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FREEDOM OUTPOST by TIM BROWN


 

 

Congressman Slams Regulations By Government – Gets Standing Ovation

 

Rep-Mike-KellyRep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) took to the House Floor in anti-big government rant that brought a standing applause from the members of the House. The speech is well worth listening too as he blasts the “re-commitment” of the House to “change the way business is done in this town,” calling it a “joke.”

Rep. Kelly took several examples from the real world to demonstrate how much government has gotten in our lives.

The first was an appeal to a business that he run that was started by his father back in 1953. He owns a auto body shop. When he called up to find out the prices of the tape they use in the business, he found out that the green water proof tape costs $4/roll, while the regular yellow tape case $2/roll. He then asked how much red tape costs and when the person didn’t know, he exclaimed it costs $1.75 trillion!

His second example was when he called up his banker, the one that provides loans for him and his business. His banker informed him that things were tough since the federal government has issued an 1,100 page definition of what a qualified buyer is. He joked in asking, “Are you serious?” while waving the 1,100 page definition in the air.

Finally he pointed to a hometown ballpark, which had spent millions of dollars to renovate. Here’s how Rep. Kelly tells it:

We renovated a ballpark in my hometown. A guy named Tom Bernadowski — veteran — [spent a] couple million dollars to renovate our ballpark. The day we were gonna open up, I got a call at the dealership. It said, “Mike, would you come down?” I said, “Why? What’s going on?” He said, “We’re having trouble with the occupancy permit.” So I went down to see it. I said, “What’s the problem?” He said, “Well, here. Come in the men’s room. Let me show you what the problem is.” I said, “We have 1,500 people want to come see the opening ball game tonight.” “Yep, but we’ve got a major problem. You see the mirrors in the restroom are a quarter of an inch too low.”

“So you can’t possibly open that ballpark!”

So you want to know the price of regulation? You want to talk about the thousands and thousands of pages that we put on the back of the job creators? You want to talk about creating jobs in America? When you want to see a nation that doesn’t want to participate but wants to dominate in the world market, then let them rise! Take the heavy boot off the throat of America’s job creators and let them breathe!

There was thunderous applause and cheers, but Mike Kelly wasn’t done. Oh no, he still had a minute and a half to go!

The jobs we are talking about are not red jobs or blue jobs. They are red, white, and blue jobs. They are not Democrat jobs or Republican jobs or independent jobs or Libertarian jobs. They are American jobs!

We are so out of touch with the American people. And you know what all this does? It adds layer after layer after layer of cost. And that cost is ultimately paid for by the American consumer. You want to have more revenues, then let the tide rise for all boats! Let us be able to not only survive, but to thrive. I urge all my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle. This is not a left or right issue. This is an American issue. I urge you to rise today and vote for HR-4078, and let’s let America get back to work! With that, I yield back.

The place broke out in a standing ovation as chants of “USA! USA!” echoed in the chamber.

Apparently this is such a rare thing to speak like this that it actually gets an applause. I know I was applauding watching it on YouTube. However, this doesn’t need to just be a one time deal. This needs to be repeated over and over with various examples of how big government does nothing but get in the way of the American people and by the way, it isn’t just jobs they are holding back. They are holding back freedom itself. Kudos to Rep. Mike Kelly!

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/07/congressman-slams-regulations-by-government-gets-standing-ovation/#ixzz21y3Eqd6p

 

July 28, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LIBERTY COUNCIL


RESPONSE WITH MY TWO CENTS
Do these liberal doofs realize that they are trying to implement a policy which is against Federal policy already in place?  (“An edict is an announcement of a law, often associated with monarchism. The Pope and various micronational(sic) leaders are currently the only persons who still issue edicts,” from the Urban Dictionary).  Did you get that?  A monarch–king or queen?  Washington, nor State, can put in place a discriminatory edict that attempts to control individual thoughts.  And that’s only one of the problems with this tyrannical act.  The parallel between a monarchy and Obama’s Presidential style are shockingly similar.  Every time he circumvents Congress to pass another law, he violates the checks and balances put in place by the founding documents–he over steps his role within the clearly defined borders of his Executive Branch.  He noses into the Legislative Branch when he chooses, and spreads his assumed powers over the Judicial Branch of our government.  And by the way, Executive Orders are identical to edicts, and that power needs to be taken out of the hands of Presidents and amended into oblivion!
Just Me
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
7/27/2012
Liberty Counsel stands behind Chick-fil-A and its president, Dan Cathy, regarding Cathy’s recent statement supporting natural marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  And we denounce the actions of leftist politicians who have threatened illegal discriminatory action against the Chick-fil-A organization!
We have prepared a powerful petition which declares that tens of thousands of outraged Americans support Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s First Amendment rights and the biblical view of natural marriage! The petition will be delivered next week. Please join us by adding your name by clicking here and read my important update below – Mat.
vicki,
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said he believes in the natural, biblical view of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
How, in America, could that viewpoint possibly be considered controversial or discriminatory?
Have our nation’s values and culture collapsed that far?
Apparently, liberal politicians like Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel think so. Upon hearing of Cathy’s stand, radical pro-homosexual organizations and sympathizers immediately began calling for boycotts, “kiss-ins,” and other types of protests against the family-friendly national chain of restaurants.
Then, government officials from major U.S. cities like Chicago and Boston said they plan to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening new restaurants in their jurisdictions.
Demanding a public apology from Cathy, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno said that he will deny Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald that he would block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the “Cradle of Liberty.”
Never one to “let a good crisis go to waste,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel followed suit.  Emanuel’s statement that “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values” was both legally ignorant and ill-advised.  Emanuel, the former Chief of Staff at the Obama White House, surely knows that viewpoint discrimination violates federal Civil Rights statutes!
++These threats of action and discrimination against Chick-fil-A because of the viewpoint of its owner are not only illegal – they are toxic to every business and businessman in America!
To deny business permits or zoning approvals to Chick-fil-A because the president of the privately-owned family business expressed his biblical view of natural marriage is outrageous.
Any city trying to ban Chick-fil-A will not win this battle. If this discrimination is challenged in court – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be eating crow, and in large portions!  Even the ACLU condemned the knee-jerk announcements by ultraliberal Mayors Emanuel and Menino!
These government officials ought to be ashamed. For a public official to threaten denial of a right to do business because the president of a private company supports natural marriage is the height of stupidity and intolerance.
Unfortunately, their response is typical of intolerant homosexual activists. They will go to any lengths to silence the majority of Americans who believe that children do best when raised in a natural family with one mom and one dad.
++Please sign Liberty Counsel’s petition in support of the First Amendment and biblically defined marriage.
Liberty Counsel’s new petition declares that…“we support Dan Cathy’s First Amendment rights – and we endorse his stand on biblically defined marriage!
The LC petition will be delivered to the Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters in Atlanta; the offices of Boston Mayor Tom Menino; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Proco Moreno – and we will add deliveries as necessary to cover emerging oppressive tactics by additional government officials or organizations against the Chick-fil-A enterprises.
I am pleased to report that in the first 12 hours of launching our petition over 15,000 of Liberty Counsel’s friends signed!  I feel certain we can quickly reach 100,000 signers if friends like you will join in.
After signing, please forward this message to as many of your like-minded friends and colleagues as possible – this is a landmark battle against the forces of anti-Christian bigotry and intolerance!
Click here to read and add your name to the petition which I would like to deliver on August 2nd, the day after a nationwide “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” as promoted by former Governor Mike Huckabee:
++Conservative Americans and our faith are under assault!
The intolerance displayed by these leftist government officials ought to serve as a wakeup call to the majority of Americans who support the commonsense understanding of natural marriage.
If given the chance, these intolerant officials would silence ANYONE who dares to support natural marriage.  Sadly, we are seeing similar threats in every level of government.
Please be sure to sign the petition declaring support for the First Amendment rights for every citizen – and your support of natural marriage:
Thanks again for standing for faith and freedom,
Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
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July 28, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GODFATHER POLITICS


