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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 (429-347 BC)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CBS Notes Herman Cain At Republican Leadership Conference

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Herman Cain & Dr. Bill Smith
Even CBS took note of Herman Cain who spoke yesterday at both the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and then today closed out RightOnline in Minneapolis. Brian Montopoli, CBS said yesterday in an article: Herman Cain: I Have A Dream
NEW ORLEANS - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain got a rapturous reception at the Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, offering a speech that even included a seemingly impromptu return to the microphone to tell a cheering crowd of conservative activists, "I've been the dark horse candidate for the last year. How do you like me now?"

Cain, whose speech here last year was sparsely attended, has been a breakout candidate of the presidential cycle so far in part to his performance in the first Republican presidential debate. While he remains a long shot for the nomination, he was a clear crowd favorite here, even eliciting one shout of "Yes we can!" from a mostly-adoring audience. The slogan was a signature of President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.

Cain, who is African-American, opened by saying, "I have a dream," an apparent reference to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that elicited laughs from the crowd. He said he actually had two dreams: First, for conservatives to have control of the House and Senate after the 2012 election, and second, "that you are looking at the next President of the United States."

"Look at him," Cain said, grinning, as the audience cheered wildly.

Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and talk show host, noted that many in the conservative media establishment, including Bill O'Reilly, have dismissed his chances. He compared his candidacy to efforts by bees to fly despite a body not built for flight.

"I didn't get the memo that I'm not supposed to run," Cain said, later adding: "The people are going to elect the next President of the United States, not the media."

Asked his criticisms of the Republican Party in a conversation with reporters after the speech, Cain said the party "in the past has sometimes anointed who's turn it is" to be president.

The requirements, he said, include being a strong fundraiser and having held public office, neither of which Cain can claim.

"I would like to see the Republican Party not approach it in terms of the old traditional model," he said, adding: "The American people are the ones who are going to have the strongest voice this time around." (Cain was quick to note of his conservative critics: "I still like those guys.")

Cain called said America is currently living through a "national nightmare," complaining of a "deficiency of leadership crisis in the White House."

"Americans are tired of feeling like our president is apologizing around the world," he said, telling the audience that "when we put the right person in the White house - moi - America's exceptionalism will be obvious again."

Cain called for massive tax cuts in his speech, including reducing both the top corporate and individual income taxes to 25 percent from 35 percent and reducing the capital gains tax to zero from 15 percent, suspending taxes on foreign repatriated profits, providing a payroll tax holiday for every worker and business in America, and making all of those cuts permanent, with the exception of the payroll tax holiday.

Asked by Hotsheet after the speech whether he was concerned that those tax cuts would exacerbate the deficit and debt problem, Cain said he is "not concerned that it's going to leave a hole." In reference to the capital gains tax, he said "there's a wall between people with money and people with ideas."

Cain made reference to his humble origins in his address, saying, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. We didn't even have a spoon to put in my mouth."

In comments to reporters afterwards, he said, "I guess because I'm black somebody thought I was gonna run as a Democrat. I left that plantation a long time ago and I'm not going back."

Cain defended his lack of foreign policy experience, saying he doesn't need such experience to know that "you don't need foreign policy experience to know your friends and your enemies."

He added that his doctrine is that messing with Israel is messing with America - a comment that drew boos from the Ron Paul supporters who were in the room for Paul's speech, which took place after Cain spoke. (Paul advocates drawing down the U.S. military presence around the world.) It was the only break with the enthusiastic reception for Cain at the conference.

Toward the end of his speech, Cain said "there is a sense of urgency for us to take this nation back."

He went on to say that the conservatives gathered there would not let President Obama take America down what he sees as the wrong path. "The United States of America is not going to become the United States of Europe," he said to a standing ovation. "Not on our watch and not under President Herman Cain!"

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Michelle Malkin at RightOnline

Michelle Malkin At RightOnline 2011
Photo by Katy Benningfield
Michelle Malkin began the day invigorating the RightOnline.  While she is indeed amazing. But, so was the crowd  and those tweeting and blogger her comments. While, I can take some notes and review the material, there are those who can literally live blog her comments.  One of those great bloggers and conservative activists is Maggie Thurber who authors the Thurber's Thoughts.

Below is her live transcribed conference notes for Michelle Malkin at RightOnline:
* When I wrote about liberals exposed, I really didn't expect the most recent 'exposures'...

* the only 'angry mobs' are the ones across the street (NetRoots is in the same city) - and they are spitting mad - blaming the messengers for the problems. Calls it 'spurned lover' syndrome - they're angry at Obama.

* marking 20th year in journalism and movements like RightOnLine energize me.

* asked on Radio Row, what my message would be for the "rejective" leftists: See? I told you so.

* In 2009, I read a NYT editorial asking 'Is Obama punking us?' and yes, he is. Now we have Dennis Kucinich ready to done is 'miss me yet' Bush t-shirt; a group calling for the recension of Obama's transparency award because he never meant it; and the NY Times which ran a piece about disaffected college students and faculty at Oberlin College in Ohio. From the article: student spoke of a love affair that, to a palpable degree, had wound down. It started hot and heavy, he said, and with extremely idolized notion. It quickly waned. Malkin: boo, freaking, hoo!

* Obama's rule by executive fiat has spread through every section of the administration. HHS has decided to drop the Obamacare waiver program - this is a result of pressure from across America from all types of people - and from Republican watchdogs in Congress who are actually doing the job they were sent to do.

* Obama's administration is in denial - saying the end of the waiver program doesn't have anything to do with the political pressure. It just comes late on a Friday night amid questions and issues of the legality of the program itself.

* But this is just a temporary evasion of transparency. While they pat themselves on the back for these monthly disclosures of waivers, they realized the damage the disclosure was doing. I believe they'll just come up with another way to waive the requirements, but will do so behind closed doors so they can continue to reward their cronies.

* In the end, REPEAL is the waiver we ALL want.

* The solution is not to just remove their authority in power to selectively enforce the law, but to remove them from power altogether.

* Obama rule by executive fiat; a culture of contempt; a culture of corruption. Secret memos for a back-door executive fiat amnesty program has been revealed.

* This culture of contempt is a recipe for what they want to do throughout all of America. Federal land grabs in the West - a map of what has been taken would shock you and they must be stopped.

* Spent time demanding that capitalist Republicans start doing the job they were elected to do - they're now doing that and they deserve our praise for it. Just this past week, staunch House Republicans rolled back a Ken Salazar-initiative to take land. We should thank them for this.

