Thursday, December 20, 2012

Before banning rifles, look at the other top killers

The real truth about gun free zones

Nativity Flash Mob - Santa Monica, CA 2012

Rather than get angry about atheist attacks on Santa Monica’s 60-year nativity tradition, those involved in the flash mob decided “to do what matters most.” And what is that, you ask? Telling the Christmas story to as many people as possible.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Peta Kills Animals?

PETA Killed a Near Record-Breaking 95 Percent of Adoptable Dogs and Cats in its Care During 2011

Hypocritical Animal Rights Group Brings Pet Death Toll To 27,751
Washington, DC — Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online, obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed a staggering 95.9 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2011. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the notorious animal rights group has continued killing adoptable animals at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, at an average of 37 pets every week.

According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 1,911 cats and dogs last year while placing just 24 in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 27,751 pets have died at the hands of PETA workers.

"PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation, even as the group continues to lecture the American public with its phony ‘animal rights’ message," said Rick Berman, CCF’s Executive Director. "It appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats."

Despite its $37.4 million budget, PETA employees make little effort to find homes for the thousands of animals they kill every year.

A 2010 inspection of 290 PETA animal custody records performed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered that PETA killed 84 percent of the animals it took control of within only 24 hours. Additionally, the inspection discovered that PETA’s animal shelter didn't meet PETA’s own published guidelines for running a humane shelter.

"For the 13th year in a row, PETA’s leaders have shown they don’t care about the unlucky dogs and cats that come to its Norfolk facility," Berman continued. "It’s about time PETA’s ‘shelter’ is reclassified as a slaughterhouse."

CCF has obtained PETA’s "Animal Record" filings for every year since 1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members of the public can see these documents at

Pets Killed by PETA

Year Received† Trans-
Adopted Killed
2011 1,992 34 24 1.21% 1,911 95.9%
2010 2,345 63 44 1.86% 2,200 93.8%
2009 2,366 31 8 0.34% 2,301 97.3%
2008 2,216 34 7 0.32% 2,124 95.8%
2007 1,997 35 17 0.85% 1,815 90.9%
2006 3,061 46 12 0.39% 2,981 97.4%
2005 2,165 69 146 6.74% 1,946 89.9%
2004 2,655 1 361 13.60% 2,278 85.8%
2003 2,224 1 312 14.03% 1,911 85.9%
2002 2,680 2 382 14.25% 2,298 85.7%
2001 2,685 14 703 26.18% 1,944 72.4%
2000 2,681 28 624 23.27% 2,029 75.7%
1999 1,805 91 386 21.39% 1,328 73.6%
1998* 943 125 133 14.10% 685 72.6%
Total 31,815 574 3,159 9.93% 27,751 87.23%
* figures represent the second half of 1998 only
† Other than spay/neuter animals
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Great Freedom works video from this past weekend

This is a video from freedom works from this past weekends seminar on citizen involvement and the role of government. The video runs about 2 hours.

Video streaming by Ustream

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Opinion piece for the paper

For those people who support democrats, here is what James Carville (one of the big leaders of the democratic party) says about democrats in an interview:

“Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology."

“The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd."

“Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality."

“What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want."

“The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans."

“Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you’re smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.”

So are you a free thinker that can do your own research and figure it out for yourself or are you a mindless democratic zombie he describes? Please think for yourself and vote on Nov 6th.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

US deficit tops $1 trillion for fourth year

Amazing Chart that shows the unprecedented spending from O'bama.

US deficit tops $1 trillion for fourth year

Great RNC Web Ad: "Laughing at the Issues"

If you can seriously say that Biden is fit to be the president, please leave a comment.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Make the Moral Case for Free Enterprise

Great video to help you understand the economy and capitalism.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New video of Obama calls us racists!

Presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My opinion piece I wrote for the paper

I was wondering how people of faith can vote for the modern progressive democrats? A few planks in the democratic platform is for killing babies, same sex marriage and large government control. Did you see the huge number of people booing God when they tried to get God put back into the democratic platform? From my understanding of what I was taught and read in the bible, these stances are polar opposites of the teachings of Christ. While the republican platform is for saving all children, marriage between a man and a woman, and a small limited government that allows you to keep your money so you can help the needy locally. Do you realize that Christians helped to end slavery and to pass laws for civil rights and allowing women to vote?

 I believe if you vote for a democratic candidate, you are then complicit with their beliefs and stances which go against what is taught to people of faith. I am not trying to judge people (God does that), but trying to get people of faith to wake up to their beliefs and live their life that way.

This is a large problem facing our nation because people put moral relativism on there stances when they need to turn to the teachings of the bible. This is one of the many reasons the modern democratic party is now afraid of teaching the bible or allowing people to express their faith in public. If they allowed this free speech then the modern progressive democrats would never get elected by people of faith. People, this democratic party is not the same as your grandfathers democratic party.

I would like to end on a prayer for our elections:

Our Father and Our God, we praise you for your goodness to our nation, giving us blessings far beyond what we deserve. Yet we know all is not right with America. We deeply need a moral and spiritual renewal to help us meet the many problems we face. Help us to turn to you in repentance and faith. Set our feet on the path of your righteousness and peace. We pray today for those seeking public office. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. You have said, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." May this be a new era for America, as we humble ourselves and acknowledge you alone as our Savior and Lord. This we pray in Your holy name, Amen

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives a free Phone

This is not made up, this is what our country has become. Please, let's stop this madness and vote for Romney who will end the madness!

Remember this right after Obama's election:

Also this video from a couple of years ago:

And this video from the progressive Bill Maher: I am Barack O'bama and I approve these videos ....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Great video, please share - ‘Obama by the Numbers’

‘Obama by the Numbers’

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.
But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.
Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370.
What's more, premiums climbed faster in Obama's four years than they did in the previous four under President Bush, the survey data show.
There's no question about what Obama was promising the country, since he repeated it constantly during his 2008 campaign.
In a debate with Sen. John McCain, for example, Obama said "the only thing we're going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you. And we estimate we can cut the average family's premium by about $2,500 per year."
At a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2008, Obama promised that "We are going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president."

