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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Carney: Republican leaders trample their grass roots in Tampa

August 29, 2012 | 6:00 pm

Timothy CarneyTAMPA, Fla. -- The Republican establishment still doesn't get it.

At the Republican National Convention, party officials flouted the rules and railroaded longtime conservative activists, Tea Party newcomers and Ron Paul delegates.

You might think a party whose power in Washington is due to bottom-up, decentralized grassroots passion would not resort to top-down, centralized control.

Establishment arrogance first flared up in two of the convention's standing committees.

In the Rules Committee, D.C. delegate Ben Ginsburg, an attorney working with the Romney campaign, passed two rule changes that conservatives immediately blasted as "power grabs." First, Ginsburg stripped power from delegates by giving the Republican National Committee -- that is, the 50 state committeemen and 50 committeewomen -- the power to amend party rules between conventions. (This was a change to Rule 12, which governs amendments to the platform.)

Second, he stripped power from state parties by giving candidates the ability to replace any of their own delegates. Conservative delegates and activists reacted so negatively to this one that party leaders backtracked. They crafted a compromise on Monday night that leaves state parties with the power to elect delegates, but imposes new rules on delegate selection.

Meanwhile, the Credentials Committee voted to unseat half of Ron Paul's delegates from Maine. Party officials contended -- on flimsy evidence -- that Paul backers had broken the rules in the state party's convention, where they won 21 of Maine's 24 delegate seats.

These power grabs, while unseemly and directed at consolidating power, at least passed according to party rules. That is, a majority of delegates in each committee voted for them. But on Tuesday afternoon, in order to prevent any fight over the power grabs, party leaders simply flouted the rules.

Read the article in The Examiner...

West : Dems racist party

 Republican says Democrats get away with attacking black conservatives

Copyright © 2012 Scripps Media Inc. 08/30/2012
By Brendan Farrington
Associated Press

TAMPA — Congressman Allen West told a group of black Republicans gathered for the party’s national convention Wednesday that Democrats are racist and the media doesn’t call them on it.

West said Democrats have gotten away with attacking black conservatives.

He then turned to the two reporters covering the event and said he had a challenge for them.

“Tell the story. You guys allow the other side to attack black conservatives, and you don’t call them out,” West said. “That’s the most racist party I’ve ever seen in my life and you don’t call them out.”

West has enraged Democrats several times, calling them communists and comparing their communications strategy to Nazi propaganda, among other comments.

West, a former Army officer, is serving his first term representing a Broward and Palm Beach county district, but is running for re-election in a district that includes Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. He has become a national star among tea party Republicans. While he acknowledged the party has a long way to go in building support among blacks, he said the party represents the same economic and social values as the black community.

Major change in the Republican Party goes unnoticed by Media.

This change of the rules for party conventions/nominations now makes it essential that a "third party" be put in place by 2015. There must be an alternative ticket. Anything less will make the grassroots/conservative agenda irrelevant to the Republican Party. The Party no longer represents the membership.
jjm


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

‘Revolution,’ new TV show, based on catastrophic loss of electricity

Copyright © 2012 Scripps Media Inc. 08/29/2012

 Scenario not unimaginable if terrorists can get hands on nuclear weapons

We haven’t heard much lately about the potential effects of an electromagnetic pulse attack on our country, but we’re going to hear about it soon. “Revolution,” a TV show premiering next month, will explore the question: What would happen to our society if we lost all of our electricity?

Imagine an environment in which nothing electrical works. Imagine a world without computers, energy, transportation, banking, food production, telephones or emergency services. Imagine a world facing chaos, without electrical power. That's the premise of “Revolution.” Think that’s far-fetched? Think again. It is possible and we’re not prepared to deal with such an environment. It will be interesting to see how the TV people plot out such a scenario.

The TV show is not expected to reveal the cause of the blackout immediately, but there are really only two possibilities: an EMP attack or a large solar flare.

Since solarflares that affect us are fairly rare, the likely cause of the “Revolution” blackout is an EMP attack.

The TV show will create drama, but the possibilities for the real world more staggering than is likely to be staged for television.

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

Lowell Wood, acting chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from an EMP Attack, said such an attack “… could cripple the U. S.”

