes.

Stewart Udall has Died

From a Press Release from Senator Tom Udall's Senatorial page:

Santa Fe, N.M. -- Former Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall, 90, father of Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, surrounded by family.

Following a fall last week, Udall, who had been in failing health, was confined to his bed and died of natural causes.

Stewart Udall was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Erma Lee Udall. He is survived by their six children; Tom, Scott, Lynn, Lori, Denis and Jay, and their families, including eight grandchildren.

A "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held later this year in Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following organizations: Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and Think New Mexico.

Stewart L. Udall was born in St. John's, Arizona on January 31, 1920 to former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Levi S. Udall and Louise Lee Udall. He attended the University of Arizona where he earned undergraduate and law degrees.

During World War II, Stewart served four years in the United States Air Force as a gunner. He flew fifty missions over Western Europe for which he received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

In 1954, Stewart was elected to serve Arizona's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to serve four terms in the Congress.

In 1960, he proved instrumental in helping persuade Arizona Democrats to support then-Senator John F. Kennedy during the Democratic Nomination Convention. Upon election in 1960, President Kennedy appointed Stewart Udall Secretary of Interior, where his accomplishments under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson made him an icon in the environmental and conservation communities.

Legislative achievements from Secretary Udall's cabinet career include The Wilderness Act of 1964, The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the expansion of the National Park System and the creation of The Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Until his passing, Stewart Udall continued his devotion to public service as an author, historian, scholar, lecturer, environmental activist, lawyer and citizen of the outdoors. He was the last surviving member of President Kennedy's original cabinet.


In the Wise Words of Joe Kennedy

"Look - I am one of the most hard core libertarians in the world as far as I can tell... Voting Libertarian will not solve this problem. Running as a Libertarian will not solve this problem.. The public is not voting that way... I hate to say it but it's the truth. We must do more... people have to do something. If anyone has actual home phone numbers of legislators I recommend them sending them out. We need to stop playing nice.

When I ran for senate people were all too eager to threaten me and my family right in my own home. I am not saying threatening is the answer - it's not... but when you call someone at home it sends a message. It says you are effecting my life, now I can effect yours. I will call you at all hours of the night because you are stealing from me. If you have the home phone number or personal cell phone number of any legislator - please post it and people please call it voicing your opinion. You are not off limits to them.... they should not be off limits to you...."

It is sad Americand will not give Independents, Constitution Partiers, and Libertarians a chance in the political arena. It's time to stop playing nice with the Republicans and Democrats and elect real Constitutionalists to office. Your thoughts.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

UT-SEN: Provo Mayor John Curtis Endorses Tim Bridgewater

From an e-mail from the Bridgewater Campaign:

PROVO – Provo Mayor John Curtis proudly endorsed Tim Bridgewater in his run for the U.S. Senate. Mayor Curtis believes Tim to be a true conservative, fiscally disciplined and a defender of the Constitution. As a fellow businessman he knows Tim will fight to reign in the out of control spending in Washington.

“I have known Tim for many years. He has achieved the American Dream, starting from a humble beginning and earning success through hard work and determination,” Curtis said. “He will roll up his shirt sleeves and work for the people of Utah. It is his can-do attitude that will change Washington and get our country back on track.”

“Tim’s message of sound financial management and conservatism is gaining momentum.” Curtis continued. “He will go to Washington and fight to cut spending and reduce the size and control of the Federal Government. Tim will make a great Senator for Utah.”

Bridgewater says he is honored to receive Mayor Curtis’ endorsement.

“Mayor Curtis is a respected leader and a good friend. I’m honored to have his endorsement.” Bridgewater said. “We both believe in sound fiscal management, limited government, and that it is time to send a new generation of leaders to Washington, D.C.”

Your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Earmark Vote and How We Can Effect Change Upon the Senate Republican Caucus

Yesterday, 15 GOP Senators voted against Senator Jim DeMint’s measure to ban earmarks in the Senate.

Those 15 were:

1. Alexander (R-TN)
2. Bond (R-MO)
3. Bunning (R-KY)
4. Cochran (R-MS)
5. Collins (R-ME)
6. Gregg (R-NH)
7. Hutchison (R-TX)
8. Inhofe (R-OK)
9. Lugar (R-IN)
10. Murkowski (R-AK)
11. Roberts (R-KS)
12. Shelby (R-AL)
13. Snowe (R-ME)
14. Voinovich (R-OH)
15. Wicker (R-MS)

Senator Bob Bennett denounced the measure, but did not vote at all.

Friends, we can change the Republican Caucus in the United States Senate. But we have to unite behind the real small government conservatives out there. We must get on the same page to improve our own.

Here is the list. We need these guys:

Ken Buck in CO
Chuck DeVore in CA
Alex Snitker in FL
Chuck Donovan in GA
Rand Paul in KY
Chuck Purgason in MO
Eric Deaton in OH
Peg Lusisk in PA
Sue Lowden in NV
John Hostettler in Indiana
Tim Bridgewater in Utah
Tom Alciere in NH

Let’s support small government Constitutionalists. This year is our last best chance in a long time to get a slate of solid Constitutionalists. Your thoughts.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Retracting My Endorsement of John Oxendine

Upon reviewing the positions of Oxendine in comparison with the other candidates in the hunt for the GOP nod for the Georgia Governorship(namely McBerry), I have come to the realization that States Rights is a far more important issue than the FairTax, something you don't see Ox taking to heart. Plus, I've reviewed one of the candidates Tax Platform, and it is strangely similar to the FairTax. I like Ox's "Contract With Georgia", but we must remember the last time the GOP made a contract with us(The "Contract With America"). We were horribly disappointed. Nothing much changed, except there was more bi-partisan measures. We need real change in the Government. Therefore, I am withdrawing my support of John Oxendine for Governor and am contemplating who to support next, though I find myself leaning McBerry. That, however, does not mean I support the unfair attacks from the emerging Neo-Conservative/GOP Good Ole' Boy think tank RedState. Just my poinion, and I'd like to hear yours in the comments.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

How I See The 2010 Senate Races So Far

Here's my take on the 2010 Senate races 8 months out.

Retiring Incumbents:

CT-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Chris Dodd is retiring. On the Democratic side, Software Executive Merrick Alpert, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and former Greenwich First Selectman Roger Pearson are in the running. On the Republican side, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, former Congressman Rob Simmons, and Euro Pacific Capital President Peter Shiff are in the running. I expect Blumenthal and Simmons to emerge from their respective Primaries. At this point, I rate this DEMOCRAT FAVORED.

DE-SEN: Appointed Democratic US Senator Ted Kaufman will not stand for election. The Democrats have unified behind behind New Castle County Executive Chris Coons. On the Republican side, Congressman Mike Castle, Political Consultant Christine O'Donnell, and Child Advocate Carlet Deetta Ward are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind School Mentoring Volunteer Wendy Jones. I see Castle handily emerging from his Primary. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

FL-SEN: Appointed Republican US Senator George LeMieux will not stand for election. On the Republican side, Mechanical Engineer Bob Coggans, Governor Charlie Crist, Attorney Linda Vasquez Littlefield, Thomas Mangum, Evangelist Gwyn McClellan, Attorney Belinda Noah, former Speaker of the Florida State House Marco Rubio, former New Hampshire US Senator Bob Smith, Businessman Shawn Teeters, and Physician Marion Thorpe Jr. are in the running. On the Democratic side, Pastor Tyrone Brown, North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferré, Raphael Herman, '02 Okaloosa County School Board Candidate Chuck Lynch, Congressman Kendrick Meek, and Retired Postal Worker Lawrence Penpeck are in the running. The Constitution Party has unified behind Prison Ministry Group Founder Bernie DeCastro. The Libertarians have unified behind Business Account Manager Alex Snitker. The Veterans Party has unified behind Businessman Dennis Bradley. On the Independent side, Lewis Armstrong, Farmer Bobbie Bean, College Professor Piotr Blass, Pest Management Company Co-Owner Todd Oifer, and Accountant Dave Roberts are in the running. I expect Rubio and Meek to emerge from their Primaries, Rubio 57-38 over Crist and Meek 75-14-8 over Burns and Ferre. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

IL-SEN: Appointed Democratic US Senator Roland Burris will not stand for election. The Democrats nominated State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. The Republicans nominated Congressman Mark Kirk. The Libertarians nominated Engineer Mike Labno. On the Independent side, Health Insurance Agency Owner John Blyth, Greenville City Councilor Will Boyd Jr., Attorney Michael Dorsey, Businessman Stan Jalga, Apostolic Minister Eric Wallace, and Bob Zadek are in the running. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

IN-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Evan Bayh is retiring. The Democrats have unified behind Congressman Brad Ellsworth. On the Republican side, Bank Branch Manager Don Bates Jr., Plumbing Contractor Richard Behney, former US Senator Dan Coats, former US Representative John Hostettler, and State Senator Marlin Stutzman are in the running. The Independents have unified behind 08' Gubernatorial candidate Timothy Lee Frye. I see Hostettler emerging over Stutzman and Coats 45-29-26. At this point, I rate this LEANS REPUBLICAN.

