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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, October 18, 2008
13 People Indicted in 4 State Meth Ring (legals & illegals)
H/T Keep Arkansas Legal:KATV & NW Arkansas Newshave reported that Federal prosecutors announced 13 people in four states (Arkansas, California, Kansas & Missouri) have been indicted on drug charges after a multiagency investigation of a methamphetamine distribution ring in Northwest Arkansa U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified six of the indicted as illegal immigrants. U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe says the indictments come as part of a joint investigation by federal, state and local police. Balfe says agents served four federal search warrants and seized about 15 pounds of methamphetamine. Balfe says those indicted in the ring include:
- Jose M. Alvarado, 30, of Joplin, MO
- Saul Alvarez-Sifuentes, 31, of Lowell, AR
- Adrian Avelar, 34, of Los Angeles, CA
- Juan Carrillo, 45, of Gentry, AR
- Lucia Carrillo, 44, of Gentry, AR
- Adan Casarez, 33, of Monnett, MO
- Efrain Estrada-Gomez, 33, of Springdale, AR
- Leonardo Gonzalez, 29, of Monett, MO
- Carlos Quiroz, 20, of Springdale, AR
- Jaime Valencia del Monte, 29, of Moreno Valley, CA
- Luis Yanez-Martinez, 30, of Springdale, AR
- Victor Zepeda, 49, of Arkansas City, KS
- German Zepeda, 25, of Arkansas City, KS Tags:Arkansas, California, Drugs, ICE, illegal aliens, kansas, meth ring, MissouriTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
She's only 12 years old but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year. That’s because the seventh grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was called a racist by classmates for wearing a pro-Sarah Palin t-shirt. Jones is volunteering at the Republican Headquarters in New Smyrna Beach. The Palin t-shirt was a gift from her fellow volunteers. But when she wore it to school she learned just how tough politics can be.“Some of the students were calling me racist because I was Caucasian,” she said. “I wanted the Caucasian man to win. And I told them that’s not true. It’s my freedom of speech, it’s my opinion.” - Video Available online at Fox 35
This election has become super heated but is it really necessary to get disrespectful? When this New Smyrna Beach Middle School 12 year old wore a Sarah Palin shirt to school, her classmates called her a racist because she was white and was rooting for a "white man" to win. These are kids who can't even vote! No one got in trouble. What would have happened if the tables were turned? What Do you think?
Tags:Arkansas Schools, Florida, girl, Palin, Politics, promoting racism, racist, Sarah Palin, t-shirtTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
NatRepTrust: Obama wants to give a driver's license to any illegal alien who wants one. The 9/11 plot depended on such licenses.
Text of 30 Second Ad
Nineteen terrorists infiltrate the U.S.
Thirteen get driver’s licenses.
The 9/11 plot depended on easy to get licenses.
Obama’s plan gives a license to any illegal who wants one.
A license they can use to get government benefits, a mortgage, board a plane, even illegally vote.
[Wolf Blitzer of CNN asks:] “Senator Obama, yes or no.”
[Obama responds:] “Yes.”
Barack Obama. Too radical. Too risky.
The National Republican Trust PAC is responsible for the content of this advertisement.Tags:9-11, Barack Obama, driver license, Election 2008, illegal aliens, Obama, terrorist threat, terroristsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Socialist-Marxist-Communist, Say Hello to Michelle Obama:
Tags:Barack Obama, CNN, Far-Left, Glenn Beck, liberals, Michelle Obama, redistribution of wealth, Wealth Redistribution, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Oh please, please, let this be a sign that McCain will be McCain in the last weeks of this election.Tags:ACORN, Albert E. Smith, Barack Obama, battleground states, CNN, Democrat, humor, John Mccain, liberal newsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Gary Varvel Tags:Gary Varvel, Joe Arpaio, Joe the Plumber, plumber, political cartoon, political humorTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Michelle Malkin at GOPUSA: Six-term Sen. Joe Biden's got some nerve going after citizen Joe the Plumber. But the entrenched politician from Delaware, who fancies himself the nation's No. 1 Ordinary Joe, had no choice. Obama-Biden simply can't tolerate an outspoken citizen successfully painting the Democratic ticket as socialist overlords. And so a dirty, desperate war against Joe Wurzelbacher is on. The left's political plumbers are attacking the messenger, rummaging through his personal life and predictably wielding the race card once again. It's standard operating procedure for the Obama thug machine.
Wurzelbacher, in case you've been in hibernation, is the small-business man from Ohio who questioned Obama about his tax plan during a Toledo campaign swing last weekend. The revealing exchange was caught on tape and broadcast widely across the Internet and TV airwaves. In response to Wurzelbacher's question about why he should be "taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream," Obama sermonized that he needed to "spread the wealth around" because "it's good for everybody."
