Dear FreedomWorks member,
As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and urge him or her to support the resolution, H.Con.Res. 24, by Rep. Steve Scalise, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be harmful to the U.S. economy.
The carbon tax is essentially a tax on all emissions from burning fossil fuels – which provide over 80 percent of our nation’s energy. Taxing carbon emissions will necessarily cause the cost of our nation’s most plentiful energy source to increase sharply, placing addition burdens upon both individual Americans and our economy at large. Even some proponents of carbon tax schemes admit that their plans will cost thousands of jobs in the energy sector.
Increasing the cost of energy is one of the most devastating blows that can be dealt to a struggling economy, because doing so increases the costs of all goods through increased transportation costs and overhead. Also, higher energy costs are inherently regressive, taking a far greater portion of income from the poor.
In addition, a carbon tax would add a massive, brand new revenue source for the federal government, which would inevitably be spent to continue the growth of the leviathan state.
Thus, I urge you to contact your Representative and urge him or her to reject a carbon tax by supporting Rep. Scalise’s resolution.
President and CEO
Aussie PM: carbon tax is ‘socialism’ (dailycaller.com)
Abbott’s new direct action sceptics (smh.com.au)
Direct Action won’t meet targets: Labor (sbs.com.au)
ACCI says ditching carbon tax a priority (skynews.com.au)
Australia still needs carbon price: GE (news.smh.com.au)
Australia: Emissions Would Rise Under Carbon Tax (regulytics.com)
CNBC Host’s Stunning Slam on Ted Cruz: ‘Can We Get Some…Mexican Music, Maybe?’
Oct. 23, 2013 8:47am
[Author’s note: Scroll down to the bottom of this story to see important updates.]
CNBC’s Steve Liesman made an offhand crack Tuesday about freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and “Mexican music” that has some saying he went too far.
“We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report,” Liesman said in reference to Tuesday’s unemployment report. “These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.”
An image of Cruz appeared on the CNBC studio screens, prompting Liesman to say, “Can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”
Shortly thereafter, some upbeat music started playing (though it’s unclear exactly what it was). Cruz is of Cuban descent.
Here’s a more complete version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gQpPHRSCAzQ
Liesman’s decision to refer to the September jobs report as the “Ted Cruz jobs report” is curious. The host is presumably blaming the report’s poor showing on the partial government shutdown inspired by the Texas senator. However, the shutdown lasted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16. The jobs report released Tuesday covers September.
A CNBC spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze.
UPDATE 10/23/13, 12:00 pm ET – CNBC’s Steve Liesman has issued a formal apology for the “Mexican music” crack:
Regarding my recent remark on Squawk Box regarding Senator Ted Cruz, I first want to deeply and sincerely apologize if my remarks were insensitive.
Second, I want to explain that it was not intended to be offensive in any way.
I thought of him only as an American senator from Texas, and in an attempt, on the fly, to choose music representing that state, I chose Mexican music.
As a musician for many decades, I’ve played and listened to tons of Texas songs infused with Mexican themes. A better choice would have been Country/Western or Texas Roadhouse Blues — it was a bad reach all the way around.
And in case you were wondering, Glenn Beck was furious Wednesday when he found out about the Liesman “Mexican music” comment and addressed it on his radio show: http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=31170599#/copy
(H/T: Truth Revolt)
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CNBC HOST: Can We Get ‘Mexican Music’ for Ted Cruz? (truthrevolt.org)
CNBC Reporter Wants ‘Mexican Music’ Playing For Ted Cruz Story (breitbart.com)
Beck, Twitter unleash on CNBC host’s ‘Mexican slur’ against Ted Cruz (bizpacreview.com)
THE BLAZE by MADELEINE MORGENSTERN (MY TWO SENSE: Really, Dickie Durbin? Because rampant idiocy runs throughout the Left’s “Useful Idiots” synapses, I find this story incredulous. The fact that Facebook was used to “leak” the story is evidence of that it did not happen. For another, this President, with his never-ending assault on anything with a right-sided view, would no doubt have held a press conference and talked about this insult. He would have stuck his middle finger in his eye to imply his sorrow over obvious and continued racism, while at the same time flip off the rest of us, thereby using a “Two Birds With One Stone” assault on our intelligence. He would have looked out across the sea of hand-picked “reporters” and answered questions with grace and style, and appear to struggle to rise above one more racial attack–but his body language would clearly reflect the deep, deep wound inflicted by the GOP. Bada bing bada bang! President 8,369—GOP zip. This President is like a Teflon duck. Not only will water roll off his back, so will blame, shame, and truth about anything. Obama has never, and will never, take responsibility for any mistakes, government over-reaches, and glaring disrespect for this nation, her Constitution, and her people. Rather, this corrupt public servant continues to dictate and oppress and control his “subjects.” Make no mistake—Obama sees Americans as his serfs and subjects, and as long as he occupies the White House, he will continue to, now with ever increasing speed, destroy America. He has taken overt, as well as covert steps to harm Americans personally, and he has created the greatest divide this country has known since the Civil War. He does not know the word culpability, and responsibility has nothing to do with Barack Hussein Obama. Political-ease licensure, double-talk, and Catch-22 circular arguments are continuously used by this Administration, and the Liberal Press, to explain away everything that comes under fire. Their never-ending attacks on Ted Cruz are typical and worse than appalling. In fact, before one can realistically describe that man in the White House, and his ideology, a brand new book of adjectives, adverbs, and noun labels must be created, and I particularly like Stephen Kruiser’s, “President Whiny McMomjeans.” You can find Kruiser on pjmedia.com JUST ME )
Who’s the Republican Who Apparently Told Obama, ‘I Cannot Even Stand to Look at You’?