* I'm not here to preach to the choir - I'm here to praise the are the wind beneath my wings - you help me to do my job better. I've seen the conservative social media and blogisphere come of age. In fact, blogging isn't 'new' media anymore... it's not just about old and new media - it's now about "right" and "wrong" media.

* I've had my "interboos" with liberals who have called me all sorts of names and women and minorities know the special denigration heaped upon conservatives for daring to 'disgrace' our chromosomes or skin colors. We are a diverse group and we need all of them if we are to be effective.

* She encouraged people to find their niche; find their style.

* Developments of the last year have raised a question confronted for a long time: Who is a journalist? for a long time, it was the journalists who defined the job and the credentials. Today, I'm not considered a journalist by the biased, propaganda carrying elitist journalist - but Rachel Maddow is?

* This is the same thing with bloggers like the local ones or major ones like Andrew Breitbart. They call investigative undercover journalists "activists." Anyone can be a journalist - you don't need a credential to do it, other than a brain that thinks.

* activist: Linda Greenhouse. NY Times legal reporter who covers the issue of abortion at the same time that she marches in a pro-abortion event. She writes about Gitmo while her lawyer-husband is writing amicus briefs on behalf of prisoners there. That is bias.

* This is an amazing transformation.

* repressive civility: this campaign by the Miss-Manners Force is an attempt to stifle our voices and our agenda through the criminalization of conservative comment and expression. We must steel ourselves for the coming fight.

* at the local level, be aware, because that is where you can make the most difference. We need to stand up and say we are not the structures of dissent - you are. We're not the racists - you are. We are not the enemies of prosperity and freedom - you are. And you will not get away with it.

* parting advice: be bold, yet principled. be fierce, yet humble. cherish life, keep the faith. raise your children right (lower and capital R). count your blessings every single day.

* As a child of legal immigrants who chose to be Americans, I never take for granted the rights and privileges granted to me as a citizen. Fight for them.

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Bowling Green Says No To Terror Trials

Local Voices ‘Definitely Think They Should Be Sent To Guantanamo Bay,’ ‘Shouldn’t Be Given The Same Rights And Privileges As U.S. Citizens’

BG MAN: ‘Anybody That’s Caught Trying To Destroy This Country Should Be Put Out. Period’

“…Senator Mitch McConnell believes they should be tried far away from U.S. citizens… And in Bowling Green people agree.” (“Kentucky Senator Wants Two Terror Suspects Out Of Kentucky,” WKBO News, 6/15/11)

RONNIE HOPPER (Bowling Green, KY): “There’s no purpose in our Kentucky taxes being spent to house these criminals” “I definitely think they should be sent to Guantanamo Bay or worse... There’s no purpose in our Kentucky taxes being spent to house these criminals” (“Kentucky Senator Wants Two Terror Suspects Out Of Kentucky,” WKBO News, 6/15/11)

RICHARD WIREKERSON (Bowling Green, KY): “Anybody that’s caught trying to destroy this country should be put out. Period… We don’t need to tie up our court system and our lawyers. We got to pay our lawyers ‘x’ amount of dollars to defend them, when they can send them over there and do the military tribunal and be done with it.” (“Kentucky Senator Wants Two Terror Suspects Out Of Kentucky,” WKBO News, 6/15/11)

AMY MOORE (Bowling Green, KY): “If I thought they could get the kind of punishment that they deserve or whatever, then I say go ahead and send them back over there because the fewer terrorists or whatever people over here, the better.” (“Kentucky Senator Wants Two Terror Suspects Out Of Kentucky,” WKBO News, 6/15/11)

EDITORIAL: ‘Holding The Trial In Kentucky Could Potentially Bring Retaliatory Attacks’

BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS: “…we believe that unlawful enemy combatants should be tried by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay and not in the United States. We echo that call once again in the case of the two alleged terrorists who were recently arrested in Bowling Green, accused of trying to aide the insurgency against our troops in Iraq.”

“…holding the trial in Kentucky could potentially bring retaliatory attacks against jurors, judges and citizens in the city where the trial is held or the entire state.”

“These men came here with intentions to harm our soldiers in the field. We believe, like the senator does, that they are enemy combatants and should be treated as such.”

"They shouldn’t be granted the same rights and privileges as U.S. citizens and ultimately must be tried at Guantanamo by a military tribunal.” (Editorial, “McConnell Is Right About Trials At Gitmo,” Bowling Green Daily News, 6/15/11)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

New Initiative Launched At RightOnline To Stop Environmental Groups From Killing Jobs

Taking on the powerful Green movement is no small task. The Environmentalists are well-funded, have power and influence with the current Administration and their supporters can be fanatical when it comes to their opposition to harvesting the abundant resources within the United States.

While we all want pristine landscapes, plush forests and clean, clear streams, we are also seeing that the increasing costs of gas, oil and electricity is breaking the back of the middle class. We all understand the need to be responsible in the manner in which we retrieve the natural resources that we have in abundance in the United States, understanding that our modern life-style requires the use of those resources if we are to survive. We can have the use of those resources without damaging our beautiful Earth!

Unfortunately, we are being prevented from harvesting these resources through the abuse of regulations by 'green' activists groups like 'Stop the Drill' and 'No Dirty Gold'.

Oddly, the environmental concerns and activism of these groups seems to stop at the borders of the United States while other countries are given funds by the United States to mine and drill as well as promises the minerals they retrieve from the Earth will be bought by the citizens of the United States. Example: Brazil and oil. The Environmentalists have by-passed any semblance of commonsense in order to promote their causes costing Americans jobs and prosperity.

Today, June 17, 2011, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, launched "Resourceful Earth" in Minneapolis at the RightOnline conference:
The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment this week launched Resourceful Earth, a new project that will oppose political barriers to natural resource production. Resourceful Earth will take on campaigns by well-funded environmental pressure groups that abuse federal and state regulations and pursue endless lawsuits to block or hinder hardrock mines, coal mines, oil and gas drilling, timber production, farming, and ranching. CEI’s new grassroots activist website,, will educate and empower Americans to promote access to natural resources and oppose special interests that abuse the regulatory process to block new projects. The first two campaigns targeted by Resourceful Earth will be Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold, which opposes gold mining, and Oceana’s Stop the Drill, which opposes offshore oil.  . . . [Read More]
You can help by signing this petition and following "Resourceful Earth News" on Twitter and Facebook. Then share info as part of this grassroots movement to help put a stop to the abuse of government regulations that are killing jobs and leaving us dependent on foreign resources for our energy. Join and help restore American independence!

