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Friday, January 31, 2014

Buchanan: How the GOP Sold Out Middle America for Corporate America #tcot

How the GOP Sold Out Middle America for Corporate America

By PATRICK J. BUCHANANJanuary 31, 2014 

Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration. The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens, and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship. Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work—and join unions.

Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship. A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with. To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.

At the Cold War’s end, the GOP reached a fork in the road. The determination of Middle Americans to preserve the country they grew up in, suddenly collided with the profit motive of Corporate America. The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad—where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America. Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American work force, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor. While manufacturing sought to move production abroad, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, farms, and construction companies that could not move abroad also wanted to replace their expensive American workers.

Thanks to the Republican Party, Corporate America got it all.

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Jan. 30, 2014 3:23pm Jason Howerton

Two heads are better than one, as the old saying goes. That surely means that three heads are even better.

If there’s any truth to that saying, the establishment in Washington and progressives everywhere are likely none too pleased to hear that conservative personalities Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity are on the same page and joining forces to help the country get back on what they feel is the right path.

After previously allowing themselves to be caught up in a “stupid” competitive feud in talk radio, Beck revealed on his radio show Thursday that he has spoken with Levin and Hannity and they are all ready to start to “move together.”


Read more at TheBlaze.com…

Thursday, January 30, 2014

MC Currents: County settles for 20% of what was owed to taxpayers

Posted on January 29, 2014 by barbara.clowdus

The legal settlement considered by the County Commission behind closed doors over the past six months and announced at Tuesday’s commission meeting was not a Sunshine Law violation…technically…as we had asserted previously. But it certainly violated the spirit of Sunshine.

Three of the commissioners, Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding and Anne Scott were members of the Martin County Conservation Alliance, one of the parties in the 2011 failed legal challenge of the Valliere amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, which was the legal case being debated in secret. Fielding had been an active board member of the group at the time of its suit against the county.

Those commissioners’ obvious bias regarding this special interest, environmental lobbying group indicate a complete lack of commitment to operating government with the openness and transparency that Martin County residents expect of their County Commission.

“Conservation” embedded in their name should not provide its membership a free pass to operating behind a shroud of secrecy and hypocrisy.

The case was over—all arguments had been heard and judgments rendered by three administrative law judges—but the case could not be officially closed until the court was notified of the amount determined for legal costs.

In addition to Martin County’s legal costs, the court had ordered the legal fees of two private companies be paid by environmental attorney Richard Grosso, who had challenged the Comp Plan amendment on behalf of the 1,000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance.

The court also ordered sanctions, which Martin County had not requested, for essentially wasting the court’s time after it had warned the plaintiffs not to appeal until they had properly established standing, according to court records. They proceeded anyway. The Florida Supreme Court ultimately refused to hear the case, remanding it to the lower court.

County Attorney Michael Durham did not release his calculations of costs until the final agenda for the Jan. 28 commission meeting had been posted, at which time the agreement to settle for 20 cents on the dollar also had already been determined. He calculated that the total costs to the county had been $12,270, but the actual costs—after deducting the budgeted amount already allocated to the legal department—was $3,520.

Grosso had offered a $2,500 settlement, and no more.

Durham compared the county’s settlement with Grosso as similar to the 20 cents on the dollar accepted by the private parties, Martin Island Way LLC and Island Way LLC, which estimated their attorneys’ fees and costs to be $35,000 to $38,000. Durham also surmised that the private companies did not want to incur additional legal costs by traveling to court in Tallahassee as their rationale for settling.

Commissioner Doug Smith cautioned that if the settlement was accepted by the commission, they were setting a new policy and a new precedent that the commission henceforth would accept less than actual costs in the event the county desired to recover legal expenses in other actions. Durham concurred.

In Durham’s calculations of actual costs, he deducted the already budgeted amount for the legal department. We wonder, however, what the county had to pay for hiring outside attorneys to cover Assistant County Attorney David Acton’s normal workload while he was involved in this particular legal challenge. Did citizens get full disclosure? They certainly did not get the opportunity to observe or to participate in the process.

But they will pay the bill.

We agree with Richard Geisinger of the Martin County Tax Association, who reminded the commissioners in his comments Tuesday that closed-door sessions should be reserved for ONLY extreme cases. This instance did not qualify as an emergency or a necessity for closed doors. The added, obvious bias of three commissioners screamed for openness, but their deaf ears trumped the transparency required for good government…yet again.

ed.: Both Sarah Heard (Dist. 4) and Ed Fielding (Dist 2) have filed for re-election (Republican primary election) August 26, 2014. So far, Heard is unopposed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Obama’s Pen vs. the Constitution #tcot

by Phyllis Schlafly

January 29, 2014


Barack Obama has now revealed that he unilaterally plans to use executive orders to “bypass” Congress. His shocking words were: “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation. … I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions.”

I hope every American actually sees Obama speak those words on a TV or computer screen. His dictatorial attitude, layered with arrogance and condescension, should be repudiated by a self-governing people.

