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|Obama and Bloomberg Use December 14 to Promote Gun Control||
for Action" (OFA), supposedly a non-partisan, grassroots group, and you
Likewise, click on the preceding link, and it takes you to the
Organizing for Action website. Despite OFA's innocuous-sounding
name, the Chicago-based group is an arm of the Obama political machine,
the successor to a similar Obama store-front put together after his 2008
election, Organizing for
|Catholics Oppose Amnesty or Do They||
pro-amnesty Catholic organizations are organizing a pro-amnesty phone-in
for Catholics who are in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.
These organizations will be asking their supporters to call their
Members of Congress and tell them that the vast majority of Catholics in
The media also seizes on these reports of Catholics pushing Congress for amnesty to back up their claims that nearly all Catholics support amnesty for illegal aliens. This simply isn't the case.
Polling conduced by Pulse Opinion Research shows that most Catholic Americans don't support amnesty and would rather focus on putting jobless Americans back to work.
It is disappointing that the media continues to report that most Catholics support giving amnesty to illegal aliens. Recent polling shows that this simply isn't the case.
The Affordable Care Act will increase the average cost of insurance premiums, making health care less affordable for those Texans on whom the system financially depends, according to a report from a conservative think tank.
|6 REAL GOALS OF OBAMACARE||
I can guarantee you these 6 goals are NOWHERE on the radar of most media outlets, congressional offices and political activists who oppose Obamacare.
Have a look and see for yourself.- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/republicans-liberals-democrats-conservatives-are-all-fiddling-while-rome-burns-meanwhile-obama-plans-permanent-power-grab/?Ref_ID=23497#sthash.yhWUVIxC.dpuf
I can guarantee you these 6 goals are NOWHERE on the radar of most media outlets, congressional offices and political activists who oppose Obamacare.
Have a look and see for yourself.- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/republicans-liberals-democrats-conservatives-are-all-fiddling-while-rome-burns-meanwhile-obama-plans-permanent-power-grab/?Ref_ID=23497#sthash.yhWUVIxC.dpuf
I can guarantee you these 6 goals are NOWHERE on the radar of most media outlets, congressional offices and political activists who oppose Obamacare.
Since many establishment politicians and members of the pundit class
continue to second-guess efforts to defund Obamacare, we offer our take.
The defund plan produced tangible results that create both immediate and long-term benefits for the country and the conservative cause. First, it intensified the nation’s focus on Obamacare. Second, it energized Americans by showing there are people in
|As Early Voting Begins, Eyes on Voter ID||Much of the attention in this year's November elections has focused on Proposition 6, a water infrastructure initiative. But some are watching the mechanics of the election to find out how a newly implemented voter ID law affects voters. Listen Here|
- See more at: Differences between the House and Senate Farm Bills
by David Maly
More than a thousand
people, many sporting rifles and other long guns, turned out at the
Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn't prepared for the pocketbook hit he'll face next year under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
If the 33-year-old
single father wants the same level of coverage next year as what he has
now with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals,
his monthly premium of $233 will more than double. If he wants to keep
his monthly payments in check, the
"I believe everybody should be able to have health insurance, but at the same time, I'm being penalized. And for what?" said Weldzius, who is not offered insurance through his employer. "For someone who's always had insurance, who's always taken care of myself, now I have to change my plan?"
Many Illinoisans buying health coverage on their own next year will face a similar dilemma spurred by the health care overhaul: pay higher monthly insurance premiums or run the risk of having to shell out thousands more in deductibles for health care if they get sick.
To promote the Oct. 1
debut of the exchanges, the online marketplaces where consumers can shop
and buy insurance, Obama administration and Illinois officials touted
the lower-than-expected monthly premiums that would make insurance more
affordable for millions of Americans. But a Tribune analysis shows that
21 of the 22 lowest-priced plans offered on the
The Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the nation's Border Patrol agents, Shawn Moran, has told Breitbart News that agents are being ordered to stand down and end any pursuit of drug smugglers, human smugglers, and illegal aliens. Moran said the reasons given by the administration are budgetary concerns and to ensure agents aren't working long shifts.
"It doesn't matter
whether it's drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are
being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management," said Moran. "I
have received reports from our agents in every single sector from
Moran said agents aren't being relieved of their posts, but instead, they're being told that someone else is taking their place, but no agents have seen that take place. Moran said, while Border Patrol management cite budgetary concerns, the agency has one of its largest budgets ever, but agents haven't seen any benefits from the increased budgets.
"They are placing the budgetary concerns before the security of our border," Moran said. "Groups that are outside of human trafficking, human smuggling, and drug smuggling are going to exploit these stand down orders as well, not only cartels but illegal aliens from nations that are tied to terrorism."
What is a health insurance marketplace?
Also known as health insurance exchanges, a health insurance marketplace is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as healthcare reform.
The marketplace is an online store where people can shop for health insurance, compare the various plans, and enroll in a plan.
Starting January 1, 2014, people who do not have health insurance must either enroll in a health insurance plan or pay a fee.
The Fee, or tax penalty, will increase each year the individual does not enroll in a health insurance plan. The fee starts in 2014 at 1% of annual income or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is higher. That penalty will be paid on your 2014 tax return, due April 2015.
When you apply for coverage in the marketplace, you’ll find out if you qualify for financial assistance, including a premium tax credit.
(Breitbart) - An Obamacare software glitch is now incorrectly tabulating how much people must pay for health insurance, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
“There’s a blanket acknowledgment that rates are being calculated incorrectly,” a senior health insurance executive told the WSJ. “Our tech and operations people are very concerned about the problems they’re seeing and the potential of them to stick around.”
Government officials, however, say they are not worried and promised the Obamacare insurance exchanges will be ready to go on October 1. “We continue working with [insurers] and we are confident that on Oct. 1, consumers will see accurate premium costs, including tax credits,” said Medicare spokesperson Brian Cook.
The group responsible for building the calculator application, CGI Group Inc., bagged an $88 million taxpayer-funded government contract, the largest of any contractor, reports the WSJ.
Late Wednesday, Obama officials admitted that the Obamacare exchanges pose so many “cybersecurity threats” that it is instituting a new “rapid response mechanism,” a call center to field consumer complaints. It has also produced a publication on how to “Protect Yourself From Fraud In The Health Insurance Marketplace.”
The Federal Trade Commission says it expects fraudsters and scam artists to use Obamacare to target victims. Analysts say Obamacare is primed and ready for massive online identity theft by con artists.
“There are people
licking their chops and saying, ‘A sucker is born every minute,’”said Health
Obamacare’s government health exchanges open in 10 days.
President Obama has
told Congress he will cap next year's pay raise for
The president's move
will negatively impact American combat troops scheduled to remain in
The federal law says military pay raises must be based on the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which ties military raises to private sector pay growth. Under that formula, military personnel should be getting a 1.8 percent pay raise beginning in January 2014, CNS News reported.
But the law also states that the president can inform Congress of an alternative pay adjustment "if because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the president considers the pay adjustment which would otherwise be required by this section in any year to be inappropriate."
Obama wrote to congressional leaders: "I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our nation over the past decade of war. As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course."
He also asserted that his decision "will not materially affect the federal government's ability to attract and retain well-qualified members" of the military.
The House passed a bill in July authorizing the 1.8 percent raise, but the Senate has set the raise at 1 percent as recommended by Obama.
Military pay rose 1.7 percent this year and 1.6 percent in 2012.
Retired Air Force
Col. Mike Hayden, director of government relations for the Military
Officers Association of
Hayden wrote on the MOAA website: "Over the past 12 years, Congress worked hard to fix the 13.5 percent pay gap (and resulting retention problems) caused by repeatedly capping military raises below private-sector pay growth in the 1980s and 1990s.
"History has shown that once Congress starts accepting proposals to cap military pay below private-sector growth, pay caps continue until they have weakened retention and readiness."
By: Aaron Klein
NEW YORK – U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power is a driving force urging President Obama to strike in Syria, according to informed Middle Eastern diplomats.
Power was notably absent during an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting last month concerning Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
Her name barely pops
up in news media coverage of the crisis in
Power’s most visible
reaction to events in
Yet behind the
scenes, Power is a central player at pushing Obama to launch a military
The diplomats said
Power has been working with Syrian foes
The diplomats say
that last week, Power recommended Obama strike in
Power’s central involvement may be telling.
As WND has reported,
Power served on the advisory board that created the “Responsibility to
Protect,” or R2P doctrine that would be used to justify any
Sen. Ted Cruz has doubled down on his long shot bid to defund Obamacare, even though Senate Democrats are highly unlikely to approve a short-term spending deal this September that impugns President Obama's signature domestic achievement.
In an interview that aired Sunday, the Texas Republican admitted he lacks the votes in the Senate needed to force a government shutdown, but he said a "grass-roots tsunami" of opposition to the Affordable Care Act over the next few weeks could change that.
"And at that point,
Republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time: stand
up and win the argument," he told CNN's "State of the
Democrats and the Obama administration say they are committed to the health care law and that it is already showing signs of promise, with select states reporting proposed insurance rates that are lower than expected.
The administration is working feverishly to set up state-based health exchanges, where qualified consumers without employer-based health coverage may buy insurance through the help of government subsidies, in time for the start of open enrollment on Oct. 1.But Mr. Cruz said Mr. Obama's law is a "job killer" that has forced businesses to drop coverage or shift workers to part-time status. He said these changes have an outsized effect on the most vulnerable...Read More
says FEDS MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE
(Human Events) –
Radio host Mark Levin’s new book, The
At a weekly press on July 14, 2013, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said it’s absolutely unfair and indefensible for the president to arbitrarily delay the ObamaCare mandate on employers, while maintaining the law’s penalty on hardworking American families. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
“Our economy continues to struggle with slow economic growth, high unemployment, and stagnant wages. This is the ‘new normal’ under President Obama’s leadership.
“Republicans have a plan to strengthen our economy, create new jobs, and make life work for more Americans. We’ve been talking about our jobs plan all year, it’s here, and we’re going to continue to focus on jobs.
“We’re fighting to make college more affordable for students and their families. We’ll pass another bill this week to expand American energy production. And we remain committed to repealing ObamaCare.
“Listen, ObamaCare is raising costs, it’s making it harder for small businesses to hire, and frankly, with last week’s announcement, it’s wide open to fraud and abuse. In short, it’s a train wreck. And even the administration knows that this law is unworkable.
“The president has delayed ObamaCare’s employer mandate, but hasn’t delayed the mandate on individuals or families. I think it’s unfair and indefensible.
“If you’re a software
company making billions of dollars in profits, you’re exempt from
ObamaCare next year. But if you’re a 28 year-old struggling to pay
off your student loans, you’re not. If you’re a big bank or a
financial company, you don’t have to comply with ObamCare next year.
But if you’re a single parent trying to make ends meet, there’s no
exemption for you. And if you’re a big government contractor, you
don’t have to comply with the ObamaCare mandate next year. But if
you’re a family of four in
“Listen, is it fair for the president to give American businesses an exemption from the health law’s mandates, without giving the same break to individuals and families across the country? Hell no it isn’t.
“Next week the House will vote to delay both the employer mandate and the individual mandate. I believe it’s unfair to protect big businesses from ObamaCare, but not individuals and families.”
|President Obama’s Climate Action Plan||
On Tuesday June 25, 2013 Obama put out this statement on his plan to cut Carbon Pollution. When the coal mines shut down what are the kids of these workers going to do when they get hungry because their parents don’t have a job? What happens when people can’t afford the electricity because of this? This is just another way to grow government and make people depend on Government. This is going to drive people to crime just to put food on the table for their kids. I want to know just who Obama thinks he is? He's not a king, he's not a dictator yet; and he damn sure not God. I’m going to get off my soapbox now and let you read what Obama is about to do to this Great Nation of ours.
June 19, 2013
Governor Rick Perry signed the new privacy bill - HB 2268 - into law on Friday. It went into effect immediately.
The bill enacts a law
The portion of the
bill that pertains to privacy was written by 29-year-old freshman
Republican legislator Jonathan Stickland, who represents an area between
Stickland told the
Star-Telegram that he's fighting for ideals that all
“Despite the many differences between Tea Party Republicans like
Stickland and the most liberal weenies you might find in
"One of them is that whatever government does, it should do in the open. There can be arguments over exactly what government transparency is, but both liberals and Tea Partiers tend to be for it."
As Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar points out, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) requires federal law enforcement to get a warrant only to access email that hasn't yet been opened by its recipient.
After it's open, sitting around in an inbox, it's been fair game. Ditto if the email has been left unopened in an inbox for 180 days.
The Department of Justice for the first time acknowledged in March that maintaining different legal standards for finely aged email is an outdated notion, supporting revisions to ECPA.
In the meantime, as
we wait for revisions to ECPA, the residents of 49
That's a nickname granted to Texas, some say, to signify that it's a former independent republic, as well as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico.
Let's hope that 49 other states follow the privacy path pointed out by that star.
The power granted to the IRS to enforce ObamaCare’s mandates, taxes, penalties, reporting, and other requirements is unprecedented. Based upon Government Accountability Office data, we count 46 new responsibilities assigned to the IRS under the health law.1
IRS officials have acknowledged the huge problems these major new responsibilities will create for the agency. On March 5, 2013, an official from the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George, testified before the House Appropriations Committee. Mr. George was asked about the tax implications of ObamaCare.
“It is unprecedented in recent history, the amount of responsibility the IRS is being given in an area that most people don’t think of as an IRS function,” George said. Americans, he added, will have more questions about their taxes because of health care penalties or credits, flooding already busy call-in and walk-in tax help centers. “This is going to lead to problems, sir,” he testified.
Many people are especially concerned about assigning an unprecedented number of major new responsibilities to implement ObamaCare to an agency whose primary task is collecting revenues to fund the Federal government.
We have used the GAO list as the basis for our list and have organized it by categories of new tasks: Collecting taxes, distributing subsidies, collecting information, and enforcing compliance. Read More
Two federal judges in
separate cases entered orders permanently barring Marvin Binion Sr., his
son Marvin Binion II, Binion Sr.’s ex-wife Tonya Hubbard and her firm
Universal Tax Service LLC from preparing tax returns for others, the
Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction orders,
to which all defendants consented, were signed by Judge Roger W. Titus
and Judge Alexander Williams Jr., of the
According to the complaints the defendants prepared customer returns using commercial tax software, placed the returns in postage-paid pre-addressed envelopes and instructed customers to sign and mail the returns to the IRS on their own. The suits alleged that defendants did this to hide from the IRS their role in preparing the returns.
The government alleged that Hubbard and the Binions charged customers a return-preparation fee of $300 and that the Binions may have earned as much as $30,000 per day preparing fraudulent returns.
The Internal Revenue Service has listed tax-preparer fraud as one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams. The Justice Department has obtained injunctions against hundreds of tax-return preparers and tax-fraud promoters in the past ten years. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department’s website www.justice.gov/tax.
|Foreign vote count firm expands U. S. reach||
Last week, WND exposed how SCYTL recently acquired the software division of a non-profit election organization tied to George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
SCYTL said it is purchasing the software division of Gov2U, described as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting the use of technology in the fields of governance and democracy.
A SCYTL press release says: “Gov2U created its software division in
2004 and, since then, it has developed a wide array of innovative
award-winning eDemocracy solutions that have been implemented in
multiple countries across Europe, Africa and
The Spain-based company says the “main purpose of these tools is to engage citizens in participatory processes through the use of online and offline platforms, bringing more transparency and legitimacy to decision-making processes.”
Gov4U is currently partnered with Soros’ Open Society to support and develop a group called the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness.
The group runs a website, OpeningParliament.org, which says it is a forum “intended to help connect the world’s civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries’ parliaments and legislative institutions.”
Gov4U, meanwhile, has eight partners of its own listed on its website, including the Soros-funded and partnered National Democratic Institute, or NDI.
Aside from receiving financial support for Soros, NDI has co-hosted scores of events along with Soros’ Open Society. The two groups work closely together.
NDI and the Open
Society, for example, worked together to push for electoral and
legislative reform in
NDI boasts that with Open Society Institute funds it conducted a political leadership training series for Romanian activists to “bring tangible improvements to their communities.”
NDI describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
NDI previously stated
it was founded to draw on the traditions of the
WND found that NDI is also listed as the only U.S.-associated organization of Socialists International, the world’s largest socialist umbrella group.
NDI was originally created by the federally funded National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, which itself founded joint NDI projects with the Open Society. Another NDI financial backer is the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.
Read the full article at:
It appears that the
“I’m very pleased to announce this morning that the era of CSCOPE lesson plans has come to an end,” he said.
Patrick’s office issued the following statement:
During the press
conference, Dr. Kyle Wargo, a board member of the
“One size does not fit all. Those lessons, every lesson, needs to be developed on a local level,” he added.
Senator Patrick closed his remarks by thanking all parents who got involved in their children’s education and the state’s legislators who worked together to remove the controversial program from the education system.
In the past, CSCOPE
had been linked to lessons such as asking if the
|Insiders opposing Barack Obama’s pick for Labor Secretary||
Insiders opposing Barack Obama’s pick for Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, say he is incapable of carrying out the duties his potential job will require due to his radical worldview. In fact, Perez, who currently serves as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ (Department of Justice), has been responsible for several highly questionable and high-profile cases during his tenure, including the New Black Panther voter intimidation case in 2008. His outrageous handling of that event only underscores why Perez must not be confirmed by the Senate!
Liberty Counsel, a leading public interest law firm
and LCA’s sister organization, had a major run-in with Perez when he
orchestrated a vicious legal assault against their client,
Susan Pine’s defense lawyer during her ordeal at the hands of Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ, as executed through Thomas Perez’s direction and oversight, was Senior Litigation Counsel Harry Mihet, one of Liberty Counsel’s leading attorneys. In a very timely circumstance, Mihet has been requested to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of “Mismanagement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice” on Tuesday, April 16. The head of that DOJ division, of course, is Thomas Perez!
Harry Mihet not only did an outstanding job defending the rights of his client, Susan Pine, in 2010, but he also got a unique and revealing perspective on how Thomas Perez turned the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s duty to ensure justice for all Americans into a politically-motivated smear machine intent on persecuting pro-life counselors and organizations. Harry Mihet will do an outstanding job exposing the perverse DOJ agenda under Barack Obama’s administration and the full complicity of Thomas Perez in the outlandish process!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.
So why will the Obama IRS require your personal identifying health information?
Simply put, there is no way for the IRS to enforce Obamacare’s
individual mandate without such an invasive reporting scheme.
Every January, health insurance companies across
This new tax information document must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s “exchanges.”
This will involve millions of new tax documents landing in mailboxes
As a service to the public, Americans for Tax Reform has released a projected version of this tax form to help families and tax specialists prepare for this additional filing requirement. Taxpayers may view the projected IRS form. On the form, lines 3-4 show where taxpayers will disclose their personal health ID information.
