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Defending the Right to Defend One's Self [Dec. 16th, 2012|12:28 pm]

A former New York detective argues that gun free zones are illogical and that government needs to rescind the ban on people defending themselves.

I wonder if similar logic could be used to show the folly of limiting unbridled speech to so-called "Free Speech Zones".
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The Folly of Zeal [Dec. 16th, 2012|11:45 am]

The Other McCain makes the claim that

Our culture has lost all sense of perspective, of reasonable balance, so that we are unable to make common-sense judgments about risks. Which is the greater danger: That a schizophrenic might have his feelings hurt, or that a schizophrenic might go off his meds and kill people?

A variation on the theme of "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." And he even goes so far as to point out that there is a specific kind of person that is more likely than not to go on killing sprees: schizophrenics.

The debate of whether we should or shouldn't profile has been had before. Most famously with this quiz.

But profiling isn't the biggest problem with McCain's post. It's this tidbit:

And I say, no, what we need is more kook control. But no member of Congress in either party would have the guts to introduce “The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013,” which would put wackjobs like Adam Lanza some place where they couldn’t kill people.

The problem with this paragraph is that McCain doesn't state his terms. Instead, he leaves it up to the reader to imagine a world in which potentially dangerous people aren't just floated to the top of law enforcement's attention, but rather are incarcerated before they commit a crime.

To add insult to injury, in order to bolster his claim that

Psycho, loony, bonkers, daft, zany, berserk and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Advocates for the mentally ill discourage such colloquial terms as tending to stigmatize psychiatric patients. But we might ask whether stigma — and the consequent damage to the fragile self-esteem of kooks — is really worse than turning loose a homicidal schizo who kills 27 people.

he has associated himself and his argument with the repugnant notion of locking up the insane and mentally disabled and disadvantaged simply because they aren't like the rest of us.

At the risk of invoking Goodwin's Law, one should not forget that the original purpose of concentration camps were to rid society of "undesirables", some of which were those unfortunate enough to have mental health problems. The idea was to have a place to send such people without overburdening the criminal justice system. But in turn, more actions became criminal, including the act of being born a Jew, something the individual had not control over.

According to McCain's proposed solution, schizoids should rounded up now and stowed away from the daylight of gentle society. If we follow this course of action, where does it end? I'm reminded of the poem "First They Came"

First they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

In his post, McCain made this statement

Common sense is quite nearly illegal nowadays and it’s certainly unfashionable in the Obama Age.

with which I wholeheartedly agree. But common sense goes right out the window in his earnest to defend the right to keep and bear arms. By correctly placing the blame on the person who is responsible for this horrible tragedy, unbridled zeal fails to stop at the commons sense's checkpoint of no return. To be on the lookout for those more predisposed to engage in criminal activity is one thing; to punish those who have committed no crime violates those persons' rights and gives the government to continue line drawing and infringing on other people's rights and liberties.

McCain's solution for schizophrenic gunman is no better than the solution of banning guns or engaging in prolonged dentition for those who fit a known profile of potential criminal offenders. The criminal justice system can only punish crime, not prevent it. We can, however, be judicious and have early warning systems in place to alert us to potential danger. Such logic saves lives (and therefore liberties) in natural disasters; the same logic, therefore will maximize personal liberties against a tyrannical government. Swapping tyranny for tyranny is a solution only for those who think they can make a better decision for the nation than each individual can make for themselves.
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Romney was never going to win those swing State after the Presidential debate [Oct. 8th, 2012|09:54 pm]

There was no way in hell that Romney was going to win swing States after the Presidential debate no matter how well he did it. "Why?" says you? "The Axelrod method" says McLaughlin & Associates.
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Rommney Dominates Obama? [Oct. 8th, 2012|03:27 pm]

The Daily Mail reports that Rommney has a 52 point lead over Obama when people are asked to judge their performance.

But how can this be if everyone loves Obama? Surely those Brits need a good thrashing to set their heads straight.
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The Great Unifier's Great Excuse [Sep. 4th, 2012|07:12 am]

Remember when Our Dear Leader promised to unite red States and blue States before he was crowned king? During an interview, he revealed why he didn't keep that promise: he instead used the time to be with his family.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen! Because Barak Hussein Obama had to attend to Michelle "My Belle" Obama's fat ass, he couldn't get his to Capitol Hill to bring about bipartisanship.
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Mr. Scam Man [Aug. 17th, 2012|08:37 pm]

Here's a nice little ditty to get you in the election spirit!

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You cannot accomplish ANYTHING without government - because they are so good at everything!!! [Jul. 17th, 2012|05:50 pm]


Business leaders fire back at Obama over his ‘no man is an island’ remarks


A popular idiom holds that “those who can, do, while those who can’t, teach.” A third corollary that might be added is that “those who can’t do either take shots at those who do.”

Witness the president, who apart from having been a lecturer in constitutional law (though you’d never guess it from some of his comments), appears never to have held down a real job prior to entering public office. That didn’t stop him from running off at the mouth in Roanoke, Va., last Friday, where he told a group of supporters (video here):

From Obama:
"A lot of wealthy, successful Americans … know they didn’t"—[uncomfortable pause] "look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own." [Did you hear him?] "I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there." [so basically, you're not smart] "It must be because I worked harder than everybody else." [he has news for you; your hard work is meaningless] "Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life." [Just to be clear "great teachers" get no credit for their accomplishment either] "Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive." [are you figuring out who that "somebody" is yet?] "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.…

Wow! - And we're not suppose to run screaming with this????????? - What does it take to wake some people up?