EMP attacks can be generated when a nuclear weapon is detonated a few dozen kilometers above the Earth’s surface. The explosion of even a small nuclear warhead would produce a set of electromagnetic pulses that interact with the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field.

“These electromagnetic pulses propagate from the burst point of the nuclear weapon to the line of sight on the Earth’s horizon, potentially covering a vast geographic region at the speed of light,” said Woo d .

For example, a nuclear weapon detonated at 400 kilometers over the central United States could cover, with its primary electromagnetic pulse, the entire United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

As Eric Kripke, one of the TV show’s executive producers, said, “Damage to lives and property would be immense, and the ensuing devastation would continue for years, if not decades.”

Newt Gingrich, former House speaker, has consistently warned of this possibility. In a 2009 article, he said “one to three missiles tipped with nuclear weapons and armed to detonate at a high altitude … would create an EMP ‘overlay” that triggers a continentwide collapse of our entire electrical, transportation, and communications infrastructure.

“Those who claim that there is little to fear from Iran or North Korea, because ‘at best’ they will have only one or two nuclear weapons, ignore the catastrophic level of threat we now face from just ‘a couple’ of nuclear weapons.”

So, don’t get complacent. Enjoy the drama of a new series that focuses on a prolonged electrical blackout, but be aware the show will deal with real world possibilities.

The National Heritage Foundation says an EMP attack constitutes one of the greatest threats to national security. Unfortunately few Americans have ever heard of it, so the foundation recommended Congress establish August 15 as National EMP Awareness Day


Donald L. Gilleland, Suntree, is former corporate director of public affairs for General Dynamics Corp.
SOURCE: The Stuart News, August 29, 2012, Page A9 
Photo by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Disturbing Event: The American Conservative Union Embraces an Islamist

Submitted by  on August 27, 2012 – 2:41 pm EST

Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On August 27, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer, FrontPage

The conservative movement appears to be at a crossroads in its approach to the threat of Islamic supremacism—not only abroad but at home. Does the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as the dominant force of the “Arab Spring” bode ill for America? Or is the Brotherhood merely another “political actor” as the Obama administration would have us believe? Is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, a potential security risk worth investigating, as Representative Michele Bachmann and four conservative congressmen have suggested? Or is the mere raising of this question a witch-hunt, as Senator John McCain and Speaker John Boehner and numerous Democrats maintain?

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Our economic crisis also is a crisis of values #tcot

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Copyright © 2012 Scripps Media Inc. 08/27/2012
Somehow we’ve come to accept, regarding government policy, that there are separate “economic” issues and “social” issues, the former being issues having to do with our pocketbook and the latter being issues touching religious values and behavior. But this is a mistake. The economy also is a social “values” issue.

It’s about the extent to which we respect private property and it’s protected from politicians.

Respect for private property is disdained in socialist countries. Respecting the sanctity of private property reflects our values as much as does our respect for the sanctity of life and marriage. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees protection from being “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

The Ten Commandments demand respect for marriage (honor your parents) and for life and property (don’t kill, don’t steal). Consider the Obamacare mandate, which went into effect Aug. 1, requiring employers to provide “free” contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs to employees as part of their health care plan.

The uproar about this has been about its violation of religious liberty — forcing employers to provide these services regardless of their religious convictions. But this wouldn’t be possible without politicians seizing private resources of citizens to pay for this mandate.

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University activist who gained notoriety when she was verbally assaulted by Rush Limbaugh aftershetestifiedinfavorof the contraceptive mandate, still promotes the cause.

In a recent Huffington Post column, she touts Obamacare as a victory for women’s “health care rights” and the fact that contraceptives are available “at no cost.”

At no cost? Will contraceptives drop from heaven like manna?

In this case, women’s “health care rights” is a claimed right for women to have taxpayers foot the bill for their birth control — to get others to pay for their contraceptives and abortion-inducing pills.

The “right” to transfer to others the costs of personal decisions regarding sex trumps taxpayers right to keep government out of their private property.

When blacks fought for civil rights in the 1960s, the rights they fought for were equal treatment under the law. Protection of their life, liberty and property.

It had nothing to do with claiming any so-called right to violate the private property of some and force them to pay for another’s lifestyle choices.

