Sunday, February 28, 2010

Debra Medina for Governor of Texas




Debra Medina is running for Governor of Texas as a Republican. She is the Tea Party favorite and is going against the GOP mainstream flow. I like her just for those reasons alone. She is the embodiment of what needs to change in bringing back the Republicans to the Conservative base.

Read more from her about her her bid for Governor of Texas.


A very good article from Britain about Debra Medina. They have no stake in our races and are doing a much more impressive job then our sycophantic Obama propaganda machine, that is our MSM.
Read:http://is.gd/9ogpg

Friday, February 26, 2010

Feb. 22, 1967




Feb. 22, 1967: The U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade conducts the first and only mass parachute jump of the Vietnam War. The jump is but one element of the much broader airborne (primarily heliborne assault) and infantry “search and destroy” operation, Junction City. The operation will continue through May.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

US Healthcare Superior to Canadian



'My heart, my choice,' Williams says, defending decision for U.S. heart surgery
By Tara Brautigam (CP) – 19 hours ago

An unapologetic Danny Williams says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a "minimally invasive" surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago, based on the advice of his doctors.

"This was my heart, my choice and my health," Williams said late Monday from his condominium in Sarasota, Fla.

"I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics."

The 60-year-old Williams said doctors detected a heart murmur last spring and told him that one of his heart valves wasn't closing properly, creating a leakage.

He said he was told at the time that the problem was "moderate" and that he should come back for a checkup in six months.

Eight months later, in December, his doctors told him the problem had become severe and urged him to get his valve repaired immediately or risk heart failure, he said.

His doctors in Canada presented him with two options - a full or partial sternotomy, both of which would've required breaking bones, he said.

He said he spoke with and provided his medical information to a leading cardiac surgeon in New Jersey who is also from Newfoundland and Labrador. He advised him to seek treatment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

That's where he was treated by Dr. Joseph Lamelas, a cardiac surgeon who has performed more than 8,000 open-heart surgeries.

Williams said Lamelas made an incision under his arm that didn't require any bone breakage.

"I wanted to get in, get out fast, get back to work in a short period of time," the premier said.

Williams said he didn't announce his departure south of the border because he didn't want to create "a media gong show," but added that criticism would've followed him had he chose to have surgery in Canada.

"I would've been criticized if I had stayed in Canada and had been perceived as jumping a line or a wait list. ... I accept that. That's public life," he said.

"(But) this is not a unique phenomenon to me. This is something that happens with lots of families throughout this country, so I make no apologies for that."

Williams said his decision to go to the U.S. did not reflect any lack of faith in his own province's health care system.

"I have the utmost confidence in our own health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador, but we are just over half a million people," he said.

"We do whatever we can to provide the best possible health care that we can in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian health care system has a great reputation, but this is a very specialized piece of surgery that had to be done and I went to somebody who's doing this three or four times a day, five, six days a week."

He quipped that he had "a heart of a 40-year-old, so that gives me 20 years new life," and said he intends to run in the next provincial election in 2011.

"I'm probably going to be around for a long time, hopefully, if God willing," he said.

"God forbid for the Canadian public I won't be around longer than ever."

Williams also said he paid for the treatment, but added he would seek any refunds he would be eligible for in Canada.

"If I'm entitled to any reimbursement from any Canadian health care system or any provincial health care system, then obviously I will apply for that as anybody else would," he said.

"But I wrote out the cheque myself and paid for it myself and to this point, I haven't even looked into the possibility of any reimbursement. I don't know what I'm entitled to, if anything, and if it's nothing, then so be it."

He is expected back at work in early March.
http://is.gd/91M3V
Copyright © 2010 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sgt Alan Haymaker, E.O.W 22 Feb 2010







God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.



Chicago cop was 'proud to be a police officer'
Sgt. Alan Haymaker died in a crash on Lake Shore Drive while answering a burglary call

February 22, 2010

By FRANK MAIN, STEFANO ESPOSITO and KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporters
A third-generation Chicago cop who was killed when his squad car crashed into a light pole shortly after 5 this morning along Lake Shore Drive north of Irving Park Road was responding to a burglary at the time of the crash, police say.

Sgt. Alan Haymaker, 56, was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. at Illinois Masonic Hospital after being pinned in the car. He was wearing a seatbelt, which firefighters cut away, police said.

Icy roads were likely a factor in the crash, which is being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit, police said.

Haymaker was a third-generation Chicago cop and had been with the department for 21 years, serving since December in the Town Hall district, Assistant Supt. James Jackson said.

“Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at his loss,” Jackson said.

Haymaker was the father of three daughters. He’d followed his grandfather, father and uncle into police work, which was “in his blood,” said his brother-in-law, Ron Vogelpohl.

Haymaker joined the Chicago Police Department after working as an assistant pastor at a former Evangelical church in Jefferson Park, and he brought a pastor’s sensitivity to his police work, Vogelpohl said.

“He treated his fellow officers and the public as human beings,” Vogelpohl said. “His religion was very important to him. He never forced it on anybody, but it came through in how he treated people, and it’s what made him such a great cop and great man.”

A keen guitarist and fan of classic rock, he “was proud to be a police officer,” Vogelpohl added.

On his classmates.com profile, a photo shows Haymaker posing with his guitar, and Haymaker wrote that his friends at Bogan High School would describe him as “the evenest of even keels.”

Haymaker’s neighbor Martha Baranowski, 91, tearfully remembered him as “a wonderful, wonderful man.” She said that when she fell sick while her family was out of town four years ago, Haymaker and his wife Elaine saved the day.

“I felt so sick, and I had nobody,” Baranowski said. “I didn’t want to call 911, and he offered to take me.”

Once they got to the hospital, “They wouldn’t leave me,” Baranowski said. “I said, ‘I’ll wait by myself,’ but they said ‘no.’ ”

The burglary Haymaker was responding to when he died was at Consolidated Communications, 3167 N. Clark, and one witness told police he saw two burglars, including one who smashed the store window, a police source said.