KS-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Sam Brownback is running for Governor. On the Republican side, Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are in the running. On the Democratic side, Retired Communications Executive Charles Schollenberger and Attorney Stanley Wiles are in the running. I see Moran narrowly beating out Tiahrt and Schollenberger defeating Wiles in their respective Primaries. At this point, I rate this race SAFE REPUBLICAN.

KY-SEN: Incumbent Republican Senator Jim Bunning is retiring. On the Republican side, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Business Executive Bill Johnson, World War II Veteran Gurley Martin, Physician Rand Paul, Jon Scribner, and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Stephenson are in the running. On the Democratic side, Physician James Buckmaster, Attorney General Jack Conway, Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, former US Customs Agent Darlene Price, and Farmer Maurice Sweeney are in the running. The Independents have unified behind Convenience Store Operator John Long. I expect Paul and Conway to emerge from their Primaries. At this point, I rate this LEANS REPUBLICAN.

MO-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Christopher Bond is retiring. On the Republican side, Congressman Roy Blunt, Electrical Contractor Davis Conway, Iraq War Veteran Hector Maldonado, Car Salesman Mark Memoly, Database Technician Kristi Nichols, Architect Bob Praprotnik, State Senator Chuck Purgason, Police Officer James Schmidt, Marketer Deborah Solomon, and Repairman Mike Vontz are in the running. On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and retired Federal Employee Francis Vangeli are in the running. On the Constitution side, Businessman Jerry Beck and retired Furniture Maker Joe Martellaro are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Jonathan Dine. The Progressives have unified behind State Party Co-Chair Midge Potts. I see Blunt prevailing over Purgason 53-32 and Carnahan destroying Vangeli 96-4. At this point, I rate this LEANS REPUBLICAN.

ND-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Byron Dorgan is retiring. On the Republican side, Governor John Hoeven and Retired Navy Officer and Businessman Duane Sand are in the running. The Democrats side has no announced candidates to date, but State Senator and 08' Gubernatorial nominee Tim Mathern is a potential candidate. I expect Hoeven to pound Sand in the Primary. At this point, I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

NH-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Judd Gregg is retiring. On the Republican side, former State Representative Tom Alciere, former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Businessmen Jim Bender and Bill Binnie, and former State Board of Education Chair Ovide LaMontage are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind US Representative Paul Hodes. The Libertarians have unified behind Realtor Ken Blevens. I expect LaMontage to teabag Ayotte to death in the Primary. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

OH-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator George Voinovich is retiring. The Republicans have unified behind former Congressman and former Bush OMB Director Rob Portman. On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher are in the running. The Constitution Party has unified behind Electrical Engineer Eric Deaton. The Socialists have unified behind University Instructor Dan LeBotz. On the Independent side, Medical Researcher Eric LaMont Gregory, Businessmen Stephen Lahanas and Dave Myers, Engineer Bill Pierce, and IT Consultant Adam Shaffer are in the running. I see Fisher emerging 55-45 over Brunner. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

Senators standing for re-election:

AL-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Richard Shelby is running for re-election. The Republicans have unified behind Shelby. The Democrats have unified behind Attorney William Barnes. At this point, I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

AK-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Lisa Murkowski is running for re-election. The Republicans have unified behind Murkowski. The Democrats have unified behind Attorney Frank Vondersaar. At this point, I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

AZ-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator John McCain is running for re-election. On the Republican side, McCain, Fire Protection Systems Contractor Jim Deakin, former Congressman JD Hayworth, and Verde Valley Justice of the Peace William Lundy are in the running. On the Democratic side, former Bell Gardens California Mayor Rudy Garcia, Tuscon City Councilor Rodney Glassman, and Teacher Stuart Starky are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Risk Management Consultant Rick Biondi. On the Independent side, Iraq War Veteran Leonard Clark and Management Consultant Ian Gilyeat are in the running. I see McCain emerging over Hayworth, Lundy, and Deakin 50-42-6-2. I see Glassman prevailing over Starky and Garcia 65-29-6. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

AR-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Blanche Lincoln is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Lincoln, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, and DC Morrison are in the running. On the Republican side, Business Consultant Randy Alexander, State Senators Gilbert Baker, Kim Hendren, and Jim Holt, Congressman John N. Boozman, Businessman Curtis Coleman, FedEx Truck Driver Fred Ramey, and retired Army Officer Conrad Reynolds are in the running. The Greens have unified behind Greenland Mayor John Gray. On the Independent side, Businessman Jasper Beede, Larry Buffington, Writer Adam Cat, UPS Employee Trevor Drown, and Technology Consultant Christopher Nogy are in the running. I see Halter crushing Lincoln and Morrison 55-43-2. I see Boozman winning the Primary with 39%. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

CA-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Barbara Boxer is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Boxer. On the Republican side, former Congressman Tom Campbell, State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Steven Greyclanus, Businessman Al Ramirez, and Evangelical Pastor Mosheh Thezion are in the running. The AIP's have unified behind Chiropractor Don Grundmann. The Greens have unified behind Community Organizer Duane Roberts. The Libertarians have unified behind former State Party Chairwoman Gail Lightfoot. The Independents have unified behind Jerry Leon Carroll. I see Campbell emerging over Fiorina and DeVore 40-34-26. At this point, I rate this LEANS DEMOCRAT.

CO-SEN: Appointed Democratic US Senator Michael Bennet will stand for election. On the Democratic side, Bennet and former State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff are in the running. On the Republican side, Attorney Steve Barton, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, Physician Robert Greenheck, Water Conservancy District Manager Gary Kennedy, Investor Vincent Martinez, former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, Businessman Cleve Tidwell, Confectionery Distribution Company Owner Mark Van Wyk, and State Senator Tom Wiens are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Businessman Maclyn Stringer. I see Romanoff prevailing over Bennet 53-47. I see Norton prevailing over Buck, Wiens, Kennedy, Tidwell, Barton, Martines, Greenheck, and Van Wyk 42-39-12-4-1-1 and the rest below 1%. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

GA-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Johnny Isakson is running for re-election. The Republicans are unifying behind Isakson, the Democrats are unifying behind former Rockdale County Commission Chief of Staff RJ Hadley, and the Libertarians are unifying behind Chuck Donovan. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

HI-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Daniel Inouye is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Inouye. The Republicans have no announced candidates, but Governor Linda Lingle is a potential candidate. At this point, if Lingle runs, I rate this LEANS DEMOCRAT. If she doesn't, then I rate this SAFE DEMOCRATIC.

ID-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Mike Crapo is running for re-election. The Republicans have unified behind Crapo. The Demmocrats have unified behind Attorney William Bryk. At this point, I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

IA-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Chuck Grassley. The Republicans have unified behind Grassley. On the Democratic side, former US Attorney Roxanne Conlin, former State Senator Tom Fiegen, former State Representative Bob Krause, and Engineer Sal Mohamed are in the running. I see Conlin defeating Krause, Fiegen, and Mohamed 67-21-11-1. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

LA-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator David Vitter is running for re-election. On the Republican side, Vitter and Porn Star Stormy Daniels are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind Congressman Charlie Melancon. The Libertarians have unified behind Refinery Supervisor Anthony Gentile. The Independents have unified behind retired Volunteer Fire Chief Bob Lang. I see Vitter blowing Daniels(out of the water) 83-17. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

MD-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Barbara Mikulski is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Mikulski. On the Republican side, former State Delegate Carmen Amedori, Engineer Daniel McAndrew, Businessman John Curran, Attorney Jim Rutledge, Limousine Company Owner Corrogan Vaughn, anf Queen Anne's County Commissioner Eric Wargotz are in the running. The Independents have unified behind retired Minister Robert Brookman. I see Wargotz prevailing over Amedori, Vaughn, McAndrew, Curran, and Rutledge 45-40-9-3-2-1. At this point, I rate this SAFE DEMOCRATIC.