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RightOnline Internet Freedom: Washington's Internet Takeover

Right Online Panel on Internet Freedom: Aired Friday June 17th, at 2:45PM CDT at Americans For Prosperity sponsored RightOnline 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Speakers Include: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) John Fund of The Wall Street Journal, and Wayne Crews of Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Holder Doubles Down On Terror Suspects In Civilian Courts; McConnell: "Send Them To Guantanamo Where They Belong"

Today In Washington, D.C. - June 17, 2011:
House and Senate will reconvene on Monday. On Tuesday the Senate will take up a district judge nominee for Oregon, followed by the nomination of CIA Director Leon Panetta to be Secretary of Defense.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed cloture on S. 782, the bill reauthorizing the Economic Development Act, and a cloture vote is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Yesterday, the Senate voted 73-27 to agree to the Feinstein-Coburn amendment to S. 782, which would repeal an ethanol tax credit. Following that vote, the Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to prohibit federal funds for ethanol blender pumps and ethanol storage facilities by a vote of 41-59.

Last night, Politico wrote, “Attorney General Eric Holder is finding his voice again, staking out traditionally liberal positions in public and behind closed doors despite a series of highly publicized setbacks, most notably the White House’s rejection of his plan to try September 11 suspects in civilian courts.”

And sure enough, despite that setback, the AP reports, “Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the prosecution of terrorism suspects in civilian court after the top-ranking Senate Republican urged him to send two Iraqis to Guantanamo Bay rather than try them in Kentucky.” According to the AP story, “Holder insisted in his speech that civilian courts are ‘our most effective terror-fighting weapon.’”

Does the Attorney General really believe our civilian courts are a more “effective terror-fighting weapon” than our military, our intelligence services, and law enforcement across the United States?

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell disagrees vehemently with Holder’s position. The AP writes, “McConnell issued a statement in response to Holder's speech that said foreign terrorists belong at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. ‘There is wide, bipartisan opposition to giving the rights of U.S. citizens to men who tried to kill our troops on the battlefield,’ McConnell said. ‘Unfortunately, this administration has been working since its first week in office to do just that, regardless of the opposition in those communities or their elected leaders in Congress.’”

As The New York Times reported, “Speaking on Fox News, Mr. McConnell denounced the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute two Iraqi men who were charged with terrorism last week in Kentucky. He said the men should be sent to the military prison at Guantánamo to face charges, even though they were arrested on domestic soil. ‘A few years ago, we set up military commissions for the specific purpose of trying foreign terrorists,’ Mr. McConnell said. ‘The perfect place for these terrorists is at Guantánamo, to be interrogated. And, if subsequently a trial is deemed appropriate for these foreign terrorists, there are courtrooms down there for the military commission trials. There is really no reason to be mainstreaming these foreign terrorists into a regular U.S. court.’”

The AP noted that “members of Congress have successfully fought Holder over the prosecution of five other terrorism suspects planned for New York City, including alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Obama administration bowed to the political pressure and backed off the plan, saying it would instead prosecute them before a military commission.”

But now Holder is apparently doubling down on trying foreign terror suspects in our civilian court system, despite bipartisan opposition to this bad idea.

As Leader McConnell previously said, “These men don’t belong in a courtroom in Kentucky. They belong at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, far away from U.S. civilians. Sending them to Gitmo is the only way to ensure that they will not enjoy all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens. Sending them to Gitmo is the only way we can be certain there won’t be retaliatory attacks in Kentucky. Sending them to Gitmo is the only way we can prevent Kentuckians from having to cover the cost and having to deal with the disturbances and disruptions that would come with a civilian trial. And sending them to Gitmo is the best way to ensure that they get what they deserve. . . . Send them to Guantanamo where they belong. Get these terrorists out of the civilian system — and out of our backyards.”

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Netroots & RightOnline Activists Meet

Bill Smith, Editor: Bloggers and activists from both sides of the spectrum from the left (Netroots Nation) and right (RightOnline). The event was sponsored by DCI Group Digital, ePolitics and RightWingNews. Only about 10 conservatives took the plunge and attended the event with about 75 non-conservatives attending. Both yours truly, Bill Smith, and P.L. Booth, Blue Eye View, attended the event. We thought we should blend in so P.L. wore his blue jeans and a union hat and I wore "camo" pants and an army hat. We did gain a lot interest but some were disappointed when they learned that we were conservatives. But with the majority, we had some very interesting discussions.

I was interviewed by a reporter the Huffington Post and they used a couple clips in the final video. Below is a post by Zack Carter and his video. Look for the old guy with the green cap.
Zack Carter, Huffington Post: MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Netroots Nation and RightOnline held competing conferences in Minneapolis this week, generating an unusual amount of ideological angst in a city renowned for its aggressively pleasant citizenry.

But one event tried to bring the two political perspectives together: A "Right Meets Left, Left Meets Right Happy Hour" held at a downtown rooftop bar, hosted by a opposing advocacy groups and a D.C. public relations outfit hungry for Republican and Democratic clients alike. As with most conference events, very little was accomplished. But everybody had a pretty good time. Have a look:

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Is The Obama Administration Arming Mexican Cartels?

Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Can you believe the Obama Administration was running guns into Mexico, arming the drug cartels? That may sound like a bad joke, but it was the focus yesterday of a very intense hearing on Capitol Hill into a program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

In 2006, the Bush Administration launched a program of sting operations to identify illegal weapons dealers on the American side of the border who were supplying guns to Mexican drug gangs. But some time in 2009, top officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided to allow the weapons to cross the border, hoping to track them in Mexico. The plan horrified rank and file agents, who objected strenuously.

During yesterday's hearing, three ATF agents testified that they had repeatedly requested permission to stop the weapons shipments but were overruled each time by superiors. Last year, their worst fears were realized when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed along the Arizona border. Two weapons found at the scene were later identified as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

For months, Republican members of Congress have been demanding information about this program and who authorized it. The Obama Justice Department has stonewalled their requests at every opportunity. Holding up entire pages of redacted material, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, blasted a top administration official for claiming they were cooperating. Issa said, "You've given us black paper."

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has used gun violence by the cartels as an excuse for more gun control legislation here in the U.S. But it seems the administration is a part of the problem.