Liberal Mayors Deny Businesses the Right to Operate in Their Cities

bostonBig-City mayors are attacking Chick-fil-A by threatening to deny them a business license to operate. These liberal mayors don’t like the public stand the owners have taken on defending biblical marriage. This is tyranny of the first order. First it was punishment for “hate crimes,” then it was for “hate speech,” and now it’s hate “thought crimes.”

The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, welcomes an anti-semite but refuses to allow a Christian business to operate within the city. Emanuel said, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors, and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.” I suppose the “values” of an anti-semite are Chicago’s values:

Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.

Maybe if these gang members had jobs at Chick-fil-A violence would go down. When will Jews get the message that Democrats are not their friends?

Even liberal newspaper editorials think the actions of the mayors of Chicago, Boston, and Mountain View, California, are way out of line:

“Public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly – and to uphold the principle of free speech – whether or not they like a business executive’s social or political stances,” the [Los Angeles] Times opined.

“The Boston Globe wondered “which part of the First Amendment does [Boston Mayor Thomas] Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.”

What’s next? If a business owner opposes abortion — even though he is not in the anti-abortion business — will that business owner be denied a business license? Will Republican business owners be denied a business license if they oppose ObamaCare?

Will churches be denied the right to exist in liberal cities if they continue to preach against abortion and homosexuality or anything else that the powers that be consider to be ideologically inappropriate? These are not far-fetched concerns. Canada and some European governments will prosecute ministers who take a public stand against homosexuality.

The owners of Chick-fil-A believe certain things. Everybody believes certain things. Does a belief system disqualify someone from operating a business? Boston Mayor Tom Menino knows that he can’t deny a business license to someone for what he believes, so he’s accusing Chick-fil-A of actual discrimination:

“You can’t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

As anyone who has followed this story knows, Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against anyone. Everybody is served. No questions are asked. It wouldn’t surprise me that there are a lot of business owners in Boston who are racists and sexists. Will the mayor shut them down?

Then there’s the job side in all of this. The economy is suffering. People want jobs, and the mayors of these cities are denying people access to a great work environment, good pay, and benefits.

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/6318/liberal-mayors-deny-businesses-the-right-to-operate-in-their-cities/#ixzz21lWjwizk

MY TWO CENTS

GOOD GOD!  If there is anyone left out there still thinking this is the White House we want, then that individual will never see the reality of our situation!  No, the President did not do this–it is the liberal mayors, however, it was this administration that started the ball rolling with the bowing and the scraping and the suck up to the East as well as to any other progressive agenda that undermines our Constitution and this Republic.  This cannot be allowed to continue in America.  What are we going to do about it?  How about volunteering to work for Conservative politicians running in the November election?  How about working very hard to dump Claire McCaskill.  Once, she actually told me that she votes her conscience, and I asked, “Aren’t you supposed to be voting the consciences of your constituents?”  There was no comment, but I didn’t really expect one.

Just Me

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SO HERE AND NOW: HOW DID WE GET HERE? by JUST ME


Conservative Byte Article

Response:  Michael Moore is a buffoon!  He makes his mega bucks via capitalistic means and then demonizes that system.  He’s so narrow minded and tunnel-visioned that he actually believes taking away our Second Amendment rights will end maniacal slaughters.  Oh really?!  Are you, Mikey, going to defend us as the homicidal bombers,  Jihadists, and lunatics come to murder us on the job or in any public place?  Left up to you, we all would have to lie down and die because we cannot get a weapon to defend ourselves.  You are a fat cat, and therefore know nothing of what it means to be in the middle or on the bottom, and because of that you don’t know what you’re talking about.  You would have us undefended and unable to protect our homes and families based on a false logic that you ought to be above.  But I guess being wealthy doesn’t automatically assume intelligence.  Your delusions of grandeur are out of control, and you should come down from your mega ego to take a look at this issue up close.  Gun control has NEVER and will NEVER control a murderer.  What it will do is tie the hands of law-abiding citizens so that the killer is more at ease!  Never mind that taking guns out of the hands of citizens is a major step toward a one-party takeover.  This will happen because human beings always seek the lowest, basest level of character when power and wealth is great enough.  Only a handful of people will remain honest.  And by the way, you will not be happy, or as mouthy when the dictator tells you what to work on and what not to work on.   He might even tell you to forget about the social lecturing and dig ditches instead!

Just Me

July 25, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH By: Wesley P. Hester


Romney camp asks Va. to probe voter forms

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By: Wesley P. Hester | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: July 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote.

The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.

The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos.

In a letter to Cuccinelli’s office and the State Board of Elections, Kathryn Bieber, an attorney for the Romney campaign, calls for an investigation into the matter by law-enforcement officials, claiming that the mailings appear to violate “at least one and maybe several Virginia laws aimed at ensuring a fair election.”

Bieber refers to the mailings as “tactics that amount to, or at the very least induce, voter registration fraud,” and says the issue “presents a very significant risk to the proper administration of the upcoming general election.”

Citing a Sunday Richmond Times-Dispatch story that brought the mailings to light, the letter also asks the State Board of Elections to require registrars to reject all pre-populated voter registration applications from the group and review the eligibility of all Virginians who have registered in the past two months.

“This is the only way for voters and other interested parties to regain confidence in the voter registration and electoral process that has been abused by the Voter Participation Center,” the letter says.

Page Gardner, president and CEO of the Voter Participation Center, said the organization mailed nearly 200,000 third-party registration forms to Virginia addresses in June, which resulted in 15,026 new voters being registered as of July 18.

On Monday, the Voter Participation Center responded to the Sunday Times-Dispatch story, stating in a letter on its website that “imperfections in the VPC vendors’ lists — while regrettable and unfortunate — should not be the reason or the excuse to call an entire process that is working into question.”

Justin Riemer, the State Board of Elections’ deputy secretary, said forms have been sent by the group to deceased infants, out-of-state family members, and non-U.S. citizens, among others.

In a letter this month, the State Board of Elections asked the group to cease pre-populating their forms and raised questions about how the group was obtaining lists of registered voters, citing the errant forms.