NV-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Harry Reid is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Reid. On the Republican side, former State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, Investment Banker John Chachas, State Assemblyman Chad Christensen, former State Board of Education Member Greg Dagani, Dentist Chuck Flume, Attorney Chuck Kozak, former State GOP Chair Sue Lowden, Business Administrator Mark Noonan, Project Manager Bill Parson, and Businessmen Terry Suominen and Danny Tarkanian are in the running. The IAP's have unified behind Businessman Tim Fasano. The Libertarians have unified behind Radio Talk Show Host Jim Duensing. On the Independent cside, Jerry Carter, Businessman Jeff Durbin, Michael Haines, Jessie Holland, Jeffrey Reeves, and Wil Stand are in the running. I see Lowden defeating Tarkanian and Angle 49-25-19 with the rest polling single digits. At this point, I rate this LEANS REPUBLICAN.

NC-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Richard Burr is running for re-election. On the Republican side, Burr, Asheboro City Councilman Eddie Burks, Electronics Store Owner Brad Jones, and former State Representative Larry Linney are in the running. On the Democratic side, former State senator Cal Cunningham, Accountant Susan Harris, Attorney Kenneth Lewis and Marcus Williams, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, and Minister W. Ann Worthy are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Business Consultant Mike Beitler. I see Burr trouncing Burks, Linney, and Jones 79-12-7-2. I see Cunning have narrowly scoring an upset with the help of the Liberal Grassroots 43-42-8-4-1-1 over Marshall, Lewis, Harris, Williams, and Worthy. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

NY-SEN A: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Chuck Schumer is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Schumer, Comedian Randy Credico, 08' State Assembly candidate Lumies Huff, and Illinois Political Consultant Phil Krone are in the running. The only announced Republican candidate is GOP Activist Martin Chicon, but CNBC TV Show Host and Economist Larry Kudlow is considering getting in this race. At this point, I rate this SAFE DEMOCRAT.

NY-SEN B: Appointed Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will stand for election. On the Democratic side, Gillibrand, Oral Surgeon Scott Noren, and former National Writers Union President Jonathan Tasini are in the running. On the Republican side, former Port Authority Commissioner Bruce Blakeman and former Congressman Joe DioGuardi are in the running. The Conservatives have unified behind Businessman Jaques Ditte. The Constitution Party has unified behind Religious Right Activist Jan Johnson. The Greens have unified behind Civil Servant Jeff Peress. I see Gillibrand crushing Tasini and Noren 74-20-6. I see Blakeman defeating DioGuardi 55-45. St this point, I rate this DEMOCRAT FAVORED.

OK-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Tom Coburn is running for re-election. The Republicans have unified behind Coburn. The Democrats have no announced candidates, but Governor Brad Henry is a potential candidate. At this point, if Henry runs, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED. If he doesn't, then I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

OR-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Ron Wyden is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Wyden, Fitness Instructor Pavel Goberman, and Farmer Loren Hooker are in the running. On the Republican side, Businessmen Kareem Hamdy and Loren Later, Businesswoman Robin Parker, Realtor Tom Stutzman, and Construction Artisan Tradesman Walter Woodman. The Greens have unified behind Psychiatrist Rick Staggenborg. The Libertarians have unified behind Financial Planner Marc Delphine. Wyden will defeat Hooker and Goberman 85-13-2. The Republican Primary is a TOSSUP. Regardless of who wins, I rate this SAFE DEMOCRAT.

PA-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Arlen Specter is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Specter, Congressman Joe Sestak, and Machinist Joe Vodvarka are in the running. On the Republican side, Conservative Activist Peg Lusisk and former Congressman and former Club for Growth President Pat Toomey are in the running. The Greens have unified behind Physician Assistant Mel Packer. The Libertarians have unified behind Businessman Larry Murphy. The Independent Americans have unified behind Pastoral Degree Student Mike Yilit. I see Sestak pulling an upset with the help of the Liberal Grassroots 49-47 over Specter. I see Toomey defeating Lusisk 72-28. At this point, I rate this a TOSSUP.

SC-SEN: Incumbent GOP US Senator Jim DeMint is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind DeMint. On the Democratic side, Attorney Chad McGowan and retired Auto Company Executive Mike Ruckes are in the running. I expect Ruckes to defeat McGowan in the Primary. At this point, I rate this REPUBLICAN FAVORED.

SD-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator John Thune is running for re-election.The Republicans have unified behind Thune. The Democrats have no announced candidates, but State Senator Nancy Turbak Berry is considering the race. Whether or not Berry runs, thIS race is SAFE REPUBLICAN.

UT-SEN: Incumbent Republican US Senator Bob Bennett is running for re-election. On the Republican side, Bennett, Business Consultant Tim Bridgewater, Businesswoman and Conservative Activist Cherilyn Eager, Attorney Mike Lee, and Businessman James Williams are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind State Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner Sam Granato. I expect Eager to teabag Bennett to death at the convention. At this point, I rate this SAFE REPUBLICAN.

VT-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Pat Leahy is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Leahy and Physician Daniel Freilich are in the running. The Republicans have unified behind Lumber Store Owner Len Britton. On the Independent side, Cris Ericson and John LaPierre Jr. are in the running. I expect Leahy to trounce Freilich in the Primary. At this point, I rate this SAFE DEMOCRATIC.

WA-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Patty Murray is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Murray. On the Republican side, Physician Arthur Coday Jr., State Senator Don Benton, former Pro Football Player Clint Didier, Truck Driver Wayne Glover, Electrical Engineering Instructor Scott Johnson, Businessmen Rod Rieger and Chris Widener, Chiropractor Sean Salzar, and Energy Trader Craig Williams are in the running. I see Benton emerging over Didier, 44-29 with the rest polling in the single digits. At this point, I rate this DEMOCRAT FAVORED.

WI-SEN: Incumbent Democratic US Senator Russ Feingold is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Feingold. On the Republican side, Real Estate Developer Terrence Wall and Businessman Dave Westlake are in the running. The Constitution Party has unified behind Cumberland City Alderman Rob Taylor. I see Wall defeating Westlake 59-41. At this point, I rate this DEMOCRAT FAVORED.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bridgewater Says Bennett's Economic Stance Finally on Par, Questions Election-Year Timing

E-mail from the Bridgewater for US Senate campaign:

SOUTH JORDAN, UT – Republican Senate candidate Tim Bridgewater issued the following statement today in response to Senator Bennett’s recently introduced Economic Disaster Prevention Act:

“During Senator Bennett’s 18 years in office, he has habitually voted for legislation that increases spending and adds to the federal deficit, earning him a reputation as a consistent big government spender. Furthermore, he has repeatedly voted for pork barrel projects including the $300 million “Bridge to Nowhere”, and helped lead the charge for the TARP legislation that encouraged wasteful spending by Washington at an unprecedented rate. Recently, Bennett put forward a healthcare proposal that includes an unconstitutional mandate and a government option.

“I applaud his election-year decision to finally put forward this piece of legislation that addresses spending and entitlement programs, but I wonder why it has taken him so long to do so.”

Bridgewater has joined other conservatives from across the country in supporting budget reform measures, specifically a moratorium on earmarks and a new push for a Balanced Budget Amendment.

“As a small business entrepreneur, my approach in Washington will be to run this country's budget more like a business. In order to succeed, we must make difficult choices. I’ve made those tough choices in my business practices. I know how to manage cash flow, make necessary funding cuts, and tighten a budget in order to survive difficult economic times.

Your thoughts.