Conclusion from
Such moralizing is galling, especially coming from a man who used the first-person singular pronouns I and me a combined 117 times in a single 25-minute speech earlier this month. Plenty of people have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, and a group of them—the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)—wasted no time in taking the president to school for his comments.

“What a disappointment to hear President Obama’s revealing comments challenging the significance of America’s entrepreneurs,” the organization said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “’His unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs.”

A spokesman for the NFIB added, “I’m sure every small-business owner who took a second mortgage on their home, maxed out their credit cards or borrowed money from their own retirement savings to start their business disagrees strongly with President Obama’s claim. They know that hard work does matter.”

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Carter speaks out against his country. Should he use more restraint than the rest of us? [Jun. 26th, 2012|08:16 am]

Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are certainly important. Balanced very carefully against that must also be national security.

If "information", freely expressed, is used in such a way that it can be a catalyst to improve a situation - that makes sense to me, but, if its only result will be to sell more newspapers, while igniting and inflaming radical threats to our people, and consequently our safety and liberty, I do take pause.

Jimmy Carter has a recent rant out, splashed on the front lines of yahoo internet news, criticizing our government as a "widespread violator of human rights" (google - Jimmy Carter Accuses U.S. of 'Widespread Abuse of Human Rights'). If you read the article it focuses on our treatment of terrorists, suspected terrorists and innocent civilians who are in harms way because of our ongoing "war on terror". While I may agree or disagree with his thinking - is this helpful? Is he serving a greater good by putting this out there, or just making us less safe? Is the media being responsible in their headlines and portrayal of his opinions? As a previous president, do his personal opinions expressed in the media carry more weight than the average citizen, getting looked at more closely by others, particularly other countries? - This is food for thought. Should authoritative figures - and our media - consider 'possible harm to our safety' when they use their rights to free speech? It often seems like they do not. - This is a huge topic I realize. For the sake of this post, I will pull one interesting thing I grabbed from the piece, which could potentially target Americans (in house).

"He (Carter) also condemned recent legislation that gives the president the power to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely, although a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect for any suspects not affiliated with the September 11 terrorist attacks.

This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration," Carter said."

For simplicity, and not to make this post crazy looooong... I will just say for now, I agree with Carter on his thinking on holding "suspected terrorists indefinitely", as some sort of blank check, which could potentially be used to intimidate innocent Americans into silence or compliance. Good for the court putting some reigns on it (this time). Are we willing to surrender our freedom to secure our safety? I'm not.
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If I Wanted America To Fail... [Apr. 26th, 2012|07:09 am]

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Community Guidelines [Feb. 2nd, 2012|07:36 am]

As we enter deeper into, what will undoubtedly be, a very exciting (for lack of a better word at the moment) political year, I would like to request that new members applying to the community, apply with only 1 account.

For discussion purposes, there really is no reason why you have to speak in the community with 2 accounts or even view it from 2 accounts. Unless you have special permission and a very good reason, do not request membership for more than one of your accounts. If we find you have done so without express permission, that will be reason for removal from the community.

Thank you and please do enjoy the year. :)
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Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth [Jan. 24th, 2012|07:24 am]



"WASHINGTON (AP) — The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption.
The solar flare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado."

"For the past several years the sun had been quiet, almost too quiet. Part of that was the normal calm part of the sun's 11-year cycle of activity. Last year, scientists started to speculate that the sun was going into an unusually quiet cycle that seems to happen maybe once a century or so."

This fascinating phenomenon can be tracked here:
at this site.

The big question I have is, "What are we going to do about this?"

I mean, surely, we humans have caused this, and we are going to need some kind of oppressive legislation to solve it.

Don't you guys care about the planet???
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"Allegations" vs. "Revelations" Media Bias hard at work. [Jan. 20th, 2012|07:26 am]

7am on the east coast and I wake up to hear George Stephanopolis, on ABC News Good Morning America, characterize Newt Gingrich's ex-wife's slanderous claims, regarding private conversations during their break up, as "REVELATIONS".

In the court of the Media circus Newt Gingrich is GUILTY before being proven innocent. We watched Herman Cain's campaign go down due to a barrage of hearsay and now they'd like to do the same to  Gingrich.

This tells you just who the left is afraid of when you see this.

LOVED Gingrich's response to the media when they came out with the divorce claims of his ex-wife as the opening question/remark in the presidential debate. It was the perfect slap-down for a biased media out of control. This man knows how to call it like it is!

At this moment I am very Impressed with Gingrich.
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Patriotic Americans - Alinsky Target 2012 [Jan. 10th, 2012|07:19 am]

I believe that the biggest danger to Obama's reelection are Patriots. Real Citizens who love our country and its founding principles. 

Watch, going forward, as the Obama administration continuously inserts attacks toward the Patriotic Tea Party group.

Watch as he continuously refers to them as "extreme", "radical" and any other inflammatory adjective he can think of to paint them, Alinsky style, as "out of touch".

But what are they out of touch with? Socialism? American Dictators?

Feel free to post examples here of Obama's Campaign against Patriotic Americans. And think, who, and what, will this man continue to campaign against.
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The Media hard at work Poisoning the Well. [Jan. 7th, 2012|07:31 am]

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"Poisoning the well (or attempting to poison the well) is a rhetorical device where adverse information about a target is pre-emptively presented to an audience, with the intention of discrediting or ridiculing everything that the target person is about to say. Poisoning the Well can be a special case of argumentum ad hominem."