. . . the journalists who wouldn't lift a finger to investigate Obama's longtime relationships with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright sprang into action rifling through citizen Joe Wurzelbacher's tax records. Politico.com reported breathlessly: "Samuel J. Wurzelbacher has a lien placed against him to the tune of $1,182.92. The lien is dated from January of '07." Press outlets probed his divorce records. The local plumbers union, which has endorsed Obama, claimed he didn't do their required apprenticeship work and didn't have a license to work outside his local township. . . . After Wurzelbacher told Katie Couric that Obama's rhetorical tap dance was "almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.," the inevitable cries of "bigotry" followed. (There are now tens of thousands of hits on the Internet for "Joe the Plumber racist.") Welcome to Joe the Plumber Derangement Syndrome. If you can't beat him, smear him. It's the Obama way. [The Left Declares War On Joe The Plumber]See also:Joe The Plumber Is All Of Us Tags:Barack Obama, capital gains taxes, Election 2008, Joe the Plumber, media bias, Michelle Malkin, redistribution of wealth, smearsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Noel Sheppard: Although I imagine most conservatives aren't fans of radio shock jock Howard Stern, the following must-see video (must-hear audio, really!) exposes the dirty little secret about why so many folks are supporting Barack Obama (hint -- it has NOTHING to do with his policy positions, h/t Larwyn). Frankly, Stern could have sent folks out to most newsrooms in America and gotten the same responses!
Tags:Barack Obama, Election 2008, news, News Busters, Noel Sheppard, Politics, voters, voting, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The NRSC: Democrats are desperately trying to pin this financial meltdown on everyone but themselves! When will Democrats stop the blame game and accept responsibility for blocking efforts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
Tags:Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Democrats, economy, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, liberal, mortgage crisis, Nancy Pelosi, NRSC, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Cartoon by William Warren Tags:Barack Obama, communism, Federal Welfare State, Joe the Plumber, political humor, Politics, socialism, Wealth Redistribution, William WarrenTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Senator Gov't - Big Government, Pro-Abortion & Targeting Conservatives
Gary L. Bauer, Ca,paign for Working Families: . . . On issue after issue, Barack Obama has a Big Government, high tax, big spending socialist solution. He is going to take care of your health care. He is going to pay for your kid’s college education. He is going to guarantee you a comfortable retirement. He is going to double foreign aid. He is going to increase research funding on all diseases. He is going to end our energy dependence. And, he’s going to heal the planet, slow the rise of the oceans and bring peace in our time!
Here’s the catch: He’ll pay for it all by picking the pocket of “Joe the plumber,” who also loomed large in last night’s debate. According to Barack Obama, all that is necessary to give us economic growth is to tax the heck out of the Joe’s of the world, who apparently have too much money for Barack’s taste, and let Big Government “spread the wealth around.” Joe put it best when he told ABC News after the debate, “To be honest with you, that infuriates me. It’s not right for someone to decide you made too much -- that you’ve done too good and now we’re going to take some of it back. That’s just completely wrong."
Senator McCain drove this point home last night . . . In the middle of an economic crisis, Barack Obama wants to take money away from small businesses, which are the biggest job creators in the country, and give it away to many people who have no federal tax liability. That’s not a tax cut – that’s a welfare increase. By the way, James Pethokoukis, who writes for U.S. News and World Report, posted the following comment on his blog this morning: “A while back I chatted with a University of Chicago professor who was a frequent lunch companion of Obama’s. This professor said that Obama was as close to a full-out Marxist as anyone who has ever run for president of the United States.” Remember that when you go to the polls in 19 days. The last thing we need is “President Government.”
Obama Lied -- Again: When the sanctity of life came up in last night’s debate, Barack Obama again shamelessly lied about his record. Senator McCain did a good job of describing Obama’s disgusting and disturbing views on when babies should be protected. Speaking of Obama’s anti-life record, Senator McCain said the following: “Senator Obama, as a member of the Illinois State Senate, voted in the Judiciary Committee against a law that would provide immediate medical attention to a child born of a failed abortion. He voted against that. And then, on the floor of the State Senate, as he did 130 times as a state senator, he voted present [on the same bill].
“Then there was another bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state of Illinois not that long ago, where he voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, one of the late-term abortion [procedures], …a terrible [procedure]. And then, on the floor of the Illinois State Senate, he voted present. I don’t know how you vote ‘present’ on some of that. I don’t know how you align yourself with the extreme aspect of the pro-abortion movement in America. And that’s his record, and that’s a matter of his record. It was clear-cut votes that Senator Obama voted, I think, in direct contradiction to the feelings and views of mainstream America.”
Obama did his usual double speak, very eloquent sounding, but factually a lie. Non-partisan analysis has already demonstrated that Obama’s record is exactly what Senator McCain said it is: Obama voted to allow babies who are born alive after failed abortions to die. And, he has voted to allow abortions in the sixth month of pregnancy and later. . . . And here’s more proof of how radically pro-abortion Obama is: On the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Obama released a statement bragging about his pro-abortion record. Here is an excerpt: “Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. …And I will continue to defend this right by [signing] the Freedom of Choice Act as president.” What is the Freedom of Choice Act? . . . The bill seeks to codify the Roe v. Wade decision in federal law. It would repeal every restriction on abortion at every level. It would repeal the federal law banning the gruesome procedure of partial-birth abortion, and it would repeal every state law on parental notification, informed consent and waiting periods. These are extremist positions, but Big Media has done its best to ensure that most Americans don’t know about Obama’s radical pro-abortion record.