Lastly I would note that for those who still complain that nothing changes no matter who is elected, this hearing wouldn't have taken place in Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives. Thanks to its majority status, the GOP leadership is using its investigative power to expose this and other Obama Administration scandals.
Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Boehner Demands Action on Lybya - Rep Weiner resigns - Terrorist Trials in U.S. Verses Cuba

Today in Washington, D.C. - June 16, 2011
On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sent a letter to President Barack Obama warning that the commander in chief may be in violation of the law if he refuses to ask Congress for that authorization. In his letter, Boehner noted that the President is just days away from violating the War Powers Resolution, which maintains that, without congressional authorization, the President can deploy U.S. military forces for 90 days but without notification forces must be removed within the 90 days. In his letter, Boehner demanded that Obama provide legal justification for the operation in Libya by tomorrow - Friday. 

Rep. Anthony Weiner Announcing Resignation at 2 p.m. Enough said!

Senate resumed consideration of S. 782, the bill reauthorizing the Economic Development Act. At 2 PM, the Senate will vote on an amendment from Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to repeal an ethanol tax credit and on an amendment from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to prohibit federal funds for ethanol blender pumps and ethanol storage facilities. Both amendments will require 60 votes to pass.

The AP reported Tuesday, “The top-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate wants two Iraqis facing terrorism-related charges in Kentucky sent to the prison at Guantanamo Bay rather than allow them to face trial in a civilian court. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday morning and called 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi ‘foreign fighters’ who should be subject to the same system as combatants caught on a battlefield. McConnell said sending the men to the facility on the southeastern tip of Cuba is the best way to ensure that there will be no disruptions that could come with a civilian trial. ‘Send them to Guantanamo where they belong. Get these terrorists out of the civilian system — and out of our backyards,’ McConnell said. ‘And give them the justice they deserve.’”

The AP also offers some background on the suspects: “Alwan and Hammadi are charged in a 23-count indictment with conspiring to send weapons and money to Al-Qaida in Iraq. Alwan is also charged with attacking American soldiers in Iraq. A grand jury in Bowling Green charged the men last month. . . . Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill a United States national, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and knowingly transferring, possessing or exporting a device designed or intended to launch or guide a rocket or missile. Authorities say the weapons and money from Alwan and Hammadi didn't make it to Iraq because of a tightly controlled undercover investigation. The FBI said in an affidavit that Alwan spoke of setting roadside bombs near Bayji, Iraq from 2003 through 2006. The FBI said investigators found his fingerprints on an unexploded bomb, but didn't match the prints to Alwan until January. . . . Alwan and Hammadi were admitted into the United States with refugee status in 2009. Homeland Security officials have said the men slipped through cracks in the system that have since been fixed.”

Unfortunately, the Justice Department has decided to process Alwan and Hammadi through the federal civilian court system in Kentucky, instead of putting them into the military commission system designed to try foreign terror suspects.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explained the problems with this approach to John King on CNN last night: “You can put foreigners in U.S. Article III courts but the question is, should you? The answer is: you should not for a whole variety of reasons. Number one, you bring the war on terror to Bowling Green, Kentucky. You have security problems with regard to the judge, the prosecutor, the jurors. You have security problems that the local government ends up having to pick up - related to the transferring of prisoners back and forth between the jail, if you will, or the prison and the court system. . . . There’s no reason for American communities to be subjected to this. You remember the administration thought about doing it with KSM, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the master mind behind 9/11, he’s at Guantanamo. They were going to take him to New York and be tried there. You saw the reaction of New York to the possibility of this foreign terrorist being tried in New York. You’re going to have the same reaction in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This is not a place for these characters.These men don’t belong in a courtroom in Kentucky. They belong at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, far away from U.S. civilians.”

On Fox News earlier in the day, Leader McConnell elaborated, “[T]he Justice Department made the decision, incorrectly in my view, to treat this as a U.S. law enforcement matter rather than a foreign terrorist issue. Yeah, they were captured in the United States. It was terrific work done by the justice department and the law enforcement agencies. All of that evidence that’s been gathered would be useful in the military commission. The problem is, we’ve got them in a U.S. court. . . . They claim they’ve never captured a foreign terrorist in the U.S. and tried them in a military court. But they can, there’s no prohibition. Foreigners are not entitled to the protections of the Bill of Rights, they are not entitled to be in a U.S. court. We set up military commissions a few years ago specifically for this purpose. Why not send them to Guantanamo, interrogate them, try to find out what they know – all the information they know – and then at the appropriate time if a trial is deemed appropriate do it in a military commission that was set up specifically for the purpose of trying foreign terrorists.”

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sarah Palin's Email

A.F. Branco: Lame Stream Media reacts to findings in Sarah Palin's emails.

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Five Questions For Tim Geithner

The Ozark Guru: The following four "pivotal" questions were asked of Timothy Geithner in an Washington Examiner editorial:
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was scheduled to deliver his annual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee this morning, but for the second time this year the hearing was postponed. According to a spokeswoman for the committee, Geithner cited a scheduling conflict due to ongoing national debt ceiling talks, and a new date has not yet been set. But whenever Geithner does appear before the committee, here are some vital questions that he should be asked.

First, if political brinkmanship over the debt ceiling is so unnerving to debt markets, why are yields (the rate of return required to attract investors) on Treasury bonds still so low? Back in April, Geithner went on the Sunday morning talk show circuit crying alarms that the debt ceiling had to be increased without delay. Yet two months later, there still is no agreement on the debt ceiling, and yields on 10-year Treasury notes are even lower now than they were then, dipping below 3 percent this week. If investors were seriously worried about the prospect of default because of the political disagreements in Washington, wouldn't those yields be much higher?

Second, when will President Obama offer a detailed proposal to reduce the nation's long-term debt? In February, Obama released his 2012 budget proposal, but that document did nothing to address the nation's debt crisis. In April, after Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., made public his extensively detailed plan to rein in entitlements spending, Obama gave a speech outlining in general terms his thoughts on the need to reduce the debt. But he still hasn't spelled out how he wants to do it. Even so, the Obama administration is pressuring Congress to raise the debt limit above $14.3 trillion to accommodate new spending.

Third, do you agree with Obama's assertion that Chrysler has repaid all the tax dollars it owes, and more? The president earned three Pinocchios from the Washington Post's fact-checker for a recent speech in which he claimed "Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency -- and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule." By adding the misleading phrase "during my presidency," Obama thought he could ignore the $4 billion that Chrysler borrowed from the government in the waning days of the Bush administration, an action he supported at the time.