I just read what seemed like a reasonable article about people who change their oil too much. It was all rather sensible. In order to get the most mileage and longevity out of their vehicles car owners should follow the manufacturers guidelines for the specific vehicle regarding its maintenance. It so happens that many people change their oil too much, which in some cases has a reason, but in many, is simply wasteful of money and oil and unnecessary. Out comes this article:

Which goes on to describe the situation, and how California is trying to "persuade" it's citizenry to not change their oil too much. From the article, it seems the persuasion is simply an ad campaign to make car owners aware of the problems. I personally have no problem with that kind of both green and financial advice; and I'm a conservative.

The problem I have is at the end of the article, where it deviates from the informative to this:

    "In other words, it's a win-win situation: Driving green means only replacing your
    engine oil when you really need to, and that saves you money.

    Even the shrillest talk-radio hosts may find it hard to fight that one—though
    we have a sneaking suspicion they'll try anyway.

Which of course, begs the question - Why?

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Affirmative Action Bake Sale [Dec. 8th, 2011|02:15 pm]


This news is a little old. But it's worth posting because of Zombie's fabulous photo-journalism on the recent one in Berkley. First, here's the video s/he (not sure about the reporter's gender) made to summarize the event:
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Occupy Movement Should Get Out of the Parks and into Foreclosed Homes [Nov. 21st, 2011|12:02 pm]

Political Math has a great piece about how the Invade Occupy Movement should get out of the parks and start camping out in foreclosed homes if they really wanted to protest against the perpetrators of the financial meltdown.

Read and discuss.
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$1.2 Trillion in Cuts Isn't Savings, It's Cleaning up Yet Another Obama Blunder [Nov. 15th, 2011|07:56 am]

I recently received this piece in my inbox from a Herman Cain newsletter and thought that the information in here was worth sharing, specifically the salient point that Cain makes which I have bolded immediately above the cut.

Perhaps you have heard that the so-called congressional “supercommittee” is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction savings (over a decade, mind you) by the Friday after Thanksgiving. If they fail to do so, according to the recent debt-ceiling compromise, automatic across-the-board cuts will kick in.

It’s very unlikely the “supercommittee” will achieve anything meaningful with respect to budget discipline. While there are many reasons for this, the biggest is the lack of presidential leadership.

President Obama has never demonstrated even a morsel of understanding about how far beyond its means the federal government is living. Consider: A president who touts $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years as some sort of major achievement thought nothing of perpetrating an $862 billion “stimulus” package just months after taking office. And when it didn’t stimulate a thing in terms of economic growth, this same president came back and asked Congress for another spending extravaganza worth more than $400 billion.

There’s your $1.2 trillion in savings, wiped out not in a single bound, but in two of them. Super, indeed.

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Facts vs. Purple Prose and Yellow Dog Journalism [Nov. 11th, 2011|01:28 pm]

While it's true that Jefferson County has a lot of problems, there's no use getting caught up in sensationalism just to grind your own political axe. Instead, I propose we play a game this Veteran's Day: Facts vs. Purple Prose and Yellow Dog Journalism.

You get 10 points for every fact in the article. You get one point for each sensationalized nothing. If, when you finish reading the article, the sensationalized nothing points outweigh the fact points, every 10 sensationalized nothing points is a shot. If fact points outweigh sensationalized nothing points, every 100 fact points is a shot.


Article for Competition: Looting Mainstreet
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Teflon President [Nov. 11th, 2011|01:01 pm]

Investigator's Professional Opinion: Herman Cain in innocent of the charges against him
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OWS giant link dump - 2011-11-06 morning edition [Nov. 6th, 2011|02:51 pm]

Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away. The large, metal-framed “safety tent” — which will be guarded by an all-female patrol — can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers. “This is all about safety in numbers,” said Becky Wartell, 24, a protester from Portland, Maine ... Some of the male OWS protesters remained in denial over the growing number of sex attacks.Read more...Collapse )

despite an NYPD watchtower overhead and the entire north side of Zuccotti lined with police vehicles, it is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous places in New York City Post reporter spends an in‘tents’ night amid anarchy in Zuccotti Park -

Rampaging Occupiers Attack 78-Year-Old Woman, Send to Hospital - You see her at around the 3:20 mark of [the] video - The woman’s name is Dolores Broderson.Read more...Collapse )

Just like the Tea Partiers: Video of the Occupiers tipping over a police bike cruiser. - Culprit caught

Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center -

Speaks for itself:

#OccupyEureka Protesters Crap And Pee On Bank -

Occupy LA woman arrested for setting someone's clothes on ... another woman attacks someone with a metal tent pole -

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Wisconsin Teacher Reprimanded After Students Allowed to Protest Gov. Walker on Field Trip - A fourth-grade teacher in Wisconsin has been reprimanded after he allowed his students to participate in a political protest against Gov. Scott Walker on a field trip to the state Capitol building. - [Sandy May Slater says: Idiot. Only reprimanded? Geesh. Dave Williams says: It's Wisconsin. He wouldn't get fired unless he made them recite the Pledge of Allegiance.]
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OWS link dump - 2011-11-04 morning edition [Nov. 4th, 2011|11:06 am]

From Jere Hodges Jr: the Oakland Occupants' calls for violence documented from a local source:

Finally, someone stood up to Oakland Occupant mobs in defense of his property - with a shotgun! And in Oakland, it's significant he's a non-Caucasian man: Oakland developer Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive skills - holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get into a downtown building. - "We had people who attempted to break into our building," the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and "discouraged them," he said. - "I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it - I didn't point it - I just held it in my hands," Tagami said. "And I just racked it, and they ran." - Although they didn't get inside the building - Tagami, 46, oversaw its $50 million renovation and has an office there - vandals did scrawl graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke out after Occupy Oakland's daylong general strike. -

