Monthly Archives: September 2009

NY Dem uses Constitution to defend ACORN…What?

Bill to Defund ACORN called “Unconstitutional” by Chair of Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

From: Breitbart.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, denounced a Republican Amendment adopted by the House of Representatives to deny all federal funds to ACORN as blatantly unconstitutional and a threat to unpopular organizations everywhere. The Republican initiative, entitled the Defund ACORN Act, singles out a specific organization by name for exclusion from participating in any federal program, in direct violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against Bills of Attainder.

Mr. Nadler’s remarks are below:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A little while ago, the House passed an amendment to the bill that we were considering that says no contract or federal funds may ever go to ACORN, a named organization, or to any individual or organization affiliated with ACORN. Unfortunately, this was done in the spirit of the moment and nobody had the opportunity to point out that this is a flat violation of the Constitution, constituting a Bill of Attainder. The Constitution says that Congress shall never pass a Bill of Attainder. Bills of Attainder, no matter what their form, apply either to a named individual or to easily ascertainable members of a group, to inflict punishment. That’s exactly what this amendment does.

“It may be that ACORN is guilty of various infractions, and, if so, it ought to be vetted, or maybe sanctioned, by the appropriate administrative agency or by the judiciary. Congress must not be in the business of punishing individual organizations or people.” 

While I agree that the Congress should not be in the business of punishing organizations or people without trials, withholding taxpayer funds from an organization that has ethical issues on the scale that ACORN does seems like prudent business since these funds would be for services rendered. So I have a few questions for the Congressman. 

  1. If this falls under the premise of Bill of Attainder which specifically refers ex post facto law, how is this any less Constitutional than passing a bill after the fact to place a huge penalty on the AIG bonuses?
  2. Do you defend the Constitution with this vigor all the time?
  3. How much ACORN support did you receive in your last Congressional race? 

Ironic, isn’t it the Congress finally takes a stand against corruption and a politician tries to invoke “constitutional law” as the defense, the same Constitution that these same politicians ignore on a daily basis. 

Restore the Republic, Reject the agenda of the Progressive Left!

Jimmy Carter is a disgrace

Jimmy Carter  says Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst was “based in racism” 

From the Associated Press:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”

From washingtonpost.com

By Garance Franke-Ruta

In remarks decried by Republicans, former president Jimmy Carter told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview Tuesday that he believes race is at the core of much of the opposition to President Obama.

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American,” Carter said. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans”

 Jimmy Carter is a sanctimonious jackass! His comments are unbecoming of a former president. We are trying to have debate about the president’s policies. We are not calling him racist names. He has been compared to famous socialists and communists. These are fair comparisons at a policy level. Jimmy Carter’s remarks are both irresponsible and appear to be intentionally inflammatory. What does he hope to accomplish with this rhetoric? You would think that he would want to add value to the discussion but instead he has chosen to add fuel to the fire! He is a disgrace!

It is true that there have been some unflattering and uncalled for signs. In every large movement there are always some in the group that are on the fringe. However 98% of these protesters are protesting the right thing – the POLICIES! This is America and this is our right.

There is also a level of hypocrisy that is numbing. When the Progressive Left, the liberal media and anyone else that wanted to take a shot at President Bush the last eight years where was the outcry? They spoke in both unflattering and derogatory terms about him. When Harry Reid called him a liar and a loser, where was the outcry? Like him or not he was the President, so where was the respect for the office then?

Frankly, Carter should shut up if he is not going to add a voice of leadership. I guess Ms. Lillian never taught him if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all. Watch Carter’s interview below:

 

I agree with Carter about the signs he referred to, they are disgraceful and no presidentshould be referred to in such a manner. So why wasn’t he out there defending Bush with the same vigor, even if he didn’l agree with Bush’s policies?

I reject Carter’s assertions and his devisive comments. I agree some people go too far when they let their emotions take over – but this issue has roots on both sides of the aisle. It is time to put away the race card and focus on the issues.

A fish may make San Joaquin Valley an endangered species

The bread basket of America is at risk because a 2″ smelt that is an endangered species was being killed by the water irrigation system that watered the valley. Federal guidelines and a court injunction by environmentalist have resulted in the shutdown of the irrigation system. The result is a drastic drop in farm production and 40% unemployment in the valley. Have we lost our minds? We are now putting bait fish ahead of our citizens – this is an outrage! This does not only affect those in the valley – it is going to affect all of us. This is going to effect the price and availability of fresh US grown produce. Do you really want more of the food you eat to come from places like South America, China and Asia? Any samonella concerns there?

See the Associated Press story below:

Schwarzenegger demands response to water crisis

By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer

Posted: 09/02/2009 02:58:19 PM PDT

Updated: 09/02/2009 06:01:19 PM PDT

FRESNO, Calif.—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on the Obama administration Wednesday to intervene immediately in California’s water crisis, saying environmental restrictions that have slashed water deliveries to farms and cities were having “catastrophic impacts.”

The Republican governor sent a letter demanding a federal response to the state’s prior requests to hold talks about reduced supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the delicate ecosystem that serves as the main conduit moving water from north to south.

A three-year drought is to blame for the bulk of the state’s current water shortages, and it has caused cities to ration their supplies and farmers to fallow a quarter-million acres.

The environmental restrictions, which were designed to protect the estuary’s struggling fish populations, also have limited the amount of water pumped to Southern California residents and farmers.

The governor and the farming industry have been pressing the federal government to rewrite plans protecting species like the chinook salmon in a way that will lessen impacts on the water supply.

