Shock! Wisconsin accounts for half of new US jobs in June
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Cut, Cap and Balance was defeated today. Time to regroup and return to the fight. No retreat, no surrender. Word is that Boehner has broken off budget talks with the White House and will go directly to the Senators on the issue.
Beware, the Executive Order cometh I fear on this one.
Four Democrat Votes Away From Ending Debt Crisis
DEMINT VOWS TO FORCE ANOTHER VOTE ON CUT, CAP & BALANCE
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
There’s a story out of New York by Taylor Hatmaker, Secret Service raids Apple store artist for snapping 1000 spy photos, that caught my attention the other day. The secondary title was a bit more accurate, “A young digital artist secretly recorded shoppers peering into computers at New York Apple stores.” Too late, I was already looking for James Bond behind every iPad.
The article indicated Kyle McDonald asked for permission to install a computer program of his own design which would secretly take photographs of potential customers as they contemplated purchasing items at the store. McDonald collected the photographs to make a short artistic video which he posted on the internet; a video which is no longer available for viewing.
Who hit the alarm button, the one to alert Homeland Security, Secret Service, the CIA and MI-6 to save us from having our pictures being taken in a public setting? “All units, unauthorized picture taking on 14th Street; seek and destroy. Call out the black ops helicopters and get Maxwell Smart out of retirement! The security of our civilized society is now at Defcom 3.” Somebody took photographs in New York City; oh my heavens, call out the guard!
“The stealthy undertaking resulted in the confiscation of McDonald’s two computers, his iPod, and some other storage devices, but it isn’t yet clear if McDonald was actually in violation of any laws. While the Secret Service warrant cited ‘computer fraud’ as the cause for the raid…”
Did you catch that, “it isn’t yet clear if McDonald was actually in violation of any laws?” The “state” always knows best so it must be for our own good.
I’m sure the Patriot Act extension signed by Obama covers a wide range of terrorist activity via its ambiguous wording, enough for an unnamed federal judge to sign a warrant giving the Secret Service authorization to seize “McDonald’s two computers, his iPod, and some other storage devices.”
So, exactly what laws were violated? Please be specific. We the People want to know the definition of “for our own good.” Not too long ago, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.
Without the rule of law, our foundation cracks and falls apart. If our individual liberties are at the whim of whomever is in power, then our nation is doomed. For what is liberty without a clear understanding of private property rights?
“If the declaration of independence is not obligatory, our intire political fabrick has lost its magna charta, and is without any solid foundation. But if it is the basis of our form of government, it is the true expositor of the principles and terms we have adopted.” (John Taylor 1823)
Where is the line drawn in the sand? The one which identifies tourist activity from terrorist activity? Shouldn’t reason and common sense be used to determine criminal intent or has common sense been thrown out and Zero Tolerance taken its place?
If someone takes pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge while on a trip to New York, could they be arrested for planning its demise based merely on the image stored on the camera’s memory card? What if they took pictures of some of the characters seen at Wal-Mart; not that anyone could be embarrassed with a few “candid camera” shots there.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote an article which explained, “Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not a Crime,” giving generally accepted rules which apply regardless of the fact that too many officials think otherwise.
“Legally, it’s pretty much always okay to take photos in a public place as long as you’re not physically interfering with traffic or police operations. As Bert Krages, an attorney who specializes in photography-related legal problems and wrote Legal Handbook for Photographers, says, “The general rule is that if something is in a public place, you’re entitled to photograph it.” What’s more, though national-security laws are often invoked when quashing photographers, Krages explains that “the Patriot Act does not restrict photography; neither does the Homeland Security Act.” But this doesn’t stop people from interfering with photographers, even in settings that don’t seem much like national-security zones.”
I ask once more, getting back to the original article that got my blood pressure up a notch, where in our laws is it written that the Secret Service can confiscate McDonald’s personal property simply for taking pictures of folks shopping for a computer? Exactly what laws were violated? Please be specific. I know; it must be for our own good.
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
From: Congressman Allen West
Congressman West: “The American People Expect Better, Once Again the Senate Has No Plan”
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today after the United States Senate used a parliamentary maneuver to table a motion to consider the Cut, Cap and Balance bill, with a vote of 51-46.
“Florida Senator Marco Rubio needs to be recognized for his support for the Cut, Cap and Balance legislation,” West said. “However, it seems Florida Senator Bill Nelson and the Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, want to continue down a path without a plan.
After 813 days, the Senate has produced nothing even close to a budget to help move this country forward. When will the American people finally say enough is enough and demand the US Senate get something done?”
Congressman West references a CNN poll released Thursday showing two-thirds of Americans support the system established by Cut, Cap and Balance.