Riemer noted that pre-populating the forms violates rules set forth in the state code and the Virginia Constitution requiring that voters fill out their own forms.

The State Board of Elections had not received the letter from the Romney campaign Tuesday afternoon and declined to comment on the specifics.

No comment was immediately available from Cuccinelli’s office.

Asked for comment on the Romney campaign’s letter, the Voter Participation Center issued a statement noting that their forms are official applications, not registration cards.

“Furthermore, they were approved before we sent them out by the State Board of Elections and are the same applications that anyone can access at a local government office or on the internet,” the statement read.  “Our process is legal and working.”

MY TWO CENTS

Blah-blah-blah-nothing to see here-it’s not personal, it’s business!  Nowhere during any discussion is there a mention of the word “right,” you know, ethical-honesty-integrity!  Just Me

July 25, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , | Leave a comment

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AN AMAZING TRIBUTE by DAVE from “nebraskaenergyobserver”

Heroes

July 25, 2012

Three episodes from recent European history:

  • In 2007, the nationally known Swedish politician Anna Lindh was gunned down in a Stockholm shopping mall by a gunman who then fled the scene.  The place was busy.  Several people observed the crime.  But it didn’t occur to anybody to tackle the killer, and nobody rushed to stop him.
  • The next year, on Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, a male model taking part in an outdoor fashion show just off of Rembrandt Square was pulled down from the catwalk and beaten severely by ten Muslim “youths.”  Only one person – a friend of the model – tried to help him.  The show’s organizer told me later that there had been a lot of people present – “and I mean a lot!”  But none of them did anything.
  • Some time after the slaughter last July of dozens of campers on an island near Oslo, accusations began to fly.  The head of the youth group camping on the island, it emerged, had been the first to find a boat and make it to shore – leaving behind the kids in his charge, many of them much younger than himself.  One witness noted that only a few campers had made an active effort to help others – and they were all foreigners.

Several years ago I wrote this about the Lindh killing: “People just stood there, waiting for somebody else to do something. Somebody whose job it was.  Hayek was right: the capacity for resistance – the capacity of even conceiving of resistance – is bred out of people in social democracies.” Of course, that’s a generalization.  Not everybody in Western Europe is a coward.  Besides, who can say how any of us would act in such situations, when everything is happening fast and when it may seem unclear exactly what is the best thing to do?

Still, I couldn’t help thinking of those, and other, historic instances of human passivity when the details of the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, began to come out.  I am referring to the remarkable fact that not one, not two, but three of the people who died from gunfire that night were young men who lost their lives protecting their girlfriends from the spray of bullets.

Think of it.  In one part of the theater, Jon Blunk, 25, a security guard who’d served on the U.S.S. Nimitz and wanted to become a Navy SEAL, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to the floor and under her seat, then covered her with his own body and held her tight.   Elsewhere in the same theater, during the same terrifying moments, Alex Teves, 24, who’d just finished earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology, was pushing his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren, to the floor and shielding her with his body.  Still elsewhere in the theater Matt McQuinn, 27, a clerk at Target, was doing the same thing for his girlfriend Samantha Yowler.

All three of these young men died; all three of these young women lived.

Continue reading Heroes in Aurora.

Valor

When all hearts are opened,
And all the secrets known,
When guile and lies are banished,
And subterfuge is gone.

When God rolls up the curtain,
And hidden truths appear,
When the ghastly light of Judgement Day,
Brings past and present near…

Then shall we know what once we knew,
Before wealth dimmed our sight,
That of all sins, the blackest is
The pride which will not fight.

The meek and pious have a place,
And necessary are,
But valor pales their puny rays,
As does the sun a star.

What race of men since time began,
Has ever yet remained,
Who trusted not it’s own right hand,
Or from brave deeds refrained?

Yet spite the fact for ages known,
And by all lands displayed,
We still have those who prate of peace,
And say that war is dead.

Yes vandals rise who seek to snatch
The laurels from the brave,
And dare defame heroic dead,
Now filling hero graves.

They speak of those who love,
Like Christ’s, exceeds the lust of life
And murderers slain to no avail,
A useless sacrifice.

With infamy without a name,
They mock our fighting youth,
And dare decry great hearts who die,
Battling for right and truth.

Woe to the land which, heeding them,
Lets avarice gain the day,
And trusting gold it’s right to hold,
Lets manly might decay.

Let us, while willing yet for peace,
Still keep our valor high,
So when our time of battle comes,
We shall not fear to die.

Make love of life and ease be less,
Make love of country more.
So shall our patriotism be
More than an empty roar.

For death is nothing, comfort less,
Valor is all in all;
Base nations who depart from it,
Shall sure and justly fall.

General George S. Patton, Jr

First: The Mission

Always: the People

Last: Yourself

These valorous gentlemen died doing the highest duty of a man, protecting the weak.

The first duty of the strong is to protect the weak.

The protection of the innocent is always the mission.

Mission accomplished, gentlemen.

My heartfelt sympathies to your families.

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July 25, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MEDIAITE by ANDREW KIRELL


Gingrich Defends Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Allegations: ‘What Is It [Her Critics] Are Afraid Of Learning?’

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by Andrew Kirell | 10:43 am, July 24th, 2012

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared on POLITICO Live’s Driving the Day morning show Tuesday and defended Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for her letter requesting an investigation into possible ties between Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“There weren’t allegations, there was a question,” Gingrich told the hosts, adding that “the question ought to be asked across the board” about the Muslim Brotherhood’s relationship with and influence over the United States’ government.

“When the United States government holds a counterterrorism conference and refuses to invite Israel,” Gingrich said, “I think that there’s a very serious problem in this administration.”

– RELATED: John Boehner Goes After Bachmann’s Clinton Aide/Muslim Brotherhood Remarks: ‘Pretty Dangerous’

“So you think the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government?” co-host Jim VandeHei asked.

“I think it’s worth knowing,” Gingrich responded.

When it was mentioned that many prominent Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), have attacked Rep. Bachmann for her methods, Gingrich stated that “I think those folks are wrong…. What is it they’re afraid of learning?”

MY TWO CENTS

We did nothing when we learned that there are Communists working at high levels in the White House.  We did nothing when we saw, with our own eyes, a Mao Christmas tree ornament adorn the White House Christmas tree.  We did nothing when the President took our nation down in world, credit ratings.  We did nothing when Obama wrote the Executive Order that makes it illegal to assemble peacefully on public grounds.  My God!!  More Executive Orders, hidden from view, are stacking up, and now the President has set himself up to declare Martial Law at any moment!  He is even in position to call off, or delay, November’s election.  What will it take to make us really look at our situation and accept that we are in serious danger from our own government?!  Never mind the convenient argument that other Presidents have done similar things and so this, too, shall pass.  The past never dies but is the lead-in to the future.   And besides, nothing can be done about the past except to learn from it and realizing that uncontested and unchallenged political actions are the foundation for a speedy, dictatorial government change-out.  Sitting back and assuming or hoping that someone else will make it all better, is not only naïve, it can turn deadly.  Our country is still in its infancy.  We must guide it firmly to the future and stop letting others tear it apart.

Just Me

July 25, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MEDIAITE by JOSH FELDMAN


Jon Stewart Tears Apart ABC’s Brian Ross For False Tea Party Report On Aurora Shooter

COPY & PASTE the following VIDEO LINK   http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-tears-apart-abc%e2%80%99s-brian-ross-for-false-tea-party-report-on-aurora-shooter/

by Josh Feldman | 11:25 pm, July 23rd, 2012

Jon Stewart opened his show tonight by talking about last Friday’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and said that it was a complex issue with a variety of different factors involved that should be talked about. He contrasted that assessment with how individuals in the media have been saying it’s completely inappropriate to talk about gun control following the tragedy, and also took time to slam ABC News’ Brian Ross for his false report on the shooter’s tea party ties. Stewart was amazed at how Ross didn’t get disciplined by the network.

RELATED: O’Reilly And Bernie Goldberg Tear Into ABC’s Brian Ross For Tea Party-Colorado Shooting Report

He contrasted the laissez-faire attitude about the gun argument with all the airport security measures taken ten years after 9/11, and made a comparison between gun control and the desire of some not to talk about it.

“You’re telling me that to discuss the epidemic of gun violence in this country, for that, there is a waiting period. Yeah, I guess you’d hate to go into a conversation about guns all hot-headed and say something impulsive you’ll never be able to take back.”

Stewart then mocked Ross for not only thinking a killer’s tea party ties would be significant news, but for getting the entire thing wrong in the first place. He mocked Ross for not profusely apologizing to the innocent man he erroneously claimed, and questioned why someone’s tea party ties would be relevant. He said that what Ross did was the journalistic equivalent of searching “James Holmes Aurora” on Google and clicking the “I’m Feeling Lazy” button.

Stewart couldn’t believe how Ross hasn’t been suspended, or at least disciplined for the glaring error.

Watch the segment below, courtesy of Comedy Central:  Copy and Paste Link

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-tears-apart-abc%e2%80%99s-brian-ross-for-false-tea-party-report-on-aurora-shooter/

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July 25, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IS IT INSANE IN HERE–or is it Just Me


 

IS IT INSANE IN HERE–or is it Just Me

More PC buffoonery! Apparently, there are to be NO more black clouds allowed in Washington DC, and in a short time, you can bet this latest idiocy will spread across the nation!

MY TWO CENTS This latest PC lesson came about because someone made the observation that, “There is a black cloud hanging over Washington.” “RACIST,” those that know what the word actually means hollered at the speaker! I feel so ashamed of not only the individual who chose to say such a terrible thing but also of myself. I have, in the past, repeatedly told many people that I have a black cloud hanging over my head. I claimed that often because I believed then that “black cloud” was a metaphor for uncertain times, trouble, and/or very bad luck. I thought that age-old expression was a perfectly acceptable expression, . . . but . . . but now, I have to question why I had that understanding, and I have to ask what were my subconscious motives for having taken a clearly, racist remark and turned it into an off-hand, complaint about my life– and for so many years! I cross my heart and hope to die to try and do better in the future. I have only one question, however. Is there still a literal meaning for “black cloud?” I should hate to bungle a bad-weather report. I wonder if it’s okay to metaphorically say, “I have a grey cloud hanging over my head”? Or would that be misunderstood to mean, I am blue–sad–I mean depressed? It’s all so terribly confusing, but anyhow, that”s

Just Me

 

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WND by JEFF KNOX


 

KNOX GUN-RIGHTS REPORT

U.S. family jailed for Holder’s gun crimes

Jeff Knox summarizes stunning story of Fast & Furious hypocrisy

Published: 06/21/2012 at 7:50 PM

 

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Eighteen months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in Arizona by Mexican bandits using guns purchased through a U.S. government program called Fast and Furious, we still don’t know who within the Department of Justice knew about the program, much less who authorized it.

Certainly there has been no serious talk about prosecuting any of the people responsible for assisting in the illegal sales of over 2,000 guns to Mexican arms traffickers – guns that were subsequently involved in the murders of BPA Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, as well as possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens.

But while that investigation has dragged on, with Attorney General Eric Holder denying knowledge of the program, denying knowledge of who was involved and denying congressional investigators access to tens of thousands of documents that might answer those questions, New Mexico gun dealer Rick Reese and his two sons Ryin and Remington have sat rotting in separate detention centers, jails and prisons around the state accused of a similar crime involving some 30 guns.

The Reese family, including Rick’s wife Terri, ran a gun shop in Deming, N.M., and was arrested in late August of 2011 on charges of knowingly selling guns to Mexican smugglers and various other related charges.

After spending 6 months in jail, Terri Reese was finally granted bail in March of this year, but Rick and the boys have been repeatedly denied bail on the pretext that they are flight risks or might try to engage in a Ruby Ridge-type standoff.

The rationale for denying the Reeses’ constitutional rights is that Rick knows some people in Mexico, his home has a well and solar power and there were guns and ammunition in their homes and businesses when they were arrested. That’s right: Guns and ammo in the home and business of a federally licensed firearms dealer (all of which were seized a year ago and have never been returned) is being offered as evidence that they can’t be trusted – and a judge bought it.

Well, there’s also the fact that Rick and Terri were involved with a local tea-party group. That’s probably reason enough right there.

The Reeses are scheduled to finally get their day in court in late July, almost a full year after they were arrested and incarcerated. The first of several pre-trial motion hearings was held last week in which the judge heard arguments as to whether the charge of criminal conspiracy should be dropped. The prosecution contends that the Reese family members were all in cahoots in a conspiracy to sell guns to illegal buyers, falsify purchase paperwork, smuggle guns to Mexico and launder the illegal proceeds. The defense contends that the family operated a business buying and selling firearms, ammunition and accessories, and that they made every effort to ensure that every sale they made was legal and properly documented.

During this first hearing, we learned several things about the prosecution’s case. For instance, we learned that prosecutors acknowledge that every gun the Reeses sold was properly logged into and out of their store inventory, and that FBI background checks were conducted, and approvals received, for each purchaser. They also agree that all taxes were paid and no money was exchanged “under the table,” nor did any of the family members receive compensation above their normal company paycheck.

We learned that Rick Reese also employed retired and off-duty law enforcement officers as part-time help in the shop, and that a substantial portion of the company’s business came from law enforcement officers and agencies.

We learned that prosecutors consider three family members standing close to each other and quietly talking to be evidence of conspiracy and that the lead investigator in the case has a very low opinion of fellow law enforcement officers. When asked if he considered the fact that the Reeses employed LEOs in the shop to be contraindicative of a criminal conspiracy, he replied that he did not because “a lot of them [cops and former cops] are dirty.”

Probably the most important fact we learned at this hearing was that the entire investigation was instigated based on a tip that a woman named Penny Torres was making suspicious purchases of guns and ammunition, and might be illegally buying for someone else. That tip led to Torres’ arrest and her subsequent grand jury testimony against the Reese family and another gun shop where she had made some purchases. The presumption is that her cooperation garnered her leniency in the charges and sentence she was facing for her criminal activity.

