Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Better Day



On day one of his presidency, Mitt Romney will focus on policies that grow our economy and create jobs. But more than that, a Romney presidency will signal that our country is back on the right track.
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How California Unions Hijacked the Golden State

President Obama raked in a hefty $15 million from Hollywood’s elite at George Clooney’s home last week. The $40,000 per plate star-studded crowd cheered the president’s just-in-time conversion to same-sex marriage; are they equally enthused about Mr. Obama’s economic prescriptions? - thefiscaltimes.com

Californians should know better. Their state, best known for red carpets, is awash in red ink, just like the federal government. Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown announced that the state’s budget deficit will approach $16 billion this year, up from $9.2 billion projected just a few months ago. Years of misguided financial policies have led to this: stifling taxes and savage cuts to public services – including Medicaid, childcare and welfare programs.

Even movie stars occasionally venture out. What do they find? A state with 12 percent of the country’s population and one third of its welfare recipients. A state with the nation’s lowest bond ratings, the second-highest marginal income tax rate and the third highest unemployment rate. Most important – a state that CEOs rank the worst in the country for doing business. Dead last! For the eighth year in a row.

The upshot? Businesses are leaving California.

Bloated Union Contracts Have Busted State Budgets
10 Insanely Overpaid Public Employees

Why Barack Obama Will Lose

What is O’s case? - John Podhoretz/New York Post

As June begins and the election inches closer, the question bedeviling the president and his advisers is this: What case will Barack Obama make on his own behalf to undecided voters over the next five months?

That must have been on their minds yesterday, as they surveyed the cascade of disappointing data.

“All the economic data was bad,” wrote Joe Wiesenthal of Business Insider.

There is no vision from Team Obama about how to fix this mess, beyond these warmed-over proposals that made up the core of the (broadly unpopular) stimulus bill. What happens in a second term with the economy?

“The bottom line is that the U.S. recovery has hit another wall,” the Moody’s economists wrote. - HotAir

Mitt Romney Wins Over The Right By Confronting Obama

Behind his confrontational strategy: A bet that the base cares more about grit than policy, and doesn't want him to apologize for Donald Trump. “This is right out of Breitbart's playbook” - (left-wing) Buzzfeed

After a day spent waging bi-coastal combat with the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney's team in Boston earned the highest compliment Rush Limbaugh has ever paid them Thursday afternoon: "I'm telling you," he said. "This is not the McCain campaign."

Once-skeptical conservatives knew exactly what he meant....

The unapologetically aggressive tone of Romney's campaign is manifest at every turn — from his aides' fierce Twitter wars, to the candidate's surprise press conference at failed green solar company Solyndra, and the campaign's continued refusal to apologize for Donald Trump's outlandish conspiracy theories about Obama's birth certificate. It's all part of a deliberate — and, so far, successful — strategy aimed less at convincing undecided voters, and more at rallying the Republican Party around its candidate.

..."Time and again, he(McCain) pulled back from lines of attack that could have been productive against Obama," said Rick Wilson, who cut slashing ads for the National Republican Trust PAC, an outside group McCain denounced. "He undercut surrogates and supporters. His consulting team acted like it was wine-tasting night at the Borgia's."

"Conservatives want a fighter, and Romney's been stepping up fast on that front,” he said.

Romney aides, too, privately contrast their no-holds-barred approach to McCain apologizing for his party's rowdy base in 2008. And for now — while swing voters go on vacation, and activists stay tuned in — the campaign is welcoming the comparison to a confrontational icon of the conservative movement.

Told that conservatives were comparing Romney’s tactics to Breitbart’s, one aide responded: "Oh great, that's what we were going for."

The Promise of America


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Friday, June 1, 2012

NEW CNN POLL: OBAMA LOSES SIX POINTS IN A MONTH, RACE WITHIN MARGIN OF ERROR

More bad news for the President arrives today in the form of a new CNN poll. - John Sexton/Breitbart

The poll, conducted May 29-31, shows the race for President has tightened significantly over the last month. If the election were held today, 49% would vote for Obama and 46% for Romney, which is within the poll's margin of error.

CNN does note that today's poll was taken before the release of today's disastrous jobs numbers.

Two years ago, President Obama went to Solyndra and touted it as an example of his initiative to create jobs. Today, the company is bankrupt and the building stands empty as a symbol of the failure of President Obama's policies.


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President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

The Polish Solidarity leader is “too political” for the administration. - Rory Cooper/National Review Online

Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.

...This revelation follows an eruption of outrage in Poland after President Obama referred in his remarks at the Medal of Freedom ceremony to “Polish death camps,” a phrase that Poles have battled since the end of the Cold War. The phrase suggests that Poles were complicit in Nazi concentration camps, which of course is not the case. In fact, Poles were exterminated in the camps.

The White House’s flippant response to the uproar caused the Polish president and prime minister to demand more thoughtful and personal reactions. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president has no plans to reach out to his Polish counterparts and has shrugged off the outrage in Poland.

America Gets a Wake-Up Call

Reading the unemployment numbers for May (can you imagine what the real ones would be?), your lefty-liberal friends should be ashamed of themselves - by Roger L Simon/PJM

I don’t need to see Obama’s hidden college grades. I know he’s a failure.

I don’t need to read The Amateur. I know he’s an amateur.

The sad thing is we are all paying for it — not to mention our children and our children’s children.

We’re not about to become Greece. We are Greece. Those of us who live in California are already Greece squared.

Liberalism is not only dead, it’s decomposed. We’d better inter it this November or we are all fools....

If it sounds like I’ve had enough, I have. I love this country. I never dreamed I would see it go down the drain in such an extraordinarily rapid fashion. Read the rest at Pajamas Media

Tom Del Beccaro: 7 taxing questions for Gov. Brown

6. Shouldn't your party demonstrate fiscal restraint prior to asking people to pay more money to bailout Sacramento?

Hint: New York's Democratic governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Andrew Cuomo balanced his state budget in two years – while granting property tax relief – and restored faith in New York government as demonstrated by his 69 percent approval rating. Next door in New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie is doing the same and enjoys a 59 percent approval rating.

In the final analysis, California has a revenue problem because so many people are out of work, and businesses are either leaving or on shaky financial ground. Brown's answer to the deficit – higher tax rates – is the very reason people are out of work and businesses are leaving. In other words, Brown's cure is the disease itself. All of which begs the last question.

7. How does taking more money from cash-strapped Californians (who have lost $2 trillion in homeowner equity since 2007) and businesses convince them to spend more so the economy can revive?

