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Friday, December 31, 2010

Constitutional Know-Nothings

Posted December 30th, 2010

The 112th Congress has an unprecedented plan. They are going to read the Constitution-the document that each member will swear to uphold-aloud on their first day. When asked on MSNBC to comment, Washington Post writer Ezra Klein replied “It’s a gimmick. I mean, you can say two things about it. One, is that it has no binding power on anything. And two, the issue of the Constitution is not that people don’t read the text and think they’re following. The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NOAA's Catch Shares Fisheries Debacle

By Mike Johnson

Nov. 23, 2010at-logo

Barrack Obama came to office with an agenda to fundamentally change America.  An element of his agenda is a plan, known as catch shares, to restructure the nation's fishing industry.  The author of his plan is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the environmentalist rock star and former vice chairperson of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  When it comes to the oceans, the protection of fish, and the punishment of the evil fishermen, Dr. Lubchenco is as extreme as Obama's former green jobs czar, Van Jones.

Obama, with no managerial experience himself, didn't simply make Dr. Lubchenco one of his numerous czars -- he anointed her as the head of NOAA despite her own complementary lack of managerial experience.  Effectively, Obama has given the EDF control of the $4-billion, 13,000-person government agency that oversees the national fisheries.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

By ROBERT PEAR
Published: December 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

Friday, December 24, 2010

EPA Moving Unilaterally To Limit Greenhouse Gases

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

December 24, 2010

Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on power plant and oil refinery greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for developing new standards over the next year.

In a statement posted on the agency's website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

"We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans," Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

THE FREEMAN | IDEAS ON LIBERTY

http://www.thefreemanonline.org

Congress Can’t Repeal Economics

by John Stossel • January/February 2011 • Vol. 61/Issue 1

It’s raining! I don’t like it! Why hasn’t Congress passed the Good Weather Act and the Everybody Happy Act?

Sound dumb?

Why is it any dumber than a law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which promises to cover more for less money?

When Obamacare was debated, we free-market advocates insisted that no matter what the President promised, he and Congress couldn’t repeal the laws of economics. Our opponents in effect answered, “Yes, they can.”

Well, Obamacare has barely started taking effect, and the evidence is already rolling in. I hate to say we told them so, but . . . we told them so. The laws of economics have struck back.

Health insurers Wellpoint, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, and CoventryOne will stop writing policies for all children. Why? Because Obamacare requires that they insure already sick children for the same price as well children.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The FCC's Threat to Internet Freedom - WSJ.com

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By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL   Dec. 20, 2010

'Net neutrality' sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.

Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government's reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.

How did the FCC get here?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Martin now ground zero in debate over immigration?

EVE SAMPLES
COLUMNIST

The immigration system is broken.

The speakers at the podium and the politicians at the dais could agree on that much.

How to fix it was another story.

Friday’s meeting of Martin County’s legislative delegation — the annual get-together between state lawmakers and the residents they represent — revealed that this small community is quickly becoming ground zero for the larger debate about immigration reform in Florida.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stupid People are what's killing America

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Friday, December 17, 2010

CONTACT: Ryan Houck

TEL: (407) 496-4035

EMAIL: RHouck@Florida2010.org

COURT DECISION SENDS WARNING TO PREDATORY LAWYERS
State appeals court rules that so-call environmental groups must pick up the tab for "frivolous" lawsuits

(Orlando, FL - December 17, 2010) After years of clogging up the courts with frivolous lawsuits and then sticking taxpayers with the bill, anti-free market interest groups finally got a taste of their own medicine.

Earlier this week, Florida's First District Court of Appeals ordered 1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance to repay Florida taxpayers for attorneys fees incurred during the course of a land-use appeals case.  (Read the court's opinion here)

Environmental groups quickly predicted that the ruling would have a "chilling" effect on future litigation.