You Are The Target: In recent weeks, there has been a concerted attempt by the Obama campaign and the leftwing media to demoralize you and, thus, suppress the conservative vote. Don’t fall for it. Yes, Senator McCain is the underdog, but this race is far from over. For example, I’m sure you’ve seen the polls showing Senator McCain down by double-digits. Maybe you saw a recent headline suggesting that Democrats can capture a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats in the Senate. That would be a nightmare scenario if it happened, but it would happen only if conservatives don’t vote on Election Day, and that is exactly why the media are desperately trying to convince you that the election is already over!
Much of the polling data that is being spun by the liberal media are polls of adults or registered voters, neither of which is a good predictor of elections. But, even worse, the media are “over-sampling” Democrats when they conduct these polls. A political science professor recently dissected one major media poll that had Senator McCain trailing by double-digits. Here’s what he found: The first thing he noticed was that Senator McCain was actually winning Independent voters. So how could he be down by 11 points? Upon further examination, he found that the poll’s voter sample included 40% Democrats, 33% Independents and just 27% Republicans. In short, the poll “over-sampled” Democrats by 13 points. That might be an accurate poll if the entire country looked like Massachusetts, but, thankfully, it does not.
Then the professor attempted to correct the poll by “weighting” the sample based on the actual turnout in a recent election. Instead of assuming that 40% of the voters who show up to the polls will be Democrats, he used the turnout figures from the 2006 election -- a bad year for the GOP. After “weighting” the sample of voters based on real turnout figures, Obama’s lead dropped to just two points. Confirming the professor’s findings, one of the most accurate polls in 2004 just released a new survey that had Senator McCain down three points.
We can win this, my friends, but it will be up to you! You must vote, and to counter the efforts of ACORN, you must persuade as many friends and family members as possible, with the information we are providing, to support Senator McCain and Governor Palin in the 19 days remaining in this campaign.Tags:abortion, Barack Obama, big government, Election 2008, Gay Bauer, John Mccain, pollingTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Global Warming Charade Collides with Global Cooling
Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: With all of the heated political rhetoric being posted, it time to post on something "cooling." I received the following from a FaceBook friend. Note: it is also a very nice cool fall day in the Ozarks.
Israel Anderson: Yesterday 3 separate articles hit the mainstream media that will be of interest:
All of this is strong evidence that the warming period the earth went though in the late 90s is well and truly over. 2007 was one of the coldest years in modern history, wiping out 150 years of warming, and sadly, 2008 is looking to beat all of 2007's records. I say sadly, because it's may get real cold this winter. In Boulder Colorado, we had an inch of snow on Sunday night! Make sure you're ready for an early winter and a late spring in 2009. I mean, it's great that mother nature is having the last word, as always, over the politicians and bought-and-paid-for scientists loving their global warming research grant money, but I'd still prefer some warmer weather. Visit FaceBook group - 10 FACTS about Global Warming
For all you ski buffs, yesterday, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin both opened for skiing. They were the first to open in North America this year reporting an 18-inch base. Sunny weather and temperatures in the 40s greeted skiers at both resorts. Tags:Colorado, global cooling, global warming, mother nature, Ozarks, skiingTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
There is something missing at all the Barack Obama campaign rallies which was even more conspicuous by its absence at the Democratic convention. Something you never hear and will not likely hear through election day. But it is always heard at McCain campaign rallies and was certainly in evidence at the GOP convention.
Before I say what is missing, let me be unmistakeably and abundantly clear: I believe in overwhelming numbers that Democrats—even the hard core ones who consider themselves Bush haters—at their very core are patriotic, loyal Americans. Having said that, let me tell you what you never hear at an Obama rally: The chant "USA-USA-USA-USA-USA".
What I conclude from this is not that Democrats are unpatriotic or disloyal. Not at all. The conclusion I draw is that Barack Obama, in what he says and how he says it, makes people feel that America's best days have long since past. He does not make us feel good about ourselves. If people believe his rhetoric, the United States of America is on the precipice of total and utter collapse. Americans, Mr. Obama will have us and the world believe, are unable to cope with difficult issues and only he can lift us up from mediocrity to once again give the United States of America standing in the world community.
Barack Obama, in particular, fails to inspire men and women who served in the military or who currently are on active duty. From the aging WW ll veteran to Vietnam veterans to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan to those currently on active duty, Barack Obama does not make you want to snap to attention and salute the flag. He just does not have "the right stuff" to be our Commander-in-Chief.
Go to a McCain campaign rally, however, agree with his issues or not, and at very least he makes you proud that you are an American. He leaves you feeling that America's best days are ahead of us. That we will leave Iraq with our heads held high. That serving in the military is honorable. That our economy will survive.
What I want in a president is not a Preacher-in-Chief but a Commander-in-Chief. So I close by chanting: USA-USA-USA-USA-USA Tags:Barack Obama, campaign rally, campaigns, Election 2008, John Mccain, patriotism, presidential candidate, USATo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Barack Obama, the . . pro-abortion nominee of the Democratic Party, has plans to reward the allies that helped him . . . by making total unrestricted abortion in the United States his number one priority as president. "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said in his July speech to abortion advocates worried about the increase of pro-life legislation at the state level.
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is legislation Obama has co-sponsored along with 18 other senators that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion. The 2007 version of FOCA proposed: "It is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman."
Obama made his remarks in a question-and-answer session after delivering a speech crystallizing for abortion advocates his deep-seated abortion philosophy and his belief that federal legislation will break pro-life resistance and end the national debate on abortion. (see transcript) "I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties; their days are growing dark, it is time to turn the page," Obama said in July. "We want a new day here in America. We're tired about arguing about the same ole' stuff. And I am convinced we can win that argument."
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Dan Spencer reports that in Ohio, a state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) lawsuit was against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The lawsuit alleges ACORN has engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime. It seeks ACORN's dissolution as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.
According to the press release, Plaintiffs Jennifer Miller of Mason, Ohio and Kimberly Grant of Loveland, allege that ACORN's actions deprive them of the right to participate in an honest and effective elections process:
They allege fraudulent voter registrations submitted by ACORN dilute the votes of legally registered voters.
"The right to cast a vote that is not diluted by fraudulent votes is a fundamental individual right," Buckeye Institute President David Hansen said.
"ACORN appears to be recklessly disregarding Ohio laws and adding thousands of fraudulent voters to the state's roles in the process," Maurice Thompson, Director of the Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law said. "Such voter fraud erodes the value of legally cast votes," he added.
In the complaint, Thompson cites an accumulation of evidence showing numerous instances of admitted fraud by ACORN employees, as well as individuals solicited by ACORN.
"In light of its hiring, training and compensation practices, ACORN should have known its conduct would cause fraud," Thompson said. "It also should know that its conduct will cause fraud in the future."
In addition, the complaint cites conduct by ACORN in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
TBlumer reports Obama’s name comes up at least three times in the complaint:
(Page 3) 18. Defendant is engaged in massive voter registration drives and political canvassing throughout the state of Ohio and the United States of America; some of this work is performed on behalf of current United States of America presidential candidate Barack Obama.
(Page 3) 19. ACORN’s political wing has endorsed Barack Obama for president, and during the primary season, the Obama camp paid Citizen Service Inc., $832,598 for various political services according to Federal Elections Commission filings. Citizen Services, Inc. and ACORN share the same board of directors.
(Page 9) 69. In Texas, where ACORN’s affiliate, Citizens Services Inc., has provided contract work on behalf of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, the Houston Chronicle reported on August 17, 2008 that “About 40 percent of the 27,000 registration cards gathered by ACORN from January through July have been rejected or placed in limbo pending the gathering of more information, according to the county” while “about 6,600 were filled out by people already registered, and many others contained insufficient information.” A full copy of the complaint is available here.
Even with the US Congress not in session, planned actions by the Democrat leadership continue and are shaping up to be another even greater "stimulus" spending, massive government control and regulation, restrictions of freedom of speech and more. Some brief references in yesterday's and today's press are presented below:
Yesterday:The Washington Post reported that House Democrats are considering another $300 billion “stimulus” package. At the beginning of the month the House actually passed a $61billion spending package, which morphed into a $150 billion proposal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week. How much will Democrats call to spend next week? Will the amount double again?
Politico looked at what sort of spending is actually being proposed and finds that “[t]he major spending pieces in any package are largely familiar. Any Democratic recovery bill would almost certainly commit tens of billions to public infrastructure projects. And, in an effort to forestall layoffs at the state and local level, Washington would step in to pay a greater share of the state-federal Medicaid health care program for the poor and disadvantaged. Unemployment benefits — left out of the first stimulus bill last winter — would be included, as would some increase in food stamp payments.”
Of course, a bloated spending package is not the only legislative item Democrats have their eyes on. Writing in The Weekly Standard,Fred Barneswarns of the major proposals that seem likely to come from Democrats in Congress next year. Among them are the card check bill to eliminate secret ballots in union elections, a renewal of the fairness doctrine, which could choke off talk radio, a complex and far-reaching global warming bill that would raise energy prices, and, of course, a massive new government health care plan.
Today:Fox News reports today that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning on introducing his own version of a new stimulus package when the Senate returns in November. According to Fox, aides the plan “will incorporate all of the tax cuts and regulatory actions that Sen. Obama outlined Monday in a major policy address in Toledo, Ohio.”
Once again, Reid's penchant for partisanship knows no bounds. Instead of pledging to come up with a bipartisan plan, Reid is simply going to use his presidential candidate’s proposal. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who complained during negotiations over the financial rescue bill, “The insertion of presidential politics has not been helpful. I repeat, the insertion of presidential politics has not been helpful. It’s been harmful.”
In The Wall Street Journal (op-ed),Peter J. Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute, discussed Democrats’ latest talking point claiming that Republican support for deregulation is the cause of our current financial woes. Wallison writes, “While there has been significant deregulation in the U.S. economy during the last 30 years, none of it has occurred in the financial sector.” But what of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley bill that supposedly repealed the sensible 1930s regulations of Glass-Steagall? Wallison notes that Glass-Stegall “prohibited commercial banks from underwriting or dealing in securities, and from affiliating with firms that engaged principally in that business. The [Gramm-Leach-Bliley legislation] repealed only the second of these provisions, allowing banks and securities firms to be affiliated under the same holding company. Thus J.P. Morgan Chase was able to acquire Bear Stearns, and Bank of America could acquire Merrill Lynch.”