The business’s owner, David Lee, said that between 60 and 100 cell phones were stolen. He said he’d installed bulletproof windows after a similar burglary a year ago, but the burglars broke in through a door when they couldn’t get in through the glass.

He believes police were alerted by his alarm and a witness, who was waiting at a bus stop opposite. He expressed surprise that burglars would target such a busy spot, just yards from a 24-hour Starbucks.

A nearby security camera filmed the burglars’ van, he said.

“I feel sorry for that police officer,” Lee said. “This is just terrible.”

The burglary might be one of a series of “smash-and-grab” break-ins in the same area.

All southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive were temporarily closed after the crash.
Chicago SunTimes http://is.gd/8XKfe





Officer killed in crash: 'Loved being a cop, proud being a cop'
February 22, 2010

Alan Haymaker did what his grandfather and father did before him: Worked the streets of Chicago as a police officer.

"He loved being a cop," his brother-in-law Ron Vogelpohl said. "He was proud of being a cop. I admired him.

"He knew his job was dangerous, but he didn't fear death," he added, explaining that Haymaker was deeply religious. "He was at peace with God."

Haymaker, a sergeant on the force for 21 years, was on his way to the scene of a burglary when he apparently lost control as he took the Irving Park exit off southbound Lake Shore Drive early this morning.

His squad car hit a tree and pole, pinning him, according to Asst. Police Supt. James Jackson. He died about 2 1/2 hours later. He was 56.

"Icy road conditions were a factor,'' Jackson said. "Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at his loss."

The officer's family was in shock this morning as they struggled to come to terms with his death. This weekend the family was supposed to celebrate Haymaker's oldest daughter's birthday.

Family and neighbors in his Portage Park neighborhood described him as a kind man who helped friends and strangers alike.

"He loved people," Vogelpohl said. "It didn't matter to him who you were. He cared about prostitutes and treated them as human beings.

"He always had a smile on his face," he continued. "He was a friendly guy and deep thinker." He was also an avid guitar player who loved classic rock.

Before he became a cop, he was an assistant pastor of an evangelical church in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He had attended the Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical University.

Vogelpohl liked to call his brother-in-law the pastor police.

Haymaker was a very active member at Bethel Community Church at 7601 W. Foster Ave. and was heavily involved with the church's youth ministry, according to Pastor Paul Jorden, who said Haymaker "had a servant's heart."

Jorden said Haymaker often worked behind the scenes on various church activities and drove the church van taking Moody Bible Institute students to the church.

Jorden said Haymaker cared deeply for his fellow officers, family and friends and would often seek advice from Jorden on how to be a better person.

"He wanted to develop a solid spiritual and positive influence for other officers,'' said Jorden

The youth pastor for the church, Shawn Clarke, called Haymaker a "phenomenal person" who focused a lot of time and attention with the youth ministry program at the church where his youngest daughter was an active member.

Haymaker was at Sunday evening's youth ministry service, Jorden said. After the service -- where Jorden spoke of living your life for Jesus -- Haymaker told Jorden his sermon meant a lot to him, Jorden recalled.

"He always longed to be with Christ," said Jorden, who was with Haymaker's family and friends at the hospital this morning.

"I didn't think it would be the last time I'd see him. The suddenness of it all is hard to deal with," Jorden said as he stopped to let it sink in.

Albany Park District Cmdr. Mike Mealer said Haymaker had been a member of the Chicago Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers since becoming a police officer.

Mealer, president of the group, said many religious police officers struggle to reconcile their faith with what they experience on the job. But Haymaker did not have that problem because he felt it was a "God-given opportunity to spread the gospel."

"A lot of people don't think you could be a good policeman and a Christian," Mealer said. "Al never hid his faith from anyone. He tried to make sure he was the best Christian witness he could be with the job he had. He felt God led him into circumstances during his job where he could be faithful to the community."

In their group meetings, the dangerous aspect of being a police officer would sometimes come up.

"There's always uncertainty in the assignment you're responding to," he said. "That you're going to wreak harm from the simplest things to the most complex things, a car accident or a shooting, that's something nobody foresees. He was ready at any time to be with Christ."

Sgt. Robert Dolan who worked alongside him in the Austin District, said Haymaker served as an good example to the young officers.

"He was a leader. He was a mentor to the young people,'' said Dolan.

Others remembered him as a devoted family man who talked about his family daily.

At Haymaker's Portage Park neighborhood, Barb Welch said she has known Haymaker and his family since they moved there more than 20 years ago. "He will be missed," she said.

Welch said Haymaker was "very devoted to his family, his God and his job." His three daughters range in age from 16 to 25.

Whenever Haymaker spoke about his job, he understood the dangers but he didn't let it stop him from helping people, Welch said. She said she was not surprised to find out he died answering a call.

"He gave his all for everything,'' she said. "He was a very serious man. He will be missed... It is a shame, it really is."

Haymaker's 91-year-old neighbor Martha Baranowski called him her "best friend in the whole world."

She recalled becoming sick a few years ago when her family was out of town.

"I felt so sick and I had nobody and I didn't want to call 911," she said. "He and his wife took me to the emergency room and stayed with me."

At the time of the crash, Haymaker was headed to the scene of a burglary at Consolidated Communications, a cell phone store at 3167 N. Clark, police said. The window had been smashed and phones taken.

The accident occurred at 5:06 a.m. and police closed all four southbound lanes, forcing traffic off at the Irving Park exit. As of 6:45 a.m., all but one lane had been reopened.

Haymaker was wearing a seat belt, according to Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extricate Haymaker, he said.

Haymaker was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the medical examiner's office.

Outside the hospital, at about 9:45 a.m., about two dozen officers saluted as Haymaker's body was carried out to Ambulance No. 6, followed by his three daughters and a son-in-law.

The ambulance was escorted to the morgue by about a dozen unmarked police cars carrying executive staff and commanders who had worked with him over the years.-

-- Carlos Sadovi, Annie Sweeney, Duaa Eldeib, and Daarel Burnette II

Chicago Tribune http://is.gd/8XM48

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Marco Rubio for the Senate


Please support Marco Rubio for the Senate. http://www.marcorubio.com/his-own-words/




Glenn Beck Keynote Speech at CPAC


It's time to get our 'Conservatism' on.























People of Color









Has anyone noticed that the Marxists of this country are always making an issue of race or nationality on their propaganda medium, the MSM? They are always trying to divide the people of this nation and to keeps us agitated against each other. The Tea Party movement is not about Race, it's about the political and economical direction which POTUS wants to take our country. It is about people who do not want to be Socialists. I am linking two YouTube videos about this subject that were originally on 'I Hate the Media' site. http://is.gd/8RWhJ I just cannot bring myself to pour over countless minutes of Keith Olbermann's Marxist dribble.
"Where are the people of color", asks Keith Olbermann


We are all Americans. We are united in our continued strive for freedom and will not be divided by the Marxist's racism!!



This has been a continued agenda by the Marxists who strive to replace the freedoms that we have been given by our Constitution, with Socialism. They have been chipping away at our society for many generations in our schools, in the social movements, on what we watch on television and theaters, in our churches and by the constant Far Leftwing propaganda of the MSM. I want to take the Government to task and serve them notice. We are aware of what has been happening and we will not give up our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Rights that have been given to us by God.

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll


Who is Ron Paul? http://is.gd/8RK5S


The Washington Times

Sunday, February 21, 2010
To jeers and cheers, Ron Paul wins straw poll at CPAC

Ralph Z. Hallow

WASHINGTON -- Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the 2012 presidential straw poll of conservative activists at the Saturday windup of the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

The announcement of Mr. Paul's win was greeted with a mixture of loud jeers and equally loud cheers, illustrating the fragility -- despite the conference's three days of emphasized unity -- of the coalition of economic, foreign policy and traditional values conservatives on which the Republican party relies for electoral success.

A libertarian Republican whose opposition to the nation-building foreign policy of the second President Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress, Mr. Paul, a one-time presidential hopeful, beat out other big-name Republicans, capturing 31 percent of the straw ballots cast by 2,395 registered CPAC attendees. Organizers said 10,000 people registered for CPAC this year, with exhibits, speeches and other events taking place on two floors of the huge hotel.

The informal poll's results were released shortly after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted in an appearance at CPAC that Republicans would win back control of both the Senate and the House this year and then the presidency in three years.

"I believe we are gong to control the House and Senate by the end of this year and of the White House in 2012," Mr. Gingrich said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who won the 2008 and 2009 CPAC presidential straw polls, this time placed second with 22 percent, and was followed far behind by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indian Rep. Milke Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, each in single digits.

Mr. Paul, whose unsuccessful 2008 GOP presidential nomination candidacy saw the largest one-day fundraising total on the Internet, was the choice of a plurality of conservative activists from around the country.

To the consternation of many conference attendees who favor a continuation of the Bush interventionist foreign policy, Mr. Paul drew a wildly cheering overflow -- and mostly youthful -- audience in a speech to more than 1,200 conservatives in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel ballroom.

Mr. Gingrich, in his address on Saturday, became the first Republican of major stature to predict an electoral trifecta.

There seemed to be little correlation between the candidates' straw poll standings and the audience they drew for speeches. Only Mr. Paul, Mr. Gingrich, television personality Glenn Beck and author-humorist Ann Coulter, the latter pair who are not considered potential presidential hopefuls, attracted standing-room-only crowds.

Glenn Beck, in a conference wrap-up speech that had flash-bulbs flickering throughout, drew an audience that filled the 1,000-person capacity ballroom and spilled out into the hallway.

When former Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance Thursday at the conference, he became the first high-profile Republican to predict that Mr. Obama was be a one-term president.

Mr. Gingrich, a successful GOP political strategist and intellectual who is also a favorite of center-right audiences, managed to win waves of applause on Saturday, including when he attributed a quotation in his speech to French existential philosopher and novelist Albert Camus.

Mr. Gingrich credited President Obama with creating at least three new jobs -- the changing of the governorships in New Jersey and Virgina and of the Massachussetts Senate seat from Democratic to Republican hands.

In a question-and-answer session after her speech, Miss Coulter was asked if she ever has dated liberals. "They weren't liberals for long," she replied. http://is.gd/8RL2L



CNN has another good article about Rep. Ron Paul's victory at CPAC.http://is.gd/8RLsi



The pundits at Fox News could not even hide their disdain for Rep. Ron Paul. He must not support their agenda.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Epic Beard Man







The original occurence:

SPLC attacks the Oath Keepers










Mark Potok, POS extraordinaire, of the Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC is a Radical Far Leftwing group.), attacked the Oath Keepers on the Bill O'Reilly show on FoxNews. He continues his progressive agenda against any groups which don't advocate a Socialist agenda in the United States. Bill O'Reilly wanted to tie the Tea Party and the Oath Keepers together and get Mark Potok to say that they were both Right-Wing groups.
Bill O'Reilly then brought Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, to get his point of view on the following day. Stewart Rhodes gave an overview of the movement and it's principles. He gave his support for the Tea Party and it's principles.
Bill O'Reilly was taken back a bit when he had a difficult time understanding how an Oath to the Constitution should be followed. He is a Beltway pundit and even though he constantly argues from the Right, he is also a bit naive when it comes to actual principles of the Constitution. He had a very difficult time understanding that the confiscations of guns from law abiding citizens in New Orleans went against the principles of the Second Amendment. I can understand that there were exigent circumstances that occurred in all the chaos that followed in that city and I leave the augments to Constitutional Scholars.






















Respectful Salute to General Alexander Haig



Alexander Haig, former secretary of state, dies
By ANNE GEARAN, AP National Security Writer Anne Gearan, Ap National Security Writer

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died Saturday of complications from an infection, his family said. He was 85.

Haig's long and decorated military career launched the Washington career for which he is better known, including top posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. He never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Hours after the shooting, then Secretary of State Haig went before the cameras intending, he said later, to reassure Americans that the White House was functioning.

"As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending the return of the vice president," Haig said.

Some saw the comment as an inappropriate power grab in the absence of Vice President Bush, who was flying back to Washington from Texas.