Obama claims to have taught constitutional law but he doesn’t seem to be familiar with the Constitution’s words. Lost in his shuffle are “all legislative powers” are vested in Congress, and the President “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

He refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton). He used his now-famous pen to wipe out key sections of the 1996 bipartisan Welfare Reform law and of Obamacare (which his appointees repeatedly bragged is “the law of the land”), and to “legislate” the Dream Act which Congress refused to enact.

For decades, the liberals have tried to take total control of public school curriculum so they can mold the minds of our youngsters into activists for leftwing causes. Obama’s famous “pen” can now achieve that goal.  [Read more…]

Sunday, January 26, 2014

No response from phony tea party in Miami

by Jim McGovern

We sent a notice to the Tea Party Miami on Saturday that has yet to elicit a response. The message (email) was sent also to all of the groups in Florida that were referenced on the Tea Party Miami website.Tea Party Miami Many leaders have sent their own demand for clarification.

We now believe it is time to let everyone know about the underhanded movements of the parties responsible for publishing the webpage of Tea Party Miami. There is no law that prohibits anyone from setting up a website and calling themselves a tea party group, but we don’t have to let them continue without consequences. Soliciting funds puts this case in a separate category.

If you would like to read the email and learn about the current assault on the good name of the Tea Party movement, please click HERE. If you are an organizer for any of these groups whose name has been hijacked by some impersonators, you should already have received it. If you have not taken action to demand to be removed from this website, then you’re asleep. It’s bad enough to be attacked by the Progressives, but to be usurped by a counterfeit organization for the purposes of raising money: that can not be tolerated.

You should all be aware of the scammers who will pose as a conservative voice of citizens. Take a second look, however, to see if the people responsible for the façade are identified and can be reached by name. If they fear to show their faces, how honorable can they be?

In the past election cycle, we have already warned some people in South Florida about selling the name of the Tea Parties to benefit their “subscribers.” They sent mailers out to campaign for candidates who are clearly Progressives. The response we got was that they were paid for a service. We suspect that these same people have sunk to new lows.

This latest threat is a direct result of our wish to remain loosely organized and accountable only to our members. This has left us vulnerable to fraudulent use of the Tea Party image and reputation. Efforts will be made once again to forge better links among the Florida groups (perhaps under the Tea Party Patriots mantle) to develop a method to exclude the phonies.  

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Changes to the Michigan Right to Farm Act

January 23, 2014

by Tony Lollio {EXCERPT}

State regulators want to raid that hen house, and proposed policy changes could turn you and your backyard flock into free-range fugitives.

The Michigan Right to Farm Act was intended to protect commercial farms, but hobbyists and small-scale ranchers have used this law as a defense against nuisance complaints and local zoning disputes. The Michigan Agricultural Commission is considering changes that could end this protection.

These changes would also grant the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) the power to deny private property owners the right to produce meat, eggs, and dairy for their own consumption.

Read the whole story at WatchdogWire… 

Friday, January 24, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 24, 2014 malkin_logo1

Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests. These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government. The chamber’s business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America.

If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the terms of their visas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t represent you.

If you are a worker who believes the feds should punish illegal aliens who use fake documents to obtain jobs instead of rewarding them with “legal status,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t champion you.

Read more…

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By Cliff Kincaid
January 24, 2014

It turns out that abortion zealot Wendy Davis of Texas was put through law school by a wealthy husband who took care of her children. She had been depicted by the liberal media, including The Huffington Post, as a struggling single teenage mom who made it on her own. But the curiosities don’t end there. Arianna Huffington has her own sugar daddy—Nicolas Berggruen, a German-born billionaire who has just provided her with the big money for a new global media venture, The World Post.

The Huffington Post, a platform for advocates of abortion and homosexual rights and marijuana legalization, was named after Arianna Huffington’s ex-husband, Michael Huffington, who was born rich and then turned gay. She used his money from a divorce settlement to start the on-line news service in 2005.

One of her co-founders,the late Andrew Breitbart, left in disgust over its leftist tilt to start a conservative alternative, now called Breitbart News.

Read the whole story at NewsWithViews.com...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blumenfeld: Jeb Bush's Education Summit Promotes Common Core

Written by  Sam Blumenfeld  | 21 October 2013

ed.: For those who are interested in referring to authoritative sources in opposition to CCSS, we offer this post from The New American.

Since former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's Education Summit was held this year in nearby Boston on October 17-18, I decided to attend as a columnist for The New American magazine. All of that was neatly stated on my badge. But I doubt that anyone at this annual Summit of the Foundation for Excellence in Education was familiar with The New American. Most of the attendees were born after Why Johnny Can't Read was published 58 years ago. They know nothing of the reading wars or the rise of the progressive education movement. Their interest is in the new lucrative opportunities that education "reform" is providing with charter schools, private schools and colleges, vouchers, online education, and Common Core curriculum development. Public education is financed by billions of taxpayer dollars, and the new reformers are finding creative opportunities to share in that never-ending cash flow. They all know that American public education is an awful mess, but have no burning interest in finding out why. Poorly trained teachers and unions seem to be the generally accepted causes of why the system has failed so miserably. Jeb Bush spoke passionately about the system's failures, the dropout problem, and the functional illiteracy of the students. But he gave no hint that the dumbing down of American education has anything to do with a deliberate plan. That's conspiracy theory and conspiracy theories are non-starters.

NewAmericanlogoThe aim of this new breed of reformer is to find solutions and not dwell on blame. That is why the atmosphere at the Summit was so distinctly positive. The movement now has the financial support of the nation's wealthiest foundations: Carnegie, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Walton Family Foundation, GE Foundation, and others. Everybody wants to improve education. Thus the attendees were not parents trying to get their kids into charter schools. They were mainly investors and entrepreneurs who see gold in the charter school movement. Charter schools are private schools financed by the taxpayer. So there is less risk for the charter school entrepreneur. New private schools and colleges also provide money-making opportunities. Unfortunately, these business types know virtually nothing about education. That is why they are easily taken in by dreams of digital technology doing the educating. The newest book that expresses that optimistic philosophy is Ron Packard's Education Transformation, which tells of "how K-12 online learning is bringing the greatest change to education in 100 years." Jeb Bush has endorsed the book. He says on its jacket: "Online and digital learning have begun to change the way schools and our education system work.... Thanks to technology, every student can receive a personalized, high quality education." Indeed, one of the Strategy Sessions was entitled: "A Customized Education: Extreme Choices Through Digital Learning." A description of the Session stated: "Educational choice is evolving beyond simple options between traditional public schools and alternatives such as charter and private schools. The next generation of choice introduces innovative ways for students to enroll in the best individual courses from a variety of sources."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SSN: Pacific Legal Foundation Goes After Martin County Sunshine Law Violations

By: NANCY SMITH | Posted: January 22, 2014

For a county that professes so much devotion to sunshine and transparency, Martin County sure knows how to keep its citizens in the pitch black.

Now, finally, after months of ignoring the law, the Martin County Commission's scofflawing is out in the open.  Commissioners got caught ducking into "dangerous if not illegal" closed-door meetings and in another matter they are suspected of attempting to destroy email correspondence on private accounts used to conduct public business.

On Friday, the Sacramento, Calif.-based public-interest law firm Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) presented all five Martin County commissioners, the county administrator and the county attorney, with a stinging public records request. See the complete letter by opening the attachment at the end of this story.

I think this is a good thing, because who better to take on lawyers than lawyers?

Read the entire column at Sunshine State News…

Pacific Legal Foundation’s request for public records

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

The Unanimous Declaration of the
Thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection

between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

North Carolina
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

New York
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spreading the Contagion to Fundamentally Alter How We Think and Live

Finale of the Dangerous Mindset Trilogy: Spreading the Contagion to Fundamentally Alter How We Think and Live

ed.: The subject his blog post is the third in a series by  Robin Eubanks.

How many of you read the comment this past week by Christiana Figueres, head of the UN’s Framework on Climate Change, on how much easier it is for a dictatorship like China to do what the UN insists is necessary to deal with climate change? Many people wondered where the mental governor was that would have prevented such a politically inept statement, but immersion in the taxpayer-funded institutions seeking wholesale transformation globally seems to make the people involved tone-deaf about the ramifications and validity of what they are advocating for. The same directness about intentions and acceptable methods can be found in the related 50+20 Agenda of Management Education for the World. Let’s take a look at the future being envisioned by the current K-12 and college “reforms” so that we can become the “content, unified” people who are “ultimately cooperative” in a “well-organized civilization working towards the singular goal of sustainability.” http://www.unprme.org/resource-docs/5020ManagementEducationfortheWorld.pdf
We can see where the jet-setting bureaucrats could begin to believe they are entitled to strong arm people into new sets of values and morals and beliefs. After all they have decided they are working toward a “world worth living in.” One that of course benefits them instead of us, but then we are not supposed to read the small print. With 12 years or so of obuchenie ‘teaching and learning’ and ‘guided reflection’, even if future graduates do read the small print, few will appreciate what is wrong with such intentions.
“Everything within the State” as a motto of a very dark period in World History simply won’t be part of the syllabus of coursework or approved, pre-supplied Enduring Understandings. This time there will be the collaboratory of leaders working together with all stakeholders to ‘solve’ the world’s complex problems as they arise and plan the future. If things do not turn out as envisioned, adjustments can be made. It’s not like such a history-blind approach would be squandering national resources or committing permanent Mind Arson or anything.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tampa Bay Times: Fla GOP leaders denounce Common Core

Fla GOP leaders denounce Common Core

Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:35 am [excerpts] Adam C. Smith 

News Service of Florida: A gathering of Republican Party of Florida activists voted Friday evening to oppose the Common Core education standards in a sign of growing anger among the party's grass-roots members over the school benchmarks.

Eric Miller, the committeeman from Martin County, said the caucus could begin to "run this progressive element out of our party and out of this country" by voting for the resolution.

"Folks, once they've got the kids, and they've got their minds, you might as well sit down; it's over from there," he said.

But opponents of the resolution, including critics of Common Core, said the caucus should focus its efforts less on staking out policy positions and more on electing Republicans.








Thursday, January 2, 2014