Wallison continues, “Allowing banks and securities firms to affiliate under the same holding company has had no effect on the current financial crisis. None of the investment banks that have gotten into trouble -- Bear, Lehman, Merrill, Goldman or Morgan Stanley -- were affiliated with commercial banks. And none of the banks that have major securities affiliates -- Citibank, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan Chase, to name a few -- are among the banks that have thus far encountered serious financial problems. Indeed, the ability of these banks to diversify into nonbanking activities has been a source of their strength. . . . Most important, the banks that have succumbed to financial problems -- Wachovia, Washington Mutual and IndyMac, among others -- got into trouble by investing in bad mortgages or mortgage-backed securities, not because of the securities activities of an affiliated securities firm.” If Democrats want to continue to demonize deregulation, they may need to find a better talking point. Tags:economic stimulus, Fred Barnes, government regulation, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Based on a commentary by Glen Beck, CNN: What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?
Detroit, MI (1st) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954
Cincinnati, OH (3rd)hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984
Cleveland, OH (4th)hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989
Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO (6th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949
El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI (8th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908
Philadelphia, PA (9th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952
Newark, NJ(10th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.
Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats --- yet are still disadvantaged.
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Telegraph: The head of Chicago's school system has proposed the creation of a "gay-friendly" high school to counter the high bullying, depression and drop-out rates among homosexual pupils.
The Pride Campus of Social Justice High School would be open to all students in the city, and would probably end up being “majority straight”, said Arne Duncan, the head of Chicago Public Schools.
But it would provide a supportive atmosphere for gay pupils, using prominent gays and lesbians - including James Baldwin and Gertrude Stein - in its curriculum.
Bill Greaves, the city’s liason officer on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, said the school would “make sure these people are not invisible in history.”
He said it was important that gay and lesbian historical figures were highlighted to give young gay people positive, successful role models.
The scheme has already been tried elsewhere, with the Alliance High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which considers itself "gay friendly" and has 125 students.
"We want to create great new options for communities that have been traditionally under-served," Mr Duncan said in the Chicago Tribune. "If you look at national studies, you see gay and lesbian students with high dropout rates... I think there is a niche there we need to fill."
Tags:Arkansas Schools, Chicago, gay agenda, gay school, IllinoisTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
WASHINGTON - The largest gathering of fiscal conservatives in the country was particularly worked up at this year's Washington conference of Americans for Prosperity. They're mad that Capitol Hill liberals are blaming the free market and capitalism for the current economic crisis. . . .
But AFP's annual gathering is as much about equipping conservatives as it is having them rally and demonstrate. The old-style politics is do something like this: a rally where many people gather in one place to deliver a message. But the New Politics is many people deliver many messages from every place. And that's possible through New Media. . . .
So what goes into the category of New Media? These experts reel off names like RedState.Com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia. . . . AFP is teaching conservatives to use the mega-encyclopedia of the Web, Wikipedia, which many
don't realize is written and edited by ordinary folks.
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, explains that “based on the evidence, everything changes when same-sex marriage becomes legal” and then cites Massachusetts as proof that gay marriage “effects every family and every child, including yours.”
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Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families:The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times today published articles about Barack Obama’s plan to offer “tax cuts to 95% of working families.” Both articles concluded that the Obama plan is a massive shell-game, redistributing income from one group to another group, similar to welfare. Here’s why: According to various independent analyses, the Obama “tax cuts” would send government checks to millions of households that pay no federal income tax. By any rational definition, that’s not a tax cut – it’s welfare!
According to the Tax Foundation, under current law, there will be “47 million tax returns with zero-income tax liability in 2009… That's one-third of all tax returns and those 47 million tax returns represent 96 million individuals." The Heritage Foundation estimates that “by 2011, under the Obama plan, an additional 10 million filers would pay zero taxes while cashing checks from the IRS.” And the Tax Policy Center found that the government payments for such “refundable tax credits” will balloon to more than $1 trillion in ten years.
In addition, the Wall Street Journal reports that because many of Obama’s “tax credits” are phased out as you earn more, they become a “disincentive to working harder” for many middleclass workers who take on extra overtime or a second job. According to the Journal’s analysis, “Some families with an income of $40,000 could lose up to 40 cents in vanishing credits for every additional dollar earned.” How does Obama pay for this plan to give “tax cuts” to people who do not currently pay income taxes? He raids Social Security. The Washington Times report notes, “The Obama campaign dismisses such criticism, arguing that even if many working taxpayers owe no income taxes, they pay Social Security payroll taxes out of their earnings.” So to afford government payments to folks who do not pay incomes taxes, the Obama plan will further erode the solvency of Social Security.
Campaigning in Ohio yesterday, Obama was asked about his tax plan by a plumber, who said, “Do you believe in the American dream? I’m being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream.” Obama’s answer was very revealing. He told this plumber, “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” “Spreading the wealth” and mandating equality of results is socialism, my friends. Government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. What government should do is create an environment where there is equal opportunity for everyone to succeed on their own merits and ability. Tags:American Dream, Barack Obama, Election 2008, Gary Bauer, news, politcs, socialism, tax cut, welfareTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Liberal News Media & Obama Supporters Promoting Racism
Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: Why are the liberal media and Obama supporters promoting racism? If I said whites are voting only white, I would be using race to influence the election and could well be called a racist. The liberal news media and supporters of Obama’s campaign have repeatedly reported that black Americans will be voting for Barack Obama. They continue to say this because Barack Obama is black. This is classic racism!