Haig died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was surrounded by his family, according to two of his children, Alexander and Barbara. A hospital spokesman, Gary Stephenson, said Haig died at about 1:30 a.m.

In his book, "Caveat," Haig later wrote that he had been "guilty of a poor choice of words and optimistic if I had imagined I would be forgiven the imprecision out of respect for the tragedy of the occasion."

Haig ran unsuccessfully for president in 1988.

"I think of him as a patriot's patriot," said George P. Shultz, who succeeded Haig as the country's top diplomat in 1982.

"No matter how you sliced him it came out red, white and blue. He was always willing to serve."

Born Dec. 2, 1924, in the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Alexander Meigs Haig spent his boyhood days dreaming about a career in the military. With the help of an uncle who had congressional contacts, he secured an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1943.

After seeing combat in Korea and Vietnam, Haig — an Army colonel at the time — was tapped by Henry Kissinger to be his military adviser on the National Security Council under Nixon. Haig "soon became indispensable," Kissinger later said of his protege.

Nixon promoted Haig in 1972 from a two-star general to a four-star rank, passing over 240 high-ranking officers with greater seniority.

The next year, as the Watergate scandal deepened, Nixon turned to Haig and appointed him to succeed H.R. Haldeman as White House chief of staff. He helped the president prepare his impeachment defense — and as Nixon was preoccupied with Watergate, Haig handled many of the day-to-day decisions normally made by the chief executive.

On Nixon's behalf, Haig also helped arrange the wiretaps of government officials and reporters, as the president tried to plug the sources of news leaks.

About a year after assuming his new post as Nixon's right-hand man, Haig was said to have played a key role in persuading the president to resign. He also suggested to Gerald Ford that he pardon his predecessor for any crimes committed while in office — a pardon that is widely believed to have cost Ford the presidency in 1976.

Years after serving as one of Nixon's closest aides, Haig would be dogged by speculation that he was "Deep Throat" — the shadowy source who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break the Watergate story. Haig denied it, repeatedly, and the FBI's Mark Felt was eventually revealed as the secret source.

Following Nixon's resignation, Haig stayed with the new Ford administration for about six weeks, but then returned to the military as commander in chief of U.S. forces in Europe and supreme allied commander of NATO forces — a post he held for more than four years. He quit during the Carter administration over the handling of the Iran hostage crisis.

Haig briefly explored a run for presidency in 1979, but decided he didn't have enough support and instead took a job as president of United Technologies — his first job in the private sector since high school.

When Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States, Haig returned to public service as Reagan's secretary of state, and declared himself the "vicar of American foreign policy."

His 17-month tenure was marked by turf wars with other top administration officials — including Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and national security adviser William Clark.

Two months into the new administration, Haig was portrayed as pounding a table in frustration when the chairmanship of a crisis management team went to Bush. Despite the clashes, Haig received high praise from professional diplomats for trying to achieve a stable relationship with the Soviet Union.

In his book, Haig said he had concluded during a 1982 trip to Europe with the president that the "effort to write my character out of the script was under way with a vengeance." He resigned days later.

Describing himself as a "dark horse," Haig sought the Republican presidential nomination for the 1988 elections. On the campaign trail, he told supporters about his desire to "keep the Reagan revolution alive," but he also railed against the administration's bulging federal deficit — calling it an embarrassment to the GOP.

Haig dropped out of the race just days before the New Hampshire primary.

During his career in public service, Haig became known for some of his more colorful or long-winded language. When asked by a judge to explain an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the Nixon tapes, Haig responded: "Perhaps some sinister force had come in."

And later, when he criticized Reagan's "fiscal flabbiness," Haig asserted that the "ideological religiosity" of the administration's economic policies were to blame for doubling the national debt to $2 trillion in 1987.

Haig is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia; his children Alexander, Brian and Barbara; eight grandchildren; and his brother, the Rev. Francis R. Haig.

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Associated Press writer Jennifer C. Kerr contributed to this report. http://is.gd/8NK8N

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago


Cook County a "Dark Pool of Political Corruption"
New study provides insight into 141+ years of political hijinks
Updated 8:28 AM CST, Fri, Feb 19, 2010


Cook County has been a "dark pool of political corruption" for more than a century, a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago says.

Nearly 150 employees, politicians and contractors in the nation's second-largest county have been convicted on corruption charges since 1957, according to a report released Thursday by the university and the Better Government Association (.pdf)

The 33-page study gives a history of corruption, starting from 1869 when county commissioners were jailed for rigging a bid to paint City Hall. It also details hiring scandals, including some under Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Stroger hasn't been charged with any crime.

In the last 36 years, 31 sitting or former Chicago alderman have been convicted of corruption or other crimes. The last was Ike Carothers (29th), who earlier this month plead guilty to charges he accepted gifts in exchange for his votes on zoning issues.

The study says reforms could turn things around, including stricter campaign finance laws and amending a county ethics ordinance.






All American Conservative Comments:
President Obama is a product of all the corruption that has manifested into the national level. This country is going to go through what we, in Chicago, have been living in for so many years, political corruption at an unprecedented level which is the accepted method of doing business. It will be shocking to many and perhaps accustomed to by others. I sometimes wonder what our 'founding Fathers' must be think of our 'Socialist Mecca' in Illinois, Cook County.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tantrum


The Mount Vermont Statement




The Mount Vernon Statement
Conservative Beliefs, Values and PrinciplesHomeAboutNewsroom


The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

» It applies the principle of limited government based on the
rule of law to every proposal.
» It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
politics and life.
» It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
» It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
end.
» It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
community, and faith.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

February 17, 2010


Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center

Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union

David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

Please go to this site if you agree and want to sign. http://www.themountvernonstatement.com/

Monday, February 15, 2010

28th Amendment



An email sent to me. It's actually has some very great points.








'For too long we have been too complacent about the
workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that
Congress members could retire with the same pay after only
one term, that they didn't pay into Social Security, that
they specifically exempted themselves from many of the
laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear
of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary
citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to
exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is
being considered...in all of its forms. Somehow, that
doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is
above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat,
Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving
must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea
whose time has come.


Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States
Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to
the citizens of the United States that does not apply
equally to the Senators and Representatives; and,
Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators
and Representatives that does not apply equally to the
citizens of the United States ".'
http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/28thamendment.asp

Obama Delusion


The world is starting to shake the 'sleepies' from their eyes. They are starting to see that the Obama Delusion was just a farce. When will the American people see the truth, that these Marxists are attempting to change the this country into something that we never intended.

Obama statue removed from park amid outcry
MSNBC


Read the Aritcle: ==========> http://is.gd/8sVpK

Oh Oh, the Global Party is over.


"A carnival float representing U.S. President Barack Obama, with the words 'Obama as liberator' on his shirt, is pictured during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf February 15, 2010. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)"
The Obama World Tour turned out to be a giant apology session. The President apologized for the American people but seemed to exclude himself. He never talked about all the wonderful things that this country has done for the world. The latest being our rapid response to the devastated nation of Haiti. Yet, after all the damage that POTUS has done to this country's reputation, will he at least apologize to the American people?

Bye Bayh


Senator Bayh(D-IN) will not seek reelection. Maybe it wasn't the Hope and Change that he imagined.
The Voice of the Tea Party is starting to resonate in Congress. I am one voice among a million voices. We will be heard.

February 15, 2010, 11:06 am
Bayh Decides Against Re-election Bid
By BERNIE BECKER AND JEFF ZELENY

Read Article=======> http://is.gd/8sJ2M



Global Warming is tumbling down


The Global Warming Hoaxters are now having to watch as their house of cards starts to fall around them. The American MSM, which has been the propaganda machine of the Democrat Partyand a huge proponent of the Global Warming Hoax, are either remaining silent or are trying their best to minimize the damage that this news does to their nefarious attempt to swindle the American people. Foreign news agencies are now reporting about the hoax.

Read the article: The Daily Mail
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

Click here======>http://is.gd/8sB3c

Who are you President Obama?



I received this as an email from someones Friends List. This is a compilation of questions asking who President Obama is, where he has come from and what does he believe in? I have been posting these similar topics before Obama came into power. It appears that Americans are finally waking up after their lengthy apathetic slumber and are finding out that their country is being taken away from them by their own elected officials. There is a Conservative Ascendency and the Constitution will not be ignored.


From an email entitled 'Your president'

"Abraham Lincoln Said "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you can't fool all the people all the time". America Is Waking up.


You may very well be an Obama supporter, or you may not, but I think this reveals some very interesting concerns we should all know about the man who sits and "Controls" our American present and future. Yes, I am very concerned and somewhat scared to the path he is leading this country.

Some day we will know all the answers, I hope it is not too late


Barack Obama is less of a person than an image -- a brand. People see whatever they want, as they do on a Rorschach test. But does anyone really know him?

In fact, he is:

a.. An empty suit.
a.. A man with no birth certificate.
a.. A man who was deserted in childhood by his biological father.
a.. A man whose birth records, both in the United States and Kenya, are sealed by government order.
a.. A man whose childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, spied on U.S. military installations in Hawaii for the Soviet Union, edited a communist newspaper, authored pornographic novels, and wrote poetry in praise of Joseph Stalin.
a.. A man mentored by and still supported by radical Muslims.
a.. A man who promised transparency in government, but has spent over a million dollars in legal fees hiding information that would deter mine his eligibility to be President.
a.. A former drug user.
a.. A man whose academic records are sealed from kindergarten through law school.
a.. A man who arrived in New York in June of 1981 without enough money to get a hotel room, but one month later flew to Indonesia and Pakistan ...
a.. Why did he go?
a.. Who paid his expenses?
a.. A man who traveled to Pakistan when it was illegal for U.S. citizens to do so. So what country's passport did he use?
a.. A man whose Law School Admission Test scores and grades at Columbia University are known to have been mediocre, but was admitted to Harvard Law School through the intervention of a Saudi named Khalid al-Mansour.

a.. A law review editor who never published an article in any law review.
a.. A lawyer with no significant accomplishments in the law and no reputation in the legal community..
a.. A former State and U.S. Senator, who never authored a piece of legislation.
a.. A disciple of the Marxist Saul Alinsky.
a.. A product of the Chicago political machine-the most corrupt political organization in America.
a.. A man who selects Marxists, corrupt politicians, and criminals as his close political associates and personal friends.
a.. A man whose presidential candidacy was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, the Socialist International, and the Workers International League.
a.. A man lauded for the literary brilliance of two memoirs, both of which were ghostwritten by others.
a.. A so-called Christian who says that knowing when human life begins is "above his pay-grade," but somehow knows that abortion is permissible at any stage.
a.. A man who thinks "waterboarding" is immoral, but that partial-birth abortion is moral.
a.. A man who publicly laments slavery in America --- which was abolished 150 years ago-but praises Islam, which still practices both slavery and the sexual mutilation of young girls.
a.. A man who speaks endlessly about helping the less fortunate, but gives almost none of his sizeable income to charity-not even to his half-brother, who is living in squalor in Kenya.
a.. A man who had the most left-wing voting record in the United State Senate, but was predicted by the press to "govern from the middle."
a.. A man who has never created a job, met a payroll, or even operated a lemonade stand, but wants to tell Detroit how to make cars.
a.. A President who has never before served as an executive in either the private or the public sector.
a.. A Commander-in-Chief who doesn't know how to shoot a rifle, throw a hand-grenade, drive a tank, fly a plane, or con a ship.
a.. A Commander-in-Chief who has publicly divulged some of our nation's most important intelligence secrets.
a... A man who has been put in charge of the largest economic engine that ever existed, but has never invested in the stock market and admits total ignorance of it.
a.. A President who says that science will guide his administration,
but has no education in the sciences.

a.. A man who is proficient in reading what is written for him on a teleprompter, but jerks and stammers his way through any off-the-cuff speaking.
a.. A man whose health records are sealed from childhood to the present day.
a.. A man whose educational records are sealed from childhood through law school.
a.. A man who spent 20 years in a church whose pastor espouses Marxist Liberation Theology, anti-Americanism, anti-capitalism, and anti-Semitism, but claims he never heard his pastor utter anti-American and anti-Semitic statements.
a.. A man who added more to the National Debt in 100 days than all other Presidents did in the past 220 years, yet feels qualified to lecture Americans about "fiscal responsibility".

a.. A man who publicly expressed disdain for the U.S. Constitution on a Chicago radio station because it limited the government's ability to "redistribute wealth."
a.. The first American President to bow before a foreign head of state---a Muslim dictator.
a... A man who sits and listens submissively while his country is castigated by Daniel Ortega---a Communist thug whose own daughter accused him of raping her.
a.. A narcissist who gave the Queen of England a present from the United States---an iPod containing recordings of his own speeches.
a.. A so-called Christian who officially declared "Pride Month" for a lifestyle that the Bible calls an abomination.
a.. A man who wanted Americans to ignore his Muslim name during his election campaign, yet boasts of his Muslim name when he travels to Muslim countries.
a.. A man who can name hundreds of America's shortcomings, yet none of its great accomplishments.
a.. A President who claims the moral high ground by closing Gitmo yet supports the transfer of terror suspects to countries where horrific torture is certain..
a.. A President who scoffed at being called a socialist yet acted to nationalize the auto industry, the banking industry, and the insurance industry ... and now seeks to nationalize the healthcare industry.

a.. A President who violates private property rights, the sanctity of contracts, and the rule of law --- three essential principles that go back over a thousand years in the Common Law tradition.
a.. A man who promised 95% of all Americans a tax cut, but is increasing taxes on 100% of the population through inflation --- the cruelest tax of all.
a.. A lawyer who represented ACORN --- an organization now indicted in several states for voter fraud --- whose stated goal is to get as many people on welfare as possible in order to destroy our financial system.

a.. A President who cheated GM's bondholders by giving their property to the UAW in a political payoff.
a.. A man who spent millions of dollars creating jobs --- in districts that don't exist at all.
a.. An American President who frequently criticizes his own country when speaking in foreign countries, but never praises America's generosity, goodness or greatness.
a.. A President whose Secretary of the Treasury cheated on his taxes---as did several other appointees and advisors.
a.. A President who, despite the current federal debt of 100 trillion dollars, wants to add the greatest debt ever by nationalizing healthcare.
a.. A President who scoffs at being called a socialist, yet has appointed 28 "Czars" to circumvent constitutional government, including:
a.. A "Science Czar" who has advocated compulsory abortions forAmerican women and the "surrender of sovereignty" to a "comprehensive Planetary Regime."
a.. A self-professed communist as his "Green Jobs Czar".
a.. A "Pay Czar" to regulate the pay of corporate executives.
a.. A President who swore an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic," yet has nominated a domestic enemy of the Constitution to the Supreme Court.
a.. A President whose Homeland Security Chief classified pro-lifers, veterans, and supporters of traditional marriage as terrorists.
a.. A President who stood silent while the Iranian government hacked unarmed protestors to death with axes, because it was an internal matter, but freely offers his opinions about the internal affairs of Israel and Honduras .

a.. A President who decreed that true acts of terrorism must now be described as "man-made disasters."
a.. A President who cracks hurtful jokes about Special Olympians.
a.. A President who refused to intercept or inspect a North Korean ship virtually certain to be carrying Weapons of Mass Destruction to Burma.
a.. A President who wants to cancel all missile defenses while rogue nations are developing long-range ballistic missiles.
a.. An American President who blames the violence in Mexico on America.
a.. A Commander-in-Chief who claims to have been unaware that Air Force One was taken on a terrifying, low-level photo-op over Manhattan .
a.. A President who berates American CEO's for flying in private planes at private expense on company business, but whose wife spends hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars flying to Paris for a shopping spree.

a.. A President who promised a transparent administration, but requires all questions be screened before "impromptu" appearances.
a.. A man who freely admitted that his energy policies are designed to bankrupt the American coal industry.
a.. A President who has presided over the loss of 14.7 million jobs and whose "energy policy" will cause the loss of another 1 million jobs.
a... A President whose "energy policy" will increase the average American's utility bills by over $2,000 a year in the middle of the Great Recession.
A man about whom liberal journalist Tom Brokaw said: "There's a lot about him we don't know."---just one week before the election.

The vast majority of Americans do not know who he is, but someone surely does...

Someone paid for his travel expenses to Pakistan and Indonesia.

Someone engineered legal challenges to all of his election opponents for the State Senate and had them disqualified.

Someone straightened and leveled his path to the U.S. Senate when a Democrat Judge made public the child custody records of his Republican opponent..

When he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate...

Someone arranged for him to speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Someone saw to it that all of his records were sealed, both at home and abroad.

Someone assembled the massive organization for his run for the Presidency.

Someone knows all about him.

WHO?

As Americans we should not be shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize with no accomplishments to his name.

We gave him the White House based on the same credentials...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very Concerned,
John Hart "

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Global Warming Hoax




The Marxist Democrats are always touting that Global Warming exists when there is lack of snow during the Winter season. How do they explain it this winter with record snows throughout the enter country? What will Al Gore do?




Saturday, February 13, 2010

Spy Games


This seems to be a more effective method of taking out the terrorist. The Israelis are taking them out individually, this seems more cost effective then the American method of killing flies with sledgehammers. Sometimes James Bond movies don't stray too far from the truth.

The Times

February 13, 2010
Israel is accused of waging covert war across the Middle East

Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem

Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East in an effort to stop its key enemies co-ordinating their activities.

Israeli agents have been targeting meetings between members of Hamas and the leadership of the militant Hezbollah group, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

They are also suspected of recent killings in Dubai, Damascus and Beirut. While Israel’s Mossad spy agency has been suspected of staging assassinations across the world since the 1970s, it does not officially acknowledge or admit its activities.