Idled farmworkers have driven the unemployment rate to nearly 40 percent in some dry pockets of the fertile San Joaquin Valley.

“What is the path forward so we can protect the species as well as the economy?” said California Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow. “If they have a better way of doing this, they need to come forward with that better way.”

An attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has sued to protect the fish, said the restrictions were based on sound science, and would help support commercial fishermen, who have not been able to fish for two seasons because salmon have been so scarce.

A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the agency was reviewing the letter.

America, wake up! This is the type of environmental activism that needs to be stopped. Contact your Senators and tell that San Joaquin Valley needs their help!


ACORN Update: Another Day, Another Video

Well, the videos continue to be released and fallout also rolls on. Here are a few of the latest developments:

ACORN fires more implicated employees

MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty orders a state investigation into MN’s ties with ACORN

CA Gov. Arnold Schwarenegger has asked CA AG Jerry Brown to open a full investigation into ACORN’s CA activities

NY AG Andrew Cuomo has opened an investigation into ACORN’s NY activities

ACORN Suspends new intakes!    ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees “indefensible,” has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened. ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.”

White House comments on scandal – From: Politico

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs alluded to video, taken by the conservative site BigGovernment.com, showing ACORN employees giving advice to individuals posing as sex traffickers.

“Obviously, the conduct that you see on those tapes is completely unacceptable. I think everyone would agree to that,” Gibbs said. “The administration takes accountability extremely seriously.”

Watch the latest videos here:

Rumor has it, there will be new videos from San Diego tomorrow – stay tuned

Uncommon Sense with Dave Johannes Sep. 13, 2009

Another Rally that the Media Missed – Doctors Storm DC!

Last weekend while researching for my Blog Talk Radio show, I stumbled across this website. It is a website dedicated to debunking the government spin on healthcare reform. It is written by and for practicing physicians. It is loaded with excellent information on the proposals from the physicians perspective. I recommend it for anyone trying to sift through the rhetoric.

From the website: www.takingbackmedicine.com

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 By: Kathleen Walter

More than 1,000 physicians from all 50 states converged on Washington, D.C., on Thursday in demonstration against controversial healthcare legislation and the American Medical Association, a leading advocate of H.R. 3200, also known as America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

Wearing surgical scrubs, chanting and brandishing signs, the doctors picketed on the front steps of the AMA’s building and delivered a very powerful message.

AAPS President Mark Kellen, M.D., of Rockford, Ill., writes: “The entire logic of H.R. 3200 is flawed and is based on decreasing patient choices and ultimately transferring control to the federal government…. The bill has no laudable parts.”

http://video.newsmax.com/?bcpid=20972460001&bclid=22770166001&bctid=39358743001

American Association of Pysicians and Surgeons sue the White House

The Office of the President and other White House officials are defendants in a free speech lawsuit filed by a prominent physician group, and a non-profit advocate for inner-city poor.

The White House has “unlawfully collected information on political speech,” thereby illegally using the power of the White House to combat opposition to its plans for health care reform. The suit was filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

Who is AAPS?

Take Back Medicine is a project of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons

Since 1943, the mission of AAPS has been to preserve the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship from third-party intrusion

A member-supported organization, AAPS accepts no government grants, or pharmaceutical or other corporate funding.

I highly recommend you go to their site and check out their section on MythBusters that explains various claims being made by supporters of HR 3200. Also watch their video town hall below:

Restore the Republic, Reject the agenda of the Progressive Left!

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand”

Milton Friedman

ACORN: streaming video or a stream of videos… the truth comes out!

After news broke late last week that undercover videos were surfacing on Breitbart’s Big Government website that showed ACORN for what it really is, the rhetoric that this was just a right wing smear campaign quickly followed. Well, now there are four cities worth of videos  available on line, all of which show the same thing. In each ACORN employees are in the compromised position of working to help “a pimp and a hooker” defraud the government in an attempt to gain a home loan and avoid taxes for the purposes of setting up a brothel. Even worse they do not bat an eye when the undercover pair, “mention” that as part of their operation they will be bringing a dozen under age girls in from El Salvador to “work” for them. 

This scam is played out four times in Baltimore, MD; Washington D.C.; Brooklyn, NY; and most recently San Bernadino, CA. I have previously posted the Baltimore and DC videos. Below you will find the NY and CA videos. And rumor has it there are more to come… So why are they releasing these tapes one at a time? The Breitbart team was worried that if they released them all at once the mainstream media would bury this story but if they release them over time the story wouldn’t go away as easily. 

There is good news here. Thanks to the efforts of James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and the Breitbart team the truth about ACORN and its’ corruption have been exposed. So far this has resulted in the following: 

The firing of ACORN employees involved.

The US Census Bureau terminated its’ relationship with ACORN.

The US Senate voting 83 – 7 to cut off funding to ACORN Housing

The revelation ACORN, Inc.; the parent organization of all things ACORN; forfeited its corporate charter in Maryland in 2006. ACORN Housing forfeited its corporate charter in 2008. Any ACORN office in the state of Maryland is potentially operating illegally. 

Senator Boehner, Senator Cantor and Senator Camp call for IRS to sever all ties with ACORN. Currently, ACORN receives some government funding to assist low income families with income tax preparation.

When you add these actions to the fourteen investigations of ACORN’s involvement in voter fraud and the State of Louisiana’s investigation into ACORN’s operations in their state; the truth about the depth of corruption in this organization may finally come to light.

For other interesting developments on this ongoing investigative report visit: www.biggovernment.com

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