In the United States, we have a problem of labeling of our fellow citizens. The government has aggravated this problem by creating reporting classifications. It is understandable that a person may seek out their genetic cultural ancestry / heritage. Barack Obama may have more right under our present classification system to call himself African American since his father was actually from Africa. But if born in the Unites States, what does this have to do with running for office? Calling someone African American is somewhat confusing in that a native born American descendant of someone from Morocco or South Africa could rightly be called African American even if white or black.
Years ago while stationed in Belgium, I attended an international church which had members from 22 countries (nations), 11 of which were African countries. One of my American military co-workers was a fellow member in the church. He said that several church members from the African countries had told him to stop calling himself an African American. They told him that he was not African and should feel blessed to be an American. What an eye opener and an opportunity for us to discuss at length the complex labeling system that we have in the United States. What was even more interesting is that these African brothers said if we were going to hyphenate our heritage, we should call ourselves US-Americans. None of the members from African countries called themselves African. Yes, they obviously knew that their countries were on the continent of Africa. Each of them identified themselves with their specific country and often with their local tribal or people group. Regardless of our countries of origin, we found a solid foundation upon which to build friendships and relationships.
Back to the subject of the biased liberal news media which appears to constantly promote racial bias for or against a candidate. Obviously, the media could “not” get away with saying all Iowans are voting for a specific candidate. However, they have no problem stating that almost all blacks are voting for Barack Obama. What they really are presumptuously saying is that blacks will be voting for Obama because he is black! Hogwash!
Some of the most ardent conservatives I know are black. I can assure you they will not be voting or supporting Barack Obama. Does the media believe that Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter E. Williams, Ken Blackwell, Erik Rush, Larry Elder, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele, Gen. Colin Powell, Star Parker, Alveda King, Michael L. Williams, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, the black members of conservative think-tanks and conservative political groups, the elected black Republicans, and a multitude of black evangelical pastors and all the people they reach and influence regardless of skin pigmentation will be voting for Obama? To the liberal media, only their biases matter and they believe blacks should vote for a black. It makes me wonder where the liberal media acquired its Southern plantation mentality. By their actions and statements, the liberal elites appear to be people that would be fine measuring the shapes of people’s heads and claiming that only their criteria results in an acceptable outcome. I believe the world has seen this failed approach before.
The biased liberal media hopes that the voting public doesn’t notice that it should be character, past performance, beliefs and ideals that should be considered. The liberal media uses its position to "bully" people to vote the way that they the liberals wishes for them to vote. The liberal media is not reporting but is actively endorsing and promoting a candidate for the president of the Unites States. Why? Good Question! The programs of socialism being pushed include the redistribution of wealth, limiting free speech, controlling banking, business, employment, housing, medical, retirement, etc. All of these lead to a socialist “womb to tomb” control with no one having the individual right to be oneself and to control one’s own destiny. We all become enslaved to those controlling the socialist structure. Man’s free choice dies and with it the real hope of mankind.
Mexican Consul Estimates Number of Mexicans Illegally Residing in Arkansas
According to Andres Chao Mexican consul estimate, there may be nearly as many Mexican nationals in the state of Arkansas as there are people in within the city limits of Little Rock. Little Rock, the capital and the most populous city in Arkansas, was estimated at 184,422 in 2005. Current 2007 estimates identify 187,452. The Mexican consul also estimated that the actual number of illegal Mexican aliens at 80,000. The total estimated number of illegal aliens in Arkansas from other European, Asian, Central American and South American countries is not estimated in this post. But one can conclude with the surrounding states implementing stronger laws to address illegal immigration, Arkansas will continue to see a significant increasein illegal aliens until Arkansas addresses this serious problem.
Arkansas Online reports that: "In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Arkansas had 104,920 Mexicans out of a Hispanic population of 138,283. Considering the thousands of uncounted illegal aliens, Andres Chao, Mexican consul in Little Rock, estimates the actual number of Mexicans is closer to 185,000" "In April 2007, the Mexican government formally opened its 47th consulate in the United States in Little Rock, bringing the first — and still only — foreign consulate to the state . . . Mexico’s is the largest consular network operated by any country inside another. . . . In its first year and a half, the consulate issued almost 30,000 documents to Mexicans . . . The consulate . . . reports that the greatest demand is for the identification card, called matricula consular in Spanish. . . . The card represents more than half of all documents issued. See also:Andrés Chao’s Radio Show Helps Mexicans get Fake ID’s Little Rock Mexican Consul (Andres Chao) Accused of Being a Spy Tags:Andres Chao, Arkansas, hispanic, illegal aliens, Mexican consulate, MexicansTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Left’s Official News Service's False Reporting on Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae
Morning Bell, The Heritage Foundation: The left is beginning to realize that its credibility on economic matters has been seriously compromised by its 40-year relationship with the government mortgage financing duopoly Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Witness Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) lying on HBO’s “Real Time” about how much money she accepted from the two mortgage giants. Enter McClatchy’s David Glodstein and Kevin Hall. McClatchy operates 32 daily newspapers in 29 markets, with a total circulation of 3.3 million. There are few better outlets through which one can propagate leftist lies. Goldstein and Hall have written an article, “Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis,” which is a masterpiece in half-truths and opinion journalism disguised as hard news. . . .