What is most significant about the arrest of Penny Torres is that the original tip identifying her as a potential “straw buyer” came from Terri Reese.

Torres had claimed that her purchases were in preparation for a large family reunion at an area ranch where her relatives wanted to do a lot of shooting. At some point after the sales, Terri Reese became suspicious of Torres’ story and contacted a friend in the Luna County Sheriff’s office, who acted as the shop’s go-to guy in law enforcement. He assured Terri that he would make a report to ATF and get back to her.

Torres testimony against the Reese family led to a months-long sting operation conducted against the Reeses by a federal agency called Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI. That investigation involved a confidential informant named Roman, who was trying to earn a reduced sentence for drug and human smuggling. His job was to make purchases of firearms and ammunition from the Reeses while dropping hints that his intent was to illegally take the guns to Mexico. The trick was to drop those hints in such a way that they wouldn’t alarm the Reeses, but that someone listening to a recording of the tape and reading a transcript would conclude that the Reeses knew, or should have known, his intentions.

Roman, by the way, speaks only broken English, and his conversations with the Reeses included a lot of Spanish, a language that no one in the Reese family speaks, but which has been transcribed for the court in English.

Who would believe that a gun dealer’s report of a suspicious purchaser would lead to a federal investigation of the dealer herself, culminating in a raid with armored vehicles, helicopters and heavily armed officers and agents from multiple jurisdictions?

Or that a few firearms and ammunition sales in a high-volume gun store, including the sales that Terri Reese had reported as suspicious, would result in confiscation of virtually everything the family had accumulated over a 25-year marriage and 17 years in business – bank accounts, gun and coin collections, store inventory, vehicles, real estate, just about everything the family had?

Or that the same Justice Department that had instructed dealers to sell over 2,000 guns to known straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels while making no attempt to track or interdict them – with a few arrests and minor charges against the straw purchasers, but no charges against the ATF and DOJ employees who masterminded the criminal operation – would effectively destroy a family for not being quite diligent enough in their efforts to screen their customers?

It is worth noting that as HSI progressed in their investigation against the Reese family, they were briefing and receiving guidance from Phoenix ATF Bureau Chief Bill Newell – the man responsible for directly overseeing Operation Fast and Furious.

For the Reese family, who have already served 10 months behind bars and have had all of their worldly possessions taken from them, the July trial is an opportunity to prove their innocence and try to reassemble what’s left of their lives.

For the prosecution, it is imperative that they prove that the Reeses were intentionally engaging in the criminal activity they have already been being punished for. Failure to get a conviction would leave egg on the face of a relatively new federal law enforcement agency trying to establish itself, and would mean that the various agencies involved wouldn’t get to divvy up the spoils already pillaged.

Once again though, we see a case where those inside the government and law enforcement are handled with kid gloves and given the benefit of every doubt, while those outside of government and law enforcement are presumed guilty until they can prove their innocence – even after the government has taken away the resources they need to make their case.

If you would like to help the Reese family in their struggle, a defense fund has been set up at:

REESE DEFENSE FUND
ATTENTION Patricia Arias
First Savings Bank
520 South Gold
Deming, NM 88030

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | Leave a comment

DAILY NEWS by Judith Crosson In Aurora, Colo. , Kerry Wills AND Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting: Three heroes died in Aurora taking bullets for their girlfriends

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

By , AND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 7:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 10:35 AM
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	Jon Blunk and his girlfriend Jansen Young, whose life was saved when Blunk threw himself on top of her in the hail of gunfire at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo.<br /><br />

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Jon Blunk and his girlfriend Jansen Young, whose life was saved when Blunk threw himself on top of her in the hail of gunfire at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.

“He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten,” a tearful Jansen Young told the Daily News of Blunk. “Jon took a bullet for me.”

She was too distraught to speak more, but her mother called Blunk, 25, who had two young children from a previous relationship, “a gentleman.”

“He was loving, the kind of guy you want your daughter to be with, and ultimately, she’s alive because of this, because he protected her,” Shellie Young said.

She said Blunk, a security guard, had served in the Navy and had recently filled out papers to reenlist with a goal of becoming a Navy SEAL. “To her, he was a hero anyway because he wanted to serve his country,” she said of her daughter, who was left with shrapnel wounds to her side. “He said that all the time: ‘I was born to serve my country.’”

Jansen Young, 21, said Blunk took her to see Friday’s midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” to celebrate her graduation from veterinarian school. As the black-clad killer burst into the theater and unleashed tear gas and a torrent of indiscriminate gunfire, Blunk selflessly protected his girlfriend.

He pushed Jansen on the ground and under her seat, then threw his body on top of her, the mother said. “He was 6-feet-2, in incredible shape, which is why he was able to push her down under the seats of the theater,” the mother said. “He pushed her down on the floor and laid down on top of her and he died there.”

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Alex Teves pushed his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren, to the floor to shield her when bullets began flying in the movie theater and was struck himself.

She said her daughter instantly fell in love with Blunk when they met at a local mall, where he worked as a security guard. “She just plain fell in love with his good looks,” the mother said. “She walked up and handed him a piece of paper and said, ‘Here’s my number.’”

“She just found it incredible that someone would spend eight years of their life in the Navy.”

Blunk’s estranged wife, Chantel Blunk, 26, of Reno, Nev., said he died fulfilling a lifelong dream. “He always wanted to be a superhero, he’s wanting to save someone or do something greater,” said the mother of Blunk’s kids, Hailey, 4, and Maximus, 2.

Blunk was scheduled to travel to Reno Saturday to see his children and resolve some marital issues, she said. “My daughter can’t comprehend it, and keeps wanting to call him,” said Chantel Blunk. “I try to tell her that her daddy loves her and will always be there.”

Randall Blunk, 47, of Reno, said his son had served in the Navy for more than five years, mostly aboard the Nimitz in the Persian Gulf. “He’s a badass. That’s just how he was. He’s not afraid,” Randall Blunk, who raised his son as a single father, told The News. “I love my boy, I just loved him.”

Jansen Young told her mother she could feel Blunk holding her tight as chaos reigned in the movie theater. She said she heard a woman nearby screaming, “I’ve been shot!” and recalled the “boom, boom, boom” of gunfire and smelling gunpowder.

“There was kind of a break in between each gunshot,” Jansen told the “Today” show. “Every gunshot, I was like, ‘This is it . . . I’m done for.’ Jon gave me one good push against that concrete again and then . . . I didn’t really feel his arms against my back anymore but I knew he was still there.”

When the shooting subsided, she realized Blunk was shot. “I started shaking him and saying, ‘Jon, Jon, we have to go . . . it’s time for us to get out of here,’” she said, adding that she tried to pull Blunk by the shoulder, but he didn’t move.

Equally heroic was the 24-year-old Teves, who hurled his girlfriend to the floor as bullets whizzed through the theater.

“He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet,” said his aunt, Barbara Slivinske, 57. “He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it.”

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Heroic Matt McQuinn, 26, and his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, who is recovering from a gunshot to her knee.