(Breitbart) – The Hill reports
that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just signed into law a statute that “bars
the federal government from regulating guns and ammunition manufactured
and stored within
Moreover, the new law makes it a felony for federal authorities to
attempt to enforce federal gun control laws, treaties, or rules related
to firearms within
The Senate Judiciary Committee has already held two hearings this week. The first was a nearly 8-hour long marathon with a parade of witnesses from Big Business to Big Labor to Special Interest groups. And there were a few that testified about the need for more interior enforcement, better border security, and the huge fiscal drain that an amnesty would have on the nation's future. On April 25, 2013, the Committee brought in DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano who was first scheduled to appear before the Committee the week before. Here's what was learned from the past few days . . .Read More
point plan to reduce
On April 15, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry announced a four-point plan to provide nearly $1.6
billion in tax relief to all
"By cutting taxes
Gov. Perry's plan would reduce business taxes by: Read More
Thursday, April 18,
Governor Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the
incident in West,
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. We continue to closely monitor developments and gather information as details continue to emerge about this incident.”
Gov. Rick Perry also
met with state officials to discuss
April 4, 2013
|Small Businesses Won't Have Plan Choices Under Obamacare||
Citing the challenges in establishing a new health insurance
marketplace, the Obama administration is delaying a key provision of the
Affordable Care Act designed to provide employees of small businesses
affordable health coverage.
The New York Times reported Monday that in most states employers will not be able to provide workers with a choice of health plans as the law intended. Instead, they will be limited to a single plan. Read More
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doubled down Monday in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s healthcare law, even though opposing it could cost his state $90 billion.
At a press
conference where he was flanked by other conservatives, Perry argued
expanding the health insurance program for the poor would make
“It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs,” Perry said at the state capitol.States can choose whether or not to allow the federal expansion of Medicaid under the...Read More
In an interview
yesterday with radio host Sean Hannity; Sen. Ted Cruz made it clear that
he was opposed to giving an amnesty to the 11-18 million illegal aliens
|Sen. Ted Cruz Signs Letter with Sens. Lee and Paul to Sen. Reid||
“Rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans, we should be focusing on violent criminals. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has not made it a priority to stop violent criminals from acquiring firearms; for example, in 2010, out of more than 15,700 fugitives and felons who tried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44.
“As the Senate prepares to consider guns legislation, I remain committed to ensuring that Americans' right to keep and bear arms is defended and upheld. Congress should not create new legislation restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans. The Democrats' proposed legislation would require universal background checks for private sales between law-abiding citizens, which according to DOJ would be effective only if accompanied by a national gun registry. This raises serious constitutional issues, and would divert resources from prosecuting felons and fugitives who try to illegally purchase guns.
“I am prepared to use any procedural means necessary to ensure that Congress does not pass any laws infringing on the Second Amendment, and look forward to working alongside Sens. Lee and Paul, and hopefully others, to protect our constitutional rights.”
|Biggest Fears About Big Brother Coming True||
Wow… now this is a sneaky way for liberals to get what they want. Check it out:
Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies.
The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ‒ ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school.
Claiming that the national
database will enhance education, the main funder of the project, the
Gates Foundation, entered the joint venture with the Carnegie
This Act takes effect immediately if
it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each
house, as provided by Section 39, Article III,
“I’ve been here a month and a half, so, interestingly, I have not seen regular order since I’ve been here,” Bridestine told TheDC’s Ginni Thomas. “Everything is an emergency. Whether it’s raising the debt limit, which we did, which I voted against; whether it’s emergency relief for the Hurricane Sandy victims; whether its the National Flood Insurance Program; whether its the Violence Against Women Act. No matter what it is we are voting on, there is no regular order, there is no committee process that I have seen whereby these bills come up. The Senate passes it and we bring it to the floor and vote on it. Getting back to regular order is what we need to do.”
“As a freshman, I’d like to see how regular order works, instead of making everything an emergency that has to be voted on right now” he added. “It seems like we are going from catastrophe to catastrophe, and that’s really how this president operates.”
If you can’t ban it, tax it into being unattainable. As efforts to reinstate a federal ban on modern sporting rifles at the federal level fail to gain traction, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking for another option to get their gun control goals fulfilled with a little help from the IRS.
The proposals range
from the modest — a proposed 5 percent tax in
The taxes — much like so-called “sin taxes,” like those on cigarettes — serve a dual purpose. They can deter buyers, while using the extra revenue for favored programs. In this case, the sponsors want to direct the money toward mental health services, police training and victims’ treatment.
But firearms groups say a “sin tax” on firearms wrongly punishes law-abiding gun owners.
“If anything, gun
owners ought to be getting a tax rebate for helping reduce crime,” said
A federal court ruled the Obama administration must turn over records related to its policy of suspending some deportations of illegal aliens, which critics have called “stealth amnesty.”
The Department of Homeland Security violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to hand over relevant records to the D.C. watchdog group Judicial Watch, ruled Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Feb. 28.
Judicial Watch said documents it previously uncovered show DHS officials misled Congress and the public about the scope of changes in its immigration enforcement policy.
The new policy gave wide latitude to local immigration officials to dismiss illegal alien deportation cases, including the dismissal of charges against illegals convicted of violent crimes.
“This ruling shows the Obama administration is willing to go to any extent – including gaming the courts – to continue stonewalling the full story of its lawless release of illegal aliens,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“Now, with the prison floodgates being thrown open to illegal aliens under the phony pretense of abiding by sequester cuts, it is more important than ever that Obama’s hand be revealed,” he said.
implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, led to a
reduction of the deportation docket in
Judicial Watch subsequently uncovered records showing that deportation cases were dismissed against illegal aliens who had committed serious felonies.
The litigation has become more significant, Judicial Watch pointed out, with the Obama administration’s large-scale suspension of deportations and the release of thousands of criminal illegal aliens due to alleged sequester budget cuts.
Since mid-February, the Obama administration has released from jail more than 2,000 illegal aliens facing deportation, the Associated Press reported. The administration reportedly plans to release 3,000 more this month.
Judicial Watch filed its original FOIA request with DHS in August 2010 and a subsequent lawsuit in March 2011 after the department refused to release the requested records.
In January 2012, the
In its Feb. 28 decision, the District Court ruled DHS had continued to improperly withhold a substantial number of documents under the “attorney-client” and attorney “work-product” privileges.
The court declared that each of the documents “appears to concern nothing more than the implementation of an agency policy.”
Withholding the documents, the court said, runs counter to the D.C. Circuit’s earlier admonition that a government attorney’s advice on political, strategic or policy issues is not shielded from disclosure by the attorney-client privilege.
The Texas Self-Sufficiency Act
directs the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the Texas
House, and the Comptroller to name a committee of made up of
legislators, budget experts and citizens from the non-profit sector to
analyze not only our state's dependence on federal funds, but the impact
of federal funding on Texas' economy. "Speaker Straus should be
commended for naming a House interim committee on sequestration.
However, we must expand on this work. My district in South
Representative White is the Member
|Death Panels in Obamacare||
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, called for the establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
The new institute’s purpose is to carry out “comparative clinical effectiveness research,” which is defined in the law as evaluating and comparing “health outcomes” and “clinical effectiveness, risks and benefits” of two or more medical treatments or services.The purpose of the research is purportedly for the government to determine which treatments work best so that money is not spent on less effective treatments. There is also concern for...Read More
The White House and Mitch McConnell have reached a tentative deal early New Year's Day.
The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years and delay for two months across-the-board spending cuts otherwise set to begin slashing the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies.
|Pay Raise for Members of Congress||
Below is a response to several letters that was sent to Congressman Randy Neugebauer about the pay raises for members of Congress.
December 31, 2012
My office has been contacted in the past few days regarding a pay raise for Members of Congress. I want you to know that I do not believe Congress needs a pay raise, and I did not support this increase. Congress froze all federal salaries in 2011, and this September, extended that pay freeze until April of 2013. President Obama recently issued an executive order that would raise federal salaries as soon as the authority for current government spending expires – April 1, 2013. Salaries for Members of Congress would rise roughly 0.5%.
I find it extremely disappointing and discouraging that while businesses and families are facing a tax hike, President Obama believes that federal government workers deserve a pay raise. That is not right. We need to be cutting spending—not increasing it on government salaries. When it comes time to reauthorize government spending, I will work to keep the current pay freeze in place and stop the President’s executive order from taking effect.
|Rick Perry Says Obamacare Won't Be Successful||
By: Bill Hoffmann
have much of a chance of working because of the wariness of states over
the creation of health insurance exchanges, according to Texas Gov. Rick
|now obama wants your 401(k)||
Remarkably, those financial professionals specializing in private retirement savings and the U.S. citizens investing in private retirement plans now face the possibility the Obama administration and its allies on the political left will impose rules and regulations that effectively abolish the private retirement savings and investment markets.
Email May Not Be Private
A bill proposed in the Senate that will be voted on next week was originally aimed at increasing Americans’ email privacy, but it was quietly rewritten by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to give the Feds warrantless full access to your inbox.
According to CNET, the bill would now give 22 government agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — unfettered access to Americans’ email inboxes, Google files, Facebook and Twitter with only a subpoena from a judge.
A former Navy chaplain who was forced out of the service for praying in Jesus' name while in uniform believes the GOP will continue to lose until it selects candidates who can win the support of evangelical Christians.
In the wake of the Republican Party's showing in the 2012 election, former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt sees at least a couple of silver linings: the House remained in Republican control, and the GOP expanded its advantage in governorships.
But when it comes to the presidential stakes, Klingenschmitt contends that the Romney defeat proves once again that GOP "establishment" candidates have proven to be disasters.
