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Archive for 27 May 2010
Actually, I didn’t really miss the “press conference”. I chose not to subject myself to what I already knew would be a torturous ordeal. I did, however, catch a snippet on the radio later in the day, that almost made me run off the road. Have you ever tried picking your chin up off the floor board when you’re driving? Not easy. Trust me!
Obama’s News Conference: Blah, Blah, Blah
By Alan Caruba
The President, after a lapse of 309 days, held a news conference Thursday. It came shortly after news that earlier in the day the director of the Mineral Management Service, Elizabeth Birnbaum, had either resigned or been fired. Obama professed to not know the circumstances. Yeah. Sure.
What we do know is that Obama’s method of dealing with a news conference is to talk each question to death. In addition, he makes sure that we all know that, no matter what the problem under discussion, it was all George W. Bush’s fault.
Watching Obama’s head swivel back and forth between the TelePromters as he read his opening prepared statement for the first fifteen minutes or so was mildly comical and it occurred to me that he has become a real life parody of a Saturday Night Live parody, the latter of which is at least entertaining.
When the worm from Mexico, Calderon, lectured Americans while on the floor of OUR House, and the weasels gave him a standing ovation, I posted this, and wrote my Congress critter to ask why she, and the rest of the Republicans, didn’t get up and walk out.
This is what I received just a short time ago:
What a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns regarding illegal immigration and to express your support for enforcement rather than amnesty for illegal immigrants. Hearing from constituents on issues of concern is important to me and our office as we work to represent our district.
As you know, America has an illegal immigration crisis because our border enforcement is inadequate. The illegal alien population in the U.S. has grown to more than 12 million, which puts our national security at risk. Congressional inquiries have revealed a number of illegal aliens working at sensitive and critical infrastructure sites like nuclear power plants and military installations. As a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, I have fought for reforms that will stem the flow of illegal entry into the United States, and I have supported legislation to overhaul our border security, create new measures that would help employers verify the legal status of potential new employees, and oppose amnesty at every turn.
First and foremost, Congress must ensure that illegal immigrants cannot obtain valid drivers licenses and use those identification documents to further violate our laws to gain access to government services at taxpayer expense. As a state senator I led the effort to ensure that Tennessee driver licenses were not available to illegal aliens, and I’ve worked to pass the REAL ID Act in Congress, which was signed into law on May 11, 2005 as part of the Emergency Supplemental Wartime Appropriations Act. The REAL ID Act sets forth minimum standards for every state to follow when issuing a drivers license. This ensures that no one state can endanger the other 49 states with weak standards. In addition, a license cannot be issued without the applicant proving they are lawfully present in the United States.
Furthermore, I reintroduced the Charlie Norwood CLEAR Act of 2009 in the House of Representatives on May 15, 2009. This legislation clarifies that local law enforcement agencies have the inherent authority to detain illegal aliens and enforce immigration laws within the normal course of their duties. Currently, the lines of jurisdiction over detaining illegal aliens are burdensome and confusing for state and local law enforcement agencies. At present, if a local or state law enforcement agent comes across an illegal alien, many are forced to call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain the alien. With the short staff at the DHS, this rarely if ever happens and illegal aliens are released into the streets. It is my hope that Congress will consider the Charlie Norwood CLEAR Act of 2009 soon.
I have consistently worked to make immigration enforcement a priority in Congress, and I will not stop until the liberal majority of the U.S. House listens to the American people who are crying out for reform. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind and continue to play an active role in the immigration debate in the 111th Congress and beyond.
Please know that I appreciate both your interest and time in contacting us on this issue. As the discussion moves forward on this and other issues, please feel free to visit our website at www.house.gov/blackburn where you can sign-up for our email update, learn about constituent services, and find the latest legislative news and critical information that affects and concerns the people of Tennessee.
Member of Congress
Seriously? This is an answer to my question? A foreign leader mocks Americans for wanting to protect their borders, and not only do the Democrats give him a standing ovation, but the Republicans sit there, with their thumbs up their butts, and takes it? To say that I’m more than disappointed with this response, would be a MAJOR understatement!