"Good," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy.  "Taxpayers have been footing the bill for this type of frivolous, dead-end litigation for years while special interest groups abuse the legal system with impunity.  Too often, these lawsuits are simply a tool of the anti-free market agenda, designed to obstruct job-creation at taxpayer expense.  Policymakers should follow the court's lead and take action to deter this type of costly, frivolous litigation in the future." 

Litigation stemmed from the 2007 passage of Martin County's Land Protection Incentives Amendment.  The amendment to the county's comprehensive plan permitted property owners to cluster houses in exchange for preserving the rest of the land.  The amendment did not increase the number of houses permitted on the property and an Administrative Law Judge ruled that the amendment would not create sprawl or more development.

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Note: Maybe this will “chill” the lawsuit-crazed environmentalists against the Indian Street Bridge Project.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Read The Bill!

FY 2011 Omnibus Appropriations Act Full Text

Remember our history

Eisenhower warns of the “military-industrial complex.”

...And three months later, JFK echoed this warning at the Waldorf Astoria in NY. These two men were the last real Presidents. 2,000 years from now, history teachers will note this fact. The people will know who the treasonous U.S. Presidents were. Thus these others will be remembered as villains, and this is likely the only justice the rest of us will see.

This is perhaps the most revealing speech ever made by an American President. Listen carefully to every word. If you have ever wondered why congress does not listen to the people this is the answer.

Senate moves on nuclear arms treaty

The Senate plunged into debate on a new U.S.-Russia arms control treaty Wednesday after Democrats secured the backing of a significant number of Republicans in a crucial test vote of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy priority.


The White House and senior Democrats have expressed confidence that they had the two-thirds majority needed for ratification in the Senate. In a fresh sign of momentum, Democrats easily prevailed, 66-32, to move forward on the pact, winning the support of nine Republicans. Among the GOP senators was Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama’s 2008 presidential rival and a top lawmaker on national security issues.

Obama quietly erasing borders

Dem administration advancing 'North American Union' agenda


Posted: December 15, 2010 

By Jerome R. Corsi


Acting quietly, below the radar of U.S. public opinion and without congressional approval, the Obama administration is implementing a key policy objective of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, to erase the border with Mexico and Canada. clear

The administration is acting under a State Department-declared policy initiative described in a March 23 fact sheet titled "United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision."

"Mexico and the United States have a shared interest in creating a 21st century border that promotes the security and prosperity of both countries," the State Department declared. "The U.S. and Mexican governments have launched a range of initiatives that challenge the traditional view of 'hold the line' and are developing a framework for a new vision of 21st century border management."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bill of Rights Day 2010

By Sarah Foster
December 15, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

The Disappearing Preamble and the Forgotten Ninth

Today is Bill of Rights Day, a national civil holiday established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt through proclamation on Dec. 15, 1941. Considering his track record, FDR was certainly not someone you’d expect to honor to such a document and the principles it embodies, but it was after all the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and perhaps he was expected to go at least through the motions of paying his respects.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Elections have consequences

 

Cut, don't create, red tape
By: Ryan Houck
December 14, 2010

Only weeks after Florida voters tossed Amendment 4 into the dustbin of bad ideas, Jane Healy has managed to misread the most obvious of signals. In her column "Will Scott and Cannon play games with growth?" (Orlando Sentinel, Nov. 28), she calls for new growth controls in the midst of a devastating recession while neighboring states aggressively compete for Florida jobs. Only Healy could imagine that the 67-percent-to-33-percent defeat of Amendment 4 means that Floridians have an appetite for new regulation.