“Clearly Senator Nelson and the Democrat Senators believe they know better than two-thirds of the American people with their vote,” West said. “I believe they are very wrong. However, I will say they were right about one vote- when they rejected President Barack Obama’s Budget, 0-97.”
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And the smears and slurs go on and on from both sides. I repeat – the Tea Party is our best hope and not the enemy. America, look within to the Marxists and Progressives. They are killing us.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
I tuned into Fox News this morning just in time to catch Bill O’Reilly calling the Tea Party and Constitutional Conservatives “unreasonable” for not striking a compromise with the Left over the debt ceiling. Really Bill? You really want to go there, fine… Let’s dance.
How is it ‘unreasonable’ to want to Cut, Cap and Balance? You say you are for reducing our debt and lowering the income tax percentages, but you also want to close tax loopholes to the wealthy. You sound just like a card-carrying Progressive. You don’t sound moderate to me – you sound positively Marxist. You might as well be a clone of Harry Reid who called Cut, Cap and Balance “radical” and said it was “one of the worst pieces of legislation to ever be placed on the floor of the United States Senate.” But listen to Reid previously:
My how an election makes a difference, huh? Is it too much for you to understand that those with the wealth create jobs in this country? If you strangle them, you strangle Americans and you silence innovation and entrepreneurship.
You say the Tea Party is self-destructive. No, they actually want to save the country. Your suggestions will not handle our crushing debt. What you do suggest does kick the can down the road and all but ensures we will finish collapsing economically from within. I am sure you were congratulating yourself with what you considered to be a witty comparison between the Tea Party and Abbie Hoffman of the 1960s. Abbie Hoffman was one of the “Chicago Eight” from the 1960s and 70s – a true Communist radical. Hoffman was arrested while protesting the Vietnam War during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. How dare you compare the Tea Party to him.
You have shown time and time again on air that you do not understand the economic situation currently, or even what the reality of a default entails. If the debt ceiling is not raised, Armageddon will not ensue. We pay the do-or-die obligations on the table such as the military and social security commitments. Then we take a hatchet to every damn Progressive department and project on the books. And you want to talk austerity? America needs to show the Marxist/Progressive infestation in our government what true austerity looks like when it comes to governmental waste and abuse.
The Tea Party is being viewed as radical because talking heads such as yourself keep pushing the meme. What is radical are the Communists/Marxists/Progressives/Socialists that are ruling over the majority of Americans and forcing our country to submit to dictatorial mandates and who are actively trying to destroy us from within. The Yippee Movement of the ’60s blew up because it was radical, violent, insane and Marxist. You can’t even begin to compare that to the Tea Party Movement.
The Tea Party and conservatives will keep going. Cut, Cap and Balance was voted down today in the Senate along partisan lines – a 51-46 vote. But we will not quietly let RINO Republicans make a grand deal with Obama falling for the same old lies right out of a Charlie Brown cartoon where Lucie yanks the football away after promising once again not to. Our country is broke and is at a dangerous tipping point. We can recover if we cut spending massively and lower taxes. But the eat-the-rich mentality of the Progressive Left that you seem to share is suicide. And blaming the Tea Party who seem to be the only movement that really cares about saving the US, is like blaming the victim.
So as our debt soars well past 14.3 Trillion on towards 15 and 16 Trillion, we still have not decided how to stop ourselves from stampeding off a cliff to the fiscal rocks below. And while real, patriotic Americans fight tooth and nail to get the politicians to cut their spending and to stop them from financially stealing every last cent out of our coffers with their evil, hideous taxes, the RINOs keep flailing around with no plan and no action and the Progressives continue with their Cloward and Piven assault. And they will keep on blaming whoever is handy, especially the Tea Party. You know you are on the right path when you are as hated as Tea Party conservatives are.
As David Limbaugh said so eloquently, “Never trust anything from a gang.” The tax cuts that the Gang of Six promise is smoke and mirrors and not real. It is a vague delusion at best. Their plan will raise the debt ceiling and the spending and little or no reductions will take place. Shame on Senator Crapo from my state of Idaho. He should know better. It’s a treachorous plan that in the end will actually raise taxes by at least 1 Trillion.
So tell me Bill, once again, who the radicals are? The ones who want to stop the insane spending and cut taxes for real, or the ones who want to raise the debt ceiling, keep on printing funny money and drink champagne as the US Titanic sinks into oblivion? We are sooo much better off for all our politicians have done in the last 2 1/2 years economically – not. You should go snuggle with the Left and leave the real work to the big boys and girls in the Tea Party.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
From: Pat Dollard
Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques