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December 31, 2013--Happy New Year's Eve!

Website of the Day:  Jason Mattera:  Download his ebook, “7 Ways to Make Liberal Cry Like a Little Girl”


Be sure and watch Part 8:  In the final segment, members of the committee pose questions to the presenters regarding key issues of student/parent privacy, program cost, and state autonomy in deciding how and what our students are taught in public schools.  Here questions from Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale and others.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  New Year’s Resolutions, 2014--The New Year is almost upon us.  Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions.  Resolutions for the New Year are goals.  Goal’s are an excellent beginning but goals without a plan are pretty meaningless.  Benjamin Franklin warned us, “he who fails to plan, plans to fail.”  What should the Tea Party’s New Year’s resolution for 2014 and the plan be?  Read more.   

Walter Williams:  Parting Company (Excellent, must read!)--Here's a question that I've asked in the past that needs to be revisited. Unless one wishes to obfuscate, it has a simple yes or no answer. If one group of people prefers strong government control and management of people's lives while another group prefers liberty and desires to be left alone, should they be required to enter into conflict with one another and risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences on the other group? Yes or no. My answer is no; they should be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways.  Read more.

Obama's Federal Government Funded Hardcore Porn Project--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided nearly $1 million in taxpayer funding since 2010 to “The Popular Romance Project,” an academic program to study the genre of popular romance fiction.  The Project aims to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective,” and will culminate with a 2015 documentary called “Love Between the Covers,” a “content-rich website,” an academic symposium, and a “nationwide series of library programs dealing with the past, present, and future.  Read more!

Top 10 Conservatives of 2013--Honorable Mentions: Justin AmashGlenn BeckJim DeMint,Trey GowdyBobby Jindal,Heritage ActionLouie Gohmert,Darrell IssaHobby LobbySarah PalinJeff SessionsSteve StockmanScott Walker.  10) Mike Lee: Lee is Robin to Ted Cruz's Batman and whenever there are conservatives fighting the Democrats or the Republican Establishment, he's right in the mix. Replacing Bob Bennett with Mike Lee turned out to be the biggest upgrade since Ronald Reagan took over for Jimmy Carter.  See who is number 9 by clicking here!

Government Spying, Militerized Police, Erosion of Property Rights, Common Core, Drones, Criminalizing childish behavior--Life in the Emerging American Police State: What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1.  In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities.  Continue reading.

Canada Free Press:  Falsifiers of History--Disinformation: Daily manufactured news, programs, and statistics from the mainstream media, Teachers, Schools-- “The absolute worst – and often irreparable – damage done to the Free World has been caused by the Kremlin’s disinformation operations designed to change the past.” – Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa.  The Oxford dictionary defines “disinformation” as false information that is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.” The word originated in the 1950s with the Russian word, “dezinformatsiya.”  Read more.

WND’S Top 10 major media cover-ups of 2013--In an administration known for its dissembling, deciding which lies are its biggest is a challenge.  But as health care takes center stage in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term elections, the many lies that were used, with the aid of a compliant media, to convince the nation that the passage of Obamacare presented nothing to worry about top WND’s annual list of the 10 most “spiked” or underreported stories of the last year.  Read more!

“How Are We Supposed To Live?” Michigan Workers Discover Obamacare Means Impoverishment--The 41 employees of Extreme Dodge in Jackson, Mich., are very familiar with trade-ins, but this year they’re learning about trade-offs as they come face to face with the new realities of health care. A few workers say they’re getting a great deal, but most have a severe case of sticker shock.  “I feel like I’ve been taken to the cleaners,” said Neal Campbell, a salesman.  Read more!  

Israel will give out free abortions to women aged 20-33 starting in 2014--So much for Israel being a conservative country. Typically you will hear people say they always stand with Israel. When you murder babies, only liberals will stand with you.  Check it out:  In 2014, the government of Israel will pay to abort babies for any woman aged 20 to 33 regardless of the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy if, as expected, a health commission’s recommendations are instituted.  Read more!

Report confirms government effort to alter coal job loss estimates--The Obama administration tried to edit a report on new coal regulations to lower analysts’ estimates of serious job losses, an official investigation has found, backing up reports that the Interior Department pressured a private contractor to change information in order to make the data more acceptable.  The Associated Press and Fox News reported in 2011 that a company claimed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement asked it to change variables in a calculation that showed new environmental regulations would lead to large job losses.  Read more!

Heritage Foundation Foundry:  These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013--It’s about time for us to uncover our eyes and take a hard look at what 2013 did to our finances.  Did you feel the pinch of the 13 tax hikes that hit Americans this year?  Before you review the list below, put these two on your watch list for 2014:  Click here.  

Minimum wage increase: Good policy, better politics for Democrats in 2014--Raising the minimum wage might be good policy for President Obama and congressional Democrats, but it's even better politics.  President Obama began advocating a raise in the minimum wage from its current $7.25 level with his February State of the Union Address and continued through his Dec. 4 speech on the economy. In recent weeks, Obama has signaled his support for a bill offered by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and California Democratic Rep. George Miller that would raise the rate to $10.10. Democratic leadership has also picked up the charge, with Majority Leader Harry Reid promising a Senate vote in early 2014 on the minimum wage.  Read more.

The health care debate is already changing for Republicans in 2014--Repealing Obamacare is so 2013.  In the coming year, the tone and substance of the political discourse around the troubled Obamacare will shift slightly -- but notably -- as candidates face the first election cycle since the new health care law took effect and millions of people enrolled in plans through the insurance exchanges it created.  With President Obama's health care reforms now entrenched as law, repealing it will be highly impractical, undermining one of the Republican Party's major talking points. The debate will morph into a question of which party can better refine and rework the law, operatives in both parties predicts.  Continue reading.

GOP retaliation over filibuster rule change could jam Senate in 2014--Senate Republicans still smarting from a Democratic rules change that diminished their power to block President Obama's appointees are vowing retribution against the majority when lawmakers return to work in January.  The GOP in the final weeks of the 2013 session provided a glimpse into what that might mean in 2014. Unable to block most presidential nominees because of the Democratic rule change, Republicans are using their remaining authority to slow the Senate to a crawl, delaying action on routine matters that typically pass uncontested.  Read more.

Energy Department rejects 'social cost of carbon' challenge--The Obama administration will not revisit a new rule based on its revised "social cost of carbon" estimate, setting the table for a potential legal challenge from industry groups who say the White House has assessed too high a monetary value for benefits from reducing carbon pollution.  At its core, the issue at hand is the Obama administration's update to the social cost of carbon -- a monetization of savings from reducing carbon pollution -- that's used in cost-benefit analyses when crafting new rules. Industry groups contend the higher estimate the administration is using will make it easier for federal agencies to justify more aggressive regulations. It's drawn lobbying attention in recent months from electric utility and oil firms, underscoring the perceived reach of the change.  Read more.

WRAL: NC state House speaker Thom Tillis owns a business. Located in SC. (Incorporated in FLA.)--State House speaker and Senate candidate Thom Tillis likes to talk about what the General Assembly — under his leadership — has done to improve the business climate in the Tar Heel State.  Yet – according to some research by WRAL — Tillis is an “owner” in PDQ Ft. Mill, LLC.  The LLC — established in 2010 — does not appear on Tillis’ 2011 financial disclosure form.  Continued.

WILL 2014 BE THE YEAR AMERICANS FINALLY SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?  On The Glenn Beck Program Monday, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton took “a look back” at 2013, and considered what 2014 will hold for the American people.  “Will 2014 be the year the pendulum finally swings back away from progressives?” the guest host asked. “Can conservatives finally re-take the high ground?”  More here.

ALLEN WEST: 6 ‘DISTURBING UNANSWERED QUESTIONS’ ABOUT BENGHAZI--Though the White House still considers the deadly Benghazi terror attack a “phony” scandal, former Florida Congressman Allen West still has several “disturbing unanswered questions” about what happened in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi claimed the lives of four Americans — including a U.S. ambassador.  Read it here.

NBC figures out that employees aren't going to like what ObamaCare does in 2014--"You're going to be sorry you called it ObamaCare when people find out how great it is." - Every Democrat.  Gotta love that quote.  I could run around and search for specific high-level Democrats who uttered some variation of it but, in the end, there's no need.  Pretty much every left-winger in Congress has made the claim at one time or another.  Now, 2014 is just about here, and they get to find out if they were right.  If they were, the mid-terms should be a cakewalk.  Everyone will think Dems are wonderful, and they'll breeze through November. If they're wrong?  Well, they're not. Their media allies have told us they're not, and there's no chance of that changing.  Read more.  

December 30, 2013

Website of the Day:  The JLF Locker Room--Daily Dispatches From the Campaign Trail

Carolina Journal Looking Ahead to 2014 Election Coverage— Even though Election Day 2014 is nearly 11 months away, the editors and staff of Carolina Journal already have begun reporting and offering analysis of key races across North Carolina.  Managing Editor Rick Henderson will resume “Daily Dispatches From the Campaign Trail” on the John Locke Foundation’s statewide “Locker Room” blog Jan. 2. The blog entries, posted every weekday morning, provide links to news reports and information on candidates and campaigns across all areas of the state. This year will mark the third election cycle CJ has offered these daily updates, which began in 2010 with posts by former Associate Editor David Bass and were continued by Henderson in 2012.  Continue reading.

The Hill:  Top 5 O-Care stories to watch--The healthcare law faced a very tough year in 2013, but that could pale in comparison to what happens in 2014. Between new exchange plans taking effect in January, the first enrollment period concluding in March and the midterm elections in November, the administration will have its hands full managing the rollout and mitigating negative stories for vulnerable Democrats.  Here are the top five stories to watch!

The Morning Bell:  Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013--The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There are no more cuts to make.”  The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, and more.  Here is our list of the top 10 examples of wasteful government spending this year, serving as a reminder that there is no shortage of excessive spending in Washington.  Read more here!

Canada Free Press:  America’s Real Crisis: The Question of Who, or What—is our Authority.  Marx or Moses, The Time to Decide is Now--Underneath the maelstrom of America’s political crisis is a question that demands an answer. The question: What is America’s ultimate source of authority? Have we finally begun to evolve into humanism, as leftists claim—after centuries of ignorant, bigoted and sexist Bible fixation?  Or, can our historical beliefs be preserved in the face of a godless onslaught? Must the US now walk into an atheist worldview, complete with matching societal and political implications? The identity of American authority is the question of the age. And our answer will certainly decide the fate of America.  Continue reading.

The Hill:  Regulatory fights loom large in 2014--Battles lines are being drawn for a series of upcoming clashes over new regulations on the horizon in 2014.  The year promises to be chock full of contentious fights over scores of new rules stemming from ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and a host of other laws.  Read more.   

Diane Rufino:  How a Republic Dies--One of my all-time favorite HBO series is ROME, starring Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson.  Borrowing on a theme similar to Forrest Gump, the series follows the journey of two men in Julius Caesar’s Roman legion who seem to find themselves making history wherever they go. The soldiers are Lucius Vorenus (McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Stevenson).  Although Vorenus and Pullo are real centurions who displayed outstanding bravery and valor in battle and were included in Caesar’s war journals, their journeys and experiences in the series are the creation of the writers. ROME chronicles the period in Roman history when the people lost their republic.  (FYI—Our Founding Fathers studied Ancient Rome and other civilizations as well as the Bible as they prepared to write our Constitution.)  Read it all here!

American Thinker:  Obama parties hearty in Hawaii— Saturday was a financial ordeal for Skydive Hawaii owner Frank Hinshaw. President Obama and his family attended a barbecue at the oceanfront house of his Punahou School pal Bobby Titcomb on the North Shore of Oahu. That meant that Skydive Hawaii, based at Dillingham Airfield just across Farrington Highway from the shoreline villa, had to close down for the entire day.  Read more! 

Canada Free Press:  Where Do we go From Here, America…Will There be Anything left?  During the last election, it was estimated that between 3-4 million American conservatives stayed home and didn’t vote. -- We warned you in 2008 not to vote for this man unless and until you had vetted him. You did not listen; you refused to vet him and voted for the honey-laced lies that dripped from his lips.  For over five years, we have warned you about the increasing loss of liberty via illegal Executive Orders that are now treated as laws (even by a thoroughly cowed and supplicant Congress) and the removal of the ability to provide for yourselves (including the federal government’s abject theft of the little you had left) that the totalitarian-terrorist ObamaGov was installing in your cities and demanding you accept. It has happened and is now happening in the light of day, can be fully perceived by all with even moderately functional eyes, ears, brains and their attendant minds that we have become—almost overnight—a fully functioning dictatorship.  Read more.

Sen. Ted Cruz hires lawyers to renounce his Canadian citizenship--Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t leaving any room for doubt. He’s reached out to his lawyers — and met with billionaire businessman Donald Trump — and is taking steps to renounce his citizenship with Canada.  The tea-party favorite said he only discovered he held dual American-Canadian citizenship after the Dallas Morning News reported it a few months ago. But he doesn’t want the issue to become an albatross — as it did for President Obama over his birth certificate when a host of sources, from politicos to Mr. Trump, questioned his true place of birth. So Mr. Cruz is taking a dramatic action.  Continue reading.

GOP REP. DARRELL ISSA CHALLENGES NY TIMES BENGHAZI CLAIMS: ‘NO EVIDENCE’ OF ‘REACTION TO A VIDEO,’ ‘THIS WAS A PLANNED ATTACK’-- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, challenged some of the claims stemming from a controversial New York Times investigative piece on the Benghazi attacks, primarily those that insisted an anti-Islamic video provoked hostilities there in September 2012.  GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Challenges NY Times Benghazi Claims: No Evidence of Reaction to a Video, This Was a Planned Attack.  Acknowledging that the Times did some good work on the article, Issa nevertheless insisted that “interviewing people in Benghazi after the fact, after the world has been told about this video, is really not real time,” Issa said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.  More here.

TED CRUZ’S RESPONSE ABOUT GOV’T SHUTDOWN ‘MISTAKE’ ANNOYS INTERVIEWER — BUT SENATOR SEEMS TO RELISH THE FRICTION (This proves Ted Cruz is able to take on the liberal press in a run for President)--Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gave an interview to ABC’s Jonathan Karl for “This Week” on Sunday. One of the more memorable exchanges came after Karl offered that now that he’s had some time to think about it, was Cruz prepared to finally admit that perhaps October’s government shutdown was a “mistake.”  Cruz’s response likely will cause liberals to scream in anger and conservatives to smile in delight:  Continue reading.

Race to the Top spending hasn’t translated to most classrooms--The state has used most of the $400 million federal Race to the Top education grant it won three years ago to upgrade technology, revamp teacher training, and change teacher and principal evaluations.
As the Race to the Top grant period ends – it’s set to conclude next summer, though the state is asking for an extension – some goals for broad improvements in student performance have fallen short. Incentives such as vouchers for systems to lure better teachers got little use.  Read more here.

HARVARD PROF: TEA PARTY NOT GOING ANYWHERE, MORE LIKELY TO WIN--A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials.  "Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government."  Read more!  

December 29, 2013

Who are YOU under PPACA?—This video is 55 minutes long. It is dry and filled with overwhelming information. The video will go into laws, statutes, and codes explaining how all of this pertains to YOU.  Roberts isolated and exposed the secret of Limited Tax Liability, and for that reason none of the other justices supported him. Maybe he's not the ogre we've thought him to be.  Maybe....

The First Amendment in Five Minutes!  Watch as this legendary First Amendment lawyer gives a primer on what everyone needs to know about freedoms of religion, speech and press in under 5 minutes.


The Daily Haymaker:  *Surprise ! * New taxes make stuff cost more.  The mainstream media and their lefty politico allies are perpetually hollering about “fairness” in the tax code.  *Those people who have accumulated all that cash need to have MORE of it taken from them — and given to US. *  Every time taxes are part of the debate, we small-government advocates make the point that monkeying with the tax code causes a chain-reaction, ripple-effect felt by every demographic group represented in our economy.  Typically, we get ignored and the changes get steam-rolled through.  And typically, we get to point to the economic havoc the changes create and say ‘We told you so.”  Read more here.

The Daily Haymaker:  The more things “change,” the more they stay THE SAME!  We’re riding out 2013′s last gasps from The Haymaker’s Watauga County outpost.  I happened to catch a local news report about the Watauga board of elections’ two-front fight with the AppState-based liberal lynch mob and the state board of elections:  The State Board of Elections rejected the petition to oust Republicans Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers from the Watauga County Board of Elections at a meeting on Friday, according to the complainants and  Continue reading.

White House presses Congress to extend unemployment benefits for three months--The White House on the eve of unemployment benefits expiring for 1.3 million Americans called on lawmakers to extend the federal aid for three months once they return to Washington.  “As the president has repeatedly made clear, it defies economic sense, precedent and our values to allow 1.3 million Americans fighting to find jobs to see their unemployment insurance abruptly cut off — especially in the middle of the holiday season,” said Gene Sperling, President Obama’s top economic adviser.  Continued.

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility—The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.  The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.  Read more! 

Obamacare--CMS claims December enrollment surge, leaves key questions unanswered--About 1.1 million Americans picked a plan through the federally run health insurance exchange as of Dec. 24 as part of President Obama's health care program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Sunday.  But the announcement, which came in the form of a blog post from CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner, left many key questions unanswered.  Continue reading!

ESPN gets millions from taxpayers--Over the past 25 years ESPN has gotten millions in tax credits (tax dollars straight from the tax payer to the company) and tax breaks (which can still constitute a form of crony capitalism even if the taxpayer doesn’t directly pay for them) from Connecticut. The highly profitable business (even without the credits and breaks) has worked its way into the state legislature over the years and has, according to the New York Times, been able to effectively siphon off a steady stream of state revenue.  More.

TPN—Alan Caruba:  Looking Into My 2014 Crystal Ball--Pundits are expected to make predictions for the year ahead and far be it for me to avoid what, generally speaking, depends on who is making them. Major trends are already in place and easy to predict as they proceed, but it is always unknown events that upend predictions. Mother Nature and perpetrators of evil can always be counted upon to provide them.  This really good--click to read the rest!

Anita MonCrief:  The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations--On a crisp fall Tuesday afternoon in Houston, Election Day 2013 commenced with a quiet dignity reminiscent of the past. In black communities, the right to vote and the opportunity to participate in elections is still viewed to be especially precious, with many voters coming to the polls dressed in their Sunday best. Even still, the undercurrent of tension was undeniable, as the Department of Justice, civil rights groups, and local and mainstream media combed through communities, just hoping to find an angry voice willing to confirm the story they'd been spinning for months; that Texas' new voter ID law was bound to disenfranchise tens of thousands - maybe more.  Read it here.

Canada Free Press:  DHS insider gives final warning (U.S. is a captured operation. The lie is bigger than most people realize or are willing to confront)--Under the cover and amid the distraction of the Christmas bustle, I had my last “official” contact with a source inside the Department of Homeland Security known as “Rosebud” in my writings. My source is leaving his position, retiring along with numerous others choosing to leave this bureaucratic monstrosity.   Read more!

The Hill: Jobless aid ends for 1.3M people--Roughly 1.3 million people lost their extended unemployment benefits on Saturday as Congress allowed the program to expire.  Democrats — angry that an extension wasn't included in the recently-enacted (BIPARTISAN) budget agreement — have vowed to make the benefits the first item on their 2014 agenda. Republicans contend that lawmakers would better serve their constituents by directing their efforts to other job-boosting areas, especially given that a year-long unemployment extension comes with a $26 billion price tag. They also are waiting on Democrats to put forward a specific plan.  Continue reading.

Five Senate races to watch--Democrats and Republicans are amassing enormous war chests for a midterm battle that will decide who controls the Senate for the remainder of President Obama’s term.  Republicans need a net gain of six seats to reclaim the Senate majority, and are gunning for Democratic incumbents in conservative-leaning states like Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia and Louisiana.  Democrats are mostly playing defense, but see a few opportunities to peel away seats from the GOP column.  Here are the five Senate races to watch in 2014.  Read it here.  

Our Children are Under Attack--America's Leadership would have us all believe that Illegal Immigration is all about providing workers for jobs Americans refuse to do.  They also want to snow us into believing that the vast majority of the criminals invading our country through the southern border are just decent, God fearing, family type people just like Americans.  They seek to have us believe that it is the only humane way to handle the issue.  Even if it were, which it is NOT, about the jobs, MORE AMERICANS than ever in the history of this once GREAT COUNTRY are unemployed and, or have given up looking for work altogether.  Many say unemployment is worse than in the Great Depression.  So, common sense demands to know why would anyone seek to remove more jobs from the marketplace by filling them with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS aka ILLEGAL ALIENS?   Continued here.  

December 28, 2013


School House Rock – The Constitution--Watch this AWESOME blast from the past. Let your kids watch it and they might learn something!!


Lady Liberty 1885:  Voucher Pushback And Protectionism--The pushback on vouchers has been simmering for a while now, but garnered a bit more attention when North Carolina’s top school official, Dr. June Atkinson, decided to make a rather poor analogy:  “With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools,” she said prior to speaking to the N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference. “There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror.“ – WECT  This sentiment, albeit toned down, was recently echoed by Mt. Airy Board Chair Wendy Carriker. Emphasis added:  Read it here.

ATF AGENT SENDS SHOCKWAVES ACROSS INTERNET WITH EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ AND BRIAN TERRY’S DEATH--John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the lid off the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, claims the FBI had ties to the men who killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 near Nogales, Ariz. In fact, Dodson says the Mexican bandits who gunned down Terry were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a “drug rip-off” using intelligence gathered by the DEA.  Read more.

The Left’s Historically Ignorant Attack on Greg Brannon--Thanks to North Carolina Senate Candidate Dr. Greg Brannon recently acquiring frontrunner status among the Republican candidates gunning for Senator Kay Hagen’s seat in 2014, left wing media outlets have predictably started with their attacks. Among the attacks levied against Brannon, one that is likely to reoccur throughout his candidacy is his stance on nullification. That is, his belief that states can declare unconstitutional federal laws null and void. The left is up in arms over the fact that a leading senatorial candidate could believe this. Of course, in order to convince the rest of the country of the horror of nullification, they must invent historical accounts that never actually happened.  Read the article.

U.S. hopes to bring in thousands of Middle Eastern refugees in 2014--The State Department said Thursday that its goal is to welcome 35,000 permanent refugees from the Middle East and South Asia in fiscal 2014.  30,000 Syrians are slated to be moved into permanent or long-term homes abroad by October if the U.N. refugee agency meets its goals, The Washington Post reported.  Read more! 

EPA, the Enforcer of Federal Pollution Control Laws--EPA’s unchecked power has been blamed for destroying economic prosperity, supply of food, Americans’ means of support, preventing the exploration of much needed resources.  Read more here!

American Legion outraged over Veteran hospital’s Christmas censorship!  The national commander of the American Legion is demanding answers from the Veterans Administration after hospitals in three states placed restrictions on Christian volunteers, including a group of schoolchildren who were told they could only perform Christmas carols from a government-approved list.  More here.  

December 27, 2013


Dennis Michael Lynch--Scene from WE RIDE TO DC

Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare--Obamacare is looming over all of us and the question remains: Do you sign up or opt out? If you choose to opt out, what are your alternatives?  Here are a few From Breitbart:  

Why Liberals Shouldn't Talk About the Bible--When liberals talk about the bible, they usually end up embarrassing themselves.  This one comes from the case files of Kathleen Park who is a dime- store Maureen Dowd.  Ranting about Robertson, Parker dives into amateur biblical criticism.  Read the article!  

The Morning BellYour Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013-- As part of our countdown to the new year, today we're bringing you five must-see charts of 2013. We've included one below; click here to view the rest on The Foundry.  

Deadline looms to submit new N.C. tax forms--FAYETTEVILLE — Not on Christmas shopping - though, come to think of it, the holiday is tomorrow. But for many others, there’s another pressing deadline packing a zillion times less joy - deciding what to do about your withholding status for state tax purposes. Did you put ibuprofen on your Christmas list?  Read more.  

New NC law increases donation limits, curtails some disclosure in 2014--A new North Carolina law will allow candidates in the 2014 elections to solicit more money from wealthy donors and limit some disclosure of outside spending.  Starting Jan. 1, state candidates and political action committees can take maximum contributions of $5,000 per election, up from the current $4,000 benchmark. The top donation to judicial candidates will leap to the same level from the current $1,000 plateau.  Read more!  

Official business behind him, Obama looks to 2014-- HONOLULU (AP) — The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, President Obama is setting his sights on the coming year, when a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the 2014 midterm elections.  Vacationing in Hawaii, Obama on Thursday signed into law a bipartisan budget deal softening the blow from scheduled spending cuts and a military bill cracking down on sexual assault. The two bills, passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support, constituted a modest step away from gridlock, and both parties cautiously hoped that spirit of cooperation might linger after New Year's Day.  Read more.  

Obama’s contracting chief uses revolving door for job at reverse-auction company--The White House’s contracting policy chief is leaving to take a job at a company that conducts billions of dollars in reverse auctions for federal agencies, raising more concerns about the “revolving door” that President Obama pledged to end between government and special interests.  Joseph Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, is leaving to take a job  at FedBid, a private Virginia-based company that has come under congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over whether its reverse auction model saves the government much money.  Read more. 

Reed will introduce bill to extend unemployment insurance--Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, announced Thursday that he will introduce a 3-month extension to long-term federal unemployment insurance with a Republican co-sponsor and hopes for a procedural vote as soon as Jan. 6.  Read more.  

Obama signs defense authorization act--President Obama on Thursday signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014, the White House announced.  The annual measure authorizes appropriations and lays out policies for the Defense Department and other national security programs.   The defense bill provides $552 billion in baseline funding and an additional $80 billion for the Afghanistan war and other overseas military operations.  Read more.  

Rove predicts GOP unity and Senate win in 2014--Karl Rove, the voice of the Republican donor class, is predicting that tea party-backed primary candidates will lose nearly all their primary fights against business-backed GOP politicians during 2014.  Read more!  

December 26, 2013


Obama’s Tyranny Brings Call for Revolution--Obama has gutted our economy and amassed a staggering national debt—projected to be $20 trillion by 2016. But this is child’s play compared to what is to come.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement—the “treaty” that Obama has been negotiating for months behind closed doors—will essentially sign away our sovereignty, nullify the Constitution, and annihilate our economy

National Embarrassment 900,000 Veterans on Food Stamps--Obama and the Republicans in Congress locked arms to strip our veterans of earned pension benefits while 900,000 of these heroes, many wounded subsist on handouts and food stamps. This is a national embarrassment.

How Hitler used Universal Healthcare in Holocaust--The next time someone tells you Obamacare isn’t Fascist, then ask them to watch this video. Government should never control healthcare. Healthcare should never be used to “control people.”


Wayne Allyn Root: Duck Commander Ignites A Revolution

Why I won’t watch Bill O’Reilly anymore


National ‘Chick-PHIL-A Day’ to support free speech explodes; wear camos!

“Join the movement to support Chick-fil-a and Phil Robertson by wearing cam/Duck Commander gear to eat at a Chick-fil-a on January 21, 2014,” the event reads, and since Monday, over 46,000 people are planning to do just that.  More info here.

GOP Establishment's war on its base--A political party blessed with a large, enthusiastic, and active base is planning a war against that very base. They don't call it "The Stupid Party" for nothing. Neil King, Jr. and Patrick O'Connell report for the Wall Street Journal:  Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.  Read more.

Benghazi--Within the Obama administration, a record of failure is a sure indicator of future advancement. Aside from his own countless scandals and missteps, Obama continually surrounds himself with proven losers.  One such disappointment is Jake Sullivan, who once served as Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. He is most notorious for his leading role in perpetuating the myth that a YouTube video acted as the catalyst behind last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, LibyaRead more!

Free Market Options to ObamaCare Already Exist--More than a year ago, Dr. Barbara Bellar, a medical doctor with a JD degree, was running for office as an Illinois state senator, and provided a sound byte that continues to reverberate across the Internet, having been viewed as of this writing some 3,675,000 times. The clip lasts less than two minutes, including laughter and applause from her audience, to whom she said:  So let me get this straight. This is a long sentence:  Read it here!  

Georgia Lawmakers Announce Bill Nullifying ObamaCare--Four Georgia state legislators are listening to the crescendo of constituent opposition to ObamaCare.  On December 16, State Representatives Jason Spencer, David Stover, Michael Caldwell, and Scot Turner announced their sponsoring of a bill that would halt the implementation of ObamaCare at the sovereign borders of the Peach State.  At their press conference, the lawmakers sought not only to explain their proposal, but to drum up support for it among like-minded Georgians.  Read more!  

The next too-big-to-fail train wreck on the horizon--A Taxpayer Bailout for ObamaCare.  An American public already reeling from the catastrophic rollout of ObamaCare will more than likely be hearing an unfamiliar term being bandied about in the new year. “Risk corridor” refers to a provision in the law that allows the government to “stabilize” premium costs for insurance companies during the first three years of the healthcare rollout.  If insurance companies’ “target” costs for providing healthcare have been miscalculated, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will intercede on their behalf. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer illuminates the nature of that intercession. “The insurers understand that they’re going to be completely ruined,” Krauthammer explains. “And what’s going to happen as a result of this? There’s only one way out, a huge government bailout of the insurers is waiting at the end of next year.” More accurately, it will be a taxpayer-funded bailout, similar to the ones given to the banks and the car companies.  Read more.

OBAMA´S VIOLATIONS OF OUR CONSTITUTION AND ELECTION FRAUD--Barack Obama is a rogue president who has used tyrannical executive orders and government regulations to bypass Congress. He has no respect of our Constitution. In 2001 Obama said that “the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties full of constrains imposed upon us by our Founding Fathers.” Obama hates those “constraints” since he wants to govern in a dictatorial manner.  Obama has made our Constitution and Congress irrelevant.   READ IT ALL, it is long but worth it!

Duck Dynasty Producer Was A Former Gay Porn Actor, The Duck Dynasty Controversy Is Beginning To Really Make Sense--Scott Gurney was the executive director of the Duck Dynasty 2012/13 season (10 episodes), and listed as current executive producer.   Given his background and gay lifestyle  the recent controversy begins to make sense.  It does not take a deep thinker to see how Mr. Gurney would be ideologically torn between being gay himself and yet producing a show where the family beliefs are in diametric opposition to his own. One of the common denominators with gay militancy is their willingness to advance their demands of acceptance at any cost.   Read more.

Activist group targeting Bob Newhart, Catholics is funded by George Soros--The gay advocacy group that launched a pressure campaign to block comedian Bob Newhart from speaking at a Catholic summit is funded by progressive billionaire George Soros and has close links to President Obama’s new White House counselor, records reveal.  Newhart, 84, pulled out of speaking at a Christmas Week conference in Orlando organized by the Catholic networking group Legatus, which was founded by Republican Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan in 1987 to provide networking opportunities for Catholic business leaders.  Read more.  

Government Isn’t Obligated To Inform Users When Site Compromises Their Private Info--If you enroll in Obamacare at and later find out that your financial information or identity has been stolen by hackers, it likely won’t be because the government called to warn you of the security breach. That’s because the government isn’t obligated to let you know if fails to protect your information from criminals.  Read more.

Main Street 2014: Small-Business Owners Fret Taxes, Regulatory Burdens, Obamacare--Despite ongoing assurances from economic officials that the U.S. economy is improving leading into 2014, small-business owners who have endured a financially tumultuous 2013 are pessimistic about their economic situations in the year ahead.  Increasing regulatory burdens, snowballing taxes and dysfunctional leadership in Washington were all cited by American small-business owners as areas of economic concern in the coming year, according to data compiled by the National Federation of Independent Business.  Read it here. 

Liberals Hate Educational Competition and Use Taxpayer Money to Prove It--Economic competition lowers prices, offers increased selections, and results in more features. Think of desk-top, lap-top, and tablet computers, automobiles, smart phones, televisions, and delivery of entertainment (cable, satellite, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.).  But when it comes to education, the State wants its monopoly and you and me to pay for it. Today’s government educators running the show can’t allow for competition. That’s why at every turn teacher unions fight hard against charter schools and school vouchers.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  No Compromise, no surrender--Christmas is gone.  We are now in that final week of the year.  Christmas makes a good break to kill media stories they don’t like.  There is a media story that the left does not like.  It is the Duck Dynasty story.  The problem with the Duck Dynasty story is not what Phil Robertson said.  It is not about how incompetently A&E handled the mess, though incompetence may be just an excuse for them to back away.  What is the story they have revealed and what does that have to do with a call for us to never surrender and never compromise?  Read more.  

New Proposed IRS Rules Would Authorize Targeting Conservatives Critical of WH--Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service was caught this year targeting conservative groups with harassment that included invasive probes into the content of prayers and unwarranted delays.  That issue is being worked out in court. But the IRS, nevertheless, remains on the attack, proposing new regulations that would silence the president’s critics.  Read more!

Carolina Journal:  Liberal Lawsuit Challenges Life-Enhancing Scholarship-- RALEIGH — He is unable to walk like kids his age, but my niece’s son gave his family the best gift ever when he pulled himself up and balanced against a fence while playing in the Arizona sunshine. It was a blessing for his parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who, every single day, deal with disabilities that stem from his premature birth.  It is children like this sweet little boy who will benefit from the compassion of North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly. Earlier this year, legislators approved a scholarship for families of school-aged kids with special needs — families who face formidable education challenges not being met by the traditional public school system. By transitioning the existing special-needs tax credit to a scholarship, more North Carolina families — including kids whose parents were too poor to pay taxes — can now qualify for help.   Read it all!

Calls to expand firearm background checks--RALEIGH — States should make background checks for firearm buyers a stronger tool to prevent gun violence by focusing not only on applicants with mental illness but also on whether they have been violent or abused alcohol or drugs, a group of experts says. At the same time, it should be easier to temporarily confiscate the weapons of people who do have mental health issues.  Continue reading.

The Hill: Top five ObamaCare controversies of 2013--The Obama administration faced an extraordinarily tough year when it came to Affordable Care Act's rollout and the surrounding debate. Between missed deadlines, botched projects and massive PR stumbles, the White House spent months trying to recover momentum for its signature domestic achievement.  Read more here.

Fracking Saves Water--Contrary to the conventional teachings of environmentalists, hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) has at least one major environmental benefit: saving water. Although most Americans are disturbingly ignorant about fracking, it is an issue of critical importance not only with respect to the environment but also in foreign policy and the economy. Typically, the debate is framed around priorities. If you care more about the environment, you are against fracking; but if you care more about energy independence and domestic economic opportunities, you are for fracking.  Continue reading.  

Lean Floor-ward: MSNBC’s not-so-greatest hits of 2013--Well, we finally got internet connection back yesterday morning after a few days of off-and-on-but-mostly-off service due to an ice storm. There are still a lot of people without power in the area (and in this part of the country for that matter). But when you’re without power, nothing helps ease the blow like knowing the kinds of things you might be missing on TV are claims that God approves of Obamacare.  By way of Ace of Spades, here’s video of MSNBC “ugly stuff” compiled by the Washington Free Beacon. Laugh we much:  Check it out!

The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid--Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise -- they'll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them.  As hundreds of thousands enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1, analysts are warning that the plans are likely to give them access to fewer doctors and hospitals. So much so, they warn, that the system could begin to resemble Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans.  "Indeed, I think this will eventually be like Medicaid," said Merrill Matthews, director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance.   Continue reading.  

Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently-- If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help.  Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people.  Continue reading.   


Lack aid? Many counties have only pricey plans--More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that's affordable — by the government's own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance, a USA TODAY analysis shows.  Read more.

New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014--Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.  The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.  Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.  Continue reading.  

Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release--A U.S. government contractor kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011 has recorded a video message calling on the Obama administration to negotiate with his captors, saying he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten.”  Warren Weinstein looked ashen and sounded lethargic as he pleaded for renewed interest in his case and asked the U.S. government to consider releasing al-Qaeda militants in its custody. The 72-year-old development expert from Rockville, Md., began his address by urging President Obama to step up efforts to get him released.  Continue reading.  

A  Local Solution to Common Core?  Written by Nicole Revels-- Recently, we saw a drastic drop in the test scores of North Carolina public school students. It has been stated by NC education officials that the drop is due to more rigorous standards, and that we should expect an increase in test scores over the next couple of years; however, states that have had the Common Core standards and attached curriculum in place for several years now tell a different story. Some districts have even been caught manipulating their test results when the promised improvements and benefits from Common Core were not delivered.  Read the article.

Barber: Moral Mondays will continue and will spread (Here we go again!)--RALEIGH — The Moral Monday movement to protest changes in North Carolina public policy that organizers believe are extreme and hurt the state won’t abate in 2014 and will spread to other states, its leader said.  Activists from a dozen states attended a meeting in Raleigh earlier this month to learn how to hold similar protests in their states.  Continued.   

December 23, 2013


Susan Rice On Benghazi:“I Don’t Have Time To Think About A False Controversy”

Part 5/5: Are We All Communist Now? Examining A Common Core Survey

TPN—Judson Phillips:   Liberalism is sin--Liberalism does not make sense.  That is, unless you understand one fundamental underpinning of liberalism.  Liberalism is sin.  Most people have an immediate reaction to that statement.  Either they support it or totally reject it based on the assumption it is a religious dissertation on liberalism.   Read more!  

Passive Smoking – Another Of The Nanny State’s Big Lies--Passive smoking doesn’t give you lung cancer. So says a new report publicized by the American Cancer Institute which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone with a shred of integrity who has looked into the origins of the great “environmental tobacco smoke” meme.  It was, after all, a decade ago that the British Medical Journal, published the results of a massive, long-term survey into the effects of second-hand tobacco smoke. Between 1959 and 1989 two American researchers named James Enstrom and Geoffrey Kabat surveyed no few than 118,094 Californians. Fierce anti-smoking campaigners themselves, they began the research because they wanted to prove once and for all what a pernicious, socially damaging habit smoking was. Their research was initiated by the American Cancer Society and supported by the anti-smoking Tobacco Related Disease Research Program.  Read more.  

Americans For Prosperity Launches New App To Expose Government Waste--Concerned citizens who are ambitions to expose government waste now have access to a new online app compliments of Americans for Prosperity (AFP). With just one mouse click, average citizens can become government watchdogs. Spending Spotlight is incredibly easy to use. Just enter a zip code, state or recipient name to find federal grants, contracts, farm subsidies and other government appropriations.  Spending Spotlight has already yielded some very revealing results. In Bridgeport, Conn., the app shows how a Head Start program has spent millions without accountability, and in New Jersey that app found that tuition at cosmetology schools, which cost more than an education at Rutgers University, are fueled by federal student loan dollars.  Read more!

Obamacare Initiates Self-Destruction Sequence--Anyone who has had their policies cancelled will be exempt from the individual mandate next year. The administration is also allowing those people to buy catastrophic plans, even if they’re over 30.  Read more.  

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Even at Christmas, Washington's war on freedom continues.  Barack Obama and the Party of Treason may be many things, but they are not stupid.  They learned from 2010, when the Tea Party defeated them at the polls and in 2012, when their harassment of Tea Party groups took these groups out of action.  Now they are looking to 2014 and want to put Tea Party groups out of commission permanently.  Read more.  

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: Christians Wear Camo to Church In Support of Duck Dynasty-- Last Friday, in support of the Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, and his stance for biblical values, we here at decided to announce this past Sunday, December 22nd , as “Church Camo for Phil Sunday”.  Here’s a few pictures that were gleaned off Facebook and Instagram in support of Phil and traditional marriage by wearing camo at church on Sunday, December 22.  Read more!

IS COMMON CORE “RIGOROUS,” OR MORE NEARLY THE OPPOSITE?  So often do avid boosters such as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush extol the national standards for K-12 education as “rigorous,” it would be easy to conclude the adjective had become part of the name: The Rigorous Common Core State Standards.  Google searches of “rigorous” and “Common Core” produce millions of hits. Hundreds of newspaper stories on the impending full-scale rollout of these standards and linked tests in local schools routinely describe the CCSS as rigorous.  Read the article.

“Green” Bullets Will Take “Green” Out of Americans’ Pockets--On the heels of the Senate almost certainly approving a budget that will fleece veterans of benefits and the announcement that 19,000 Captains’ and Majors’ careers will shortly face the chopping block of early retirement, The Lyin’ King’s war against America’s military continues to gather steam. As does his war against individual gun ownership. The lead bullet is being forced into extinction by the EPA.  Read more!

The Hill: Dem predicts smooth debt-ceiling increase A high-ranking Senate Democrat predicts a smooth debt-ceiling increase in early 2014.  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that Republicans "learned their lesson" with the government shutdown in October and will not play politics with raising the nation's debt ceiling.  Schumer told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory that Republicans "will back off any hostage taking ... (or) extremist" demands when the nation bumps up against the legal borrowing limit in early spring.  Read more.

Politics in 2014: What to look for--The battle for control of the Senate, ObamaCare implementation and a desperate push for immigration reform will likely dominate the political world in 2014.  Other issues that will grab headlines include the intensifying debate on the National Security Agency’s powers and heated Republican primaries — which will test the Tea Party.  A rundown of what to look for in 2014 follows.  Read it all here!  

Heritage Foundation:  This Is Exactly What Health Care Reform Is Supposed to Do--Imagine waking up from a coma to find that both of your legs and your left hand are gone.  After a motorcycle accident that nearly killed him, this was Moise Brutus’s devastating reality. And he had to navigate the broken Medicaid system to try to recover. Now, he calls those days “the dark times.”  Read the article.  

Decline in jobless rate not necessarily helpful to jobless--A 21 percent drop in North Carolina’s jobless rate in the past year – from 9.4 percent to 7.4 percent – would usually be a cause for celebration for employers and the unemployed, economists and politicians.  Indeed, the state’s top legislators likened the drop – to a five-year low in November – as a holiday gift for North CaroliniansRead more!  

Herman Cain:  A serious leader would have abandoned ObamaCare long ago--It’s rather frightening when you think about it like this: ObamaCare really amounts to the federal government trying to run, not just a business, but an entire industry. We’re talking about the administration that appears to have the fewest members in history with private-sector business experience of any kind, and it thinks it can run the health insurance industry.  How’s that working out? Exactly.  Read more here.  

BARRY OBAMA: PROGRESSIVE DESPOT IN CHIEF--“One hundred and seventy-three despots would surely be as oppressive as one.” - Federalist 48Read the article.


GOVERNMENT WASTE & SPENDING: INHERENT TO GOVERNMENT-- Can you name a government program or agency that is effective?  Efficient?  Not over-budget?  Post Office, no: Amtrak, no; Education (laugh out loud), no.  EPA, no.  Not one is identifiable.  Why do government employees earn, on average, more than the average family income per household?  So the majority of American taxpayers earn less than the people who pay their salary.  Another irony, of what is known as Federal Government.  Read the article!

Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History and Implicit in The Concept of Ordered Liberty’-- Someone needs to tell “judge” Shelby that our founding fathers considered homosexuality a capital offense punishable by death. Another transformative Obama administration moment. Read the article.

Krauthammer: Just watch, insurance companies ruined by ObamaCare will come knocking for a bailout--We’ve known about that ignominious little “risk corridor” provision tucked safely away in ObamaCare somewhere for awhile now, and last week, the Obama administration pulled the individual-mandate-compromising move that makes it all the more likely that such a bailout eventuality will come to pass. A few lawmakers have already started sounding the alarm on the possibility, but as all of these last-minute, last-ditch, desperately unilateral changes to crucial policy elements of the law start to add up, they might want to consider really shaking a leg on the issue when they come back from Christmas break.  I can practically hear the speeches already: “Thanks to the work of my administration, the insurance industry has come roaring back!”  Video and more.

A second wind for health law? Or just hot air?  Whether you love it or hate it or are just plain confused by it, you've got to give the health care law this much: There's plenty of drama.  The nail biting goes on. As the clock ticks toward the Jan. 1 start of insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's big, bold and bedraggled creation, there are inklings it might get a second wind.  But that could turn out to be just hot air.  Read more.  

Poll: Support for Obamacare at new low as Jan. coverage deadline hits-- A new poll finds support for Obamacare slumping to an all-time low as the administration hits its deadline to register consumers for coverage on Jan. 1.  According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday, 35 percent say they support President Obama's signature domestic achievement, a drop of 5 points in under a month. Nearly two-thirds, at 62 percent, say they oppose the health law, a rise of 4 points since November.  Read more.  

Pastor, doctor take on NC speaker in US Senate bidWith Democrat Kay Hagan already targeted in hostile ads for supporting the federal health care overhaul, North Carolina Republicans face a choice: Do they opt for a powerful state legislator, a tea party champion or a staunch social conservative to challenge her next year?  May's GOP primary is shaping up as a race between state House Speaker Thom Tillis and at least four candidates with little or no experience in government. Tillis has led the money chase so far with help from Republican kingmaker Karl Rove. Tillis himself already has been the target of a TV ad by national Democrats - a sign they view him as Hagan's most worrisome threat.  But North Carolina's recent political history suggests the nomination is not a sure thing for Tillis.  Read more.

Gay GOP Group Blasts New Obamacare Ad for Exploiting Gay Stereotypes, Says ‘Liberals Would Be Apoplectic’ If Right Tried Anything Similar (And our taxpayer dollars paid for this ad!)-- Log Cabin Republicans, an advocacy group for gay conservatives and allies, is ripping a new Obamacare video ad that it says employs homosexual stereotypes to persuade gay men to enroll in Obamacare.  The ad from Out2Enroll — an Obamacare LGBT outreach group — depicts well-toned shirtless men in tight bathing trunks dancing, hugging, opening presents, and enrolling on the Obamacare website. There is one woman with the men in a few shots and a female singer, but they’re far from the focus.  Continued.  

The Establishment Strikes Back: Beaufort County edition-- Beaufort County has become quite the microcosm for the civil war between the GOP establishment and The Tea Party.  We’ve written extensively about some of the controversies there previously on this site.  This week we learned that Beaufort elections board member Delma Blinson had been removed from office by the state board of elections — thanks to a complaint filed by Beaufort resident William Buonanno.  The offense?  The board bought into Buonanno’s allegation that Blinson — who had spoken favorably at a local Tea Party event about Senate candidate Greg Brannon — was unfit to continue serving on the county board.  Continue reading.  

December 22, 2013

ZoNation finishes up his evisceration on Common Core survey


Diane Rufino:  COMMON CORE: The NC General Assembly Holds Its First Public Meeting on Common Core (Dec. 17, 2013)--On Tuesday, December 17th, the NC General Assembly Common Core Study Committee held its first public hearing to address Common Core. I attended, as well as other activists and Tea Party leaders all across the state.   Opponents of Common Core who attended were advised to dress in red to make a visual statement to the NC General Assembly of the growing movement against North Carolina’s adoption and implementation of the controversial education standards.  I proudly wore an oversized red sweater and a sticker that announced my opposition to Common Core – as did so many others.  Indeed, the public arena was a sea of red and opposition was palpable.  Read the entire article!

Why The Left Had To Silence Duck Dynasty--The left had to silence Duck Dynasty because the show threatened their strangle-hold on pop culture.  This piece by Adrienne Royer of The Federalist is something you should read…  Read the article here.

Obama, top Dems now appear to be pushing for comprehensive immigration reform--President Obama and his top Democrats on Capitol Hill appear to have reset their sights on the Republican-controlled House passing comprehensive immigration reform, instead of a step-by-step process, as lawmakers leave Washington for the Christmas holiday break.  The president on Friday appeared to urge the House to back the comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed this summer -- a departure from recent comments that suggested Obama was OK with the lower chamber’s apparent piecemeal plan.  Read on! 

Cracker Barrel On Removing Duck Dynasty Products: Never mind--Cracker Barrel has quickly reversed course, after having announced on Friday that they had “removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.”  Read it here.

ObamaCare may make finding treatment harder for mentally ill--To the outside world, it came across as mood swings and anger. But Regina Cullison would later be told by psychiatrists she struggled with depression and anxiety—and that she needed help. And that is where her trouble began and ended.  According to her mother, there were few psychiatrists in the county who took private insurance. When Ms. Cullison lost her job as a dentist’s assistant, and with it her insurance, she switched to a nonprofit facility. Doctors came and went, and none stayed long enough to establish a regular pattern of treatment.  Read more!

Sharpton Loses Control of Gun Control Town Hall--On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.  One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.  Readmore! 

State Board of Elections sends a message to the TEA Party: “Shut up and fall in line as we tell you to.”  The North Carolina State Republican Board of Elections met this morning (12-20-13) at 9:00 a.m. and kicked off the meeting with a real “Boss Hog” attitude.  The State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with overall responsibility for overseeing the administration of the elections process and campaign finance reporting in North Carolina. The State Board itself is composed of five members, who are political appointees of the Governor.  Read on!  

Baucus exit jolts race for Senate--President Obama’s nomination of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as U.S. ambassador to China is the latest shake-up in the tumultuous battle for the Senate majority.   Democrats believe the nomination will increase their chances of winning seats in Montana and potentially in Louisiana, where vulnerable Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is in line to pick up the Energy Committee gavel thanks to Baucus’s exit.  But Republicans say their chances of recapturing the majority are rising due to President Obama’s sagging poll numbers.  Read more.

I’m Offended and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!  I’m not easily offended but in recent months I have become very offended. After all, if homosexuals, Indians, Blacks, Hispanics, sports nuts, radical leftists, atheists, media moguls, and others can be offended, then I have that right also.  It has become axiomatic that the right not to be offended is in the U.S. Constitution; however, I have read our Constitution, memorized some of it, studied it, but cannot find in it the right not to be offended.  Maybe it’s in the same place the Court found the right to an abortion and the right to homosexuality.  Continue reading!

TPN—James Herbert Harrison:  Tea Parties need to promote – themselves-- It occurs to me that a major call in the game plan of Democrats and establishment rhino Republicans is to marginalize us in the Tea Party as a few radical bible thumping, gun toting, and government hating zealots.  It's time to pool some resources and run some commercials promoting the Tea Partiers themselves in addition to the causes they value. These advertisements should feature some typical Tea Party members who are the local insurance agent, the local mechanic, the barber, the farmer, the contractor, and/or the doctor. Are these the wacko radicals these socialists keep talking about?  Continue reading!  

Obama and Clinton Charged in Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy--In two separate criminal complaints, Egyptian lawmakers have charged Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood.  According to one of the criminal charges,  Hillary Clinton was found to be working with ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi’s wife, Naglaa Mahmood, in attempting to overthrow the current leader of Egypt, General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.  But this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Read the article.

DHS delivering smuggled children to illegal immigrant parents--A federal judge in Texas is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of hand-delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents.  U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen revealed the practice in a blistering court order filed late last week. He said the “dangerous” practice is effectively aiding human traffickers and particularly the drug cartels, which run many of these operations.  “These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable,” he wrote.  Read the article.  

NC State Capitol Police trained in military-issue semi-automatic weapons--Eight State Capitol Police officers were recently trained in using military-issue semi-automatic rifles that the force acquired.  The agency obtained 10 M-16 long guns through a federal surplus program in 2010 in a deal that only cost the state $20 for shipping on each weapon. The civilian AR-15 rifle is more prevalent in private use.  Read more here!  

Rangel: Tea Party Ready To Destroy Republicans, Economy, Nation Because They Hate Old, Sick, And Poor So Much--Appearing on MSNBC this week, Charlie Rangel expressed his opinion regarding the future of the Tea Party and Republicans.  People are coming to the office saying thank you so much. Nobody knows the amount of complaints people have that they have been cut off from insurance; they went bankrupt because of the bill, that they reached their limitations, they had a precondition, and so for those who are against it, without any plan at all, I am amazed that they can get by with it. You would think that the tea party has no old folks, no sick folks, no poor folks, no one on social security, no one on Medicare, no one that needs a living wage. You know, when you’re on the right side, whether it’s politics or business, you have to be patient. And we do have some people that don’t mind killing the Republican Party in 2016, embarrassing the Congress and having the economy to fail and they have proven that.​  Video and more.

Obama refusal to negotiate ‘accrued bills’ makes all spending permanent--When President George W. Bush began his second term with a proposal to reform Social Security by creating the first real “lock box” that would allow taxpayers to bequeath any accumulated contributions remaining in their FICA accounts at their death, to their heirs, even his own Republican Party allies in Congress refused to negotiate.  Read more!

The President’s Authority to Wage War-- In Article II of the Constitution it states that the President is the Commander in Chief when he is called into service by Congress. The authors of the Constitution wanted the people through their representatives in Congress to be responsible to determine in war was necessary. They wanted the Presidents power to wage war to be limited. They knew that granted the President the unlimited power to wage war would be potentially dangerous and that is why the Presidential power to wage war was can only be lawfully authorized with the consent of Congress or when he is responding to an act of aggression by a foreign power.  Continue reading!

Special ops vets slam military benefit cuts-- Former members of U.S. special operations forces on Thursday demanded President Obama veto the budget bill Congress just passed, saying that the cuts to military retirement benefits — which even the bill’s authors now admit were a partial mistake — are an insult to veterans.  “As commander in chief, President Obama is the leader of the nation’s armed forces and he has a duty to protect the interests of all military members, both active and retired. He needs to veto the bill,” said Gary Stubblefield, a retired Navy SEAL Commander and chairman of Special Operations for AmericaRead the article.

JUSTIN AMASH AFRAID OBAMA IS ‘SETTING THE STAGE FOR SOMETHING VERY DANGEROUS IN THE FUTURE’--President Barack Obama’s strengthening of the executive branch may jeopardize America’s future, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told an online conservative news outlet.  “I think it’s scary the direction the government is going, regardless of whether you have a Republican President or a Democratic President,” Amash told The Daily Caller. “We have an executive branch that is getting way too powerful, and President Obama is setting the stage for something very dangerous in the future.”  Continue reading.  

Does O-Care cover getting SCREWED OVER?  I hear a lot about ObamaCare / KayCare from political activists, politicians, hacks extraordinaire.  We’ve got one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation.  North Carolina is one of the states hit hardest by O-Care.  Well, pull up a chair, boys and girls. It’s story time. I’ve got a personal account of an ObamaCare nightmare from one of our readers, named Tim, who hails from the Triangle area.  He’s getting smacked by BOTH our unemployment AND O-Care problems:  Continue reading!

Beaufort elections board member removed from office--The State Board of Elections on Friday removed a member of the Beaufort County Board of Elections for participating in partisan political activities.  Delma Blinson, who was appointed to the Beaufort board this summer, participated in a local tea party meeting in October. During that meeting, he made a motion that passed to endorse Greg Brannon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.  Continue reading! 

December 21, 2013
Website of the Day:  Uncle Sam is Crying  


Congress Stealing From Veterans — YOU’RE NEXT!


#standwithphil: Best response = cutting the cord--The drama over the hit reality show “Ducky Dynasty” seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.  (Somebody’s PR flack has certainly earned their Christmas bonus this year.)  I’ve heard from a lot of right-leaning, right-thinking folks seriously promoting a boycott of A&E. They’re simply not going to watch the network anymore.  Well,  John Nolte, a NC-based columnist for Breitbart, has an interesting point about that strategy:   Read the article. 

Emily Miller, Washington Times: Supreme Court to decide if buying a gun for a lawful person is a ‘straw purchase’-- The Supreme Court decided Tuesday to hear the case of a Virginia man who bought a gun for his uncle and was then convicted of committing a “straw purchase.” The high court will determine whether it is a crime to buy a gun with the intent to resell to another lawful person.   Arguments for Abramski v. United States will take place in January.  Bruce Abramski, a retired police officer, bought a handgun for his elderly uncle because he could get it at discount as former law enforcement. Mr. Abramski checked the box on the federal background check form that said he was the “actual buyer.”  Read more.  

NC Attorney General Refuses to Stand Against Malicious Federal Prosecution of Private Gun Sellers-- North Carolina --( week, a bipartisan coalition of 27 states and territories filed an amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Obama administration’s attempt to prosecute gun owners who wish to legally sell firearms to others.  Read more!  

Boeing shortens list of sites to build 777x by cutting N. Carolina-- North Carolina said on Friday it was no longer in the running to build Boeing Co's new commercial jetliner, as the Chicago-based company shortened its list of potential sites for the factory.  Boeing said it had begun notifying 22 states that offered to host the factory for the 777X jet, but it did not say which ones made the short list.  Read more.  

TPN--Mason Weaver:  The war on Christianity-- Is there a war when only one side is fighting? We have pulpits all over America catering to their members instead of their mission. Ministers are becoming entertainers and motivational speakers. Our churches are motivated by the number of members, size of budgets and the political influence of the Pastor.  Not all churches but those who seek fame will find a willing media as well as accepting congregation. If you preach "my" sin is ok, I will support you. "If you do not criticize my transgression I will not criticize your transgression."  Continue reading.

PROGRESSIVE INFLUENCER’S…AND NOT SHY ABOUT IT!  Woodrow Wilson:  In 1913, the United States government was controlled by politicians, not people. This is the year politicians announced the 16th Amendment (income tax) ratification.  Wilson said, “Government is not a machine, but a living thing.  It falls, not under the theory of the universe, but under the theory of organic life.  It is accountable to Darwin, not Newton.  It is modified by its environment, necessitated by its tasks, and shaped by its functions.  Living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice.  Progressive’s ask us to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle.”  Judge Andrew Napolitano quips, “Progressives believe that somehow, from somewhere, from some source other than the Constitution…so they use the power of government to steal from those that have, to give to those who have not.”  This belief is absurd, yet vital to understanding the Progressive mentality.  The prime goal is to expand Federal Government beyond Constitutional authority; expand government to the point of collapse; and ultimately redesign the system.  This approach could not accomplish immediate results; as the consequence would be parallel to the prohibition experiment, with more cataclysmic results:  Socialism.  Read the article.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST ORGANIZATIONS – Be-(A)ware!  Worldwide socialists work together to ruin capitalism and influence American politicians.  They work in conjunction with American groups, organizations, and liberals to amplify their agenda.  Don’t believe it?  Do you recall the “Rally to Save the American Dream” sponsored by on February 26, 2011?  Violence occurred at these liberal events, unlike those of the Tea Party.  For example, MoveOn.Org did not pull or request the permit for the rally in Washington DCThe “International Socialist Organization” pulled the permit authorizing a lawful rally.  Read on!

The Alleged “Great Society” of the 1960’s--The hippie, free-loving, alleged peace generation also renowned as the “Baby-Boomers” has forever marred our great nation.  Ultimately, they caused today’s political upheavals; unconscionable debt; and entitlement mentality of the impoverished.  The origins of the cultural shift are highlighted by mayhem and streaking; protests and mobs; conflict and racial riots; the war on poverty; Welfare dependence; Sex, drugs, and rock & roll.  The “Great Society” generation label rose from a Lyndon Johnson speech at the University of Michigan.  The year was 1964 and he proposed the Federal Government should facilitate elimination of poverty using America’s prosperity.  Read more!

What can you do? Begin taking action!  What can you do?  Begin taking action!  “As there is a certain degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust; so there are qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.  Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form.”  –Federalist 55.  This is a must read article, click here.

GOP Rep: Young people ripped off by O-Care--One of the youngest House Republicans cried foul on behalf of young people he says are being ripped off by Obamacare.  Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) took to the airwaves on Saturday, hammering the White House for efforts to sell a “bad product” to young Americans.  Continue reading.

2014: Make-or-break for O-Care--President Obama is taking a bruised and bandaged ObamaCare into 2014 after a year of unprecedented problems for his administration and its signature law.  While the White House insists its efforts are on-track, the blundering on display in key portions of the reform's rollout surprised even Obama's most ardent critics in 2013.  Read more.

(IBD) Obama's DHS Complicit In Mexican Drug Cartel Human Trafficking-- Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions.  Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children.  Continue reading.  

TPN—Jack Kemp:  Bobby Kennedy - "Willing Accomplice" of KGB Influence?  Some of the facts in this story and some details from the book mentioned may have appeared elsewhere online in recent years, but it is well worth repeating, as the Democrat propaganda machine now try to sell the "Camelot" myth on the public with a new generation of Kennedy children running for office – perhaps complete with the title song from the 1960 Broadway play (and 1967 movie) about King Arthur’s Court playing in the background at their rallies.  Kent Clizbe was a long time CIA agent who came up from the streets and got his life together first in the Air Force as a language specialist and later worked in counterintelligence. He won the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, earned a M.A. in Linguistics and Business. He quit a private career as owner of an executive recruiting business after 9/11 to go to Iraq. In researching the information that became his book "Willing Accomplices," he came to the conclusion that Political Correctness was actually started by the KGB (or their predecessors such as the NKVD and Soviet Military Intelligence). He sees it as a way to make talk of America as a good country.  Read the article.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Obamacare continues to self-destruct--Obamacare continues to self-destruct.  It’s no great shock.  The program will not work.  The program will never work.  Many Democrats view Obamacare as the albatross around their neck as they go into the 2014 elections.  Here is the question people are asking now.  Does Obamacare matter to anyone now?  MUST READ!  

White House Signals Trans-Pacific Partnership Remains a Top Priority--President Obama has confirmed his commitment to speedy approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  
Liberty--The TPP is aimed at integrating the economic, legal, and political systems of Pacific Rim nations including the United States. As such, it proposes a radical, unconstitutional transformation of our republic.  Read more.

Dallas Marches--Cities across the country continue to take millions in grant money from the Department of Homeland Security, and the surveillance web expands.  More here.

Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state--But I thought there was no need to show an ID. That fraud wasn’t happening. When we make it easy for liberals to cheat, this is what you get.  Check it out:  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election — and has referred the case for possible prosecution.  Please read more here. 

Obama’s Forged Birth Certificate Brings Call For Revolution-- More and more Americans are calling for Revolution—a demand that Obama “put down the Quran and leave the White House”—with a renewed scrutiny of Obama’s birth certificate after it was revealed in the lawsuit Klayman v. Obama that there existed multiple versions of Obama’s birth certificate—proving it’s a forgery.  Continue reading.

Another ObamaCare Surprise: Estate Recovery--Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn were about to sign applications for free coverage under Washington State’s Medicaid program — recently expanded under ObamaCare — when Sofia began reading the fine print: If you’re over age 55, the state of Washington will bill your estate for your health expenses when you die.  So much for “free.”  Prior to ObamaCare, state Medicaid programs (enacted in 1965 and expanded in 1993) offered help to poor people who couldn't afford health coverage but required states to recover their health costs from their estates when they died. However, state exemptions for personal goods and residences meant that such “estate recovery” efforts were modest as most people either had no other assets or had “spent down” those that they had to a minimal level.  Read the article.  

PROGRESSIVE’S: THE ENEMY on BOTH SIDES of the AISLE---Before diving into the core problem it is imperative, you fully comprehend what Progressivism is at its fundamental principle.  It is bathed, dressed, hair and make-up complete as though it were a bride on her wedding day, for everyone to “ooo” and “Ahhhh” while walking down the aisle.  However, when we look beneath the surface of the stark white dress, we can be frightened by its true evil and “butt ugly” nature.  Progressivism as defined by Halpin and Conor in “The Progressive Intellectual Tradition in America, “moving beyond the status quo to more equal and just social conditions consistent with original American democratic principles such as freedom, equality, and the common good.”  They continue noting, “The original Progressive Era is known for two major developments: One, Political Reform …and Two, Economic Reforms….Progressives’ overall goal was to replace a rigid economic philosophy…with a more democratic political order.”  Read more!

December 20, 2013

American Thinker:  Can We Talk About Impeachment?  The United States of America was once a land of laws and not of men. Obama and the Democratic Party have changed all that, possibly forever. Millions of people, along with a few brave politicians, are now openly speaking of impeachment. Why? Because the Obama administration's wanton and destructive disregard for the laws of the land have become so egregious that it can no longer be tolerated.  Continue reading! 

Ben Bernanke Reduced American Wealth By 14%--In maintaining the value of the dollar, the Bernanke Fed has had about as much success as it did in lowering unemployment to pre-recession levels.  Continue reading. 

Why the nature of Obamacare makes it impossible for it to work--The problem with ObamaCare is not that it is poorly designed or sloppily implemented. The problem is in the nature of things: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as it has been envisaged, is inherently impossible. To see this, forget ObamaCare for the moment. Think health care in general.  Health care can be many things for many people:  Please read on!

Morning Bell:  This Is No Obamacare Success Story, Mr. President--Most of the people applying for Obamacare are being funneled into Medicaid. President Obama boasted that sending these 803,000 people to Medicaid is an under-reported Obamacare success.  But this does not equal success—in fact, it’s a negative for the enrollees themselves and for taxpayers. Here are four reasons why this is bad news.  Continue reading.  

GOP congressman: Immigration reform can happen in 2014--A key House Republican said that if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) secures several legislative wins early next year, an immigration bill could clear the lower chamber by next summer.  Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) was careful to say that the battles ahead for Congress and the White House — such as raising the debt ceiling —  could shape whether the House acts on immigration reform in early 2014. Cole serves as a deputy whip on Boehner's leadership team.  Continue reading. 

Dimwit Governments Dimming the Home Lights--The first known words spoken by the Creator were: “Let there be light”.  The first cross-board edict forced on modern society by Big Brother government was turning down eye-saving light by banning the incandescent light bulb and replacing it with an inferior and more dangerous product.  (Why—Because of GE contributions to Politicians!  GE could not compete with cheap light bulbs from China, so they padded the campaigns of Bush and Obama!)  Continue reading. 

Phil Robertson can’t cite Scripture, but these prancing dudes are brought to you by ObamaCare!  In the interest of getting the story right, it does not appear this is put out by the administration per se, although it’s likely one of those liberal advocacy groups that gets its funding from people who are joined at the hip with Obama and company. You can’t unsee this, so you’ve been warned:  Continued.

14th change to law without Congressional approval...Who Says Obama Hasn't United the Country?  Yesterday the Obama administration suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who've lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone “catastrophic” plans. It’s at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacare that’s been made without consulting Congress.  “It shows that the Obamacare insurance products aren't’ selling so, at the last minute, the administration is holding a fire sale on a failed launch,” says Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, a health-care advocacy group. “Just think how you must feel if you were one of the people who spent the last two months fighting their way through to buy a policy that will be thousands of dollars more expensive than this catastrophic insurance!”  Continue reading!

WHAT THIS SCHOOL DID TO ‘SILENT NIGHT’ ISN'T GOING OVER WELL WITH SOME PARENTS-- A Long Island, N.Y., school district has apologized after it came under fire following a fifth grade choir’s removal of some key lyrics from the traditional Christmas song “Silent Night.”  Many of the religious lines that point to the very heart of the Christmas season were simply axed from the students’ Dec. 12 performance at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School Continue reading. 

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES ANOTHER MAJOR OBAMACARE EXEMPTION-- People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” from those penalties.  Read more! 

GLENN BECK MAKES A VERY EXCITING OFFER TO THE CAST OF ‘DUCK DYNASTY’--Duck Dynasty on TheBlaze” has a nice ring to it, according to Glenn Beck.  One day after Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality earned him an indefinite suspension from the hit series “Duck Dynasty” on A&E, Beck offered the entire Robertson family a place on his own network. Read more. 

OBAMA’S HALF-BROTHER TO SET THE RECORD ‘STRAIGHT’ ABOUT PRESIDENT’S MEMOIR: ‘A LOT OF THAT STUFF BARACK WROTE IS WRONG’--HONG KONG (AP) — President Barack Obama’s half brother is publishing an autobiography that details the domestic abuse that served as the theme for his earlier semi-autobiographical novel, which featured an abusive parent patterned on their late father. In fact, Mark Obama Ndesandjo says he wants to “set the record straight” about some of the lies President Obama included in his bestselling 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”  Much more!  

IS SEN. MIKE LEE’S PROPOSED BILL A GAME-CHANGER FOR CHURCHES? Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) discussed the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday, describing how the proposed legislation could be a game-changer for churches across the country.  Lee, who introduced the bill with eleven original cosponsors last week, said the most “fundamental purpose” of the legislation is to protect religious institutions, particularly when it comes to their views on marriage.  Continue reading. 

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES 8 CRACK COCAINE SENTENCES (WHY?)--President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.  All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug. Obama also pardoned 13 others for various crimes.  Read more.  

Business Group Pushing Common Core Hires Activist with Partisan History--RALEIGH – A purportedly nonpartisan group formed to push business executives’ education agenda has hired a partisan activist once embroiled in groups that boycotted a North Carolina employer.  BEST NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina) includes at least 54 executives as members. The group supports Common Core, the controversial plan to impose uniform educational standards on schools in North Carolina and other states.  Continue reading.  

Heritage Foundation:  Top 10 Broken Obamacare Promises--Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, many of the President’s famous promises have been routinely broken. As he so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already been broken.  1. “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”  Reality:  Millions of Americans have lost and will lose their current coverage due to Obamacare.  2.  4.7 million reported health insurance cancellations or changes of existing policies in 32 states.  Continue reading.  

December 18, 2013


Ted Cruz launches dramatic new Tea Party video for 2014

People Sign Fake Petition To Keep U.S.Concentration Camps Open

Dangers of the Trans-PacificPartnership (TPP) Secret "Trade"--President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an an all-out assault on our national sovereignty.

Parents Threatened for Opting Out of Common Core--Parents hate to see their kids treated like robots while forced to fit into the government’s definition of equal and successful. Surprise! Surprise! Parents want their kids to develop as individuals each prepared to follow his own dreams.  In a video (see link) on Common Core, New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise  supported calling Child Protective Services and charging parents with “educational neglect” for opting-out their kids from the curricula or testing.  Read more! 

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Friends of Barry--The White House is facing questions after a photograph surfaced of President Barack Obama smiling next to the leader of an authoritarian separatist group known for its past terrorism and what experts dubbed egregious human rights violations.  Read the article.

The Hill:  Reid: ObamaCare will help Dems in 2014--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks the healthcare law will ultimately help Senate Democrats in 2014 even though some incumbents fear a backlash at the polls.  “I think for sure it will be a net positive,” said Reid, who expects the law to become more of a political benefit as problems are smoothed out by Election Day. “I think so by then for sure.”  Read more.

EPA v. USA--As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan unveiled in June, his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating exorbitant and punitive limits on power plant carbon emissions. The EPA unveiled its proposal in September to restrict new power plants to technologically impossible standards of carbon dioxide generation and capture.  More!