2008 Promises, 2012 Reality
To back that up, Obama pointed to a memo drafted by Harvard professors (and unpaid campaign advisers), which claimed that investing in health care IT, cutting administrative bloat, and improving management of chronic diseases would cut health costs by $140 billion a year. That would translate into $2,500 in premium savings for families.
But those projections were wildly optimistic, overestimating potential savings from IT, making big assumptions about disease management, and ignoring the fact that past government interventions have always increased health care administrative costs.
Meanwhile, the health reform law Obama signed in March 2010 has pushed up insurance costs.
In 2011, premiums spiked 9.5%, and many in the industry blame ObamaCare for at least part of it. Premiums climbed another 4.5% in 2012, Kaiser found.
And ObamaCare will continue to fuel health premium inflation.
First, the law piles on new coverage mandates. It requires insurance companies to provide 100% coverage for various types of preventive care, bans lifetime coverage limits, extends parents' coverage to offspring up to 26 years old, and requires plans to meet certain "medical loss ratios." Coming up are rules on "essential standard benefits," limits on deductibles, bans on annual spending caps, and much more.
The experience with state mandates show that they only tend to grow over time, and get more expensive. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance found more than 2,200 state benefit mandates, which add from 10% to 50% to the cost of coverage.
"One of the biggest cost drivers in our health care system is the steady proliferation of federal and state-based coverage mandates," noted CAHI's Victoria Craig Bunce.
Meanwhile, ObamaCare's insurance reforms — guaranteed issue and community rating — will likely raise premiums, too.

State Experiments
States that have tried these reforms — which forbid insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions or charging the sick more — have seen insurance premiums spiral upward as healthy people leave the market, knowing they are guaranteed coverage when they get sick.
"Premium rates tended to increase, sometimes dramatically" in the eight states that tried these reforms, according to a study by Milliman, a health care consulting group.
The law's backers claim the individual mandate will prevent these rate hikes, because it requires everyone to buy insur ance. But experts say millions will still refuse to buy coverage and pay the fine instead.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Gruber — who helped design ObamaCare — found that the law will hike individual market premiums in three states by as much as 30%. The Congressional Budget Office said ObamaCare would push them "about 10% to 13% higher in 2016."
Supporters say people will be getting more generous coverage for those higher prices, and that tax subsidies will offset higher cost for many of these families. But that will be small comfort to those forced to pay more.
Perhaps the best evidence that ObamaCare won't bring costs down is a report published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine and signed by nearly two dozen leading health economists and policy experts — some of whom worked for the Obama administration. The report warns that "health costs remain a major challenge" and calls for a "systematic approach" to get spending under control.
One thing that isn't on their list of proposals: Scrapping Obama-Care and starting over.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We can thank Obama for this too ....Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all

This is what Obama said:

And this is what is happened in numerous states:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it was cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, laying off 400 workers immediately by closing mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The mine shutdowns start Tuesday, while the rest of the layoffs will be completed by the end of the first quarter after Alpha fulfills current sales obligations, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said. In all, the layoffs amount to nearly a tenth of Alpha's 13,000-person workforce.
Alpha said it was closing four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. They are a mix of deep and surface mines, and all are non-union operations.
Company spokesman Ted Pile said most of the displaced workers may eventually be rehired, either assigned to new jobs in other locations or replacing outside contractors. Only 150 workers in West Virginia and three in Pennsylvania will not have any other employment opportunities with the company, he said.
Though some miners will stay on to seal the operations, most will either be reassigned or laid off immediately.
Support positions will also be cut proportionally as Alpha reduces its operating regions from four to two, Crutchfield said, and two executives will retire Nov. 1.
It wasn't immediately what other states would be affected by the still looming layoffs.
Crutchfield said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market, where coal companies face a dual challenge: Power plants are shifting to cheap, abundant natural gas, while companies like his face "a regulatory environment that's aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal."
The affected West Virginia operations are the Alloy deep mine near Powellton, the Alloy surface mine near Boomer, the Premium highwall mine near Gilbert and the White Flame Surface Mine near Wharncliffe. The Virginia mines are Guest Mountain deep mines No. 8 and No. 9 near Norton, and the Twin Star Surface Mine near Hurley. In Pennsylvania, Alpha will close its Dora deep mine in Jefferson County.
Bristol, Va.-based Alpha will cut production 16 million tons by early 2013 and reduce overhead by $150 million as it shifts away from thermal coal used in domestic power generation to concentrate on metallurgical coal used in steelmaking overseas.
Globally, "there remains a structural undersupply" of metallurgical coal, Crutchfield said, and Alpha expects to see demand grow by more than 100 million tons by the end of the decade.
Alpha's $7.1 billion acquisition of Massey Energy helped create "one of the most valuable met coal franchises in the world," Crutchfield said, effectively doubling its production potential. It has 25 million to 30 million tons of export capacity through the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, giving it the ability to scale up exports quickly, he said.
About 40 percent of Alpha's production cuts will come from high-cost eastern mines "that are unlikely to be competitive for the foreseeable future," Crutchfield said, while about half will occur in the Powder River Basin, the largest coal-producing region in the U.S. The basin is located in northeast Wyoming.
Alpha's Wyoming operations, Alpha Coal West, consist of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayre surface coal mines. Together, the mines have about 650 employees and produce about 50 million tons of coal a year, according to the Wyoming Mining Association. The number of layoffs that might occur there was unclear.
"We're still trying to figure out, with the reduction in production, what our operations will look like," said Mike Lepchitz, spokesman for the Belle Ayre Mine.
Crutchfield said "the elimination of jobs on this scale is something I take very seriously."
"Unfortunately," he said, "we think we have to do it to set the company on the right foot going forward."
In the long run, the new strategy will create a leaner, more agile company that can readily adapt to changing market circumstances, he said.
Politicians - mostly Republican - across the coalfields were quick to pounce on the announcement as further evidence that President Barack Obama's administration is waging a "war on coal" through new air-pollution standards, but many U.S. power companies have long planned to close or convert some of their aging, inefficient coal-fired plants.
"A group of government bureaucrats have decided the coal industry isn't something that they like, so they're going to try to force it out of business," said U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va. "This is appalling and it must stop."
In West Virginia, fellow Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said her constituents want to stay in their home state and raise their families, "but the president's extreme policies are cripplingly entire towns and making it harder for workers to find jobs."
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said the number of mining jobs in West Virginia fell by about 1,300 in the second quarter as other coal companies laid off workers and idled operations or shifted resources.
Chris Hamilton, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said layoffs are likely to continue through the end of the year and into the first quarter as operators struggle with both regulations and the loss of traditional customers such as power plants.
"There's no sign of that easing up anytime soon," he said. "We're clearly on the valley floor here of the cyclic nature of the industry."