The costs of Obama-care, including paying for Sandra Fluke’s contraceptives, come out of our hide in the higher prices we’ll pay for products, as companies pass on their higher health care costs to consumers. And as wages stagnate, as employers take bigger chunks of paychecks to cover health insurance costs.

How can we possibly have a functioning economy when politicians can randomly steal from citizens? When, basically, we have legalized theft. At the root of our floundering economy is a loss of respect for the sanctity of private property that goes hand in hand with the loss of respect for the sanctity of life and marriage.

23 ADULT TRUTHS

  1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  2. Nothing gripes more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
  3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
  4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
  5. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
  6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
  7. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
  8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
  9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.
  10. Bad decisions make good stories.
  11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
  12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
  13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word, and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
  15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
  16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night, more kisses begin with Miller Light than with Kay.
  17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
  18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
  19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
  20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
  21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Jeans? Jeans never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
  22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
  23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it took only  100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Ladies.....Quit Laughing.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

WT: GOP platform opposes U.N. global tax plans

Levies infringe on U.S. rights, supporters say

By Ralph Z. Hallow

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The Washington Times

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

TAMPA, Fla. — National Republican party officials on Wednesday put their party officially on record opposing United Nations‘ attempts, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on Americans and give the money to Third World nations.

In a resolution, the Republican National Committee made clear its objection to “three global taxes and a global monetary governance mechanism to raise $400 billion a year to aid developing countries.”

The move also could have the practical effect of complicating the ability of the U.S. to participate in such international accords as the Law of the Sea Treaty, which the U.S. Senate has never ratified, and successor agreements to the Kyoto global-warming pact.

The resolution, passed in a meeting leading up to next week’s presidential nominating convention, cites in particular reports that Ottmar Edenhofer, an official with the U.N.’s major international panel dealing with climate-change issues, “claimed that climate-change policy was a way to redistribute wealth globally.”


Read more: GOP platform opposes U.N. global tax plans - Washington Times 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Will Obama Keep Power 'by Any Means Necessary'?

By Stella Paul | August 21, 2012

Let's go there: if Obama thinks he's losing, will he allow safe and fair elections on November 6?  And if he does lose, will he peacefully turn over power to Mitt Romney on January 20, 2013?  Or will he cling to power "by any means necessary," as a highly placed insider alleges?

Now, I'm truly sorry to raise such disgusting, un-American, crazy-sounding questions, but, alas, they're not crazy, and I've got a disquieting amount of evidence.  The Democrats have already accused Romney of murdering a woman with cancer, financial felonies, and not filing taxes for ten years -- the last charge delivered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor, on the basis of absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

By Democrat standards, I've got enough proof to put away Obama, et al. for life without parole.

Whatever chicanery Obama and his investors may be contemplating, it will probably unfold against some gargantuan crisis, manufactured or otherwise.  So cast your mind back to September 11, 2001, the day of the New York mayoral primary. 


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

THIRD CRITICAL BILL FOR YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE - 2013 SESSION

By: Devvy Kidd
August 21, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

Doing what I do most days is beyond frustrating. Most of the time I feel raw anger at the betrayal by those elected to preserve and protect the U.S. Constitution and our God-given rights. Both at the state and federal level. I also get frustrated because too many folks just don't seem to get it: Doing nothing means nothing will get done. There are too many who have simply thrown in the towel and are willing to get on their knees and get fitted for chains that will forever take away their freedoms and liberty. Too many who seem to stay distracted by the carefully orchestrated BS shoved into their brain every day of the week during this election cycle.

Many are leaving their own country because "it's all over". I'm sure the same attitude prevailed in the time leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. But, no matter how tough it got, no matter how miserable those patriots were, they did not tuck tail and run or we would still be licking the bootstraps of the British. Do we want to forfeit all that was given to us with rivers of blood just because the forces against us have all the money, own the media and the criminal syndicate out in Washington, DC? The outlaws in the U.S. Congress are counting on the majority of Americans to simply roll over as they continue to destroy our republic.

The one thing the power brokers do not want is for the states to flex their sovereign power and reject what's coming out of Washington. The shadow government does not want the other 49 states to do as Alabama did in June of this year: Pass a law stopping Agenda 21 and UN for their whole state. The amount of information out there on Agenda 21 and ICLEI is absolutely overwhelming. But, key documents like this one prove this is a UN project, who the players are and how they plan to destroy us:

The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide (180 pages). Forward by globalist Maurice Strong, Chairman Earth Counsel.

As I have said in the two previous columns with bills to challenge the non-ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment and a constitutional money bill - time is not on our side. It is the 2013 session for our state legislatures that is either going to stop the tyranny or we probably will not make it. All of the foreign entanglements (financial as well as treaties) will destroy us if we do not succeed in getting critical bills passed and signed by our governors. That is the bottom line.

Read the article at NewsWithViews.com...

Jonathan Chait (unintentionally) lays out the case for ending the Hollywood tax cuts.

Jonathan Chait (unintentionally) lays out the case for ending the Hollywood tax cuts.

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ed: This proposal is brilliant, even if it serves only to show the folly of the "pay their fair share" crowd.

THE NEW WORLD DISORDER #tcot

WHEN RACE, TRIBE AND CULTURE MATTER MOST

Pat Buchanan spotlights increasing Balkanization of nations from Mideast to East Asia

After his great victory in Desert Storm, George H.W. Bush went before the United Nations to declare the coming of a New World Order.

The Cold War was yesterday. Communism was in its death throes. The Soviet Empire had crumbled.

The Soviet Union was disintegrating. Francis Fukuyama was writing of “The End of History.” Savants trilled about the inevitable triumph of democratic capitalism.

Yet, in 2012, sectarianism, tribalism and nationalism are all resurgent, reshaping a world where U.S. power and influence are visibly receding.

Syria is sinking into a war of all against all that may end with a breakup of the nation along ethno-sectarian lines – Arab, Druze, Kurd, Sunni, Shia and Christian. Iraq descends along the same path.

A U.S. war with Iran could end with a Kurdish enclave in Iran’s northwest tied to Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran’s Azeri north drifting toward Azerbaijan, and a Balochi enclave in the south linked to Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, leaving Iran only Persia.

The Middle and Near East seem to be descending into a Muslim Thirty Years’ War of Sunni vs. Shia. Out of it may come new nations whose names and borders were not written in drawing rooms by 19th and 20th century European cartographers, but in blood.

India, too, is feeling the tremors. Ethnic violence in the Assam region has sent hundreds of thousands fleeing in panic.

In East Asia, ethnonationalism, fed by memories from the 20th century, is igniting clashes among former Cold War allies.

China’s claim to the Spratly, Paracel and other islands in the South China Sea puts Beijing in conflict with Hanoi, which welcomes U.S. warships back to Cam Ranh Bay. Were not these the same people we bombed and blasted not so long ago?

Twenty years ago, Manila ordered the U.S. Navy out of Subic Bay, which had been home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet almost since the Spanish-American war. Now Manila is inviting America back.

Why?

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

George Will: Apocalypse not: Why doom has not materialized

This excellent article by George Will stops short of informing you that these same people who manufactured the threats to mankind from human overpopulation and man-made global warming are still pursuing their Progressive agenda in spite of its obvious failures.

George Will: Apocalypse not: Why doom has not materialized

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Friday, August 17, 2012

CBS, AP: Dem chair of House Oversight covered up ties to Countrywide for himself, colleagues, and staff

POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON AUGUST 17, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEYHot Air

When Darrell Issa took over the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the Republican landslide in the 2010 midterms, most people assumed that his rhetoric about restoring the proper role of oversight was nothing but a philosophic cover for attacking Barack Obama and his administration.  A new report this week shows that Issa’s job was a lot broader and a lot tougher than people imagined.  His predecessor, the now-retiring Edolphus Towns (D-NY),covered up his own ties to Countrywide Mortgage and those of his colleagues and their aides in Congress while supposedly investigating how the defunct lender escaped scrutiny for so many years of negligent and fraudulent operation:

A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide’s VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

CORRUPTION RISK REPORT: FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

RESEARCH REPORTS

30 July 2012

Nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog group Integrity Florida published Corruption Risk Report: Financial Disclosure on July 30, 2012.