President Obama's 'Save the Planet Slush Fund' Exposed--“By the beginning of 2012, revelations revealed the real intent behind Obama's trillion-dollar spending spree ("walking around money") (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act): it was “a key tool for advancing the Obama administration’s clean-energy goals and fulfilling a number of campaign commitments.” In fact, the 2009-Stimulus package was jammed-packed full of clean-energy provisions, of which about 10 percent of the monies were earmarked for renewable energy.”  Read the article.

Medicaid Is Where the ObamaCare Action Is--HHS reported Wednesday that 1.2 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare since the exchanges opened on October 1st. The media is trumpeting this as a sign the website is improving and ObamaCare is making steady progress towards its goals. A deeper look at the numbers, however, reveals a more troubling trend. Of the total enrollees, […] READ MORE! 

How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income--How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck.  President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the prices of everything you buy.  Read more.

THERE’S A LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO CLAIM TAX CREDITS, AND A GOP SEN. JUST MADE A BIG MOVE TO CLOSE IT TO SAVE VET BENEFITS (UPDATED)--The Senate on Tuesday voted down the amendment filed by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that intended to restore proposed cuts to veterans’ benefits by closing a benefit loophole for illegal immigrants.  On the near party line vote, the amendment failed by 46-54. Sen. Key Hagan (D-N.C.) joined Republicans on the vote.  (Thank Sen. Sessions for his efforts, and remember KAY HAGANs vote on election day!)  Read more.

Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal--Sen. Sessions: ‘Unthinkable’-- A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.  Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost service members up to $124,000 over a 20-year period.  Read more.  

John Boehner demands Senate action on House jobs bills (Nope, nope, nope--Dingy Harry says we can't have the pipeline and the jobs that would go with it!)--With the budget fight nearly behind them, both Republicans and Democrats are jockeying for the next fight — and House Speaker John A. Boehner wants it to be on the GOP’s turf of cutting regulations to spur job growth.  In a video released Wednesday morning, Mr. Boehner challenges President Obama and Senate Democrats to take up some of the more than two dozen bills awaiting action in the upper chamber. Among those bills are major hot button issues such as building the Keystone pipeline, which has cleared the House and appears to have majority support in the Senate, but which Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to bring to the floor for a vote.  Read more.

Coburn’s 2013 ‘Wastebook’ Features Brothels, NASA and Senate ‘Lifestyle Training’--Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wants Congress to stop spending money on things he deems unnecessary — such as “looking for signs of intelligent life in Congress” by giving NASA $3 million to set up a workshop in Washington, D.C., explaining the legislative branch.  Much more.

Canada Free Press:  Paul Ryan’s Deal Throws away 2014 Advantage--Republicans in the United States just damaged their chances of winning elections in 2014, while trying to increase their chances.  That is what is wrong with the Republican Party:  A total failure to properly diagnose or understand the Party’s circumstances cripples it.  What Ronald Reagan saw so clearly, Republican insiders cannot grasp.  More here.

TPN—Alan Caruba:  Asian Trade Treaty Will Destroy America--In the same way Obamacare was foisted on America by creating a 2,000-page law that Democrats in Congress never even bothered to read, a new treaty about trade with Asia is going through the same process and poses as great, if not greater, threat to our economy, our judiciary, and our sovereignty.  Secrecy and outright deception is the hallmark of the Obama administration and a proposed Asian treaty must be stopped.  Continue reading. 

Byron York, Washington Examiner:  In post-nuclear Senate, Obama nominee thumbs nose at lawmakers--"Welcome to the post-nuclear Senate," said a GOP aide after the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security. Johnson's nomination was one of the first to be considered after Majority Leader Harry Reid used the so-called "nuclear option" to override the Senate's rules and end the use of filibusters on executive and judicial nominations. Now, nominees can be confirmed by a simple majority vote.  Continue reading.  

IRS pays tax cheats hundreds of millions of dollars--The IRS itself is paying tax-cheat companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year for services, according to a new internal audit released Wednesday.  Federal law generally prohibits companies with unpaid tax liabilities to get government contracts, but the IRS doesn’t have sufficient controls to weed out tax cheats, according to the agency’s inspector general.  Read more!  

Tim Carney, Washington Examiner:  Why lawmakers love lobbyists and hate 'outside groups'--Politicians like to say they hate lobbyists. This is false. They love lobbyists and they love being lobbied. What politicians hate is being lobbied in public, in earshot of their constituents.  Keeping disagreements and policy debates behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and K Street animates Democrats' fight for campaign finance restrictions. But it also lies at the heart of the Republican leadership's war with Tea Party groups.  Read more.

Under the Radar (and under the rug?): The senator and the mystery of the disappearing audit--Back in January, we got a whole lot of ethics-related news regarding state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus).  Apparently, he spent $100,000 in campaign funds — in an election year where he was unopposed — to pay off TEN CREDIT CARDS. Lots of political types publicly expressed their shock and dismay, and the state board of elections promised to get to the bottom of this:  It is a story heard many time before in North Carolina; questions about how a political leader is using campaign finances.  Read more.

BARBARA WALTERS TO PIERS MORGAN: ‘WE THOUGHT THAT [OBAMA] WAS GOING TO BE…THE NEXT MESSIAH’-- “I shouldn't say this at Christmastime,” Barbara Walters told Piers Morgan on his show Tuesday night. But despite her best judgment, she went on to say it – and it was quite a controversial statement.  What exactly was it?  “We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah,” she told Morgan.  Read more. 

Raleigh News and Observer:  Common Core education standards get legislative scrutiny (and CCTA was there to show opposition to Common Core!) --A joint legislative committee charged with scrutinizing the new Common Core standards used in North Carolina schools for math and English held its first meeting Tuesday and the talk quickly turned to overhauling or dumping them.  Read more here. 

John Hood, Daily Journal:  We’re Not Buying The Lemon--N.C. leaders said no to Medicaid expansion. That’s because they can see beyond the ends of their noses — and beyond the flimsy promises of the used-car salesmen in Washington RALEIGH — As the costly implementation of the perversely named Affordable Care Act continues to baffle, disappoint, and enrage the public, a collection of government vendors and left-wing groups has settled on a brilliant political strategy: castigate North Carolina for failing to do enough to implement the Affordable Care Act.  Continue reading.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  It is war.  If anyone still believes that Conservatives have a home in the Republican Party, the latest news from the GOP should convince you otherwise.  Liberal Republican Peter King is launching an anti-Tea Party Pac.  Continue reading.  

HERE ARE THE TOP SIX MOST RIDICULOUS THINGS THE GOV’T SPENDS TAX DOLLARS ON--The office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday released a 177-page overview of questionable projects that have been allotted nearly $30 billion in federal funds.  From $15,000 spent on a project involving the collection of thousands of gallons of human urine (page 76 of the report) to $5 million spent on crystal stemware for the U.S. State Department (page 75 of the report) to the $3 million NASA plans to spend on studying Congress, Coburn’s fourth annual “Wastebook” report is one example of out-of-control government spending after another.  Read on there is much more! 

(IBD) ObamaCare Navigators Tell Applicants To Lie Like Administration That Hired Them--No Veritas: A congressional field hearing has confirmed that not only is ObamaCare a lie agreed upon, but that "navigators" hired to guide the unwilling are telling applicants to lie and ignore the legal requirements to enroll.  James O'Keefe, the videographer who helped topple the community activist group Acorn, recently released a video showing ObamaCare navigators in Dallas advising applicants to lie about their income and otherwise evade legal procedures and requirements when signing up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.  Read more.  

SSA: Disability Recipients Soar, Funding Nearly Depleted Under Obama--The number of Americans receiving Social Security disability payments has increased 20 percent since President Barack Obama took office and the influx of new recipients has pushed the program close to insolvency.  The annual deficit in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund hit $31.49 billion in fiscal 2013 and the remaining balance of $100.49 billion in the fund will be depleted by 2016, the Social Security Administration predicts.  Continue reading.

The Hill: Group touted Clinton access for $250,000--The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) this year promised corporate donors a chance to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton in return for a $250,000 donation, documents obtained by The Hill show.  Read more.

‘TROUBLING’: FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS OBAMA ADMIN. TO DISCLOSE DOCUMENT IT’S BEEN TRYING TO KEEP HIDDEN-- A federal judge Tuesday ordered the disclosure of a government-wide foreign aid directive President Barack Obama signed in 2010 but wanted to keep hidden from the public, Politico reports. The judge called the scope of the government’s argument for “presidential communications privilege” rather “troubling.”  The Department of Justice has argued that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development was covered by executive privilege, even though the information is “non-classified” and sends directives to agencies not to the president of the United StatesRead more. 

The Hill: Ryan won’t run for White House in 2016, his GOP colleagues say--Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a choice to make.  The Republican Budget Committee chairman is the most popular conservative in the House, and over the coming year, he will have to decide whether to seek a more powerful committee gavel, launch a bid for House leadership or take a risky leap into the crowded waters of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Read more.

psst, KAY: Your bill might be A JOB-KILLER--US Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) — affectionately known in many parts as Chuck Schumer’s sock puppet™ —has filed a bill seeking an extension of federal unemployment benefits.  Imagine that. Right in front of a tough reelection fight.  CNBC’s John Carney makes the case that such a move is a great way to hinder job growth and economic expansion:  Continue reading.

The Hill: Top 10 lobbying victories of 2013--The influence industry had a tough slog in 2013 as Congress recorded one of the most unproductive years in history.  With major initiatives on immigration and taxes stalled, lobbyists scored many of their biggest wins while playing defense on legislation and regulations.  Continue reading.

83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe--During 2013, America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion.  As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control.  Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis.  We continue to see thousands of businesses and millions of jobs get shipped out of the United States, and the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated.  Due to the lack of decent jobs, poverty is absolutely exploding.  Government dependence is at an all-time high and crime is rising.  Continued here.

Meet the new NC state agency. (Same as the old scandal-plagued state agency?)-- McClatchy and other mainstream media outlets blew the doors off of The NC Rural Center earlier this year — exposing all kinds of cronyism and corruption to public view.  Politicos in Raleigh expressed their outrage and huffed and puffed about how something like this would not be allowed to happen again.  Funding was snatched from the Rural Center and moved to a new Rural Economic Division of the state Department of Commerce.  So how is this new scheme supposed to work? The smart folks at the UNC School of Government attempt to enlighten usRead more.  

Texas Residents Who Support Voter ID Denied Intervention in DOJ Lawsuit—Will the Same Thing Happen in North CarolinaOn December 11, federal judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, an Obama nominee, denied a motion by True the Vote to intervene in a lawsuit filed in Corpus Christi, Texas, against the state’s new voter-ID law by liberal advocacy organizations and the Holder Justice Department. This is the same voter-ID law that was implemented without any problems in the November state election.  Read more!

Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors!  Revisionist history would remove portraits of Confederate legends (As Michelle O said, we must change our history!)--The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.  Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story.  Video and more! 

Tom Latham is 3rd House member to declare retirement Tuesday--"Tom Latham joins Republicans like Jon Runyan, Tim Griffin and Frank Wolf in jumping ship [and retiring] because Americans are categorically rejecting their flawed priorities: nearly 50 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, reckless shutdown, constant brinkmanship and no agenda to work together to create jobs," said Israel.  Continued.

Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors!  19,000 to appear before screening board for early separation (This administration is quietly tearing down our military.)--The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the
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December 16, 2013--Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
December 16 1773 - The Boston Tea Party: The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in the British colony of Massachusetts against the tax policy of the British government and the East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies.On this date, members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk warriors dumped crates of tea into the Boston harbor. Their phrase was “No taxation without representation,” i.e. their demand that they be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented.  Read more!


Judge deals NSA defeat on bulk phone collection-- A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, concluding they were likely to prevail in their constitutional challenge. Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled Monday that the two men are likely to be able to show that their privacy interests outweigh the government's interest in collecting the data. Leon says that means that massive collection program is an unreasonable search under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment.  Read more! 

Obamacare: A death panel for the rule of law--Barack Obama is in a box: He repeatedly promised “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” but his socialized medicine monstrosity has cost millions of people their coverage. It’s also become painfully clear Obama knew this was going to happen as early as March 2010 — yet kept regurgitating his false promise.  Obamacare also has a bigger problem: As written, the law’s key mechanism for issuing subsidies to state exchanges is legally enforceable in only one third of the country — meaning the only way to pay for its nationwide dependency expansion is new deficit spending. This would clearly violate another oft-repeated Obama promise: That his law would not “add one dime” to the federal deficit (well, beyond the $6.2 trillion identified in this 2013 GAO report).  What’s an administration to do, right?  That’s easy: Change the law.

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Constitution Club—Keith Broaders:  The President’s Power to Wage War--If the President believes there is sufficient justification to invade another country, his action could appropriate or it could be a costly mistake. The decision to wage war should not be left for one man to decide.  The Constitution says that the President is the Commander in Chief when he is called into service by Congress. This means that he is not the Commander in Chief when he has not been called into service by a Congressional declaration of war.  Those that assume that the President has the authority to invade other nations without being authorized by Congress to do so are sadly mistaken.  Continue reading.  

Senator: Taxpayer dollars may be funding ‘war on coal’--Even if you’re a supporter of coal power, your tax dollars may be funding groups seeking to end coal-fired power in the U.S., a letter claims.  Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby is asking the Energy Department to investigate whether or not taxpayer funding to environmental groups may be going toward political activity aimed at lobbying Alabama state utility regulators to stop using coal power.  Continue reading.  

BREAKING: New Report Says Obamacare Navigator Program Marred by Mismanagement, Confusion--A new report produced by Rep. Darrell Issa's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reveals that Obamacare's controversial "Navigator and Assister" program has suffered from chronic poor management, resulting in widespread disarray, since the law's October 1 launch date. An advanced copy of the document obtained by Townhall raises a number of competency and security concerns. Below is a brief summary of its revelations and conclusions:  Read more.

Will Senate Republicans filibuster the Ryan-Murray budget agreement?  Senate Republicans have a decision to make.  Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the budget agreement negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). At this point, however, not enough republican senators have come out in support of the deal to ensure cloture and there are several reasons why there may end up not being enough.  Read more!

How the Federal Government will Respond to the Liberty Amendments--I know I’m not supposed to think this, and revenge is neither sweet nor charitable, but would it not be a wonderful spectacle to witness and be part of a movement that helps restore America and watch as all branches of the federal government sit helplessly as their power erodes with the passage of the liberty amendments?  Recently, thanks in no small part to Mark Levin’s latest bestseller, The Liberty Amendments, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Constitution and states’ rights.  Read more! 

The Reason GOP is Not Going after the IRS for Harassing Tea Party Groups--Two seemingly unrelated articles caught my attention. Here’s the first one: “Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel noted on Friday [Dec. 13] that Barack Obama and the IRS have a new plan to target Tea Party groups in advance of the 2014 elections. During Thanksgiving week, the Treasury Department announced a proposal to limit the political activity of 501(c)(4) groups.”  One would think that Republicans in Congress would be outraged. The silence is deafening.  We know that the IRS was going after conservative groups, many of which were associated with the newly formed Tea Party movement. It was a big story for a time, and then it seemed to die.  Read more!  

Obama:  Raise minimum wage and extend unemployment-- Meeting with newly elected mayors at the White House Friday, President Obama called on Congress to spend more money "right away" for extended unemployment benefits and to raise the federal minimum wage to help struggling cities.  "You've got potentially 1.3 million people during Christmas time that are going to lose their unemployment benefits at a time when it's still very difficult for a lot of folks to find a job," Mr. Obama said. "That's not just bad for those individuals and those families, that's bad for our economy and that's bad for our cities."  Read more.  

How Death Panels Work Without Being Legal--Guaranteed: Unless Obamacare is killed… the elderly and infirm will be.  Once government makes all the decisions on who gets care and when, you’ll have nowhere to turn—even if you have the money to pay.  Big hearts and no brain activity leads to terrible outcomes. Think, people! If a consummate, pathological liar is the one promoting something, do you really think it’s going to be good for you?  Read more! 

Ron Paul on the FED’s 100th Birthday--Next week, the Federal Reserve System will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Resulting from secret negotiations between bankers and politicians at Jekyll Island, the Fed’s creation established a banking cartel and a board of government overseers that has grown ever stronger through the years. One would think this anniversary would elicit some sort of public recognition of the Fed’s growth from a quasi-agent of the Treasury Department intended to provide an elastic currency, to a de facto independent institution that has taken complete control of the economy through its central monetary planning. But just like the Fed’s creation, its 100th anniversary may come and go with only a few passing mentions.  Read more. 

Armed Guard Saved Students’ Lives in Arapahoe School Shooting-- As the investigation into the shooting at Arapahoe High School continues, law enforcement officials stress that the presence of an armed guard in the school “was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.”  On December 13th, 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson brought a legally purchased shotgun into Arapahoe High with the intention of confronting librarian and debate coach Tracy Murphy.  Read more.  

GOP rips ObamaCare 'navigators'--Republicans on the House Oversight Committee released documents on Monday saying that the ObamaCare “navigators” responsible for helping consumers enroll in the new law have made a series of errors and put sensitive consumer information at risk.  Documents released with the report said they have been giving enrollees misinformation, and have not done enough to keep secure consumers’ health information, Social Security numbers, yearly income and other tax information.  Read more.

Lloyd Marcus:  The War on Rich White Men--I heard a knock on the door of my hotel room. It was Donald. “Turn on Megyn Kelly. She is reporting about an MSNBC commentator’s claim that using the term “Obamacare” is the same as calling him the N word.”  MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry's accusation is absurd. It is an obvious weak attempt to distance the president from Obamacare which is wreaking havoc in the lives of millions of Americans who are losing their health care.  Continue reading. 

The Hill:  Packed Senate schedule to test bipartisanship--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to pass the budget deal and the Defense authorization bill and confirm a new secretary of Homeland Security ... all by Friday.  A Senate Democratic leadership aide said last week that Reid also wants to move another batch of nominees, including Janet Yellen, who would become the first women to head the Federal Reserve.  Continue reading. 

Heritage Foundation:  How to Help Uninsured Americans--Two of the problems Obamacare promised to solve were getting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and helping the uninsured get coverage. Last week, we talked about how Heritage’s alternative to Obamacare would help people with pre-existing conditions. Today, let’s talk about the uninsured.  Obamacare’s promise of insuring all Americans isn’t working out. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more than 30 million people will still be uninsured in 10 years.  Read more.

Carolina Journal:  Another Fake Tax Refund Scheme Emerges in N.C.--IRS audit says stolen identity refund fraud 'serious and growing problem'--In late November, Phillip Brooks from the Union County community of Marshville notified Carolina Journal that his address probably was being used as part of a scheme to collect a fraudulent federal tax refund check. Marshville is the third North Carolina locality — and fourth overall in 2013 — at which CJ has found one or more tax refund checks sent to individuals who not only did not live at the recipient’s address but also, most likely, did not exist.  Continue reading.

Progressives: Reactionist’s & Lunatics (This is a must read for all conservatives!)--To minimize explanations and delve into examples of Legislative reaction to alleged societal problems; the inherent lunacy of such action; and ignorance of governmental endeavors to “solve” the alleged problems.  Yes, problems exist and encompass all spheres of life.  However, these problems existed before us and will after we are gone; they are an omnipresent reality in life.  Problems fail to justify government and certainly fail to grant government the right to intervene with laws.  Most problems exist from a lack of personal responsibility.  For example, you are overweight due to over eating; you are overweight due to a lack of exercise; you are overweight because you choose McDonalds and not Subway.  If trans-fat is your problem…solve it yourself, do not expect government to replace personal responsibility.  Read on!  

Light Bulb Ban Set to Take Effect Early 2014--(Want to know the real reason for the ban--follow the money to GE!)  Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014.  This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013.  In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents -- which are just regular incandescents that have the filament wrapped in gas. All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run. (Some specialty incandescents -- such as three-way bulbs -- will still be available.)  Continue reading! 

Congressmen Move to Declassify Key Part of 9/11 Report That They Say Could Indicate Hijackers Had Outside Help--Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a House resolution earlier this month urging President Barack Obama to declassify a portion of a government report that they say could provide evidence the 9/11 hijackers had outside help.  “[T]he information contained in the redacted pages is critical to our foreign policy moving forward and should thus be available to the American public,” Jones said in a press release. “If the 9/11 hijackers had outside help – particularly from one or more foreign governments – the press and the public have a right to know what our government has or has not done to bring justice to all of the perpetrators.”  “[T]he information contained in the redacted pages is critical to our foreign policy…”  Read more.  

The Most Expensive Senate Race of the Cycle — So Far-- Hagan's re-election battle 1 of 4 Senate contests where outside spending has eclipsed $2M...About halfway through the midterm election cycle, North Carolina is on pace to host the most expensive Senate race of 2014.  But the Tar Heel State shouldn’t necessarily get too comfortable in the top spot.  Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election battle there is one of at least four Senate contests where outside spending has already eclipsed the $2 million mark. The others include the re-election races of Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.  Continue reading.

Confidential Obamacare Navigator training manual uploaded online-- “INFORMATION NOT RELEASABLE TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY LAW: This information has not been publicly disclosed and may be privileged and confidential. It is for internal government use only and must not be disseminated, distributed, or copied to persons not authorized to receive the information. Unauthorized disclosure may result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.”  That is the warning at the bottom of every page of the 217-page confidential Obamacare Navigator training manual sitting online for anyone to come across –and as reports, that’s exactly what someone did.  Read more.

GOP bill would highlight Obamacare security breaches--Rep. Diane Black on Monday introduced a bill that would require federal officials to let Americans know if their personal data has been breached on a federal Web system tied to the new health care law.  Mrs. Black, a Tennessee Republican who is a fierce critic of President Obama’s health reforms, pitched the legislation as a “common-sense reform” to address the steady trickle of security concerns that surround the online portals tied to Obamacare.  Read more!  

Sen. Sessions Reveals Budget Deal Includes Secret Language Making It Easier To Increase Spending--On the Friday broadcast of Mark Levin's radio program, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) revealed language was slipped into the budget deal eliminating a provision that required 60 votes in the Senate to increase spending and taxes beyond what was specified in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the sequester). Under the rule change only a simple majority would be required. The House passed the budget deal late last week.  Continue reading. 

Kerry Awards Vietnam With $17 Million to Fight Global Warming--On Memorial Day, May 31, 2004, Vietnam Vets for the Truth broke an extraordinary story about a photograph hanging in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the “War Crimes Museum”) in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The photograph, displayed in a room dedicated to foreign activists who contributed to the Communist victory over America in the Vietnam War, shows Senator John Kerry being greeted by Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Jeffrey M. Epstein of Vietnam Vets for the Truth acquired the photograph during the Memorial Day weekend in response to a general request for photographs and records detailing Kerry’s activities on behalf of the enemy.  Today Secretary of State John Kerry promised Vietnam $17 million to fight non-existent global warming.  Continue reading.  

December 15, 2013--Bill of Rights Day


Mohammad Said Jesus Was a White Man… Will the Left Condemn Mohammad,Too?

Tsunami of food regs will hit in 2014--The coming year figures to be pivotal for food safety issues, as the Obama administration works to complete a host of regulations to shore up a system seen as exposing the American public to too many health risks.  In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will push against a court-imposed deadline to finish a slate of rules reflecting the largest food safety overhaul in 70 years while also furthering plans to rid the food supply of trans fats, phase out the use of antibiotics in meat and launch new initiatives targeting sodium and caffeine.  Continue reading.

Obamacare Exchange Debits Checking Accounts (by accident?)  For the second week in a row, the Washington Health plan finder website is down, and it's causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.  Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.  “The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.  Read more.

All Out Political Revolution and war is upon America in 2014The American public is more angry than ever before at Washington DC going into the 2014 elections where the core issues are debt, taxes, jobs, healthcare, and illegal immigration.  Truth is that the RNC and DNC have both failed America. Failed by masquerading as a two party system that is actually a one party system both servicing the same elite financial masters. What kind of elite masters you may ask? I mean like George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, Goldman Sachs, US Chamber of Commerce, Chinese and Saudi Sovereign Wealth funds... pretty much all the Global billionaire aristocracy members you can count.  Continued.

OBAMA TRIES TO LEGALIZE THE IRS SCANDAL--The Obama administration is attempting to create a new rule that would legalize the abuses of power that it committed during the IRS scandal, when Tea Party and conservative non-profit groups were targeted. The Treasury has proposed a new rule for 501(c)4 groups that would, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal notes, "isolate and shut down the same tea party groups victimized in the first targeting round."  President Barack Obama, having pretended to have been outraged by the IRS abuse when the scandal broke, is now endorsing it. The rules would not apply to unions (organized under Section 501(c)5 of the federal tax code) or to pure non-profits (organized under 501(c)3). Rather, they would target 501(c)4 "social welfare" groups, which the Democrats fear because they have been effective vehicles for conservative advocacy.  Continue reading.

SUDDEN THREAT ENDANGERS HILLARY'S 2016 RUN--Mrs. Clinton named in criminal chargesNEW YORK – A threat to Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated 2016 presidential campaign appears to be developing in Egypt where the government is taking steps to criminalize the Muslim Brotherhood.  Specifically, a new criminal complaint has been filed with Egypt’s attorney general, Hisham Barakat, alleging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton collaborated with Naglaa Mahmoud, the wife of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in seeking to excite domestic insurrections to topple Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian general who has been commander in chief of the Egyptian armed forces, as well as minister of defense, since Aug. 12, 2012.  Read more!

Center for American Progress releases list of corporate donors after founder moves to White House--In a late Friday afternoon news dump, The Center for American Progress published a list of their 2013 corporate donors, who each contributed $10,000 or more to CAP’s $42 million budget.  Chicago native and founder John D. Podesta — former President Bill Clinton’s final chief of staff — will join the Obama administration early next year as a special senior advisor, prompting calls for CAP to release the full list of its corporate donors.  Read more!   

Cowardice is Ruling & Ruining American Politics, Institutions & Life Itself-- American history is defined by greatness borne of courage. Yet, at a time of unprecedented power and authority, both military and moral, America has entered into a strange period of apparent imminent internal collapse. This inexplicable funk, a time of testing in the desert, has no certain outcome.  In the political realm, superficial posers of both parties buzz around like pesky mosquitos. These characters so long outlive their purpose, yet remain a zombie-fest of ideologically animated corpses. Regardless of the topic, these brain-dead, Marxist-directed drones continue to belch up the long disproved ideas of dead socialist ne’er-do-wells.  Continue reading.

The Hill: Green groups believe timing will make Podesta a WH climate force--Environmental groups believe John Podesta will be a force for change on climate issues at the White House.  The groups argue that for most of Obama’s years in office, an administration that took power at the height of the recession has prioritized helping the economy over other goals.  That’s created an uphill climb for advocates pushing the White House to take a tougher line in reducing carbon emissions and cleaning up polluters.  Read more.

The Hill: Inhofe joins with Democrats on quick Defense authorization bill passage--Doing so places Inhofe at odds with some of his GOP colleagues, including Mitch McConnell.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is in the awkward position of joining forces with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to try to jam the Defense authorization bill through the Senate next week without considering amendments.  The role places Inhofe at odds with some of his Senate Republican colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who are furious at Reid’s handling of the Senate amid the backlash of a change in rules that makes it easier to get nominees through the upper chamber.  Read more.

TPN—Alan Caruba:  The Financial Collapse of America--“The United States is in very deep trouble. First, the concept of repaying $16.7 trillion in debt is not even a remote possibility over the next 100 years, even if the government had small surpluses. Then, because the country is running such large deficits, the national debt is increasing and getting worse…much worse. In addition, the government is approximately $70 trillion in unfunded liabilities that have to be resolved.”  “Pray that the market for the national debt remains open so that the United States can keep borrowing to repay the money is previously borrowed and then will have to re-borrow to repay the money it just borrowed. There is no chance the market will not change its demeanor over the next 100 years.”  Continue reading.

Mason Weaver:  Why republican leadership wants Christie!  Folks understand the game. These people are first survivors. Do not think they will work to replace themselves from power. Do not think they will work to support people who will change their income system. The Republican Party is controlled by the team who won the last republican presidential race, Bush and his father.  I have nothing against the Bushes, this is only a political response to all of you. When Reagan made a deal to win the WhiteHouse by choosing the moderate Bush as his running mate he gave the moderate wing a chance to get power. This is why the moderates panicked and attacked Sarah Palin when McCain nominated her, they were afraid the tables were going to turn.  Read more.  

BATFE Implicated in More Rogue Operations--Over the last several years, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has been plagued by mismanagement, scandal and rogue operations, the most infamous of which has been the ill-fated and deadly "Fast and Furious" debacle. Despite these ongoing problems and the criticism and calls for reform they have generated, BATFE has continued its practice of questionable tactics and judgment.   In fact, over the course of the last week, numerous media outlets have reported on yet another dubious BATFE operation--this one lowering the bar to a new, disturbing level.  Continue reading.

Ryan Defends Reduction to Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Early Military Retirees--The two-year budget deal crafted by Republican congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic senator Patty Murray sailed through the House of Representatives on a 332-94 vote last Thursday, just two days after it was introduced.  If cutting a bipartisan deal is so easy, why couldn't Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement before October 1 and skipped the government shutdown altogether?  Read more.  

#NCSEN Speaker Thom speaks on taxes, immigration--So far, during this primary campaign, you’ve had to (a) friend Speaker Thom on Facebook or (b) attend a high-dollar fundraiser to attend a high-dollar fundraiser to hear state House speaker Thom Tillis comment on the issues.  We’re changing things up, thanks to the wonders of email:    Read more. 

#NCSEN Another NCGOP establishment icon joins Theam Tillis--A North Carolinian who has held countless jobs over the decades with Democrat and Republican officials has thrown his support behind state House Speaker Thom Tillis in the 2014 GOP primary for US Senate: 


Obamacare ‘Assisters’ Recruit Young Enrollees Where They ‘Party by Night and Shop by Day’-- Obamacare needs young people to sign up to offset health-care costs of older, less-healthy Americans.  Which may explain why Obamacare “assisters” took to the streets of Washington, D.C. on Saturday to recruit new youthful members where they “party by night and shop by day,” Fox News reported.  That meant heading to a pair of Foot Locker stores where Nike’s Air Jordan 12 “Taxi” sneakers were on sale; after that, it’ll be two Denny’s restaurants from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Fox News noted.  More!  

State Goes After BB Guns: "Young Kids Can Get a Felony Charge— In New Jersey, an unregistered BB gun could mean jail time.  That’s right…a BB gun. That iconic, much-desired gift from the movie, A Christmas Story. Apparently the government is just as deeply concerned about the potential of someone putting an eye out with a BB gun as Ralphie’s mother was. They are so concerned that if you don’t register your air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, you could go directly to jail.  Read more! 

IRS RETREATS FROM ATTACK ON VETERANS.  Change requires agents to have evidence of wrongdoing before demanding personal details-- The Internal Revenue Service, the one single federal agency that probably engenders more fear than any other, is backing down.  And it took the veterans of the American military to make it happen.  The American Legion is reporting on its website that a regulation which was costing that organization thousands of dollars, dozens of man-hours for compliance, and plenty of headaches, is being changed.  Read more.  

Obama, Pied Piper of Entitlement, Equal Outcome and Redistribution--Semper fidelis – Always Faithful- is forever connected to the US Marine Corps. Semper Paratus – Always Prepared- is forever connected to the US Coast Guard. In no time Semper inscribitur – Always Entitled – will be forever connected to the Obama administration and the progressive Democrats.  As part of the fundamental change the president promised, he has gone out of his way to ensure that everyone gets a trophy and that outcomes are the same.  It appears that Democrats feel we still need to work on getting closer to equal outcomes in the US.  With his redistribution drive to ensure that everyone gets their “Fair share” and that the “Playing field is evened out” we see the Pied Piper of entitlements luring Americans into dependency on the new government plantation.  The Pied Piper is gathering his serfs in his quest to become the world’s Entitlement King. But let’s set the record straight.  Read more! 

Report: Insurers fear they’ll have a net loss in enrollments for the year on December 31-- A week ago, Politico called this the worst-case scenario for ObamaCare. The odds were slim, they assured us, but not quite zero that the magical combo of millions of cancellations, endless exchange “glitches,” and panicky half-assed logistical complications designed to “fix” the problem would mean fewer insured Americans at the end of 2013 than existed at the start of the year. It was unlikely, claimed Politico, because the four or five million whose plans have been canceled had alternate routes to enrollment that didn’t involve They could enroll directly with their current insurer in a new plan (although not if they wanted a subsidy, which are available exclusively on the exchanges) or they might even be automatically enrolled in a plan by their insurer in the interest of preventing a lapse of coverage. But it was, in fact, possible that the first week of January would bring news that ObamaCare had actually made the problem it purported to solve worse. That’s the worst-case scenario. It’d be a PR catastrophe.  Continue reading.  

December 14, 2013
Website of the Day--The Raleigh Digest


WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving

Romney Was Right About What Would Happen If Obama Was Re-Elected

ZoNation:  Examining the Communist Core…Oops, Common Core Survey

Progressive Democrats Demand Obama Rule As A Dictator--More than two dozen House Democrats wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to use executive authority to provide amnesty for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants.

Fox’s Gutfeld: Impeach Kenyan-Born Interloper Obama

Under Obama, Troops Forced to Rely on Welfare--Around the holidays, the challenges — especially the financial ones — can tax families already struggling to make ends meet…

Sebelius Doesn't Know Where Obamacare Cancelations Come From--An embarrassing moment for Kathleen Sebelius this week if you ask me!

Newt Gingrich makes 2 college students look stupid 

Hot List: The Top Lies of the Past Few Years


Who Funds The Far Left? You’ll Be Surprised--The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration. Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress. Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become. Written by hack left-wing bloggers, it is bitterly hostile to free enterprise. It is a low-rent site that traffics in the most absurd smears and conspiracy theories. Many have wondered for some years who finances far-left web sites like Think Progress. As of today, we know at least part of the answer, as CAP released its corporate donor list for the first time.   Continue reading

Obamacare Patients To Cost Doctors And Hospitals Millions--Yet another calculated ObamaCare assault on healthcare providers has been ferreted out of the 2700 impenetrable pages (plus revisions) of Barack Obama’s signature achievement.  Doctors and hospitals nationwide can already expect to be paid a pittance for their services to ObamaCare patients. And now, yet another financial blow to providers has been discovered.  CONTINUED.  

Pelosi: GOP Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits Practically ‘Immoral’--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the Republican refusal to include unemployment benefits in the Ryan-Murray budget deal is immoral.  “It’s interesting to note that they rejected unemployment insurance — this is so unconscionable, it’s practically at the level of immoral to do. The people who work hard, play by the rules, lose their job through no fault of their own, are not able to get — continue to get an unemployment insurance check.”  Read more

TEACHERS, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, Teachers Complain Common Core Makes Them ‘Robots,’ ‘Machines’-- Though the bulk of criticism about the content of the Common Core academic standards has come from parents, many teachers are growing increasingly vocal about how the new standards are affecting their daily jobs in the classroom. These teachers complain that Common Core is not allowing them to use their own individual skills in teaching their students.  As reported, some teachers say the new standards are forcing lessons to revolve around data and testing with methods and strategies that are counter-intuitive.  Read more

TEACHERS FACE RETALIATION FOR CRITICIZING COMMON CORE--Teachers are supposed to leave professional judgment at home. A teacher who tries to adjust the lessons labeled Common Core is not supporting the mandate and is, therefore, insubordinate. Her kids typically won’t pass the federally-aligned tests, either. Common Core has taken “teaching to the test” to new heights.  Ethics and professional standards prevent educators from publicly criticizing any district-approved policy, which includes Common Core, since educators are evaluated based on their implementation of district policies. But a teacher’s true feelings can be found on NEA and AFT internet sites.  Read more

Anti-gun Investors Harassing Amazon For Selling Gun Accessories--If the gun prohibitionists cannot get the draconian restrictions they want from the government, they will try to get them from private companies. A group of investors called Domini Social Investments of New York sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a letter on November 25 asking for details about how his company sells gun accessories.  Continue reading.  