It can't, and it never will, and that is why it is time for a new direction for California. read the whole thing at The Orange County Register

Mitt Romney’s State House counter-rally shows campaign’s nimbleness to date



When word leaked Wednesday afternoon that senior Obama strategist David Axelrod was coming to the State House on Thursday morning to criticize Romney’s record as governor, Romney’s team quickly mobilized. - Boston Globe

They ended up drowning out Axelrod, muting his criticism of Romney, and showing in the process the kind of pluck normally reserved for the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

As an Obama supporter tried in vain to organize a cheer of, “I say ‘O,’ and you say, “bama,” the Romney crowd seamlessly improvised to shout down another cheer of “four more years” with “five more months.”

As Axelrod took the microphone, he looked out at a sea of Romney posters reading, “Obama Isn’t working,” freshly shipped up Beacon Hill from the campaign’s headquarters in the North End.

To top it off, the Romney team brought in a bubble-making machine to lend a festive air to their mischief. Not to be denied, they commandeered an external outlet on an NBC News satellite truck to supply the electricity....

On Thursday, the Romney campaign’s penchant for secrecy - and ability to keep one - paid off when he staged a counter-attack on Obama not just at the State House, but across the country in California.

He packed his traveling press corps onto a bus, got on himself, and then rode in without revelation until he pulled up to the former headquarters of Solyndra, the renewable energy company that failed after support from the Obama administration.

There was not one Obama protestor in sight.

WORST DAY OF 2012...

STOCKS PLUNGE - Down 275 - CNBC
UNEMPLOYMENT GOES UP: RATE AT 8.2% - Yahoo
Weak US Job Growth Threatens World Economy - CNBC
Jobs Slowdown Adds to Global Fears - Josh Mitchell/Wall St. Journal

California Republican Party Platform

California Republican Party Platform

PREAMBLE

California Republican Party Platform: The California Republican Party envisions a vibrant, prosperous and safe California defined by a robust and growing world-class economy, strong and healthy families, and reformed and responsive state and local governments that serve all people while protecting individual liberty. We are boldly confident about California’s future and hold dearly all that is good about California’s people.

AGING CALIFORNIANS

We are committed to protecting the lives and resources of aging Californians.
Californians who have retired, or are close to retirement, should be free from worry that the resources they have built through their own work will be siphoned off by inflation or government action. We support laws that would prevent state or local governments from increasing property taxes on personal residences after owners reach 65. We oppose state taxes on Social Security income.

The California Republican Party is committed to promoting opportunity for aging citizens to enjoy their retirement with the means they have accumulated throughout their working lives.

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture, California’s leading industry, exemplifies the free market at work.
The California Republican Party recognizes that agriculture is one of California's leading industries and is, therefore, essential to the future of California’s economy and the health and well-being of its citizens.

Government should create a favorable policy environment supportive of California’s farmers and ranchers, maximizing their ability to receive the reward for the risks they take year after year while strengthening their ability to provide quality products at reasonable costs to consumers. California’s approach, rather, has been one beset by over-regulation, environmental extremism, and restricted access to water, the agricultural sector’s lifeblood.

The California Republican Party supports current efforts to increase the amount of water available for agriculture, and we support the construction of water delivery systems to bring water to the Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California in an environmentally responsible manner, while protecting water rights in, and supporting the agriculture and communities of, Northern California and the Delta.

We support making cuts in wasteful state government spending in order to support state infrastructure investment in above-ground storage using general fund dollars.
We oppose additional bonded indebtedness. CRIME AND JUSTICE

The California Republican Party believes one of the most fundamental duties of government is to enhance public safety and welfare by crafting and enforcing laws in a fair, just and efficient manner.

We believe the state, not the federal government, should govern and dictate criminal statues and maintain the quality of life.

The California Republican Party believes that the rights of crime victims are paramount in a just criminal process. We support the rights of crime victims to give statements and be heard by the court, to collect restitution from defendants as enumerated by law, and be given notification upon release of prisoners.

Legislation backed by the California Republican Party such as “Three Strikes and your Out,” “One Strike and your Out,” “10-20-Life,” “Jessica’s Law,” “Sexually Violent Predators Law,” and ‘Juvenile (Gang) Crime Initiative,” has kept the most dangerous and recidivist criminals off our streets and in prisons where they belong.

We support the section of the California Penal Code which states that the primary purpose of incarceration is punishment; therefore, prisoners should not be allowed gratuitous perks as outlined in the “Prisoners’ Bill of Rights.” We support prisoner work programs which help prisons become self-supporting.

We believe that in order to keep dangerous criminals off our streets we must build more prisons. We support the immediate construction of new prisons and sufficient utilization of private prisons in order to eliminate prison over crowding and avoid early release.

We support the death penalty for special circumstances murders as more than an effective deterrent. These are murders are so heinous and depraved that the only just punishment is death. These special circumstances include murdering for financial gain; multiple murders; murder with the use of a bomb; murdering a peace officer, a witness, a judge, a prosecutor or a juror; murder while lying in wait; murder during kidnapping, torture, or sexual assault; and, murder to enhance gang activity.

In the larger War on Terror, the California Republican Party supports the criminalization of activities which advocate acts of terrorism, violent conduct, or the killing of innocent people in the United States. We further support the death penalty for anyone convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack on the United States.

The California Republican Party decries the early release of prisoners who have been sentenced under the law. Citizens have the right to expect the state and the judiciary to protect them from criminals who impugn their core freedoms and prey on their ability to live safe and secure lives.

THE ECONOMY

We believe that people make better decisions than does government. Free enterprise should be the guiding force, not government regulation.
Freedom and free enterprise are fundamental to the American way of life; indeed, they are the backbone of our nation. Economic freedom leads to opportunity; opportunity leads to growth; growth leads to progress. This is the story of America.

Economic growth is dependent upon individual liberty and enables all citizens to maximize the opportunity to retain the rewards of their labor. Californians are some of the hardest working and most industrious people in the world. Unfortunately, Californians also face a daunting burden of government over-regulation and micro-management.

We believe that people make better decisions than does government. We believe that the embodiment of people making decisions is the operation of the free market. The government should work to ensure that markets are free and that there is genuine competition. Government should protect our citizens from international cartels and piracy of their intellectual property. In all of these, free enterprise, not government regulation, should be the guiding force.

We support the elimination of regulatory barriers and subsidies where possible on the businesses and workers of California. We support right-to-work laws and reject mandatory closed union shops where workers are forced to join unions against their will. We also reject union workers being forced to make political contributions to candidates or causes that they oppose.