Monday, March 8, 2010

SSpaniards Rally Against Abortion

From BBC News:

Thousands of demonstrators have marched through Spanish cities to protest against a bill that will make it easier for women to seek an abortion.

In Madrid, families with young children carried banners, flags and balloons and chanted "No to abortion! Yes to life!".

The bill, already passed by parliament, introduces abortion on demand up to 14 weeks into a pregnancy.

At present, a pregnancy can only be terminated in mainly Catholic Spain under specific circumstances.

The new bill is due to come into force in July.

It is the latest in a series of ethical issues which have pitted the Catholic right against the government, which has legalised gay marriage and made divorce easier.

"No woman can be sent to jail for terminating her pregnancy or threatened with that. That's the difference," Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Saturday.

This is interesting and it shows that more people are against abortion these days than the Leftist media leads us to believe. Your thoughts.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Take on the 2010 VA Races

Here's a Rundown of how I think the 2010 VA races will go:

Congress: The GOP holds districts 1, 4, 6, and 7. The Democrats hold district 3.

VA-02: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Glenn Nye is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Nye. On the GOP side, former Virginia Beach GOP Chair Kenny Golden, Engineering Contractor Ben Loyola, Defense Contractor Ed Maulbeck, Army Reserve Brigadier General Bet Mizusawa, Auto Dealer Scott Rigell, and Businessman Scott Taylor are in the running. The Independents have unified behind Computer Systems Engineer Doug Hutchinson. The GOP Primary is a tossup between Golden and Mizusawa. Whoever wins will defeat Nye. 52-48 Golden. 54-46 Mizusawa. GOP GAIN.

VA-05: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Perriello. On the GOP side, Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd, Businessman Ron Ferrin, State Senator Robert Hurt, Real Estate Developers Jim McKelvey and Laurence Verga, Airline Pilot Michael McPadden, and Teacher Feda Morton. On the Independent side, Tea Party Activist Jeff Clark and Factory Worker Bradley Rees are in the running. The GOP Primary is a tossup between Boyd and Hurt. Whoever wins will upend Perriello. Boyd 51-49. Hurt 53-47. GOP GAIN.

VA-08: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Moran is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Moran and Attorney's Matt Famiglietti and Ronald Mitchell are in the running. On the GOP side, former Federal Communications Commission General Counsel Matthew Berry, Banker Mark Ellmore, Retired Army Officer Patrick Murray, and Communications Consultant Laurence Socci are in the running. The Indy Greens have unified behind Retired Navy Officer Ron Fisher. The Independents have unified behind Carvel St. John. I expect Berry to win convincingly in the Primary and lose to Moran 63-37. DEM HOLD.

VA-09: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Boucher. On the GOP side, retired Businessman Jim Bebout, State House Majority Leader Morgan Griffifth, Surveyor Adam Light, retired Army Officer David Moore, and Electrical Engineer Jessee Ring. The Independents have unified behind Farmer Jeremiah Heaton. I expect Griffifth to demolish the field of GOP'ers and defeat Boucher 53-47. GOP GAIN.

VA-10: Incumbent GOP Congressman Frank Wolf is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Wolf and Defense Contractor Jim Trautz are in the running. On the Democratic side, Workforce Development Consultant Richard Anthony, Consultant Jeff Barnett, Architect Dennis Findley, and Brain Injury Survivor and Felon Julien Modica are in the running. I see Wolf and Anthony emerging from their Primaries and I expect Wolf to beat Anthony 59-41. GOP HOLD.

VA-11: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Connolly. On the GOP side, Home Inspection Company CEO Keith Fimian, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, and Paul Miller are in the running. I expect Herrity to defeat Fimian and Miller 54-44-2. Herrity will defeat Connolly 52-48. GOP GAIN.

Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund has Died

From the Capitol Currents:

State Treasurer Ben Westlund lost his battle with lung cancer today. According to a statement issued by the Oregon Treasurer's office, Westlund died this morning in Bend. Prior to being elected Treasurer in 2008, Westlund served in the Oregon legislature for 12 years--first as a Republican, then as an independent, and finally as a Democrat.

Westlund first battled cancer in 2003, then announced last fall that his cancer had returned. There has been no announcement yet on memorial services for Westlund, who is survived by his wife and two children, age 21 and 17. In a statement, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said “Oregon has lost a leader, a friend and a member of our collective Oregon family, but (Westlund's) spirit and enthusiasm will continue to inspire the best in all of us.”


Idaho Introduces Constitutional Tender Act

From Constitutional Tender:

Our friends in Idaho have been working for some time now on their own version of a bill to restore constitutionally valid tender in that State, by restoring silver and gold as an alternative to Federal Reserve Notes. This bill, which they are calling the Idaho Constitutional Tender Act, was introduced on March 2nd in the House Ways & Means Committee. It has been assigned bill number 622.

I've been interacting with the members of The Idaho Sound Money Task Force (which includes monetary experts, state legislators, and interested citizens) for a number of months now, and have watched this bill come to fruition after several iterations. I have to say, I'm getting more and more excited as I see more and more states "coming on board" the sound money train!

This is great news! Unbacked paper money has contributed its part to the economic collapse. Your thoughts.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Anti-Gold Conservatives

From Ratepoint:

Within the American conservative movement, opponents of the gold standard -- any form of gold standard -- have always dominated the leadership. Newcomers may be unaware of this.

The average political conservative today is suspicious of the welfare state. He opposes price inflation. He wants "sound money." But his knowledge of money and banking is limited. Until Ron Paul's 2007-8 run for President, the average conservative voter had heard little about the Federal Reserve System.

Discussions of the FED are usually limited to the financial media. Debates are limited to whether the FED is wise in holding to, or changing, the federal funds rate. Few readers of the "Wall Street Journal" or viewers of CNBC could tell you exactly what the federal funds rate is, why it is important, or how the Federal Reserve controls it.

Discussions of the Federal Reserve in the mainstream media are also limited to policy matters. No one raises the fundamental issue of why and how it possesses the legal authority to set the federal funds rate, enforce banking rules, and control the money supply -- sort of. No one argues that the Federal Reserve is the most powerful private agency that is covered by a veneer of public accountability. No one raises the issue of why the Web addresses of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks end in org, but the Board of Governors ends in .gov.

The only exception in the mainstream media is Glenn Beck. He does give some time to this topic. His 2008 interview with Ron Paul did raise this issue.

Very interesting. Your thoughts.

Ron Paul's Women

Great article from The Daily Beast:

The GOP has signed up woefully few female candidates this year. But CPAC hero Ron Paul is helping to close the gap. Liz Goodwin talks to Paul about his followers now running in their own right.

On Tuesday, a relatively unknown and poorly financed retired nurse named Debra Medina siphoned off almost 19 percent of the vote from heavyweights Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas Republican gubernatorial primary. Medina’s surprisingly strong finish is partly attributable to the surge of Tea Party support around the country, a movement Medina is associated with, as well as to general anti-incumbent feeling. But her 18.6 percent may also owe something to the support and political endorsement of CPAC hero and fellow Texan Ron Paul. Paul wrote an open letter soon after Medina—a top campaign volunteer in Paul’s 2008 presidential race—announced her candidacy, calling her a "defender of liberty" and "role model for Texans across our state.”

Congressman Paul, who handily fended off his own primary challenge Tuesday with 80 percent of the vote, is usually associated with a fleet of college-age, testosterone-fueled supporters. But Medina is just one of a trio of female former Paul volunteers who are waging their own campaigns this year, and advancing Paul’s libertarian brand of Republicanism. In addition to Medina, Valerie Meyers in Georgia and Linda Goldthorpe in Michigan are both seeking U.S. House seats.

Asked if his past as an OB-GYN makes him feel more comfortable around women and vice versa, Paul said, “I hope I’m comfortable. I have a lot of empathy, and I assume they feel some of that.”

Paul, a former OB-GYN with a strong anti-abortion stance, says his message attracts women to his campaign. “Historically, people have always commented that women might be more pro-peace than pro-war, and I think my message has excited a lot of women,” he says. (Paul doesn’t support spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.) “I’m pleased that they’re running,” he says of the three candidates. But he was quick to say it’s just a coincidence that he tends to have women in important staff positions. “People have kidded me over the years… I’ve had a lot of key personnel who have been women. It’s always been coincidental.” Asked if his past as an OB-GYN makes him feel more comfortable around women and vice versa, Paul said, “I hope I’m comfortable. I have a lot of empathy, and I assume they feel some of that.”