The current spate of killings began in December when a “tourist bus” carrying Iranian officials and Hamas members exploded outside Damascus. The official report by Syria claimed that a tyre had exploded but photographs surfaced showing the charred remains of the vehicle — prompting speculation that a much larger explosion had taken place.

Several weeks later a meeting between members of Hamas, which controls Gaza, and their counterparts from Hezbollah in its southern Beirut stronghold in Lebanon was also attacked, resulting in several deaths.

Hamas had sought to cover up the incidents because it was embarrassed, a senior Palestinian official in Ramallah told The Times.

“There has been growing co-operation between Gaza and Iran. Israel can read the writing on the wall and they know that with the help of Iran, the Hamas Government in Gaza will become stronger and will fight better.

“But Israel is overstepping their boundaries. Other countries don’t want to become a killing field for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Most recently, the top Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in Dubai on January 19, 2010. He is believed to have been poisoned by a woman who visited his room at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Israeli officials said that Mabhouh had been a key figure in procuring Iranian-made longer-range rockets for Hamas that could be fired at targets in central Israel.

The exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has vowed revenge for Mabhouh’s death. He has also suggested that the current fighting between Hamas and Israel will become more regional. In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, Mr Mashaal said that future wars with Israel would not be fought solely in the Gaza Strip.

Under the current Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, Israel is believed to have renewed efforts to kill high-level opponents. Only months after the former paratrooper assumed leadership of the intelligence service in October 2002, senior Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon began to be targeted. He was credited with ordering the killing of two relatively senior Hezbollah members who were killed in southern Beirut in July 2003 and August 2004.

More recently, Israel has been accused of planting a car bomb in Damascus that killed the top Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyah in February 2008. The Israeli Cabinet minister Daniel Herschkowitz last week praised the Mossad chief as one of the agency’s most successful leaders.

When asked about Mossad’s involvement in the Dubai slaying, Eli Yishai, the Interior Minister, smiled and said: “All the security services make, thank God, great efforts to safeguard the security of the state of Israel.”

While some countries are questioning whether Israel isn’t taking credit to increase the reputation of its defence establishment, other moderate Arab States are now describing the assassinations as a “covert war” between Israel and Hamas.

Diplomats said they were aware that covert Israeli operations had increased. “We watch their comings and goings; we are aware that there is more activity both on our ground and other countries in the region,” said an Egyptian diplomat. “They are trying to embroil us all in their conflict.”

Tensions between Israel and Hamas have remained high, despite the relative quiet that has ensued since the end of Israel’s offensive in Gaza last winter. Israeli troops were placed on alert yesterday after intelligence suggested that Hamas planned to abduct soldiers. Israel said this week that it had foiled a kidnapping in December by arresting the Hamas operative Slaman Abu Atik on the Israeli-Gaza border. He planned to enter Israel via Egypt, said the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. http://is.gd/8le11

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New 9/11 Photos





































These photos were taken that tragic day by a New York Police Helicopter. We shall never forget.

The Left Coast


The Liberals have such an elitist view of the Constitution on the Left Coast. The following story is about a Police Detective Rod Tauson, from East Palo Alto, who doesn't much agree with the Second Amendment. It's ok for him to carry a gun but it's not for any other citizen unless they meet his personal standards. I wonder, Rod, if the original 'Framers of the Constitution' met your standards? Perhaps Hitler or Stalin better reflect your views. They were elitists who believed in Gun Control.


From:
Mercurynews.com
East Palo Alto cop takes heat for Facebook remarks
By Jessica Bernstein-Wax


Daily News Staff Writer

Posted: 02/09/2010 03:00:00 AM PST
Updated: 02/11/2010 11:21:11 AM PST

An East Palo Alto police detective is taking heat in online forums for allegedly posting comments from his Facebook account that advocate shooting Open Carry gun advocates.

Detective Rod Tuason apparently made the remarks in response to a friend's status update, which joked that gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons in plain view as a political statement should start doing so in places such as Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Alto "and not limit themselves to hoity toity cities."

"Haha, we had one guy last week try to do it!" Tuason replied, referring to a Redwood City man who strolled into the Mi Pueblo Food Center in East Palo Alto on Jan. 27 with a gun on his hip. "He got proned out and reminded where he was at and that turds will jack him for his gun in a heartbeat!"

After several more comments in the thread, Tuason apparently joked that officers should shoot the advocates, who have made recent headlines throughout the Bay Area for sipping coffee at cafes and performing other everyday acts with visible weapons.

"Sounds like you had someone practicing their 2nd amendment rights last night!" Tuason wrote. "Should've pulled the AR out and prone them all out! And if one of them makes a furtive movement ... 2 weeks off!!!"

It's unclear when Tuason made the comments, but they attracted the attention of gun rights advocates after blogger and lawyer Kevin Thomason posted a screen grab of the thread and a link to Tuason's Facebookpage on his Web site Sunday.

"East Palo Alto, CA Detective Roderick Tuason didn't realize that actual PRO-GUN people also read Facebook," Thomason said in the post. "Amazingly, he posted the following comment about law abiding gun owners on a friend's page. Basically, he's saying 'prone them out' (on the ground), and if anyone moves, kill them."

Thomason urged his readers to contact East Palo Alto council members to complain. Reached by phone Monday, Thomason said he wanted to comment but couldn't because he works with a nonprofit foundation that wouldn't want him to speak publicly on the matter.

California Penal Code bars carrying concealed weapons without a county-issued license but says it isn't a crime to openly display a firearm in a belt holster. However, it remains illegal for the gun to be loaded in most cases.

While residents who carry unloaded, registered guns in plain view aren't breaking any laws, police have said the practice is dangerous because officers can't tell whether a gun is loaded and what an armed person's intentions are.

Tuason didn't return a phone message seeking comment Monday. But East Palo Alto police Capt. Carl Estelle said the department's professional standards division is looking into the Facebook remarks to see if they violate any rules or policies.

"We have to be careful because they're on his own personal private Web page," Estelle said. "We have to be careful not to violate his First Amendment rights."

The department hasn't taken action against Tuason, and the detective was working in uniform Monday, he said.