For California's businesses to grow, thrive, and create wealth, a first-class physical infrastructure is necessary. California's politicians have instead elected to spend California's income on unnecessary social programs and have given little money for critical infrastructure. These same politicians then insist that the only way to fund infrastructure is bonded indebtedness. We reject that and call for reductions in unnecessary government spending so that more money is available for the infrastructure that our economy needs. Infrastructure should be "pay-as-you- go" as soon as possible.

EDUCATION

Every child in California is entitled to a first-class education.

Education is the great leveler in American society. It provides the opportunity for any child to be raised up in our society based upon hard work and achievement.

Unfortunately, this leveling effect is getting lost as California's schools have deteriorated due to domination by union bosses, which contribute to the degradation of the curriculum and the marginalization of involvement by parents. We support all reasonable measures to strengthen academic standards and maximize the influence and involvement of parents in the schools.

We believe that parents will make better choices than government in almost every case. Consequently, we support school choice programs, school voucher programs, magnet schools, charter schools, homeschooling, educational savings accounts, and the right of parents to abolish bi-lingual education in their school district, if they so choose. We support the abolition of all regulatory barriers and relations that get in the way of parents availing themselves of these options.

Our schools should be places where learning basic competencies dominate and social engineering is disfavored. We oppose social promotion and support basic competency, including exit exams. We call for local schools to be controlled by parents and local school boards. We reject the current domination of schools by the union bosses to the detriment of parents, students and teachers.

Schools cannot function unless they are safe. After the provision of a rigorous course of study, safety in schools at all grade levels should be the highest priority.

Admission and programs to all schools should be based solely on merit.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The California Republican Party is the party that believes in long-term responsible stewardship of California's bountiful natural resources for future generations.
Protection and stewardship of the environment began under a Republican President.

We believe that we can have both a healthy economy and a healthy environment, and believe in environmental policies based upon sound science, innovation, new technologies and incentives rather than regulation, taxation and litigation. Environmental regulations must be balanced and tempered by the effect that they will have on workers and on the economy.

We believe that the Kyoto Treaty is fundamentally flawed because it ignores the fact that the largest source of greenhouse gas in the world is China, which is exempt from the requirements of Kyoto.

We believe California industry should be the world’s leader in developing and manufacturing safe, renewable and sustainable energy. We encourage the development of these new technologies and systems for use in the domestic market, as well as for export to large polluters like India and China.

We believe that entrepreneurs, using technology, innovation and incentives, are more likely to solve environmental problems than bureaucrats.

We support the creation of tax credits to homeowners and builders who incorporate alternative energy systems into their homes, and also support offering tax credits to people who turn in older, high-polluting cars.

Our current dependence on foreign oil threatens both our national security and economic prosperity by making us vulnerable to dangerous dictatorships. Through private initiative and enterprise, we stand for the development of energy which is independent from foreign sources.

We believe that city governments should be held to the same standards of cleaning waste water as are applied to private industry.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The Republican Party is the historical party of equal opportunity.

The Republican Party championed racial and gender equality against strong opposition.

The Republican Party is the party of equal opportunity. It is the Republican Party that abolished slavery and stands for the right of all persons to succeed based on merit rather than non-merit based considerations. We oppose quotas, set asides, or guaranteed equality of results. We support laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing based on race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, or religion. We oppose any special rights based on sexual or behavioral preferences.

ETHICS BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

We believe that public service is a trust -- one of the highest callings to which any man or woman may aspire.

Ethics in service to one’s fellow citizens goes beyond the letter of the law. Republican elected and appointed officials are called by the California Republican Party to use their offices always to serve others, always to act with the highest standards of morality and honesty, and never to use their offices for personal gain. Republican officeholders are called to inspire others to serve and to give their utmost to our American society.

FAMILY

The California Republican Party affirms the family as the natural and indispensable institution for human development.

A strong and healthy family unit is the heart of the home – a safe surrounding where family decisions are made, children are raised, and morality is taught. The family is a foundation upon which American society has grown and prospered for over 200 years. We support the two- parent family as the best environment for raising children, and therefore believe that it is important to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to present or teach homosexuality as an acceptable "alternative" lifestyle. We oppose same-sex partner benefits, child custody, and adoption.

FEDERALISM

We believe that political matters should be resolved by the local or state governments unless such matters are expressly reserved for the Federal Government by the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Federal Government has repeatedly violated the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by encroaching on the rights that are reserved and delegated to the states and to the people. The California Republican Party firmly believes that the best governments are those most accountable to the people. We heed Thomas Jefferson's warning: "When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another."

For more responsible government, non-essential federal functions should be returned to the States and localities wherever prudent. It is the governments closest to the people that have the capability, knowledge, and sensitivity to local needs required to better administer and deliver public services. Their diverse problems require local understanding. The transfer of rights, responsibilities, and revenues to local jurisdictions will recognize the abilities of local government and the limitations of a distant federal government.

HEALTHCARE

The California Republican Party believes the United States health care system delivers the finest medicine in the world and supports the concept of freedom of choice in health care.

We oppose government mandated health care plans that restrict freedom of choice and the bureaucratic restrictions imposed in single payer plans. We support a restructuring of Medicaid that restricts elective medically unnecessary surgeries while increasing the compensation to doctors and hospitals for necessary surgeries and other treatments. We also oppose any universal healthcare plan for California that would involve taxes on doctors or hospitals, coverage for illegal aliens, or tax subsides. Finally, we support private sector solutions such as small business insurance pools, employment pricing reductions, guaranteed insurability and medical savings accounts.

IMMIGRATION

Our history is a story of immigrants. The California Republican Party welcomes and values each and every legal immigrant.

We are proud that after 400 years America continues to symbolize hope and promise to people from around the world. Immigrants have helped to make our great nation greater still.

We affirm our country’s absolute right to control its borders. We support legal immigration and the immigration laws which are already in place, and call on the government to enforce all laws on the issue. To take any other position would be a great unfairness to those who have complied with the legal system, and would expose California’s citizens to national security risks.

Once one enters the United States as a legal immigrant and desires to become a citizen, one should work actively to become American – we should grant citizenship only to those who embrace American values and culture. New immigrants should be required to learn English, and businesses should be able to require employees to speak the English language while on the job.

English should be the official language of government. All election ballots and other government documents should be printed in English only. Government should offer intensive English language instruction to all who need it, including stipends to help immigrants attend the programs.

California should work with the federal government to institute a worker visa program that will make it easy for people to work legally in the United States, but allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law. To join a worker visa program, workers must apply from their own country so that they arrive in the United States with a visa and a job in hand. Part of the application process will be that each worker must take and oath to obey American law and understands that if he or she will be deported if they commit a crime while in the United States.

Each worker will receive a tamper-proof identification card with biometrics that will allow the government to track him/her. A real-time verification system will be tied to the card so that an individual’s immigration status can be immediately ascertained. There will be heavy monetary fines levied against employers and businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

We call for the cross-deputization of state and county law enforcement personnel so that illegal aliens who are also criminals can be deported immediately upon completion of their sentences. We call on the Federal Government to reimburse California for the costs of federally mandated immigration programs and federally mandated benefits to illegal aliens. Finally, we call for the termination of all federal and state benefits to illegal aliens other than emergency medical care.

THE LITIGATION CRISIS

Justice is an American virtue. To make justice available to every person, we support legal innovations such as arbitration, mediation, and reasonable limitations on unnecessary discovery and motions.

Both individuals and businesses are besieged by baseless and overly burdensome litigation. In order to ensure the availability of quality care, we support reasonable limitations on general damages awards (e.g., as contained in the bipartisan “Malpractice Insurance Crisis Reform Act”). We favor reasonable and consistent standards for punitive damages awards, which should only be available for intentional, egregious misconduct.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AND VETERAN'S AFFAIRS

The California Republican Party stands for a strong national defense.

The first duty of government is to provide for the common defense. It is imperative that we retain our military superiority in order to deter any potential adversary, and that under no circumstances would it be wise to initiate conflict at any level with the United States. Yet, we affirm that our military forces exist to deter our enemies and not to initiate war.

We should never allow our troops to be put under foreign command nor should they be committed to a foreign conflict unless U.S. national interests are directly at stake and there is a clear military goal and a firm exit strategy.

International terrorism is increasingly a new form of warfare waged against western democracies by state and non-state actors, and no one country can successfully combat it alone. While reasonable minds can disagree regarding the original decision to send ground troops into Iraq, it is imperative that we and our allies now support our troops in every aspect of their mission. We object to a "surrender first" policy. We also reject either unilaterally withdrawing or announcing the date upon which we will surrender.

We believe that compensation for our troops should be fair and support a state income tax exemption while our troops are on active duty.

We are free because of those who have answered the call to serve. We owe our veterans more than our thanks; we owe them our support for retirement benefits and healthcare. We support fair efforts to privatize the operations of the Veteran's Administration in order to increase efficiencies and the quality of care.

PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

We stand for the principle that condemnation and government restriction on private property must only occur for public uses.

One of the purest forms of tyranny is government confiscation of its citizens’ private property. We reject condemnation or government restrictions on property without full compensation for such condemnations or restrictions. We also reject condemnation by governments of private property to be used for non-public uses.

THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

The United States Constitution guarantees the right of its citizenry to keep and bear arms.

One of the first acts of a totalitarian society is to disarm its people. California's gun control laws only serve to disarm law abiding citizens, not criminals. We oppose any further gun control legislation and support the right of all California citizens to own and bear guns and ammunition for any lawful purpose. We call for statewide legislation setting reasonable criteria allowing law abiding citizens in California to carry concealed weapons. We support allowing citizens to use deadly force to protect lives and property. We also support including all of these rights in the California constitution.

Finally, we call for the elimination of waiting periods to purchase firearms and instead support complete implementation of instant background checks.

THE RIGHT TO LIFE

The California Republican Party is the party that protects innocent life because we believe life begins at conception and ends at natural death.

We support laws that protect unborn children from partial birth, sex selection, and tax-payer funded abortions, and abortions performed as a form of birth control or on minor girls without their parent's notification and consent.

We believe that the question of abortion is a matter that should be left to the people through their elected representatives, not usurped by the United States Supreme Court, and believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be reversed.

We support adoption as an alternative to abortion and call on lawmakers to reduce the bureaucratic burden placed on adoptive couples.

As a part of respecting the sanctity of life for disabled persons, we oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide or euthanasia.

We support a comprehensive ban on all human cloning.

The California Republican Party supports ethical stem cell research that focuses on cures not destroying innocent human Life.

TAXES AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING

The California Republican Party is the party of balanced budgets, limited government and fiscal responsibility.

We believe that taxes in California are too high, and that state government spends too much. We stand for the wise stewardship and responsible use of the people’s money. We support without exception and without apology a two-thirds vote requirement for the passage of tax increases, tax increases labeled as fees, bonds and the state budget. We call for a constitutional ban on any bonded indebtedness to cover general operating deficits. We are against unfunded federal and state mandates. We support the efforts of our Republican legislators to have California's government live within its means.

We call upon our government officials to join a pledge to stand together against any new taxes. Through expanding population and our economic strength we already have in place a system which automatically raises all of the revenue needed to properly meet California’s needs. The problems with California’s budgets stem from lack of fiscal accountability and control. The answer is not now, and will not be in the future, to increase the tax burden on Californians. We believe that Democrats have not prioritized infrastructure investment with general operating funds leading us to a dangerous amount of bonded indebtedness, further imperiling our state’s financial situation, and needlessly passing financial responsibility for current needs over to our children.

We acknowledge a responsibility to those California citizens who cannot take care of themselves. We support reasonable work requirements for welfare recipients who can work, and the termination of welfare benefits for those that can work but refuse to do so. We reject any welfare or social benefits for those who have criminally immigrated into California.

We recognize that unfunded public employee pension liabilities are currently the greatest threat to the financial security of our economy and government. We support the conversion of all public employee pension plans to 401(k)- style plans that provide only the benefits that have been funded by the actual contributions received.

We support the adoption of an optional single-rate system to give taxpayers the convenience of filing their taxes with a one-page form. We also support the abolition of the death tax.

Government is not equipped to participate, and should not compete, in the free market. Wherever the public’s money can be saved and the level of service increased, we call for the privatizing services now delivered by government.

We reject the unjustified use of rhetoric like "shared responsibility" as justification for an increase of state government spending and wrongly expanding the role of government, at the expense of individual responsibility.

CONCLUSION

The California Republican Party recognizes the truth that government is meant to serve the people. As such, government is solemnly charged with responsibility to craft long term solutions rather than short-term fixes. We will hold our government responsible for securing the safety of our families, for expanding our world-class economy, and for promoting fairness and justice to every Californian.
- Submitted by Mark Pruner

Obama: Buying A "Thingamajig" Is Good For Business, The Economy

"Maybe somebody will be replacing a -- some thingamajig for their furnace. They've been putting that off, but if they got that extra money they might just go out there and buy that thing. Right?" Obama said to laughter. - Real Clear Politics

Obama made his remarks after touring a Honeywell plant.

Obama hosts six fundraisers Friday in Minneapolis, Chicago: Flying to Minnesota under the banner of “official business” -- an event at a Honeywell factory in a Minneapolis suburb -- Obama will quickly turn to politics, lunching with three separate sets of donors at the downtown Bachelor Farmer restaurant, an eatery owned by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s two sons, Eric and Andrew.

“The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold,” Clinton said.

Narrative Fail: Bill Clinton channels @CoryBooker on Romney’s time at Bain Capital - Sister Toldja
Bill Clinton, predicting Obama win, calls Romney's business career 'sterling' - CNN

"I think the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president?" Clinton said. "What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other?"

Clinton said there was no question Romney was capable of performing the "essential functions of the office."

"The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold," Clinton

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Soul Mate



On World Multiple Sclerosis Day, Ann Romney and her family share their thoughts on her struggle with the disease. Ann and her sons also recount Mitt's undying support to the woman he calls his "soul mate."

Calif. 9/11 Memorial Fund Raided to Plug Holes in State Budget

After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. - Newsmax

Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority — 85 percent — was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts.

But a review by The Associated Press of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the "California Memorial Scholarship Program" shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships. While 40 percent has funded anti-terror training programs, $3 million was raided by Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to plug the state's budget deficit.

Millions more have been spent on budget items with little relation to direct threats of terrorism, including livestock diseases and workplace safety.

Moreover, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been advertising the plates as helping the children of Sept. 11 victims, even though the state stopped funding the scholarship program seven years ago. The specialty plate fund continues to take in $1.5 million a year.

Coke Responds to Bloomberg: Americans Can Make ‘Own Choices’


"New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate.” - Newsmax

NYC mulls ban on massive sugar drinks! - HLNtv.com

Coca-Cola Co and McDonald's Corp slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large soft drinks in New York City, arguing for freedom of choice... - Reuters

Coca-Cola Co and McDonald's Corp slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large soft drinks in New York City, arguing for freedom of choice... - Reuters

New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks - NYT

Here He Goes Again: Bloomberg Set To Ban All Sugary Drinks Over 16 OuncesL No more Slurpees, Big Gulps, Venti at STARBUCKS... - CBS

Worried About The Soda Ban? Fear Not, Bloomberg to Support ‘National Donut Day’ Tomorrow [Video] - politicker.com

'We're Simply Forcing You To Understand'... - Real Clear Politics

Condoleezza Rice Endorses Romney: "If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism"


Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee at a fundraiser in California last night, saying he understands the nation's special place in the world. - SF Chronicle

"If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism," Rice told about 300 donors. "The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all."

As she praised Romney, Rice said America's strength in the world comes from the fact that anyone in the U.S. can rise to do great things.

"That's the truly exceptional nature of this country," she told those gathered at the Carolands mansion. "It's understood in this world. Its leadership is craved in this world. And Governor Romney, you can bring it back."

Condoleezza Rice Endorses Romney Citing His Leadership - BloombergBusinessWeek

On Wednesday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced her support for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Rice praised Romney’s understanding of foreign policy and said the country “needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism.” - Mediaite

“It’s understood in this world. Its leadership is craved in this world. And Governor Romney, you can bring it back,” Rice concluded.

Condoleezza Rice endorses Mitt Romney - Chris Cillizza/Washington Post (image source)

Mike Huckabee Endorses Romney


Just hours after formally announcing his support for Mitt Romney at a speaking engagement in New Hampshire, former Gov. Michael Huckabee sat down with Newsmax.TV to explain the timing of his much coveted endorsement, and why he insists it’s critical to end “four nightmarish years” of the Obama administration. - Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter/Newsmax

“I made it very clear: ‘I’ll do everything that I can to vigorously support Mitt Romney because I think our country is at stake, and I believe his leadership would provide the right direction as opposed to what we’ve had four years, which is the wrong direction,” the former Arkansas governor declared in an exclusive interview this morning.

“I don’t think anyone doubted that I was going to support the Republican. But Mitt Romney has now earned it — and I use that term very specifically,” said Huckabee. “He has earned the nomination. He worked hard to get it and therefore I think all Republicans and all conservatives need to rally around Gov. Romney.”

"Taxpayers made a substantial investment in Solyndra, there are serious questions about what happened at Solyndra, why that investment was selected, what happened to that money.”


Mitt Romney Visits Solyndra Amid Attack on Obama Jobs Record - ABC News

Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011, laying off more than 1,000 employees, after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees through a ‘s Act program. The investment has been slammed by Republicans who believe the Obama administration chose the plant because of its ties to major donors. It has been the subject of an ongoing congressional investigation.

When the company went bankrupt, taxpayers were left to pay off the loans associated with the grant and Republicans seized on the investment as an example of the administration’s, as Romney says, trying to pick “winners and losers” in the free market that would benefit high dollar donors.
At a private fundraiser in Hillsborough, Calif., Wednesday night, Romney previewed his attacks on the administration’s involvement in Solyndra.

“Have you seen Solyndra’s corporate headquarters?” Romney asked. “You probably have.”

“Who wants to put money in a solar company when a government puts a half a billion into one of its choice?” Romney asked, suggesting that investors and entrepreneurs would be less likely to found their own companies if they believe the government would help a competitor. “They don’t understand how the free economy works.”

During a February campaign speech in Nevada, Romney made similar claims, comparing his own experience starting office supply giant Staples during his time at Bain to the facilities at Solyndra, which he often compares to the Taj Mahal.



Emails reveal secret Obamacare deal with drug companies

In a June 2009 email, President Obama’s point person on health care promised the pharmaceutical industry it would be protected against efforts to allow cheap drugs to be re-imported from Canada, because drug lobbyists had been “constructive” in their secret negotiations with White House officials. - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

The email is just one of thousands that House Republicans mined through as part of a more than a year-long investigation into Obama’s closed-door deal making with PhRMA, the drug industry lobbying group.

Though it was previously known that Obama had cut a deal with drug companies, a memo released today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee provides more specific details than have been previously reported.

The disclosures provide further evidence that once in office, Obama tossed aside his promises to be transparent and stand up to special interest groups.

Dems Are Switching Parties in Droves

If it were just one or two stories, I wouldn’t think much. Pols that never quite fit in in the first place, finally leave their party – it happens – jumping Jeff Jeffords, Joe Lieberman, and Arlen Specter come to mind. - Nice Deb

But what we’re seeing here in the age of Obama – is something else altogether. He was supposed to stop the rise of the oceans but it looks like he’s stopping the rise of the Democrat party.

Penn. Democratic leader defects to GOP, cites Catholic faith as reason - Caroline May/Daily Caller
Psst, Don’t Tell Anyone: Four-term Former Congressman and Obama 2008 Co-Chair Artur Davis Announces That He’s a Republican: - Newsbusters
You might think that the news of an African-American former Congressman switching his publicly declared party loyalty from Democrat to Republican would a national story.

Well, it isn't at the Associated Press, as a search returning no results at the wire service's national site on the full name of former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis (not in quotes) done at about 9 p.m. indicates. Additionally, the link to news about Davis's party switch is currently perched in the "Post Local" section at the Washington Post's web site. If this makes TV anywhere but Fox News, I'll be surprised, even though by any rational definition of "news," this is an objectively big deal. Davis is a former four-term Congressman, was a Barack Obama campaign co-chair in 2008, and was a former member of the Congressional Black Caucus....
An item at the LA Times's Politics Now blog, which if form holds will serve as the paper's excuse not to run the news in its print edition, is headlined "Artur Davis, former prominent Obama backer, leaves Democratic Party," and describes Davis as "one of President Obama’s earliest supporters and a former co-chairman for his presidential campaign."

BREAKING: Ways & Means Committee Repeals Tax Raising Provision in Affordable Care Act

Schock’s Bill Stops Tax Increase on Canton, IL Employer - schock.house.gov

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), a member of the House Ways and Means committee, repealed today another tax raising provision in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Schock is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Protect Medical Innovation Act, H.R. 436, that was approved by the Ways and Means committee and is expected to pass the House next week. H.R. 436 repeals the medical device tax that will impose a 2.3 percent excise tax on the manufacturing of medical devices beginning in 2013.

“It’s estimated that the implementation of this tax increase would result in the loss of 1,209 Illinois jobs, which is a clear indication that raising taxes, whether it’s on individuals or private business, is not smart economics,” said Congressman Aaron Schock. “The reality is this tax will stunt the minimal economic growth we are seeing and will set back small businesses and manufacturers and hurt local communities with the added pain of an additional tax increase. This is just the latest example of the litany of costly regulations and tax policies that continue to come out of the Obama Administration.”

The anti-free-enterprise president

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday, “This is what this campaign is going to be about.” He was not talking about jobs. He was not talking about the economy—not even about the budget deficit. - REINCE PRIEBUS/Politico

He was referring to divisive, disingenuous character attacks against presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney and a rhetorical assault on job creators.

How far we’ve come from what Obama said in 2008 that his administration would be about.

Yet these attacks on free enterprise reveal more than just the end of “hope and change.” They reveal a president unacquainted with the free market — and therefore hostile to it.
The president’s tactics are so extreme that some in his own party are recoiling in disgust. Until now, it was unthinkable that the president would base his campaign on undermining the nation’s confidence in our free market system....

Feds Confirm Gov. Walker's Job-Growth Numbers

Gov. Scott Walker's administration says the job-growth numbers he made public earlier than normal have been verified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. - WSAW.com

...His Democratic opponent in Tuesday's recall, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, accused Walker of "cooking the books" and trying to spin the numbers to his advantage.

Walker says the BLS confirmation shows that the preliminary numbers were accurate. He says Barrett owes people an apology....

Krauthammer on Gender Selective Abortions

JOHN SUNUNU HAMMERS CNN'S SOLEDAD O'BRIEN'S BIRTHER 'FIXATION': 'AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED TO USE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS?'

ROMNEY SURROGATE HAMMERS CNN'S BIRTHER 'FIXATION': 'AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED TO USE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS?' - (Video at the link) - Breitbart

Soledad O'Brien and CNN beclowning themselves to shill for Obama is hardly news. What is news, though, is Romney surrogate John Sununu aggressively pushing back against CNN and O'Brien for carrying and enabling the Obama campaign's talking points regarding Donald Trump. It's a thing of beauty to watch...

ROMNEY SURROGATE SUNUNU DESTROYS TRUMP-OBSESSED SOLEDAD O'BRIEN - JOHN NOLTE/BREITBART

BONUS: Watch the faces of Soledad and Ron Brownstein literally turn red as Sununu completely owns them with facts, truth, and legitimate criticisms of Obama that they obviously weren't prepared for and don’t want to hear.

Like I said, a thing of beauty.

And CNN wonders why its ratings are tanking.

TONIGHT! HGOP ART AUCTION & DINNER


The Humboldt County Republican Party Cordially Invites You to an
ART (AND OTHER FINE THINGS) AUCTION and DINNER
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Blue Lake Casino

6 p.m. no-host cocktails
7 p.m. Tri-tip dinner
8 p.m. - Guest Speaker Rob Arkley,
civic activist and philanthropist
8:30 - Auction with broadcaster Brian Papstein, auctioneer

Tickets $25; $45 for two
To order your tickets call 442-0945

This event is a fundraiser for the Humboldt County Republican Party.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MoveOn warns ‘We might have to pull the plug’

MoveOn, a giant in the progressive political world and an early endorser of Barack Obama in 2008, warns that it might have to “pull the plug” on key campaigns to help Obama and Senate Democrats if its five million members don’t pony up with at least $5. - Mike Allen and Jim Vanderhei/Washington Examiner

Without a rush of new cash, MoveOn says it will have to give up efforts to elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, help the recall fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and energize younger voters who’ve soured on Washington.

...The homepage of MoveOn, which helped organize the 2004 anti-war movement, includes a “chip in” button preset at $8.

◼ Meanwhile: GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz - Politico

Ben LaBolt, an Obama campaign spokesman, can't answer questions about Obama's attacks.



Learn to recognize the spin.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Not Even Half



President Obama has given billions of taxpayer dollars to companies that later failed — many of them were run by Democrat donors. This is just another example of President Obama’s pattern of picking winners and losers and wasting taxpayer money.
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Mitt Romney

Two, Three, Many Obamas

As the campaign heats up, one problem is that we continue to meet lots of different Barack Obamas — to such a degree that we don’t know which, if any, is really president. - Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

...One Barack Obama crisscrosses the country warning us that a sinister elite has robbed from the common good and must atone for destroying the economy. Another Barry Obama hits the golf links in unapologetically aristocratic fashion and prefers Martha’s Vineyard for his vacation. So I am confused about the evil 1 percent. Obama 1 feels they have shorted the country and must now pay their fair share, while Obama 2 feels they are vital allies in helping the poor by attending his $40,000-a-plate campaign dinners....

Lots of Obamas keep talking about civility and bringing us together; but lots more Obamas talk about punishing our enemies, emphasizing racial differences, and formally organizing supporters by racial groupings. An angelic Obama lectures about the end of red-state/blue-state divides; a less saintly Obama refers to xenophobic clingers, typical white persons, stereotypers, and arresters of children on their way to ice-cream parlors....

What is real and what is not? The Obama “composite” girlfriend who sort of existed and sort of did not?...

Is Obama just the usual chameleon politician? Or is Obama emblematic of postmodern America, where there is no truth, but, like an Elizabeth Warren or a Ward Churchill, we legitimately are who we declare we are — and then again are not what we are when we choose not to be? Or is Barack Obama not a metaphor for much of anything other than the fact that it is harder to be president of the United States than to be at Harvard or Chicago Law School, the Illinois legislature or the U.S. Senate, where everyone declared that you did everything by doing not much at all?

Fury Spreads: Catholic Leaders Join MRC Outrage Over Network Silence on Catholics vs. Obama Lawsuit

Nine prominent Catholic leaders have joined the Media Research Center to voice outrage over the broadcast networks deliberately withholding news of the momentous 43 Catholic entities suing the Obama administration for violating their religious freedoms.

They represent major organizations including the Acton Institute, Cardinal Newman Society, SBA List and others. More are coming in every hour.

There are 60 million Catholics in the US. The Catholic vote will be the most important swing vote this year. So it’s not just a major policy issue, it is one with massive political implications. Yet, 19 seconds of news coverage remains the only attention given by the evening broadcast networks. Two days after news broke, the tally is:


- ABC World News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But, last night there was time for a full report on sleep apnea and Katie Couric discussing how she met Queen Elizabeth; how she wore a peach coat and "a lovely peach hat."

- NBC Nightly News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But last night there was time to squeeze in a story on a new computer app that shows America's eating habits, "graphic evidence" of how we eat badly late at night.

- CBS Evening News – a brief 19 seconds of coverage on the evening the lawsuit became public. ZERO coverage last night. But there was time in the broadcast for a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan lucky enough to catch two home runs in left field.


“The intentional, deafening silence continues,” stated Brent Bozell, MRC President, “and we are not the only ones concerned. This deliberate censorship must come to an end.”

LA Times: Tobacco taxes are great, but Proposition 29 stinks

Proposition 29 includes a deal breaker. Raising money for California: Good. Discouraging smoking via a harsh tax: Great. Sequestering the money for a limited purpose: Bad. Really bad. - Michael Hiltzik/LA Times

Yes, our freeways and surface streets are crumbling. But the next time your front wheel hits an enormous pothole, you can remember with pride that California is the world leader in one form of highway maintenance: paving the road to hell with good intentions.

The June 5 election will give the state's voters another opportunity in this vein. The vehicle is Proposition 29, which would jack up the state tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack, generating some $800 million a year mostly for cancer research, with some going to related health and anti-smoking programs.

The weighing of intention vs. result here is fairly straightforward. Raising $800 million a year for the state: Good. Discouraging smoking via a harsh tax: Great. Sequestering the money for a limited purpose: Bad. Really bad.

But it doesn't serve the voters one bit. The benefits of driving up the cost of smoking to keep kids off cigarettes are obvious, but the structure of Proposition 29 is poisonous to the health of the body politic. It just hooks the voters on cheap non-solutions to our problems in the same way that Philip Morris hooks kids on tobacco. The first step to quitting the ballot-box addiction is to say no to wretched measures like this one.

Most tobacco money California collects doesn't go to prevent or stop smoking, study says - Sacramento Bee

Between 1998 and 2010, just 6 percent of the money collected from a massive lawsuit settlement and from cigarette taxes went to tobacco interdiction and education programs, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week, far below federal spending guidelines for effectively curbing tobacco use.

Escape From New York? High-Taxing Empire State Loses 3.4 Million Residents in 10 Years

New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million residents leaving over that period, according to the Tax Foundation. - CNS News

Over that decade the state gained 2.1 million, so net migration amounted to 1.3 million, representing a loss of $45.6 billion in income.

Where are they escaping to? The Tax Foundation found that more than 600,000 New York residents moved to Florida over the decade – opting perhaps for the Sunshine State’s more lenient tax system – taking nearly $20 billion in adjusted growth income with them.

Over that same time period, 208,794 Pennsylvanians moved to Florida, taking $8 billion in income.

“Many of these New York and Pennsylvania residents no doubt moved to Florida for the warm weather,” says the foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “[B]ut many more may have moved there because the state does not have an individual income tax, an estate tax, nor an inheritance tax.”

...California is also known for more onerous taxes and regulations, and the foundation shows similar trends of migration from there to other states like Texas and Arizona.

The Tax Foundation ranked the Golden State sixth highest in the nation for state and local tax burden in 2009.

Between 2000 and 2010, the most recent data available, 551,914 people left California for Texas, taking $14.3 billion in income. Texas has no state income tax or estate tax.

A total of 48,877 people moved to Texas from California between 2009 and 2010 alone, totaling $1.2 billion in income. Another 28,088 from California relocated to Nevada and 30,663 to Arizona, a loss of $699.1 million and $707.8 million in income respectively.

Overall, California had the most departures between 2009 and 2010 – 406,883 people, representing a loss of $10.6 billion in income. Over that year 365,763 people moved there, representing a net loss of 41,120 residents.

Since 2000 1.2 million more people have left California than have moved there, the second biggest net loss, after New York.

Unsolicited Emails from Democrats Hit University of Wisconsin Student Inboxes

Who Gave Out Student email Addresses? - Media Trackers

A Michael the K Spotlight on Politics: Annette De Modena, Candidate for 1st District Supervisor


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annette4supervisor.com

Welcome to my world. While at the Fundraiser, Michael the K, producer for Humboldt Access, created this video. Hope you enjoy it. And, Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

Annette De Modena

Egyptian Sheikh yuks it up about getting foreign officials to don headbags (hijabs)

Sheikh Ahmed al-Mahlawi brags about how a female official from the U.S. Consulate wanted to meet with him, but he insisted she wear a Muslim headbag/hijab first. - Bare Naked Islam

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Why does this matter? Find out at our Special Presentation by Peter Friedman, coming up June 22nd at Baywood. ◼ Peter Friedman "The Threat of Islam to America" HRWF Special Presentation
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Note: No General Meeting in June

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remember


It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN,not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag.
It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag.

God Bless them all.