Fourth, what is Obama's plan to revive the economy? After 2 1/2 years and spending trillions of borrowed dollars on bailouts, pork-barrel stimulus schemes and potentially inflationary monetary expansion, the U.S. economy is still floundering without sustained growth, job creation or consumer confidence. Unemployment is at 9.1 percent, retail sales have slowed, growth has sputtered, housing prices continue to decline and growing numbers of economists are talking about the possibility of a double-dip recession. What now, Mr. Secretary? We look forward to hearing Geithner's answers.
While the above questions are indeed great questions, and while the Examiner may actually be looking forward to Geithner's answers, I am not. I really do not wish to hear Sec. Tim Geithner pontificate anymore horse manure. He has no more right to be called the "Honorable" Tim Geithner than the recently resigned armadillo that used to repeatedly tear up our yard. The only import question is the unasked fifth question: Timmy boy, when are you going to resign!

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Guest Post: Blame Washington Democrats’ Economy, Not the ATMs!

* * Guest blog post from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in your favorite convenience store near the Slurpee Machine. * *

An Automated Teller Machine (ATM): I didn’t do it.

President Obama says I’m to blame for high unemployment – part of the “structural” problems with the economy. Yes, he actually said my electronic brethren and I – who dispense cash and make lines move a little more quickly at the airport – are part of the reason 1.5 million fewer Americans have jobs than when the “stimulus” was enacted.

But before the president fingered us as responsible for job losses, he sought to take credit for the sluggish economy.

And even DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said this morning that Democrats own the economy. I don’t. I’m just an ATM. I don’t own anything.

So if there are any “structural issues” with our faltering economy, as the president said, it’s likely because of his policies – not ATMs. For example:
  • SPENDING TOO MUCH: Democrats want to spend more of your money (and rack up more debt). I want you to spend it. The Democrats who run Washington spent almost a trillion dollars on a “stimulus” that didn’t work (and bragged about it during “Recovery Summer”) -- and they want to spend more! They haven’t passed a budget that spurs job growth and stops spending money we don’t have (note: Republicans have), and even worked with an army of lobbyists to fight spending cuts. You won’t catch me spending any of your money; I just want you to have it.
  • TAXING TOO MUCH: Democrats want to take away more of your money through tax hikes. I just give you your money. Democrats imposed massive job-crushing tax hikes, penalties, and mandates in their health care law. And many want new tax hikes on small businesses. ATMs? We just give you your money. Sure, a lot of ATMs charge higher fees than we used to – and I apologize for that, seriously – but it’s only because Democrats in Washington made us do it (see Dodd-Frank regulations – and the next bullet). Democrats treat you like an ATM; I am an ATM.
  • REGULATING TOO MUCH: Democrats complicate life for job creators by creating more red tape. I simplify things. The regulatory onslaught of recent years has paralyzed small businesses. From ObamaCare to Dodd-Frank, the national energy tax to the government takeover of the internet, excessive regulations – imposed and proposed – raise costs and create an environment of uncertainty  that hurts job growth. Me? I just let you walk up, punch in some numbers, and take some cash. Simple.
ATMs and airport kiosks (and even teleprompters) are tools that help make life a little easier. Republicans have a plan for jobs that would make life a little easier for families and small businesses (Jobs.GOP.Gov) by removing barriers that are holding back our economy.

Instead of treating the American people like an ATM – and then blaming us for our economic woes – maybe the White House should take a cue from Republicans and focus on jobs?
[H/T Guest Post by ATM on Speaker John Boener's Blog]

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The Economy, National Debt, Libya, . . . Americans Aren't Amused By Obama's Obama's Response Or His Record

Today In Washington, D.C. - June 15, 2011:
The Senate resumed consideration of S. 782, the bill reauthorizing the Economic Development Act. Roll call votes on amendments are possible today. Yesterday, cloture on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) amendment to repeal an ethanol tax credit failed by a vote of 40-59. Also yesterday, the Senate voted 98-0 to confirm a U.S. district judge nominee for New Jersey, and confirmed another New Jersey district judge nominee by voice vote.

Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sent a letter to President Barack Obama warning that the commander in chief may be in violation of the law if he refuses to ask Congress for that authorization. In his letter, Boehner noted that the President is just days away from violating the War Powers Resolution, which maintains that, without congressional authorization, the President can deploy U.S. military forces for 90 days. In his letter, Boehner demanded that Obama provide legal justification for the operation in Libya by Friday.

Last night on CNBC's The Kudlow Report, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan made a strong case for using the debt limit as leverage to cut the deficit in half next year, cap spending as a percentage of GDP, and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment (Cut, Cap, and Balance): “We have to use the leverage associated with this debt ceiling vote to put the country on a path that makes sense, one that's actually sustainable. The fiscal path we're on will lead to a debt crisis.  If we're going to just kick it down the road, you're going to see conservative members not support increasing the debt ceiling. We have to do bold, dramatic things – cut spending, cap spending, and we believe a Balance Budget Amendment to the Constitution.”

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who was also part of the interview, argued that the debt limit is not the time to "deal with spending." That's interesting...because back in 2004 he justified his vote AGAINST a debt limit increase by arguing that it's failure would force "a serious debate on fiscal policy." Back then, the national debt was $7.4 trillion.  We must  ask Rep. Sherman what changed during the last 7 years, other than our debt doubling in size.

Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Over the past few weeks, Americans have gotten what seems like a daily dose of bad news about the state of the economy. Whether it’s more joblessness, threats from ratings agencies, the price of gasoline, goods and housing, or a slowdown in manufacturing, people are finding very little reason for optimism.”

Unfortunately, that trend has only continued this week. CNBC reported yesterday, “It's official: The housing crisis that began in 2006 and has recently entered a double dip is now worse than the Great Depression. Prices have fallen some 33 percent since the market began its collapse, greater than the 31 percent fall that began in the late 1920s and culminated in the early 1930s, according to Case-Shiller data. . . . ‘The sharp fall in house prices in the first quarter provided further confirmation that this housing crash has been larger and faster than the one during the Great Depression,’ Paul Dales, senior economist at Capital Economics in Toronto, wrote in research for clients. According to Case-Shiller, which provides the most closely followed housing industry data, prices dropped 1.9 percent in the first quarter, a move that the firm interpreted as a clear double dip in prices. Moreover, Dales said prices likely have not completed their downturn.”