Nice article. It shows that Ron Paul is the only one who can win over the Women and Youth vote. Your thoughts.

Fake Students Get U.S. Visas Like 9/11 Hijackers

Via Judicial Watch:

The U.S. government claims it restricted the nation’s fraud-infested student visa program after the 9/11 hijackers exploited it to plan their attack yet a south Florida language school has just been busted for easily tricking immigration officials into granting hundreds of visas to foreign nationals who posed as students.

Practically none of the 200 foreigners who got the visas ever attended the hokey Florida Language Institute in each of the past three years and most remain at large somewhere in the U.S. Besides presenting an obvious national security threat, this violates laws enacted after the 2001 terrorist attacks to reform the notoriously unregulated and corrupt student visa program.

Several of the 9/11 terrorists entered and lived in the U.S. with student visas and one of the attackers had enrolled—but never attended—a northern California language school similar to the one shut down by federal authorities in Florida this week. Others had enrolled at various aviation schools throughout the country.

The State Department vowed to clean up and heavily monitor the foreign student visa program, but nearly a decade later, that clearly hasn’t occurred. Examples abound in the last few years and the most recent case in Florida illustrates the government’s deplorable negligence.

Eighty of the fake students have been arrested by immigration authorities and will likely be deported, but at least 120 are still at large and investigators say they are trying to determine what the foreigners are doing in the U.S. They come from various countries, including Turkey, Syria, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Indonesia, south and Central America.

In other alarming cases, a Pakistani man indicted in Houston for aiding the Taliban and training with firearms for jihad against Americans, entered the U.S. with a student visa. He remained in the country long after the visa expired, became heavily involved in Texas Muslim groups and completed weapons and reconnaissance training at various area locations to terrorize Americans.

In the same month an admissions clerk in the nation’s largest public university system got caught accepting bribes to fast track foreign students’ applications, many from the Middle East. The woman worked at one of the biggest schools within the California State University system, which has 23 campuses, a total enrollment of about half a million students and a faculty of 46,000.

Who could forget when 11 young Egyptian men disappeared in 2007 after arriving in the U.S. with student visas to attend an English program in Montana? Ages 18-22, the men landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport before vanishing. Incompetent federal authorities downplayed the seriousness of their failure to locate the men for more than a month.

Scary. Your thoughts.

A Refutation of Icarus

Excellent article from Political Vine:

There’s a story posted on the blog regarding John Oxendine. The author of it is “Icarus”, whose real name is Charlie Harper (no, not the TV character, a real person).

Within the story, Harper weaves a little bit of fact with a lot of conjecture and innuendo directed at innocent bystanders. In one of his paragraphs, he writes:

“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.“

AND, then, there’s this paragraph in which Harper decides he has the right to malign as many people as possible in his usual attempt to paint a broad brush of, well, dare I say it: “Karen-Handel-esque” verbiage (which is quite suitable since Icarus is a devout Handel supporter):

“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.“

Please read this article. It really shines a light on the pro-Handel/neo-Conservative/Progressive smear machine that is trying to destroy a man of honor and statesmanship like Oxendine. I will not demand apologies from the cretins at RedState/Peach Pundit for this matter, I simply demand that people stop reading these liars and enabling their faux-Conservative policies which they're trying to force down our throats. I DO NOT want Handel OR Barnes(The radical leftist Erickson would rather see as Governor than the True Conservative candidate John Oxendine, which tells you how un-Conservative he is) as my Governor. Your thoughts.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ronald Reagan Warmonger

From Lew Rockwell:

This article first appeared in the Libertarian Forum, Vol. XVII, Nos. 7–8, July–August, 1983.

The world is in very dangerous waters. The "true" or rhetorical Ronald Reagan, the second Reagan of the conservative "Let Reagan Be Reagan" slogan, has functioned only in the world of rhetoric since the beginning of his misbegotten Administration, or arguably since he embraced the Rockefeller Republicans at the convention of 1980. The rhetorical Reagan, the "Get Big Government Off Our Backs," free market, war-with-Russia stance, has been particularly eclipsed since the end of the first year of his Administration. In economics, quasi-libertarians, monetarists, and supply-siders have been elbowed aside since 1982, and replaced by the same kind of quasi-conservative Keynesians who brought us the Nixon and Ford Administrations. In foreign policy, however, while the war fanatics like Richard Allen and Richard Pipes were booted out after a year, there has recently been a recrudescence of war-hawk domination by a troika of old Reagan buddy Judge William P. Clark, national security adviser whose admitted total ignorance of foreign affairs seems especially to qualify him for a top foreign policy post; Cap Weinberger of Bechtel Corporation and the Defense Department; and neo-conservative hatchet-lady and political scientist Jeane Kirkpatrick, whose contribution to political theory was to distinguish between "good" authoritarian and "bad" totalitarian torture.

The war-hawk troika signaled its accession to power by booting out Thomas Enders (one of the people most responsible for the Vietnam War) and Deane Hinton from their key State Department posts in Central American policy, for the sin of being too dovish and soft-nosed. This was a shock to those knowledgeable in foreign affairs, since it was roughly equivalent to Hitler’s firing Goebbels for being soft on the Jewish Question. Clearly, we were in for a lot of trouble. Since the rise of the troika, and the relative eclipse of the "dovish" George Shultz in foreign policy, the following events have occurred as the Reagan Administration heats up the Cold War and marches, step by step, toward World War III.

Great article! Your thoughts.

Ron Paul's Plan for a Freedom President

Great post from Lew Rockwell:

Since my 2008 campaign for the presidency I have often been asked, “How would a constitutionalist president go about dismantling the welfare-warfare state and restoring a constitutional republic?” This is a very important question, because without a clear road map and set of priorities, such a president runs the risk of having his pro-freedom agenda stymied by the various vested interests that benefit from big government.

Of course, just as the welfare-warfare state was not constructed in 100 days, it could not be dismantled in the first 100 days of any presidency. While our goal is to reduce the size of the state as quickly as possible, we should always make sure our immediate proposals minimize social disruption and human suffering. Thus, we should not seek to abolish the social safety net overnight because that would harm those who have grown dependent on government-provided welfare. Instead, we would want to give individuals who have come to rely on the state time to prepare for the day when responsibility for providing aide is returned to those organizations best able to administer compassionate and effective help – churches and private charities.

Now, this need for a transition period does not apply to all types of welfare. For example, I would have no problem defunding corporate welfare programs, such as the Export-Import Bank or the TARP bank bailouts, right away. I find it difficult to muster much sympathy for the CEO’s of Lockheed Martin and Goldman Sachs.

No matter what the president wants to do, most major changes in government programs would require legislation to be passed by Congress. Obviously, the election of a constitutionalist president would signal that our ideas had been accepted by a majority of the American public and would probably lead to the election of several pro-freedom congressmen and senators. Furthermore, some senators and representatives would become “born again” constitutionalists out of a sense of self-preservation. Yet there would still be a fair number of politicians who would try to obstruct our freedom agenda. Thus, even if a president wanted to eliminate every unconstitutional program in one fell swoop, he would be very unlikely to obtain the necessary support in Congress.

Yet a pro-freedom president and his legislative allies could make tremendous progress simply by changing the terms of the negotiations that go on in Washington regarding the size and scope of government. Today, negotiations over legislation tend to occur between those who want a 100 percent increase in federal spending and those who want a 50 percent increase. Their compromise is a 75 percent increase. With a president serious about following the Constitution, backed by a substantial block of sympathetic representatives in Congress, negotiations on outlays would be between those who want to keep funding the government programs and those who want to eliminate them outright – thus a compromise would be a 50 percent decrease in spending!

Awesome post. Your thoughts.