Samantha Yowler had a similar story of horror and heroism about her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, whose last living act was to shield her from death. Yowler, 26, survived with a gunshot wound to the knee and is in fair condition after undergoing surgery.

McQuinn’s family credited his quick actions for saving Samantha’s life. Witnesses said he dove on top of his girlfriend as the shooting started and that Samantha’s brother, Nick, who was also in the theater, helped get her out of harm’s way. Nick Yowler was unharmed in the shooting.

“Both the Yowler and McQuinn families thank everyone for their concerns, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the McQuinns’ lawyer, Robert Scott, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Matt perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded . . . and went home to be with his maker.”

McQuinn, 27, and Yowler met at a Target store in Springfield, Ohio, where they worked. They transferred to a Target in Aurora last November.

“He was a great outgoing person,” a co-worker at the Colorado Target told The News. “We lost a great person and we still can’t picture or realize that he’s gone.”

Co-worker Shelly Aquino said she works closely with Yowler, who was to help her open the store Saturday morning. She said she cried when she opened the store on her own. “This morning was very hard, but I need to work,” Aquino said. She said she last spoke to Yowler Thursday afternoon.

“The last hug we gave each other was on Thursday. She’s a great person, she’s very responsible … she doesn’t hesitate to help out.”

With Corinne Lestch and Natalie Musumeci
whutchinson@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/aurora-shooting-died-bullets-sweeties-article-1.1119395#ixzz21SyH3lyN

July 23, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

POLITICAL OUTCAST by TAD CRONN


Under the Radar, Tea Party Shaping Election

07202012TeaPartyIt’s been said that the Revolutionary War was one of the first guerrilla wars. The British army was used to fighting on open fields, marching in fixed columns toward the enemy and firing in formation.

When King George sent his troops to try to crush the Colonials, the Redcoats had superior numbers, better weapons and advanced training on their side.

But the Redcoats would often take severe losses from small bands of barely organized Colonial fighters who would suddenly appear from the brush or from behind a stand of trees or a small wall, fire, then disappear again into the surrounding countryside.

Today, it’s the Redcoats in the media and political establishment who may be in for a big surprise in the coming election.

Despite attempts to undermine it, dismiss it, demean it and ignore it, the Tea Party is sneaking into position.

As recently as June, James Carville declared, “The Tea Party is over,” expressing one of the fondest wishes of the Left and many politicians on the Right.

And for much of the past year, it may have seemed like Carville was correct. Participation at Tea Party meetings was down, rallies were fewer and often sparsely attended, particularly in blue states like California.

The national Tea Party Patriots suffered a schism between its leadership, which was co-opted by the Republican Party, and its grass-roots membership.

Added on top of that was pressure felt by small, often financially strapped Tea Party groups across the country when a group of liberal Congress members sicced the IRS on them, using their charitable tax-exempt status applications as an excuse to demand everything from Tea Party leaders’ personal financial information to address and contact information about rank-and-file members and speakers.

Many within the Tea Party movement were feeling discouraged, betrayed and targeted — justifiably so. Just this week, the media tried to lay blame for the Colorado shootings at the Tea Party doorstep.

But that good old Colonial spirit dies hard. What seems to outsiders to be a time of decline has been instead a chance to reload.

Grass-roots groups, cut free from the turncoat national leaders, have reorganized and are building stronger statewide coalitions. Some are abandoning their applications to become 501(c) tax-exempt organizations in order to be free of IRS harassment.

Tea Party members are getting inside local and national campaigns, doing the grunt work of calling, mailing, organizing and rallying for candidates.

They’re getting involved in issues like propositions, bond sales and tax increases. Across the board, there seems to be a move away from demonstrations and toward concrete results.

The Supreme Court’s inexplicable and unforgivable decision to uphold Obamacare as a tax has become a rallying cry for the troops. In the past month, repeated anecdotal evidence suggests a huge groundswell of support for the Tea Party.

As one local leader quipped, you can always tell the government’s done something bad when you exceed meeting capacity at the local Denny’s. By all reports, there have been a lot of meetings exceeding capacity lately.

King Obama’s troops may be better equipped than the Tea Party, and they may even be more numerous, but here’s fair warning.

The Tea Party is reloaded and ready, and the Left will not see it coming.

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/07/under-the-radar-tea-party-shaping-election/#ixzz21Mv4gZ5d

MY TWO CENTS

We’re still here, so keep on coming with the bullying tactics–their fuel for our flame!

Just Me

July 22, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | Leave a comment

POLITICAL OUTCAST by ERIC RAUCH


Watching the World Burn

auroraOnce again, the Batman has created a controversy. This time, however, the reality is hitting too close to home. Early this morning, at a midnight premiere of the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy in Aurora, Colorado, an apparently lone gunman opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and injuring 38 others. Eyewitnesses said they were confused at first, thinking the gunshot sounds were a part of the onscreen action. Once viewers began scrambling and screaming though, it became  obvious that the massacre was not a dramatized one.

As horrific as this whole episode is, it reveals a much deeper secret, hidden within the hearts of men. Much has been made of Heath Ledger’s “accidental” death during post-production editing of Nolan’s second film in the Batman series, The Dark Knight. It was speculated (never much confirmed) that Ledger was affected deeply by his dark portrayal of the infamous Batman nemesis, The Joker. Ledger’s performance in the film is legendary, despite the clouds of controversy surrounding it. What made Ledger’s Joker so ominous though, was not so much his brilliant acting (although it was that), but the plain outward depiction of the sinful heart of man. Batman’s right-hand-man in the film, Alfred, puts the situation in plain language when he says: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

Ledger’s Joker didn’t try to hide his love of pandemonium and chaos, assuming he was simply “ahead of the curve” in his love of depravity. So it is with the movie theater gunman. Going through great theatrics to accompany his entrance into the Colorado theater—he used smoke bombs and wore a bulletproof vest—the killer was putting on his own sick type of performance art. It is not politically-correct and it is probably in very bad taste and poor timing, but it simply must be pointed out that the patrons entering the theater this morning knew they were paying to watch violence, guns, and death unfold before their eyes, but they were not anticipating becoming part of the action.

Please don’t misunderstand me: I am NOT blaming the film for the massacre; I am NOT saying the viewers deserved it; and I am NOT saying the gunman is not responsible for his actions. What I am saying is that, to some degree, we ALL want to watch the world burn. We enjoy the chaos and explosions of a superhero film, especially when the villains are made to pay in the end. We are happy and gratified when the “good guys” win because we identify with them. And we should. But the reality is that we have far more in common with the villains than we do with the heroes. And this is why Nolan’s Batman films are so popular: they really aren’t about Batman, the Joker, Catwoman, or Bane at all—they are about us. Every one of us has the potential to be the next mass murderer, but thankfully few will be.

Alfred’s observation about watching the world burn is both empirical and prophetic. It is rather ironic that his line is delivered during a film where we are watching the world burn on the screen. We like our dramatized world-burning as long as it remains on the screen, but when the evil enters the theater with a real gun and real bullets and real malice, the entertainment value is immediately forgotten. No longer are we watching a “psychological thriller,” but a psychopathic killer. And with every passing day, the line between the two becomes thinner and thinner. Gutless killers ARE out there and it is up to us to protect ourselves and others.