By the Associated Press

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kid, I know how you feel

Seriously Yard Sale For Obama. What next, the poor to sell their blood for him?

Our glorious leader wants us to sell stuff for him ... I am not kidding! What an ego on these people. What next, the poor to sell their blood for him? This goes with sending wedding money to Obama and that is true!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Treasury: U.S. to lose $25 billion on auto bailout


Washington -The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That's 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.

In a monthly report sent to Congress on Friday, the Obama administration boosted its forecast of expected losses by more than $3.3 billion to almost $25.1 billion, up from $21.7 billion in the last quarterly update.
The report may still underestimate the losses. The report covers predicted losses through May 31, when GM's stock price was $22.20 a share.

On Monday, GM stock was trading down 6 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $20.49. At that price, the government would lose another $850 million on its GM bailout.

The government still holds 500 million shares of GM stock and needs to sell them for about $53 each to recover its entire $49.5 billion bailout.

Treasury spokesman Matt Anderson said the costs were still far less than some predicted.
"The auto industry rescue helped save more than one million jobs throughout our nation's industrial heartland and is expected to cost far less than many had feared during the height of the crisis," Anderson said.
The Obama administration initially estimated it would lose $44 billion on the bailout but reduced the forecast to $30 billion in December 2009.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decried the losses on the auto bailout and insisted that forcing GM and Chrysler Group LLC to go through bankruptcy first would have saved taxpayers money.
But President George W. Bush — who gave the automakers and their finance arms about $25 billion in his final weeks in office in bailout funds — said there wasn't time.

Taxpayers incurred a $1.3 billion loss on the $12.5 billion bailout of Chrysler.

The Treasury also has put on hold an initial public offering initially planned for last year in Ally Financial Inc. because of market weakness. The government holds a 74 percent majority stake in the Detroit auto finance company as part of its $17.2 billion bailout and has recovered $5.7 billion.

GM CEO Dan Akerson told employees at a town hall meeting Thursday that the company was working to take actions to boost the automaker's sagging price.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Paul Ryan: Entrepreneurial Capitalism vs Crony Capitalism

Please choose Paul Ryan as the VP candidate. He will energize the Grassroot Conservatives.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Quote for Today

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." 

Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stop the Tax on Religion

Stop the Tax on Religion
As the Supreme Court recently ruled, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is a tax and our religious institutions will now be taxed. This is being done by provisions tucked away in various corners of the bill that are additional taxes to fund the ACA.  As the law currently stands, a tax can be imposed on employers that have objections to mandates in Obamacare, based on the core tenets of their beliefs. According to a February 2012 Congressional Research Service Report, insurers and employers that do not comply with the HHS mandate could face a federal tax of $100 per day per employee, or a yearly tax of $36,500 per employee. Can our religious institutions afford paying the government this amount and still fund local causes and charities? This will stop much of the money now going to local soup kitchens and food banks from religious institutions that fund programs like these.
If I remember correctly, our constitution allows us to practice our religion without interference by government. Also, the progressive tax system was set up so that religious institutions were never taxed. Why does the government now feel obligated to tax all religious institutions? Is it because they need money to pay for something that was originally estimated to cost us $800,000,000,000 ($800 billion) and now has an estimated cost of over $2,000,000,000,000 ($2 trillion)? This tax is more than $2000 per taxpayer per year. The government is literally robbing Peter to pay Paul (pun intended).
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, has authored a new bill to remedy this. It's called the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act, H.R. 6097. Please call your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the Sensenbrenner bill, which will stop the tax on religious freedom!

Quote from James Garfield "Freedom can never yield its fullness of blessings so long as the law or its administration places the smallest obstacle in the pathway of any virtuous citizen."

Randy Kubetz
Wisconsin Citizens Involvement

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Great Opinion piece from John Kass @Chicago Tribune

When President Barack Obama hauled off and slapped American small-business owners in the mouth the other day, I wanted to dream of my father.

But I didn't have to close my eyes to see my dad. I could do it with my eyes open.

All I had to do was think of the driveway of our home, and my dad's car gone before dawn, that old white Chrysler with a push-button transmission. It always started, but there was a hole in the floor and his feet got wet in the rain. So he patched it with concrete mix and kept on driving it to the little supermarket he ran with my Uncle George.

He'd return home long after dark, physically and mentally exhausted, take a plate of food, talk with us for a few minutes, then flop in that big chair in front of the TV. Even before his cigarette was out, he'd begin to snore.

The next day he'd wake up and do it again. Day after day, decade after decade. Weekdays and weekends, no vacations, no time to see our games, no money for extras, not even forMcDonald's. My dad and Uncle George, and my mom and my late Aunt Mary, killing themselves in their small supermarket on the South Side of Chicago.

There was no federal bailout money for us. No Republican corporate welfare. No Democratic handouts. No bipartisan lobbyists working the angles. No Tony Rezkos. No offshore accounts. No Obama bucks.

Just two immigrant brothers and their families risking everything, balancing on the economic high wire, building a business in America. They sacrificed, paid their bills, counted pennies to pay rent and purchase health care and food and not much else. And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads.

I thought about this after I heard what Obama told a campaign crowd the other day, speaking about business owners and why they were successful.
"You didn't get there on your own," Obama said. "I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

If you've got a business, you didn't build that? Somebody else made that happen?

Somebody else, Mr. President? Who, exactly? Government?

One of my earliest memories as a boy at the store was that of the government men coming from City Hall.

One was tall and beefy. The other was wiry. They wanted steaks.

We didn't eat red steaks at home or yellow bananas. We took home the brown bananas and the brown steaks because we couldn't sell them. But the government men liked the big, red steaks, the fat rib-eyes two to a shrink-wrapped package. You could put 20 or so in a shopping bag.

"Thanks, Greek," they'd say.

That was government.

We didn't go to movies or out to restaurants. Everything went into the business. Uncle George and dad never bought what they could not afford. The store employed people, and the workers fed their families and educated their children and put them through college. They were good people, all of them. We worked together and worked hard, but none worked harder than the bosses.

It's the same story with so many other businesses in America, immigrants and native-born. The entrepreneurs risk everything, their homes, their children's college funds, their hearts, all for a chance at the dream: independence, and a small business of their own.

Most often, they fail and fall to the ground without a government parachute. But some get up and start again.
When I was grown and gone from home, my parents finally managed to save a little money. After all those years of hard work and denying themselves things, they had enough to buy a place in Florida and a fishing boat in retirement. Dad died only a few years later. You wouldn't call them rich. But Obama might.

Obama's changed. Gone is that young knight drawing the sword from the stone, selling Hopium to the adoring media, preaching an end to the broken politics of the past. These days, he wears a new presidential persona: the multimillionaire with the Chicago clout, playing the class warrior, fighting for that second term.
And he offers an American dream much different from my father's. Open your eyes and you can see it too. He stands there at the front of the mob, in his shirt sleeves, swinging that government hammer, exhorting the crowd to use its votes and take what it wants.


America, Where Art Thou? | Intellectual Takeout (ITO)

 A really good article on what has happened to us as a country.

America, Where Art Thou? | Intellectual Takeout (ITO)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Obama's Socialist Mantra: Risk Takers Are Free Riders


Ideology: In his war on American exceptionalism, President Obama has turned the sights on exceptional Americans. If you've built a successful business, it wasn't your dream or your sweat — somebody else made it happen.

The unbridled disdain President Obama has for the entrepreneurs who work hard and risk everything was made plain when he told supporters in Roanoke, Va.: "If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

This was stunning news and a colossal slap in the face to the millions of small-business owners who get up every day and by the sweat of their brow and the drive of their ambition still pursue the American dream in spite of the obstacles and hurdles this administration has put in front of them.

In Obama's collectivist world view, we are all ants on a socialist ant farm. We are sheep being led by a government shepherd. Wealth, as we now know, is not to be created but to be redistributed in the manner of the Marxist slogan — to each according to his need and from each according to his ability.

Your success, Obama says, is not your own. There "was a great teacher somewhere in your life," he tells us, and that somebody "invested in roads and bridges."

Is it a coincidence that virtually the only people President Obama gives credit to for anything are teacher and construction unions?

And, with apologies to Al Gore, we are told: "Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

So Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the founders of Google, Facebook and Twitter, are all parasitic pretenders.
Without government, there would have been no Mac computer or iPad? Michelangelo didn't paint the Sistine Chapel, you know. Credit must be given to the folks who built the scaffolding and the inventor of paint.
Of course, this is the president who, in a speech delivered at a high school in Osawatomie, Kan., last December, argued while a limited government that preserves free markets "speaks to our rugged individualism," such a system "doesn't work" and "has never worked" and that Americans must look to a more activist government that taxes more, spends more and regulates more.

Free-market capitalism and limited government took us from a colonial backwater to an economic and military superpower that could defeat Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Soviet Union and then put men on the moon simply because we wanted to.

Now we have an administration that says the American people are helpless without it while it outsources space travel to the Russians.

Forget Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers and the risk-taking dreamers still among us. They have a harder time these days, shouldering the highest tax and regulatory burdens in the world and beset by bureaucrats, regulators and environmentalists.

President Obama, the community organizer who never ran a business or met a payroll, wants to increase their energy and health insurance costs.

The president's plan to raise taxes on earnings above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) would hit 1.2 million small-business employers who pay their taxes through the individual income tax.

This condemnation of rugged individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit comes from a leader who has been dubbed the "food stamp president" and who has done more to increase dependence on government than any other. Let us see your college transcripts, Mr. President. And who helped you on your way besides Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers?

If risk-takers succeed, Mr. President, they do so in spite of government, not because of it. You want to take credit for everything and responsibility for nothing.

Look at the wreckage of your policies, sir, and take the blame instead.

Friday, July 13, 2012

2016: Obama's America | Official Movie Site

This movie explains so much of why O'bama is doing what he is doing to America and why he apologized for our country all over the world. Please see this!

2016: Obama's America | Official Movie Site

Monday, July 2, 2012

More corruption from the welfare society

A four-month investigation of the $340 million taxpayer-funded "Wisconsin Shares" welfare childcare program found the program rife with abuse and loopholes.

In one instance, research conducted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that four sisters with 17 children bagged $540,000.00 in taxpayer monies since 2006 by simply staying home and babysitting for each other.  The most shocking part: it's perfectly legal.

"It's a loophole," said Laurice Lincoln, administrative coordinator for child care with the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. "Do we have concerns about it? Yes, it can be a problem. But if it's allowed, it's allowed. We really can't dispute it."
There's more.
The Wisconsin Shares program also allows parents to work at childcare facilities where their kids attend. In one instance, the newspaper found an employer and parent team accused of bilking taxpayers for over $360,000. 
Part of the problem is that the Wisconsin Shares childcare subsidy program has wide parameters for what the state considers "work."  For example, the investigation found that mothers who "claimed to work ironing a man's shirts, drying fruit and selling artwork they made during art class" all received taxpayer-funded checks.
The program is so lax, it even pays parents to sleep.   As the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel points out, "Counties have no way to monitor whether parents are actually sleeping while their kids are in day care."
An estimated 34,000 Wisconsin families presently take advantage of the $340 million taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Shares program.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner

Love these patriotic rockers. We need more people who love our country voicing their opinions than the american haters out there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another opinion piece for the paper

I am really tired of politicians playing politics to get certain groups to vote for them or passing legislation to pander to certain ethnic groups. They are not trying to help us but they want to create a voting block because they gave them something. This is one of the many reasons for the recalls here in Wisconsin. People are just looking out for themselves and not for others. They only care about "promises" made by politicians who believe it or not often lie to the people they serve.

If we are all selfish and not willing to make sacrifices, then we will no longer have a free Republic but we will be a slave in a Democracy for only certain groups of people. Like Booker T. Washington said “Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them."

Another great quote from Booker T. Washington “Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It’s wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in their people! You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him."

Randy Kubetz
Wisconsin Citizens Involvement

Monday, June 11, 2012

Amazingly bad! Fed: Americans’ wealth dropped 40 percent

The net worth of the American family has fallen to its lowest level in two decades, according to government data released Monday, driven by a more than 40 percent drop in their stakes in their homes.

The Federal Reserve’s detailed survey of consumer finances showed families’ median wealth plunged from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 — a 39 percent decline. That put them on par with median wealth in 1992.

The Fed’s data underscore the depth of the wounds of the Great Recession and how far many families remain from healing. The median value of Americans’ debt did not change between 2007 and 2010. Meanwhile, the housing market crash inflicted particularly severe damage, with the Fed showing that the median value of Americans’ equity in their homes plunged 42.3 percent between 2007 and 2010.

The survey is conducted every three years, and this report offers one of the most exhaustive looks to date at the greatest economic upheaval in a generation. Although there have been some signs that the recovery has picked up steam — housing prices have begun to stabilize and unemployment has fallen — Fed economists said those improvements largely do not change the survey results.

“Recovery from the so-called Great Recession has also been particularly slow,” the Fed said in its report.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

More scary Fed news: Under Obama, Fed’s Holdings of U.S. Debt Have Jumped 452%

( -  Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the Federal Reserve’s holdings of U.S. government debt have quintupled, according to the Fed’s official monthly balance sheet.
On Jan. 28, 2009, a week after Obama’s nomination, the Fed owned $302 billion in U.S. Treasury securities. On April 25, 2012, the latest date reported, the Fed owned five and a half time that much in U.S. Treasury securities--$1.668 trillion.

That is an increase from January 2009 of $1.366 trillion—or 452 percent.

Under Obama, the Federal Reserve has become the single largest owner of U.S. government debt. When Obama entered office, entities in the People’s Republic of China were the largest holders, followed by entities in Japan. At the end of January 2009, China owned $739.6 billion in U.S. government debt and Japan owned $634.8 billion.

By the end of March 2012, China’s holdings of U.S. debt had grown to $1.1699 trillion and Japan’s holdings had grown to $1.083 trillion.

Together, the Federal Reserve, China and Japan had increased their holdings of U.S. debt by $2.2445 trillion since Obama took office.

The total U.S. government debt grew from $10.6179 trillion to $15.6233 between Jan. 28, 2009 and April 25, 2012. Leaving out the intragovernmental debt—which the federal government owes itself—the publicly owned part of the U.S. government debt has climbed from $6.2955 trillion to $10.8607 trillion, an increase of $4.5652 trillion.

The $2.2445 trillion of that new publicly owned U.S. government debt that was purchased by the Fed, China and Japan equals 49 percent of all the new debt the U.S. government has sold to the public since Obama took office.

Leftist goes nuts and threatens to kill our Governor

Many, many, many threats here:

Let's celebrate our military since Obama did not honor D-Day

Friday, June 1, 2012

Really bad jobs numbers

U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering.

The Labor Department also says the economy created far fewer jobs in the previous two months than first thought. It revised those figures down to show 49,000 fewer jobs created.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months.

The economy is averaging just 73,000 jobs per month over the past two months.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New opinion piece

Conservatives try to understand progressive liberal positions. To conservatives, liberal positions are hypocritically, sometimes immoral or just plain foolish. Here are some questions that conservatives have about liberal contradictory positions.

How can liberals claim to be supporters of labor and unions when they support environmental restrictions that limit development and eliminate jobs?

How can liberals claim to support the expansion of the economy when they favor government regulations that limit entrepreneurship and when they tax profitable investments?

How can liberals claim to help citizens achieve the American dream when they punish financial success through the progressive income tax and laws that target certain groups?

How can liberals claim to be helping people in need when they support social welfare programs that make people dependent on the government and keep people in poverty?

How can liberals claim to be for equality of opportunity for all, when they promote racial, ethnic, and sexual favoritism by supporting affirmative action that only helps certain people?

How can liberals claim to favor the rights of children and families, yet they sanction the murder of children by supporting the practice of abortion through planned parenthood?

These are a few questions to think about when deciding who you want to vote for.

Randy Kubetz
Wisconsin Citizens Involvement

Friday, May 25, 2012

Four Stages of Mind Control

The Yuri Factor Four Stages of Mind Control  
by Patricia Aiken

One of the privileges of working at The Idaho Observer office is answering calls from subscribers. No matter how brief or long the conversation, the topic seems to invariably lead to the frustration of sharing truth. “Why can’t they see this? I showed them the paper, DVD, photos, websites”…fill in the blank. It’s safe to say we’ve all experienced this more often than we care to. When I stumbled upon videos of a KGB defector from lectures in the 1980’s, I finally understood. In fact, a colleague and I have a code word for this experience that doesn’t alleviate the frustration but does shorten the discussion. “Yuri.” That’s all we say now. So if you happen to call the office and we get to that point in the conversation, feel free to just say “Yuri”.
In 1984 G. Edward Griffin interviewed Yuri Alexandrovic Bezmenov. Born in 1939 in suburban Moscow, the son of a high ranking Soviet Army officer, he was educated in elite schools inside the Soviet Union. Bezmenov developed an expertise in Indian culture and languages. He went on to a career as a “journalist” for Novosti, which was and still is the press agency of Russia. It’s also a front for the KGB. After becoming totally disgusted with the Soviet system and at great risk to his life, Bezmenov defected to the West in 1970. He escaped disguised as one of the many hippies that had flocked to India for enlightenment. Ardently Pro-American, he began writing and lecturing on the subject of propaganda, disinformation, and ideological subversion.
Bezmenov explained that psychological warfare has little to do with James Bond style spies. Hollywood’s fascination with espionage films is romanticized to sell more advertising. “But in reality the main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence at all.” He estimated only 15 percent of time, money and manpower is spent on Bond-type espionage, the other 85 percent is the slow process of ideological subversion or psychological warfare. The goal is to change the perception of reality of every American that “despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusion in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.” This tremendous brainwashing process goes very slowly and is divided into four basic stages. America is clearly in the last stages.

Stage One- Demoralization

It takes 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation [i.e. corrupt morally]. This is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students by exposing them to enemy ideology. “In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of American students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism; American patriotism.” The KGB’s activity was directed towards compiling huge amounts of information on individuals instrumental in creating public opinion. They included publishers, editors, journalists, actors, educators, political science professors, politicians and leaders in business. These individuals are divided into roughly two groups- those who would tow the Soviet foreign policy and those who would refuse. Those that go along are promoted to positions of power through media and public manipulation. Character or physical assassination awaits those that refuse. Even the pro-Marxist, when he has outlived his usefulness, is targeted for death or imprisonment. Bezmenov gives a handy tour of the Marxist foreign policy hit list- Nicaragua, Grenada, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba and Vietnam. “Idealistic, leftist communists are the useful idiots; the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of Soviet or Communist or Socialist or whatever system; when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies.” His KGB instructors specifically made the point, “never bother with leftists, forget about these political prostitutes - aim higher”. Large circulation, established conservative media, rich movie makers, intellectuals in academic circles are the goal. Cynical, ego-centric people, suffering from self-importance, who lack morals, are the most desirable recruits. In other words, the sociopath.
The first stage of psychological warfare has long been complete. Bezmenov pointed out that “America is stuck, even if you start right now this minute; you start educating [the] new generation of Americans - it will still take you 15 to 20 years to turn the tide of ideological perception of reality, back to normalcy and patriotism.
“The result? The result you can see -- most of the people who graduated in the 60’s, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational systems. You are stuck with them. You can’t get rid of to them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words [for] these people the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To rid society of these people you need another 15 or 20 years to educate a new generation of patriotically minded and common sense people who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.”
The good news, if there is any, is the psychological shock when the idealists see “what the beautiful society of equality and social justice means in practice, obviously they will revolt. They will be very unhappy, frustrated people, and Marxist Leninist regime does not tolerate these people. Obviously they will join the [ranks] of dissenters; dissidents. Unlike the present [1984] United States there will be no place for dissent in future Marxist-Leninist America.
“The demoralization process in the United States is basically completed already for the last 25 years [50 years]. Actually, it’s over fulfilled because demoralization now reaches such areas where not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even dream of such tremendous success. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans thanks to lack of moral standards. As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him, even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents and pictures. Even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him the concentration camps...he will refuse to believe it.... until he is going to receive a kick in his fat bottom. When the military boot crashes - then he will understand, but not before that. That’s the tragedy of the situation of demoralization.”

Stage Two- Destabilization

“At this stage, [the] subverter does not care about your ideas and the patterns of your consumption. Whether you eat junk food and get fat and flabby doesn’t matter anymore. “It only takes 2 to 5 years to destabilize a nation. This time what matters is essentials; economy, foreign relations, [and] defense systems. And you can see it quite clearly that in some... sensitive areas such as defense and [the] economy, the influence of Marxist-Leninist ideas in the United States is absolutely fantastic. I could never believe it 14 years ago when I landed in this part of the world that the process will go that fast.”

Stage Three- Crisis.

This is where we are today. “It takes only up to 6 weeks to bring a country to the verge of crisis. You can see it in Central America now [1984]; and after crisis, with the violent change of power structure and economy.”

Stage Four- Normalization

“After the crisis, following the violent change of regime, structure and economy, comes what is called the phase of normalization, which can last indefinitely. Normalization is an expression of great cynicism, after the Soviet propaganda. When the tanks invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Brezhnev said: Now the situation is normalized in Czechoslovakia.” Normalization includes promises of “all kinds of goodies, and paradise on Earth. To destabilize your economy, to eliminate the principle of free market competition; and to put a big brother government in Washington D.C.; with benevolent dictators like [1984] Walter Mondale [2008 Obama] who will promise lots of things. Never mind whether the promises are fulfilled or not. He will go to Moscow to kiss the bottoms of a new generation of Soviet Assassins. He will create false illusions that the situation is under control. Situation is NOT under control. Situation is disgustingly out of control. Most of the American politicians, media, and educational system train another generation of people who think they are living at the peacetime. False. United States is in a state of war; undeclared, total war against the basic principles and foundations of this system. And the initiator of this war is not Comrade Andropov of course - it’s the system. However, ridiculous it may sound, [it is] the world Communist system, or the world Communist conspiracy. …Unlike me, you have literally several years to live on unless United States wake up. The time bomb is ticking. With every second the disaster is coming closer. Unlike me, you will have nowhere to defect to, unless you want to live in Antarctica with penguins. This is it; this is the last country with freedom and possibility.” In 1984, Bezmenov felt America needed a large national effort to educate people in the patriotic sense of values with an explanation of the real danger of a socialist, communist, Big Brother state welfare system. His words were indeed prophetic. “If people fail to grasp the imminence of this danger and this development, nothing will help the United States. You can say goodbye to your freedoms. All your freedoms disappear; they will be charred in a few seconds- and with your precious lives.” His last admonition was to force the government- “and I do not mean send letters, petitions, or other noble and beautiful work of this kind- I’m talking about forcing the government to stop aiding communism.”

A Relatively Concise Brett Kimberlin Timeline

It’s Friday!  You know what that means?  It’s Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day!
You might want to poke around Lee’s site to see what else he has to say about Kimberlin.  It’s a lot.  We’re really lucky to have a big name like him investigating Kimberlin’s past.  Lee also notes Kimberlin is a dangerous guy; let us never forget that.
Also, Smitty over at The Other McCain has an important post about why this event matters.  It’s about freedom of speech, people!

So my effort is to give you a brief timeline of events during the investigation into the Speedway bombing, with some explanation.  I’ve taken this info from four basic articles, which you can find here, here, here, and here .  I’m offering this information only as reporters did at the time of the trial and later, so that you understand what leads the police were following.

1978: Brett Kimberlin owns a health food store/vegetarian restaurant in Broad Ripple.  Police believe the store may be a front for drug trafficking and have Kimberlin in their sights.

July 29, 1978: Julia Scyphers is murdered.  She answered a knock at her front door; a man inquired about some items she had available at a recent yard sale.  Julia led him out to the garage.  She was shot once in the back of the head.  Her husband caught a glimpse of the man at the door and saw the getaway car speed away from their home.  At first, investigators are stymied as to why Scyphers was murdered, as she seemed to have no enemies, save one: Brett Kimberlin, her daughter Sandra’s employer and boyfriend.  Kimberlin seemed to have a less than wholesome interest in one of Julia’s granddaughters.

Sept 1- 6, 1978: Eight bomb blasts ring through Speedway, Indiana  The final blast injures Carl DeLong and his wife.  The police suspect that the bombings were intended to distract the police from the Scyphers’ murder case; however, between 50 and 100 ATF agents descend on Indianapolis to assist local police with the investigation.

Sept 20, 1978: Kimberlin is picked up by Army investigators when a print shop owner alerts them about a suspicious customer.  Kimberlin is wearing a security guard’s uniform with DoD insignia and asking for copies of military drivers’ licenses and other materials to be made.  When officers arrive, he attempts to hide the incriminating evidence by eating it.  As a result of this, investigators decide to hold him overnight.

Sept 21, 1978: With search warrants in hand, investigators search Kimberlin’s 1970 Impala, which he drove to the print shop the day before; they find bomb-making materials, including timers which match those found at the scene of the Speedway bombings.  At the same time, another team of investigators searches a Jackson County property owned by the Kimberlin family.  There they find a buried steel tank containing 1000 lbs of marijuana, along with Tovex used to blast the rock to install the underground tank.  This Tovex will later link Kimberlin to other incidents.

Nov 17, 1978: Investigators interview Sandra Barton (Julia Scyhphers’ daughter and employee/girlfriend of Kimberlin).  That same night, at a nearby Burger Chef restaurant, four employees are kidnapped and murdered.  Their bodies are found two days later, two shot execution style, one stabbed to death so viciously the blade broke off inside the body, and one died from blunt force trauma to the head.  No known motive exists, nor were the suspects ever found.  There were rumors one of the employees may have been involved in a drug deal.  Investigators suspected this might have been the work of Kimberlin and his associates, but they were never charged.  The murders remain unsolved to this day.
In an attempt to build a case against him, Kimberlin is still free.

Feb 8, 1979: Local authorities receive a tip from Texas border agents about a group of suspects they’ve rounded up.  Among them are Brett Kimberlin and his pilot, Robert Scott Bixler.  The group is released but placed under surveillance.

Feb 16, 1979: Kimberlin and his associates are at a secret airstrip they’ve carved out in the Texas desert, awaiting a shipment of Columbian marijuana.  They are being watched by local and federal agents.  The plane is unable to land, due to heavy fog, and dumps its million dollar cargo over a 125 mile area.  Texas agents recover the bales of pot, while Kimberlin and his gang are arrested.  Kimberlin will later claim he was simply riding around out in the desert when cops picked him up for no reason.
Armed with photos of the drug crew, investigators show the images to Fred Scyphers, who recognizes William “Bill” Bowman as the man who came to his front door on July 29, 1978, luring his wife to her death.
Kimberlin and Bowman are still free, after being charged for the Texas “pot bombing” incident.

Feb 27, 1979: Based on Fred Scyphers’ identification of him, Bowman is arrested for the murder of Julia Scyphers.  Investigators hope that Bowman will admit that Kimberlin was behind the hit on Scyphers.
Feb 28, 1979: A federal grand jury indicts Kimberlin in the Speedway bombing case.

Mar 11, 1979: Sandra Barton’s sister, Patricia — who lives in Texas — contacts authorities to report she found a sack hidden in her backyard.  The contents of the bag — blasting caps, blue-and-white Mark Time timers, an AR-15 rifle and 14 plastic-covered sausages of Tovex 200 with factory markings — further connect Kimberlin to the Speedway bombings and the Tovex used to blast away rock for the buried steel tank at the Jackson county property.  Informants state they saw Kimberlin plant the bag, in an attempt to frame Patricia and her husband for the Speedway bombings.  (Sandra Barton’s daughters were now living with Patricia.)

Mar 14, 1979: Fred Scyphers dies of cancer.  With his death, the case against Bowman in the Scyphers murder collapses.

Nov, 1979: Kimberlin enters a guilty plea for charges related to the Texas marijuana smuggling case and is sentenced to 4 years.

Sept, 1980: Kimberlin is tried for the Speedway bombing incident.  A federal jury is unable to reach a decision on the bombing, but does convict him for impersonating a federal officer.  He receives a 12-year sentence.

October 15, 1981: Kimberlin is found guilty of the Speedway bombings and receives a 50-year sentence.

February 23, 1983: Carl DeLong, victim of the final Speedway blast, commits suicide.  He was in constant pain as a result of his injuries.  Later that year, DeLong’s wife, Sandra, won a $1.6 million settlement from Kimberlin, which she never collected.

October/November 1988: Kimberlin launches himself into the national spotlight by claiming a week before the elections that Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle purchased marijuana from him on a regular basis, back in the early 1970s.  This story gets picked up by Nina Totenburg and many media outlets — television networks, newspapers, and news magazines — all of whom seek interviews.  The prison first insists that there should be a press conference where all reporters may ask their questions, rather than separate interviews, but the press conference never takes place.

This is the basis for the “political prisoner” charge Kimberlin would later make, as well as the reason he became a romantic hero among the movers and shakers of the left, who feel the 1988 election was “stolen” because of this incident.

In 1991 and ’92, in order for the election not to be “stolen” again, various leftists begin flogging the Kimberlin/Quayle drug story, among them Gary Trudeau.

In 1994, Kimberlin is paroled, after serving about 13 years of his 50-year sentence. Because he made no effort to pay the DeLong judgment, his parole was revoked in 1997 and he went back to prison for about four more years  He was finally released in 2001.

This last bit is just me asking some questions, based on the timeline I’ve laid out.  It’s purely speculation, and is offered as such, not as demonstrable fact.

1994… I wonder who was President at that time?  And wasn’t there a drug trafficking story in Clinton’s background, as well?  Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?  Could Kimberlin’s early release have been a “thank you” for helping Clinton win the election?

I don’t know, I’m just asking questions here.

This article may be freely reposted all or in part.  Because we want the word spread far and wide about the kind of person Brett Kimberlin is.

Update: While my post deals with events in Brett Kimberlin’s past, Patterico’s blog has a new post about what wee Brett and his friends have been up to more recently.  It’s a long read but worthwhile, because it gives you a very good idea of the kind of people we’re dealing with.  Dangerous people

Monday, May 21, 2012

My piece for the paper: What are these elections realy about.

Are you aware what these “recall” elections are really about? What are this November's national elections all about? It is not about choosing between Democrats or Republicans. These elections are a choice between a big government (Socialism or Communism) or a limited small government (Constitutional Republic). If you are not sure what this means to you here are a few quick examples to get you thinking.

Think: Do you either want a government run health care system where you will rely on the government to pick what is right for you and what tests your doctor should run, or, you choosing what is right and you talking with your doctor to determine the tests you might need for the best course of action?

Decide: Do you want the big unions, backed by the government, deciding state policies and rules or do we the people choosing the individuals we hire for government jobs and set the rules. Do we allow the unions to “protect” their people regardless of what they do on the job or allowing people to be fired for doing things that are obviously wrong.

Choose: Do you allow the government to decide what is the right type of speech or do you want truly free speech where people can say stupid things (which in turn tells you all about them). When speech is censored it does not allow us to see the real individual. Allowing people to speak their mind tells us what we need to know about them.

Consider: Do you want government-run businesses where they never fail and get “bailed out” or a free market where if you run a business poorly it goes out of business and someone else is allowed to take their place if that business is truly needed. This goes along with the government choosing solar and wind companies that fail because it is based on something people do not want and is not sustainable or do you allow the free market to explore other alternatives like natural gas or hydrogen because they might work better.

There are many more examples, but ultimately, you need to decide what you really want our country to be. Do you always want others to decide your future or are you in control of your life? Do you want to rely on a big lumbering government to always be there for you or allow local people to help one another and to choose what is right for their community? Do you want the government to run just one approved church or allow people to have choices on which religion they practice (this is why our forefathers left Europe originally).

May I suggest you read the book “The 5000 Year Leap” or, if you have time, read “Atlas Shrugged.” Your local library has these books. They will help you decide what you want your choices to be about, because choosing between these types of government will affect your life and the lives of your children. Please feel free to call me if you want to discuss this further, or if you would like to meet. I am in the phone book.

I close with a quote from Ayn Rand: “Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution...the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.”

Randy Kubetz
Wisconsin Citizens Involvement

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gas Prices under Obama

Obama Inserts Himself Into Other Presidents’ Bios

Obama Inserts Himself Into Other Presidents’ Bios: 

• On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

• In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.

• President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965 — providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”

• On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.

• In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Strong numbers for Gov Walker

Amazingly that the four Dem candidates combined for 646,076 votes while Walker pulled 613,597 votes. The strong showing for Walker, when he really did not need people to show up, is a great sign for keeping him in office and showing the country that the recall was really a sham put on by a minority of voters. Let us all help you candidates and make sure you vote on June 5th.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Interesting article written by Glenn Grothman

Collective Bargaining Repeal: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Wisconsin Schools
The repeal of much of Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law with regard to many of Wisconsin’s public employees has not been adequately explained. This repeal will do more to improve the quality and lower the cost of Wisconsin government than anything else we’ve done. There are approximately 275,000 government employees in the state of Wisconsin. About 72,000 work for the state, 38,000 for cities and villages, 48,000 for counties, 10,500 (full time equivalent) for technical colleges, and 105,229 for schools.  Only half of state employees are unionized, but almost all school employees are.
As you can see, the biggest impact will be on Wisconsin’s schools. Since my office has received the most complaints from school teachers, let’s look at how collective bargaining affects both the cost and quality of our schools.
Under current law, virtually all conditions of employment have to be spelled out in a collectively bargained agreement. Consequently, it is very difficult to remove underperforming school teachers. It may take years of documentation and thousands of dollars in attorney fees to fire a bad teacher. Is it right that two or three classes of second graders must endure a bad teacher while waiting for documentation to be collected? Just as damaging is the inability to motivate or change the mediocre teacher who isn’t bad enough to fire. Good superintendants are stymied when they try to improve a teacher who is doing just enough to get by.
While most teachers care about their students, some only “teach to the contract.” An elementary school teacher’s contract may require just seven hours and forty-five minutes a day in school. If the principal wants to have a meeting after school to discuss curriculum, or requests a meeting with parents of a troubled student, a teacher could say that this is not in the contract. Recall the recent flare-up when Fond du Lac teachers objected to having to work eight hour days.
Another problem affecting our schools’ quality is that payment for individual teachers is not based on merit but on a union negotiated pay schedule. A mediocre teacher with a master’s degree and additional college credits gets more money than a superior teacher who doesn’t have as many college credits. This is clearly unfair, and destroys healthy incentives that would encourage teachers to be more effective.
If enrollment drops, teachers must be let go. In practice, this means that collective bargaining causes the better teachers with less seniority to be laid off. If that’s not bad enough, a teacher who has never taught third grade may get to move ahead of a good third grade teacher because of union bumping rights. You also have to ask the union for permission to “share” a teacher with another school district if you want to give students more options. If you want to borrow another district’s teacher for a day to offer Mandarin Chinese, you must ask the union to sign off. The same could be true of offering new electives online for particularly gifted and talented students.
It has been well reported that, under collective bargaining, districts have been stuck with the teacher union insurance company which can cost $3,000 or more per teacher than a plan that is virtually identical to that which another company is willing to provide. Switching to Health Savings Accounts like the private sector is out of the question.
The teachers union must agree to changes in the schedule.  If a school district wants to set their schedule so that it is the same as private schools to save money on school bussing, the union must sign off. 
A teacher may be entitled to 13 paid personal days. All this for employees who may only be required to work 190 days a year in the first place. There is also the cost of time spent negotiating seventy page contracts.
Clearly, collective bargaining penalizes schools and students, costs an exorbitant amount of money, and lowers the quality of education in Wisconsin. The same story could be told for tech schools, cities, counties, and the state. Tech schools may have to pay the same amount for teachers in very different fields. If such a school needs to offer a good salary to attract talented teachers for dental hygiene or tool and die, that’s understandable. Must Milwaukee Area Technical College, however, pay well over $100,000 to teach someone how to pass their GED? The compensatory problems that are a problem in our K-12 system hurt our tech schools, in my opinion, even more.
Counties or cities may want more flexibility to transfer employees between departments. Why should a local government not be able to switch people from roads to parks? Racine County was sued by the union for using jail inmates to do landscape work on medians. Volunteers have been unable to help out because of union contracts.
The removal of collective bargaining in prisons will also save money. Under collective bargaining, guards could call in sick on first shift and work overtime on second shift. Similar to counties, you could not shuttle people back and forth between job descriptions. If a prisoner must go to the hospital, the prison may have to send a transporter who is on overtime to take the prisoner to the hospital rather than an extra prison guard who is not in the prison at that time.
Franklin Roosevelt originally said that unions and government do not mix. After reviewing some union contracts, I can see why. Jimmy Carter, a Democrat backed by a Democratic Congress, greatly reduced collective bargaining for federal employees via the Civil Service Reform Act. Even President Obama has not tried to restore these rights. Massachusetts Democrats recently passed a bill divesting government employees of the power to collectively bargain most health-care benefits.
While we did not eliminate collective bargaining, we certainly reduced its scope in Wisconsin. As a direct result, the cost savings are significant at all levels of government. (Cost savings to schools from having school employees pay a small part of their health insurance and pension costs more than offset the mild reduction in education funding.) But, the most important benefit will be an improvement in the quality of our schools as efficiency, personnel decisions, compensation decisions and methods of teaching children will not be subject to union meddling and obstruction.