Call These GA Congressmen and Tell Them To Vote NO On ObamaCare

Congressman John Barrow
12th District
202-225-2823 Washington
706-722-4494 Augusta
866-890-6236 Sandersville
912-354-7282 Savannah
912-537-9301 Vidalia
Fax: 202-225-3377;

Congressman Sanford Bishop
2nd District
202-225-3631 Washington
229-439-8067 Albany
706-320-9477 Columbus
229-226-7789 Thomasville
Fax: 202-225-2203;

Congressman Hank Johnson
4th District
202-225-1605 Washington
770-987-2291 District Office South
770-939-2016 District Office North
Fax: 202-226-0691;

Congressman Jim Marshall
8th District
202-225-6531 Washington
877-464-0255 Macon
478-296-2023 Dublin
229-556-7418 Tifton
Fax: 202-225-2515;

Congressman John Lewis
5th District
202-225-3801 Washington
404-659-0166 Atlanta
Fax: 202-225-0351;

(Notice: We could not find any numbers for Rep. David Scott. If you find any, pass them along.)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Conservative State Project Endorses Chuck Purgason for MO-SEN

Joining our list of endorsements which include John Oxendine,John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, Mick Mulvaney, and Mike Vasovski, Conservative State Project is pleased to announce our endorsement of Chuck Purgason for the US Senate. Here are the issues I base my support of Purgason on:

1. Balanced Budget: Purgason knows that the number one plank of the Republican Party platform is a balanced budget. But when the GOP was in charge with the President, House, and Senate, why was it not balanced? Spending increased under their leadership. What we had were politicians who said they were for a balanced budget but voted for budgets that put more debt on our families. He promises to not vote for a budget that is not balanced, offer amendments, and show leadership to bring fiscal sanity back to our nation's capitol.

2. Earmarks: Purgason also knows that another plank in the Republican platform was no earmarks. How is budget of the United States balanced when 535 members of Congress are allowed to use our governments "credit card"? In our debtor nation, we must stop this runaway and unaccountable spending. Purgason pledges to not vote for any earmarks and work to reform this failed system.

3. Family Lobbyists: Purgason believes that family lobbyists are a conflict of interest. No member of his family is involved in any function of government other than being a working taxpayer who gets stuck paying bills lobbyists and politicians come up with.

4. Stimulus: Purgason believes that the TARP program opened the door for the process of government picking who survives and who dies in our free market system. Instead of protecting taxpayers hard earned dollars and allowing taxpayers to stimulate the economy by spending their money, the politicians put us more and more into debt by increasing government spending and involvement in our lives and free market system. He will vote against any spending measure put before the Senate if elected.

5. Campaign Funds for Bailed-out Companies: Purgason sees that an example of this monstrosity is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How can you use tax dollars to bail out those companies and then accept campaign contributions from them? He will do what it takes to put an end to this.

6. Out-of-State Fundraisers: After seeing the other candidates hosting fundraisers in places like Chicago, New York, Washington, and a lobster bake on a beach in Florida, Purgason pledges to hold no fundraisers outside the state of Missouri.

7. Term Limits: Purgason has served under term limits his whole career. In order for us to break the corrupt cycle of entrenched politicians, he pledges to serve only two terms as Missouri's Senator.

Conservative State Project Endorses Mike Vasovski for SC-03

Joining our list of endorsements such as John Oxendine, John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, and Mick Mulvaney, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mike Vasovski for US Congress. Here are the 3 principles of which I support him on:

1. A Wall Separating Big Business and Big Government: Mike Vasovski knows that the essence of socialism is when the politically powerful wield their political power to protect and promote their own personal profits, and that it's why the foremost principle of our great Republic must be a separation of private profit from public power. When a politician uses their position for political gain and to get money, we call it corruption. When a company uses their money to influence a politician, we call them special interests. This double standard needs to end, as well as the practice of using government to benefit private businesses. The idea that government exists to serve big businesses is wrong and just as dangerous as the idea that government exists to regulate business. Governments exist to serve the people, not the business interests of wealthy and powerful individuals. It is with this in mind that our forefathers created the constitution, a document defining the limits of power. This was not an idea that came out of nothing, it was an idea that came about because they understood the dangers of letting government become too powerful, especially a government that could be bought and paid for by the wealthy interests of the world. It's time to let business and the Government do what's best for the people.

2. The Role of Government: Vasovski believes that governments exist to serve the people. This is the paramount idea behind the republic, that people know what's best for themselves, and they should be able to elect representatives that will represent their ideals. Do Americans think government acts like a government? We are mad when people stick their noses into our business, when other people simply assume that we're dishonest criminals. We are offended when other people tell us how to live, or what to believe, or what health treatments we should get. Why do we let government do these things? Why don't we get offended when politicians tell us what products are worth a tax credit, or when our politicians tell us we need to open our bank accounts to government inspectors? Why don't we get offended when our government tells us how long we can water our lawn, or what kind of light bulbs we use in our houses? We are not as stupid as our government presumes. It's time to remind Congress that it serves the people, not the other way around.

3. Partisan Politics: Vasovski believes we can't afford to turn away a good idea because it might have been proposed by someone on the other side of the aisle. A good idea is a good idea no matter whether sponsor is a Democrat or a Republican. We are Americans, a good idea from any of us ought to be considered on its own merit. It's time that our politicians stop playing games with the American people. We have real serious problems in this country today. The last thing we should be doing is arguing with each other over credit for the solutions. We need to focus on finding common-sense solutions to these pressing problems, not Republican solutions or Democrat solutions. It's time to put partisan games aside and start putting common-sense solutions in place to face the problems of the 21st century.

Conservative State Project Endorses Mick Mulvaney for SC-05

Joining our list of endorsements like John Oxendine, John Hostettler, and Sue Lowden, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mick Mulvaney for Congress. Here are the issues I base my support of Mulvaney on:

1. The Role of Government: Mulvaney is a believer in the Constitution, limited government, and that the government’s primary duty is to protect our personal freedoms so that we can do our best as individuals. He also believes that the best balance comes in recognizing and honoring the limitations on the federal government and the importance of the people and the states set forth in the Constitution.

2. Spending: We got into this financial catastrophe by spending money we didn’t have. Washington's solution is to spend more money that we don’t have. It would seem crazy in any place beside Washington, but it is. Mulvaney like most other Americans believe that the Government needs to end the spending and live on a budget.

3. Jobs: Mulvaney believes that to have employees, we need employers. Simply demanding jobs does not solve the problem. We need to eliminate the capital gains tax, lower tax rates on business, and cut income tax rates. The best thing that the federal government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way and let the American people known as private enterprise and the free market do what they do best, which is to create, innovate, produce, and hire.

4. Health Care: Lets face it, America needs Health Care Reform, but more Government is not the answer. Mulvaney believes that the solution can be found in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies, interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits.

5. Bailouts: Mulvaney believes that failure is as much a part of our capitalist system as success. In fact, business failures are often instrumental in tremendous innovation and improvement. These bailouts have only favored those with strong political connections. GM was stolen from private bondholders and given to unions. The Wall Street bailouts rewarded those who were “too big too fail” and big enough to have considerable pull in Washington. Smaller, regional and local banks which had run on a budget, but didn’t have the same influence, ended up with more regulation, higher taxes, and lost opportunities.

6. Transparency: Mulvaney knows that people need to have confidence that the system works, and that laws are applied evenly and fairly to all. The best way to do this is to simply let people know what is going on with their own government, which would include an Audit of the Fed.

7. Cap & Trade: Mulvaney believes that energy independence, green technology, and innovation are something we need to pursue as a nation. We should not seek to accomplish that by taxing people based on questionable science. Neither should we ignore domestic energy resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil because of baseless claims regarding global warming. He also believes that making it easier to drill for and use domestic resources, build nuclear power plants, and develop new technologies is the best way to end the current energy regime, which essentially has us empowering governments and groups that are very clearly anti-American.

8. Sanctity of Life: Mulvaney believes that life begins at conception. For him, this is more than a political ideal. It is what he's seen first hand with his triplets. Seeing it from his point of view, being pro-life is not about politics, it is about the life of an innocent child.

9. Term Limits: Before he became a Legislator, Mulvaney opposed term limits. He believed that the ballot box was the ultimate term limiter and high turnover among accountable, elected officials would give more power to unelected bureaucrats. After 3 years, he supports term limits after watching lawmakers pick the voters, instead of voters picking the lawmakers. He sees that the ballot box has lost much of its power, and the bureaucrats are powerful anyway, simply given the size of government.