We don’t know the full story of the Aurora killer yet, perhaps we never will, but one thing is certain: the killer went unchallenged. If more individuals were carrying guns of their own maybe this would never have happened. If sociopathic freaks knew that more than a few of the rest of us were packing heat, they might rethink their sociopathic behavior.

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/07/watching-the-world-burn/#ixzz21BBCNcO0

July 20, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | | Leave a comment

POLITICAL OUTCAST by GARY DEMAR


Shooting at Batman Premier Blamed on Tea Party

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Firing-PoliceInsanity runs in families. The media family is filled with insane people. The shooting at the The Dark Knight Rises premier has started a liberal media feeding frenzy. Piers Morgan is calling for gun control. Some are calling on Obama and Romney to pull back on campaigning. Fat Czar Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to know what Obama and Romney are going to do about the violence. Bloomberg and other liberals haven’t said much about the number of murders in Chicago — 260.

You might remember that after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Left went into full blame mode by claiming that it was Tea Party rhetoric that led to a lone gunman to shoot Giffords and others.

One liberal group said, “It is fair to say — in today’s political climate, and given today’s political rhetoric — that many have contributed to the building levels of vitriol in our political discourse that have surely contributed to the atmosphere in which this event transpired.”

Giffords’s father was more direct. When he was asked if she had any enemies, he said: “Yeah, the whole Tea Party.”

Once again the insane media have tried to make a Tea Party connection. This time it was Good Morning America’s Brian Ross and George Stephanolpoulos:

Stephanolpoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant.

Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.

Stephanolpoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

This passes as journalism at ABC. Even if this particular “Jim Holmes” is a member of the Tea Party, it does not mean that the Tea Party itself has anything to do with violence. In fact, the history of the Tea Party is a history of respectful and peaceful political action.

It’s been said numerous times that bright lights attract big bugs. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that some nut job joined an organization to give him the cover of respectability. All one has to look at is the pedophilia epidemic in the Catholic Church and Jerry Sandusky at Penn State.

Maybe Hollywood is responsible for the violence. Hollywood is a big supporter of President Obama. Two can play this game. Check out the 1986 Frank Miller graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Beltway Confidential reports that “In the comic, a crazed, gun-toting loner walks into a movie theater and begins shooting it up, killing three in the process.” So maybe it’s time to ban comic books.

Of course, just maybe the people responsible for the acts of violence are the ones who commit the crimes. Now that’s a novel idea.

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/07/shooting-at-batman-premier-blamed-on-tea-party/#ixzz21B4cIBKv

July 20, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , | Leave a comment

BREITBART NEWS


DNC Chair Doubles Down on ‘Felony’ Charge Against Romney

by John Nolte 16 Jul 2012

If the Obama campaign was hoping to move past the hysterical overreach of Stephanie Cutter’s outrageous “felon” charge against Mitt Romney last week, it’s just been extended for a few more days. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on MSNBC this morning and, when confronted with the irresponsibilty(sic) of the accusation, chose to double down :

What Stephanie [Cutter] said, rightfully so, is that either Mitt Romney was lying on SEC forms and misrepresenting to his investors — which could be a felony — that he was the sole owner, president, CEO of Bain Capital from 1999 until almost the end of 2001, or he wasn’t and represented that he was.

You know, it can’t be both. … Refusing to, you know, release his tax returns when he clearly has investments in Swiss bank accounts, investments in a Bermuda corporation which, by the way, he turned over to his wife’s control the day before he became governor.

This coming from the very same Debbie Wasserman Schultz who invests her own money overseas and refuses to release her own tax returns (Romney has agreed to two years which is more than the legal requirement).

Meanwhile, Obama hides the White House guest list in plain sight, uses executive privilege to avoid releasing Fast and Furious documents, and refuses to disclose thousands of donors to his 2008 campaign.

Moreover, these Bain attacks are only working to help Obama allies in the media from talking about the economy. Which does help Obama, but as far as the polls, the needle hasn’t moved at all. To voters worried about finding or keeping a job, this is likely all white noise.

From where I’m standing, the Obama campaign looks nasty and desperate. It would be interesting to know what their internal polls are telling them. When you have to resort to hurling unfounded criminal charges, that’s fear, not confidence.

MY TWO CENTS

I’m in kindergarten again!  All campaigns are dirty, nasty, and full of ugliness, but this time around, the Democrats are worse that any have ever been before.  Is there something inconceivable going on now, or is it

Just Me

July 17, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | Leave a comment

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Obama’s Losing the Youth Vote

Leah Barkoukis

July 13, 2012 01:44 PM EST

In 2008, capturing the youth vote was key component of President Obama’s win. He claimed two of every three ballots cast by voters 30 and under, who most certainly drank the Hope n’ Change Kool-Aid. Well now, if the president wants to secure that same voting sector, he’s going to have to do a lot more to fire up the youth than be Mr. “Cool,” push campaign swag, visit colleges in swing states, and extend federal student loan rates (not to mention attack Romney for being an outsourcing corporate raider and felon.)

A Gallup Poll released Friday shows that 58 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18-29 are “definitely likely” to vote. That’s down 20 percent from an October 2008 poll.

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Although the July/October difference isn’t ideal, twenty percent should be seen as a “BFD” to Obama’s reelection campaign.

With a June jobs report that showed no sign of improvement and many in this age bracket either unemployed or underemployed – the decline is expected. The Obama Camp’s switch from Hope and Change to Forward wasn’t that clever of a move.

The Hill notes:

He still holds a 23-point edge with the group over Mitt Romney in Gallup’s current tracking polls, a bit of a dip from his 2008 showing.

That advantage won’t matter if the young voters don’t show up to vote, however.

Come to think of it, Mr. Obama – maybe if you would have told them more stories

July 14, 2012 Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE DAILY CALLER


 

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the controversial July 12 rule that allow states to opt out of the successful, bipartisan and popular 1996 welfare reform law that required people on welfare to also work to maintain those benefits.

Both OMB and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius approved the new rules, Kenneth Wolfe, the department’s deputy director of public affairs, told The Daily Caller.

The department will not be holding a press conference about the rules, which remove a core element of the successful reform that halved the taxpayers’ welfare caseload.

The OMB is part of the White House, and works directly for President Barack Obama.

The new rule says HHS will welcome state proposals to replace work requirements with alternatives, such as job-training or classroom attendance.

Both OMB and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius approved the new rules, Kenneth Wolfe, the department’s deputy director of public affairs, told the The Daily Caller.

The department will not be holding a press conference about the rules, which reverse the core element of the successful reform which halved the taxpayers’ welfare caseload.

White House officials did not answer the TheDC’s request for information about the decision.

The work requirement was a key measure in the 1996 welfare reform law, which Clinton gradually accepted under GOP pressure, and at the urging of his chief political strategist, Dick Morris.

By endorsing the work requirement, Clinton was able to claim the role of centrist.