"In no way are his personal comments reflective of any policies or procedures here at the department, nor does he speak for the police department," Estelle said.

Meanwhile, Tuason's Facebook comments had sparked a 45-page thread on the Web site Calguns.net Monday afternoon. A user with the handle .45shooter claiming to be either Tuason or the detective's Facebook friend who posted the original status update — the identity wasn't clear from the post — apologized to site members and said he was a Second Amendment advocate himself.

"Sometimes sacastic or off color humor should be best kept in the confines of those you can confide in," the poster wrote. "I forgot the golden rule of whos watching and listenting to you! I know i ruffled alot of feathers by making that comment! But as a person i did not mean no harm to anyone. Those that know me know my form of humor after all i'm a former Marine!"

Mark Hudson, a San Mateo resident and Second Amendment supporter, said that while he isn't part of the Open Carry movement, he saw the post on Calguns and Tuason's comments offended him.

"The reason people are open carrying is because in San Mateo County they're unable to get concealed carry permits," Hudson said. "This East Palo Alto policeman basically said he would shoot you in the back — a law-abiding citizen exercising their Second Amendment rights. ... You're going to invite law enforcement into your life when you open carry. That's why I don't do it."
http://is.gd/8c4dr

The Washington Times

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Moderate Republicans crash tea party


Valerie Richardson

"Tea party" Republicans aren't the only candidates poised to make inroads this year - moderate Republicans are surging from Illinois to California, and in several instances proving they can best tea-party-powered conservatives at the polls.

Take the Illinois Republican Senate primary: Patrick Hughes, a developer and political newcomer, seemed to have the wind at his back as a staunch fiscal conservative and favorite of the tea party movement. His chief rival, Rep. Mark Kirk, was routinely blasted as a RINO - Republican in Name Only - for his more moderate record, which includes votes for cap-and-trade emissions legislation and the bank bailouts.

But Mr. Kirk won the Feb. 2 primary easily, capturing 56 percent of the vote against Mr. Hughes, who took 19 percent. Three other challengers split the rest of the vote.

It's possible the stars may be aligning for moderate Republicans in 2010. With the nation focused on the economy and wars in the Middle East, moderate candidates may be able to tip-toe around the hot-button social issues that can trip them up in right-leaning primaries.

"This really is a good time for moderate Republicans," said Charles Moran, national spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay Republican group. "We need to take this opportunity right now to elect candidates like Mark Kirk who are where they need to be on fiscal responsibility and national defense, and aren't getting tripped up on social issues like they normally would be."

Other states also feature moderate Republicans running ahead of their conservative rivals. In the Colorado Senate primary contest, polls show former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton with a comfortable lead over her more conservative opponents, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and former state Sen. Tom Wiens.

In California's Senate primary race, conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore trails both former Rep. Tom Campbell and former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina. The gubernatorial primary, meanwhile, features moderate Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, running well ahead of state insurance commissioner and tax-cut advocate Steve Poizner.

Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, a longtime standard-bearer of eastern Republican moderates, is expected to coast to victory in the GOP Senate primary without serious conservative opposition.

To say that the Republican electorate is going centrist is to misread the recent poll results, say conservatives. In the Illinois primary, Mr. Hughes had little time to get out his message, given the state's short primary season. When conservatives do have the time, they're more successful.

In Florida, for example, former House Speaker Marco Rubio was seen as a long-shot candidate when he first announced he would challenge Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican Senate nomination. Seven months later, the conservative Mr. Rubio overtook the more moderate governor in the polls, and now leads by 12 percentage points, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released this month.

Mr. DeVore may trail his moderate rivals now, but the California primary isn't until June. No less a political eminence than columnist George Will predicted Sunday on ABC-TV's "This Week" that Mr. DeVore would come from behind to win the primary.

When moderate Republicans do well, it's often because they're running to the right. Colorado's Mr. Norton has tried to win conservative support by calling for a balanced-budget amendment, a two-thirds vote in Congress to raise taxes, and a moratorium on " earmarks."

Not everyone's buying it. Fairly or not, Mrs. Norton is viewed by some as an establishment candidate thrust into the race by national Republicans who didn't believe Mr. Buck could win. Mrs. Norton has also suffered from guilty by association in that her brother-in-law is Charlie Black, a prominent Republican consultant and close associate of Arizona moderate Republican Sen. John McCain.

"We had a candidate in Ken Buck who had raised $250,000 in the first quarter. He did not need anybody's help," said former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo. "Jane Norton was a McCain campaign chair. Nice lady, but she's not a conservative.

State Sen. Josh Penry, a conservative, has defended Mrs. Norton's bona fides. "The notion that she's 'John McCain lite' - she disagreed with him on the bank bailout, on ANWR, on climate change. She's running on a conservative reform message," said Mr. Penry in a debate with Mr. Tancredo on KOA-AM in Denver.

Mrs. Norton has even appeared at tea party gatherings in an effort to gain support, a sign that conservatives have the winning message.

"I think conservatives see a different picture out there with all the candidates trying to wrap themselves in tea party and limited-government principles," said a senior aide to a top conservative senator. "If moderates have succeeded, it's because they've as they've come our way and embraced less spending, less debt, less government control. When everyone is trying to out-conservative each other, that's a sign of success."

Charlie Johnston, a longtime Illinois campaign consultant who served as Mr. Hughes' political director, said the candidate's loss had less to do with his message than with the party establishment's efforts to control the outcome.

"The establishment types hold all the levers in Illinois, so they were able to shut off the money," said Mr. Johnston. "Among institutional givers, the word was put out that if you supported Patrick Hughes, he'd better win.

Another problem was the state tea party movement's inability to unite behind a single candidate. Although Mr. Hughes was viewed as the main tea party champion, other Republican primary hopefuls ended up picking up endorsements from the grass-roots movement's many local chapters.

"I think the tea party movement is the most important movement of my lifetime, but it's not sophisticated," said Mr. Johnston. "They learned a lesson here. If you can get conservatives united, if you can get them behind a Patrick Hughes, we either lose a close election or we win a close election."
http://is.gd/8bXn6