Conservative State Project Endorses Sue Lowden for NV-SEN

Joining John Oxendine and John Hostettler on our roster of endorsements is Sue Lowden, who is running to defeat my least favorite Senator Harry Reid. Here are the issues I base my support of Lowden on:

1. Taxes: If elected, Lowden has stated that she will work to cut taxes. Lowden believes that reducing taxes is not just an economic issue, but it is a moral issue. And that there are two fundamental lines of thinking on taxes. One is that if you want to increase revenue to the federal government, you take more from working families by way of higher taxes and bring that money to Washington. The other is if you want to increase revenue, you get the government off our backs, reduce our taxes, and encourage economic activity. Senator Reid comes down on the former, while Lowden comes down on the latter. She will support the extensions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and to repeal the Capital Gains Tax and the Death Tax

2. Health Care: If elected, Lowden believes that Congress should pass meaningful medical liability reform. She believes that we should allow small businesses to better pool their resources together when employers are purchasing health insurance for their employees. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. We need to give small businesses the same purchasing power as big business and big labor. This effort, coupled with available Health Savings Accounts for consumers, will further drive down costs, both in your tax bill to the government and for your health insurance. She also believes that we should purchase health insurance across state lines, just as we are allowed to do when shopping for the best car or life insurance for our families. This would instantly bring more companies into the fold, competing for our business by offering more health care options at more affordable prices, and that Nevadans should be able to not only purchase their health care from other states if those plans are more affordable and meet their needs, but they should have better options of purchasing health insurance outside their businesses so they don’t lose their coverage if they lose or leave their jobs.

3. Federal Spending: If elected, Lowden proposes that the federal government mandate not only an immediate spending freeze, but that we ask all federal departments and agencies to cut 5 percent of their spending, except those tasked with protection our national and homeland security. Senator Reid and the Washington elites have dramatically increased federal spending in this country that we cannot simply stop the level of spending, by God, we need to reduce spending to get our nation back on a more stable, economic footing. She also thinks that if we do nothing, within the next decade, the federal government will be spending more just on the interest on our debt than we do on defense spending. By 2018, we will be spending more on interest than we do on non-defense spending including education, energy, transportation, housing and environmental protection.

4. 2nd Amendment: If elected, Lowden has stated she will monitor all legislation in Congress to ensure that no bills violate our Constitutional Rights as lawful citizens to own and possess weapons without government-imposed, illegal restrictions. In addition, she will not support activist judges to the federal bench who have shown any willingness in previous statements or rulings to dick around with our 2nd Amendment rights. And she will also be eager to join the pro-2nd Amendment Senators to file friend-of-the-court briefs in court cases dealing with our 2nd Amendment rights.

5. Israel: Lowden supports efforts to divest government-sponsored pension fund investments from state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran. As a senator, she will work to not only ensure that we enforce existing sanctions on the neo-Nazi Ahmadinejad government, but that we implement new, strict sanctions on these miserable, little cretins. In doing so, it is important that all options including military force be left on the table in seeing that Iran does not become armed with nuclear weapons. She also believes that as long as the American taxpayers continue funding the bulk of the United Nations operations and missions, we need to work to hold this entity accountable for their actions when it comes to the protection of Israel and its people. Israel has every right to protect its people from Hamas-fired missiles on innocent civilians in Gaza or from Hezbollah attacks from Lebanon. Israel is not just a global democracy worth defending, but it is a strong and loyal ally to the United States of America. And as a US Senator, Lowden will work to enhance our relationship, maintain our economic and religious freedoms, and stand firmly behind our shared, strategic goals and principles with Israel.

6. Borders: Lowden is probably the only candidate with a comprehensive border security plan, and it begins with not supporting amnesty, but rather enforcing current federal laws even if that means building a border fence. She believes that to stem the flow of illegal immigration, we must secure our borders. We have many tools at our disposal, between advanced technologies that help us track illegal attempts to penetrate our border, as well as increased numbers of border patrolmens, that when properly assigned to thus and such task, will help us stop the flow of illegal immigrants/burdens on our economy, as well as those who traffic drugs, people, or weapons illegally. We must also continue to penalize businesses that knowingly and willingly hire illegal immigrants. We have existing technologies and systems in place today that help us determine whether candidates for jobs within American businesses are in our country legally. In conclusion, Lowden believes that our immigration systems must be modernized and reformed so we can allow legal immigration to take place. It is unfortunate that thousands of people who seek the privilege of becoming an legitimate American have to wait seven to ten or even more years to become part of the American dream. Far worse is when politicians advance policies that would reward people who try to cheat us and enter our nation illegally on the hopes that we at some point will provide them amnesty.

7. Job Creation: If elected, Lowden will follow 3 basic principles for job growth. These are that when a government job is created, a private sector job is decimated by higher taxes on job-providers, we cannot continue to borrow money to support government spending because we only destroy the prosperity for future generations, and Increased taxes reduce the funds available for all private sector investment – which is solely responsible for real job creation. And to help in this matter, Lowden will work to cut the business tax on American job providers, cut the Payroll Tax, work to eliminate the Capital Gains Tax, repeal the Death Tax, diversify our energy resources, encourage innovation and investment in new industries, protect and preserve Nevada’s signature industries, enact real and meaningful lawsuit reform, work to significantly reduce the deficits of Reid and Pelosi, work to end massive bailouts and sweeping Washington takeovers, and help us to keep our money in the pockets of those who earned it.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

NY-29: Massa to Retire

From The NY Daily News:

Rep. Eric Massa is poised to announce this afternoon that he will not seek re-election in the 29th Congressional District this fall as planned, a Democratic source confirms.


The freshman congressman is going to make his announcement at 3 p.m., according to the source. It's unclear if that event is taking place in the district or in Wahsington, D.C. A call to Massa's spokesman has so far not been returned.

UPDATE: Massa's office says he will be speaking with the press on a "very important" conference call at 3:30 p.m. He's in Washington.

Massa is calling around the district to inform party leaders and supporters of his decision.

The source said he assumed that Massa's move is "health related," but said the congressman also gave him a rather nebulous warning that he would be "hearing things that aren't true."

Sources close to the congressman say there has been talk of an ethics investigation, but a staffer in Massa's district office contacted yesterday insisted he had no knowledge of that.

UPDATE2: Politico is reporting the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married and has two children, sexually harassed a male staffer.

The former US Navy officer received a diagnosis of terminal cancer while serving as as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, General Wesley Clark, during the Bosnian conflict, according to the bio on his Web site. He returned to the US to undergo treatment, survived and is "completely cured."

Massa was already on the DCCC's watch list and is facing a challenge in a difficult political year from Republican Tom Reed.

With Massa out of the race, sources in the district speculated that Reed might be pushed aside in favor of a stronger Republican candidate - perhaps Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, who has been mentioned as a potential LG running mate for Rick Lazio.

Massa was elected in 2008, ousting then-GOP Rep. Randy Kuhl, 51-49. It was Massa's second attempt at unseating Kuhl. He tried and failed in 2006, but came close, winning 49 percent of the vote.

This is shocking. With this move, this race is a Tossup. Your thoughts.

Texas Surprises

Railroad Commissioner: Carrillo loses to Price 61-39.

Agriculture Commissioner: Kinky loses 52-48.

Lieutenant Governor: Earle loses to Thompson 53-35.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Detroit Stores Swipe Millionsfrom Aid Program

From Metro Detroit News & Talk:

Two undercover informants entered Jefferson's Liquor Palace and spotted the owner at the register. "Big baby," said one, "we gon' do this?"

The man behind the counter provided $50 in cash, two bottles of liquor, two porn DVDs and two Viagra pills — all in exchange for taking $280.85 off a food-stamp card, say federal investigators who recorded the deal.

Fraud in the government program that helps the poor has added up to nearly $100 million since 2007, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. It's a fraction of the more than $40 billion spent to feed people each year, but the crime has become a brazen way for some small stores to literally swipe cash from the U.S. Treasury, especially in the Detroit area.

There have been at least 122 fraud-related convictions of owners or employees in the five-state Midwest region since 2007, nearly double the number from 2004-06, says USDA, which oversees the welfare program. About half of those have occurred in southeastern Michigan.