Fannie and Freddie played a primary role in creating our current financial crisis. . . . The U.S. economy cannot afford their continued existence, and dishonest “journalism” from the likes of Goldstein and Hill only provide cover for the left’s crony capitalism. Check this list of McClatchy owned newspapers. If you’re local paper is on the list, write McClatchy and demand the truth is added to Goldstein and Hill’s story. [The Left’s Official News Service] Tags:Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Heritage Foundation, leftist, Morning Bell, mortgage crisis, newspapersTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Legitimacy - America Threatened by Obama Acorn Relationship
America is about to be ruled by an illegitimate government founded on fraud and outright criminality.Bill Wilson, Americans for Limited Government: All governments rise or fall on the degree to which the people find them legitimate. When the people no longer believe a government has gained power by legitimate means or that a government operates in an honest and legitimate manner, only force and intimidation maintains it. And as history has shown repeatedly, no amount of force or state-terror against the populous is ever enough to prevail. True, brute thuggish tactics can hold off the will of the people for a long time. It worked for over 70 years in Russia, but only 12 in Nazi Germany. It has been effective in Cuba for nearly 50 years, but fell quickly in Cambodia.
One of the true strengths of the United States has been the accepted process for the peaceful transfer of power from one group of people to another. This process, elections held at regular intervals, has conferred that most precious of all commodities on the United States Government: legitimacy. But in 2008, in a desperate drive for power, that most valuable of gifts from our Founding Fathers is being abused and discarded. Simply put, it is becoming more and more evident every day that the elections this year may not be legitimate, that the “winners” will not be able to claim they assumed office in a fair and open manner. In short, we could be about to be ruled by an illegitimate government founded on fraud and outright criminality.
All across America reports are coming in of obvious voter fraud. While election offices have been flooded with new registrants, even a cursory review is finding rampant fraud. The abuse was so blatant in Nevada that police secured a search warrant and raided one of the offices of the registration organization. They had arrogantly used the roster of the Dallas Cowboys football team on multiple registration forms. If all of these incidents were isolated, then you could just chalk it up to an over enthused electorate. But they are not isolated; they are coordinated and planned. And all of the abuse and outright criminal behavior leads back to one place, an organization named ACORN.
ACORN is a radical leftwing group formed out of the Welfare Rights organization. Its founder, Wade Rathke, was a member of the SDS, the violent, anti-American organization. Over the years, this fringe group has grown in power and stature through tens of millions of dollars in tax money funneled to them from crony politicians and from a network of socialist private foundations. The level of fraud is so great that some brave U.S. Attorneys are looking at taking action. But the odds are it is too late, that their efforts will be squashed and the election will be outright stolen. There is zero precedent in America for overturning an election once it has been certified. So, the fraudulent election is likely to take place, the results certified and the so-called “winner” will assume office.
And since it is Barrack Obama who is joined at the hip with ACORN, one must assume it is for his election that ACORN is breaking every law it can. That should not be much of a surprise since the Obama campaign paid ACORN $800,000 for “advance” work, even going so far as to try to hide who was actually getting the money. Justice may yet prevail. The U.S. Justice system may block this assault. It is not pre-ordained that Barrack Obama will be sworn in to office on January 20. A lot is going to happen between now and the election.
But the question should be asked: If Obama does win based on a plan of massive voter fraud, intimidation, and outright criminal activity, how will he govern? How can anyone who has attained the office through tactics more akin to tin-horn dictators ever have the legitimacy to govern? The answer is self-evident, he will have no legitimacy. Every act he and his dutiful lackeys in Congress take will have no legitimate base with the American people. As someone who will have only attained power through the crude, thuggish actions of ACORN and their allies, nothing he says will carry the authority or respect all law depends on to function.
As observed before, when power lacks moral authority and the true consent of the governed, it has only one way to assert its will – force, the threat of violence, and outright physical control. And, especially given the temperament of the American people, such action would lead to only one reaction, resistance. That is what is at stake. The seeds are being sown now of what could be the darkest chapter in our nation’s history. An illegitimate government using force to compel a restive citizenry to “share” their income in ever increasing amounts for dubious social welfare scams and radical One World foreign policies will not end well.
One person has the ability to prevent this. Barrack Obama himself is the only person who can short-circuit the dangerous cycle we have entered. If he immediately called on state election officials to purge voter lists in a manner designed to remove the fraudulent registrants, if he joined with people of good faith of all political persuasions to establish a monitoring system, if he openly discussed his relationship with ACORN and cooperated with law enforcement authorities, he would ensure the legitimacy of the elections. And, he would accomplish what he says he wants, true reconciliation in America.