And The New York Times writes today, “In the latest sign that the economic recovery may have lost whatever modest oomph it had, more small businesses say that they are planning to shrink their payrolls than say they want to expand them. That is according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business, a trade group that regularly surveys its membership of small businesses across America. The federation’s report for May showed the worst hiring prospects in eight months. The finding provides a glimpse into the pessimism of the nation’s small firms as they put together their budgets for the coming season, and depicts a more gloomy outlook than other recent (if equally lackluster) economic indicators because this one is forward-looking.”

Leader McConnell expressed disappointment with the Obama administration’s response to the bad news. “Amid the onslaught of bad news last week, President Obama’s message was that we’d hit some bumps in the road and that people need to be patient in the face of what called economic ‘headwinds’. He even joked about the wildly mistaken predictions he and others at the White House made a couple years back about the job-creating potential of the Stimulus. Well, I don’t think the 14 million Americans who are looking for jobs right now and can’t find them find any of this very funny. I don’t think that the 23 percent of Americans who now owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth are laughing about their predicament. I don’t think recent college graduates out there who are burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt and who can’t find a job are amused that the Stimulus bill turned out to be a failure.”

And even NBC’s David Gregory reacted with incredulity when DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed on “Meet the Press” Sunday that “we were able to, under President Obama's leadership, turn this economy around.” Gregory replied, “Whoa, whoa, let me just stop you there. Clearly, the economy has not been turned around. I mean, you just saw those numbers. . . . Americans don't believe that's the case. . . . [N]obody believes that the pace of job creation is anything close to robust enough to lead to economic growth . . . even to match the economic growth projections that this administration's made.”

As Sen. McConnell added, “Americans are deeply troubled by the fact that an administration which claims to be concerned about creating jobs has spent the better part of the past two and a half years pushing policies that seem like they were designed to destroy them. . . . Americans don’t have infinite patience. They don’t want to be told to just wait a little longer when all the evidence shows that their circumstances and their prospects are only getting worse. They want a change in direction.”

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RightOnline Sees Overwhelming Demand for Palin Movie, The Undefeated

Victory Film Group reports that the planned sneak peek for conservative bloggers of the controversial new film, The Undefeated, at Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s RightOnline Conference gained expanded interest of all the attendees coming to RightOnline. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters July 15th. Private screening have already been held for 100 people nationally including at "The Bloggers Briefing sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. A screening of the film was scheduled at RightOnline for conservative bloggers. Andrew Breitbart who is in the film and will be giving a speech at the end of the dinner gala that evening and planned to introduce The Undefeated movie.

However it soon became apparent that limiting who could attend would be a problem. So Americans For Prosperity and the Film's Director agreed to relocate the film to the 1,000-seat main ballroom where it will be shown to registered RightOnline attendees at the end of the dinner being held on Friday, June 17th at 9 p.m. CDT. The Undefeated is an independently produced feature film about Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The film's director, Stephen K. Bannon, is also be attending RightOnline and meeting with new media bloggers, radio hosts and others.

“Sarah Palin is one of the most talked about political figures by pundits, but the overwhelming demand for viewing this film proves that she strikes a high profile with grassroots activists on the center-Right as well,” said Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity and President of Americans for Prosperity Foundation. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this exclusive screening to attendees of AFP Foundation’s RightOnline Conference this Friday, and give hundreds of free-market activists a peek at the real story behind Palin’s political career. This film also underscores the importance of social media—that is, to step around the mainstream media in order to provide a unbiased look at political issues and personalities.”

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Victory Film Group co- founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleutte, The Undefeated was independently financed by Victory Film Group and its partners. The movie features a wealth of rare and never-before-seen footage, as well as exclusive interviews with Alaska lawmakers who offer fresh perspective on Palin’s time in office. It features commentary from prominent conservatives such as Mark Levin, Andrew Breitbart and Tammy Bruce. Sarah Palin was never interviewed or participated in the making of this documentary film about her. All material containing Sarah Palin was accessed from from independent sources.

RightOnline is a conservative technology activism conference that runs opposite the left-wing Netroots Nation Convention. For more information on attending RightOnline, read: RightOnline 2011 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dems: ‘Medicare Is On The Table’

While Top Democrats Confirm That ‘Medicare Is On The Table,’ Senator ‘Schumer Opens Door To Medicare Deal’

VP BIDEN: ‘Medicare Costs… On The Table’

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “So we're looking to further reforms for Medicare.” (Sens. Cardin, Schumer And Sherrod Brown, “Teleconference On Medicare,” 6/6/11)

HEADLINE: “Schumer Opens Door To Medicare Deal” (“Schumer Opens Door to Medicare Deal,” Roll Call, 6/6/11)

SCHUMER (D-NY): "That will be up to the negotiators," “Schumer on Monday left open the possibility of reaching a budget deal that would include trimming Medicare as long as it did not cut benefits for seniors or privatize the program. ‘That will be up to the negotiators,’ the New York Democrat said during a conference call.” (“Schumer Opens Door to Medicare Deal,” Roll Call, 6/6/11)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Everything Has To Be On The Table.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The First Meeting Of The Fiscal Commission, 4/27/10)

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: “…long-term Medicare costs… it’s all on the table. It’s all open to discussion.” “‘We agreed everything is discussed. My friends think you can go into a negotiation and say ahead of time that revenues are not a part of this. That is ridiculous,’ Biden said. ‘They know. Now, they may never agree, but it's on the table.’ He added that Republicans want ‘to talk about long-term Medicare costs — well, Democrats go ‘wait a minute’ … it’s all on the table. It’s all open to discussion.’” (“Biden: Medicare, Taxes Are Both On The Table In Debt Reduction Talks,” The Hill, 5/12/11)

REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD): “Do I believe that there are other things we can do related to Medicare? The answer is I do.I'm not going to get into articulating each one, but my expectation is they will be under discussion by the Biden group.” (“Will Dems Give Up Their Political Advantage On Medicare In Debt Limit Fight?,” TPM, 5/24/11)

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “…Medicare is on the table.” (CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company,” 5/16/11)

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “I don't think that the Democrats or the Republicans should conclude from the New York race that no changes can be made in Medicare…” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks At 2011 Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit, 5/25/11)

CLINTON: “Medicare is a part of a whole health care system that has a toxic rate of inflation and a spending base today that's not sustainable." (President Bill Clinton, Remarks At 2011 Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit, 5/25/11)

CLINTON: “…a reasonable Medicare proposal. We’ve got to deal with these things. You cannot have health care devour the economy.” “I think the Democrats are going to have to be willing to give up, maybe, some short-term political gain by whipping up fears on some of these things — if it’s a reasonable Social Security proposal, a reasonable Medicare proposal. We’ve got to deal with these things. You cannot have health care devour the economy.” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks At 2011 Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit, 5/25/11)

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"Emporer With No Clothes" Obama Jokes About "Shovel-Ready Jobs"

Today In Washington, D.C. - June 14, 2011:
The US House voted by 248 to 163 a bill to prohibit the use of funds for US military operations in Libya. A majority of Congress are dissatisfied with President Obama's decision to go ahead with operations in Libya in March and then to continue without congressional authorization. It is unlikely to become law but represents the sentiments of a majority of Americans. Why are we spending money and wasting weapons bombing a governments we do not have a strategic interest in - let the Europeans fund their own effort with regard to Libya. Obama's actions are making Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) non-intervention positions more popular these days.

The House Appropriations Committee has already passed FY 2012 funding bill (HR 2112) that provides $7 billion less than Obama administration requested for agriculture and related agencies.  The bill eliminates funding for the U.S.-Brazil WTO (World Trade Organization) Agreement negotiated by the administration to avoid $800 million in trade countermeasures.

Bloomberg is already reporting that today the "House Appropriations Committee passed today a $649 billion defense spending bill that trims $9 billion from President Barack Obama’s budget while boosting ground combat vehicles and special operations programs. . . . The full committee endorsed reducing the $530 billion base defense budget by no more than $9 billion -- less than half the $20.4 billion reduction made in the current year’s defense budget, which ended up at $513 billion. Still, House defense appropriation chairman C.W. Bill Young (R-FL), said it was “a difficult task” for the panel to find cuts. They were needed because “in this time of financial crisis, no one should be exempt from tightening their fiscal belts.” The House bill includes a $119 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the lowest figure since $102.6 billion approved in fiscal 2005, a reflection of decreased troop levels in Iraq."

The Senate has yet to act on its own version of a defense bill. The responsible defense appropriations chairman, Democrat Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) has not disclosed any proposed actions.

Today, the Senate has begun consideration of two New Jersey district judge nominees and will vote on the nominations today. Thus they will most likely be confirmed. he Senate will also vote on cloture on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) amendment that would repeal an ethanol tax credit - the 45-cent-per-gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and 54-cent ethanol import tariff.

Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Voted unanimously supported outgoing CIA Director Leon Panetta (age 72) to be the next Secretary of Defense. His nomination has been sent to full Senate for consideration. And easy passage is expected. Penetta previously served as President Bill Clinton's Director Office of Management and Budget and then as his White House chief of staff. Penetta seems to know where all the skeletons are buried. Wonder if we will ever learn about those skeleton in future books.

The UPI noted yesterday, "Federal spending earmarks, officially banned in the U.S. Congress, live on under other guises, Capitol Hill observers say. The $690 billion military bill the House passed in May included hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending authorizations through a new funding mechanism called the Mission Force Enhancement Transfer Fund . . . The process is officially competitive, but many requests look tailored to specific beneficiaries. Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA) put in $4 million 'to develop innovative nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing processes for war fighter systems.' The Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Tsongas' hometown, got a $4 million earmark from her last year, and the appropriation likely would continue it -- provided the Senate Armed Services Committee goes along."

With respect to the economy, The Hill writes today, “President Obama on Tuesday dismissed the notion that he doesn't fully grasp the scale of economic anxiety in the U.S., calling the idea that he was calm about joblessness ‘nonsense.’ The president rejected the suggestion that Americans think he should be angrier about the poor state of the economy, and strongly asserted that he understands the struggles facing many households because of the slow recovery.”

It’s certainly understandable why so many Americans see the president as out of touch on the economy. Following weeks of bad news on unemployment, housing, inflation, and growth forecasts, Obama responded by saying, “There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain . . . . We know that.”

But calling the gloomy economic news simply a “bump in the road” isn’t the only reason the president seems out of touch. Over two years after Obama and Democrats in Congress passed their nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill, with promises that it would keep unemployment from exceeding 8%, the unemployment rate is 9.1% and millions have lost their jobs. And yet in North Carolina yesterday, President Obama joked that “Shovel-ready was not as… uh… shovel-ready as we expected.”

Recall that this is after the president and his Democrat allies went on and on in 2009 selling “shovel-ready jobs” that would get funded with stimulus money. Obama said, “…I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground.” Vice President Joe Biden said, “The Recovery Act, as we call it, provides a necessary jolt to our economy to implement what we refer as ‘shovel-ready’ projects . . . .” And Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said, “I have heard colleague after colleague say: well, what job is going to be created through this spending? Well, let me tell you very directly. If you have a shovel-ready project, we can put that into place tomorrow. There are thousands of them across the country ready to go.”

But two years later after millions of jobs have been lost and almost a trillion dollars has been added to our debt burden, the president jokes, “Shovel-ready was not as… shovel-ready as we expected”? As illustrated by William Warren in his latest cartoon, "the emperor has no cloths!"
Couple of Weiners

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Nine Presidential Candidates At RLC 2011

Correction: SRLC changed its name after scheduling the event to RLC.
Bill Smith, Editor: I will not be at Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) 2011 this year [Formerly aka SRLC]. I will be heading north to be with conservative activists covering RightOnline 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In addition, I've partnered to exchange event info with fellow friends and activists like Col O.P. Ditch of Vets For Palin (Facebook) who will be covering RLC 2011 in New Orleans.

Two Republican leaders in Arkansas headed for RLC 2011 took time to share their reasons for going to RLC 2011. Rita Hamilton, Arkansas Republican Party National Committee Woman, said, "I like meeting up and networking with other Republicans and with friends like Sue Everhart, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party." Edna Fusco, President of the Twin Lakes Republican Women's club in Baxter County, Arkansas, will be making the trip with her daughter Danielle Fusco. Both consider themselves "political junkies." Edna said, " I like to be able to have an up close and personal view of each candidates - "one-on-one." She also likes to "gather with conservative friends in groups where they share common ideas and beliefs."

Liberty Today:  The Republican Leadership Conference is this week and will include nine presidential candidates and three governors. In some ways, it will represent the kick-off of the presidential campaign, according to Charlie Davis, the conference president.

Davis addressed the media at the Baton Rouge Press Club at noon on Monday. The Republican Leadership Conference will be held from Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans.

Davis said the nine presidential candidates — or potential candidates — who have confirmed that they will speak are:
• Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia
• Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
• Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
• Herman Cain, ex-CEO of Godfather’s Pizza
• Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
• Congressman Ron Paul of Texas
• Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota
• Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania
• Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer

Also scheduled to speak are Govs. Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Haley Barbour of Mississippi. Perry is also being promoted as a presidential candidate.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who recently took himself out of the presidential running, will speak. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who helped engineer the election of several staunch conservatives to the U. S. Senate, was recently added to the program.
Delegates are expected from 38 states and a Presidential Straw Poll will draw a lot of interest.

The event will be held at the New Orleans Hilton, which is located on the Riverwalk. . . . Davis said the food, music, and many tourist attractions of New Orleans have helped boost attendance and make the Crescent City a major draw for both candidates and attendees. . . . [Full Article & Link to Register]

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Arkansas Mats, Maps and Mediscare

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb goes on location at the State GOP headquarters to discuss a growing number of conservatives who are switching parties, legislative redistricting and Mike "Mediscare" Ross. Video With Comments By Doyle Webb, Chairman RPA.

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Infographic: American Public and The Debt Ceiling

Bankrupting America: For months we've heard what pundits and lawmakers have to say about the debt ceiling. But what about you? After all, the consequences of Washington's overspending have the greatest affect on the American public.

Our latest national poll takes the pulse of the country on the debt ceiling debate. Should it be raised? Should it be raised with cuts? How does your member of Congress' stance on the issue affect your vote? We asked you and turned the results into a handy infographic. Click on the the image below to view the full image.

Click to see a memorandum with more analysis of the poll results.

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Obama Touts Hard-To-Find "Green Jobs" While His Policies Kill Traditional Energy Jobs

“The President can talk all he wants about the economy. But it’s time he starts looking at the impact of his own policies. - Sen. Mitch Leader McConnell (R-KY)

Today in Washington, D.C. - June 13, 2011
On Tuesday, the Senate will take up two district judge nominations for New Jersey and is scheduled to vote on cloture on an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would repeal an ethanol tax credit.

Ohio Univ Pushing Potential
"Green Jobs" and Big Cities
Politico reports today, “President Barack Obama heads to an energy plant in North Carolina on Monday to talk once again about the job-creating power of a green economy. The catch? Nearly three years into Obama's presidency, the White House can't point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting. Monthly Labor Department employment reports say nothing about the new clean energy workforce, while an effort to document how many Americans actually make a living in the ‘green collar’ field may not be done by November 2012.”

On top of that, it turns out that the company Obama is visiting today, Cree, Inc, is in fact creating jobs in China. First noticed by the Daily Caller, Cree announced in 2009 it was opening a factory in China. At the time, the Cree press release said, “More than half of Cree’s employees work in China, mostly at the current Huizhou factory.” Further, as the Daily Caller notes, Cree has been “a major recipient of Recovery Act funds,” otherwise known as stimulus dollars.

And while President Obama is touting green jobs that haven’t seemed to materialize and companies that are expanding in China, his administration is pushing policies that are hurting American jobs at home in traditional energy sectors. The Wall Street Journal editorializes today, “The EPA is currently conducting a campaign against coal-fired power and one of its most destructive weapons is a pending regulation to limit mercury and other hazardous air pollutants like dioxins or acid gases that power plants emit. The 946-page rule mandates that utilities install "maximum achievable control technology" under the Clean Air Act—and even by the EPA's lowball estimates, it is the most expensive rule in the agency's history.”

The WSJ editors explain, “The real goal of the EPA's rule is to shut down fossil fuel electric power in the name of climate change. The consensus estimate in the private sector is that the utility rule and eight others on the EPA docket will force the retirement of 60 out of the country's current 340 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity. Reliability downgrades will hit the South and Midwest where coal energy is concentrated. American Electric Power recently announced that the rules will force it to shut down five plants in West Virginia and Ohio, a quarter of its coal fleet. The power industry estimates that the true costs of the utility rule will far exceed the EPA estimates, which of course will be passed to consumers and businesses as higher prices. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, normally a White House union ally, says the rule will destroy 50,000 jobs and another 200,000 down the supply chain. That's more jobs lost than if Boeing went bust.”

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm to Curse Sarah Palin, But Can Only Bless Her

Mike Landry
By Mike Landry, Contributing Author: In the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament is a funny story of a false prophet named Balaam who is hired by the king of Moab to curse Israel. Three times Balaam attempts to make pronouncement upon the Israelis but under the direction of God he can only bless them. Balak, king of Moab, gets frustrated big-time.

I was reminded of the Balaam story while watching a clip of a CNN report on the sifting through of 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial e-mails. Posted by The Right Scoop, the CNN piece features Drew Griffin of the CNN Special Investigation Unit discussing the findings to date in the Palin e-mails.

He says the e-mails show Palin to have been a hard-working governor dealing with Alaska policy, taxes, budget cuts and mundane items. Griffin says the e-mails reflect Palin’s evolution as a politician. He, in effect, defends her against criticisms of being secretive because leaks, according to the e-mails, prompt her to have fewer people in the loop while “thinking out loud.”

Of course, this doesn’t seem to sit well with CNN anchor T.J. Holmes – after all, we can’t have a witch hunt if we can’t find the witch. As a result, Holmes prods Griffin, asking about allegations of Palin being thin-skinned with the media and he inquires about the whole issue of “Troopergate” involving her ex-brother-in-law. Holmes, by his questions, seems to be seeking a curse on Palin. Griffin gives a blessing instead, saying there is nothing about Troopergate uncovered so far and there were no cheap shots against the press. If anything, upon hearing criticism of her staff on a radio talk show, Griffin says Palin wrote that she wished the criticisms were directed at her instead of her staff.

On another issue, perhaps one might think Palin may be showing a sharpness when she writes about something as being “unacceptable.” What is unacceptable? It’s that she has not been getting timely information about the times of troop deployments from Alaska nor funerals of Alaskans killed in the wars. As a result, Palin complained that she had not been able to attend the funerals, nor see the troops off. “I do want to get to those,” she wrote.

So there it was: the Big Report on Sarah Palin from the CNN Special Investigation Unit. The whole thing, of course, was designed to curse Sarah Palin. But Drew Griffin could only bless. I wonder if anchor T. J. Holmes was thinking what Balak, king of Moab, said after his encounters with Baalam: “I called you to curse my enemies and, behold, you have altogether blessed them these three times.”
Dr. Mike Landry is a university business professor, a former minister, journalist, radio talk show host, He is actively involved with Arkansas' Washington County Tea Party and he blogs at the Wildcat Creek Review where this article was first posted.

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