Oct. 23, 2013 9:14am
A top Democratic senator is claiming that a Republican House leader told President Barack Obama in a shutdown negotiation meeting, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-highest Democrat in the Senate, didn’t name names or specify when the meeting took place, but said it’s basically impossible to have a conversation with the GOP because of the level of disrespect.
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans,” the Illinois senator posted on Facebook Sunday. “But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’”
“What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?” Durbin added.
Durbin served alongside Obama during his time in the Senate.
Neither House Speaker John Boehner’s office nor the White House immediately returned a request for comment.
(H/T: The Hill)
- Sen. Dick Durbin: GOP House leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ (thegrio.com)
- Sen. Dick Durbin: GOP Leader Told Obama ‘I Can’t Even Stand to Look at You’ (mediaite.com)
- Durbin: House leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ (thehill.com)
- Who’s the Republican Who Apparently Told Obama, ‘I Cannot Even Stand to Look at You’? (redflagnews.com)
- ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ (politico.com)
- Who’s the Republican Who Apparently Told Obama, ‘I Cannot Even Stand to Look at You’? (theblaze.com)
- 10 names Democrats have called Republicans on the brink of a government shutdown (redalertpolitics.com)
- Sen. Dick Durbin: ‘Social Security Will be Broke in Twenty Years’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Senate leads hunt for shutdown and debt limit deal (kansascity.com)
‘Militant Atheist’ Accused of Savagely Beating Pastor Inside His Own Church After Sunday Service
Oct. 23, 2013 10:14am
An Ohio pastor says he was savagely beaten after Sunday’s church service by a man one local outlet called a “self-described militant atheist,” who left him with a broken nose, cuts, stitches and bruises.
Rev. Normon Hayes of the Bridge Community Church in North Hampton, Ohio, says he feared for his life during the attack, which unfolded inside the house of worship. The 57-year-old preacher apparently drew the ire of James Maxie, 28, after asking the man’s girlfriend after the service if Maxie was abusing her, Dayton’s WHIO-TV reported.
“I questioned his girlfriend in his presence if she felt safe,” Hayes told the station. “He was very, very upset that I’d even suggest that he would hurt her. Then he turned around and hurt me very badly.”
Tensions had apparently already been building that morning. The pastor said that before the attack it seemed as though Maxie was looking for a fight.
The Daily Mail reported Maxie made comments about Adolf Hitler before service began and “heckled” Hayes while he was at the pulpit. Exactly what was said about Hitler is not known.
It is also unclear where the “militant atheist” label originated, though a Facebook profile that appears to belong to Maxie shows he has “liked” atheist fan pages and regularly posts images promoting a secular worldview.
Maxie told police that he was merely trying to “regain” his faith in God and that he was simply asking questions about science and faith during the church service. He also accused Hayes of telling his girlfriend she was going to hell for dating Maxie.
Regardless of who said what, the violent response was stunning.
“He came from nowhere and hit me … and knocked me down, and then he got on top of me and just kept hitting me over and over,” the pastor told WHIO. ”It was fortunate he did stop. I really believe my life was in danger if he hadn’t stopped hitting me in the face over and over.”
As a result of the assault — which North Hampton police Chief Jarrod Campbell called both rare and “brutal” — Maxie faces charges of second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor resisting arrest. He is being held on $51,000 bond and Hayes was granted an order of protection against him.
Watch Hayes speak out about what happened:
Maxie has apparently been in legal trouble before. According to WHIO, he’s served two years in prison for felonious assault and was charged with four counts of cruelty to animals in 2004. He’s also reportedly a convicted sex offender for having unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
Featured image via WHIO-TV
Self-professed ‘militant atheist’ brutally beats Ohio pastor (rawstory.com)
Ohio Pastor viciously beaten by militant atheist: cops (nydailynews.com)
Atheist attacks pastor after church service near Springfield (timesreporter.com)
Atheist attacks pastor after church service near Springfield (indeonline.com)
Gregory Hicks is no stranger to regular readers. The State Department official, who was second-in-command to murdered Amb. Chris Stevens in Libya, was one of the star witnesses during the House Oversight Committee’s Benghazi hearings this past spring. Visibly frustrated by the lack of accountability over last year’s deadly attacks, Hicks appeared on ABC News to share his story. America Risingcollected the highlights of his interview with George Stephanopolous, including Hicks’ assertion that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assigned Stevens to man the under-protected diplomatic post, despite documented security risks. He also reiterated that he personally and “immediately” informed State brass that the raid was an act of terrorism:
And yet the White House deliberately trotted out and stuck to false talking points about the nature and cause of the attack for weeks. Internal emails have revealed that the counter-factual narrative was concocted by members of the State Department’s “building leadership,” who wanted to avoid political criticism for their security failures. Two of the players most responsible for perpetrating this fallacious storyline have been rewarded by President Obama with promotions. Hicks also says that he’s been “shunted aside” because of his truth-telling:
Wow: Government Erecting Barricades Around WWII Memorial to Deny Vets Access (gopthedailydose.com)
If you think that President Obama does not want to end the shutdown…… (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
CBS News Slams “Disastrous” Obamacare, Watch the Video (conservativeread.com)
Hannity: Could Be Time for Conservative Third Party
15 Oct 2013, 3:41 AM PDT
On Monday, Fox News host Sean Hannity declared it may be time for a conservative third party for those who are just “sick” of the establishment Republicans that undermine conservatives.
Saying he did not “think this country is going to survive with half-measures,” Hannity declared, “either you believe that we need radical, positive, oriented solutions for this country and you willing to fight for them or you’re not.”
“Is it a third party we need? I’ve often argued no,” Hannity said on his radio show. “I’m not so sure anymore. It may be time for a new conservative party in America. I’m sick of these guys.”
He mentioned that nearly every Republican promised to repeal Obamacare but many abandoned the fight, instead trashing conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) more than they were fighting against the law.
“The problem here is the more establishment wing of the Republican party, they didn’t stick together with these guys and instead the establishment has been out there trashing principled conservatives for keeping their principles and for keeping their commitment and their promises to their constituents,” Hannity said.
Hannity called out establishment Republicans like Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for making it seem like “they have now declared war on principled conservatives like Ted Cruz, doing the bidding of the Democrats and the leftist media and now you’ve got the establishment Republicans trashing the conservative base of their own party.”
The Fox News host argued that Republicans would have been in a better position had they “stood by their promise like Ted Cruz.”
“If they held together, we wouldn’t have a problem today. You know, what is different here is, you know, every time the establishment wins, they want the tea party conservative base to go along with them,” Hannity said. “Now when the tea party stands up and fights for what they promise their voters, somehow they’re evil, somehow what they did is wrong.”
Hannity: Could Be Time for Conservative Third Party (breitbart.com)
Hannity: Boehner Must Be Replaced (conservativebyte.com)
The Tea Party Adds the GOP to its List of Enemies to be Destroyed (politicususa.com)
Hannity: Boehner Must Go (patdollard.com)
Hannity: Boehner Must Be Replaced (breitbart.com)
National Security Objectives
What Are Those Objectives and Who is “We?”
by Just Me
October 11, 2013
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” –Senator Barack Obama, July 2, 2008
The tactical forces teams, of State and local police departments, have been armed and uniformed identically, and cannot be State-identified according to their uniforms or badges. These newly combined police officers are now obama’s “civilian national security force.” They are armed and outfitted military-style, and they will shoot Americans down, where the real military soldiers may not be willing. Recall the leaked questionnaire given to, and filled out, by military troops and brass, all the way to the top, which asked the question, “If ordered to, will you fire on American citizens?” Those top brass who answered “no” are being weeded out of their career service via forced retirement, or are being ‘fired’ by the only person with the authority to do so. That is the White House dictator, barack hussein obama.