That decision also boosted his 1996 reelection campaign, following his disastrous losses in the 1994 mid-term elections that ended the Democrats’ 40-year majority in the House of Representatives.

But Obama’s decision to reverse Clinton’s centrist decision prior to the 2012 election increases Obama’s risk that the GOP can successfully portray him as an extremist.

The decision to rollback the popular work requirement comes as the the new media is highlighting the administration’s steps to increase the use of food stamps  among immigrants and people who decline to accept the government’s handout.

Obama’s decision to relax work requirement rules may not play well with voters in critical swing states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania. Silence from the Obama campaign on the change seems to confirm this.

GOP leaders, however, immediately highlighted the controversial move.

The July 12 rule may have been prompted by the failure of Obama’s economic policies, said a statement from House Speaker John Boehner’s office.

“Instead of working with Republicans to boost job creation, the president is simply disregarding the requirement that welfare recipients find work,” he said in a statement.

Roughly 23 million people are unemployed or underemployed. The unemployment rate is at least 8.2 percent, and the deficit and debt are at record levels.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/white-house-approved-reversal-of-welfare-reform/#ixzz20bfWOqGI

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POLITICHIKS


Team Obama: No, We Won’t Apoloigize for Falsely Suggesting Romney’s a Felon

Posted by Jodi Willard on July 13, 2012

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Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this.  Dishonorable people behave dishonorably (click through for video):

Ed Schultz, MSNBC: “Now the Romney campaign wants President Obama to apologize for Stephanie Cutter’s remarks, you heard earlier, we played on that conference call about Mitt Romney either being a liar or a potential felon. Will there be an apology?”

Ben LaBolt, Obama campaign press secretary: “There won’t be. You know, Mitt Romney has been telling voters, since he ran for office in Massachusetts, that he left Bain in 1999. And the Boston Globe reported today that that wasn’t true.

Actually, that’s not what the Boston Globe reported, and Romney’s long-standing explanation for these events has been confirmed by multiple fact-checkers, as well as contemporaneous reporting — including stories from the Boston Globe.

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CONSERVATIVE BYTE and BREITBART NEWS


Secret Democratic Oppo Research Files for Twelve 2012 Match-Ups Found via Google

by Media Trackers 12 Jul 2012

It could be one of the biggest political intelligence coups of the 2012 battle to control Congress. Media Trackers, a conservative investigative watchdog group, discovered nearly three-dozen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research notebooks – extensive secretive manuals outlining anything that could be used against a political opponent. Several news outlets have reported that some of the files have been quietly published on the DCCC’s website to facilitate their use by independent expenditure groups. On Thursday, however, Media Trackers published a dozen opposition research books that Democrats have so far managed to keep secret.

The twelve unpublished manuals range in size from a few dozen pages to hundreds of pages, depending on the personal, business and civic record of the Republican target. Incumbent members of Congress, like Florida’s Allen West and California’s Dan Lungren, have long files, whereas the individual Republican candidates in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District share a single book.

Democrats expanded the research division of the DCCC at the start of the 2012 cycle in an effort to create good political intelligence for their drive to capture 25 seats in the House and swing control of the majority away from Republicans. The D.C.-based newspaper Roll Call covered some of the meetings at which Democratic political staffers discussed ways to effectively gather information for the intel files they were building on Republicans. But the paper was granted access on the condition that they not publish the names of key targeted Republicans.

An apparent IT failure at the DCCC caused the books to become available via Google searches that combined targeted candidate’s names with opposition research search terms. They appeared in both Microsoft Word and PDF form (though Media Trackers had to convert the Word documents to PDF to upload them below) on a URL linked to a file sharing and storage service used by, among others, the DCCC.

The information found in the documents appears to be routine material one would expect to see. Biographical details, copies of land plots, voter registration records, tax information, business records, and press clippings and for incumbents voting records make up the bulk of the information. It is anticipated that individual Democratic campaigns and the DCCC itself will leverage the information into usable political fodder based on the dynamics of a particular race. Reading the books one can obtain a general outline of where Democrats are most likely to attack the Republican subject of the manual.

Although the sudden availability of the files may trump any timetable Democrats may have put together for distributing the information, their value to Republicans depends largely on the individual campaign’s own strategic response. The information – if damaging in any way – could be pre-empted or attacks based on the material could be headed off at a time when they are not quite so damaging as the final weeks of a campaign. As is often the case, the general dynamics of a race will impact the value of the early release almost as much as the substance of the intelligence itself.

The full list of still-secret opposition books discovered and released by Media Trackers is as follows:

Allen West FL-22 DCCC2012AllenWestFLResearchBook
Bill Young FL-10 DCCC2012OppoBookBillYoung
Nan Hayworth NY-18 DCCC2012RepNanHayworthNY18-ResearchBook
Matt Doheny NY-21 DCCC2012MattDohenyNY-ResearchBook
Larry Buschon IN-8 DCCC2012OppoBookLarryBucshon
Dan Lungren CA-7 DCCC2012DANLUNGRENCA-07-ResearchBook
Gary DeLong CA-47 DCCC2012GaryDeLongCA-ResearchBook
Janice Arnold-Jones NM-1 DCCC2012JaniceArnold-JonesNM-ResearchBook
John Tavaglione CA-41 DCCC2012JohnTavaglioneCA-41ResearchBook
Tim Wilkes, David Rouzer, Illario Pantano NC-7 DCCC2012NC-07ResearchBook
NC-11 (All GOP candidates) DCCC2012-NC11-ResearchBook
NC-8 (All GOP candidates) DCCC2012OppoBookNC08

This report by Brian Sikma of Media Trackers.

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BREITBART NEWS


Obama Propaganda Fantasy Film Opens Tomorrow–Thanks to Citizens United

by Breitbart News 12 Jul 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign gets a boost tomorrow at select theaters nationwide.

The Obama Effect,” written and directed by veteran actor Charles S. Dutton, follows a man who drops everything in his life to support a certain single-term Senator from Illinois. Dutton plays an insurance salesman who survives a heart attack and decides to dedicate his days to supporting Obama’s presidential campaign.

The irony here is that an Obama valentine like “Effect” couldn’t hit theaters if it weren’t for the Citizens United case the Left hates with such a passion.

The movie also stars Katt Williams–playing a war-loving Republican; Meagan Good; Glynn Turman and Zab Judah.

From “The Obama Effect”:

PREMIERES JULY13TH 2012

In the beginning of the 21st century, no one ever thought that an African-American would become the first President of the United States. But it happened, and an entire country celebrated the exceptional efforts pulled off by citizens ready for sweeping change. But this change didn’t come without effort. It required a unification of all people from all races and nationalities, which is what “The Obama Effect” is about.

This film centers around a middle-aged man (Charles S. Dutton) who is faced with some difficult life questions after having a heart attack. Attempting to get back on track with his life, he takes on the Obama campaign with full force in an effort to fight for something he believes in. In the end, he not only learns that putting effort into something can yield unexpected results, but that fighting for something you believe in, including yourself, is what life is all about. 12 Jul 2012

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