Key Findings:

  • 11 legislators worked for lobbying firms during the 2012 session.
  • 12 legislators disclosed a total of 33 potential voting conflicts in 2012.
  • More than $100,000 in gifts reported by legislators and top state officials in 2012.
  • 4,284 current Florida public officials and employees failed to disclose 2012 financial interests as of July 26, 2012.
  • 66 current and former Florida officials and employees owe a total of $87,199.03 in fines for late filing of financial interests in past years as of July 9, 2012.

Key Integrity Florida Recommendation: Florida should adopt the more detailed financial disclosure form used by Louisiana.

The clearest way to see where Florida needs to go to improve financial disclosure is to compare the 2011 financial disclosures of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Gov.Rick Scott.  According to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), Florida earned a D grade, ranking 26th in the U.S. for financial disclosure in 2009.  Louisiana ranked No. 1 on CPI’s disclosure ranking, up from 44th in 2006.  Jindal worked with his state legislature in 2008 to pass new ethics laws that moved their state from the bottom to the top of the list.Louisiana Economic Development, that state’s counterpart to Enterprise Florida and theFlorida Department of Economic Opportunity, touts ethics reform on its websiteJindalsaid he set out to "completely transform the ethics laws in (his) state to encourage increased business investment and job creation".  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana has maintained a lower unemployment rate than Florida every month from January 2008 through June 2012.

Key Integrity Florida Recommendation: The public should have access to an online, searchable database of state officials' financial disclosure information, potential voting conflicts and gifts received.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, 27 states put financial disclosure filings of state officials online, but Florida does not.  Integrity Florida has posted more than 600 documents online, including the personal financial disclosure filings from 2011, 2010 and the first term in office for Florida’s legislators and top state officials towww.integrityflorida.org.

Click here to read the report

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Christians, Silence Is Not An Option #tcot

Monday, August 13, 2012
By Matt Barber

With the exception of one column previously penned, I pray this becomes my most widely read to date.

The secular left has mastered use of the Internet to further its extremist goals. In fact, President Obama’s web-based “Organizing for America” propaganda machine may have given him the 2008 election.
Let’s beat them at their own game.
To that end, I have a strange request. I’m asking each God-fearing, freedom-loving American who reads this column to forward it, post it, tweet it, print it out and give it to every pastor, priest or cleric you know. If you don’t know any, give it to someone who does.
Why? I agree with Barack Obama that November 2012 represents the most important election of our lifetimes – perhaps our history. Of course, that’s where my agreement with Mr. Obama both begins and abruptly ends.
Here’s the operable question: Do we want America “fundamentally transformed” to mirror the secular-socialist ideals of the radical leftist currently “occupying” the White House?
In Barack Obama’s America, individual freedom is trampled beneath jackboots as a matter of course. It’s already happening at an unprecedented rate.
One need only look to the HHS mandate forcing Christian groups – both Catholic and Protestant – to violate, under penalty of law, biblical prohibitions against abortion homicide.
Or consider recent attempts by multiple elected officials, all Democrats, to shutdown Chick-fil-A – a private, Christian-owned business – simply because its leadership holds the biblical view of marriage.
Is this George Washington’s America, or Joseph Stalin’s Russia?
It’s definitely not your father’s USA.
Instead, wouldn’t we prefer the America envisioned by our Founding Fathers? A constitutional republic wherein individual liberty – whether economic, First Amendment or Second Amendment-related – is sacrosanct and off limits?
Pastors, you’re it. You’re our front line of defense. It’s up to you to rally the troops. Now begins the second American Revolution and, as with the first, it’s on you – men of the cloth – to take the lead.
That is, if you hope to remain free to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Profiles in Liberty: Steve Lonegan of Americans for Prosperity - New Jersey

Thu, 07/05/2012 | posted by Matt Naugle

Steve Lonegan runs the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity and is a former three-term mayor of Bogota.Steve Lonigan

During Mayor Lonegan’s time in office, Bogota’s municipal spending remained constant for all 12 years. Lonegan stood up to powerful public sector unions while keeping debt and tax increases far below inflation, despite massive state mandates and aid reductions. Lonegan set the model for how conservative mayors across the country should govern.

In addition, Lonegan ran for Governor twice and was defeated in 2009 by current Gov. Chris Christie.

You can follow Lonegan on Twitter @lonegan.

Matt Naugle: I first learned of you when you were Mayor of Bogota, New Jersey from the hilarious political documentary Anytown, USA. Did you like how you were portrayed in the movie and should people watch it on Netflix?

Steve Lonegan: This film gets a big “thumbs up!”

The moviemakers apparently intended to portray me as some kind of villain who was supposed to lose. Instead I won a massive victory as a conservative Republican in a town that several years later gave Barack Obama 64% of the vote. It shows that the way to win is to stand up for what you believe, not change your views based on what some pollster or political consultant says.

It should be required viewing for the Republican Party leadership.

MN: How did you become a conservative?

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Ed. Note: Steve Lonegan broadcasts short announcements on radio networks covering New Jersey markets. His messages feature conservative commentary on relevant, important legislative issues. - jjm

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Grass Roots Must Unite Behind Paul Ryan

Saturday, 11 Aug 2012 12:23 PM

By Matt Kibbe

“Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan!” Newsmax

For a flash of a moment, I thought the good guys had achieved the unachievable, dragging the top echelons of the GOP squarely back into the intellectual camp of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally-limited government, ownership-based entitlement reform, fundamental tax reform, sound money, and individual opportunity. 

It wasn’t quite that. It was the actual presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, making a slight gaffe in introducing his choice for a vice presidential running mate. Maybe it was an intentional, subliminal signal to tea partiers and constitutional conservatives? After all, many of us would have preferred Ryan at the top of the ticket.

That said, Romney made a good choice — a great choice in fact. It was a real indication to grassroots America that the Romney camp is willing to finally engage on the big issues that matter most in this election. It’s not quite enough to say that Obama has failed, we know that. Incumbent presidents should not win reelection with persistent unemployment over 8 percent and a staggering $16 trillion in debt. Clearly Obama needs to be fired. But what are you, the Republicans, actually for? 


Read more on Newsmax.com: Grass Roots Must Unite Behind Paul Ryan 

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A short message about perspective

12 August 2012
We congratulate the Republican Presidential team of Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan for 2012. Rep. Paul Ryan
     With all of the frantic press coverage it is difficult to remain rational about the recent campaign events, but we are asking you to remember that the image of Rep. Ryan as an "extreme conservative" is being manufactured (by the press) as we speak. In the one camp, it is because they want to attack him as a radical extremist. In the other camp, the "handlers" want to show how conservative they can be. Call me skeptical.
     Please recall the events of last year's "budget battle," where the debate ranged from ultra-conservative (slashing federal spending by 35 - 40% and eliminating entire federal departments) to moderate (Cut/Cap/Balance), to the very "prudent" Ryan Plan, which calls for gradual reductions in (future) scheduled budget increases, relying (once again) on inflationary pressures and anticipated GDP growth to reduce the deficit. While none of these plans made it close to the senate floor, the Ryan Plan is now being described as "radical" and "extreme."
     Somehow then, this translates into a "conservative victory" with the selection of Paul Ryan for Vice President. Please don't misunderstand! We welcome the very effective addition to the Romney ticket, but just as Romney was not a "tea party choice," Paul Ryan is Gov. Romney's concession to conservatives. His selection makes voting for Romney more palatable, but does nothing to insure real changes in government (that will require "keeping their feet to the fire").
     So, when you're celebrating tomorrow night (and Tuesday night) with your Republican friends, remember that, once again, the (national) choices that would further the true reclamation and restoration of "First Principles" have been removed from the table and we will be forced to work with what we are provided by media and party elites. We have much more work to do.

Jim McG

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Ryan

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The Con$ultant Cla$$ #tcot


A few weeks ago I wrote this about the GOP’s consultant class:

can I just say what a bunch of charlatans and grifters most GOP consultants are. We have all these GOP Super PACs sucking up millions and millions of dollars to help Mitt Romney and now in the summer lull? Nothing. But I bet some consultants are getting rich. It’s like the GOP consultant class learned all the wrong lessons from Bob Shrum.

I await the GOP getting Brian Terry’s family on film to respond to the ridiculous Priorities USA advertisement that Romney killed some guy’s wife.

In the meantime, the GOP Super PAC ads continue to be mostly forgettable while the Super PAC’s themselves continue to raid the pockets of GOP multi-millionaires.

Now add two more data points.