During a recent flight, a passenger witnessed, as did many passengers, what is called “dry runs”. Dry runs aboard airplanes are the exercises Middle Eastern men and women are acting out during a flight. The presumed goal is to determine how many behaviors will go unnoticed and/or unchallenged by air marshals and passengers so that a “perfect” plan can be devised for another air attack on US soil. On September 2, 2013, flight 1880 took off from Reagan International Airport en route to Washington, DC, a number of Arab males rummaged through overhead compartments, one ran down the aisle and locked himself inside the bathroom for some time, and they behaved in other threatening ways–not without notice, but without acknowledgement or support from this Administration or the particular airline. Were it not for the passenger’s report, none of this may have come to light. Although a pilots organization has reported these incidents during flights, along with witness air marshals, they have been ridiculed and labeled liars. Without protection and support from the appropriate federal security agencies, terrorist attacks are coming, and it is only a matter of time. The turn of events that will follow another successful terrorist attack, with a high death count, is inevitable, as well.
Once the impending air attack(s) are implemented, bho will declare a State of Emergency–“Never let a crisis go to waste.”–and Martial Law will become the law of the land, replacing obamacare. The sad thing is that many Americans will accept that marshal law is the only recourse to secure the country, and they will likely feel grateful to the president for his “protection.” They will never believe that the Administration knew of and expected this “crisis” for some time, yet he did nothing to stop it. Furthermore, those same individuals will never accept that their president has, in the past, manufactured several crises in order to manipulate the economy and the people, that he will continue to do so until his agenda is completely implemented, and that he is collaborating with airlines, among others, to debunk airline pilots who report the terrorist dry runs (drs) during flights.
The goal to dismantle Capitalism, America, and liberty has been an active effort for more than 100 years, and every time the United States government is lead by Progressives, another chunk of America, as we knew her, is gone. We never, ever regain the loss. Americans cannot afford to continue sitting back and hoping that others will deal with the situation. And Americans must act, as of yesterday, to turn this tide that will drown us all.
We live in a time of actual, real-life conspiracies; political, ideological, and financial. Paranoid is no longer an accurate description for one who is smart enough to figure out the minds and hearts of con artists who, by the way, exist even in high political office. There are those of us, who’ve lived through, and beyond, Nazi Germany and other Marxist/Communist nations, and who have learned from experiences what evil looks like, and we recognize it in 2013. We recognize the path evil takes, the manipulations evil implements, and we can identify the perpetrators of evil in the same way. For those who remain unconvinced by experience, take, for instance, a time before the first Atomic explosion in a US desert. No one, including the atomic scientists, knew the full consequences of the destructive forces that, when unleashed, would continue to kill, maim, or alter living organisms for generations. Now, after the experimental bomb detonation, followed by its use on two Japanese cities during WWII, most people recognize atomic power for what it is and can describe it to those too young to have the memory. Yet, no one, ignorant of this subject thinks to mock those experienced individual’s who can predict the outcome should an identical atomic bomb be detonated. The point is that, just because a scenario feels, or seems to be unlikely, outrageous, or absurd, does not make it so!
Lackadaisical attitudes and ignorance are the principal characteristics a dictator depends upon to covertly, or overtly, usurp a nation. The average person simply does not see it coming because the average individual doesn’t want to see an upsetting reality, much less take a stand against it. Human beings, for the most part, prefer to deny, deny, deny rather than accept the possibility that many conspiracy scenarios are based on fact and not imagination. Why do most people, when confronted with a dark possibility, demean and ridicule the messenger? Why is the message so often met with anger rather than simple dismissal if not believed? If the warning message is put forth from an honest perspective and garnered from an honest investigation, why then, does society publicly impugn, not only the message, but the messenger? This senseless reaction is the real absurdity, and it is extremely unfortunate.
Remember Obama’s Civilian National Security Force? (americanthinker.com)
Internal Memo Reveals ‘Dry Run’ by Terrorists on U.S. Flight (freebeacon.com)
Obama’s DHS Seizing Local Power (conservativebyte.com)
Obama’s DHS seizing local power (wnd.com)
Obama’s DHS Seizing Local Power (govtslaves.info)