Among the latest cases: A store west of downtown Detroit is accused of selling bags of the exotic chewy drug khat in exchange for food-stamp benefits. Agents in another investigation discovered that cash was wired to Somalia and other countries.

"You have a money machine on your counter. It's a crime of opportunity. We see a lot of cases," said Sheldon Light, head of the economic-crimes unit at the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit.

Debit-style cards replaced paper coupons in the 1990s. Customers step to the counter with groceries, and their card is swiped to electronically record the transaction.

The boldest scam works like this: People hungry for cash ask the store to ring up a small food sale or a phony one. An employee agrees to hand over money, maybe $50, but takes a larger amount off the card for a nice profit, sometimes as high as 100 percent.

Taxpayers get stung when money is transferred to a store's bank account from the U.S. Treasury.

"When times get tough, people do desperate things," said Doraid Markus, a defense lawyer who has represented merchants.

Your thoughts.

Bishops Rushing Through Controversial Terminal Care Guide

From The Telegraph:

I have been passed a document by a senior Catholic source which reveals significant disquiet over the draft “Guide to the Spiritual Care of the Dying Person” submitted to the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, which my source claims is being “rushed through”.

As the Bishops’ Conference website admits, the draft guide draws on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), a widely used palliative care scheme which, as my colleague Martin Beckford has reported, has been accused of leading to the premature death of elderly and sick patients as doctors and nurses withdraw food and fluids too soon.

The authors of the Catholic draft guide insist that it does not sanction any form of euthanasia. On the contrary, it stresses that doctors and nurses must never do anything to shorten a person’s death intentionally – the teaching of the Catholic Church.

But its critics are not happy. In fact, they are furious that the guide is likely to be adopted after what they says is “a short and not well publicised period of ‘consultation’ “.

The document passed to me by my source, drawn up on the advice of medical experts who dislike the LCP, claims: “Neither the Catholic Medical Association, nor the Linacre Centre for Bioethics nor the joint Episcopal Bioethics Committee have yet been consulted on the text of the draft Guide which nevertheless … accepts the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) which some have seen as a means of concealing improper terminal sedation and even euthanasia …

“An endorsement of a specific clinical protocol like the LCP by the Bishops of England and Wales would be unusual, especially as there are other protocols in use, and is seen by some healthcare staff as inappropriate and even invidious and primarily a matter of clinical, rather than theological, judgment.

Interesting. Your thoughts.

Mayor Adam Bradley Arrested over A Martial Dispute

Via Right Pundits:

How timely, what with it being Women’s History Month and VAWA being back in the news: A mayor in New York City has been charged with assaulting his wife by shutting a door on her hand. Fumiko Bradley, wife of New York Mayor Adam Bradley, accused her husband of placing her left arm against the door frame and closing the door on her hand and says her middle finger was injured. Adam Bradley acknowledges he and his wife have had marital problems but insists he “did not in any way mistreat” her.

He can insist all he wants, but he’s up against a powerful entity. Feminists have made it impossible for husbands and fathers to get a fair shake in this country. None of us has any clue how this particular circumstance unfolded. This is a situation that could easily have been an accident during a heated argument. If a husband wanted to physically harm his wife I can think of a thousand other easier ways than “placing her arm against a door frame” in order to close the door on her hand.

If there is evidence of Bradley having hurt his wife before, that’s one thing. But does this event automatically mean abuse? Absolutely not. I hesitate to even point out that the husband says he did not mistreat his wife because I can see people chuckling through the computer — as if it’s absurd to think that a man could be innocent. In America, men are always guilty before they’re innocent.

You can thank feminists for that.

Truly appalling. Your thoughts.

NY-SEN B: Harold Ford Won't Run

From The Corner:

Last week, Harold Ford Jr. commissioned an extensive robo-poll to get a lay of the land among his would be constituents. Apparently, he didn't like what he saw. As John notes, Ford has elected not to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic nomination to the Senate.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Ford lays out his reasons for not running, and guess what? It turns out that Washington is broken.

Ford lays plenty of blame at the feet of state party bosses that tried to "bully" him out of the race, but at the end of the day his "fundamental conclusion" about the race is that if he runs — and even if he wins — it will help the Republicans:

I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened.

I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.

I realize this announcement will surprise many people who assumed I was running. I reached this decision only in the last few days — as I considered what a primary campaign, even with the victory I saw as fully achievable, would have done to the Democratic Party.

IMO, Primary races actually strengthen a candidate because, if it's an issue based campaign, the candidates can differentiate themselves from the other. It promotes healthy debate, and I would have loved to see that radical Gillibrand get knocked out. Your thoughts.

CA-SEN: Tom Campbell: Anti-Israel, Jihad Appeaser?

From Uncoverage:

Tom Campbell is a classic “paper tiger”–Stanford-educated, good “paper” credentials, sleek turns-of-the-phrase— can’t govern his way out of a paper bag.

Tom Campbell is a RINO-whiner tax-raising, political “dilettante.” Campbell is budget advisor to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a dubious “accomplishment”, since California has a budget deficit of at least $21 billion and 12.5% unemployment.

Campbell showed his political wimp-tardiness once again last month by announcing that he was going to run as a Republican for California governor and then abruptly placed tail firmly between legs and backed out, to run instead for U.S. Senate. He denies that he was pressured to do so by the money-loaded Meg Whitman campaign, which another GOP candidate, Steve Poizner has accused of trying to “buy” him to quit so that ebay former CEO Whitman can run unopposed in the primary.

Tom Campbell was a California Congressman in the late 80s and 90s.

Into this cauldron of thin Campbell’s “soup” there are now new revelations that Campbell is an anti-Semite,and anti-Israel and has received large donations from terrorist Muslim groups which blame the U.S. government for 9/11. He even testified before Congress in support of these groups. Combed-over-and-over-again candidates like Tom Campbell we do not need. Read Pamela Geller’s and Phil Klein’s coverage on the depth of Tom Campbell’s troubling ties to the radical elements, including GOP front-man Grover Norquist,who seek to destroy this country HERE and HERE. Please make use of all links to source articles, there is much to know.

This is rather odd of a candidate to do. I was never a fan of Campbell, but his alleged anti-semetic/anti-Israel and pro-Jihad views are those that turn real people off rather quickly. Your thoughts.

Conservative State Project Endorses John Hostettler for IN-SEN

Joining John Oxendine on our roster of endorsements is former Congressman John N. Hostettler, and here's a list of his accomplishments in the House that bring me to my decision:

1. In 1995, he successfully amended the District of Columbia Appropriations Bill to eliminate the "Domestic Partnership" policy of Washington.

2. In 1998, he traveled to Moscow as part of a Congressional delegation to discuss U.S. deployment of a national missile defense system with members of the Russian Duma.

3. In 2002, he was one of six GOP Members of the United States House of Representatives and one of three Conservative GOP Members to vote against the House resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to preemptively engage in military conflict with the nation of Iraq. At the time, in October 2002, Hostettler said the intelligence supporting the claim of a program of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was "tenuous at best".

4. In 2003, as Chairperson of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, he successfully amended the Department of State reauthorization bill to require the State Department to regulate the use of consular cards of foreign nations in the U.S.

5. In 2003, he successfully amended the Commerce, State and Justice appropriations bill to discontinue funding of the enforcement of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which called for the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama State Supreme Court House placed there by Alabama State Chief Justice Roy Moore.

6. In 2004, the House passed Mr. Hostettler's Marriage Protection Act (MPA) which would make it illegal for federal courts from imposing Massachusetts same-sex marriage licenses on any other state.

7. In 2006, the House passed Mr. Hostettler's Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA) which would make forbidden federal courts from requiring defendants such as a Board of County Commissioners to pay a plaintiff's lawyers, such as the ACLU, fees after the federal courts order the removal of a religious symbol such as the Ten Commandments from the County courthouse lawn.

And in 2008, he wrote a book titled "Nothing for the Nation: Who Got What Out of Iraq", a book that has received positive reviews from Conservative minded people. These accomplishments make him, IMO, the best qualified candidate for IN-SEN. However, this is just my opinion, and I’d like to hear yours in the comments.