David Dewhurst of Texas spent $25 million of his own money to lose badly to an upstart named Ted Cruz who only a year ago was polling at 3% in the polls. It was reminiscent of Charlie Crist’s collapse.

Last night in Missouri, Todd Akin, a man with a congressional record with much to go after, beat John Brunner. Brunner spent $8 million.

Note to GOP multi-millionaires: when consultants are circling you, plying you with compliments, and telling you how awesome you are, understand that what is going on is that you are roadkill and they are vultures. They will pick your carcass clean.

Also, the rest of us should understand that Democrat multi-millionaires seem to do quite well in electoral politics. What’s the difference? More often than not, they are running because they believe in a cause. Most Republican multi-millionaires seem to run because they believe in themselves.

Causes always translate better with voters than egos do.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Sports Versus Politics

By Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
   It has long seemed to me that there is far more rationality in sports, and in commentaries on sports, than there is in politics and in commentaries on politics. What has puzzled me is why this is so, when what happens in politics has far more serious effects on people's lives.
   To take one common example, there are many people who believe that if the market fails, the government should step in. But, if Robinson Cano strikes out, does anyone suggest that the Yankees should send in a pinch hitter for him on his next time at bat?
   Everyone understands that a pinch hitter can also strike out, and is less likely than Cano to get a hit or a home run. But the very possibility that the government can fail when it steps in to substitute for a failing market seldom occurs to many people. Even among some economists, "market failure" is a magic phrase that implies a need for government intervention.
   We could argue about the empirical evidence as to when government pinch-hitting is better or worse. But there is seldom even an argument at all in some quarters, where government intervention follows market failure as the night follows the day.
   Milton Friedman once pointed out, "A system established largely to prevent bank panics produced the most severe banking panic in American history." Many other examples could be cited where government intervention made a bad situation worse.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

THE SOCIALIST BEHIND ROMNEYCARE #tcot

By Cliff Kincaid
August 7, 2012
NewsWithViews.comKincaid

new report from researcher Trevor Loudon names one of the main architects of Romneycare in Massachusetts as a member of an international socialist movement. John E. McDonough, a former Ted Kennedy staffer who also played a significant role in passing Obamacare, is identified by Loudon as a former chair of the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a pro-Marxist group that is affiliated with the Socialist International.

McDonough is now a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Loudon is the blogger from New Zealand who broke the stories of Frank Marshall Davis being Obama’s communist mentor, and Van Jones having a communist background after his appointment as Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar.”

Loudon’s new report, which is potentially embarrassing to Mitt Romney as he tries to prove his conservative credentials, is headlined, “How DSA Marxists Influenced Health Policies for Both Major Presidential Candidates.

McDonough acknowledged to AIM, “…between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, I was a member of (first), the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, and then Democratic Socialists of America as it became in the early 1980s. I left the group in 1982 or 1983. I also served as chair of the Boston chapter for a couple of years.”

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 Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.

Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.

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E-Mail: cliff.kincaid@aim.org

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NEW CONSERVATIVE FILM DOWNPLAYS OBAMA'S MARXISM #tcot

By Cliff Kincaid
July 28
, 2012
NewsWithViews.comCliff Kincaid

The new conservative film, “Obama’s America: 2016,” offers a lot of good information but muddies the waters as Americans, during this critical election year, look outside the major media for information about their President.

Instead of educating people about communist influence over Obama, an unprecedented and shocking development for an American president, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza claims that “anti-colonialism,” a philosophy exploited by communists, is behind his beliefs and policies.

The critical fact about the cause of anti-colonialism, ignored in the film, is that it was a tactic of the international communist movement, which attempted to create the Soviet Union’s own colonial empire.

This omission is strange, since D’Souza’s film touts his work for President Ronald Reagan, who fought the communists in Hollywood and confronted the Soviet “evil empire,” leading to the collapse of the system and the independence of countries formerly under its control.

Oscar-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who has produced several films for Steven Spielberg, also worked on the D’Souza project and has been quoted as saying that he intended “Obama’s America: 2016” to be an effort to depict the decline of America and its influence under Obama.

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This article continues with a criticism of the premise that Obama's motivation is primarily "anti-colonialism." Read how this relates to author and researcher Trevor Loudon. [ www.trevorloudon.com ]Trevor Loudon

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