More on call to seize bridges and banks from Obama adviser - urges 'militancy' in nationwide Occupy protests - Boardmember of groups that crafted laws for health care, 'stimulus' says 'we've got to start a resistance movement' -

Arrest records *just* like the Tea Party! [Washington D.C. Occupy] appears largely led by professional activists, including a former black nationalist and a Vietnam War deserter ... at first blush the “occupations” seem like spontaneous grassroots movements, [but] the two organizations — the October 2011 group in Freedom Plaza and Occupy DC, affiliated with the more famous Occupy Wall Street — are the result of much forethought and networking among left-wing organizers who sought a Tahrir Square-like moment in the United States ...Read more...Collapse ) Black Panther Larry Pinkney, no stranger to starting new governments in opposition to the American social order. A black nationalist, Pinkney was once Minister of Interior of the “Republic of New Afrika,” a nation proposed by the Malcolm X Society that would have been carved out of the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

from Lisa Najamy-Sluti: #OWS Pays $100 for a 60 day permit while Tea Party Pays $800 For One Afternoon...See You In Court? -

From baking brownies to providing legal, medical and organizational support, the US’s largest Marxist group Democratic Socialists of America, and its youth wing Young Democratic Socialists, is heavily involved in “Occupation” actions across the countryRead more...Collapse )click on link below for *very* long list of direct quotes from DSA and YDS involvement in Occupancies, with some photos. ]Read more...Collapse ) - [ c/o Nh Tea Party ]

There is increasing concern that the authorities have made a rod for their own backs. “Are we seriously suggesting that if a jihadist or neo-Nazi group moved in, they would have been indulged like this?” asked a community-board member pointedly. “Or the Klan!” interjected another. Meanwhile, the chairman worried about the precedent: “If any other group moves in in the future, would we be able to evict them, given the example we have set?” His ashen expression answered his own question. - At the last meeting, as I reported, “some of the members of Community Board One took turns to make brief speeches. With the exception of one woman, who spoke movingly of the Zuccotti Park area having been ‘under siege’ for ten years, each endorsed the OWS movement.” This time, each took it in turns to express disappointment, concern, and even anger. The rebels have lost their enablers. - “It’s a crime scene down there, and it’s attracting all of the worst people in this city,” said a board member. “We’re hearing reports of rapes, assaults, violence, drug use. The mentally ill are assembling. It’s a public hazard.” There is also concern for businesses. “At this rate, they’re not going to make it through the Christmas season,” the chair of the Small Business Committee said, bluntly. He mentioned Mark Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Café, by name. “This is a new business and he’s not going to make it. It’s an outrage. After all of the economics problems with the loss of the World Trade Center, this is too much to take.” -

Palin on OWS: “They say ‘Wall Street fat cats got a bailout so now I want one too.’ And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout,”click to read quite a bit moreCollapse )

10/20: Reporter Allegedly Threatened at #OccupyOakland; ‘We Shoot White Bitches Like You Around Here’ -

Occupy Wall Street vs. Center for Industrial Progress: Energy

Video: HOnest Occupant Channing reports: Sending The Homeless To Occupy Wall Street -
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OWS link dump - 2011-11-03 evening edition [Nov. 4th, 2011|10:44 am]

miracle! the MSM are finally reporting Occupant sexual abuse, though soft-pedaling the tone as always.

Highly-paid United Steelworkers Int'l pres. Leo Gerard proposes seizing bridges and banks by violence: "You're damn right Wall Street occupiers speak for us. They do in Pittsburgh, they do in Chicago, they do in Oakland, they do in San Francisco, they do all across the country. And I think what we need is, we need more militancy. ... I think we've got to start a resistance movement. If Wall Street occupation doesn't get the message, I think we've got to start blocking bridges and doing that kind of stuff. This doesn't have to be this way. The economy doesn't have to be this way. It's being put this way because the Wall Streeters are getting their way ... no wonder people are occupying. We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying bridges. We start oughta occupying the banks places themselves ...We can never give up, Ed, we can never give up 'cause we're right." -

Things You Wont See At A Tea Party Rally (pics of Oakland OWS) -

Occupant Big Gov "Rap" sheet up to 137 incidents -

Why were they providing power to trespassers, and at whose expense? Baltimore city officials say they're cutting power to outlets in the downtown Baltimore park where Wall Street protesters have been living for the last month. -

Time's up: The Zuccotti Park vagabonds have had their say - and trashed lower Manhattan - for long enough. They need to go. Be it voluntarily - by packing their tents and heading off in an orderly fashion. Or by having the NYPD step in - and evict them. But go they must: Their lease on Zuccotti Park has expired. And it's their own fault. What began as a credible protest against bank bailouts, crony capitalism and the like has, in large measure, been hijacked by crazies and criminals. Beyond that, too many protesters demonstrate by their actions a level of contempt for residents, businesses and workers in the area that long ago crossed the line. No one should have to put up with the incessant noise, filth and downright dangerous conditions the protesters have foisted upon lower Manhattan. Read more...Collapse ) -

‘Shut This City Down’: Inside Occupy Wall Street’s Anti-Police Racial Justice March - In strategic terms, the OWS next phase plan can be broken down into two parts: - The Occupiers will force a major confrontation with police. - They will attempt to effectively shut down a portion of New York City. - More “general strikes” are in the works, it’s just a matter of organizing the participants and picking a day. As the Occupiers prepared to march on Police Headquarters (located at 1 Police Plaza, and often referred to as One-PP), one organizer gave the crowd some history on general strikes, and explained that the Occupiers hope to shut down cities across the country and the globe:Read more...Collapse )

Anti-cop, pro-communism graffito in Oakland:

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Occupy this! Note unintended consequences of gov't forcing interest rates low to refinance: Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac has requested $6 billion in additional aid after posting a wider loss in the third quarter. - Freddie Mac said Thursday that it lost $6 billion, or $1.86 per share, in the July-September quarter. That compares with a loss of $4.1 billion, or $1.25 a share, in the same quarter of 2010. - This quarter's $6 billion request from taxpayers is the largest since April 2010. - Freddie's losses are increasing mainly for two reasons: Many homeowners are paying less interest because they are able to refinance at lower mortgage rates. And failing and bankrupt mortgage insurers are not paying out as much money when homeowners default. -
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OWS link dump - 2011-11-03 afternoon edition [Nov. 3rd, 2011|06:20 pm]

LOL-ccupants are least popular, least interesting to lowest income groups - the lowest income group polled - those making under $30,000 - had the least favorable view of the movement, at 26 percent, while those making over $100,000 gave the highest favorability rating to the movement, at 36 percent. - with the media trying to portray this as a populist movement, it's worth noting than two-thirds of those earning under $30,000 either haven't heard of the movement or have an unfavorable view of it. -

The breakup of the OWS old fighters begins. Original OWS protesters leaving due to strife, dissent and violence. Two people who have been at Zuccotti Park from day one discuss how the internal order hasn’t worked for them. Sage: I’m leaving today, because this is no longer safe. Like, I had somebody– Q: I’m still recording. Sage: Sure. I had somebody in our sanitation team take a swing at me. And then I had like three really calm, friendly individuals telling me that they–that they didn’t just take a swing at me. It was, like, I was just ... Channing: Yeah. I had beef with sanitation ’cause they took my s*** down. They took my, like tent thing down that I made. Sage: Oh, sure, sure, I was just saying that. Q: But yeah, yeah, all I– Channing: Yeah, no–they took my stuff. They–I had like a little tarp tent at the end of the park. Their whole thing was they were trying to clean out some of the people that were doing, like, drugs and stuff. But they started with– Q: Drugs? Channing: Yeah. Oh, my God. But they started with my tent. And, like, they threw away my toiletries, my food, and, like, a bunch of papers I had, that were really important from the hospital. And then, like, I tried to get them to help me, like, rebuild the tent or something, and they’re like, “We didn’t do it, it wasn’t us,” and I’m like, “I saw you doing it.” Like, I got called from direct action because they doing it. Q: But I’ve got– Sage: Yeah, so– Q: –let me get you to just finish that, because– Sage: I’m just gonna say the same thing. I don’t call it corruption anymore, ’cause corruption is when a good thing goes bad. And what I think this is–people go, “Oh, they’re so stupid.” No, they’re not. They’re smart, for their purposes, which are not for this camp to function as a community. Q: Who’s “they”? You say, “they.” What do you mean–who’s “they”? Sage: Well, once you start pointing fingers, you get–you’re already co-opted. Q: Well, I mean, just general–I don’t know who you mean. I don’t know who you mean. Sage: It’s an entire–it’s an entire attitude and community of apathy, and focusing on problems. And focusing on–and I’m a part of it, and that’s why I’m leaving, ’cause I can’t get out of it. Like, just by being here, I’ve started focusing on good things, and then all of a sudden I get integrated. Q: How long have you been here? Sage: My name is Sage. I’ve been on the ground since Day One. Q: Since the 17th [of September]. Sage: Yeah. - H/t Nh Tea Party

A pamphlet from a group calling itself the “Oakland Liberation Front” has surfaced that mocks any pacifists in the Occupy Oakland movement and calls for violence to achieve the “complete annihilation of capitalism.” - click to read quite a bit moreCollapse )

Occupy Anarchists ‘Bent On Creating Problems’ -

For those who thought Occupy might be libertarian: Occupy comes out with their One Demand: they want an international Tobin tax: c/o Nh Tea Party [My comment: Idiots. Trade needs to be smoother, not less efficient and bumpier. Fake paper money made money run around too much.]

10/31: HOMELESS MAN DIES IN TENT at Occupy OKC (Video) -
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OWS link dump - 2011-11-02 pm edition [Nov. 3rd, 2011|10:29 am]

Occupy Baltimore Rape Victim Begs For Protest To Be Shut Down -

See How Occupy D.C. Protesters Responded to Table Full of Job Applications -

What's the color of Astroturf? Green! ACORN front group pays people to Occupy.

Occupy Oakland mob is becoming violent, breaking windows. Picture below is of a B of A building. This was done during business hours.!/californiabeat/status/131854283799928832/photo/1 . This is why violent mobs and illegal encampments are not permitted. How much will it cost bank customers to replace the windows? What other violence will they commit?

More Occupy Oakland violence: BREAKING: Reports of vandalism near Kaiser Center. Chase Bank branch at 20th & Webster Sts. targeted. Pic:!/californiabeat/status/131851670647873536/photo/1

More violence from Occupiers, now smashing windows of Chase Bank in Oakland.!/californiabeat/status/131851670647873536/photo/1

Occupy Oakland has now attacked Wells Fargo and smashed windows - lunch room (?) occupants had to flee breaking glass - pic c/o @LucyKafanov:

Well, now. Dig into the background of one of OWS's main organizers, and what do you find? No wonder the JDL is worried by some of the Occupants.

Windows were smashed at one Wells Fargo office. - The Oakland Tribune reported that agitators dressed in black with masks threw paint balls, ripped up a picket fence and tried to break windows at a Whole Foods market before about two dozen people ... forced them to stop. There was lots of shoving and punches thrown. -

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9:29pm I just went on to - main Occupant site - and looked at the chat forum. First thing I see is "What's with all the anti-Israel/Jewish posts the mods are ignoring?" Looks like we have a *continuing* anti-Semitism problem at OWS.

They have to get arrested to earn Progressive cred. But the more they are arrested the more alien they will be to ordinary people. We have to focus on their [factual] criminal/scary/violent behaviors.

"This was a peaceful demonstration and a good day for the 99% movement" - Mayor of Oakland

Protesters living in Zuccotti park are dealing with a worsening security problem with reports of multiple incidents of assault, drug dealing and drug use, rape and attempted rape.[191] In the past several weeks, the cluster of tents at the west end of the park -- the farthest section from the bustle of working groups and activity near Broadway -- has grown increasingly dangerous, many say. The sanitation team has reported finding needles in tents, and reports of crack and crystal meth use have surfaced. But the most serious concern most protesters say, is the risk of assault, especially for women and at night. Demonstrators have complained of thefts of assorted items such as cameras, phones, and laptops. Thieves also stole $2500 of donations that were stored in a makeshift kitchen.[192] On October 10, a "methadone-addled man freeloading off the Wall Street protest" was arrested for groping a woman.[193] Two people were arrested at Occupy Boston for selling heroin while they had a 6 year old child living in their tent.[194] An Occupy Denver demonstrator was arrested for groping a reporter.[195] The police are investigating sexual assaults in Cleveland,[196] Dallas,[197] and Portland.[198] At Occupy Baltimore, a pamphlet was distributed to members that victim's advocates say discourages victims of sex crimes to report them to police.[199] -

Peaceful Oakland Occupants threaten death by Ax [because 99% of Amerikkka is communist]:
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Nothing to See Here [Oct. 25th, 2011|05:32 pm]

Obama's so popular, even the government is buying his books!
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The Eagle is Gone [Oct. 23rd, 2011|10:38 am]


The skunk has replaced the Eagle as the new symbol of the American Presidency. It is half black, half white, and everything it does stinks!
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Interesting Observation [Oct. 22nd, 2011|12:50 pm]


If this image looks familiar to you, it's probably because you first saw it on virus_x's post.

Looking at this image, I only see black person in the photo (guy on the right of the image. Obama doesn't count–he's a mutt.)

Interesting that our nation's third black President has a damned-near all-white cabinet.

Post-racial my ass.
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Three Paragraphs... [Oct. 19th, 2011|02:18 pm]

...from an email sent ou by Herman Cain:

Think back to 2008. It was hope and regulation President Obama ran on. It was bipartisanship and an end to war. Yet somehow we are three years removed from such speeches and our economy is worse off, are troops still aren’t home and the leadership in the White House can only make fun of those trying to come up with solutions to improve our country’s morale.

A reminder to President Obama and his administration – you ran for this position. You wanted to become President of the United States of America. After three years in office, how and why are there still excuses? This was the job you wanted! If you care about the country, do your job better or let someone fill the position who will.

It is now the Obama Administration, not conservatives, who are the beltway game players and rough-neck politicians. Those who dare to oppose them are targeted with mudslinging and rhetoric.
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The Wheels are Coming Off on the United States of Europe [Oct. 14th, 2011|12:41 am]

Mr. Nigel Farrage on Serbia joining the EU and the cost of bailing out Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy:

You may want to have a boo at some other clips of Mr. Farrage I wrangled up for your viewing pleasure.
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Christiane Amanpour interviews the devil [Oct. 9th, 2011|06:25 pm]


"On ABC’s This Week, host Christiane Amanpour asked House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) whether she supported Occupy Wall Street.

Amanpour then played footage of House majority leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) calling the protesters “mobs.” Pelosi shook her head. “I didn’t hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating — actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol,” she said.

Pelosi also rejected the suggestion that Democrats were engaging inclass warfare. Instead, she blamed the dispute on Republicans: “That notion, which I don’t like, is one that came from the other  side.”Democrats, she argued, were upholding “the most endearing American value:  fairness. It’s about everyone paying their fair share.”"

Funny, I thought the most endearing American value was "Freedom". Heck, she was so close; they both start with an F.

so does...

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Alabama asserts its right as a State, defies the Central government from continuing the insanity [Sep. 29th, 2011|08:45 am]

Alabama's tough stance on ILLEGAL immigration stand up during round one.
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And now, I rant. [Sep. 15th, 2011|01:51 pm]

The hate-filled nutjobs' politicization of Kent Snyder's death in 2008 is horrible. The opponents of freedom close their eyes to the fact that *their* side has had control of our medical system and *their* side has created the huge costs we all pay every day. They forced insurance to be what it never was meant to be starting in the 1940s. Notice that Snyder had been in a hospital - i.e., was getting care? Viral pneumonia is no trivial illness. Notice how they provide no sourcing for anything, like claims that he died penniless (which they claim about Rand, likewise false). Also, they yell the family was "handed" a $400k bill - what is this, Soviet Russia? Families are not blood-liable. So they were "handed" it. Wow. All life stops at that point. No handing back is possible. This is how the left operates: create fact-free horror-show scenarios ("Ayn Rand died penniless on government welfare under an assumed name!!!") that hit at the instinctual reactions, again and again. Your time is coming to an end, REGRESSIVES. [Notice that the blogger below calls the writer for Gawker - Gawker?! - a reporter. So now Gawker is a news org? Welcome to the brave new world of the Comedians Al Franken and Keith Olbermann, as our Dear Leaders.]

Inspired by:
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for jimmy hoffa, with love [Sep. 6th, 2011|07:51 pm]


- - "I'm a Tea Party SOB - Gonna Take Me Out?!"
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Is this mandatory or just a suggestion? Do we have to face Washington when we do this? [Aug. 26th, 2011|04:52 pm]

1st Session
S. RES. 237
Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding coming together as a Nation and ceasing all work or other activity for a moment of remembrance beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks committed against the United States on September 11, 2001.
July 22, 2011
Whereas September 11 will never, and should never, be just another day in the hearts and minds of all people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate--
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(A) calls upon all of the people and institutions of the United States to observe a moment of remembrance on September 11, 2011, including--
(i) media outlets;
(ii) houses of worship;
(iii) military organizations;
(iv) veterans organizations;
(v) airlines;
(vi) airports;
(vii) railroads;
(viii) sports teams;
(ix) the Federal Government;
(x) State and local governments;
(xi) police, fire, and other public institutions;
(xii) educational institutions;
(xiii) businesses; and
(xiv) other public and private institutions; and
(B) encourages the observance of the moment of remembrance or prayer to last for 1 minute beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time by, to the maximum extent practicable--
(i) ceasing all work or other activity; and
(ii) marking the moment in an appropriate manner, including by ringing bells, blowing whistles, or sounding sirens.
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Which Ass is Worth Saving: that of the Black Caucus or The One in the White House? [Aug. 18th, 2011|11:48 am]

The Black Caucus has to decide between saving their own asses and saving the Ass in the White House.
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Warren Buffet Complains He Doesn't Pay Enough Taxes, Refuses to Send in More than Required [Aug. 15th, 2011|09:08 am]

[music | Dario Marianelli - The Soloist]

If Warren Buffet is so rich and is guilty that he doesn't pay enough taxes, why doesn't he write a check to the Federal government and give more than his tax bill?

Furthermore, why does he have to rub the fact that he's rich and the rest of us aren't in our faces? There was once a time when braggadocios behavior was considered impolite.

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

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The Power of Bad Ideas [Aug. 7th, 2011|08:14 pm]

The Power of Bad Ideas By Peggy Noonan
"The president has been obsessing on Ronald Reagan the past few months, referring to him in private and attempting to use him to buttress his position in public. They say Republicans can't get over Reagan, but really it's Democrats who aren't over him, and who draw the wrong lessons from his success. Reagan himself never bragged about his ability to convince the American people. He'd never point a finger and say: 'I'll go to the people and grind you to dust.' He thought speaking was a big part of leadership, but only part, and in his farewell address he went out of his way to say he never thought of himself as a great communicator. He thought he simply communicated great things—essentially, the vision of the Founders as applied to current circumstances.
Democrats were sure Reagan was wrong, so they explained his success to themselves by believing that it all came down to some kind of magical formula involving his inexplicably powerful speeches.
They misdefined his powers and saddled themselves with an unrealistic faith in the power of speaking.
But speeches aren't magic. A speech is only as good as the ideas it advances. Reagan had good ideas. Obama does not."

Class warfare. Race warfare. Hatred. Resentment. Government control of our lives. These are the messages of the Democratic Party. They've learned how to wrap their authoritarian Leftism and hatred in a pretty package, but people might now be seeing through that wrapping. What seems to have Democrats so very angry lately is that less and less Americans are buying it anymore. What is a shame is that so many still do. If only Liberals/progressives/Leftists would consider the fact that the reason their ideology always fails, and the reason they must always lie to promote it, is that it's wrong.
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point to ponder [Aug. 7th, 2011|11:49 am]

almost uniformly, when presented with news of the s&p downgrade of u.s. debt, conservatives have said, "wow, about time. get ready for more. we need to cut spending." liberals have said, "s&p has no credibility, and it's reagan and bush's fault and the obstructionist republicans who created gridlock in washington." does this not tell us the differences between left and right, and (pardon caps) WHO WAS AND IS SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEFICIT?
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Predictable - Excepts from the news following the US credit rating downgrade. [Aug. 6th, 2011|03:48 pm]


China tells U.S. "good old days" of borrowing are over.
(I think we all saw that coming)

"The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone," China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary."

(and what sensible person could disagree with this?)

"In the Xinhua commentary, China scorned the United States for its "debt addiction" and "short sighted" political wrangling. .."China, the largest creditor of the world's sole superpower, has every right now to demand the United States address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China's dollar assets," it said."

(as our banker they do have every right to demand the US address it's debt problems, agreed)

"It urged the United States to cut military and social welfare expenditure. Further credit downgrades would very likely undermine the world economic recovery and trigger new rounds of financial turmoil, it said."

(social welfare encompasses many things and should be on the table, but it gets real interesting when foreign nations start advising you to cut your defense expenditures)

If only our circus of a government would stop posturing for the next election and give a crap.

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Democrats' Policy Leads to Unsafe Airports, Massive Unemployment [Aug. 4th, 2011|03:44 pm]

So let's get this straight: it was Democrats that furlowed FAA personal in the first place. Now those same Democrats are responsible for unsafe airports because the necessary "radar systems to prevent runway and taxiway collisions at airports, installation of runway safety lights and construction of air-traffic control towers" can't be built because there's no labor to build them. Meanwhile, 24,000 people have lost their job thanks to Democrats.

But remember, this is the "Hope" and "Change" that 52.7% of the nation voted for and that's exactly what 52.7% of the nation is going to get.
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Obama wants tax cuts?!?! [Aug. 2nd, 2011|02:26 pm]

Obama urged Congress to pass stalled trade bills and said he wants tax cuts for the middle class and unemployment benefits extended.

A fine example of the piss-poor job of reporting that the kiwis are doing. To read their news, Obama was standing on high moral ground through the entire debacle and it's those evil bastards in Congress who've been wallowing in the mire instead of kneeling before Our Dear Leader.