"When Republicans choose social conservatives, they win; and when Republicans choose people like Mitt Romney or John McCain -- who are social moderates who run in the primaries against the church vote -- yeah, they may win the primary, but then they lose the general election because the church does not show up to support them," he expresses.
says he is encouraged by the strong crop of GOP governors and other
conservatives who appear to be the future of the Republican Party,
including Mike Pence -- a former five-term
"Mike Pence would make a great presidential candidate in four years," he tells OneNewsNow. "Jim DeMint from South Carolina is not running again for the Senate in four years, so he'll have nothing to do but run for president. I think he ought to do that."
But Klingenschmitt, who runs The Pray In Jesus Name Project, says ultimately Christians must remember that the government run by people is not the eternal government.
"Jesus Christ is still King of Kings, he's still Lord of Lords," he shares. "We can have faith in him, and we can stand up against the persecution that is going to continue from the Obama administration."
|At 10 a.m. Monday, the Supreme Court resumes public hearings, and the first that day will be one hour of oral argument on an attempt to pursue a constitutional challenge to global electronic wiretapping by the U.S. government. Arguing for the U.S. government in the case of Clapper v. Amnesty International USA (docket 11-1025) will be U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. Representing individuals and groups challenging the eavesdropping will be Jameel Jaffer of New York City, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union...Read More|
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
said this week that 200,000 illegal aliens have applied for the
Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
that grants amnesty and the possibility of work permits to certain
illegal aliens who claim they were brought to the U.S. at a young age.
Napolitano also said that USCIS receives more than 3,000 new
applications per day despite some reluctance within the illegal alien
community to apply for fear of the program's future should Pres. Obama
lose the election next month. ..
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A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House
investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found
that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the
Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.
|Holder Above The Law||
As more defendants in the government's failed "Operation Fast and Furious" face sentencing, a gun lobbying organization emphasizes the urgency for Attorney General Eric Holder to cooperate and release important documents.
Larry Pratt, executive director of
Gun Owners of America
A new report from Senate Republicans warns that the Obama administration and the EPA are delaying implementation of painful new regulations until after the election.
The report from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ Minority Staff, “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013,” points to a “slew of job-killing EPA regulations that the Obama-EPA has put on hold until after the election but will be on the ‘to-do’ list for 2013.”
“As the economy has continued to falter over the past year, team Obama has been delaying rule after rule that will eliminate American jobs, drive up the price of gas at the pump even more, impose construction bans on local communities, and essentially shut down American oil, natural gas, and coal production. They don’t want this economic pain to hit American families just before the election because it would cost President Obama votes.”
The report goes on to state: Read More
Answers to these
frequently asked questions about the Open Carry law are courtesy of the
At the end of each month, the
SNAP is a valuable program for people who have fallen on hard times and need help feeding their families while they get back on their feet. However, government benefits must be reserved specifically for our most vulnerable citizens. I’m working to stop abuse and close loopholes in this program. We must ensure that taxpayer dollars are only going to those truly in need of assistance. Read the story Illegal Underground Food Stamp Market Thrives Online
|Ministers Defy Prohibition on Endorsing Candidates||
San Diego pastor Jim Garlow is the national chairman of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which challenges the IRS ban on tax-exempt churches endorsing candidates or parties.The pastor of Skyline Church says the law needs to be challenged to prove that it's an unconstitutional violation of pastors' free speech and religious rights...Read More
|Families, Job Creators Buried||President Obama’s “fiscal cliff” is a good example of how his policies have “buried” the middle class during his administration (in VP Biden’s words). Here’s a closer look at the “fiscal cliff,” and other ways families and job creators have been “buried” over the last few years...Read More|
|Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the United Nations General Assembly's High-Level Event on the Rule of Law||
Mr. President; your Excellencies. I am honored to represent the United States at this historic meeting on the rule of law – and I want to thank all of the distinguished leaders gathered here for bringing your voices, your perspectives, and your commitment to this critical discussion.
History has proven that the establishment and enforcement of the rule of law is essential – in protecting the security and civil liberties of our citizens; in combating violent crime...Read More
Just 17 days before Election Day, American voters of all faiths will take to the streets in the name of religious freedom and in protest of the Obamacare contraception mandate – with one of the major protests unfolding on President Obama’s doorstep.
On Oct. 20 at 12 noon, more than 100 “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies sponsored by the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition will take place in cities coast to coast, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and others. Read More
prosecutors announced that 14 defendants are accused of running a fraud
scheme that supplied more than 3,500
Four defendants have pleaded or are scheduled to plead guilty in federal court for their roles in the scheme, which involved supplying illegal aliens with fraudulent birth certificates and Social Security cards and helping them through the license acquisition process.
Four members of the Vanvacter/Gonzalez family admitted coaching illegal aliens to: memorize information on real birth certificates and Social Security cards; match signatures; and answer questions that employees could ask about the documents. The scheme also involved accompanying illegal aliens to the license office disguised as translators. The defendants – all citizens or legal residents -- each face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
An illegal-alien defendant in the case, Ranfe Adaias Hernandez-Flores, is charged with two counts of bringing in and harboring illegal aliens and one count of defrauding the United States. He is expected to be arraigned next month along with other illegal-alien and citizen defendants.
Just a few weeks ago, federal
prosecutors announced the indictment of two other illegal aliens in a
separate document fraud case that helped more than 100 illegal aliens
get licenses from the same office in
At its present rate of enrichment, Iran will have 250 kilograms of
20-percent grade uranium, exactly enough to build its first nuclear
bomb, in roughly six weeks, and two-to- four bombs by early 2013,
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. Hence the leak by
an unnamed Israeli security source Sunday, Aug. 12, disclosing Iran’s
progress in developing the detonator and fuses for a nuclear warhead
which can be fitted onto Shehab-3 ballistic missiles capable of reaching
Since 20 percent refined uranium is a short jump to weapons grade fuel,
|CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET—FISCAL YEAR 2013 (Download PDF)||
Article I of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to
appropriate funds from the Treasury, pay the obligations of and raise
revenue for the Federal Government, and publish statements and accounts
of all financial transactions. In addition, the Congressional Budget and
Impoundment Act of 1974 requires Congress to write a budget each year
representing its plan to carry out these transactions in the forthcoming
fiscal years. While the President is required to propose his
administration’s budget requests for Congress’s consideration, Congress
is responsible for writing the laws that raise revenues, appropriate funds, and prioritize taxpayer dollars within an overall Federal budget.
The budget resolution is the only legislative vehicle that views government comprehensively. It provides the framework for the consideration of other legislation. Ultimately, a budget is much
more than series of numbers. It also serves as an expression of Congress’s principles, vision, and philosophy of governing. This budget, submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives for
fiscal year 2013 and beyond, builds upon the budget that was written and passed by the new House majority last year. Like last year’s budget, it is offered on time, in accordance with the 1974
Budget Act, out of respect for the law and in order that the public be given a timely and transparent accounting of their government’s work. Download PDF
President Obama has
had three years in office, during which time he has attacked every
serious proposal to preserve and strengthen
Mitt’s plan honors commitments to current seniors while giving the next generation an improved program that offers the freedom to choose what their coverage under Medicare should look like. Instead of paying providers directly for medical services, the government’s role will be to help future seniors pay for an insurance option that provides coverage at least as good as today’s Medicare, and to offer traditional Medicare as one of the insurance options that seniors can choose. With insurers competing against each other to provide the best value to customers, efficiency and quality will improve and costs will decline. Seniors will be allowed to keep the savings from less expensive options or choose to pay more for costlier plans. Read More
As the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed, the Second Amendment protects one of the American people’s most basic and fundamental individual rights: “the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” The Second Amendment is essential to the functioning of our free society. Mitt strongly supports the right of all law-abiding Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own firearms and to use them for lawful purposes, including hunting, recreational shooting, self-defense, and the protection of family and property.
Like the majority of
Americans, Mitt does not believe that the
Mitt will enforce the laws already on the books and punish, to the fullest extent of the law, criminals who misuse firearms to commit crimes. But he does not support adding more laws and regulations that do nothing more than burden law-abiding citizens while being ignored by criminals. Mitt will also provide law enforcement with the proper and effective resources they need to deter, apprehend, and punish criminals.
As governor of
As president, Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt and shoot. He also will defend the right of individuals to protect their families, homes, and property, and he will fight the battle on all fronts to protect and promote the Second Amendment
ObamaCare was ruled constitutional Thursday, June 28, 2012. And yes, it’s still difficult to let that fact settle in. But today is the 4th of July. Today is our Independence Day. As you celebrate, remember exactly what Americans all over the country are fighting for.
Thomas Jefferson. Samuel Adams. Benjamin Franklin. John Hancock. These brave Americans had the sheer audacity to declare their independence from King George III. Facing isolation and probable death, they went forward with their plan to declare that they would be their own masters, rather than a single man in a distant capital.
They are rolling over in their graves now and are mad as Hell at “We the People” for letting this happen. Because 236 years ago, these Patriots declared that a long train of abuses committed against them would not be tolerated and would not happen again.
Obamacare is now official, which means that a lot
more people in the
(You didn't think Obamacare was free, did you?)
Here are some of the new taxes you're going to have to pay to pay for Obamacare: Read More
a letter made public to Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid, senators Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Tom
Coburn, R-OK, were joined by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-IL, said they fear
billions of tax dollars are being lost annually as a result.
“Clearly, the program vulnerabilities that facilitate billions of dollars to be stolen from the Medicare program each year also allow for some of that money to be funneled to foreign countries,” the three congressmen said.