Whether Obama would win in a fair contest is hard to say. He has many assets and skills. If he fails to acts now, he could win the White House and lose all. He would forever be seen as the interloper, the illegitimate beneficiary of the largest fraud ever committed. But if he does “man-up” at this crucial moment, he will gain the respect of friend and foe alike. He will have earned for himself the legitimacy no stolen election can ever confer. [Source]See Also:How Much Does an Election Cost? Per Obama & ACORN: $800,000;Is ACORN Stealing The Election? [Investment business Daily]Tags:ACORN, Americans for Limited Government, Arkansas Election Commission, Barack Obama, Bill Wilson, Electon 2008, legitimacy, registered voters, voter fraud, votersTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Dinesh D'Souza - 2008 Defending the American Dream Summit - Video #AFP08
Dinesh D'Souza spoke at AFP 2008 Defending the American Dream Summit. An author and political science expert, D'Souza at age 26 was the senior policy advisor to President Reagan. The video has several vignettes. One of D'Souza's best is his attempt to explain to his mother, in India, about the American political system. He said, "there are two parties: the stupid party and the evil party. He is a proud member of the stupid party, but occasionally, (like with the bailout), we do things that are both stupid and evil - and we call that bipartisanship." [Video removed by Americans for Prosperity] Dinesh D'Souza author of The Roots of Obama's Rage says, "What really motivates Barack Obama is an inherited rage—an often masked, but profound rage that comes from his African father; an anticolonialist rage against Western dominance, and most especially against the wealth and power of the very nation Barack Obama now leads. It is this rage that explains the previously inexplicable, and that gives us a startling look at what might lie ahead. " Tags:AFP, American Dream, Americans for Prosperity, Dinesh D'Souza, Politics, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Many are faithful voters, with at least 4,900 turning out in past elections. Another 5,600 are not likely to vote Nov. 4 — they're still in prison. Of the felons who registered with a party, Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one. . . . Since January 2006, more than 1.6 million new voters have registered in Florida. FDLE identified more than 124,000 possible felons.In that time, elections workers removed about 7,200 from voter rolls statewide. Broward County took off just 232 and Palm Beach County 31."We do want to make sure . . . that we have the right voter," Browning said. Elections workers are now reviewing more than 3,800 possible felon voters but have more than 108,000 others still to be checked. "We've not touched those records yet," Browning said. Asked how long it will take to review them all, he said, "I don't have a clue. I really don't."
Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA:We have seen many changes in this great nation which have been brought about by left wing activists. As kids, we used to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, it's being attacked in the courts. We used to say a prayer in the morning before school or at football games. Socialists in America have deemed that "offensive" and the practice has all but disappeared. Christmas displays honoring the birth of Christ trigger convulsions by the Left, who say that we shouldn't make people feel "uncomfortable" with our manger scenes. Now, we can't even say what we want to say in public because not only will the thought police be on patrol, but, using a recent event in Florida as an example, saying "Hussein Obama" in public might just get you a visit from the FBI. Just ask Florida's Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott who is under fire -- and investigation -- for referring to Obama at a campaign rally by his -- gasp -- full name. What is going on with America?
At a rally in Estero, Florida on Monday for Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the pre-rally speakers was Sheriff Scott. Now, anyone who has been to a political rally knows that the job of the warm-up speakers is to do exactly as the name implies: warm-up the audience. Whether the audience is cheering wildly or booing loudly, the pre-rally speakers are there to wake them up and get them going. So... according to ABC News, Sheriff Scott stepped to the podium and said, "On November 4, let's leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened."
Oh, the shock of it all! Speaking someone's full legal name in public! When asked about the "incident," Sheriff Scott responded by saying: “I absolutely, unequivocally don’t regret saying it,” Scott told the News-Press on Monday. “In order to be a speaker at this event, I had to give my full name — Michael Joseph Scott — to the Secret Service, even though I’m the sheriff of Lee County. So why would I apologize? Is there some kind of double standard here where I have to give my full name, but I can’t use his?” “Unless he changed his name, my position hasn’t changed,” said Scott of Obama. . . . according to a local Florida NBC affiliate, Sheriff Scott's remark has now earned him an investigation by the federal government. The NBC station reports that officials with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel have started an investigation of the Sheriff under the question of "did he use his position as sheriff to influence an election? If so, he could be in violation of a federal election law called the Hatch Act." The basis the Feds are using is whether Scott was campaigning while on duty and in uniform. Sheriff Scott responded to the NBC story with the following statement: "I am on duty 24/7 and 365 whether in or out of uniform. Like every other elected official, I am aware of from President to Governor to State Representatives, etc. We engage in political activities whether for ourselves as candidates or for others. As of this writing, I am unaware of having done anything to generate all this attention other than using the senator's full name."
The question is this... If Sheriff Scott had not said "Barack Hussein Obama," do you really think he would now be under investigation? If you answered "no," then that should send a shiver down your spine, because . . . The point is that government intimidation is being brought to bear for someone exercising his first amendment right to free speech. This is wrong, regardless of whether you think his usage of Barack Hussein Obama was appropriate or not. This is still America, isn't it? . . . [Hands up! You're under arrest for saying 'Hussein Obama!'] Tags:Barack Hussein Obama, Barack Obama, Bobby Eberle, free speech, GOPUSATo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
ASTONISHING VIDEO EVIDENCE FOUND! Clinton Administration admitting their policy of "BANK AFFIRMATIVE ACTION". Secretary Cuomo admits they forced banks to make BAD LOANS. Video also shows Obama's tie to all this. Obama is seen discussing his legal and community organizing career. See how it ties in to ACORN and the Clinton administration enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act.
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