FLAME: ‘ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX THREATS EVER DISCOVERED’: NEW CYBER WEAPON FOUND IN IRAN

A new computer virus that appears to have been deployed five years ago was recently discovered in Iran and cyber security experts suggest it could have been built by the same entities that ordered the 2010 Stuxnet attack, according to Reuters. - The Blaze

The presence of the virus — dubbed “Flame” — was announced by the Russian-based Kaspersky Labs on Monday. Reuters reports the security software firm has not said whether the cyber weapon was deployed with a specific mission like that of the Stuxnet worm, which is suspected to have been launched to help take down Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Comparing Flame to Stuxnet, Reuters reports experts finding the virus has 20 times more code. Compared to most computer viruses that steal financial information, Flame has 100 times more code. Kaspersky Labs found it exploits a vulnerability in Windows, like Stuxnet. BBC reports that this newly discovered virus is being called “one of the most complex threats ever discovered.”

Obama: No war 'unless it's absolutely necessary'

During remarks commemorating Memorial Day, President Obama expressed a great deal of empathy for families who had lost loved ones, and vowed not to go to war again 'unless it's absolutely necessary.' - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering

"For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq," he said. "We are winding down the war in Afghanistan, and our troops will continue to come home. After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon."

Gallup: Veterans Prefer Romney

According to a Gallup poll released on Memorial Day, veterans support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by 58 percent to 34 percent. - W. James Antle, III/American Spectator
Veterans Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama - Gallup

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COLUMN: TEAM OBAMA’S REPUTATION IS VASTLY OVERRATED - Matthew Continetti/Washington Free Beacon

We are rapidly approaching the moment at which Washington reevaluates the Obama campaign’s reputation for competence and expertise. Every week, one or several of Obama’s surrogates trip over their own words; every day, Jim Messina and David Plouffe and David Axelrod must scratch their heads in wonder at the mess they are creating. One gaffe is an isolated event. Two is an embarrassment. But three or more form a pattern, one that is damaging not only Obama’s precarious chances for reelection but also the fortunes of the Democratic Party....

Cory Booker was performing triage. He was trying to sustain the dying embers of a Clintonite, pro-business Democratic Party. He understood that Obama and his Keystone Kops are turning the New Democrat dream into ashes. And Booker, like other Democrats, is terrified by the answer to the following question: Who else will Obama bring down with him?

Those who serve today deserve our gratitude, those who are returning from the battlefield deserve our open arms, and those who will never return deserve our thoughts, tributes and remembrance.

Remembering our guardians at the gate - Rep. Allen West at Human Events

Thank You

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Local memorial day services

Paying their respects: Local memorial day services - Jessica Cejnar/The Times-Standard

Humboldt County veterans and their families will take time out of a busy Memorial Day weekend to honor their fallen comrades on Monday at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka. On Sunday, the Trinidad Civic Club will pause for a short ceremony at the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse to remember those who were lost or buried at sea.

In addition to the names of those lost at sea being read, U.S. Coast Guard planes will fly over the town during the ceremony, Odom said. A bagpipe player will play, a poem will be read and a vocalist will sing. The ceremony will also include the ringing of a bell. Odom said Trinidad's mayor will ring the bell 12 times in honor of those who were lost.

”It's very short, but it's very emotional,” said Anne Odom, who read the names at the ceremony last year. “Most of that time is used reading all those names. We read about 200 names.”
Trinidad's ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Memorial Lighthouse at Edwards and Trinity streets.

On Monday, Ocean View Cemetery will dedicate its Avenue of the Flags to the North Coast Honor Flight, which flew veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II memorial, said cemetery administrator Don McCombs. The North Coast Community Honor Guard will assist with raising the colors, he said, and the Humboldt Harmonaires will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” McCombs added that local bagpipe player Roddy Ross will also play.

”Roddy Ross will do a bagpipe march, and he also will do 'Amazing Grace,' which on the bagpipe gets everybody's heart in their throat,” McCombs said.

The service begins at 11 a.m. at Ocean View Cemetery at 3975 Broadway St. in Eureka. Hill said volunteers will remove the flags from the graves at about 3 p.m. following the service.

Memorial Day celebrations - The Times-Standard

Eureka: Eureka cemeteries plan a special Memorial Day patriotic program for the community at Ocean View Cemetery's Veterans Garden at 11 a.m. Monday

FERNDALE Memorial Day Parade: Ferndale will host one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the United States starting at 10 a.m. Monday. This year's parade will be include special honors for local Korean War veterans. AND: Korean War movie: Today (Sunday) at 3 and 6 p.m., the Ferndale Museum will present the premiere of its latest movie, “Coming of Age in Korea.”

ARCATA Memorial Day Service: A Memorial Day service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery, 1757 J St. in Arcata. Participants in the program include Bob Dipert, pastor of Campbell Creek Connexion, a Nazarene Faith Community in Arcata; American Legion Post 274; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2542; Boy Scout Troop 9 of Arcata; Girl Scout Troops, Redwood Service Unites, Arcata and McKinleyville; and Mad River Community Honor Guard.

Huffington Post hastily erases article about Malia Obama’s appearance at One Direction concert

Several media outlets have again pulled or edited already-published articles about the activities of President Barack Obama’s daughter, even though the stories appeared to pose no active security risk to the first family. - Gregg Re/The Daily Caller

On Thursday, 14-year-old Malia Obama attended a concert by the British boy band One Direction at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., flanked by Secret Service agents who attempted unsuccessfully to blend in with the crowd of mostly pre-teen girls.

On Friday, the story was picked up by the liberal website The Huffington Post, which ran the headline, “Malia Obama, One Direction Fan: First Daughter Attends Boy Band Concert with Secret Service in Tow.”

Within hours, the entire post was scrubbed from the site without explanation, and the post’s URL was hastily changed to direct users to the site’s celebrity section.

The next day, news aggregation website Buzzfeed ran a story on the event, accompanied by a picture of Malia in attendance at the concert. The headline was “Malia Obama Goes to the One Direction Concert with the Secret Service,” and the story’s picture showed Malia standing awkwardly in front of a scowling male Secret Service agent, with what appear to be two additional female Secret Service agents standing to her right.

By Sunday, the headline had changed to “Secret Service Agent Does Not Appear To Enjoy One Direction Concert,” and Buzzfeed had cropped the photo to remove Malia entirely, leaving only a narrow shot of the unhappy Secret Service agent....

On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that the first family was attending yet another concert — this time, they took in some Beyonce. Many sites, including The Huffington Post, omitted any mention of the Obamas in stories about the concert.

The media have run interference for the first family in the past. In March, several news sites — including The Huffington Post — scrubbed stories about Malia’s planned spring break vacation in Mexico with a dozen friends and 25 Secret Service agents.

At the time, the White House admitted it had asked that the stories be removed only for security reasons.