Sustainable nightmare to plague Napa County

[Note - Jim Stack writes:

Friends,
       I was surprised that an actual newspaper printed an article about what Agenda 21 and Sustainable development are really all about.  The article is below.  The article contains the admission of public officials about the Agenda 21 plans for their local community and the origins of Agenda 21.  The article also notes the growing resistance against Agenda 21 by the Tea Parties and lists links at the page bottom.  Click and read the comments and you will see that the word is getting out.  Pass this article to everyone including your elected officials and media contacts… 

Regards,  Jim Stack

This is the type of documentation that is needed to convince the doubters. ]

By Kevin Eggers Napa Valley Register | Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2010 12:00 am

Sustainable nightmare to plague Napa County

It’s been over three years since Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd told me Agenda 21 was the plan for Napa County. Agenda 21 is the blueprint for implementing the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development goals for “Economy, Equity and Environment.” These U.N. goals are in the Napa County General Plan. The U.N. continues to sell Agenda 21 as a sustainable utopian dream for Earth’s future, but Agenda 21 will be a sustainable nightmare for Napa County.

When I researched U.N. Agenda 21’s website and read related documents and articles in 2006, it was obvious the laws and regulations to meet Agenda 21’s international requirements were going to gradually smother our freedoms. Thinking I was doing the right thing, I hand-delivered Michael Shaw’s “Understanding Sustainable Development (Agenda 2l): A Guide for Public Officials” to Supervisor Dodd’s office in October 2006. Shaw was a member of the Agenda 21 bureaucracy in Santa Cruz, and described the scope of sustainable development in his guide. I was warning Dodd because we were already conversing about stopping Measure I. Dodd wasn’t in his office when I arrived, but Shaw’s guide was left on Dodd’s desk with a note from me. The next morning when Dodd called, I was shocked when he told me Agenda 21 was already the plan for Napa County. Until Dodd told me, I had no idea Agenda 21 existed in Napa County. Since then, I’ve done more research and learned from citizens exposing Agenda 21 in other communities.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Barack Obama's job-killing regulations--Ben Lieberman - NYPOST.com

Barack Obama's job-killing regulations--Ben Lieberman - NYPOST.com

The jobs O hates

By BEN LIEBERMAN

Last Updated: 5:00 AM, December 6, 2010

Posted: 10:44 PM, December 5, 2010

For all his talk of job creation, President Obama has targeted many occupations for extinction. Using un elected bureaucrats to implement a host of job-killing measures, his administration is generating piles of pink slips:

Oil: Even before the BP spill, Obama's Interior Department had cracked down on domestic drilling. In 2009, regulators allowed less than $1 billion in new oil and natural gas leases on federally controlled areas -- both onshore and offshore -- compared to $10 billion under President George W. Bush the year before.

Then, in response to the Gulf spill in April, Obama slowed down things even further, with a moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. That proved so unpopular that the administration officially ended it -- but it remains in force unofficially, as regulators bottle up drilling permits with red tape and delays, keeping workers idle. Most recently, Obama regulators placed the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts off limits to drilling.

Factories: Rising regulatory burdens, energy prices and health-care costs -- Obama has left no stone unturned in making American manufacturing globally less competitive and in forcing jobs overseas.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

American Thinker: Vote Fraud as a Democrat Strategy

American Thinker: Vote Fraud as a Democrat Strategy

By Peter Raymond

The Democratic Party's message to politically involved citizens is unmistakably dire.  For those who attempt to expose voter fraud, expect to be harassed and even sued.  This is what happened to a group called the King Street Patriots (KSP) in Harris County (Houston), Texas. 

So far, intimidation has failed to deter these proud and steadfast citizens.  "These lawsuits are exactly the kind of abusive disrespect for citizens that got our political leaders into trouble. We will not be intimidated by partisan attacks, by the Democratic Party, or by anyone," is the defiant retort from volunteer leader of King Street Patriots, Catherine Engelbrecht.

KSP received national attention earlier this year when their initiative, True the Vote, discovered "numerous incomplete, inaccurate or false voter registrations."  KSP volunteers pored over voter rolls "double-checking all registrations" and even photographed vacant lots and non-existent addresses given on voter registration forms to validate their findings.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Constitutional Conservatism Is Ascending

American Thinker: Why Constitutional Conservatism Is Ascending

By Mark J. Fitzgibbons

December 10, 2010

If 2009 was the year of birth of the Tea Party movement, 2010 was the year of ascendancy of constitutional conservatism. In many ways, the movements are the same -- except, perhaps, that the Tea Party is a movement of political activism by people who weren't traditionally activists, and constitutional conservatism represents an awakening about the way back to American exceptionalism.

For conservatives to emphasize constitutionalism is nothing new. The greater emphasis, however, is a bit of branding that helps distinguish them from establishment Republicans who stole the brand "conservative," or those whose policies are constitutionally limited only some of the time.

You know constitutional conservatism is on the right track when the liberal literati (Lincoln Caplan) and dimwiterati (Randi Rhodes) criticize it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sovereignty International (7)

Climate Change Confab Report #7 from Cancun

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From Cathie Adams

December 9, 2010

ZERO Carbon Emissions Produces Abject Poverty, Sabotages Hope

The industrialized world needs to realize that the radical environmentalists’ demand for a ZERO carbon economy by 2050 is a cruel hoax being perpetrated upon the poor. Succumbing to the unproven theory that burning fossil fuels is warming the climate robs the poor of the hope to improve their lives. Instead of feeling guilty for enjoying their energy-produced modern lifestyles, developed nations should encourage the undeveloped world with the knowledge to produce their own energy.

On Wednesday, I left Cancun’s paradise, where tourists enjoy running water and electricity, to visit a small village called La Libertad that has none of those amenities. It was like visiting an alternate universe, an extreme contrast to what is being taken for granted by delegates to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties 16 in Mexico.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why Mike Pence catches conservatives' eyes

By George F. Will

Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 8:00 PM

On a midweek afternoon in February 2009, a month into the Obama presidency, Republican Rep. Mike Pence arrived at Columbus in his east-central Indiana district for a town hall meeting, the sort of event that usually attracted a few dozen constituents. Surprised to see the hallway outside the room crowded with people, "their arms folded and brows furrowed," Pence shouted down the hall to an aide, asking him to get a janitor to open the room. The aide shouted back that the room was open - and overflowing. Congress had just passed the stimulus bill (Pence voted no), and Hoosiers were stimulated to anger. Soon the Tea Party would be simmering.

Read the entire Washington Post column…

George F. Will - Why Mike Pence catches conservatives' eyes

Treasure Coast Forum, Dr. Michael Coffman "Rescuing a Broken America"

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Jim Stack (right), Eric Miller (center) , Gerrick Busl (left) on WSTU 1450 AM–Dec. 08, 2010

Treasure Coast Forum, Dr. Michael Coffman "Rescuing a Broken America" wstu on USTREAM. Radio

Sovereignty International

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Report #6 from Cancun - COP 16

From Cathie Adams

December 8, 2010

U.N. Secretary Generals calls for Fundamental Transformation of the Global Economy

Fundamental transformation--where have Americans heard that phrase before? In 2008, candidate Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” America which has resulted in skyrocketing debt and sustained joblessness. We surely do not want that on a global scale!

Yet, that is exactly what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for on Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico, at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties 16: “We need to fundamentally transform the global economy -- based on low-carbon, clean energy resources.”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapt.2: Food Crisis

Don’t Be A Liability

Preparation is not just about you, it is about all the people you save by not becoming part of the problem. The more Americans prep, the less Americans starve in the midst of calamity. Fewer empty stomachs means less fearful minds and less panic when the other shoe drops. In this sense, survival preparation is not a hobby, or a mode of self interest, it is a duty. Frankly, if we care at all about the continuity of our ideals, our belief in freedom and independence, then we should also feel obligated to become more self-sufficient. If the economy were to slip into oblivion tomorrow, would you be a pillar of strength, or just another frantic helpless man-child waiting desperately for a handout from the nearest criminal bureaucracy? Would you be a strong-point in the protection of liberty, or a weak link holding the rest of us back?

The strength of one can have reverberations in the lives of thousands. Preparation makes us strong. Adaptability and knowledge makes us unafraid. Training and experience makes us successful. These are the principles upon which America was founded, and these are the principles which will allow America to live on.

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"As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another." --James Madison, Federalist No. 55, 1788

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Three Stages of Delusion - John Mauldin's Outside the Box - InvestorsInsight.com | Financial Intelligence, Advice & Research / Investment Strategies & Planning for Individual Investors.

The Three Stages of Delusion - John Mauldin's Outside the Box - InvestorsInsight.com | Financial Intelligence, Advice & Research / Investment Strategies & Planning for Individual Investors.

The recent sequence of reassurances from various eurozone policymakers suggests we are in the early, not latter, stages of the euro crisis. Only an Anglo-Saxon style QE will prevent dissolution of the euro. Such a radically un-German solution will only be taken with a full acceptance of how serious the euro’s problems are. But denial persists.

The dawning of reality hurts. Prodded and bullied along a tortuous emotional path by events unforeseen and beyond our control, we descend through three phases: the first is denial that there is a problem; the second is denial that there is a big problem; the third is denial that the problem was anything to do with us.

Read the entire post.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

American Policy Center : The Conservative Blind Spot

by Tom DeWeese

http://americanpolicy.org/sustainable-development/the-conservative-blind-spot.html

December 4, 2010

There is a blind spot in the main stream Conservative movement that threatens everything the movement says it stands for. The blind spot is refusal to acknowledge the threat of Sustainable Development, the policy of the UN’s Agenda 21 that now permeates into every American city. Somehow, the Conservative leaders who have always been there to fight off such utopian, socialist nightmares now seem to slumber blissfully in their ignorance at the very moment when vigilance is most urgently needed.

Sustainable Development is the greatest threat ever perpetrated against the American ideal of liberty. Sustainable Development is based entirely on the concept of wealth redistribution. Under Sustainable Development there can be no free enterprise, no individual liberty and no private property. If you doubt that, then here is a direct quote from the UN’s Habitat I 1976 conference where Sustainable Development was first being developed: “Land…cannot be treaded as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore, contributes to social injustice.” That quote alone should bring the libertarians to battle-ready.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Florida Health Care Freedom Act

From: Senator Mike Haridopolos
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 8:03 PM
To: mcgovern@freedom.org
Subject: The Florida Health Care Freedom Act

Dear Friends,

This past week I filed Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) - "The Florida
Health Care Freedom Act" in the Florida Senate. The filing of this joint
resolution is the first step in preserving the freedom of all residents of
the state of Florida to provide for their own health care. To be sure, no
individual should be compelled to participate in a health care program of
the government's choosing.

"The Florida Health Care Freedom Act" (SJR 2) will be heard in its first
committee next Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

I respectfully ask you to contact your Representative and Senator to
convey your support for both this joint resolution and your individual
rights. With your help, we can safeguard the freedoms our country was
founded upon.

The membership of the Senate Committee on Health Regulation who will hear
the bill next Wednesday is provided below.

Most sincerely,

Mike

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Conservative Future | FrontPage Magazine

David Horowitz Freedom Center, Restoration Weekend 2010, November 20, 2010.

The Conservative Future | FrontPage Magazine

Part 1

In this panel discussion on the future of conservatism, Congressman Steven King, columnist Ronald Radosh, Emmett Tyrrell of The American Spectator, and David Horowitz talk about the Tea Party, ideological purity vs. winning over moderates, and other issues that will determine the character and success of the conservative movement.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (S. 510 as Amended )

Vote Number: 257
Vote Date: November 30, 2010, 10:09 AM

Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Bill Passed

Measure Number: S. 510 (FDA Food Safety Modernization Act )

Measure Title:  A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.

Vote Counts:   YEAs – 73  /  NAYs – 25   /   Not Voting -- 2

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