No wonder the rest of the world thins that the Democrats smell like fresh daisies.
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a few modest calculations [Jul. 29th, 2011|06:08 pm]

Want another way to put U.S. federal debt and U.S. federal spending in perspective? Here's what I got from a few minutes of math. (I'll write trillions as 1,000s of billions to keep it clear.)

The total U.S. federal debt is $14,293 billion; the total U.S. federal budget is $3,601 billion. The richest man on earth - Carlos Slim of Mexico - has a net worth of $74 billion (including family members). So the U.S. public debt would burn through Carlos Slim's entire fortune in 1.889 days, and U.S. federal spending would burn through it in 7.822 days. Note that this isn't income, but total net worth. It requires total expropriation and liquidation - which means no future income taxes, investments, job creation, charity, employment, company creation, or anything else from this man's fortune. This is breaking the richest man in the world down to pauperhood.

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Obama Says Becoming A Dictator Is Very Tempting As La Raza Crowd Cheers [Jul. 29th, 2011|12:28 pm]

From The Intel Hub

President Obama, speaking to the Council of La Raza, has admitted that it is very tempting to do things on his own and bypass Congress. This outright scary remark has received little attention in the corporate controlled media.
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Come Fly the Union Skies [Jul. 29th, 2011|12:06 pm]

[music |Frank Sinatra - Come Fly with Me]

From the Wall Street Journal:

Democrats have furloughed nearly 4,000 FAA employees and 70,000 workers at airport construction projects to preserve a White House indulgence for Big Labor.
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House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill [Jul. 29th, 2011|11:06 am]

You have nothing to hide right? I mean, you're not engaging in child pornography, are you?

That's a good little slave. Trust your government. Your government will protect you from yourself.

House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill
Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.

Though he's the same clueless Democrat that famously groused about reading the Obamacare bill, John Conyers gets it right on the ISP Spy bill:

"The bill's title, Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act, is a misnomer because the legislation is really not about those types of crimes at all," Conyers said. "Because if it were, it would certainly not contain a broad exemption for the largest Internet service providers such as AT&T, and it would target child exploitation."
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Islamic extremist set Sharia law zones in UK Cities [Jul. 29th, 2011|10:38 am]

And remember boys and girls, Islam is a religion of peace!

Anjem Choudary and Islamic extremists set up Sharia law zones in UK cities

We want to run the area as a Sharia-controlled zone and really to put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term.
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Respond to Congressman Mo Brook's Survey [Jul. 28th, 2011|11:41 am]

Mo Brooks has sent out a survey asking three questions:

  1. Should the debt ceiling be raised?

  2. If you believe America should have a balanced budget, how do you prefer balancing it?

  3. Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Please click the link below and submit the following answers:
  1. It should not be raised under any circumstances

  2. Cut spending (cutting spending roughly 40% would likely balance the budget)

  3. No

If you agree with me, please click on the link and reply in kind. Brooks will vote the way that his poll numbers tell him to vote. Spread the word to all your friends, neighbors, family and enemies.
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Republicans Selling out the Tea Party [Jul. 27th, 2011|02:20 pm]

Despite the first sentence in this article setting the piece up to be a Leftist piece, I think the author of this column gets it right: The Clearest Sign Yet That Boehner's Bill Will Pass the House

Relevant excerpt:
House Republicans on Wednesday morning were calling for the firing of the Republican Study Committee top staffer after he was caught sending e-mails to conservative groups urging them to pressure GOP lawmakers to vote against a debt proposal from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Infuriated by the e-mails from Paul Teller, the executive director of the RSC, members started chanting "Fire him, fire him!" while Teller stood silently at a closed-door meetings of House Republicans.

"It was an unbelievable moment," said one GOP insider. "I've never seen anything like it."
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Wyatt's Torch Burns in Birmingham, AL [Jul. 27th, 2011|02:07 pm]

Life mimicking art: A scene that more readily belongs in Rand's Atlas Shrugged played out in Birmingham, AL, thanks to a bunch of environmentalist wackos.
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Mo Brooks Fights Infobabe, Not President [Jul. 20th, 2011|03:46 pm]

Don't be distracted by the one good line: Even a broken clock gets to be right twice a day.

I'll give Brooks the points that he's due for not backing down from the fight with the arrogant reporterette, but I give him no points for failing to change the conversation and offer a real solution: Want to raise the debt ceiling? You get a temporary raise for three years IF you implement the Fair Tax.

But let's not forget that this so-called "Proven Conservative" and "Proven Leader" has continued to vote for spending increases, all the while claiming that it would cost the taxpayer more in the long run to shut the government down. Yes, there is a truth to that, but the dirty little secret is that the Tea Party–whom Brooks claims to be endorsed by–don't want any more government spending. Why? Because government spending is a tax increase by another name. And what are taxes? Simply put, taxes are legalized theft.

And while we're on the topic, he hasn't called for the impeachment of a President that allowed his Attorney General to approve a plan that COERCED businessmen to illegally conduct business, else face the wrath of the same government for interfering with a government operation. (Yes, I'm speaking of Fast and Furious and Operation Castaway)

After these entrepreneurs were browbeaten into compliance, the United States government–under the leadership of Barrack Hussien Obama and Eric Holder–aided and abetted sworn enemies of this country by giving–yes, a gift, much like is exchanged on Christmas Day–the means with which to kill Americans.

And kill Americans with guns from the government foreign and domestic enemies of the United States did.

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Fellow patriots, we cannot stand by and let clowns like this get voted back into office if we expect change.
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