“While the fraud itself is unacceptable, the loss of American dollars to foreign countries because of flaws in our system is totally unacceptable. The American people deserve the peace of mind to know that federal officials are doing everything they can to safeguard taxpayers’ dollars and the Medicare program.” Read More
Tuesday, May 29th at 4:46AM EDT
Last week I wrote about the Speedway Bomber and current left-wing activist Brett Kimberlin. In 2011, after writing about Kimberlin, LA County Prosecutor Patrick Frey, who blogs under the name Patterico, was rousted out of bed after midnight by the LA County SWAT Team. Someone had called 911 claiming to be Frey saying he’d just murdered his wife.
Sunday night as my family and sister’s family were around the dinner table and playing outside, sheriff’s deputies pulled into my driveway responding to an accidental shooting at my home.
One deputy was in the driveway. Another blocked the end of the driveway with his car. A neighbor tells me another was up the hill from the house.
There was no shooting at my home. Someone called 911, claimed to be at my home, and claimed to witness a shooting at my home.
As the one deputy and I spoke, the other deputy walked up the driveway, positioned himself behind the car in the driveway, and kept his eyes on me and his hand on his gun. My three year old ran between us all thinking it was so cool to have a police car in the driveway with its blue lights flashing.
Luckily, after I had starting writing about Kimberlin, I advised the Sheriff’s Department to be aware this could happen.
It was a prank, but not just any prank. This is a prank left-wing activists are increasingly deploying against those who dissent from their political views. When Barack Obama told his supporters in 2008 to bring guns to knife fights, some of his supporters took him a metaphorically than I assume he intended.
AMAC Tells Congress Social Security Reform is a No Brainer and Lawmakers Need to Act Now
AMAC president Dan
Weber said all members of the House and Senate will receive a letter
from the senior group next week requesting their feedback on a
comprehensive proposal that would guarantee the solvency of Social
Security for future generations. “We’ve conducted polls among our
320,000 members and they are overwhelmingly in favor of reform now.
Our intention is to poll Congress to see if our representatives in
Weber said that AMAC has already been in touch with a limited number of Senators and Representatives and that they all reacted favorably to this initiative.In its letter, AMAC outlines elements...Read More
INTERVIEW WITH JULIAN ASSANGE
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, computer programmer and Internet activist. He is the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. WikiLeaks was founded in 2006. That year, Assange wrote two essays setting out the philosophy behind WikiLeaks: "To radically shift regime behaviour we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must think beyond those who have gone before us and discover technological changes that embolden us with ways to act in which our forebears could not." Read More
Cops accused of stealing citizens guns
you suspect the government wants your guns, you apparently have good
reason to think that.
Parraz, born in California in 1967, has an elite education, having
received his B.A. degree from the University of California Berkeley, a
Masters from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a
Juris Doctorate from the University of California Berkeley.
In 1994, while yet a graduate student at the Kennedy School, Parraz was recruited to work as a community organizer in Dallas, Texas, by the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF, a Saul Alinsky-oriented organization based in Chicago.
According to the National Latino Congress website, it was in Dallas...Read More
|Delaware is Attempting to Eliminate the County Sheriff||
“It is time for the sworn protectors of Liberty, the County Sheriffs, to walk tall and defend their citizens from all enemies of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.”
”We do have some sheriffs with the courage to tell the federal government to stay out of their counties and not enter unless they clear with the sheriff first. The sheriff is not a part of the federal judicial system. He holds executive powers.”
Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher...Read Article
Monday, 12 Mar 2012
The Obama administration blocked Texas’s new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls, escalating a partisan dispute over voting restrictions.
The U.S. Justice Department is using its power under the Voting Rights Act to halt the Texas law, saying in a letter to the state today that the measure may disproportionately harm Hispanics. The department in December blocked a similar law in South Carolina.
Voter identification laws were passed last year in eight states. Whether the requirements are inconveniences or barriers to voting is at the core of a debate between Republican supporters who say the laws will protect election integrity, and Democrats who oppose the statutes as attempts to disenfranchise minorities and the poor.
“Even using the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver’s license or a personal identification card,” Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, wrote in the letter to Keith Ingram, the director of elections for the Texas Secretary of State.
The Justice Department’s decision isn’t final. Read more on Newsmax.com: Texas Voter ID Law Blocked by U.S. Justice Department as Biased
|Obama’s Education Dept. partners with Soros||
- The Department of Education has partnered with billionaire George
Soros’ Open Society Institute to promote a global education initiative
that seeks “a world where each and every person on Earth can access and
contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.”
Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a $25,000 “Why Open Education Matters” competition that will give a cash prize for...Read More
Opponents of El Paso mayor's same-sex benefits plan targeted for prosecution
By: Bob Unruh
A prosecutor has decided to pursue and possibly charge members of El Paso area churches who promoted petitions opposing the city administration’s decision to implement benefits for same-sex partners even after voters decided not to allow that.
The result is an emergency appeal to the state Supreme Court by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has been working on the freedom of speech dispute.
The organization today warned that hundreds of Christians and other El Paso citizens “are facing jail time for exercising their constitutionally protected right to speak out against Mayor John Cook’s policies.”
Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate suspected to be a computer-generated forgery
"President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the
White House on April 27, 2011, is suspected to be a computer-generated
forgery, not a scan of an original 1961 paper document as represented by
the White House when the long-form birth certificate was made public,"
Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a press conference
today in Phoenix.
This is the major preliminary finding of a six-month ongoing Sheriff's Cold Case Posse law enforcement investigation into the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president.
Having developed probable cause to believe the long-form birth certificate was most likely a computer-generated forgery, investigators began examining other evidence of President Obama's life history.
Investigators additionally have developed credible evidence suggesting: Read Report
Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military
BY: - February 27, 2012
The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.
The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.
The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.
Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.
“We shouldn’t ask
our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar
hardship on the rest of the population,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon,
chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Republican from
California, said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We can’t
keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.” ...
As you may know, Randy Neugebauer is the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. On Wednesday, Mr. Richard Cordray, who was recently appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by President Obama, will appear before my committee to testify on the CFPB’s budget. The CFPB currently enjoys unprecedented access to funding through the Federal Reserve Bank and can draw as much as $548 million from the Federal Reserve’s budget. There is no law, committee or person with the authority to prevent funds from being paid to the CFPB. These are funds that could otherwise be going to pay down the national debt.
This hearing will examine the CFPB’s budget to ensure that it is using public funds in a cost-effective and transparent way. They will also examine the CFPB’s policies and procedures for providing budget information to Congress. Randy Neugebauer said, “I look forward to questioning the director of the CFPB and hope you will tune in by watching from the Financial Services website.”
TIME: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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new york times devalues the u s constitution
is certainly no surprise for gun owners to see the
New York Times run a
story belittling the United States Constitution. After all, the
Times has worked for
decades to devalue our founding document.
But it was a much bigger shock when the Times reported in the same story that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a sitting associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and grande dame of the Court’s liberal voting bloc, shares the Times’ dim view of the Constitution. Ginsburg said “I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.” Her personal recommendations would instead include “the South African Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the European Convention on Human Rights.”None of this should come as a surprise. One wonders, for example...Read More
Obama Releases His 2013 Budget
Obama's 2013 budget, to be released on February 13, 2012, is the official start to an election-year budget battle over taxes and spending as the nation's debt tops $15 trillion. Obama's budget predicts a $1.3 trillion deficit in the ongoing budget year and a $901 billion deficit in 2013.
The president's plan is laden with stimulus-style initiatives, like sharp increases for highway construction, school modernization, and a new tax credit for businesses that add jobs. But it avoids sacrifice, with only minimal curbs on the unsustainable growth of Medicare even as it slaps a 10-year, $61 billion "financial crisis responsibility fee" on big banks to recoup the 2008 Wall Street bailout.
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) has cosponsored Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify within two years. The bill also requires all federal, state, and local governments to E-Verify their entire workforce.
Rep.Stearns is serving his 12th term in Congress and represents Florida's 6th Congressional District and has earned a career A-plus grade. This Congress, Rep. Stearns has also cosponsored Rep. Steve King's bill to end Birthright Citizenship.
Chairman Smith's bill would:
Rep. Stearn's cosponsorship brings the total number of sponsors of Chairman Smith's bill to 74.
DOJ Witch hunt to take down the Toughest Sheriff in America
Listen to the presentation of the petitions collected by Grassfire Nation.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being victimized by the U.S. Department
of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Eric Holder. The politically
motivated retaliation alleges that Arpaio and his department have
engaged in willful civil rights violations: that his office racially
profiles Latinos; bases immigration enforcement on racially charged
citizen complaints; and punishes Hispanic jail inmates for speaking
Holder continues to deny any foreknowledge of Fast and Furious
On Thursday, February 2, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified
before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding his
role in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun
running operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
During the hearing, Holder continued to deny any foreknowledge of the botched operation. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House committee, led the charge in questioning Holder on his involvement and knowledge. When Issa asked Holder if he had been briefed on the wiretaps presented in this case, Holder responded, "These wiretaps are very voluminous, read well kinds of things. I have not read them."
The U.S. Attorney General has an obligation to the American people to know what is going on under his watch, but throughout the hearing Holder continuously tried to distance himself from the activities of his staff.
At one point during the hearing, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) told Holder, "You've not taken action, you've not fired anybody, you haven't changed policy, because it's clear you didn't enforce the policy before."
Holder responded, "I've made personnel changes with regard to leadership positions. We have moved people around. We have instituted a series of policies now that I think are designed to make sure that doesn't happen again."
McHenry countered, "An agent was murdered and your action is to move...Read More
Wildmon Agrees With Palin about newt
January 29, 2012
One of the nation's most influential Christian and family leaders, the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, says Sarah Palin is right, Newt Gingrich is being "crucified" by the Republican establishment and forces allied with Mitt Romney.
Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, has strongly endorsed Gingrich for president, and this week has been urging fellow believers to vote in Florida's primary for the former House Speaker.
Wildmon has spent decades on the front-lines of the battle to protect American families and says Gingrich is the best choice for Christian conservatives who want a president to stand against a rising tide of secularism and anti-Christian sentiment.
On Thursday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stated on the Fox Business channel: "Look at Newt Gingrich, what's going on with him via the establishment's attacks. They're trying to crucify this man and rewrite history and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years.”
In an interview with Newsmax Friday, Wildmon told Newsmax “That’s very tough language. But I think it’s probably pretty accurate.”
Wildmon said Gingrich is up against entrenched political forces who are “absolutely” trying to dictate who wins the GOP nomination.“The mainstream media and the...Read More
|Sarah Palin says that Newt Gingrich is being crucified||
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says that Newt Gingrich is being “crucified” by the Republican establishment, including allies of Mitt Romney, who are trying to rewrite his record with a barrage of negative attacks.
"Look at Newt Gingrich, what's going on with him via the establishment's attacks,” Palin told John Stossel of Fox Business on Thursday.
She added: “They're trying to crucify this man and rewrite history and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years.”
Palin has not endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates, but has been enthusiastically supportive of Gingrich.
Last week before the South Carolina GOP primary Palin said she would vote for Newt Gingrich if she was voting in that state’s primary.
Palin’s husband, Todd, has officially endorsed Gingrich for president.Sarah Palin explained her husband’s endorsement of Gingrich: Read More
On January 26, 2012, Ronald Reagan’s eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romney’s Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan.
Mike Reagan says such claims are false.
Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say, "This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida."
Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt.
“That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early days in national talk radio in the 1980s.
“He was perhaps the premier defender of Ronald Reagan,” Limbaugh said.
On January 26, 2012, Mike Reagan, a respected conservative commentator, responded to the Gingrich critics with this statement to Newsmax:
“I am deeply disturbed that supporters of Mitt Romney are claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true Reaganite and are even claiming that Newt was a strong critic of my father.
“Recently I endorsed Newt Gingrich for president because I believe that Newt is the only Republican candidate who has both consistently backed the conservative policies that my father championed and the only Republican that will continue to implement his vision.
“It surprises me that Mitt Romney and his supporters would raise this issue — when Mitt by his own admission voted for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale who opposed my father, and later supported liberal Democrat Paul Tsongas for president.
“As governor of Massachusetts, Romney’s achievement was the most socialistic healthcare plan in the nation up until that time.
“Say what you want about Newt Gingrich but when he was speaker of the House he surrounded himself with Reagan conservatives and implemented a Ronald Reagan program of low taxes and restrained federal spending.
“Newt’s conservative program created a huge economic boom and balanced the budget for the first time in more than a generation.”
Mike Reagan concluded: “I would take Newt Gingrich’s record any day over Mitt Romney’s.”
And Nancy Reagan, Reagan’s wife, has stressed Gingrich’s close relationship with her late husband.
In a 1995 speech at a dinner honoring Ronald Reagan, Nancy said: “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”
Senator Inhofe Rips “Reckless” Obama Over Pipeline
Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has blasted President Barack Obama for siding with “radical” environmentalists and shelving plans for the Keystone XL pipeline.
The 1,700-mile pipeline would have brought oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, created thousands of jobs, and lessened America’s reliance on Middle East oil. Environmentalists claimed it posed the threat of an oil leak.
House Republicans gave Obama 60 days to approve or reject the $7 billion project, but Obama said the deadline did not allow time to assess the environmental and health impacts and squelched the pipeline plan, at least for the immediate future.Inhofe released the following statement: Read More
EPA Threatens North Dakota Oil Boom
Oil production in North Dakota has boomed to the point that the state now produces nearly as much oil each day as OPEC member Ecuador.
But a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could bring a halt to the boom that has virtually eliminated unemployment in North Dakota.
The state now has 200 rigs pumping 440,000 barrels of oil daily in the Bakken shale formation, according to the Heartland Institute. The state’s unemployment rate is holding at just 3.5 percent, with many oil industry jobs paying more than $100,000 a year, and “we have 18,000 jobs looking for people,” North Dakota Republican Rep. Rick Berg told The Hill.
“If our country’s GDP grew at 7 percent, as it does in [my] state, most of our problems would be over in two years.”The North Dakota legislature is using some of the state’s oil revenue to fund $1.2 billion in infrastructure improvements, including roads and schools. Public schools will receive $340 million in oil-related revenues over...Read More
After the CNN debate the daughters of Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich spoke to Sean Hannity on his show. Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers said they have seen a dramatic change in their father over the years and he is not the man he was years ago when married to his ex-wife Marianne.
Kathy Lubbers said, “The truth of the matter is, the people of South Carolina and the people in that room in particular — and I’m sure across this country watching that debate — knew in their hearts the reality that the American people deserve to have a president such as our father. She also said, “He responded and he brought up the fact that you know what? The American people deserve to have real questions in the debate — not things that are not pertinent to the current situation at hand —which is what is important to the American people in regard to jobs, and the economy, and national security.”
Jackie Cushman went on to say that her father has been open about his mistakes and said, “He’s asked for God’s forgiveness — he’s reconciled himself with God — and I think that people understand that none of us are perfect,” Cushman said. “And Rick Perry today in his endorsement gave such an eloquent speech about how that he [Gingrich] wasn’t the perfect person but he was the right person to lead this nation at this time, and I think that really resonates with people. It’s not about being perfect but it’s about who can lead at this particular time in our nation.”
New Regulations Threaten Insurance for CAM Patients
Posted By ANH-USA
There are many questions about how the healthcare act will actually work, but complex regs just released seem likely to doom the very programs that help us pay for our integrative medical treatments.
An important provision of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires insurance companies to use at least 80% of premium dollars (85% for large employer plans) on healthcare expenses and quality improvement, rather than on sales, overhead, and profits. If they don’t...Read More
|From Obscurity to President in 24 Months and Why the New World Order Changed Face||
It’s simply astonishing that we are moving towards the final year of Barack Obama’s first presidential term. The oath taken by Barack Obama in Washington, January 2009, to become the 44th US president has now become a distant memory, simply because of the magnitude of global issues that have faced him and the international community over the last 24 months.
Attorney General Abbott Offers Support to Henderson County Judge Over Challenge to Courthouse Nativity Scene
-- Attorney General Abbott sent the following letter to Henderson County
Judge Richard Sanders, following a demand from the Freedom From Religion
Foundation to remove a nativity scene from the grounds of the
Shocker: Antipsychotic Drugs Are Being Given to Kids in Foster Care
Want foster kids to behave? Give them harsh tranquilizers developed for schizophrenic patients!
According to a shocking new study published in the journal Pediatrics , foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychotic drugs, even if they’re not mentally ill and they don’t have any psychiatric symptoms. In fact, they’re given the drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled youngsters on Medicaid.Kids in foster care with behavior problems are being given two antipsychotic drugs at once, according to the study. The drugs include Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa (and if you want to see something terrifying, just look at the list of Zyprexa’s side effects !). The drugs were developed for schizophrenia and severe bipolar disorder. But schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are extremely rare in young children, and the foster children in question did not have any psychiatric symptoms. They just came from bad...Read More
|At $15 trillion in debt||
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is out with a video explaining the implications of the $15 trillion debt we have now racked up.
Not surprisingly, the Republicans are having a field day with facts and figures to highlight their argument that President Obama has presided over a fiscal train wreck. Don Stewart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s communications director, sent out a handy guide to the debt history:
$8.67 trillion: Democrats take control of Congress, January 2007
$10.62 trillion: President Obama’s Inaugural, January 20, 2009
$10.789 trillion: Stimulus bill signed into law, February 17, 2009
$12.351 trillion: President’s weekly address on the merits of “pay as you go,” February 13, 2010
$14.305 trillion: President’s weekly address where he said “I believe we can live within our means,” April 16, 2011
Likewise, Republican presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted away: “Today, the federal debt hit a depressing $15 trillion. This astounding debt is a heavy pair of cement shoes for our children and America’s economic future. Now more than ever, America needs leadership committed to overhauling Washington.”He then touted his latest plan for “a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, a ban on earmarks, real spending and tax relief, and a part-time Congress to bring fiscal conservatism and responsibility back to our nation’s capital.”
|U. S. House of Representatives Adopts Right- to- Carry Reciprocity||
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), which has 245 cosponsors, was approved by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.
Several amendments were offered to undermine the bill’s protections. Every one of these amendments was soundly defeated by an overwhelming bipartisan vote, and included:
Hearing: Sen. Cornyn Questions Atty Gen Holder on Fast & Furious - 11-8-11
|This is a video that Senator Cornyn was asking Attorney General Eric Holder about Fast and Furious. Watch Holder try to answer without sounding guilty.|
rejected a bid to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's
controversial net neutrality rules on Thursday in a party-line vote.
|Introducing George "spooky dude" Soros||
New York hedge fund manager George Soros
is one of the most politically powerful individuals on earth. Since the
mid-1980s in particular, he has used his immense influence to help
reconfigure the political landscapes of several countries around the
world―in some cases playing a key role in toppling regimes that had held
the reins of government for years, even decades. Vis à vis the United
States, a strong case can be made for the claim that Soros today affects
American politics and culture more profoundly that any other living
Much of Soros's influence derives from his $13 billion personal fortune, which is further leveraged by at least another $25 billion in investor assets controlled by his firm, Soros Fund Management. An equally significant source of Soros's power, however, is his passionate messianic zeal. Soros views himself as a missionary with something of a divine mandate to transform the world and its institutions into something better...Read More
|CAIN CLARIFIES ABORTION STATEMENT||
On the Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, Herman Cain seemingly took the position that while he is pro-life and thinks abortion is wrong, he would not as President do anything to stop women from having abortions. Later he tries to clarify what he meant.