The push to ‘do something, anything,’ has nothing to do with preventing deaths--Earlier in the year, as the gun-control movement tried clumsily to transform an abomination into a cudgel, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker distilled its problem into a single sentence. “Nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Parker contended plainly, “and everybody knows it.”  Continue reading.  

How to Remove Obama From Office—The best way to prevent a person from becoming a dictator is to not put him into a position in which he could become one.  Our Founding Fathers put this requirement in the Constitution: Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 states: “No Person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”  Continued. 

Sebelius Explains the Free Market to Socialists (Sebelius 'Urging' Insurers to Cover People Who Haven't Paid)--Fearing that many people will think they have health insurance coverage when they do not, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is “urging” insurance companies to “give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.”  Insurance companies should cover people who haven’t yet paid, in other words.  More here.  

Business to Boehner: Hit ’em hard--Business lobbyists are pumping their fists over Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) slap-down of conservative groups.  Executives at trade groups told The Hill they were pleasantly surprised by the strident remarks this week from the typically laid-back Speaker.   “You didn't hear all the applause across downtown?” said Dirk Van Dongen, president and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). “Folks were absolutely pleased that he said it. … It needed to be said.”  Continued

GOP senator calls for ObamaCare alternative--Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) offered the outlines of a Republican alternative to ObamaCare in the party’s weekly address.  “There are common-sense, bipartisan solutions to our health care problems that don’t require ObamaCare’s wholesale government take-over of the system,” Toomey said. “Now, in a nutshell, we can make insurance more accessible, more affordable, and more responsive to individuals and families. And put patients and their doctors in charge of health care decisions, instead of politicians and government bureaucrats.”  Continue reading.

White House move seen as sign of growing power for Senate Dems--The decision to name a protege of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) as head of the White House legislative affairs office is being taken as a sign that Senate Democrats will have growing power over the political agenda for 2014.  The replacement of Miguel Rodriguez with Katie Beirne Fallon came as a shock to some former administration officials, who noted that Fallon was chosen over internal candidates with more experience.  Read more

DC Republicans have ceded control Democrats - indefinitely--The latest Congressional budget deal has upset some, ridiculed some, no doubt made some happy, and apparently, if it is passed by the Senate and signed into law by Obama, will avoid any more government shutdowns for the next two or three years.  But this deal may have done something more, something much more serious. This act may have just ceded control of the federal government to the Democrats - almost indefinitely.  Continue reading.

Government Contractors Comply With Congressional Investigators; Ignore HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius--Vanguard of Freedom News reported yesterday on Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman, Darrel Issa's admonition of Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Director for her telling government contractors not to comply to the Congressional Committees requests for information about the roll-out of the website.  Issa promptly warnedSebelius that telling them not to comply was against the law.  Read more

What is a “Living Wage?”-- The recent fast food workers strike sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) demanded a “living wage” of $15 an hour. In progressive public policy, the “living wage is considered the minimum necessary for a worker to meet needs considered basic.” Who decides what the “basic needs” are? Are everybody’s needs the same? Why stop at $15, why not $50 an hour?  Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier, while director of the Poverty in America project at Penn State University, developed a city/county Living Wage Calculator based on census data and economic statistics. I am not sure what the assumed biases are in this particular calculation, but we do know that economic statistics are easy to manipulate, depending on the desired outcome. Read more here.  

We Arm The Saudis So They Can Arm Islamists In Syria-- The official word is that the Saudis are buying weapons from the Pentagon. But they couldn’t get these weapons if our government did not approve of the transaction. These weapons don’t seem to have much use except to arm Islamists in Syria.  Read more.   

Exposing America’s Federal Reserve System--Most Americans, if they have heard anything at all about the Federal Reserve, believe it is an agency of the United States Government.  This is false. The Federal Reserve is not “owned” by anyone, it is a profit-making institution. It is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms.   Below you will see charts that break down the history of the Fed and it’s owners and shareholders back to the Federal Reserves Founding in 1913..  READ MORE! 

FIGURES. Arapahoe High School Gunman Karl Pierson Was a Committed Socialist (Video) -- Arapahoe High School gunman Karl Pierson was a committed Socialist.  Pierson entered the building with a shotgun and started shooting.  Video and more here.

Denver Post Edits “Socialist” Out of Description of Arapahoe School Shooter-- More media tricks…After thinking things over, the Denver Post decided to delete the fact that Arapahoe School shooter Kark Pierson was a committed socialist from their news report.  This is from the original articleRead more.

Obama to Make IRS Tea Party Targeting Legit--Democracy is such a quaint notion. Why let it get in the way of doing so much good in the world? I mean, what if it turns out people don’t want their money redistributed? That they want it for themselves and will vote to keep it. Greedy bastards. Writing today in the Wall Street Journal, columnist Kimberly Strassel outlines how the White House is seeking to legitimize the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups by issuing a regulation that would reclassify them as political outfits that don’t qualify for tax-exempt status.  Continue reading.  

Habeas Corpus Suspended by the United States Supreme Court--What is Habeas Corpus?  There is only one Right embodied in the Constitution; the remainder are found in the Bill of Rights.  For the most part, the Constitution created a government and granted it only certain powers and authorities.  So, what right is so significant as to be included within the Constitution, while the Bill of Rights was not adopted until 2 years later?  The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.  [Article I, §9, cl. 2]  Much more to read!

Exclusive: Thousands of sign-ups didn’t make it to insurers--Enrollment records for close to 15,000 shoppers were not initially transmitted to the insurance plans they selected, according to a preliminary federal estimate to be released Saturday.  While these cases pose a challenge for the Obama administration, officials say they believe the situation is improving. Since early December, fewer than 1 percent of enrollments did not make their way to health insurance plans.  Continued.

Star Parker:  End the tyranny of Social Security for low-income workers-- A new study just published by the National Institute on Retirement Security, “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States,” presents a dismal snapshot of the state of retirement savings of minority American families.  It reports that 54.3 percent of blacks work for employers that offer retirement plans compared to 62.3 percent of whites. And 43.9 percent of blacks participate in those plans compared to 53.9 percent of whites.  Continued

Widow Faces Eviction in Fla. City For ‘Living Off the Grid’-- A Fla. city is set to evict a widow for her unique lifestyle of “living off the grid.”  Robin Speronis told WFTX-TV that she was given an eviction notice after the station aired a story about how she chooses to live in a home without modern amenities, such as running water and electricity.  “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Robin said. Continue reading. 

He Doesn’t Care’: Wife of Detained American Pastor Blasts Obama’s Silence on Her Husband’s Plight in Iran-- Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, told TheBlaze on Friday that she believes President Barack Obama has “shown in his heart that he doesn't care” about her husband’s continued detainment in Iran — and that, to date, no high-ranking U.S. officials have contacted her to speak about Saeed’s plight.  Abedini specifically expressed disappointment over Obama’s silence on her husband’s detention and his failure to use the opportunity to defend religious freedom more broadly.  Continue reading

Student Suspended For One Year After Hugging Teacher--A Georgia high school student slated to receive a full athletic scholarship to college will not graduate on time after being suspended for one year last week as punishment for hugging a teacher in Nov.  17-year-old Sam McNair of Duluth High School was found guilty of violating the school’s rules regarding sexual harassment for a hug that was captured on video by a surveillance camera.  Read more

‘We Have to Do More’: Obama Marks One Year Anniversary of Newtown Massacre to Suggest More Gun Control (Who didn't see that one coming!)-- President Barack Obama marked the one year anniversary of the Newtown massacre that claimed the lives of 20 young children and six school workers to suggest the implementation of more gun control Saturday.  The president, who said “our hearts were broken for the families that lost a piece of their heart,” used his weekly Saturday address to call for change.  “[B]eneath the sadness, we also felt a sense of resolve – that these tragedies must end, and that to end them, we must change,” Obama said.  “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily.”  Continued.   

Have You Heard About the $36 Million Money Pit in Afghanistan That the Army Isn’t Explaining and That Could Fall Into Enemy Hands?
  After more than six months and several letters of inquiry, the U.S. chief watchdog for reconstruction in Afghanistan is still waiting for the U.S. Army to explain why it invested $36 million in taxpayer money to construct a building that’s been abandoned, left unfinished and could possibly end up in enemy hands when troops withdraw from the region next year.  The 64,000-square foot “Command and Control Facility” — which includes spacious empty offices with dark wooden desks and leather chairs, cubicles and a briefing theater — is located at Marine Corps Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, an area known for poppy cultivation and where U.S. Marines faced some of the most dangerous fighting in the region.  Continued.

Chris Matthews Embarks on Angry Tirade Against Glenn Beck & Mark Levin — and You’ll Never Guess Who He Compared Them to-- MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Friday unleashed on Mark Levin and Glenn Beck in a passionate tirade, comparing the two conservative talk show hosts’ behavior to that of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  “You’ve heard the news from North Korea — how the young head of that country just executed his guardian uncle,” Matthews said. “Well, back here in America, the right wing is acting if not as brutally, certainly as crazily.”  Read more, if you can stand it!

FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe Fires Back at John Boehner: ‘Civil War’-- President and CEO of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe fired back at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday over accusations that unnamed conservative groups are “misleading their followers” in opposing the Ryan-Murray budget deal.  “They’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be, and frankly I think they've lost all credibility,” Boehner told reporters Thursday.  Speaking on the Glenn Beck Program with guest host Dana Loesch, Kibbe seemed relieved that Boehner “finally went public with something that’s been going on for well over a year.”  In the past, Kibbe said, the “attacks” have always been “behind the scenes.”  “I think this is a civil war, and I think it’s a fight we have to fight right now,” Kibbe said frankly.  Read more.  

Issa: Obama Admin. Wants to Stop Contractors from Cooperating With Congress--Two contractors are defying requests from the Obama administration asking them not to cooperate with congressional investigators.  “Americans should be disturbed that this administration is trying to stop government contractors from providing Congress with documents related to the decision to launch while known and serious security vulnerabilities were and still may be present,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a statement Friday.  Continued

The Daily Haymaker:  US House approves tax increase, spending increases in Murray-Ryan deal (Some NC, SC GOPers help) -- John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and the rest of the House GOP leadership have pretty much stomped out the last vestiges of the GOP’s claim to being the party of smaller government.  A bi-partisan group, 332-94 approved the spending “compromise” hammered out and announced the other day by the Budget Committee chairmen of each chamber — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).  National Review published a pretty scathing analysis of Murray-Ryan by some Capitol Hill-based conservatives:  Click here for more

NC Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers small businesses option to keep 2013 plans-- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday it is offering current small-group customers a new option to keep their existing plan into 2014.  “Small businesses are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy, and we understand the concern businesses have about the changes associated with the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and its effect on their employees,” said Brad Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s president and chief executive.  More.

UNC awarded $1.5M grant for biofuel feedstock research (MORE TAXPAYER $$ DOWN THE TOILET )--The University of North Carolina is among the seven universities sharing in $8 million in federal research grants to develop non-food feed stocks that can be used to make bioenergy.  More.

North Carolina teachers group to file second lawsuit over tenure--Two Forsyth County teachers are among six plaintiffs planning to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the state.  The lawsuit, announced Friday, will be the second brought by the N.C. Association of Educators related to recent legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.  Read more

Beach bum: Obama to holiday in Hawaii-- President Obama and his family will leave Washington Dec. 20 for a 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii.  The White House announced Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington.  The president and his family traditionally spend their Christmas break in a rented home on Oahu with spectacular ocean views.  Read more!  

Obamacare Pushing Puerto Rico Further Into Social Welfare State, Doctors Warn-- People in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico may not be grappling with the botched Obamacare website rollout, but the program could spell disaster for the island, which is facing a financial crisis and where half the population already is dependent on free health insurance, members of the island's medical community warned.  Puerto Ricans, who are born U.S. citizens, do not enroll on the because their government decided not to offer health-insurance exchanges, which offers private plans.  Read more

CBO stuns! 'Rich' pay 106% of income taxes--A new Congressional Budget Office study has torn a hole in yet another one of President Obama’s insistent claims about the way things are.  The Congressional Budget Office study, “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010, ” shows that the top 40 percent of households, based on pre-tax income, paid a remarkable 106.2 percent of the nation’s income tax in 2010. Meanwhile, households in the bottom 40 percent paid “negative income tax,” receiving an average of $18,950 in government transfer payments while paying no federal income tax.  Read more!  

December 13, 2013

Johnny Bailey - Not on my watch (OFFICIAL HD) w/ LYRICS—This is two years and I don’t know how I missed it, but it is awesome!

Renee Ellmers – Dec. 11, 2013 Healthcare Hearings

Obamacare Song Parody - You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Blue Shield

Figures. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls for “Unemployment  Insurance for Working  Men and Women”

Watch this awesome commercial that will make the gun control crowd go crazy

Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House


Tea Party Nation—Judson Phillips:  And the GOP next man in line for 2016 is…

By now, everyone should know how the Republican Presidential nominating process works.  The GOP establishment gathers and decides who the next man in line to be President is.  There are certain prerequisites.  For example, no conservatives need apply.  You must be a liberal and they prefer that you be from the Northeast.  After all, that is such a winning combination.   Just ask President Romney.  Read it here. 

White House Illegally Changes ObamaCare Deadlines. Again. -- The Washington Post reported that “Obamacare’s deadlines are changing. Again.” Not accurate. The White House ischanging the ObamaCare deadlines arbitrarily and illegally – again.  Here’s what WaPo “reported“:  Read more.  

Since 2009, 11 Million Americans Out of Job Market-- The Bureau of Labor Statistics' November employment report was its usual misleading statistical good news mish-mash that, when slapped together, came out as what the mainstream media called the most "encouraging" in months. Officially, the economy added 203,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent, its lowest level in five years.  Official unemployment is referred to as the U-3 rate. The more accurate U-6 rate, because it includes "discouraged workers" who have given up the job search, work part time or are otherwise only marginally attached to the labor market, stands at 14.6 percent, higher than at any time since before the Great Recession.  Read more. 

Planned Parenthood Looks to Exploit Women, Make Millions With Abortifacient IUDs-- Why should anyone trust people who murder babies?  Check it out:  In 2005, after the FDA under President George W. Bush resisted liberal pressure to make the hormonal emergency contraceptive Plan B available over-the-counter, Planned Parenthood was furious, claiming unfettered access to hormonal ECs would cut the number of abortions in America by a whopping 67%, from 1.2 million annually to 400,000:  Experts estimate that wider access to EC could prevent up to 1.7 million unintended pregnancies a year – and 800,000 abortions.  Read more.  

TPN—Judson Phillips:  John Boehner is at war with the Tea Party.  Republicans had better wake up and smell the “Tea.”  Boehner is planning on selling conservatives out on the issue that is probably the most important issue to conservatives right now.  What is it? 

Heritage Action: Boehner picks fight to clear way for immigration--Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is picking a fight with outside conservative groups to clear the way for immigration reform, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham charged on Friday.  “The Speaker is trying to turn this into a boring fight between outside groups and himself so we are not having a policy debate about whether or not this is a good deal,” Needham said of the budget deal approve by the House on Thursday.  Click here for the article. 

American Thinker:  A Government Separated from the People Cannot Stand--In his 1952 book The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon described a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.  The federal government has become such a system, an entity unto itself operating outside of Constitutional constraints and unaccountable to the American people.  Read more.

Feds Thwart Planned Suicide Bombing at Wichita Airport--Federal officials have arrested a man they said planned to blow himself up Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.  The suspect, a 58-year-old white male, is an avionics technician who worked at the airport, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced at a news conference Friday. He was arrested early Friday morning when he planned to detonate a car loaded with explosives with himself inside, Grissom said.  Charges include attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.  MORE! 

How left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer bought the Oval Office--The White House’s newest staffer is John Podesta, the 64-year-old founder of the Center for American Progress (CAP), the head of President Obama’s 2008 transition team, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, and a former lobbyist and cofounder, with his brother Tony, of the Podesta Group. You know: an outsider.  MORE

Canada Free Press:  Article V was presciently inserted into the Constitution precisely for the same type of unhinged, run-away government we see today--Dangerous Feckless Ignorance Ladies and Gentlemen, have you had an opportunity to read The Liberty Amendments; Restoring the American Republic by Mark Levin?  An incurious collection of people either haven’t read it or completely failed to grasp the contents, yet have unusually strong opinions as to why it’s outrageously dangerous for the republic or insignificant and readily dismissible.  Read the article. 

Military retirees: You betrayed us, Congress--Military retirees are outraged that Congress will start voting Thursday on a budget deal that trims military pensions, calling the move “an egregious breach of faith.”  The Military Coalition, some 27 military groups, wrote to leaders in Congress and President Obama late Wednesday about their “strong objection” and “grave concern” over the budget deal.  Continued

The Budget Deal’s Sneaky Tax Increases--The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.”  For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase.  The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, includes a number of “fee” increases. One would make flying more expensive. Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security Administration’s airline security “fee.” Under the budget deal, that would increase to $5.60 per flight or $11.20 for a round-trip ticket.  Continued.

President Barack Obama’s Fast and Furious program, Death of Border Patrol tactical agent Brian A. Terry--Three years later, Terry’s death and the press:  Three years ago, a four-reporter team from The Washington Post, James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz on the team with research editor Alice Crites and staff writer William Booth, embedded inside President Barack Obama’s Fast and Furious program.  The team was given access to restricted documents and operations for months and Dec. 13, 2010 they published their “Secret Life of Guns” series subtitled, “As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border.”  Continue reading

House GOP Has Nothing to Offer Conservatives--Here’s the situation: You’re in a high–stakes negotiation with an untrustworthy opponent. The opposition has violated every agreement the two of you have made in the past. Enforcement mechanisms are weak or non–existent.  In other areas of mutual interest your opponent regularly violates the law and dares you to do something about the violation. Your weak and vacillating leadership can’t be counted on in a pinch. And, finally, the opposition lies shamelessly to the state media, doing its best to paint you as a fanatic and pathological liar.  So what do you do? Click here to find out! 

Iran Suddenly Halts Nuke Talks--Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with Western powers Friday, further complicating an already controversial interim deal struck last month in Geneva.  The development comes one day after the United States announced it would impose new sanctions on Iran. Iran had said new sanctions would nullify the Geneva agreement.  More!

Now That Obama Is Allowing Chicken From China, What Will That Do To The Chicken Industry?  Do you know what is in your chicken nuggets?  Thanks to Barack Obama, that is going to be a more important question than ever.  At the end of August, the Obama administration quietly decided to start allowing Chinese poultry processors to ship processed chicken into the United States.  For now, the meat must originate either in the United States or in another country where the poultry population has been certified to be safe.  What that means is that chickens from the United States will be shipped all the way over to China, processed in plants over there, and then shipped back across the Pacific Ocean for us to eat.  More here. 

Hanoi Jane's Charities Not So Charitable--She supports causes ranging from the Alzheimer’s Association to abused women, but Jane Fonda’s own rich charity foundation reportedly hasn’t forked over one red dime to a philanthropic group since 2006.  According to The Smoking Gun,  the Jane Fonda Foundation Inc. in its most recent tax return — covering calendar year 2011 — reported zero contributions. Returns from the previous four years also showed nothing distributed to charities. In 2006, the website reported, the foundation donated $1,000 to the Atlanta Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.  Read more.

Reid Ends Marathon Session, Announces Schedule for Budget, Defense Bills--One all-nighter was not enough, but two will suffice.  The Senate’s leaders have reached an agreement that will bring to an end days of round-the-clock sessions following a series of noon votes.  “This schedule’s been extremely difficult for everyone,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in announcing the deal, which essentially allows votes that would have taken place late Friday and Saturday to instead occur at the usual hour of 5:30 p.m. on Monday.  Reid said he spoke with his counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to come up with the path forward.  Much more here.  

Michelle Malkin:  Culture of corruption: The Dems’ dangerous DHS pick--The “S” in President Obama’s DHS doesn’t stand for “security.” It stands for “sleaze.” In the wake of Dirty Harry Reid’s sabotage of the filibuster, Democrats have rammed through the Senate nomination of a shady Chicago crony associated with dangerous Clinton corruption and at least two visas-for-sale schemes.  The White House wants Alejandro Mayorkas to helm the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security. It speaks volumes about this ethics-challenged administration that the most qualified person it could find for this important post is a government DHS hack currently under investigation by other DHS hacks. More on that in a moment.  Read more!  

Here Come the Obamacare Taxes--First came the compliance burdens. Then came the expensive website woes, millions of policy cancellations and skyrocketing premiums. But if you thought Obamacare couldn’t be less popular, guess again. Here come the taxes.  As reported Sunday by the Review-Journal’s Jennifer Robison, there are a slew of new taxes to help pay for the boondoggle that is the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Service will be reaching deep into wallets to collect that money starting next year. Those with high incomes face the biggest increases, but people at all income levels ultimately will feel the costs of the health care law — beyond higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.  Continue reading.

The Patriot Post-- IRS: The Left's Weapon of Choice--Here's a question: When did it become acceptable for the IRS to be used as a tool to target enemies of the president? Moreover, what article or amendment of the U.S. Constitution authorizes a component of the Executive Branch to be used as a powerful political weapon? The answers to these questions should be obvious to most: “never” and “none,” respectively. But apparently that's not so for Barack Obama.  Continued.  

Obama is about to get even more liberal-- As if Washington weren't already bad enough, President Obama is set to get even more liberal as his second term progresses.  He’s already talking about more wealth redistribution and a higher minimum wage but that’s not all. Apparently 2014 is going to be the year Obama takes a hard left turn.  Read it here.  

Epic Beck monologue: “Man up!” (This is really, really good!)--Oh, how far we’ve come since the days of America’s earliest pioneers-in the wrong direction. Last night on TV Glenn lamented the state of resolve and determination in America today and ripped our overall lack of toughness. Below is the stunning THEN vs. NOW comparison from Glenn’s monologue which makes clear the pioneers are probably rolling over in their graves.  Read it or hear it! 

Stop the ObamaCare Bailout--After many insurance companies lobbied FOR ObamaCare, Obama and his administration are planning to bail them out with YOUR tax dollars!  We can't afford it, and it's unconstitutional! Tell Congress right now to stop the new ObamaCare bailout:  Click here! 

Gun statistics are irrelevant to the 2nd Amendment--The Washington Post is at it again. Days before the one year anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook, the Post is running another piece asking readers “What’s your gun number? Share your gun story.”  Citing statistics is a central plank in the liberal war on private gun ownership. CNN host Piers Morgan began several televised “debates” with gun ownership proponents by asking them if they knew several statistics on gun violence or gun-related deaths. It was partly just a ploy to try to catch his opponent without an answer and make him seem uninformed. Sometimes he was successful, sometimes not, but nobody gave him the right answer.  Statistics are irrelevant to the 2nd Amendment.  Read more! 

Liberals discuss the need to end 'Christian privilege' in the name of religious freedom--It's settled, then: Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior, and Americans will only enjoy true religious freedom when their so-called "religious...Read More! 

White House rips AP for revealing Iran hostage's CIA connections--The Obama administration slammed the Associated Press for reporting Thursday that a former FBI agent missing in Iran was actually carrying out an unauthorized mission for the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Levinson, who had been described as abducted during a 2007 business trip to Iran, was working for the CIA on a mission never authorized by those in charge at the spy agency, according to the AP report.  Read more. 

GOP rank-and-file quietly builds an Obamacare alternative--"The only alternative that Obamacare's critics have is, well, 'let's just go back to the status quo,'" said President Obama last week, "because they sure haven't presented an alternative."  It's an argument Democrats make all the time -- often, these days, to divert attention from the ongoing problems of their troubled national health care scheme. But still -- why haven't Republicans presented an alternative to Obamacare?  GOP leaders would protest immediately: They have come up with dozens of health care bills, only to see them rejected by Democrats. But the fact is, Republicans have not united behind a single health care proposal, even as millions of Americans would like to see what they've got. Why?  Read more.  

David Keene, Washington Times:  James Clapper should resign for lying to Congress--It was last March when the country’s director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, appeared before a Senate committee, and with the cameras rolling, took an oath to tell the truth, then hunched over, scratched his brow and proceeded to lie. It came in response to a direct question from Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat. In the days that followed, Mr. Clapper offered an explanation to NBCs Andrea Mitchell, arguing that he had, in essence, been blindsided by a confusing question and had answered it as best he could under the circumstances. He gave, he said, “the least untruthful” answer that he could.
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Medicare pays full price for half-empty vials of medicine--After the Obamacare fiasco, the Health and Human Services Department must be a glass-half-empty kind of place. Just ask the folks at Medicare, who wasted $24.2 million paying for partly used vials of a type of breast cancer medicine.  Herceptin, which is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, normally is supplied in multiuse 440-milligram vials that can be stored for up to 28 days. Read more!  

House passes NDAA, action moves to Senate--The House passed the Pentagon's annual policy legislation this evening with a resounding bipartisan vote, leaving it up to the Senate to finish the job next week.  With the Senate having run out of time to debate and amend their version of the National Defense Authorization Act, lawmakers and staffers in the House and Senate Armed Services committees hashed out a compromise over the Thanksgiving recess. Read more.  

House passes one-month farm bill extension, though measure uncertain in Senate--The House on Thursday passed a one-month funding extension for expiring agriculture subsidy programs as lawmakers scramble to draft a five-year farm bill.  The House and Senate each passed five-year farm bills this year, though the versions varied significantly. Negotiators have been meeting behind closed doors for weeks to work out a compromise. But with no deal in place and the House scheduled to wrap up business for the year Friday, the House opted to extend the current farm bill, which is set to expire at the end of the month.  The measure passed by voice vote.  Read more. 

BOOM! Dan Bongino serves the GOP establishment with divorce papers--Dan Bongino just wrote this open letter and I second it:  An open letter to the establishment GOP.  I am serving you with divorce papers. For those who are unaware of what happened, the establishment wing of the Party has openly declared war on the grassroots.  For those who say this fight is hurting the Republican “brand” I reply; it is those on both sides of the aisle who have betrayed their principles in the name of Party that have destroyed their “brands”.  Read it all! 

#NCSEN Former NCGOP legislator: Brannon “doesn’t like Mexicans,” we “need” Speaker Thom’s experience--I’m on several politically-flavored email lists, where political junkies bat around the issues and the inside scoop on elections. Participants include former and current elected officials, business leaders, current and former paid (and unpaid) political operatives, as well as current and former members of the news media.  OH YOU MUST READ THE REST! 

Senators introduce bill to crack down on 'lavish' portrait expenses--A bipartisan Senate duo says they want to crack down on what they call the government’s “lavish” spending on oil paintings of congressmen, the costs of which can top $50,000 each.  Read more. 

Lawmakers who oversee government surveillance programs receive millions from intelligence companies-- Every member who sits on the committees that oversee government intelligence operations has received campaign contributions from the top twenty largest intelligence companies in the United States, according to a new report.  Amid the NSA scandal, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — the committees in charge of oversight — denied stricter reform attempts to the NSA programs and instead propelled legislation aimed at restoring their trust. The committees are intended to keep waste, fraud, and abuse in check given most of these programs are hidden from the general public.  Continued.  

Dem Congresswoman: Miniscule Pension Increase Will Make it Hard to Recruit Good Federal Workers--Because a 1.3% increase will be the difference between Goldman Sachs and the Department of Revenue.  On MSNBC Thursday, panelist Aisha Moodie-Mills lamented the way the federal budget was being balanced on the backs of “regular folks.” Specifically, while interviewing Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), she asked when “the workers” might get more benefits from the federal budget:  Continued.

Budget Passed by House Eases Cuts Both Parties Dislike--The House passed the first bipartisan U.S. budget in four years yesterday, clearing the way for final Senate passage next week to ease $63 billion in spending cuts and avert another government shutdown. That doesn’t mean lawmakers are excited about it.  Read more

The White House Has Been Lying About That Ex-FBI Agent Missing in Iran for Seven Years, Bombshell AP Report Says--“Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to Kish Island, Iran,” that’s what the White House said as recently as last month about Robert Levinson, the retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran seven years ago.  Continued

Federal Judge: Calif. Cross on Federal Property Violates Constitution, Must Be Removed--A controversial cross on federal land in California was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge Thursday and ordered to be removed from its current location within 90 days.  The cross atop Mt. Soledad — part of a veterans memorial — violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution (THIS IS THE REAL LIE OF THE YEAR, EVERY YEAR!), a federal judge in San Diego ruled.   Continue reading.  

Unions Have Given Ed Schultz Nearly $250K Since 2012--MSNBC and radio host Ed Schultz was paid approximately $177,000 by labor unions in 2012, Truth Revolt reported, citing data available on the Department of Labor’s website.  Schultz, a longtime supporter of organized labor, has so far received roughly $75,000 from the AFL-CIO for 2013.  All union payments are listed on the Department of Labor’s website as either “political,” “union” or “representational.”  More.  

#NCSEN CFO Report: ObamaCare is a job killer! (um, SURPRISE ?????)  The elites in government, media and academia are finally coming around to what we’ve known about ObamaCare for years now:  Corporate financial chiefs say they expect to reduce hiring and also move more jobs to part-time status as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine.  Many companies also are considering a reduction in health care benefits for employees.  Must read, click here!  

ObamaCare Whistleblower:  I was Told IRS Harassment ‘Came From The Top’ (Audio)--Wednesday, radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner interviewed Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who gained notoriety when he appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly after his insurance was cancelled. Elliott, you may remember, later received notification of his audit from the IRS on the same day C. Steven Tucker, the man who helped him get his insurance back, received his. After reaching out to SC Governor Nikki Haley, two congressmen and a Democratic US Senator from North Carolina, he was able to get his IRS “audit” terminated.  Read more! 

Politico Profiles NC Senate Race--LENOIR, N.C. — It would be tough to find another state where the political terrain has shifted as dramatically as it has here — from kindling hopes of a Democratic revival in the South just a few years ago, to becoming a conservative hotbed that banned gay marriage, tightened restrictions on abortion clinics and enacted a sweeping voter ID law.  In 2014, voters will have a chance to decide which of those two governing visions they prefer — Barack Obama’s Washington or one-party GOP rule in Raleigh ­ — in one of the most competitive, consequential Senate races in the country.  It will be a choice between Kay Hagan, a rookie Democratic senator who voted for Obamacare and says, however haltingly, that she would do so again, and a conservative challenger — perhaps the figure who shepherded that wish list through the Legislature, Thom Tillis, or other rivals like Mark Harris or Greg Brannon who would go even further.  Read it all!

Rove: Obamacare Yoke Weighs Heavily on 2014 Democratic Candidates-- Democratic lawmakers seeking re-election in 2014 will pay a heavy political price for having supported President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act in 2010, writes Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.  Rove, a veteran Republican strategist and former deputy chief of staff to president George W. Bush, writes that the intensity of emotions against Obamacare is striking.  Read more!

Judge: No quick trial on NC voting law changes
--WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A federal judge has ruled there will be no trial on North Carolina's Republican-backed voting law changes until after the 2014 elections, though she signaled motions will be considered to bar the measures from taking effect until the case is resolved.  U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Peake said Thursday the issues raised in the three lawsuits challenging the new law are too complicated to be resolved before next year's elections. Peake set a bench trial for July 2015.  Read more.

Mike Huckabee quits radio show, sets sights on 2016 election--Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary.  He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, “Stay tuned!'" he wrote on his Facebook page.  More! 

Nearly 9,000 in NC have now signed up for subsidized insurance--Nearly 9,000 people in North Carolina have signed up for individual insurance through the glitch-plagued website, federal officials said Wednesday.  The enrollment numbers are an improvement over October’s total of about 1,600. But they represent a mere fraction of the roughly 1 million North Carolinians who were expected to shop for individual insurance under the new federal mandate.  Continue reading.  

HHS extends more Obamacare deadlines--The Obama administration on Thursday announced it would take steps to push back an already-delayed deadline to help those struggling to obtain health coverage on Jan. 1 -- and extend a federal insurance program for those with preexisting conditions.  Amid lingering questions about the health law's insurance exchanges, the tweaks were yet another attempt by the administration to quell concerns that the botched rollout of would keep consumers from receiving coverage.  

Illegal charged with raping child in NC--On Friday, police in Raleigh arrested Leonardo Miranda Garcia, 25, after he reportedly raped a girl under the age of 13…… The state of North Carolina is currently experiencing a virtual crime wave at the hands of illegal aliens, due in large measure to the fact that all of the state's major cities now have 'sanctuary' policies in place, shielding illegal aliens from detection and deportation.  Read the article. 

December 12, 2013

Everything You Need To Know About Bi-Partisan Budget Compromise in 2 min! 

ZoNation--Part Two: Examining a Common Core Survey


The Most Dangerous Woman In America

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TPN—Judson Phillips:  Beware the deal--The Paul Ryan-Patty Murray Deal is the talk of Washington.  The deal means neither Republicans nor Democrats have to worry about dealing with a budget during the 2014 election cycle.  It means they can all concentrate on what they want to do most, namely be reelected.  Establishment Republicans have used the deal as another weapon in the GOP purge of conservatives in Washington Please read the rest here! 


Obama Will Extend Amnesty for Young Illegals, Says Top White House Aide--President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of domestic policy.  “As long as this president is president… you’re going to be able to renew your deferred action,” Muñoz told one illegal immigrant 23 minutes into an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype.

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The Effects of Obamacare. Real Lives. Real Stories. Real Consequences.  Self-employed family struggling under costly Obamacare: “Along with the reduced income, our health insurance has almost tripled. My son has Type I diabetes and needs health insurance. I don’t know what we are going to do in November. In the last year, we have exhausted all our savings.” Ann Marie’s complete story.  For more stories on how Obamacare is destroying Americans’ lives, families and businesses, visit

American Thinker:  Who the Democrats Really Are--Obama is running from Obamacare to his zone of strength and core value: class warfare.  Democrats are geniuses at playing on group identity.  When I ask friends what principles lead them to vote Democrat, it is a hard question for them.  After a baffled pause, I often hear this:  "Republicans are the party of the rich."  It is said as if that is all that needs to be said: not like me, exploiting people, bad for the country.  Not my party.  As the liberal Howard Dean says, many Republicans "have never made an honest living in their lives."   Continue reading.

American Thinker:  Why Obamacare Is Off the Rails--The introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as revealed by the roll-out of, is an epic public embarrassment, living up to predictions of a train wreck.  We're watching government at its most harmful and ineffectual. This is not rocket science -- no risky new technology is required; no laws of physics have to be invented or repealed. While the technology itself may present some challenges, problems like this more often than not stem from poor leadership, discipline, and accountability.  Read more!

TOP OFFICIAL IN OBAMA BIRTH MYSTERY KILLED, Woman lone fatality in Hawaii plane crash--A key Hawaii official in the dispute over Barack Obama’s birth certificate – who lifted state restrictions to allow the White House to present the document to the public – has died in a plane crash.  Loretta Fuddy, the state health department director, was the only fatality among nine people aboard a Cessna Grand Caravan that went down at about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday while heading to Honolulu.  Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC that the other eight people aboard were rescued from the site of the water crash.  

The DNC's Deceptive Message on Louisiana--I wasn't surprised to get an email recently from a regional Democratic National Committee press secretary seeking to tarnish the credentials of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Still, the DNC email raised a question because of its use of a suspect newspaper quote.  Full story. 

Obama And Mandela: A Lot More Than Little White Lies--“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.” — Nelson Mandela, Jan. 29, 2003.  Nelson Mandela, the former terrorist-turned-compromiser and the so-called “father of democracy” who served as president of South Africa, hated America. But progressive liberals loved him — none more so than President Barack Obama, who ordered that flags at the White House and all Federal buildings fly at half-staff through Monday, following Mandela’s death last Thursday at age 95. But that was only the start.  Read on! 

Judicial Watch: 'Lunacy at the highest levels' in Obama administration--A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption says it has obtained documents proving the Obama administration is more interested in "patting themselves on the back" than in protecting top-secret information.  More! 

Sebelius on Obamacare Regulations: 'I Don't Know How Many Pages' --The Democrats' health insurance law gives the Health and Human Services Department "immense powers and decision-making authority," Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) told Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday.  "And we know that many regulations have been written. Could you tell me how many pages of regulations have been written to implement this act?" Whitfield asked Sebelius.  Continue reading

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano:  A Conspiracy so vast-- Readers of this page are well aware of the revelations during the past six months of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Edward Snowden, a former employee of an NSA vendor, risked his life and liberty to inform us of a governmental conspiracy to violate our right to privacy, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.  The conspiracy he revealed is vast. It involves former President George W. Bush, President Obama and their aides, a dozen or so members of Congress, federal judges, executives and technicians at American computer servers and telecoms, and the thousands of NSA employees and vendors who have manipulated their fellow conspirators. The conspirators all agreed that it would be a crime for any of them to reveal the conspiracy. Snowden violated that agreement in order to uphold his higher oath to defend the Constitution.  Continue reading.

GOP may tighten primary rules for 2016 presidential nominations-- Members of the Republican National Committee are reportedly eyeing changes that would tighten rules for party primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.  The rules changes are aimed at streamlining a process that some party officials believe hurt Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012, CNN reported Wednesday.  Read more! 

Paul Ryan Sells Out the Tea Party, Again. Media Cheer.  Paul Ryan was a flake from day one. Now he has proven it. He has joined with Patty Murray (Democrat) to propose the scrapping of the sequester. Obama says he will sign the deal. I guess so! Here is what USA Today announced. For Paul Ryan, budget deal may be a career turning point. I […]  


Krauthammer: January Is Going To Be A Train Wreck For Obama, Democrats-- Look, at every level, every number that you get on this is either inflated or deceptive. As we just heard from Steve [Hayes], the number of enrollees are not enrollees. It’s people who put stuff in their shopping cart. Amazon would never call it a sale until you get a sale. And they don’t know how many have made the sale. And that’s because what they call euphemistically, the back-end, which is the cash register of the whole system, is not working.  The idea that you have to hand-match people who paid a premium with the insurers isn’t 20th century technology, it is 19th century technology. An insurer has to find the person, call them up, go overall of the details on the form and then adjust them, which of course is impossible to do in any substantial number.

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James Dobson sues Sebelius over abortion mandate--Dr. James Dobson, the longtime family values advocate who now reaches millions through his Family Talk ministry, has filed a lawsuit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the Obamacare abortion mandate.  “We believe that every human life, from the moment of conception, is sacred and a gift from God, and we cannot cooperate with this immoral mandate without violating our most deeply held religious beliefs,” Dobson said.


It’s The Law: The American View Of Government Is The Biblical View--At the foundation of every social order is a concept of law and government.  For most of the history of our country this foundation was the Bible — the Word of God — including both the Old and New Testaments.  Thus, the American view of law and government is founded on the Biblical view of law and government.  This is explicitly made clear in the Declaration of Independence, which makes reference to the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and The Supreme Judge of the World.  Read more.  

Senate holds talkathon over Obama nominees-- The Senate began an around-the-clock talkathon Wednesday over some of President Barack Obama's nominees as embittered and outnumbered Republicans refused to let the Senate take a break given new, Democratic-driven curbs on the GOP's power.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., threatened to hold the Senate in session through the night to deal with 11 nominations, most of them non-controversial. If Republicans refuse to give up their allotted debate time, the Senate could be in session continuously into Saturday — or longer.  Read more.  

The Budget Deal: Republican Style-- I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration.  Hell, that was a month ago.  Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending restraint. “Don’t worry,” Paul Ryan says with his boyish charm designed to induce sweats and heart palpitations among conservatives, “it’s only a little less restrained.”  The budget deal puts discretionary spending over $1 trillion, which is higher than the sequestration deal of 2011, which was at $967. This is, in fact, a spending increase.  It funds Obamacare.  It does not impact the national debt. It does not reform entitlements.  Continue reading.   

Obama hails confirmation of Nina Pillard to DC Circuit Court-- President Obama on Thursday welcomed the late-night Senate confirmation of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the latest successful appointment for the White House in the wake of new rules for approving executive nominations.  “I thank the Senate for confirming Nina Pillard to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which for the first time, will have five active female judges on the bench,” Obama said.  Continued.  

Obamacare forcing 14 percent cut in Medicare's home health care program-- An estimated 3.5 million poor and ill homebound senior citizens will wake up on New Year's Day to discover Obamacare has slashed funding for their home health care program.  It will happen because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quietly issued a regulation Nov. 22 announcing a 14-percent cut over the next four years in funding for the Home Health Care Prospective Payment program.  The rule cuts Medicare payments to home health care providers by 3.5 percent each year beginning in 2014, for a total cut of 14 percent.  

Michelle Malkin:  Obama's Cash for Universal Preschool Clunkers--It's elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into "free" preschool for all. That'll solve everything.  Government-funded universal pre-K is a moldy oldie of the progressive left, recycled perennially by Democratic presidential speechwriters in need of State of the Union address padding. But this time, the Fed Ed crowd is redoubling its efforts with support from big-business statists and academic shills.  

Washington--Someone has finally decided to put out Barack Obama’s forged documents in a mainstream paper. On Monday, CDR Charles Kerchner (Retired) took out a full page ad in the Washington Times to make people aware of the fraudulent documents of Barack Hussein Obama, specifically his back dated and forged selective service form.  Kerchner’s ad appeared on page 5 of the Washington Times National Weekly and included a large copy of Barack Obama’s Selective Service form, along with various URLs to other pertinent information on the various forgeries of Obama’s documents.


South Carolina State Senate to Consider Bill Blocking ObamaCare--A bill blocking enforcement of many key provisions of ObamaCare will soon be considered by the South Carolina state Senate.  More here.  

New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama's Preschool for All--New evidence indicates that universal preschool is ineffective, says Russ Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. President Obama announced a plan for Preschool for All in February, and legislation has now been introduced in the Senate and the House to create a federally-funded universal pre-kindergarten for four year olds. But much of the support for Preschool for All ignores the evidence that these types of programs are not effectiveRead more. 

Yes, America, We Have A Dictator--In 1987 a little 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Sun asking “Is there a Santa Claus?”.  It seems some of her friends had told her there was no Santa Claus. A Sun newsman named Francis Pharcellus Church penned a response that was printed in the form of an editorial on September 21, 1897, assuring Virginia that indeed there is a Santa Claus.  To quote Mr. Church, VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.”  Continued.

WaPo: ObamaCare is pretty much a compliance nightmare for small businesses--It certainly is not news, per se, that ObamaCare is imposing a whole raft of complex, costly new rules and regulations upon smaller businesses that are going to have to seriously struggle to summon the resources to cope with them, but the Washington Post‘s latest piece on the subject highlights an as yet little noticed set of specific rules that are really going to bring the pain on the business models employed by small owners and entrepreneurs across the country. There’s been plenty of discussion about the disincentives surrounding the 50-employee threshold above which employers must either provide health insurance to their workers or else pay a hefty penalty, but for the purposes of ObamaCare, even several completely separate small businesses can be lumped into the larger-businesses category if they share a single owner and the number of workers tally over 50. It’s going to get complicated:  Read on.

United States of Unfair Taxation--You know that broken-record mantra that Democrats have about the rich paying “their fair share?” That load of BS should get tossed out of the window with the most recent study undertaken by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The old liberal story goes that it’s just unfair, how much more money the rich make than the poor. They talk about the wealth gap and how the rich just keep getting richer, as if these things are inherently bad.  Guess what? They’re not.  Read more.  

Convention of States: A Gift from our Founders, A Line in the Sand--Americans supporting an Article 5 convention or Convention of States seem to be taking blows from both the left and the right these days. Some well-known and respected Constitutionalists who prefer to remain anonymous, and some who do not, have blasted this movement as stupid, dangerous and short sighted. I would respectfully disagree.  Read more.   

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN SEPARATION OF POWERS CASE--The Supreme Court will allow Senate Republicans to participate in oral arguments in the National Labor Relations Board recess appointment case, a maneuver that several legal experts suggested could tilt the scales against the Obama administration.  
Budget Deal Hits Military Retirees with Pension Cuts, Federal Retirees Untouched--Military retirees will see a decrease in their pension plans if the bipartisan budget agreement is adopted, while civilian federal employees will be exempt. Under the budget agreement crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.), military retirees younger than 62 will receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment.  Read it here.

MARK LEVIN: Do Republicans not understand that the WHOLE DAMN THING IS GOING TO COLLAPSE?  Mark Levin reminds Republicans that while they are worried about preventing another government shutdown, the whole thing is going to shutdown and collapse because there isn’t enough money in the world to pay for the kind of spending that is going on right now:  We have over a 90 trillion dollar unfunded liability… And ladies and gentlemen, soon it’s 100 trillion dollars. You know what that means? That means our kids and their kids and every future generation is going to be destroyed. Because there’s not enough currency on the face of the earth to address that.  Continued.

Mike Lee authors bill to prevent Obama from pushing churches to support gay marriage-- Sen. Mike Lee has authored a bill to prevent President Obama from using his executive power to push churches and other nonprofit groups to recognize gay marriage.  "It is concerning that we have people in this administration who think that religious liberties are just not that big of a deal," the Utah Republican told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.  President Obama promised to respect religious liberty in his statement on the Supreme Court's June decision to overturn parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in Windsor v. United States. Read more.

Professor Henry Graff : “I taught at Columbia for 46 years” Obama Could Not Have Gone There-- There is no shortage of evidence that Barrack H. Obama is quite possibly the most inept, deceptive and disgraceful president that America has ever seen.  With all that we do know about Barrack Obama, what don’t we know?  We know that congress refuses to investigate Obama’s birth certificate.  Why would they.  It would prove that either there are higher forces that choose presidents for us or that congress is just as inept and crooked as Obama himself.  We know that Obama’s records of school and much of his past have been either permanently sealed or investigators have been repeatedly denied access to them.  Readmore.

With John Podesta, new judges, Obama poised for aggressive use of executive power-- President Obama will find it easier to "work [his] way around Congress" now that some Washington denizens have gotten new jobs.  The president opened the week by hiring the Center for American Progress' John Podesta, an old Bill Clinton hand. Podesta has an expansive view of presidential power — he wrote a report after the 2010 elections on how Obama could implement his policies without the support of Congress.  "Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage," the report said (h/t the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza).  Continue reading

Report: Obama Regime Officials Now Admit Iran Will Get $20 Billion From Sanctions Relief, Not $7 Billion As Previously Lied About… Senior officials in the administration of President Barack Obama have conceded over the past few days in conversations with colleagues in Israel that the value of the economic sanctions relief to Iran could be much higher than originally thought in Washington, security sources in Israel told Haaretz.  In official statements by the United States immediately after the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program was signed in Geneva between Iran and the F six powers at the end of November it was said that the economic relief Iran would receive in exchange for signing the agreement would be relatively low – $6 billion or $7 billion. Israeli assessments were much higher – about $20 billion at least.  Read more.

New Obama adviser wants to cede U.S. oceans to U.N.--President Obama’s new staff adviser, senior progressive strategist John Podesta, is a key player in an initiative seeking more government regulation of the oceans and the ceding of U.S. oceans to United Nations-based international law.  That background could inform Podesta’s agenda in the White House, where he is to serve for one year as a “counselor” to the president. The New York Times reported he will focus on executive orders and so-called climate change issues along with Obamacare.  Continued

You’ll Stop Being a Serf When You Do This--I hear the same complaints about politicians that you do. And while I understand them (I’ve complained plenty myself), the fact is that complaining accomplishes very little. And there is a very simple reason why complainers have no effect:  Because the complainers keep right on obeying. As long as you obey, the things you complain about will keep on happening, and there is no way around that fact.  Continue reading. 

Mel Watt Confirmed under Nuclear Option--Senators confirmed Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) 57 to 41 to serve as the next head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mortgage giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and federal home loan banks.  Watt’s confirmation came Tuesday evening as he also was flying back from South Africa as a member of the congressional delegation that attended the memorial service for Mandela. Two Republicans — Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — voted with members of the Senate Democratic caucus to confirm him.  Read more

The Heritage Foundation: The More You Buy, the More You Save--‘Tis the season for sales. But beware of this enticing line: “The more you buy, the more you save!”  Because, when the bill comes, the truth is: The more you buy, the more you spend.  Some Members of Congress are using this logic in their latest budget proposal. They’re promising savings—but they’re actually just spending more (of your money).  Read more

Obama will extend amnesty for young illegals, says top White House aide-- President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of domestic policy.  “As long as this president” is in power, “you will be able to renew your deferred action,” Muñoz told one questioner during an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype.  Read more.

Taxpayers Shell Out $14,000 per Obamacare “Enrollee”--$5.2 billion for just 364,682 “enrollees”-- In her testimony before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided an updated dollar amount for the cost of $677 million. In addition to the $677 million spent on the federal Obamacare website, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has shoveled $4.5 billion of taxpayer money to promote Obamacare on the state level.  HHS also released updated “enrollment” figures for Obamacare. According to the agency 364,682 people have “selected a plan” – the equivalent of putting an item in your online shopping cart and leaving it there.  Read more

Source: McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan-- Add the Senate’s top Republican to the list of those who will oppose the new budget deal, which conservatives are blasting for blowing through the mandated spending caps on government spending next year.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote against the deal brokered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, a knowledgeable source close to the Kentucky Republican told The Daily Caller on Wednesday.  Read more.  

New Bern Sun Journal editor apologizes for editorial cartoon of Nelson Mandela...

NC's Unfunded Pension Liabilities Increase Worst in Nation--From 2009 to 2012, North Carolina's unfunded state pension liabilities skyrocketed by nearly 700%. That's the findings of new data released by the Institute for Truth in Accounting's State Data Lab project.  Continue reading.

#NCSEN: El Sr. Tillis quiere amnistía ahora--It looks as if some big donors are calling in some chits with the Tillis for Senate campaign.  Speaker Thom appeared before the NC Farm Bureau Monday to urge DC and Raleigh to get moving on “comprehensive immigration reform” and ”a pathway to citizenship.”:  YOU MUST READ THIS!

Murray-Ryan budget deal: selling us a bill of goods--We’ve got 535 voting members of Congress. Yet. this “bi-partisan”, “disaster-averting” budget deal announced yesterday got hammered out in private talks between Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan.Two people out of a potential population of 535.  We’re being told it balances the budget over ten years.  We’re being told it doesn’t raise taxes. We’re told this will be accomplished by doing away with a good chunk of the sequester cuts — which were initiated because these yo-yos failed to do the most important job assigned to them by The Constitution. Continued.

NC DEM. REP. CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT, McManus arrested on felony tax charges--RALEIGH — According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Revenue, state Rep. Deb McManus, D-Lee, Chatham, 56, has been arrested on felony tax charges.  Read more.

‘Roses’ picketers to shoppers: ‘Go elsewhere’—NAACP continues to go after Variety Wholesalers owned by Art Pope.  CHARLOTTE, NC – A few dozen protesters gathered in the parking lot outside the Roses store on The Plaza Wednesday.  They handed out flyers and held signs, encouraging shoppers to rethink their decision to shop at the North Carolina-based chain.   “We just want you to know where your dollars are going,” protesters told shoppers.  Continued.

SELC files bridge appeal while lawmakers continue to attack--Lawyers for the environmental groups challenging the proposed replacement of the Bonner Bridge filed their appeal in federal court Tuesday, the same day leaders of the N.C. General Assembly again called on the organizations to give up their fight.  The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association, filed a legal brief to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in RichmondMore here.

McCrory reviews first year in office'--The (teacher) protests didn't start until I got into office. Maybe that was just coincidental...'--RALEIGH--Pat McCrory was sworn in as North Carolina's 74th governor nearly 12 months ago. In his inauguration speech, he promised North Carolinians no new taxes to pay for programs.  “Government cannot solve all these problems alone, because frankly, there is no new money falling from the sky,” said McCrory.  Read more.

Teachers union files lawsuit challenging new school voucher law-- RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Advocacy groups representing parents and public education are suing North Carolina officials after the General Assembly passed a law this year allowing taxpayer money to help pay private school tuition.  The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center filed their lawsuit Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court, saying the new law violates the state constitution's requirement that public money go exclusively to free, public schools.  More.

December 11, 2013


Canadian News Anchor Gives Warning To American Gun Owners

Obama Has Been A “Disappointment,” “Just Another Politician”


Please read an important message from our Chairman, Rick Hopkins on the Hobby Lobby and religious freedom!

AIR FORCE BASE REMOVES NATIVITY DISPLAY AFTER GROUP CLAIMS IT’S A ‘DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION’--Controversy has abounded after an Air Force base in South Carolina removed a nativity scene on Friday following complaints that it violated both the U.S. Constitution and military code.  The debate is still unfolding at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a church-state separatist group, contacted the Pentagon to voice concerns this month over the nativity display.  The organization’s president, Mikey Weinsten, said that 41 airmen complained to the group about the presence of the nativity and so the Military Religious Freedom Foundation contacted the Pentagon and the Christmas display was inevitably removed from the premises, WLTX-TV reportedRead more.

KID CHRISTMAS CAROLERS REPORTEDLY BOOTED OFF GROCERY STORE’S PROPERTY OVER FEARS THEY’D OFFEND CUSTOMERS--‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for two young Christmas carolers, their holiday cheer reportedly wasn’t welcomed at their local grocery store.  Two kids apparently showed up to a WinCo grocery store recently in Vancouver, Wash., to sing Christmas songs for customers, but a store employee reportedly booted the girls off WinCo property.  The children, who said that they just wanted to “give a warm fuzzy feeling to anyone who walked by,” sang both secular and religious songs, including “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.”  Continued.

‘THIS IS MICKEY MOUSE’: THERE WERE NO SOFTBALL QUESTIONS IN MARK LEVIN’S INTERVIEW WITH PAUL RYAN ON BUDGET DEAL-- Conservative radio host Mark Levin hosted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday to discuss the new budget deal announced by lawmakers. Levin wasn’t exactly impressed with the deal and he let Ryan know it, even calling the agreement “Mickey Mouse” more than once.  Ryan first explained that the deal, titled “The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013,” replaces sequester cuts with savings from future cuts. He said he was happy with the plan because it prevents deep budget cuts to the Defense Department and the U.S. military.  More!

‘IT’S CLEAR TO ME HE’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT’: CONSERVATIVES WILL BE ELATED TO HEAR WHO THIS IS ABOUT-- Among the members of the official U.S. delegation to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service were Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, as well as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.  Cummings — the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee opposite GOP Chair Darrell Issa — had quite the prediction concerning Cruz after speaking with him during the trip.  “It’s clear to me he’s running for president — I don’t have any doubt about it,” Cummings told The Baltimore SunContinue reading

The best you can say about it: It's mostly meaningless.  The rationale behind Paul Ryan’s crap sandwich budget deal-- Let’s not pretend here. The budget deal Paul Ryan has negotiated with Patty Murray is terrible. Here are the lowlights:  It gets rid of the sequester cuts negotiated during the 2011 debt ceiling showdown.  It adds $8 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.  The total on-paper “deficit reduction” it achieves over a decade is $23 billion. That’s about one-fifth of 1 percent of the projected deficit.  It actually increases spending over previous projections by $63 billion, and relies on increased “fees” to pay for it.  Ryan did get a few mildly positive things in the deal, particularly a reform of the pension benefits for federal employees. The status quo gives them both a generous pension and a generous 401(k) benefit, and this deal changes that.  Read more.

Three Things You Need to Know About the Congressional Budget Deal.  The budget conferees failed to make substantive reforms to the real drivers of spending and debt: the entitlement programs-- Many had high hopes that the first budget conference in four years would make a substantial down payment toward fixing the U.S. spending and debt crisis. The new “Bipartisan Budget Act” thoroughly disappoints. While we dig through the details for a more complete assessment, here are three key facts on the sour deal:  It busts through supposed spending “caps.” The way Congress operates, it’s ridiculous for Members to set spending caps. They just keep busting right through them. The deal announced yesterday raises discretionary spending above the bipartisan spending agreement forged in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act. Spending for defense and non-defense domestic programs would be raised by $45 billion in 2014 and by $18 billion in 2015.  Much more!

The Government’s War on Poverty ReductionWhat the crusaders against American “income inequality” won’t tell you. --While President Obama is pushing his redistributionist war on “income inequality,” the American left is excited about a new study, “Trends in Poverty with an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure” that purports to show that government welfare programs have significantly eased the burden faced by poor Americans in the nearly 50 years since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty was launched.  Click here to read the entire article.

Michelle the jealous wife media-designed? Like the rest of him, Barack Obama’s mass circulated photos from photo-ops like yesterday’s Mandela Memorial, are phony.  The photo of Obama tweeted by the White House on Dec. 5 in response to Nelson Mandela’s death was taken six months earlier at the Robben Island prison where Mandela spent 27 years of his life.  You can call ‘Obama Behind Bars in Robben Island Prison’ Obama’s prepper picture.  More to read!

YOU PROBABLY WON’T BE SURPRISED TO LEARN WHO WALKED OUT DURING RAUL CASTRO’S SPEECH AT MANDELA’S MEMORIAL SERVICE-- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reportedly briefly walked out of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday when Cuban dictator Raul Castro started speaking.  Cruz’s communications director, Sean Rushton, told National Review that the GOP senator “very much hopes Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela.”  “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free,” he added.  Click here for more! 

Democrats use new power to tilt appeals court--Senate Democrats have approved a key judicial nominee from President Barack Obama, the first nomination cleared since they weakened Senate filibuster rules. The Senate voted 56-38 to approve Washington lawyer Patricia Millett’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Both sides saw Millett’s appointment as pivotal. It will give Democrats a 5-4 majority on the powerful court, which handles rules on White House actions and appeals on the legality of federal agency rules.  Read more. 

Government “Legitimizes” Hatred For Conservative Groups--Earlier this year, it came to light that the IRS had unlawfully targeted conservative and Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny during their applications to become tax-exempt organizations. After the landslide conservative victory in the 2010 midterm elections, critics argue that the IRS deliberately made it more difficult for Tea Party groups to have the same sort of success in 2012.  The Obama administration argues that these ‘extra precautions’ were to ensure that organizations did not take advantage of the tax law to engage in politics. In reality, we know that the IRS was only targeting conservative organizations, completely ignoring liberal groups like and Organizing for America…  Continue reading.

Ben Carson: Doctors Risk Being Government Employees Under ACA (OBAMACARE)-- One of the reasons the private medical practice is disappearing is that the costs of the new Obamacare rules are so onerous, Dr. Ben Carson said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."  "We are in the process of making doctors government employees," he said. "You need to be under the umbrella of a hospital or a big medical system."  Dr. Stephen Kiteck, of Somerset, Ky., also appeared on the program to discuss the newspaper ad he took out announcing he is quitting his practice because of the policies of Obamacare.   Continued.
Rubio Opposes Budget Deal, More 'Irresponsible Decisions'--Although Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't seen the House-Senate budget package agreed upon Tuesday, the Florida Republican slammed it nonetheless.  Rubio issued a statement via his official Web site, which reads, "We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream. Instead, this budget continues Washington's irresponsible budgeting decisions by spending more money than the government takes in and placing additional financial burdens on everyday Americans."

The Preconditions Needed for a Brutal Martial Law Takeover--Dictators invariably emerge on a scene at a time of great conflict. State-sponsored genocides frequently follow coups, civil wars or can become part of a national landscape in a declared martial law.  Economic crises often provide a backdrop from which roundups of dissidents are conducted, families are separated, undesirables are executed and genocide can take place.  Often, a particular segment of a society is ostracized and used as scapegoat in order to provide a point of unification for a people in crisis in a classic divide and conquer strategy. Further, leaders of a brutal martial law movement grant themselves legal immunity from prosecution by making their heinous actions legal before they occur.  Click here for more.

We Weren't Affected!  But now, along comes ObamaCare. Does that affect me? You bet your sweet life it does.  The response of a large plurality of Americans, if not an absolute majority to almost everything Barack Obama has done in the past five years can be summed up in a single phrase: It doesn't directly affect me, so I don’t care.  Want to bomb Syria, Barry? Well, it doesn't affect me.   Those four guys slaughtered in Benghazi?  Well, they weren't in my immediate family, so it doesn't affect me.  Or arresting the film maker that Obama blamed for the Benghazi massacre?  I don’t even know how to run a video camera, so it doesn't affect me.  The thousands of men maimed or killed in Afghanistan?  Again, they’re not in my immediate family and I don’t know them personally, so it doesn't’ affect me.   Read more.

Alan Caruba:  Obama’s Moment of Truth—-About His Lies--I think the bulk of the U.S. population, particularly likely voters in 2014, have reached the point where they no longer believe anything President Obama says.  It coincides with what may be the lowest level of confidence in the U.S. Congress. Its Democratic members all voted for ObamaCare without reading it and the harm it is doing to millions of Americans, along with its total lack of constitutional legitimacy, will likely see those running for election and reelection in the 2014 midterms defeated.  As the first year of Obama’s second term is completed in January, the nation is at a point that I don’t think has existed since the days leading up to the Civil War in 1861. It took until 1865 to conclude that split and a hundred more years to make right the many wrongs that led up to it.   Continue.

GLENN BECK SAYS HE NEARLY LOST HIS MIND WHEN HE HEARD CNN’S CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR SAY THIS--Glenn Beck said on his radio program Tuesday he “about lost (his) mind” when he heard CNN’s Christiane Amanpour compare Israel to South Africa during the coverage of former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s memorial.  “I honestly can’t help but think right now about Israel and the Palestinians…” Amanpour said. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under so much … pressure these days, and probably feels to a great extent that his country is isolated in the same way that apartheid South Africa was isolated. This is how you get over those (conflicts), by understanding the story of the other, by having a political process of resolution that is not just about domination or a zero-sum game…”  Read more

December 10, 2013





U.S. regulators Tuesday revealed the details of the so-called Volcker rule, which was established in the wake of the financial crisis. The rule limits proprietary trading by banks and cuts other activities that are seen as risky. Watch FOX Business and visit for complete analysis of the new rule. 
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Islamists have forced the Feds to purge law enforcement training materials of anything offensive to Muslims. It's all part of a wholehearted covert action by domestic Islamists to desensitize Americans to the threats of Islamic totalitarianism Read more.

GOP Rep. Backs Kerry Into a Corner Over Obama Shaking the ‘Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro’--While attending the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday, President Barack Obama engaged in a reportedly spontaneous handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro. The White House downplayed the exchange, but Republicans were quick to criticize the move.  Secretary of State John Kerry was backed into a corner during a congressional hearing on Tuesday by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who blasted the president for shaking the “bloody hand” of someone like Castro.  Read more

John Kerry Pleads With Lawmakers Not to Put New Sanctions on Iran--Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pleaded with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to not push forward with any new sanctions against Iran until the nuclear agreement deal in which “nothing has been agreed upon” is given a chance.  Iranian leadership this week told the world that they do have a right to enrich uranium, prompting committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) to question Kerry that, “while the administration says Iran does not have the right to enrich, they still may be able to enrich under some mutual agreement that hasn’t been decided yet.”  Read more.

‘We Can’t Afford It’: Obamacare Could Pose a Serious Problem for Volunteer Fire Departments All Across the Country--The Affordable Care Act (OBAMACARE) could lead to major financial problems at volunteer fire departments all across the country, possibly causing some to shut down unless Congress comes up with a way to exempt firefighters from the law.  The problem begins with how the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service view volunteer firefighters. The Labor Department considers them to be actual volunteers while the IRS believes they are technically employees if they work more than 30 hours per week, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) said on its website.  Continued.

Rep. Steve King Zings Obama on Amnesty: ‘You Can’t Trust This President’ on Enforcement--House Republicans can’t piecemeal immigration reform because President Barack Obama cannot be trusted, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) charged Tuesday.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and some Republicans resistant to the Senate immigration bill that passed this summer that would grant legal status to about 11 million illegal immigrants, are nevertheless open to a series of smaller bills. Last month, Obama said he would be open to smaller pieces of legislation instead of one large comprehensive bill.  Continue reading

The height of arrogance? President Obama caught snapping selfies at Nelson Mandela service--After delivering a very egotistical speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier today, President Obama was caught taking ‘selfies’ in the stands with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. First Lady Michelle Obama, who was stoically sitting next to the group, did not participate.  See thepicture and more! 

Heritage Foundation:  An Unlimited Christmas Credit Card-- What if you had no spending limits this holiday season?  You could take that dream ski vacation you’ve always wanted…and buy all new ski gear for your family to take on the trip…wait, why are you renting a cabin? Go ahead and buy that cabin! And don’t forget the private jet that will take you there…This is basically how Washington spends your money.  While you’ve been planning your expenses carefully, Congress hasn’t had a proper budget in years. It just keeps tacking on spending.  That’s why the 2.5 percent budget cut Congress agreed to a couple of years ago was so important. The credit cards are beyond maxed—we’re more than $17 trillion in debt.  Continue reading. 

NAACP leader hopeful internal investigation finds officer wrong-- WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)--The president of the Wilmington chapter of the NAACP says a Wilmington police officer's decision to force a K-9 officer on a suspect appeared extreme.  Deborah Maxwell watched the video for the first time in the WECT Newsroom Monday night.  In the video, you see officer Stafford Brister thrusting his police dog through the driver's side window, forcing the dog to attack Johnnie Williams.  CONTINUED.

AL JAZEERA SLAMS NC GUN LAWS (Propaganda from Al Jazeera America)--

Concealed weapons now allowed at schools, playgrounds and bars, prompting safety concerns for many.  More here if you can stand it! 

America--They’re here for your gun rights!  The recently launched television network, Al Jazeera America, is owned and operated by the royal family of Qatar. According to National Review, these Persian Gulf dictators are funders of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the terrorist group Hamas, and now they’re here to throw a burqa over your God-given right to keep and bear arms. Will you let them?  As evidenced by the anti-gun hit piece we’ve linked to below, Al Jazeera America is wasting no time going after the western way of life, and they’ve even focused on a gun seller right here in North Carolina. Don’t allow ignorant and dangerous statements like those that follow go unchallenged. Please go to this page, and leave a comment. Remind Al Jazeera, and the anti-gun types who support them, that this is the United States of America, and we’re not interested in being propagandized by oppressive, gun-grabbing monarchs from half way around the world.  More.

Beaufort Observer:  NAACP trying to bully Variety Wholesalers/Art Pope because they don't agree with his politics!  This left-wing bullying is wrong and all people of good will should go out of their way to support Variety Wholesalers.  State Budget Director Art Pope responded Monday (12-9-13) to the announced boycott of his family's businesses the NC NAACP, Democracy NC and the Institute of Southern Studies. You can read his letter by clicking here.  Mr. Pope's letter speaks for itself.  What we would like to offer is what Mr. Pope did not say, but only implied, and then modestly.  Variety Wholesalers, Inc. is a remarkable success story in honest person's view. It is a "homegrown" industry that has save thousands of jobs in towns and communities where the loss of those jobs would have been devastating to small communities. Variety Wholesalers fits a special niche in the retail store industry in this state. It not only locates its stores in rural and small communities, but it also markets merchandise that provides exceptional value to customers—yes, specifically low income people.  Read more

Pope responds to criticism from NAACP, other liberal groups--RALEIGH, N.C. — State Budget Director Art Pope responded to critics picketing stores owned by his family's company, Variety Wholesalers, with a three-page letter today.  The letter is addressed William Barber, president of the state conference of the NAACP, who has organized the "Forward Together Moral Movement," a network of liberal groups that has consistently criticized the actions of the Republican-lead General Assembly and Republican Gov. Pat McCroryRead more.

White House calls for North Carolina to expand Medicaid (Wonder if the administration will use the lawsuit on Voter ID or other ways to punish NC?)--RALEIGH, N.C. —The Obama administration is pressuring North Carolina to expand its Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled, something Republican lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory have said they're not willing to do.  "This is actually a net budgetary benefit to those states that choose to expand Medicaid," said Josh Earnest, principal deputy press secretary for President Barack Obama. Earnest along with Durham Mayor Bill Bell and state Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, participated in a conference call with North Carolina-based reporters today.  Read more.

Ellmers draws primary challenger-- It's official: Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers will face a challenge from the right for her second district seat next May.  Frank Roche, a conservative internet talk show host from Cary, has been weighing a bid against Ellmers since October. He announced Monday that he will challenge her for the seat.   Continued

Audit shows problems with NCTracks--RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A new audit of the state's new Medicaid payment program released Monday takes the Department of Health and Human Services to task. It says the agency could have done more to get Medicaid providers paid more quickly. The program, rolled out this summer, has been plagued with troubles including software glitches and hardware problems. More than 3,000 issues have had to be addressed and some Medicaid providers still aren't getting paid.  More.

Records: NC DHHS downplayed food stamp issues-- RALEIGH, N.C. In early July, the director of Nash County social services emailed a few words of encouragement to her employees, who for months had been hard at work transitioning to a new statewide food stamp system.  Called NC FAST, the software system is intended to streamline delivery of food and nutrition benefits, as well as social services like Medicaid. The process of hand-keying client information had been time-consuming, and it resulted in delays for needy residents early in the processBut things were finally starting to look up.  Continued

Muted on Wilm. school's policy, former NEA hack Lindsay Wagner launches attack on rest of Christian schools in state...—From the Progressive Pulse.  Anti-gay Christian school won’t accept school vouchers.  Continued

ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER ACCUSES IRAN OF USING A SCARY YET CLEVER TACTIC TO PLAN TERROR ATTACKS THAT COULD THREATEN AMERICA--- Israel’s defense minister is accusing Iran of using its embassies to plan terrorist attacks, including using diplomatic mail pouches to transfer bomb-making components and other weapons that could threaten the U.S.  “They are taking advantage of the drug smuggling routes from South America into the United States in order to move weapons there,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.  Continue reading.  

PHOTOS: OBAMA SHOOK HANDS WITH A COMMUNIST DICTATOR AT THE MANDELA MEMORIAL SERVICE (IN A HALF EMPTY STADIUM), AND IT’S MAKING HEADLINES--President Barack Obama shook hands with communist leader and Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.  The heads of the two Cold War enemies were among numerous world leaders gathered in South Africa for the memorial to the first black president of the African country once dominated by a white minority.  Read more.

OBAMA: NELSON MANDELA (THE cOMMUNIST) STANDS AMONG THE FOUNDING FATHERS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN & MLK--Nelson Mandela stands among the great world leaders and revolutionaries of history, including America’s founding fathers and Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama said in his remarks at the memorial service for the late South African leader in Johannesburg Tuesday.   “Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement, a movement that at its start had little prospect for success,” Obama said. “Like Dr. King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice.”  Continue reading.

LESS THAN A DAY AFTER FEDS POST $10B GM BAILOUT LOSS, CEO ANNOUNCES MAJOR SHAKEUP-- General Motors’ Dan Akerson will step down as chairman and CEO on Jan. 15, 2014, and turn over control to product development chief Mary Barra, the company announced in a statement Tuesday.  “I will leave with great satisfaction in what we have accomplished, great optimism over what is ahead and great pride that we are restoring General Motors as America’s standard bearer in the global auto industry,” the outgoing CEO said in a message to employees.  The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the U.S. government sold its remaining stock in General Motors, posting a $10 billion loss on its $49.5 billion bailout of the automaker.  Read on

WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR HOW MANY FARM SUBSIDIES ARE GOING TO GROUPS IN…THE CITY OF CHICAGO — INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LOUIS FARRAKHAN--Between 2008 and 2011, the U.S. government awarded roughly $6.12 million in federal farm subsidies to several groups in the Chicago area, including a charity owned by Louis Farrakhan’s The Nation of Islam, according to a report released by government watchdog group Open the Books.  The report, titled “Farm Subsidies and the Big Dogs,” is based on data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture & information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The report examines total farm subsidies that have been paid into selected cities and urban areas.  Read more.  

‘INEXPERIENCED,’ ‘POWERLESS’ AND ‘TIMID’: THIS MAY NOT BE WHAT MSNBC EXPECTED TO HEAR FROM A FOCUS GROUP GRADING OBAMA-- A focus group conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart found that disappointment in President Barack Obama is running high among some of his previous supporters, MSNBC reported Monday.  The focus group’s sharp criticism of President Obama would seem to keep in line with his recent record.  The focus group was comprised of 11 “independent” or “independent-minded” voters in Ohio. Of those 11, eight voted for President Obama in the 2012 election.  Read more.

TEA PARTY FAVORITE WILL CHALLENGE TEXAS SEN. JOHN CORNYN: ‘IT LOOKS LIKE CRUZ WAS RIGHT AND CORNYN WAS WRONG’-- Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) will reportedly launch a primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is seeking reelection in 2014. Cornyn is the U.S. Senate’s second-ranking Republican.  Stockman, who is favored by the tea party, told WND that part of the reason he is running against Cornyn is because of his handling of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) fight to defund Obamacare earlier this year.  Continued.

FORMER CIA OFFICER BUCK SEXTON GOES OFF ON OBAMA’S ‘LACK OF CLARITY, CHARACTER, AND PRINCIPLE IN FOREIGN POLICY’-- TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton asserted Monday that “after a brief romance with the idea” of President Barack Obama, “nobody on the world stage even takes him seriously anymore.”  “Nobody who matters is listening to his droning, platitudinous, prompter-reading sessions. His lack of clarity, character, and principle in foreign policy is blindingly obvious,” Sexton said while guest hosting the Glenn Beck Program.  Sexton said there always has and always will be international conflict, but in recent years, “something is missing.”  Video and more click here! 

GAINING STEAM? NEARLY 100 LAWMAKERS DESCEND ON MOUNT VERNON TO TALK CONVENTION OF STATES-- Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.  Such a convention, as outlined in article five of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.  No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.  MORE HERE!

#NCSEN Brannon: Stop hijacking the term ‘conservative’-- Cary physician Greg Brannon, Tea Party favorite and one of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination for US Senate, told a Moore County audience last night about one of his pet peeves:  ”Boy, this word ‘conservative’ is quite popular.  Every election year, you see and hear it all over the place.  A lot of people on the campaign trail talk about how conservative they are. But after they get elected, they forget about all of that stuff.  Thom Tillis has the word ‘conservative’ all over his campaign literature and web site.  But he’s voted for and supported toll roads, government-funded light rail, mandates and common core.  If that’s what passes for conservative these days, count me out.  My view on conservatism is one of strict adherence to The Constitution as well as stripping power from the government and giving it back to the people.”  Please read more!

#SCSEN Lindsey Graham: O-Care? “That’s FINE.”  I had a chance last night to talk with one of the more polished, impressive Tea Party leaders I’ve encountered yet — Larry Nordvig, executive director of The Richmond (VA) Tea Party.  He passed on to me — and some others — an interesting anecdote involving The Palmetto State’s senior US senator.  Nordvig says he was in the “green room” at Fox News’ DC studios — waiting to go on the air — while Senator Ted Cruz was in the midst of his big anti-ObamaCare filibuster:  More!

#NCSEN: Speaker Thom & Lobbyist LOVE-- Some time back, we wrote about the high levels of affection Thom Tillis’ legislative staff was showing some Jones Street lobbyists.  Now, it appears some lobbyists are showing Speaker Thom a little bit different kind of love.  Word broke yesterday that a gaggle of Raleigh lobbyists was hosting a fundraiser for the Speaker’s US Senate run.  Now, word comes from our nation’s capital of another feeding from the special-interest.  Continued.

McClatchy: Three greatest political figures mostly lefties, ALL FOREIGNERS-- Rob Christensen — a/k/a “Mr Politics” or simply “McClatchy Rob” — offered his readers this weekend a history lesson that would move ANY common core-loving educrat to tears of joy:  [...] To be a great political figure of the age, in my view, you have to help turn the tide of history and inspire generations of people around the world. In Mandela, Churchill and Gandhi you have three fighters for freedom: against Nazism and communism, against colonialism and against institutionalized racism. And, of course, they fought for their countries. [...]  Read more!
A unifying — and winning — theme for the GOP? Self-regulation.  The left does a great job of spinning their agenda as one of freedom.  The freedom to love whoever you want to love. Freedom of choice about your own body.  (Abortions and birth control, that is. NOT cheeseburgers.)   But when the talk turns to freedom to preach and live by the tenets of The Bible, the freedom to keep more of your own money to spend as you see fit, the freedom to criticize a black person without being dubbed a racist, or the freedom to refuse to have your tax dollars pay for abortions, everything comes to a screeching halt. You’re free to practice the Democrat Party platform and anything else that appeases the party’s various and sundry special interest groups.  Continue reading.

The folly of accepting the lefty narrative--On a daily basis, I try to wrap my head around the “logic” being employed by the GOP establishment in Raleigh and DC.  The media and its leftist allies tell us that the GOP has a problem with X.  Instead of challenging that assertion, the GOP establishment falls all over itself to accept that premise and implement a solution to “fix” its “problem” with X.  The media and its leftist allies tell us that the GOP has a problem with Hispanics.  So, the GOP kicks off all of this “outreach.”  The party could take this opportunity to lecture its opponents about how wrong it is to pigeonhole people and market to them as segments.  After all, there are plenty of black, white, red, yellow, green, male AND female Americans deathly worried about the economy and the ObamaCare mess. Instead, the GOP’s congressional leadership is bound and determined to ram amnesty through on Capitol Hill.  More!

December 9, 2013

Websites of the Day

Article V Caucus--The goal of the Article V Caucus is to re-establish federalism as our Founders intended, and limit the runaway growth of the Federal Government.

NC Values Coalition--Founded in 2011, the N.C. Values Coalition is a non-partisan, statewide grassroots network of North Carolinians who support and advocate for pro-family positions. 


ConstitutionalHistory Lecture 12: At Swords' Point: Jefferson vs. Hamilton in the Cabinet

Town Of Campbell.. WI. Police Issue Citation For Holding A Cross!

Wild Bill for America: "Buckshot Patty"

Lady Liberty 1885:  CCS Morning Reads For 12-09-13

Breaking--Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel orders U.S. military to transport Burundian troops to Central African Republic amid sectarian violence. 

Nearly 100 lawmakers descend on Mt. Vernon to discuss Convention of States-- Last week, Glenn shared the news that South Carolina and Virginia have formally called for an Article V Convention of State (COS). On Saturday, close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Virginia to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states. A convention of states, as outlined in Article V of the Constitution, allows state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.  “There was a really important meeting on Saturday. Nearly 100 state legislators from 32 different states met to discuss the possibility of the convention of the states,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “They said that they were looking for congressional term limits and limits on federal taxation and spending.”  “Need six more states, and we got ourselves a convention,” Pat added.  MORE!

The ATF used ‘rogue tactics’ in storefront stings across the nation--Aaron Key wasn't sure he wanted a tattoo on his neck. Especially one of a giant squid smoking a joint. But the guys running Squid’s Smoke Shop in Portland, Ore., convinced him: It would be a perfect way to promote their store. They would even pay him and a friend $150 apiece if they agreed to turn their bodies into walking billboards. Key, who is mentally disabled, was swayed. 

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What liberals expect from filibuster end--On Monday, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to cast a historic vote to confirm Patricia Millett, an experienced Supreme Court advocate and taekwondo black belt, as a judge on the second-most powerful court in the land, tipping that court's balance of power to Democrats for the first time in nearly three decades.  Read more.

Why is the Obama admin buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistan?  U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.  Read more.

Is 99 weeks too long to be on unemployment?  Sen. Rand Paul said on "Fox News Sunday" a proposal in Congress to extend payments past 26 weeks would backfire because it would label recipients as risky long-term unemployed. "I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for," Paul said. "If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers."

Will ObamaCare enrollment exceed expectations?  Will 36 million uninsured Americans sign up for Obamacare?  That’s what a recent survey from Gallup would have you believe. It says 63 percent of those without health insurance — out of a total of 58 million — plan on getting it rather than paying a fine under the health care law’s individual mandate.  That might have something to do with the fact that 77 percent of uninsured are now aware they are required to purchase health insurance under that mandate.

Unemployment rate is meaningless--The headlines read that the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point since Obama took office. This is a case where a headline can be 100 percent true and completely wrong in its implications.  If the unemployment rate drop from 7.3 percent down to 7 percent is actually meaningful, the Federal Reserve should immediately end its bond-buying program, called “quantitative easing.” One can assume that the economy is rapidly heating up, and we should all be concerned about inflationary risks created by more monetary pumping. When coupled with the net 750,000 new hires reported by the Labor Department over the past three months, the economy must be on fire.  More!

OH, JOHN: Boehner says GOP should embrace gay candidates: ‘I do’--Speaker John Boehner said the Republican Party ought to openly support gay candidates — a blunt statement that’s sure to ratchet up tensions among traditional conservatives who see the GOP as straying from core principles ... READ MORE!

Why America is Exceptional--The United States is the most dynamic and powerful nation in world history.  No major issue of global peace or stability can be resolved without involvement by the United States.  This state of affairs did not occur by accident.  It is testimony of the exceptional nature of this land and its people.  To be an American is to be different from other nationalities. From colonial times through the present day, Americans have believed they were taking part in a journey that only this nation can fulfill.  It is a call to exemplary leadership and service on the world stage.  The world is always looking for a way to escape tyranny, and the American example of self-governance has provided the answer.  Continued!

Western leaders wearing Winnie’s Necklace to Mandela Memorial--Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush will all figuratively wear a necklace at Nelson Mandela’s memorial tomorrow—the Winnie Mandela necklace that is the most grotesque one of all time.  The prime ministers of Canada and Britain, Stephen Harper and David Cameron will wear the necklace, too.  But none of the world leaders at the Mandela funeral—Daily Mail touted as the biggest funeral in the world since Winston Churchill—will hear the screams of the young blacks who died in agony wearing the Winnie Mandela necklace. Read more!

Democrat thwarts Nevada activist’s try to name peak after Reagan--A Nevada conservative activist is incensed after his attempt to name a peak after former President Ronald Reagan was thwarted by a Democratic lawmaker who instead filed a bill to name the property after a former state politico — another Democrat.  Rep. Dina Titus quietly brought forth a bill to name the peak of Frenchman Mountain after Maude Frazier, the state’s first female lieutenant governor and a key player in the creation of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Fox News reported.  Her quiet filing brought an immediate halt to a months-long effort from Chuck Muth, a Nevada resident who had been trying to raise political support since September to name the peak “Mount Reagan.” Mr. Muth said even the state’s Board on Geographic Names had given the thumbs-up for the name, Fox News said.  

The week ahead in economics: Budget deadline, phones on flights, and Bitcoin-- Friday is the deadline for the budget conference committee mandated by the debt ceiling deal to reach an agreement. The top negotiators, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryanare considering a deal that would lift some of the automatic sequestration spending cuts for the next few years in return for raising certain government fees.  If the conferees are unable to reach an agreement, the House will adjourn for the holidays without a budget in place. But the real-world impact of a missed deadline would be "absolutely inconsequential and insignificant," writes Qorvis Communications' budget expert Stan Collender, who notes that both houses would have to vote on any deal regardless, meaning the real deadline is in January, when government funding will lapse unless Congress moves to extend it.  Continue reading.

Week ahead in Congress: House in final push to seal budget agreement this week--The House on Monday kicked off its last work week of the year with lawmakers still needing to approve a budget bill to keep the government running after Jan. 15 while softening budget cuts that are squeezing domestic and military spending.  The Senate also returns Monday after a two-week Thanksgiving break to decide on a defense authorization bill and to vote, under newly eased filibuster rules, on one of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Read more. 

PR firms cash in on health rollout woes--It may be have been a debacle, but there is one upside to the glitch-plagued rollout of the health care website: It’s become a powerful case study for crisis management consultants and their clients of what not to do.  In Chicago, H + A International, a communications firm, delivered its customers a 15-point diagnosis of the administration’s handling of the crisis. That led one of its clients to temporarily halt the introduction of a new software product for engineers at a recent trade show of 30,000 people.  Read more.  

Obama bombs Facebook with pro-Obamacare missives--Pro-Obamacare messages are being plastered on Americans’ Facebook pages by President Barack Obama’s most faithful supporters, many of whom need a morale boost, according to a new email blast from the president’s front-group.  “Next time you hear from the Obamacare naysayers in your life, here’s something you can send them… 29,000 Americans successfully signed up in just the first two days of the week,” says the Dec. 7 announcement from Obama’s “Truth Team”


Where’s Vice President Joe? Ditched by B.O.--President Barack Obama is flying to South Africa Monday morning to join the emotional extravaganza around the graveside of former president Nelson Mandela, leaving Vice President Joe Biden on his lonesome to attend meetings in the empty White House.  The president will board U.S. Air Force One to jet around the world to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, while Joe stays behind to keep the lights on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Read more!  

Big raise coming to all NC workers--CHARLOTTE -- A notice to everyone who makes money in North Carolina: there's a new tax form to fill out. As part of the Tax Reduction and Simplification Act, every worker needs to fill out the new NC-4 form. It's part of an effort to cut taxes.  The new form, however, is creating a paperwork nightmare for those in payroll and HR.  "I've been inundated," said Roy Brown, CFO for the Employer's Association. "I've been averaging eight to 10 calls a day."  All of those calls are dealing with the NC-4 form. Every person who works or receives an annuity or pension needs to fill out of the forms by year's end. That's 4,342,988 people, to be exact.  Read more.

Educrats say the darndest things …. When you've spent 40 years inside the state bureaucracy, it’s understandable that your world-view might be a little disjointed. DPI secretary June Atkinson never ceases to amaze — EVERY time she opens her mouth:  Myrtle Grove Christian School, which recently adopted a controversial “Biblical morality” admissions policy, will not accept state-funded vouchers, according to Head of School Stacey Miller.  “With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools,” she said prior to speaking to the N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference. “There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror.”[...]  Continued

Famed Journalist: Obama Admin ‘Cherry-Picked’ and ‘Omitted’ Intelligence ‘to Justify a Strike’ on Syria-- Investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh is claiming that President Barack Obama mislead the public and omitted important information in making a case for a potential strike on the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.  Writing in the London Review of Books, Hersh said that Obama “did not tell the whole story” surrounding who was responsible for a chemical weapons attack that killed an estimated 1,400 people on Aug. 21 near Damascus.  Read more

Obamacare Architect Admits: If You Like Your Doctor, ‘You Can Pay for It’-- It sounded like a new twist on an old promise as Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel was pushed to answer what Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace insisted was a simple question:  “President Obama famously promised, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Doesn’t that turn out to be just as false, just as misleading, as his promise about if you like your plan, you can keep your plan?”  Emanuel tried heading toward after-the-fact nuances, but Wallace wouldn’t let go: “It’s a simple yes or no question. Did he say if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?”  Continued

Obama Admin. Reportedly Wants ‘Radical New Political Powers’ for Corporations in Secret Trade Deal: Huffington Post--The Obama administration reportedly wants new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, up the cost of prescription medications, and restrict bank regulation — and apparently with hardly any international support — The Huffington Post reported, noting two internal memos it said it obtained.  Keep reading!

Election law changes narrow use of provisional ballots--In 2014, votes outside correct precinct won’t count.  Sometimes, you’re in the “right pew – wrong church,” said Doug Lewis, the executive director of the nonpartisan National Association of State Election Directors, as he talked about one of the ways people use provisional ballots.  For years, voters in North Carolina have been able to use a provisional ballot for several reasons. Among them, they could have their vote counted even if they had shown up at the wrong precinct – the wrong church – to pick candidates.  Not anymore.  Click to read more! 

Farm bill has big implications for NC---North Carolina has a lot riding on the outcome of a closed-door drama now playing out in Washington as Congress works against a deadline this month to hammer out divisions in a new five-year farm bill.  The bill is full of programs that affect agriculture, North Carolina’s top industry. Included are:  Economic development programs for many of the 85 of the state’s 100 counties that are considered rural; Crop insurance to provide a safety net for farmers; Funding for research at North Carolina State University and A&T State University on finding better ways to grow everything from Christmas trees to tomatoes, melons and pecans.  But about 80 percent of the bill is spending for nutrition programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. In North Carolina, 1.6 million people receive SNAP benefits.  Continued.

GOP Senate primary a tea party test-- Last year, tea party activists from around the country helped a Texas Republican named Ted Cruz overcome long odds to beat a better-known, better-funded primary opponent backed by the GOP establishment.  Could North Carolina be the next tea party triumph?  Five months before the May 6 primary, at least four GOP Senate hopefuls hope to replicate Cruz’s upset victory.  They’re appealing for tea party support in their battle to take on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Greg Brannon, a Cary physician, even launched a fundraising blitz Friday to mark the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. 

Lady Liberty:  DPI’s Atkinson Unleashes Fear Mongering Rhetoric On Vouchers-- I’m technically in a blog break, but some things are just too incredible not to write about.  Case in point, NC Superintendent June Atkinson’s recent remarks about vouchers. The partisan rhetoric and over the top, fear mongering language are just stunning. Emphasis below is mine.


Lady Liberty:  #DM7 Article: It Begins: Common Core Syndrome--Anxiety attacks. Bursting into tears. Vomiting. Headaches. Self-mutilation.  Sounds like someone suffering from any of a few mental disorders, but this list of symptoms is coming from a clinical social worker and psychologist in New York state. These symptoms are being displayed by children and the cause is Common Core.  Here is the testimony from Mary Calamia at a Suffolk, NY forum:

Cruz SLAMS the ‘lawless implementation of Obamacare’--Ted Cruz may no longer be the solicitor general of Texas, but the Republican senator has penned a legal memo about the White House’s “lawless acts on Obamacare.”  The Daily Caller was provided an early look at the memo, set for release Monday. This is the second time Cruz has released a report for his “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power series".  Read more! 

Codevilla: Republican leaders care more about loss of power than loss of liberty--The Republican Party’s leadership is more concerned with threats to its power than threats to liberty, according to Angelo Codevilla, author of “The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.”  “The Republican establishment most certainly does not see any threats to liberty, because it doesn't care about threats to liberty,” Codevilla said in a phone interview from his California home last week. “Being part of the ruling class, it is more concerned with threats to power.”  Read more! 

Budget negotiators looking at military pensions--Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month?  That’s an important question facing House-Senate negotiators as they try to close out a deal this week to avoid another round of sequestration in January and restore some certainty to the appropriations process for the remainder of this Congress.  Read more!  

Lawmakers see ‘false narrative’ of Obama as a terrorist fighter--A growing clutch of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is publicly countering the Obama administration’s portrayal of al Qaeda as an organization on the run, saying that an evolving network of the terrorist group’s affiliates now may pose as grave a threat to the U.S. as its predecessor did a decade ago.  While some have outright accused President Obama of pushing a “false narrative” to protect his reputation as the man who got Osama bin Laden, others focus on fears that a new breed of decentralized al Qaeda-style groups may control more safe haven territories in the Middle East and North Africa than the original did in Afghanistan prior to 9/11. 

As the unemployed wait, lawmakers debate about extended benefits-- Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over whether to extend unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month — a top priority for President Obama — and appear at odds over how exactly to pay for the approximately $26 billion that a one-year extension would cost.  A top Democrat said Sunday that extending the long-term benefits for those out of work for more than six months doesn't necessarily have to be tied to a budget agreement that is under negotiation by the two parties.  Read more!  

Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal--
Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA--LAW ENFORCEMENT USING METHODS FROM NSA PLAYBOOK

Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of cellphone data using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Here's a closer look at how police do it.  Continued.  

December 8, 2013


ObamaCare Architect Zeke Emanuel: If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Pay More

FreedomWorks On Tap "The Freedom Report"--This week's video features the "Freedom Report" with an in-depth look at what FreedomWorks has been doing for the grassroots community across America and news on the fight to stop ObamaCare.

Wild Bill for America:  Idiot Jihad

Glenn Beck Exposes the Private Fed; Gets Fired by Fox

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer For President In 2016?  About half a dozen names are being bantered around as possible Republican candidates for president in 2016.  Names on the list include (not in any particular order):  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (definitely not my vote); Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; Kentucky Senator Rand Paul; and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  I would like to offer another name to that list that I believe could be one of the best chances of beating Hillary Clinton, but no one seems to be giving this person any consideration.  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer!  Read more.

Colin Powell: America Needs Socialized Medicine--They always talk about the need for the Republican Party to be more inclusive. I don’t think we have room for socialist communists.  Check it out:  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe“I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell reportedly said last week. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.”  Read more!   

Texas defies feds; we shut the border down ourselves, said Lt. gov.-- Growing impatient with the federal government’s reluctance to do anything to stem the tide of illegal immigration, human trafficking and drug smuggling, Texas officials took matters into their own hands, bringing all of it to a screeching halt along the Rio Grande section of the U.S./Mexican border.  “In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks,” Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. “We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high-altitude aircraft, gun boats and more. Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.”  

The real healthcare problems--Charles Krauthammer gave us all good advice when he suggested that we should ignore what President Obama says and concentrate on what he does. The reality is that very little that the president peddled to America when he was attempting to gain support for the Affordable Healthcare Act was true. Truth is always the first casualty with this president! And for good reason, no one has ever held him accountable for anything: not the press, not the Senate Democrats, not American liberals, and not the voters.  What is going to happen to many Americans in the next months and years is what people should be focused on. We might want to consider some of the following, because it may affect us all—one way or the other.  Continue reading.  

Obama Administration Announces Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12--At a press conference today, President Obama announced plans for the first ever federally funded Muslim outreach program. The program will be available nationwide for all elementary school students grade K-12 beginning February 1st, 2014. The program is designed to educate children about the fundamentals of the Muslim religion and Islamic belief. Click to read the article.

Surviving Civil Unrest--A crisis will bring out the best and the worst in people. Leaders and followers will emerge, along with those that simply want to survive and to be left alone, the ones that are willing to work hard and ask nothing of others. Your friends, neighbors and even strangers will act differently. Some that are not prepared may believe that after a few days they are starving and will commit crimes in the name of providing for their families. Then there are those looking to take advantage of the situation.  Looters and other criminal elements will be active almost immediately once disaster strikes. However, it does not always take a disaster to cause civil unrest. Governmental policies, police actions and general frustrations among the citizenry can bring about demonstrations and riots. Agitators and so-called anarchists will co-op demonstrations, which may then lead to property destruction and violence against people. Read more.

New American Asks Why Homeland Security is Nationalizing Local Police--I mentioned this issue before Thanksgiving (at least as it was related to Iraq occupation equipment getting transferred to occupy us), but the New American provides some more context and asks the right question: “Why Is Homeland Security Taking Over Local Police.”  The article is filled with examples of Homeland Security giving high tech or powerful surveillance and weapon systems to local and college police. It also gives some opinion about what it all means:  Read more.  

Elected Representatives Turning Deaf Ear to their Constituents--When you, as a citizen of this country, see that your government is eroding freedoms, trampling liberty and moving ever closer to enslaving the citizenry, what do you do? Well, if you are like me, you write letters to your Senators and Representatives, get involved with organizations that monitor what is going on nationally and locally, sign petitions opposing actions to send to Congress, talk with everyone you know about the issues, stand up against local laws that trample your God-given rights and call your Senators and Representatives to inform them of your support or opposition to certain legislation. Sometimes they listen; sometimes they don’t. So what do you do when your elected officials turn a deaf ear to your concerns?  Continued.

‘He was not an AMERICAN!’: Sheriff defies Obama’s order to lower flag for Mandela--For one South Carolina sheriff, defying President Obama’s order to lower the American flag to half-staff in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela is simple: Mandela “was not an American.”  Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark took to Facebook Friday to explain to seemingly supportive residents why he will not lower the flag at the Sheriff’s Office for Mandela, despite Obama’s Dec. 5 Presidential Proclamation:  Continue reading.

Ole’ John Kerry Gives Away the Farm, E-I-E-I-O— Once upon a time there lived a haughty politician with a great head of hair and beautifully tailored suits. Despite a lack-luster academic record, he became fluent in several languages, including long-winded-and-lofty English. Ole John Kerry’s incomprehensible campaign speeches (and progressive drivel), attracted sufficient admiration in his uber-liberal state to ensure election to the United States senate. There he pontificated (blathered on for hours and hours) as he delivered nonsense-icle speeches about nothing of importance whatsoever.  E-I-E-I-O.  More than anything, Ole’ John Kerry wanted to be President of the United States. Unfortunately, he was hampered by his un-spectacular voting record in the Senate that revealed a flip-flopping mind when it came to issues like war, peace, Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, military funding, gun control, affirmative action, yacht taxes, free trade, education, and red or white wine with veal.  E-I-E-I-O.  Read more.  

SURPRISE! PLENTY OF OBAMA MONEY FOR THESE PEOPLE.  Newest plan for stabilizing economy not intended to help U.S.-- The Obama administration is launching a program with the ambitious goals of sparking business investment, reducing investment risks, and creating and sustaining new jobs.  However, the beneficiaries are Middle Eastern and North African nations, not workers in the United States, WND has discovered.  The MENA Investment Initiative, or MENAII, “will provide needed support to early stage businesses in order to create and sustain jobs,” according to a Request for Information, or RFI, that WND discovered via routine database research.  Read more.

Obamacare – removing voters from government decision-making--Once the federal government has all of us purchasing government-sanctioned health insurance, we’re only a short step away from government controlling every aspect of health care, where there is not even a semblance of free market capitalism, with it all being managed by the federal government.  But the only way the federal government can manage something so large is to get government out of the hands of the legislative branch and therefore out of the hands of we the people - those who elect our legislators.  MORE!

“Robbing” and the “War on Christmas”--Psychological projection was described by Sigmund Freud as an immature “defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects his or her own unacceptable attributes by ascribing them to objects or persons in the outside world.” (Sigmund Freud, Case Histories II, p. 132).  So it is that Democracy for America, the progressive organizational arm of the Democrat Party, agitating their voting constituents against the rest of the country, has sent out a memo, accusing Republicans of waging a War on Christmas – “Well, this year there is a real ‘War on Christmas;’ and it’s not being waged by the ACLU or the Democratic (sic) Party.”  Read more.

Teachers Unions Face Moment of Truth-- It’s designed to be an impressive show of force: Thousands of unionized teachers plan to rally Monday in cities from New York to San Francisco to “reclaim the promise of public education.”  Behind the scenes, however, teachers unions are facing tumultuous times. Long among the wealthiest and most powerful interest groups in American politics, the unions are grappling with financial, legal and public-relations challenges as they fight to retain their clout and build alliances with a public increasingly skeptical of big labor.  Continued.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Congress is working on taxes again. What could go wrong?  As we come to the end of the year, there is frantic scrambling going on in Washington.  Is it trying to line up all of the Christmas Parties? Is it trying to figure everyone’s secret Santa?  No, selected tax breaks are scheduled to expire at the end of the year and Congress wants to make sure their favorite project or favorite contributor gets their break.  Read more.

Senators Portman, Durbin expect budget agreement within the week-- Two prominent senators predicted Sunday that bipartisan congressional negotiators will reach an agreement this week to reauthorize government spending and avert another government shutdown.  "I'm hopeful that even by the end of this week we'll be able to come together and achieve that," said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in an interview on ABC's "This Week."  Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the second-ranking Senate Democrat, added that lawmakers "haven't closed a deal," but that "negotiations are making progress, moving in the right direction."  Continue reading.

Rand Paul hits back at White House on unemployment benefits--Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky,. on Sunday ripped President Obama for creating a “perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” as the White House presses lawmakers to extend jobless benefits set to expire for 1.3 million workers on Dec. 28.  Paul slammed Obama's latest push on jobless benefits, saying the White House wasn't doing enough to lift Americans, particularly minorities, out of poverty.  Much more!

Daniel J. Mitchell:  The “Stupid Party” Strikes Again: Republicans Poised to Give Up Sequester Victory--There’s a saying in the sports world about how last-minute comebacks are examples of “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.”  I don’t like that phrase because it reminds me of the painful way my beloved Georgia Bulldogs were defeated a couple of weeks ago by Auburn.  But I also don’t like the saying because it describes what Obama and other advocates of big government must be thinking now that Republicans apparently are about to do the opposite and “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”  More specifically, the GOP appears willing to give away the sequester’s real and meaningful spending restraint and replace that fiscal discipline with a package of gimmicks and new revenues.  Continue reading here.

Derek Hunter:  In Government We Trust: The Progressive Religion--With a storied history of attacking people of faith as extremists, radicals and the greatest threat this nation faces, it seems odd to see progressives embrace religion in their “advance the agenda at any and all costs” march. But they are, with vigor.  The wheels are coming off the progressives’ dream of cradle-to-grave entitlements, amnesty-ridden nanny state. Their wish list for complete government control – and their predictions the government shutdown would be the end of the GOP have been sacrificed to an Obamacare rollout that has enjoyed all the success of the Hindenburg (except on MSNBC, of course, where the Earth remains flat).  Read more.

Lawmakers line up behind tax breaks--Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are starting to ramp up their efforts to renew targeted tax breaks set to expire at the end of the year.  Outside analysts and some lawmakers have derided those expiring preferences – collectively known as extenders – as little more than a grab bag of corporate giveaways.  But even the most prominent of officials on Capitol Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), are lining up to make the case for their favored incentive.   Continued.

GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers--House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years.  The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history. As a result of the gridlock, President Obama has turned to his administration’s regulatory authority in pursuit of key policy goals, including efforts to tackle gun violence and climate change.  Read more here.

Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul--Few in Washington want to see House and Senate negotiators strike a budget deal more than advocates for immigration reform.  Their interest is not so much in the policy as the timing. The unending fiscal battles have repeatedly stolen the spotlight from immigration in the House, and the government shutdown in October sapped the legislative push of both time and political good will.  Continue reading.

Congress to Obama: Cancel Iran deal--Congressional opposition to the recently announced nuclear accord with Iran reached a critical tipping point this week as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle publicly lambasted the deal while pushing for tighter economic sanctions on Tehran.  As the details of an interim nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva become clear, Congressional opposition has grown, leaving the White House to sell a deal that even its allies have dubbed as worrisome.  Read more.

Feds against paper health applications--Federal health officials have been advising ObamaCare counselors this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people — out of fear that the applications wouldn't be processed in time.  Based on interviews the Associated Press conducted, enrollment counselors and brokers facilitating the insurance sign-up process have been advised by the Obama administration to stop using paper.  Uninsured consumers in the United States must sign up for health insurance by Dec. 23 in order to receive coverage starting Jan. 1.  Read more.

Federal agencies prepare for Volcker vote--Regulators are poised to issue a major financial regulation to limit banks’ risky trading, finalizing one of the largest outstanding rules from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill.  Financial regulators from five different agencies are scheduled to review the Volcker rule this week and approve what many believe will be tough standards limiting banks’ ability to make profits off of their trading and fund investments.  Continue reading.

Sugar protections prove easy to swallow for lawmakers across political spectrum--Washington politicians facing a year-end deadline to cut billions in agriculture spending are feuding over the future of food aid for the poor and crop subsidies for farmers. There is, however, one area of agreement in the contentious negotiations: sugar.  Lawmakers decided to preserve the decades-old government safety net that boosts profits for a relatively small group of growers and has cost consumers billions through artificially high prices.  Read on!

Inside the Administration’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda: Billions spent with no Quantified Benefits--Shortly before Thanksgiving, the administration released its fall 2013 regulatory agenda, or “Unified Agenda.” Every federal agency, including independent agencies, submits an upcoming schedule of pending or recently completed regulatory actions.  As the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) noted, “[T]he Agenda is a more inclusive list, including numerous ministerial actions and routine rule-makings, as well as long-term initiatives that agencies do not plan to complete in the coming year.” OIRA also stated that agencies will soon submit updated retrospective review plans this winter to improve “the actual results of regulatory requirements.”  Read it here.

SENATE DEMS PUSH OBAMA NOMINEES, GOP BIDES TIME--WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.  Despite last month's Democratic power play, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama's appointments.  READ MORE!

GRNC Alert 12-6-13: Bloomberg-Funded “Moms Demand” Group Spreads Lies in NC, Misinformation campaign helped by complicit anti-gun media… YOU--See the News & Observer’s “Under the Dome” recent ‘gift to gun control’, and MAKE SURE to comment! We need to oppose gun control squibs such as this:  “In the year since the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT, our state legislature, by mandating guns on playgrounds, parks, and restaurants and bars families frequent, has increased the chances a child will be shot, not decreased it, as other, more responsible states have done. . . “  CONTINUED.

IS RECENT $1 MILLION PURCHASE BY STATE DEPARTMENT A ‘GOOD USE OF OUR LIMITED RESOURCES’?  The U.S. State Department has commissioned a $1 million granite sculpture for its London embassy and is battling criticism for saying it’s “a good use of our limited resources,” noted Yahoo News.  While the form of the piece by Irish-born American artist Sean Scully isn’t identified in the award notification, the Weekly Standard said he’s produced granite sculptures before, including “Wall of Light Cubed 2” in 2008:  READ IT HERE! 

‘President Latch-on’ knows how to find the limelight--President Barack Obama never even once visited the iconic Nelson Mandela while he was still alive, but count on him hogging all the limelight he can at the freedom hero’s funeral. It is a matter of public record that Obama ignored Mr. Mandela during all four years of his first term as president.  Michelle Obama briefly visited Mandela during her 2011 South African trip before going on safari with her two daughters.   Continue reading.

Michelle Malkin:  Obamacare's Perilous Protection Plan for Debtors-- "Uh-oh." That's the sound being uttered in doctors' offices and hospitals across the country as medical providers realize they're getting stuck with another bottomless Obamacare bill. While the White House desperately tries to pivot from the havoc wrought by the "Affordable Care Act," its hidden regulatory bombs keep exploding.  I heard about the latest problem this week from an eye doctor friend who received a letter from a Colorado-based insurer informing her that she's essentially on the hook for Obamacare's payment grace period for debtors. The optometrist is bracing for a flood of similar letters from other insurers. Like countless other independent providers, she's extremely concerned about the potential liability, uncertainty and fraud the rule imposes on her business.  Read more. 

December 7, 2013

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Shooting for accuracy. Some tips for pistol shooters

Bill Whittle: The Trampling Of The Fourth Amendment--Published on Dec 4, 2013.  In part two of this three part series, Trifecta examines the state of the Fourth Amendment, which protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Is the NSA trampling on the Fourth Amendment by rifling through everyone's telephone information and emails? Find out.

Common CoreLearn how FPE has joined the fight to defeat Common Core and will remain an alternative for parents. See why we should all be concerned about these standards.

Duck Dynasty Told To Stop PrayingIn Jesus Name Because It Offended Muslims

I hope you have a drink in your hand to ease the pain. Because if you fear amnesty, watch this interview and fear it some more. All I have to say is the next president has to be one tough son of a gun.


Michelle Malkin:  Remembering Pearl Harbor: 72 years

On Saturday, the two oldest veterans in America — a pair of 107-year-olds who fought in the Pacific theater 70 years ago — will meet up to mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and to trade stories.  It’s a heartwarming photo op, but also a sign of the nation’s fading ties to the Greatest Generation and a warning to the Sept. 11 generation that the mantra of “never forget” grows more difficult as the years pass. 

MUST READ!  Washington Examiner Editorial:   Congress must take back its constitutional powers--President Obama's abuse of executive power has grown to the point that "he's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue. Turley also pointed to what he described as "increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency" of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy.  Both of these developments have accelerated the decline of congressional power that Congress, by its actions, has allowed to happen.  Read more!

Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has promised to improve education quality vastly by pushing for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  This year, 45 states and the District of Columbia have implemented the Common Core standards and curricula based on those standards.  Duncan doesn’t much care for the people who criticize Common Core, either. He has insisted that it’s all a bunch of “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.”  Read more. 

Ben Carson: 'Will obviously listen' to those pressing him to run for president
Dr. Ben Carson, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon turned conservative hero, said Thursday that he would “listen” to those urging him to run for president, while insisting that was never his plan.  “As far as my running for public office, it was never my intention. I thought when I retired I was going to play golf and learn how to play the organ,” Carson told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg. “But obviously the Good Lord had a different plan for me. And I will obviously listen but that is not what I really had intended to do.”  Read more.  

IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers-- Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller has learned.  A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.  “The road consists of a two-mile loop around the inside of the property. It does not have any sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The examining agent printed and copied a map from Google Maps ( into this report,” states the letter.  Read more.  

Allen West:  Obama the Absolutist--America doesn't’t have a president but an absolutist who has no ability to govern, and therefore prefers to rule without opposition. Even recent polls show the young millennials are no longer fawning over Obama. The facade of the Potemkin village has eroded and the failure is exposed.  This week we witnessed a House Judiciary committee hearing on the unconstitutional overreach of President Obama and the executive branch. In response we witnessed a desperate and threatened President resort to the politics of divisiveness instead of leading.  Read more.  

Only Color Footage of the Pear Harbor Attack, 12-07-1941 -
This COLOR footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry.  CLICK HERE.

Star Parker:  Obama promotes despair to those who need economic freedom--When presidents give speeches; the affair is choreographed like a Broadway production. The message is not just the words of the speech, but where it is given and who happens to be the chosen audience.  So it was not by accident that President Obama chose a theater in a poor black neighborhood in Washington, where the average income is barely half the national average, to speak this week about economic opportunity and fairness.  Read it here.

The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops, President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama.  President Obama has found someone to blame for the Affordable Care Act's rolling failures besides Republicans. ObamaCare is the government's fault, not his.  On Thursday, Mr. Obama dropped by American University for a heart to heart with Chris Matthews, and the MSNBC host wondered who in the executive branch is responsible for the botched health-care rollout. Mr. Obama listed a few impersonal culprits including "cynicism," "Washington gridlock" and "the management of government," but he then drifted into another classic. Read more!

Lawsuit against NC AG Cooper gets trial date--RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against NC Attorney General Roy Cooper and his campaign for a television commercial aired during his first winning run for the job may finally go to trial this spring.  A Superior Court judge Friday set a tentative April 28 trial date in the defamation case filed in 2000 by Republican Dan Boyce - who lost to Cooper - and other Raleigh attorneys. The ad accused Boyce and others of charging exorbitant fees in litigation against the state.   Read more.    

Heritage: Raise the minimum wage? O-Care has ALREADY done it.  The mainstream media has been releases demanding that the minimum wage be doubled immediately. We even got PR events showing the paltry Thanksgiving meal that can be purchased on a minimum wage salary.  The really smart folks at the DC-based Heritage Foundation have injected that the media has not been sharing with us:  continued!

NC-02: Frank Roche hits the ground running in primary bid against Ellmers--Wake County Republican Frank Roche has launched a web site promoting his 2014 primary challenge to incumbent congresswoman Renee EllmersYou may remember Roche from his 2010 primary bid for the 4th congressional district GOP nomination and his 2012 bid for the GOP nomination for state treasurer.  Roche told us via email that the economy, ObamaCare and immigration will be the top three issues on his campaign platform.  Read it here!

#NCSEN: Are Dems giving Thom Tillis the “Todd Akin Treatment”?  Until now, it’s been easy to draw comparisons between the 2014 US Senate GOP primary  in North Carolina and the 2010 Kentucky GOP Senate primary, featuring a doctor — and political novice — and a seasoned, well-funded state government official.  The latest developments are starting to make me think more about the 2012 Missouri US Senate race.  A PAC tied to US Senate Majority Leader “Dingy Harry” Reid has come out with an interesting ad:  Read more!

GREAT NEWS: VETERAN DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--North Korea on Saturday deported an elderly U.S. tourist, apparently ending the saga of Merrill Newman’s return to the North six decades after he advised South Korean guerrillas still loathed by PyongyangNorth Korea made the decision because the 85-year-old Newman, who was detained since late October, apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.  Continued.

GLENN BECK EXPLODES OVER LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN CASE OF BOSTON HOSPITAL HOLDING TEEN AGAINST PARENTS’ WILL-- Glenn Beck called the continuing case of Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old girl whose parents lost custody after bringing her to Boston Children’s Hospital, absolutely “criminal.”  After more than nine months of being kept in the hospital, a judge on Thursday decided to keep the girl where she is, scheduling another court date for Dec. 10 in Boston.  It all began after Lou and Linda Pelletier took their daughter to Boston Children’s Hospital after she began exhibiting flu-like symptoms back in February. Several years prior, their daughter had been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease by doctors at Tufts University, but Boston Children’s reportedly disagreed with the diagnosis. They said Justina actually had somatoform disorder, a psychiatric condition, and that her parents were “over-medicalizing” her. When the Pelletiers disagreed and wanted to remove their daughter for a second opinion, they say they were escorted out by security and within four days had lost custody of their daughter to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Click here to read the article.

‘ONE SICK S.O.B.’: MARK LEVIN GOES NUCLEAR ON ‘DERANGED MORON’ CHRIS MATTHEWS-- Following MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ very friendly interview with President Barack Obama, conservative radio host Mark Levin took to the airwaves to bash the “deranged” TV host for attacking the president’s opponents for him the next day.  “I believe Chris Matthews is deranged. I really believe he’s deranged. I believe he’s hyped up. I believe he’s off his rocker,” Levin said, before playing audio of the host’s comments on MSNBC Friday. Listen here!

AMERICANS LOSING HEALTH PLANS UNDER OBAMACARE A ‘GOOD THING,’ DEM REP. SAYS-- U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) is a member of President Obama’s so-called “strike team” that’s pumping the benefits of the Obamacare program and encouraging sign-ups as the Dec. 23 deadline looms for individuals to get coverage by Jan. 1.  Appearing on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts program Friday, Cartwright hammered away at some existing health care plans he said were inadequate and noted at one point that Americans losing those plans is “a good thing.”  

RUSH LIMBAUGH PREDICTS A CONSEQUENCE OF OBAMACARE THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT-- Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted on Friday that Obamacare will cause the divorce rate in the U.S. to increase.  The claim came after a caller brought up the topic and speculated that some Americans would opt for divorce in order to receive lower premiums and other special subsidies under Obamacare. In fact, CBS New York reported last month that a couple was actually considering getting divorced to “save thousands of dollars.” Watchthat report!

Merry Christmas--Why has society changed to wishing people Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas?  Don't want to offend anyone of any religion or culture?  Ever catch yourself hesitate saying Merry Christmas?  Avoidance or hesi­ta­tion to willingly celebrate Christmas or acknowledge it, seems to be growing and it shouldn’t.  Don’t tell me because it includes the New […]  Read more! 

OBAMA ADMIN. GIVES CERTAIN COMPANIES PERMISSION TO MAIM OR KILL ENDANGERED EAGLES--An investigation by The Associated Press earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. President Barack Obama has enthusiastically backed the “green” energy, nearly doubling America’s wind power in his first term as a way to tackle so-called “global warming.” 


Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term.  His No Identify Theft in Health Care Act, H.R. 3652, is yet another response to the troubled ObamaCare rollout. Over the last week, reports have surfaced quoting computer security experts who said has virtually no data security measures in place.  Read it!

Scam reported to DC health exchange--A few consumers enrolling in the Washington, D.C., insurance exchange have been guided instead to a fraudulent website, according to an official working for the Health Link portal.  Only two reports have surfaced about this problem, according to Richard Sorian, director of communications, education and outreach for the exchange. He noted that the report could be from the same person.  Continued.

Details of the Obama forgery exposedEvery American is the victim of one of the most insidious crimes ever perpetrated on the collective - the capturing of our nation from within. The set-up process occurred over decades, but culminated with the selection and installation of Barack Hussein Obama, a/k/a Barry Soetoro, as the front man in this silent coup.  One important piece of evidence to support this crime exists in the controversial Certificate of Live Birth, but not in the way you have heard, and not in the manner that you might suspect. The revelation of the manner and methods now exist in a document that the criminal elements of our government and the complicit media do not want you to see. And the evidence is as compelling as it is damning.  MORE!

IRAN SANCTIONS BITES THE US IN THE A** AS IRAN RESPONDS WITH PETRO GOLD SYSTEM!  Since June of 2012 I've been talking about Iran circumventing SWIFT and though it hurt their economy, initiating devastating inflation and great harm to the Iranian people, Iran has taken the hits from the sanctions but founded what could now be called the PETRO GOLD system.  It’s allowed Iran to sell oil to China, India and Japan for goldIran was able to ship oil in shadow tankers, GPS turned off, receiving wheat, edible oils and gold in exchange. Dubai was a laundering point for the gold along with Turkey as a transhipment point the gold payments.  Read more.

Libyan Leaders Give McCain Award, Vote in Sharia Law--Senator John McCain is in Libya, where he was “honored” to receive an award from the Libyan military Chief of Staff. McCain was, of course, a prime cheerleader for the 2011 US attack on Libya which has resulted in the ascent to power of various al-Qaeda linked groups who along with murderous militias further terrorize the decimated country.  Read the article.

Katie Pavlich:  Gun Confiscation Underway in New York--Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said.  Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo's desk, he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity to crack down on regulations already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.  Editor's note:  as the left pushes again for gun control, you will hear them using the term 'gun safety' to replace 'gun control'. Read more.  

NC Renegade:  How I Learned My History--I’ve recently received requests for history book recommendations. I know I’m leaving out a lot, but I think I’ve compiled a good starter list.  So, without further ado:  General Histories (covering large sections of history):  

Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree--Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?  The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Its purpose would be “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.”  And it would be funded by a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees—which sellers are free to pass on to you, the Bob Cratchits of America.  A couple of years ago, after significant backlash—in large part due to the efforts of The Heritage Foundation—the Administration backed off and issued a stay of this tax. But now Congress could make the tax a reality as the House and Senate work out differences between their farm bills.  Get the scoop here!

Mr. Moral!  SHOCKER: Volunteer Arrestee Found Guilty  (The goal of the staged protesters was TO GET ARRESTED!  Many of the protesters were academic elites)  Moral Monday Leader Reverend Barber was found guilty of trespassing and violating building rules.  The judge threw out some of the cases, it’s unclear if she was acting as defense council or judge.  Continue reading.

Goldsboro hospital discharged from Blue Cross network--Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has booted Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro out of its provider network after a protracted contract dispute, both sides said Thursday.  Effective Thursday, anyone covered through the state's largest insurer will have to pay out-of-network rates for all care at Wayne Memorial aside from emergency treatment. Patients with Blue Cross Medicare Advantage, including Blue Cross secondary or supplemental plans, also aren't affected by the hospital's out-of-network status.  More!

NC Jobless claims to soon require photo ID--North Carolina voters aren't the only ones who will soon have to present photo identification.  State officials said Wednesday that, as of Feb. 1, anyone seeking unemployment benefits will have to present a photo ID in a face-to-face meeting within four weeks of filing a claim.  The current system lets people file for jobless benefits either online or by telephone, but Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell, who heads the Division of Employment Security, said there's been a growing number of fraudulent claims by people using someone else's name or Social Security number.

Panel: Could take until 2020 to stabilize NC Medicaid--RALEIGH — A consultant examining options for overhauling Medicaid in North Carolina said Thursday it could be 2020 before any plan to stabilize costs and shift risk toward the private sector is implemented fully.  Bob Atlas spoke at the first meeting of an advisory panel charged by the legislature with advising the Department of Health and Human Services on what path to take on changing Medicaid, which covers more than 1.7 million North Carolina residents. The General Assembly wants a proposal from DHHS by mid-March, but would have to sign off later on any plan, which would be designed to make Medicaid funding more predictable while creating better patient outcomes.

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H.R. 3361: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and Online Monitoring Act--First, legislation to preserve our Liberty from the Federal government should never have to be written. Second, they should never have been relegated to several committees to bury it. Third, every “Representative” should be a co-sponsor of this legislation.  It is ironic that this bill was written by James Sensenbrenner: the original architect of the “Patriot Act”. Currently, this legislation has a 45 % chance of approval. Only Howard Coble and Walter Jones have signed on as co-sponsors from North Carolina. So we have to ask ourselves who these US Representatives really “represent”.  Read more.

D.C. Budget Deal Takes Shape as Deadline Looms--While the politics of the healthcare law and immigration play out this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are quietly working out the details of a possible two-year long budget agreement.  This would be significant because it would avert the threat of another government shutdown and allow both sides an opportunity to “regain some trust,” according to a Democratic aide.  What could a deal look like?  Continued.  

Teacher turnover totals TRICKERY--It appears something sneaky may be going on at NC DPI and the state board of education with this teacher turnover report. The sycophant mainstream media in our state has lapped this up and regurgitated it to us — without doing ANY kind of digging / verification. Those mean ol’ Republicans are chasing teachers off the job. The folks at The John Locke Foundation have looked into the situation and found out something interesting that is being “overlooked” by the media:  The top reason NC teachers leave their jobs involves taking positions at other North Carolina schools.   That information doesn’t fit the statist spin about kids being hurt by teachers leaving their profession in disgust.  So, it gets “overlooked.”    Read more.

December 5, 2013 VIDEOS

Will Bill for America:  Taking Christmas From Poor Kids--The war on Christmas continues,with the humanists interfering with Samaritan’s Purse giving gifts to the poorest children in the world…

Alfonzo Rachel:  The Greedy Grinches That Give Wal-Mart Grief

Watch Deneen Debate Nuclear Option Abuse Of Power By Harry Reid

WatchThe Sparks Fly As DNC & RNC Chairs Clash On Live TV

Constitutional Limitations of the pResidency?

Big Brother Jumps Air Gap Using Inaudible Sound To Access Computers That Have No Network Connection

NYPD detective on CNN: “knockout game” is a black phenomenon, suggests people avoid black youths.

Hannity Explodes on Islam Taught in Public Schools, When No Others Are


Obama and Sebelius Reportedly Had Just One Official Meeting in Nearly Four Years Leading Up to Obamacare Website Rollout-- President Barack Obama apparently met officially with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just once in the nearly four years leading up to the Oct. 1 launch of the Obamacare website, according to an analysis by the conservative Government Accountability Institute.  The organization examined the official White House calendar as well Politico’s presidential calendar. Phone and email communication were not included in the report.  Read more! 

‘Bizarre and Offensive’: Dem. Senator’s Overtly Christian ‘I Believe in God’ Ad Sparks Republican War of Words--Sen. Mark Pryor is turning to his faith to appeal to voters in his home state. The vulnerable Arkansas Democrat released a new ad on Wednesday publicly proclaiming his Christian faith and calling the Bible his “north star.”  While the ad itself was quick to gain attention, so has a Republican war of words sparked by reaction from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign, which quickly came out lambasting Pryor’s use of the Bible and accusing him of hypocrisy.  “I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in his word,” Pryor says in the 30-second spot. “The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right.”  Continued.

BARRY Has "Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It's about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president's unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?  JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.  MORE AND VIDEO!

Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines--The whole idea of Green energy — renewable resources — grew out of an energy reality that was much different from todays. It was in the 1970s, following the OPEC Oil Embargo that solar panels began popping up on rooftops and "gasohol" subsidies were enacted. It was believed that Green energy would move the U.S. off of foreign oil and prevent oil from being used as an economic weapon against us.  Today, that entire paradigm has been upended and OPEC's power has been virtually neutered by increasing domestic oil production and decreasing gasoline consumption.  CONTINUED.

Is Obama Too Big To Jail?  How lawless is the Barack Obama Administration?  Many of the dirty deeds and scandals of Obama & Co. are public knowledge. Let’s start with the most astonishing.  Most citizens are aware that because of Obamacare, millions of Americans are losing their healthcare coverage. Is this incompetence or criminal fraud? One thing is certain: It would be fraud if a private-sector CEO knew that millions of customers would lose their insurance, yet repeated the same lie over and over: “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Period.” Why would we not hold a politician to the same standard?  That brings up the question: Is this President too big to jail?  Read more!

Plundering Sold As Populism--International Monetary Fund wants a WORLD tax!  In a testament to the literal bankruptcy of socialism, a report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advocates for both a massive tax increase and a “one-off” worldwide tax of approximately 10 percent on anyone with more assets than debt. The former idea is a proven economic non-starter. The latter idea amounts to outright plundering.  MORE!

Hours After Disgusting Bashir Is Fired, Ed Schultz Rails Against 'Crudeness' from Conservatives--On the same day that MSNBC's Martin Bashir resigned after suggesting someone defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth, colleague Ed Schultz lamented the "crudeness over on the right." This is the same Schultz who, on his radio program in 2011, slimed radio host Laura Ingraham as a "slut." The Ed Show anchor's rant first started over comments by Bill O'Reilly about whether users of food stamps spend the money on drugs. Schultz sneered, "Meanwhile, there is Rush Limbaugh. He knows a thing or two about drug addiction." He mocked, "I'd like to see Limbaugh, see how he fares on $133 worth of food a month. Or maybe a day." Schultz then played a clip of Obama discussing the Pope: "The Pope is ripping America. The Pope is ripping capitalism...And Obama is having an orgasm." In a haughty tone, the host complained, "The President is doing what? Certainly no crudeness over on the right, is there?"  Read more.

American Thinker:  Common Core Standards: Throwing Gasoline on a Fire-- Common Core was sold to the public as a way to improve public schools.  Arguably, it's the opposite.  First of all, the people in charge have been in charge for 85 years.  They have proved themselves to be architects of mediocrity and decline, nothing else.  Second, Common Core locks in place bad ideas that have plagued us for decades.  Sight-words in reading, Reform Math curricula in arithmetic, Constructivism in the teaching of knowledge, and many other failed theories and methods beloved by left-wing professors.  Third, Common Core Standards give federal bureaucrats more power.  Communities will have less flexibility.  It's everything a totalitarian government wants.  Read more.
TPN—Judson Phillips:  “It looks like something a first grader would have done.”  The old saying goes, if you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention.  The Obama Regime is hoping no one is paying attention because when people pay attention to what the Regime is doing, they are outraged. While the Regime claims it cannot afford certain things like paying to defend this nation, there are certain things that can only be described as a mind blowing waste of money.  What is the most recent and outrageous waste by the Obama Regime?  The Obama Regime spent $1 million dollars for a sculpture for the American Embassy in London.  Read more.

McCrory raises NC’s profile in offshore drilling push--Gov. Pat McCrory has begun working with a coalition of governors from coastal states to press the Obama administration to allow exploration of offshore...  More!

McCrory and Outer Banks leaders blast environmental group over bridge delay--After safety concerns forced NCDOT, without warning, to close the Bonner Bridge that links Hatteras Island to the mainland, political leaders blamed...  CONTINUED!

How Obama wants to sweeten the bailout for insurers under Obamacare--In a little-noticed regulation issued the week of Thanksgiving, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed tweaking a program within President Obama's health care law to funnel additional money to insurers.   Read more.

Gowdy: If Obama Chooses Not to Enforce Immigration Laws, Can He Suspend Election Laws Too?  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Tuesday asked if President Barack Obama has the “prosecutorial discretion” not to enforce immigration and marijuana laws, what’s to stop him from deciding not to enforce election laws.  “If the president can fail to enforce immigration laws, can the president likewise fail to enforce election laws?” Gowdy asked Simon Lazarus, senior counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center, one of several legal experts who testified at the hearing titled, “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.”  “If you can dispense with immigration laws or marijuana laws or mandatory minimums, can you also dispense with election laws?” Gowdy asked  More!

Mark Levin: Obamacare ‘Is Whatever Obama Says It Is’-- Yep, and the Supreme Court will back him up.  Check this out:  Discussing President Obama three-week public relations campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act, Mark Levin said on Tuesday that Obamacare is “Jell-O… it is whatever Obama says it is.”  “So people are losing their healthcare, they’re losing their coverage, people who have advanced stages of cancer, people who suffer from diabetes, people who have heart disease, and many, many other ailments and maladies and diseases and illnesses. People are losing their doctors, as well as their coverage. This is very, very serious. That’s why Obama’s ratings are going down, not because of the Republicans, or the media or anything. It’s because people are being adversely, miserably affected by this pathetic law, this pathetic law which is really Jell-O. It’s Jell-O. It is whatever Obama says it is. ‘Well the Supreme Court upheld the law.’ The Supreme Court upheld which law? What law? The way the law operates today isn’t even the law that the Supreme Court saw in many respects.  Continued.
Obama: Unequal economy a threat--President Obama declared rising income inequality a “fundamental threat” to the United States on Wednesday.  Speaking in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., Obama pledged that for the remainder of his presidency, his administration would “focus all our efforts” on addressing an issue that threatens the economy and the American Dream.  Continue reading.

Another Taxpayer Funded Vacation to Hawaii--Sixth straight year.  Check it out:  The White House hasn’t officially announced their plans yet, but Hawaii News Now has learned the Obama’s will vacation here over the holidays. This will be the First Family’s sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it in KailuaEvery year the Obama’s have rented a few houses on Kailuana Place – creating quite the buzz in the beach side community.  READ MORE!
We Bet You Haven't Heard This About Obamacare--Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that.  The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates). Obamacare’s mandate on employers, however, is already scheduled to raise the hourly cost of hiring a full-time worker past $10 an hour.  Continued.

Ann Coulter:  Liberals talk race and crime – and hilarity ensues--On a break from pretending to believe they live in a country bristling with violent white racists, the Non-Fox Media have been trying to debunk stories about the “Knockout Game,” in which young black males approach random strangers and try to knock them out with one punch.  The left’s leading line of defense against the Knockout Game is to argue that young black males have always been violent, so, hey, this is nothing new.  You’re welcome, black America!  Continue reading!

Law, Lawmaking, and Morality--All law and lawmaking is "religious" in the sense that it derives its authority to act from something outside of -- above -- itself.  In this country, that "something" that our law is based on is the Bible.  This is clearly apparent not only in the text of the Declaration of Independence, but it is also demonstrated in the texts of our earliest covenants, constitutions, law-codes, compacts and charters.  And this fact is known and recognized by Christians and non-Christians alike.  For example, a 1982 "Newsweek Magazine" cover story headlined “How the Bible made America,” said that historians were discovering that the Bible is our founding document.  Read more.  

Anyone Who Promotes ObamaCare is a Racist and Here's Why--Remember back a year or two? All we heard were complaints by the left that racism was driving the Republican effort for new “more restrictive” voter ID laws. How the poor and minority communities would be effectively locked out of the 2012 elections.  In April 2012, a guy wrote a piece on the website “Sojourners.” Their motto: Faith in Action for Social Justice. That’s not scary!  Continued.

WebMD Quietly Hired to Promote Obamacare--WebMD, the world’s second-most-popular website for health advice, has very quietly secured a government contract in which it agrees to promote Obamacare and educate doctors about it.  Representatives of the website have argued that this does not constitute a conflict of interest, since WebMD would be allowed autonomy to present its own take on medical news and advice, and this particular government contract affects only its private portal for doctors. That is, for now. A contract for educating the public about Obamacare is also under way.  Read more.   

Four Obamacare “Success” Stories Cited By Obama All Had One Thing In Common: None Purchased Health Insurance Through Obamacare--Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn’s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents’ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. “The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting their careers more time to find a good job that offers reliable health insurance,” Weeks said. MORE!

Was the destruction of America really that simple?  Attempting to explain the difference between the society we are, a republic, and the illusion that so many think we are, a democracy, this retort was offered to this simple fact. We are a democracy because we have representative government.  That simple analogy was so beyond any reasoning I’d ever considered, like an epiphany it became obvious that this simple misconstruction answered the reality that today this nation is so far from its design, our designers would not recognize it. Continue reading.

NC seeks payback of jobless checks for furloughed workers--Federal workers who received unemployment benefits from North Carolina during the partial government shutdown in October will have to settle up soon or risk an extra tax bill.  That was the word Wednesday from Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell, head of the Division of Employment Security.  "We're looking at somewhere between 550 and 700 people" who filed for benefits while they were furloughed, Folwell said.  MORE!

Conservatives turn heat on red-state Democrats over judges--Conservative groups are looking to make the Capitol Hill battle over President Obama’s judicial nominees an issue in Senate elections in 2014 by arguing that red-state Editorializing-under-the-influence: Homeschooling begats child abuse ???  You can always count on the editorial page of our local Arab Journalism Award-winning, um, twice-weekly local paper here in Moore County to produce some shaking-your-head-in-dismay, chuckling-in-disbelief moments.  It must be quite a workout carrying all of that water for the teachers unions, edu-crats and other assorted Bill Barber-worshiping rabble. leading editorial this week was entitled “Cause for Concern on Homeschooling”:  CONTINUED

Democrats are “rubber-stamping” liberal judges.  The Judicial Crisis Network has already announced a round of ads attacking Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in Louisiana for supporting all of Mr. Obama’s judicial picks, and said she and other Democrats will have to be careful going forward about which judges they approve.  Read more at 1776 Coalition. 

Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through the House--House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Tuesday that he has hired a longtime advocate of legalizing illegal immigrants to be an adviser, signaling that the Republican is still intent on trying to pass an immigration bill during this congressional session.  immigrant rights advocates cheered the move as a sign of Mr. Boehner’s dedication to action. Those who want a crackdown on illegal immigration said the top Republican in the House has moved closer to embracing amnesty by hiring Rebecca Tallent, a former staffer for Sen. John McCain and fellow Arizona Republican Jim Kolbe.  MORE!

What does Obama mean by fundamentally transform America?  SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM-What is it? What is the difference between the two? Forget about looking up Webster's definition or doing Google searches and forget about arguing it with leftists. Too much argument and confusion exists because it's not definitive. I'm going to give you my description coming from a halfway edumicated Louisiana coonass whose life experiences have […]  Read more.

A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II--Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The commemoration of that “date which will live in infamy” brings up memories of more than Pearl Harbor but of the entire American effort in World War II: of the phenomenal production of planes and tanks and munitions by American industry; of millions of young men enlisting (with thousands lying about their age to get into the service); of the men who led the war, then and now seeming larger than life—Churchill and F.D.R., Eisenhower and MacArthur, Monty and Patton; and of the battles themselves in which uncommon valor was a common virtue: Midway, D-Day, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima, to name only a few. Most of us today do not know those events directly but have encountered them in history books. And when we think of World War II, the people who come to mind first are our grandparents: the men and women of the Greatest Generation who are our surest link to the past.  Continued.

Illinois OKs pension cuts in landmark reform-- Illinois lawmakers approved a landmark pension reform package Tuesday that would cut retirement benefits for teachers, nurses and other retired and current state workers.  The legislation comes after years of debate on how to fix the state’s ailing retirement system — considered the most troubled in the country.  The plan will reduce annual cost-of-living increases for retirees, raise the retirement age for workers 45 and under, and impose a limit on pensions for the highest-paid workers.
Employees will contribute 1% less out of their paychecks under the reform, while some will be given the option to contribute to a 401(k)-style plan.  MORE!

December 4, 2013

Websites of the Day
You Can Keep Your Plan—Who Promised that?

Million American Jobs Project

A Sickening ObamaCare ‘Success Story’-- What is the “catastrophe effect”? And how does it set the stage for ObamaCare’s scandalous “success”? Norvell Rose explains…

Why Are Veterans Having Their Guns Taken Away?  Dom Raso highlights a bureaucratic flaw that’s unfairly stripping veterans of their Second Amendment rights — and tells you how to help get it fixed.

Socialist Sanders: ‘I’m Prepared’ to Run in 2016

"What gives the President this type ofauthority?"  Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) raised important questions regarding decisions Obama has made regarding government funding, actions in Libya and the use of drones. He asks the jarring question, "What gives the President this type of authority?"

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Gauntlet Laid! - Expert Witness If Obama isn't constrained to laws, why should American people


The Whole Story about Voter Reforms in NC--Much has been said and written about the election law reform legislation known as VIVA (Voter Identification Verification Act – HB 589) – but too many of the reports are misleading or just plain wrong.  The legislation was passed in the 2013 legislative session and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in August. Mostly, the old guard media have focused on just three provisions of the new law — the voter ID requirement, the elimination of same day registration and the shortened early voting window. These three parts of the law are the most controversial, so focusing on them gives liberal advocacy groups a platform on which to continue their assault on the people who support election reform. These three items are also the main targets of several lawsuits brought against the law filed by liberal advocacy groups, including the NAACP. Attorney General Eric Holder also announced that lawyers for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division had filed suit against the law in October.  Read more!

IL Common Core School Assignment Requires Parents to Self-Identify as Conservative or Liberal--A recent Common Core assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, Illinois high school requires parents to self-identify as conservative or liberal.  The Illinois Review reported:  An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum.” READ MORE!

Democrat Senator concedes Obama Lied about al-Qaeda--Even Democrats are not contesting that Barack Obama lied repeatedly about ObamaCare in order to get re-elected (they spin away from that issue as quickly and as abruptly as possible). Now, an extremely prominent Democratic Senator – Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – seems to be conceding to another Obama lie, told in order to help him get… re-elected.    


This Is Probably the Last Place You’d Expect to See Glenn Beck and S.E. Cupp for an Hour--In what might come as a shock to regular CNN viewers, Blaze TV personalities Glenn Beck and S.E. Cupp will be dominating the cable network’s programming for a full hour on Friday.  You read that correctly: Blaze contributor and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” S.E. Cupp will be guest-hosting “Piers Morgan Live,” and will have Beck as her guest for the full hour. MORE!

White House Admits There May Be a Huge Problem With Thousands of Obamacare ‘Enrollments’--Senior White House officials said this week that approximately 126,000 Americans who thought they successfully navigated and signed up for health insurance plans may not actually be enrolled in Obamacare, ABC News reported. CONTINUED!

Sparks Fly as Wasserman-Schultz Clashes With RNC Chair Reince Priebus in Heated TV Segment--Sparks flew on Tuesday night when the heads of the Democratic and Republican parties met face-to-face on CNN’s “Crossfire” for their first jointappearance in over a year.  During the heated exchange, RNC chair Reince Priebus defended the GOP and claimed that Obamacare has led to millions of people losing their insurance, while DNC head Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) lashed out at Republicans and claimed that her opponent doesn’t understand how the health care system works.  Read more!

Amash-Backed Bill Aimed To End NSA Spying Programs Garners Even Bipartisan Support-- WASHINGTON, D.C. — An even split of Democratic and Republican legislators back a bill supported by Rep. Justin Amash, aiming to end the country’s domestic surveillance programs.  The legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency’s ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a “back door” to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants.  Continue reading.

Gun Control Group Wants To Create A ‘Special Warrant’ To Make It Easier To Confiscate Firearms-- One of the take aways from yesterday’s gun control forum hosted by the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy at the UVA Law School is that the gun ban lobby wants to use a little slight of hand to get the same tired proposals passed that they have been pushing for years.  Josh Horwitz said as much when he said during his comments that all of their proposals that would be outlined must start with background checks. But this time, they hope to gain support by making it sound like they only want to keep firearms out of the hands of people they think are a threat to others – like people who may have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), and even people that neighbors or family members think pose a threat to others.  Read more!

Short-term fix on ObamaCare subsidies: Pay now, check later-- If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because HHS is going to use the same strategy for insurer subsidy payments that the IRS plans to use for paying tax credits. Both strategies are born out of necessity driven by incompetent systems development, too:  MORE!

Dumbing Down America, Creating An Entire Generation Of Good Comrades.  All links point to Twitchy, a wonderful Twitter aggregation site implemented by Michelle Malkin.  During that Administration that ran things in our country from 1977 until January 20, 1981, we got as gifts from the store of bad Marxist applications, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. Two behemoth top down government bureaucracies designed to alleviate some perceived pain, which in fact were either caused by previous government intrusions or fabricated whole sale from nothing. The Department of Energy was created supposedly to insure that we would never again be held hostage as a nation to the whims of Mid Eastern Despots, using their oil to inflict their will upon our national politics. The idea was that only through the aid of a government agency, would sufficient domestic energy production become possible. The result of course has been the opposite. The Department of Energy has acted as a block to domestic sources of energy, and the recent energy surge gleaned from hydraulic fracturing has been in spite of government interference, and not a result of any aid from the Department of Energy. In fact, the boom has been almost entirely fueled by privately owned land, leased over government objection to private companies who have bypassed the federal behemoth at every turn.  MUCH MORE!

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government The "R" word potential by "we the people" has been spoken in public congressional testimony as a real possibility based on Obama's lawlessness...the witness is saying, "if congress can't rein Obama, the American public may well take the action".  I think this is the first public pronouncement in open testimony before Congress of potential over-throw of the US government by public least that I have heard.  Continued.

Sick of Obamacare? We've Got Something Different--The salesman in chief is back on the road.  President Obama will be spending the month of December once again explaining Obamacare to the American people. Because if he explains it one more time, maybe people will like it?  We expect these holiday greetings will go over about as well as a three-year-old fruitcake. Obama’s been selling the law for about that long, yet public opinion has turned against it.  The President said yesterday that he’s “learned not to make wild promises” anymore about the rollout of the health care law. But it’s clear he’s not going to stop making wild claims about Obamacare—and Obamacare’s critics.... That’s right—there is broad support for repealing Obamacare and starting over with health care reform. So what happens then?  Click here to find out!

Judge threatened after ruling Detroit’s bankrupt: ‘Expect to either be beaten or run over’ (Oh I just love those good old Union folks, they are sweet and all American as apple pie!)--A U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit is eligible to seek relief under Chapter IX of the Federal Bankruptcy Act. He also ruled that pensions payable to retired city workers will receive no special protections are subject to revision like any other creditor.  This represents the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city has debts totaling $18 billion, including a $3.5 billion shortage in pension funds, according to Fox News.  Read more!

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Harry Reid and the ruling class.  If you doubt that the Democrats believe they are the ruling class and should be entitled to all of the perks that go with being RULERS over a nation, then you should think again.  While millions of real Americans are losing their insurance coverage and are having to endure the agony of Obamacare, what is happening to Harry Reid and his friends?  Find out here!

Changes ahead for N.C. tax filers--GREENSBORO — Once you’ve done it a few times, filling out your annual state income tax form isn’t so hard. You take your federal form, tweak a few numbers, sign it and mail it. Easy, right? When you do your North Carolina taxes a year from now, expect a lot of the math to change.  Continued.

Carolina Journal:  Butterfield Staff Eschews Switch to Obamacare, Staffs of other NC delegation members choose exchanges.  Most of North Carolina’s congressional staffers — the men and women who work for the state’s two U.S. senators and 13 members of the U.S. House of Representatives — will be entering the District of Columbia’s health care exchange once the Affordable Care Act takes effect in January.  One notable exception: the office of 1st District Rep. G.K. Butterfield.  “The consensus amongst my team was to keep the same employer-sponsored coverage every other employee receives,” Butterfield said in a statement.  The Wilson County Democrat added that he instead had enrolled in the D.C. Health Link, the Obamacare exchange for the District of Columbia.  Read more.

Canada Free Press--Alan Caruba:  Obama’s Deliberate Destruction of the Economy-- “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”  ~ Cicero 55 BC.  What was true for Rome is true for America. President Obama may know little about history and less about economics, but he is relentlessly destroying America and has been since he first took office in 2009.  

GOP 3-D gun ban gives early Christmas to Obama, Democrats-- The House Republican leadership with its Dec. 3 vote to extend the ban on “undetectable” guns proved again it excels at political cowardice and betrayal of conservatives.  Do not bother looking for the roll call of the yeas and nays on the vote, the GOP leaders, working with Democrats, suspended the rules and passed the measure with a voice vote—with maybe 15 actual congressmen on the House floor.  Read about it!

A look at the Bevin vs. McConnell battle It is time to check in on Matt Bevin. Remember him? He is the multi-millionaire tea party-type Connecticut transplant who, instead of taking on liberal Louisville Democrat John Yarmuth for the House of Representatives, wants to oust Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his 90 percent lifetime American Conservative Union rating from the Senate.  Bevin has not raised much money, but his personal wealth will pay for a good campaign if he parts with it. Roll Call recently reported that Bevin has between $1 and $5 million in a checking account, $500,000 to $1 million in a money market account, between $4.5 million and $43 million in investments, rental properties in several states worth $1.5 to $2.25 million, mutual funds, and stocks in companies like Blackberry, Microsoft, and Oracle, to name a few.  Continued!

The Hill: Shutdown part 2? Dems vow to block stopgap spending bill--House Democrats of all stripes are lining up against a stopgap spending bill that further entrenches the blunt sequester cuts.  GOP leaders could bring a vote as early as next week on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) likely to adopt the $967 billion sequester-level spending cap urged by many Republicans. But the pushback from Democrats this week has been near universal, with liberals and centrists alike vowing to join party leaders in opposition to any such measure.   MORE!
Michelle Malkin:  Anti-Gun NFL: National Frauds' League-- The National Football League's hypocrisy and selective decency standards reek like a post-game locker room. On the one hand, the organization refuses to run a firearms manufacturer's self-defense Super Bowl ad under the guise of neutrality and taste. Yet, the professional football conglomerate routinely revels in raunchiness, gratuitous physical violence and anti-gun screeds.  Welcome to the National Frauds' League.  CONTINUED!

Yes Obama, Republicans have offered Obamacare alternatives--Republicans have introduced at least four comprehensive alternatives to Obamacare, despite President Obama’s claims they haven’t. Obama once again said in a speech Tuesday that Republicans in Congress have offered no alternatives to his signature health reform legislation.  “If, despite all of the millions of people benefitting from [Obamacare], you still think this law is a bad idea, then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you would do differently to cut costs and cover more people and make insurance more secure,” Obama said.  “You can’t just say that the system was working with 41 million people without health insurance." (Editor’s note:  Government says at least 30 million will still be uninsured under Obamacare.  MORE!

ObamaCare’s Latest Numbers Don’t Add Up. You Will Pay the Difference.  For ObamaCare to work, 40% of those buying healthcare insurance must be in the “rarely get sick” age group of 18-34. Their money must fund the health care of the older buyers. It turns out that only 28% are buying. Forget The entire program is sinking statistically. How many times does an unmarried male age 21-34 go to a physician? Six times. That means six times in the entire 13-year period.

Obama on Obamacare: This Law is Working-- Speaking from the White House Tuesday afternoon while flanked by people who have "benefited" from Obamacare, President Obama said his signature piece of legislation is working. The speech was part of a new public relations campaign to try and salvage what's left of the disastrous Obamacare rollout.  Read more!

Cop Searches Driver’s Car, Because He Was Acting “Too Polite”-- You just can’t win. If you invoke your 4th and 5th Amendment rights with a cop who’s stopped you for whatever reason, that’s “suspicious.” The cop will claim that you must be hiding something. Why else would you not agree to answer his random interrogations? If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide, right?  Read more at
Healthcare Bailout on the Way--The White House is laying out plans to bail out insurance companies to help offset the loss of revenue and profit that the industry is experiencing under ObamaCare.

Of 112 Obamacare Plans for Congress and Staff, 103 Fund Abortions
With a December 9th deadline for Members of Congress and congressional staff to sign up for Obamacare health insurance, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) released new evidence of President Obama violating pro-life laws and providing taxpayer funding for insurance plans that include abortion on demand.  In the run-up to passage of Obamacare, Americans were repeatedly told and reassured by President Obama himself, including in a speech to a joint session of Congress in October 2009, that ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.’ Obama even issued the infamous Executive Order that claimed, “the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges,” said Smith. MORE!
Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Family Run Car Dealership Follow HHS Mandate--Randy Reed Automotive is a family-run automotive group in Missouri that doesn’t want to comply with the Obamacare abortion mandate requiring it to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Obama DHS Adviser Mohamed Elibiary: Islam Best Antidote to Terrorism-- Well Barack Obama's Homeland Security adviser Mohamed Elibiary is at it again. On Monday, the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood supporter responded to the following tweet "Good, Islam should be condemned everywhere. The war on terrorism starts with Muslims." He wrote, "Wrong! Islam best antidote 2 terrorism."
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Common Core creates educational ‘iron cage’-- STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Many parents are feeling powerless in resisting the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools, according to a recent article in Crisis Magazine by Anne Hendershott, a professor of sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Tim Carney—Washington Examiner:  Obamacare merry-go-round: Regulations, subsidies, taxes, more subsidies

It may seem like he’s swinging back and forth — pro-business, then anti-business — but President Obama marching in a straight line: more state control of industry. It's the ratchet of state corporatism, and Obama is pretty handy with it. 
The Hill: Republicans eye Obama lawsuit, but party leaders are not on board--GOP lawmakers bashed the Obama administration at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday for opting not to enforce core parts of the Affordable Care Act, such as minimum requirements for individual healthcare plans.  Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.), the chairman of the Judiciary panel’s Constitution and Civil Justice subcommittee, said Congress should sue the administration to spur Obama to enforce the healthcare law as written.

New York Gun-Owners Getting Letters Instructing Them To Turn In Their Weapons-- Thanks to New York’s gun registry, officials know exactly what kinds of guns residents have and where these people live. Due to changes in New York’s gun laws with the passage of the misnamed SAFE Act, many residents are now in possession of certain “unlawful” firearms which were previously legal.

Cold Hard Truth--Judson Phillips:  Obama and Iran: It is beyond time to question Obama’s patriotism-- It’s time to question President Obama’s patriotism.  Liberals get hysterical when anyone questions Obama’s patriotism, or the patriotism of any member of the Democratic Party — or as Ann Coulter calls it, “The Party of Treason.”  The left treats this question as out of bounds in civilized discourse, yet they routinely question the patriotism of conservatives who express the opinion that spending money to bring drag queens for a show on an Air Force base might be a waste of money.
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Lawmakers want secret pages from 9/11 probe declassified -- WASHINGTON — Representative Stephen F. Lynch introduced a resolution Monday urging President Obama to make public 28 pages from a congressional investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that remain secret.  Lynch said he believes it will shed new light on the worst terrorist assault in US history. The South Boston Democrat, along with Representative Walter B. Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, recently reviewed the findings, which were almost entirely blacked out when the panel issued its final report in December 2002.
Biden Pushes Gun-Control as Sandy Hook Anniversary nears 
Next Saturday marks the first anniversary of the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. last year, and Joe Biden is using it to highlight the need for Congress to pass additional gun-control legislation. 
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Lloyd Marcus:  Selling Conservatism to Minorities--I wonder if my hypersensitivity about attacks on the tea party may have caused me to embarrass myself during an interview on a Detroit radio program. The host asked, “What is the tea party doing to be more diverse?” I replied, “Nothing.” I went on to explain that I did not see a need for the tea party to make special concessions or pander to me because I am black.  Read More

Common Core - California - and other peoples money-- One year ago, Jerry Brown’s Prop 30 was passed by California voters.   Governor Brown sold the idea to voters that an increase of taxes to the  top 3% will help California’s annual school budget by roughly $6.8 billion.  However, last week the San Jose Mercury News reported   that due to Jerry Brown’s decision to cancel this year’s STAR testing to  implement another bad decision, Common Core, California schools will be  penalized over HALF the amount raised by Prop 30 from the states federal education funds!

Art Pope and his family have done more actual good for the poor in NC than all but a very few others... ‘How we use our money is a moral issue.’ Ah, yes. About  that …So it was said yesterday, to impugn the “morality” of someone who uses his money in this way:  To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina.  MORE:

Boehner tells Texas Business interests that Immigration Reform Votes will be held after filing deadlines have passed.  Fear of the Tea Party challenges has the speaker holding off for now, sources say.  READ IT HERE!

DIRTY HARRY EXEMPTS STAFF FROM OBAMACARE--Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.  Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said.  Read more!

Which Senator promised 'you can keep your plan' the most? Kay did!

Daily Journal--Americans:  Failures of Obamacare Are All Your FaultRALEIGH — Wake up, people: An insidious corporate conspiracy is afoot, and it has a nefarious goal — forcing you to buy health insurance policies that you were choosing to purchase anyway. At least that’s what Sen. Kay Hagan and other Democrats scrambling to defend Obamacare after its clunky rollout are arguing.  MORE!

The Horrific Story That Prompted David Horowitz’s Conservative Transformation--David Horowitz, author of The Black Book of the American Left and the founder and president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, has spoken at length about how he was raised by “card-carrying communists” who always “described themselves as progressives.” He followed in their footsteps, becoming one of the founders of the New Left in 1960′s, which he described as an organization “formed by children of communists who wanted to get away from the taint that Stalin had put on (communism), and revive the vision.”  So what made the born-and-raised communist become the staunch conservative and defender of American liberties that he is today? Among other things, he explained on the Glenn Beck Program Tuesday, it was a deadly encounter with the Black Panthers.  CONTINUED!

A Lie About Obama’s Past Relationship With Family Member Revealed?  President Barack Obama’s uncle testified at a deportation hearing on Tuesday that Obama stayed with him while he was attending Harvard Law School in the 1980s, contradicting the White House’s claim that the two had never met. The uncle’s former landlord, who reportedly served as a witness at the hearing, also said the president once lived with his uncle.  A judge decided to let Onyango “Omar” Obama, a Kenyan national, remain in the United States after he was arrested for drunk driving in 2011.  Read more! 

Search ‘Destroy Capitalism’ on, and This Is What You Get--Until today, Walmart was apparently selling Banksy knockoffs on its website, including one print ironically titled: “Destroy Capitalism.” Another print derived from the work street artist Eddie Colla, which Slate claims Walmart mistook for a Banksy, reads, “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”  Banksy is a pseudonym of a famous UK-based anti-capitalist graffiti “artist.” It wasn’t immediately clear why Walmart agreed to purchase the Banksy knockoffs from a third-party vendor. Walmart is, as you know, one of the biggest corporations in the U.S.  Continued. 

Protesters argue Legislative Building rules too vague--RALEIGH, N.C. Twelve protesters, including the state president of the NAACP, were back in court Tuesday on charges they disrupted state lawmakers during an April demonstration at the Legislative Building.  The group was the first of more than 900 people arrested during the weekly "Moral Monday" protests against the legislative agenda of the Republican-controlled General Assembly during the summer.  Read more!

December 3, 2013 

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Glenn Beck on Dec. 7, 2009: Convicted Felon& ObamaCare ‘Blueprint’ Author – Robert Creamer – Invited to State Dinner

Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity Talk‘Progressive Republicans’ and the Big Ideas That Could Save the Country

'The Raw Deal: FDR's Vision Is Still Destroying America'--The ghost of FDR is haunting us. the policies of Obama, and FDR and the results are identical. American Patriots what do you say?

Wild Bill for America Curing Liberals

Wild Bill for America -Camera Shy Cops--Beware of cops who order video cameras to be turned off.

WATCH Mother Give Powerful Speech Against Obama’s Tyranny!  After making her wait 8 hours, the Clark County, Nevada  Commission decided to hear Daphne Lee speak against the NDAA. What followed was one of the most powerful public comments in history.

ObamaCare website finally up and running?  Congresswoman Ellmers vs Charlie Rangel


We did it to ourselves, by squandering one another’s trust.  After two centuries of blessedness, America has entered the hour of the power of darkness:  Our military is being emasculated as we speak, with funding cuts to deprive it of men and machines, and legal entanglements to ensure that no soldier in the field can ever be certain that he won’t be tried for murder by civilians, or worse, by foreigners; Our alliances are faltering as no one ever expected, as our chief executive kowtows to the worst men in the world and fails to uphold America’s actions in its own interest; Our politicians are interested solely in getting elected and staying in office, and will do anything, sacrifice anyone, and betray any principle of right, to achieve those goals; Our economy is being bled to death by layer after layer of taxation, regulation, legal mandates, and outright nationalizations, nearly all intended to benefit some provincial interest some gaggle of politicians counts on for support.  MORE

Issa: FBI Impeding IRS Investigation--Rep. Darrell Issa claims the FBI has delayed handing over information he requested about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of the conservative group True the Vote. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he may issue a subpoena.  According to Issa and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the committee is still waiting for documents related to the FBI's investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups that it began six months ago, The Washington Times reported. 

Boehner hires ex-McCain aide to lead House immigration efforts--Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a new expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014.  Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, will start her new job as assistant to the Speaker on Wednesday. Her arrival was one of a series of personnel moves Boehner announced on Tuesday.  CONTINUED.

TPN—Judson Phillips:  Oh that’s right. Obama saved Detroit--Anyone remember just a little over a year ago.  Barack Obama was bragging that he had kept Detroit from going bankrupt.  Well, guess what has happened now.  MORE.

The Morning Bell:  What Will Happen When (and If) Actually may or may not be working—for some people.  That seems to be the clearest assessment after the Obama Administration has flubbed two deadlines to get the Obamacare website working.  The disaster has spawned countless news stories and updates about the website’s progress. But here’s the most important story: can’t fix anything that’s wrong with Obamacare.  Even if it worked perfectly from Day 1, that would do Americans little good. A slick, smoothly functioning website couldn’t undo all the damage Obamacare has done and is doing.  Here are just six of the things couldn’t begin to fix.  Read more.

TPN--Alan Caruba:  From Prohibition to Obamacare--It is one of the great mysteries that, for progressives, also called liberals, the past provides no lessons, no warnings that would prevent them from repeating their errors. Progressives are always focused on a magical future in which there will be no wars, no hunger, no poverty. Their belief in the redistribution of wealth—communism—is, in Winston Churchill’s words, “the equal sharing of misery.”   Read on!

Justice Not Served: Family of Victim Slain by Illegal Immigrant Blasts U.S. ‘Negligence’ for Not Enforcing Own Laws-- It’s been more than two years since Jesse Benavides was gunned down at a family birthday party in Dallas by a man who never should have been on U.S. streets.  Santana Gaona had been in jail less than two months earlier for allegedly raping and beating his estranged wife. He was flagged as an illegal immigrant and scheduled for deportation. Despite a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “detainer” that had been placed on Gaona, requiring him to face a deportation hearing, ICE officials canceled the order and he was released from jail.  READ MORE!

Report: Nearly One-Third of Obamacare Applications Contain Errors, ‘Tens of Thousands’ May Not Have Coverage Come Jan. 1--Health insurance plans for thousands of Americans who have signed up for Obamacare through the online federal exchanges contain errors, meaning those consumers may not get the coverage they signed up for come January 2014.  The computer-generated errors affect roughly one-third of consumers who have signed up for the Affordable Care Act since the exchanges launched Oct. 1, The Washington Post reported.  Errors included in the health insurance plans include “failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies,” the Post reported.  MORE!

FreedomWorks On Tap "A Teacher's Take On Common Core"--features an exclusive interview with former teacher Meg Norris where she discusses her experience with Common Core in the classroom and what the top-down standards mean for education in America. If you have children in American schools, you don't want to miss this!

The great bait-and-switch of ObamaCare--Obamacare “Essential Benefits” Rendered Most Current Health Plans Obsolete.  The great bait-and-switch of ObamaCare (“you can keep your plan and your doctor”) was intentionally orchestrated by the architects of the legislation. There were thousands of policies offered nationwide that were good and even very good but now they can’t be sustained under the new Obamacare policy requirements.  READ MORE!

We gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Americans died. Where is the outrage?  On Sunday, the New York Post ran an excerpt from “The Unarmed Truth” by John Dodson. Dodson is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent who blew the whistle on the gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious.  According to the Mexican government, 211 of their citizens, including police officers and children, have been murdered with weapons from that scandalous operation. So was American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose family, along with every other concerned American, has been stonewalled in their efforts to find out who is accountable for this atrocity. After recounting some truly unbelievable instances of bureaucratic arrogance and ineptitude, Dodson inadvertently poses a question with far larger implications. “We gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Americans died. Where is the outrage?” he asks. MORE!

Obama's illegal alien uncle to appear at new immigration hearing--President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle was expected to appear at a deportation hearing to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the United States despite a 21-year-old order to leave the country. READ MORE!

Don't Look Now But Obama's Trying To Buy Off Insurance Companies To Accept His ObamaCare 'Fix'-- On the heels of a threatened mutiny by Congressional Democrats who vowed to side with Republicans and pass legislation that would allow millions of Americans to keep their healthcare plans, Barack Obama offered an 11th hour “fix” last month.  Insurance companies balked. Let me restate that: the insurance industry was livid, as illustrated by this statement from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) – issued during Obama’s November 14 press conference announcing his proposed “fix.”  MORE!

Biden Hails the 23 Gun Control Steps Obama Took on His Own--On Monday, invoking the Dec. 14 “tragedy in Newtown,” Vice President Joe Biden told Americans, “You have my word that the President and I are doing everything we can to make sure no parent loses their child to gun violence.”  And he admitted that they’re doing it “on our own,” without Congress.  “And so even after a minority of senators blocked commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence this spring, we’re pushing forward,” he said.

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Sebelius Calls It 'Good News' That Medicaid Coverage Is Expanding--Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans who are too poor to pay for health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges will be eligible to enroll in their state's Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) -- but only if their state has agreed to expand those programs.  On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called it "good news" that more than 1.46 million people were found eligible to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP in the month of October.  Read more!  

CRS: 'Likely Take Several Years or More Before Poverty Rates Recede’ (Did we ever win that ‘War on Poverty’ thing from the 60’s?) – A report from the Congressional Research Service says that it will “likely take several or more years” for the poverty rates in the United States to fall back to the levels they were before the last recession.  The number of people living in poverty in the United States hit a record last year, according to Census Bureau data cited by CRS, and the poverty rate remained stuck at its highest level in two decades.  CONTINUED! 

Blue States Turning on Controversial ‘Common Core’ School Standards--It’s hilarious when liberals turn on their own.  Check it out:  As controversy intensifies over new the Common Core educational standards, two Democrat-led states are showing signs of distancing themselves from the curriculum that the Obama administration has supported.  North Country Public Radio reported last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has appeared to remove himself from the controversial......MORE!

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards--I bet they didn’t confiscate any Ramadan, Hanukah, or Kwanza cards.  Check it out.

Common Core Dollars Destroy Opportunities For ADHD Kids--Corporations buying into the federal healthcare data system using huge profits made from creating federal tests aligned with Common Core are destroying opportunities for ADHD kids.  The fears of many parents of ADHD kids will likely come true. Their child’s opportunities will be limited by an inanimate object created by a corporation that the parent cannot hold accountable.
Currently, American kids can be kids.  Read more!   

This Thursday Workers Will Protest To Demand Price Inflation And/Or More Unemployment--Clear proof that we don't teach economics in school. From the New York TimesSeeking to increase pressure on McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities.  Read more!  

Expectations drop for congressional budget deal--Just a week away from its Dec. 13 deadline, lawmakers will have little time in their post-Thanksgiving legislative session to negotiate the kind of major budget deal they'd need to end the federal government's crisis-driven management style.  So rather than struggling to find a "grand bargain" that would offer compromises on spending, taxes and entitlements, lawmakers are now aiming for a narrow deal that would restore some of the cuts imposed under the budget-squeezing "sequester."  "It's looking like a much smaller deal that would hopefully give us a number we could appropriate for fiscal year 2014 … and hopefully a target number for 2015," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Texas, a member of the bipartisan House-Senate budget conference committee, told the Washington Examiner.

How Max Baucus's 'tax reform' can hurt competition and kill business creation--If you're a business, the best way to get fat profit margins is by erecting (or finding yourself surrounded by) barriers to entry. Regulations are often efforts by incumbent businesses to erect barriers to entry, thus allowing for higher profit margins.  CONTINUED!

GOP links Obamacare to pocketbook woes already troubling Americans--House Republican leaders moved Tuesday to link Obamacare to voters' lingering anxieties over the economy, charging that the implementation of the law is hampering job creation and forcing already-struggling Americans to choose between food and Christmas gifts.  Republicans have signaled for weeks their intent to move beyond criticism of, the Affordable Care Act's federal online insurance marketplace, and focus on additional myriad looming problems with Obama’s signature health care reforms. GOP leaders said the website remains dangerously flawed and error-prone, but emphasized at their weekly news conference that the problems with Obamacare run far deeper than the technical glitches plaguing the website. MORE! 

Washington Examiner Editorial: Americans don't buy Obama's talk of economic 'recovery'--President Obama recently told ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, for example, that during the Great Recession of 2008, “we came in, stabilized the situation. The banking system works. It is giving loans to companies who can get credit. And so we have seen, I think undoubtedly,...CONTINUED!

Darrell Issa questions insurers on whether Obama knew of plans to drop plans, doctors--House investigators want to know when President Obama realized he could not uphold his repeated promise that "if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor" under the new health care law.  MORE!

Locals listen as Rev. Barber takes Art Pope critique to Maxway, Roses (Oooh nothing worse than those capitalists who create jobs!  Rev. Round would prefer to run these companies out of business, loose the jobs for the community, just to keep Pope for supporting Republicans. )  RALEIGH, N.C. — Two symbols of North Carolina politics — the chief opponent of Republican-approved laws and the state budget director who's helped promote conservatism for decades — met Monday in a rare back-and-forth over GOP policies and the director's family business.  The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP and budget director Art Pope debated briefly outside the government office building in Raleigh where Pope works and as Barber wrapped up a news conference singling out Pope for his activities.

Supreme Court to admit Obama broke law?  President Obama’s three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year were ruled unconstitutional by an appeals court, but the appointees are still in place as the dispute moves to the U.S. Supreme Court.  “Obama’s recess appointments are unprecedented power grabs, which if left to stand will turn the constitutional separation of powers on its head,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.  READ MORE!

Col Jon Lopey: Retired Policeman, Combat Vet, Sheriff with Top Secret Clearance - Denied Firearm Purchase (something more sinister a foot me thinks)--I was informed by a friend a few weeks ago that Jon Lopey was having a hard time with getting a permit for a firearm, I had to laugh. This man is one of the highest caliber men I have ever known. Colonel Lopey is what I call him. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. Then served thirty three years as a California Highway Patrolman as Captain and Assistant Chief. In his spare time he attended college and served in the Army Reserves as an Officer. Colonel Lopey was deployed several times during the duration of the War. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and one with Valor. After all of this, Colonel Lopey was recently denied a permit to purchase a firearm from the very government he has served faithfully during his career.  READ MORE!

Bombshell Study Finds 44% Increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women Having Abortions (These are the types of facts that need to be given with love to young women in trouble, if we are to win the argument)--A new systematic review and meta-analysis of abortion and breast cancer (ABC link) in China was just published four days ago in the prestigious, peer-reviewed international cancer journal, Cancer Causes and Control.  In this meta-analysis (a study of studies, in which results from many studies are pooled), Dr. Yubei Huang et al. reported that, combining all 36 studies on the ABC link in China that have been published through 2012, the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44%.  MORE!

Common Core Blotting Out the Civil War“If you haven’t heard of it, Common Core is essentially the federal government taking over our public education system, or to put it technically – “uniform national curriculum standards.” And hey, hey, hey, before you start throwing Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” thing in my face and saying I’m some Obama-hating contrarian, I’ll tell you right now, I think “No Child Left Behind” stunk as well.”  CONTINUED!

High Court ends Liberty U Lawsuit over health law--MORE!  

Minimum wage mind games--President Obama's sudden support of the Senate's $10.10 minimum- wage bill is partisan politicking of the worst kind. It's a desperate attempt to distract the public from the Affordable Care Act's dismal polling numbers -- and it ignores the simple fact that such a wage hike would be similarly disastrous to the small businesses that employ much of the minimum-wage workforce.  Read more! 

Will Obama’s 3rd term be granted by the ‘Me First Generation’? In a world where the New York Times can posit that the ‘Knockout Game’ Trend has no import—and gets away with it—no one can know the future, but with the way things are going it is only commonsense to worry your way into trying to do something about it.  People old enough to remember 70 years of Communism in the Soviet Union and its satellites before communism made its hurried move for a safe North America landing, stand their ground against the misery of Marxism planned for America by President Barack Obama.  But young people, who now over populate the ‘Me First Generation’, stand down against the advance of Marxism in the country they call home. MORE! 

Lies and Hypocrisy Are Essential Components of Liberalism--Recent events once again demonstrate that there is no point arguing with liberals. Reason, facts, truth – these bourgeois concepts mean nothing to the adherents of progressivism. You are never going to change the mind of someone who believes in nothing except the imperative of his own absolute power. You simply have to defeat him.  Progressivism is not a coherent ideology so much as a purpose – to control every aspect of our lives. It is about consolidating progressive power. Nothing else matters. That includes the truth.  Get it here! 

15 Signs That We Are Near The Peak Of An Absolutely Massive Stock Market--Bubble--One of the men that won the Nobel Prize for economics this year says that “bubbles look like this” and that he is “most worried about the boom in the U.S. stock market.”  But you don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner to see what is happening.  It should be glaringly apparent to anyone with half a brain.  The financial markets have been soaring while the overall economy has been stagnating.  Reckless injections of liquidity into the financial system by the Federal Reserve have pumped up stock prices to ridiculous extremes, and people are becoming concerned.  In fact, Google searches for the term “stock bubble” are now at the highest level that we have seen since November 2007.  MORE. 

Another Administration Lie Exposed-- Another lie by the Obama administration’s “recovery” has been exposed. The upturn in our GDP based on auto sales has been revealed to be nothing more than forcing dealerships to increase their inventory through channel stuffing. Just like the government’s false labor statistics, cars and trucks sitting on a dealer’s lot will not get us out of this depression. Nor will an artificial stock market.  CONTINUED. 

Common Core Creator Friends w/ Terrorist William Ayres?  These “Commies” all stick together. And, they want to control the minds of our children. Here’s an article that ties together the Communist friends of Common Core creator David Coleman.  “The Gates Foundation provided a $489,453 grant to the George Soros/Obama mouthpiece, the Center for American Progress, “to help communicate the importance of education reforms and support progressive states seeking to implement them.”  Gates and Soros are tied up in this Obama/Ayres/Annenberg/Coleman goal of brainwashing this generation into a global communist government.  MORE HERE!

Issa: FBI impeding inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups--The House’s chief investigator says the FBI is stonewalling his inquiry into whether the agency and the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative group True the Vote for special scrutiny, and Rep. Darrell E. Issa is now threatening subpoenas to pry loose the information from FBI Director James B. Comey Jr.   Mr. Issa, California Republican, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, are leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IRS inquiry. They also said the FBI is refusing to turn over any documents related to its own investigation into the IRS, which began in the days after an auditor’s report revealed the tax agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for special scrutiny.  READ MORE!

Obama launches effort aimed at HIV cure--The Obama administration is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at curing HIV, President Obama announced Monday.  A new initiative at the National Institutes of Health will be aimed at "advanc[ing] research toward an HIV cure," Obama said at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday. READ MORE!

#NCSEN: Baptist Church, Harris campaign intersect. (NO Robin Hayes money?)--We took a look at Thom Tillis’s money in a previous post.  Now, let’s look at the financial doings of Charlotte pastor-turned-candidate Mark Harris.  Two things that jump out at me: (1) multiple intersections of the campaign and Baptist organizations, and (2) the lack of ANY financial investment from anyone named HAYES.  READ MORE!

McCrory, local govts give $97K per job for already subsidized ethanol plant in Sampson Co....Ethanol-maker offered $6.3M for 65 fuel plant jobs--RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A long-anticipated $200 million ethanol plant that will turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel will go ahead, Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Monday.  The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County. The jobs will pay an average of $47,000 a year plus benefits, above the county average of $30,822.  READ MORE!

Pope, Barber exchange words over money, politics--RALEIGH, N.C. — State budget chief Art Pope came face to face with one of his most vocal critics Monday morning while responding to a planned picketing campaign targeting his family's chain of discount stores.  The state chapter of the NAACP and several left-leaning groups held a news conference outside the state budget office to announce the campaign targeting Variety Wholesalers, which includes Roses, Maxway and other stores.  READ MORE!

OBAMA-LINKED NONPROFIT TO COORDINATE SANDY HOOK ‘ANNIVERSARY EVENTS’ TO RAISE GUN CONTROL AWARENESS--Organizing for Action (OFA) announced Monday that it is coordinating “anniversary events” to commemorate the 2012 Newtown, Conn., shooting that killed 27 people, including 20 children. “When tragedy struck Sandy Hook elementary School last year, we mourned together as a nation,” the nonprofit group, which is an “overhaul of Obama’s reelection campaign,” as The Hill puts is, said in an email to potential supporters.  READ MORE! 

#NCSEN : Put A Cork In It.  Lefties have been giving me grief for personifying our junior US senator as a sock with ping-pong ball eyes and string for hair.  I wonder what they would say about McClatchy Rob likening Kay Hagan to a cork.  How disrespectful! A sock with ping pong ball eyes and string for hair is a lot more dignified than A CORKRob Christensen tells us that Senator Sock Puppet™ is being unfairly brutalized by TV ads paid for by those mean ol’ Koch brothers.  (Never mind all of those financial and propaganda contributions to the North Carolina Democratic Party and its candidates over the years by The Daniels Clan [former N&O owners] and The McClatchy Family [current N&O bosses].) READ MORE!

State lawmakers have tax credits on the chopping block

December 1, 2013

An NC Gun Blog

Why should I work?  Listen to Lucy from Austin, Texas answer that question

Coffeecare—You will love this!

More than 40 new NC laws take effect Sunday

NCFIRE has published 3 new reports for the month of November 2013.

The first one is our monthly crime report by confirmed and probable illegal aliens (57 pages) which can be viewed here:

The second one is a monthly list of confirmed and probable illegal alien absconders from N.C. justice (3,454 total) which can be viewed here:

The third is a list of the confirmed and probable illegal aliens that were charged with or have a court date for child rape, in the month of November (87 total) and can be viewed here:


NEW WORLD ORDER: Hacker Releases Names/Emails of 1000+ CFR Members…See Them Here--A hacker by the name of Guccifer has been exposing members of those referenced as the “ruling class.” He’s even pulled off linking Colin Powell and Tony Blair to the Bohemian Grove. In his latest hack he has released the emails of over 1000 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) members.  READ MORE!

The Finger of Doom--It was President Carter in 1979 who naively misunderstood the internal politics of Iran and let the Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, be overthrown by Islamists. Carter was overjoyed to let the Ayatollah Khomeini return from his exile in France to take over the Iranian state. Astonishingly as we look back now at his actions, Carter believed that he was undertaking a human rights agenda.  READ MORE!

IT BEGINS! Presidential Term Limits Going To Be Trashed? Redflagnews The push is on to get Obama a third term… the narrative is being constructed now for a referendum question on the next ballot… if they can get enough steam behind it.  ”The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country’s highest office is bad for the United States,”claims Jonathan Zimmerman a history and education professor at New York University.  READ MORE!

Republican doctors running for Congress amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco-- Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare.  “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill.  

#NCGA: Tale of the Tesla--Between turkey-induced food comas this long weekend, I did a little reading.  THIS Bloomberg piece — about the PR successes of the automaker Tesla — caught my eye.  It touched on a battle earlier this year in the North Carolina General Assembly:  Tesla Motors Inc. was in trouble in North Carolina. Prohibited from opening showrooms there, it was on the way to being unable to sell cars at all when the state Senate voted unanimously to block online auto sales.  READ MORE!

JLF-- Philly Fed: N.C. a ‘boom’ state: Business Insider notes the most recent monthly “state of the states” report from the Philadelphia branch of the Federal Reserve. It shows that, over the past quarter, 45 states experienced economic growth, and 10 of them recorded growth of 1.0 percent or higher. The Philly Fed calls those 10 the “boom states,” and, wait for it … North Carolina is one of them.  READ MORE!

Eye on 2016, Clintons Rebuild Bond With Blacks-- Inside Bright Hope Baptist Church, the luminaries of Philadelphia’s black political world gathered for the funeral of former Representative William H. Gray III in July. Dozens of politicians — city, state and federal — packed the pews as former President Bill Clinton offered a stirring eulogy, quoting Scripture and proudly telling the crowd that he was once described as “the only white man in America who knew all the verses to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ ”  But it was the presence and behavior of Hillary Rodham Clinton that most intrigued former Gov. Edward G. Rendell: During a quiet moment, Mrs. Clinton leaned over to the governor and pressed him for details about the backgrounds, and the influence, of the assembled black leaders.  READ MORE!

FBI warns about Americans joining Islamic fighters in Syria-- Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by Al Qaeda-linked militant groups and return to the U.S. as battle-hardened security risks.  READ MORE!

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