“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.
I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.
My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.
I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.”
MORGAN: By expressing the view that you expressed, you are effectively — you might be president. You can’t hide behind now the mask, if you don’t mind me saying, of being the pizza guy. You might be the president of United States of America. So your views on these things become exponentially massively more important. They become a directive to the nation.
CAIN: No they don’t. I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.Clearly Herman Cain is personally pro-life, but he does not favor government intervention in the matter. His statement seems to put this all to rest, but Pro-lifers who are as yet uncommitted in this race want clarity on the subject above all else. As for me, a Pro-lifer, he makes sense; a President of the United States can have an opinion about something but should stay out of the personal business of WE THE PEOPLE
Sen’s Hutchison, Cornyn Urge White House to Approve States Amended Federal Disaster Declaration
Sep 16 2011
WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn (R-Texas) yesterday sent the following letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve Gov. Rick Perry’s request for an amended Federal Disaster Declaration to include additional counties and provide support for wildfire debris removal and rebuilding.
Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn wrote, “It is vital that first responders have the financial resources to support emergency protective measures to save lives, protect property and maintain the public’s health and safety. We ask that this be done now without delay.”
More than 19,000 fires have burned over 3.5 million acres of land in Texas in 2011, according to the Texas Forest Service, and have caused at least four deaths. In May, President Obama declined an invitation from Senators Hutchison and Cornyn to tour areas of Texas devastated by wildfires. Read the full text of the letter.
|Federal Judge Rejects New York Gun Law Challenge||
A Federal judge in New York has upheld the State’s law concerning an individual having to show a necessity for self-protection in order to obtain a license to carry a handgun, The Associated Press reported.
District Judge Cathy Seibel ruled against the challenge to the State law because of an alleged important government interest in preventing crime. While leaders on the left applauded the ruling, Alan Gura, the attorney for the plaintiff, noted that an appeal would be filed, according to the news outlet.
She said the state's gun law fell within the limits set by Heller, did not violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and could thus not be widened as the plaintiffs wanted.
"As crafted, the statute seeks to limit the use of handguns to self-defensive purposes a use which, although in this context existing outside the home, is nonetheless a hallmark of Heller rather than for some other use that has not been recognized as falling within the protections of the Second Amendment," said Seibel, who sits in White Plains.
“The question here is whether the government gets to regulate a constitutional right or completely abolish it,” Gura said.
The five plaintiffs from Westchester County brought the suit in an effort to freeze the “proper cause” element in the permit-application process, something that they argued was a direct violation of their 2nd Amendment rights, Reuters reported.
Gura noted that they might take the case as high as the Supreme Court, as the plaintiffs argued that the threat of significant random violence is all too prevalent in New York City, reported the AP.
They sued the county and the county judges who had turned down the applications. They argued that under recent Supreme Court decisions involving gun control measures in Chicago and Washington, D.C., New York's restriction was unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs, in their rejected applications, had cited reasons including the threat of random violence, the desire to get involved in competitive shooting and being "a transgender female subject to a higher likelihood of violence," the judge said.
|President Obama Sends The American Jobs Act to Congress||
Today, President Obama sent a message to Congress with the American Jobs Act of 2011 and a section-by-section analysis of the legislation. The American Jobs Act is composed of the kinds of proposals to put Americans back to work that both Democrats and Republicans have supported. That's why President Obama is urging Congress to pass the bill right away to get the economy moving. As the President stressed this morning, this is not a time to play politics:
|House Leaders Request President Obama’s Proposed Legislation||
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sent the following letter to the White House today requesting the text of the legislation proposed by President Obama in his address to Congress. House leaders intend to have the legislation scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) so that Congressional committees can begin examining its impact on private-sector job creation and economic growth, paving the way for potential legislative action. Click here for a printable PDF version of the letter:
The California State Senate passed A.B.1236 earlier this week, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill would prohibit counties and local municipalities in the state from requiring businesses to use E-Verify, furthering the need for House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act that would require all business in the U.S. to use E-Verify.
“California has the second highest unemployment rate in the U.S., yet elected officials in Sacramento just sent a bill to the Governor’s desk that will further diminish job opportunities," Chairman Smith said. "California’s E-Verify opt-out bill shows exactly why we need a federal E-Verify law. Without a federal law on the books, some states—including those with the largest illegal immigrant populations, such as California—will be free to hire illegal workers.
“That’s why I have introduced the Legal Workforce Act," he added. "This bill requires all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to check whether prospective employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S. This program is free, quick and easy to use – those eligible to work are immediately confirmed 99.5% of the time. This bill is one of the most significant steps we can take to put millions of Americans back to work and curb incentives that drive illegal immigration.”
“Illegal immigration cost Californians a net of more than $20 billion in 2010 in services and incarceration costs," California Representative and House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Elton Gallegly said. "Yet California continues to provide magnets to draw illegal immigrants to the state. That includes free education for illegal immigrant adults, sanctuary cities and – soon – an opt-out for E-Verify.
“Illegal immigration will not subside until we remove the magnets, including the largest one, a job," Gallegly added. "California’s bill to prohibit cities and counties from requiring employers to use E-Verify is one of the reasons I am working with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas to pass a federal law to make it mandatory for all employers in the United States. It has a 98 percent accuracy rate, which is far better than the antiquated I-9 forms now used.”
In June, Chairman Smith introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164). Chairman Gallegly is an original cosponsor. This bill could open up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans by requiring all U.S. employers to use E-Verify.
A federal E-Verify law for all U.S. employers is essential to protecting jobs for American workers and reducing the jobs magnet that encourages illegal immigration. Only 17 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia have an E-Verify mandate in place. And unfortunately, these state laws are only applied in a limited way or are rarely enforced.
Texas Employee Parking Lot Protection Bill Takes Effect September 1!
NRA-backed Senate Bill 321 takes effect this Thursday, September 1. This measure, authored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) & state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry, prohibits most employers from enacting and enforcing bans on employees transporting and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work. This important new law recognizes that hard-working Texans' right to self-defense does not end when they drive onto their employers property, and it honors the strong sporting culture of the Lone Star State where employees often hunt or visit the local gun club before or after work.
SB 321 applies to both public and private employers, as well as all lawfully-owned firearms - not just firearms in the possession of Concealed Handgun Licensees. However, SB 321 does not authorize an employee to possess firearms on any property where such possession is prohibited by state or federal law, and the provisions of the bill do not apply to the following:
|Gov’t says wood is illegal if U. S. workers produce it||
The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.
On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants.
• Raid shut down Gibson factories and cost company money
• Wood seized was Forest Stewardship Council Controlled
• Nearly two years later, no charges have been filed
The Justice Department has asked the judge to stop the court case indefinitely.
• Information sought in raid was already made available
• Not about illegal logging, not about conservation, not about the
• Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights
|Social Security disability on verge of insolvency||
According to AP news reports laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.
Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for years.
New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts. About two decades later, Social Security's much larger retirement fund is projected to run dry as well. Much of the focus in Washington has been on fixing Social Security's retirement system. Proposals range from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits for wealthy retirees. But the disability system is in much worse shape and its problems defy easy solutions.
The trustees who oversee Social Security are urging Congress to shore up the disability system by reallocating money from the retirement program, just as lawmakers did in 1994. That, however, would provide only short-term relief at the expense of weakening the retirement program. Claims for disability benefits typically increase in a bad economy because many disabled people get laid off and can't find a new job. This year, about 3.3 million people are expected to apply for federal disability benefits. That's 700,000 more than in 2008 and 1 million more than a decade ago."It's primarily economic desperation," Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said in an interview. "People on the margins who get bad news in terms of a layoff and have no other place to go and they take a shot at disability."
Illegal Aliens Will Receive Work Permits
According to a Wall Street Journal report, illegal aliens will be eligible to receive work permits if their deportation is deferred through the Obama Administration's new policy. On August 19, 2011, the Administration announced that the Department of Homeland Security will review all deportation cases on a case-by-case basis and only deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes.
The Administration has come under scrutiny from pro-amnesty groups for its record number of deportations, despite its policy of focusing on only criminal illegal aliens. Still, half of last year's 400,000 deported illegal aliens had not been convicted of a crime other than entering the country illegally. But several states, including Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Arizona, have increased efforts to arrest individuals in the country illegally.
"The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them," said Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), head of the House Judiciary Committee.
Illegal aliens living in the United States typically don't apply for work permits for fear of deportation, but under the new policy, they could apply for work permits if granted deferred action or parole and compete with 22 million Americans who can't find a full-time job.
For more information, see the Wall Street Journal.
|George Soros: Using the media to impose his will on America!||
One of the richest men in the world, George Soros isn’t just pumping billions into influencing politics; he is actively co-opting the news media -- funding nearly every major left-wing media source in the U.S, and reaching more than 332 million people every month!
Soros’ global reach is both unprecedented and frightening – especially, considering the entire population of the U.S. less than 310 million.
His goal: Use his media empire to manipulate the news and use that control to implement his far left political agenda.
In our exclusive Media Research Center special report, our analysts document the tentacles of the Soros media empire like none other. We expose his multi-faceted scheme to influence and reshape the news with his billions and confront his long-term goal of manipulating unwitting Americans into embracing his socialist worldview.
Soros influence over
the media is undermining our nation ...
GOVERNMENT vs ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCERS
May 1, 2011 a year long sting
operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and
surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated
in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court
to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing
customers in the Washington area.
The product in question: unpasteurized milk.
It's a battle that's been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it's also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria. continued
Introducing the NRA ILA Legal Update!
To give NRA members and gun owners the latest information on Second Amendment cases filed or supported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (www.nraila.org), NRA-ILA is pleased to announce a new online newsletter, the NRA-ILA Legal Update.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, hundreds of Second Amendment cases have been litigated in federal and state courts. The pace of litigation has only increased since the Court’s 2010 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, holding that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and protects all Americans. Continued
A Great Texas Senator Announces Her Retirement in 2012
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson announced last Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2012. Texas has been blessed with many great Senators and I consider Senator Hutchinson to be one of the best. She and her staff have worked long hours to help the Lone Star State, and I always value her advice and counsel while performing my duties representing the people of the 19th District. I know all Texans join me in wishing her well with her future endeavors.
|Soros maps out Obama's strategy for next 2 years||
A summary of the center's map for Obama's next two years is listed on the group's website. The center states it is offering "just some of the many possible actions the administration can take using existing authority to move the country forward."
On energy, the center recommends Obama use executive power to:
|web i. d.= more gov't control||
In hopes of making
it easier to visit government websites and improve consumer trust in
Internet shopping sites, the federal
government has proposed an identity-authentication system for
the Internet. But Craig Parshall, who
oversees the communications and media efforts of NRB, does not foresee
the system reaping positive effects.
"I see this as one
more example of massive federal overreach to control and regulate not
only the Internet, but the way in which Americans can get in and out of
websites, e-mail, and every other platform on the Internet," the
Christian attorney and author explains.
Listen to Audio
|Giffords making small movements on her own||
Four days after being shot in the head, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was making small movements on her own, tugging at her hospital gown and touching her wounds, one of her doctors said Wednesday.
Giffords remained in critical condition at Tucson's University Medical Center after she was struck once in the head Saturday. Authorities accuse Jared Loughner, 22, of opening fire on a crowd at an event she was holding. Nineteen people were shot and six died.
|The Food Safety Saga||
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act had more twists and turns than a big-city sewer system. Unexpected passage of the legislation at the very end of the lame duck Congress does not bring the story to a close. The fight goes on.
Regulations will need to be developed, which the FDA will try to do out of sight, but which we will monitor closely. The FDA will need funding to do the work, which means more legislation. And there may be other legislative opportunities to help pull back this seeming victory for agribusiness, factory faming, and its allies in Washington.
We have to keep educating Capitol Hill about the dangers of CAFOs, the main source of food contamination, and about the benefits—both to our health and our economy—of small farmers and especially local organic farmers. We need, in short, to keep the government from destroying what’s best about agriculture in this country. Big Food may have won this round, but they have most certainly not won the war.
Before we turn to the future, it’s also worth reviewing the story of what actually happened with this legislation. There has been a great deal of confusion about what took place, and it’s important to set the record straight. We also need to remember that natural health and family farming won some concessions along the way, concessions that kept this legislation from being far, far worse than it is. All of these concessions were won by a broad coalition of tireless health freedom advocates, while some of them-especially in the areas of potential CODEX regulation and supplements-were won specifically by ANH-USA, and we’re proud of those accomplishments. This is more proof that when we all work together, we can move mountains.
Cap and Trade Cover Up Makes Wall Street Rich
RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) is our nation’s first cap & tax entity. States that have implemented RGGI include New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland.
So far, RGGI has pulled in $777.5 million dollars from selling carbon permits. Who exactly is bidding on these permits? Wall Street! Firms like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and JPMorgan Chase are all hoping to make a killing on speculating on the price of carbon permits.How much of a profit is Wall Street making from slapping consumers with hefty taxes on energy? No one knows. RGGI’s CEO, Jonathan Schrag, has... Read More
NASA Must Fund Canceled Rocket Program
NASA's Ares I
rocket program is defunct but because of congressional inaction the
space agency must continue to fund it until March, officials said.
|Get Ready For The Biggest Energy Tax Hike In History||
RGGI (the "Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative") is the nation's first mandatory greenhouse gas cap & tax entity)! It's the prototype for two more organizations that will expand the global warming tax racket to 23 states!
And RGGI is not even authorized by Congress! It's an end-run around their inability to pass a national cap & tax law! RGGI was created by a "Memorandum of Understanding" - a mere letter! - between state Governors! But it's treated like an iron-clad law and real people suffer from it! Read full article
|Is the DREAM ACT Dead||
Now that the dream
act has been voted down we can get to other business at hand or can we?
The Dream Act in name only has been voted
down but there are other bills that will be on the agenda of the
Progressives. We must watch for these back door bills; we must make sure
that the Dream Act is put out of our misery once and for all. The new
congress said that they would be against “Ear Marks” in any bill. WE THE
PEOPLE must keep them to there word. Here are some other bills that are
laying in wait:
DREAM Act S.3962, S.3963, H.R.5281,
H.R.6327, H.R.6497. Watch for these bills and tell your elected
officials that you are against these bills. They are still active and
could and will be brought up for vote this coming session.
GLOBAL GUN CONTROL
Obama is determined to see the proposed UN Small Arms Treaty ratified.
He knows if he doesn't get the job done by 2012, the task will likely
fall on the next social progressive president. The left has been talking
about global gun control since the 1960s.
Individual Mandate Unconstitutional: Government Doesn’t Know Best
From the start, the people around the nation did not want a government takeover of health care. Almost nine months later, a federal judge in Virginia confirmed that portions of the law are also unconstitutional. The ruling found that the individual mandate – the piece of the new health care law that requires individuals to purchase health insurance – is unconstitutional and oversteps the authority of Congress. This is just further proof that Washington cannot dictate your personal health care decisions.
The health care law expands the power and scope of the federal government. It contains the first ever federal mandate to require individuals to purchase health insurance. The federal government should not have the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance they do not want. The bottom line is that this new health care law is severely misguided. While the Supreme Court has the final say on this decision, I am encouraged by today’s findings in favor of individual rights.
This is just one battle, the war has just begun. But it was an important battle to win. All the states Attorney Generals need our support. They’re fighting this war for the freedom of all Americans. If the Obamacare don’t get nullified We The People won’t recognize this country as we know it now. So keep telling your Representatives that you don’t want Obamacare. We must keep fighting because Obama and the DOJ are. Remember We The People are the government the elected officials work for us we don’t work for them. Read the Judges decision
Food Safety Bill Language Has Been Resurrected
On December 8, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) H.R.3082. A CR is supposed to provide temporary, stopgap funding for the government while budget bills are worked out. But this CR included the language of the Senate food safety bill—language that will still affect small food producers (organic farms, small farms, mom-and-pop roadside stands, etc.) most of all. It will completely transform the food and farming industries—for the worse. Read Full Article
Big Food on the Attack!
December 7, 2010 Today we reveal the thirty agribusiness front groups and industrial agriculture lobbyists that continue to fight the Tester amendment. One of the few saving graces of the Senate’s controversial FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510)—which passed the Senate last week, only to be sidelined for the moment by a constitutional error—was the amendment...
|who are the self proclamed socialist or communist||It's not a conspiracy theory... in fact, it's not even an open secret. The plain and simple fact of the matter is that this radical group of Representatives and Senators have caucused openly in the United States Congress since 1991... but the Mainstream Media has never bothered to tell you about this group. Read More|
|Amtrak Prepares For Guns In Checked Bags||
Railroad passengers on
Amtrak should soon be able to once again transport firearms in checked
baggage. The change is slated to begin on Dec. 15, the effective
date of the amendment by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., that forced Amtrak
to accommodate gun owners. The new service will only be available
between stations where checked baggage service is currently available.
Sen. Sessions Urges Fellow Senators to Oppose the DREAM Act
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who also serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, addressed a letter to his Senate colleagues urging them to oppose the DREAM Act. In his letter, Sen. Sessions criticized the Leadership's decision to bypass committee markup of several different versions of the bill and their unwillingness to have the costs of the bill scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Read full article
George Soros Pulling The Strings Behind The DREAM Act
ACORN and Soros are back in business after suing the United States Government claiming the "Defund ACORN Act" passed by the House and the Senate was "unconstitutional." This even after a video caught three ACORN employees allegedly telling a couple pretending to be a prostitute and her boyfriend to lie about her profession and launder her money?George Soros founded the Democracy Alliance to push his dangerous policies and agendas. Since its founding in 2005, the Democracy Alliance has raised over $150 million dollars to promote...read full article
Statement by the President after Meeting with Bipartisan Leadership
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. By the way, for those of you who are curious, we're using this room because we've got about a hundred volunteers decorating the White House. So we're spending a little more time in the EEOB.
I just wrapped up a
meeting with leaders from both parties. It was our first chance to get
together face to face since the election to talk about how we can best
work together to move the country forward.
BURIED IN OBAMACARE
The healthcare takeover bill rammed through Congress in 2010 will have profound consequences for years to come – not just in regard to healthcare, but for the economy and taxes as well. Especially vulnerable under the newly imposed chains of Obamacare are small businesses.
IRS Set to Begin Monitoring Internet Transactions
Inserted directly into the housing bailout package signed by President George W. Bush was a provision requiring that records of merchant credit card transactions be sent directly to the IRS. “In the past, when IRS wanted to get information from banks and merchant accounts, it required going to a judge and getting a subpoena,” notes IRS enrolled taxpayer representative Eva Rosenberg. “With this new law in place, IRS can now step in and audit at any time – with little or no notice.”