Excuse me?? Marsha??? Will you PLEASE answer my question?
The word compromise is never music to the ears of passionate advocates for a cause. This is especially true for advocates of overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, a law that was supposed to be a suitable compromise itself in 1993.
But when idealism collides with political reality, risk avoidance and workable solutions become the goal. The deal that was reached on DADT this week between the White House, the Pentagon, gay rights groups (including my own), and pro-repeal champions on Capitol Hill is that workable solution and will get us where we need to go.
More than 14,000 proudly serving men and women have been abruptly fired from the military pursuant to the DADT law, and many more have voluntarily left the military because of the burden of serving under this unnecessary restriction. The DADT law prevents our armed forces from being able to recruit and retain troops from the largest possible pool of talent, and it is a stain on the integrity of our nation. We cannot afford to wait until next year to lock in full legislative repeal. Our country needs this now.
Read the rest here.
Even if I wanted to put aside my faith, I can’t do it. But, I’m wondering if those who are pushing for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” give a flying flip for the safety and well being of the gays serving in the military? I rather doubt it. This isn’t about our military, and those who serve bravely, homosexual or heterosexual. No, this is all about a political agenda, and the advancement of ‘moral relativism‘. Right and wrong are absolutes.
This Congress Has No Shame
On February 4, 2010, pushing for passage of her pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the House floor: “When I became Speaker of the House, the very first day we passed legislation that made PAYGO the rule of the House. Today we will make it the law of the land. … So the time is long overdue for this to be taken for granted. The federal government will pay as it goes.” That was the promise. But here is the reality: in the three years that Speaker Pelosi has enforced her PAYGO rule, the House has violated it by nearly $1 trillion.
And now with the U.S. Debt Clock officially passing the $13 trillion milestone Wednesday, the House is set to violate their own PAYGO law yet again, this time to the tune of around $150 billion. The legislation clocks-in at almost one-fifth the size of President Barack Obama’s original $862 billion failed economic stimulus, and the leftist majority in Congress has titled it “The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act.” And it is a tax-hiking, spending-exploding, job-killing, deficit-hiking wonder.
Saturday June 5, 2010 (The day before D-Day). Liberty Garden in Jackson, 5-7 pm. Spread the Word!
Gather with thousands of others, celebrating our freedoms (what few are left), and thank those who provide it! Freedom doesn’t come from the government! God grants us freedom! Our soldiers fight to let us keep it!
Make sure you bring a few items for the ‘care packages’ that will be shipped all around the world to our troops. A small “thank you” is the least we can do for them.
The US Southern Border, Arizona, Obama, and the North American Union.
by J. D. Longstreet
Those 1200 National Guard troops Obama is proposing to send to the US/Mexican border will be, for most intents and purposes, in the way of the Border Patrol trying to do their job. Pushing pencils and tapping on keyboards cannot take the place of an armed combat soldier walking guard along that border ready to challenge and “detain,” when necessary, anyone crossing onto American soil.
We desperately need a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf. Not a physical FENCE, not a virtual fence, – a WALL made of bricks and mortar! With a wall there is no excuse that one did not KNOW one was on the US side of the border.
We have US troops patrolling the borders of Iraq, of Afghanistan, of South Korea, and we used to patrol the border between the two Germanies during the recent Cold War. Somehow, we can provide border security for all those foreign countries – but — we cannot provide border security for the American people who are, after all, picking up the tab for all those border-patrolling efforts by US troops overseas! It makes no sense. At least until you know what is behind the US government’s reluctance to secure the border between the US and our southern and northern neighbors.
Read the rest here.
Contrary to what the left keeps spewing, wanting to control our own borders is NOT racist. With D’Bama and his minions throwing fuel on the fire, it wouldn’t surprise me if there were some sort of armed conflict between legals citizens, and illegal invaders. Oh….wait a minute. We already have that now. It’s called CRIME!
The problem is, the invaders are winning this battle, and the citizens are getting slaughtered while the government, sworn to protect the citizens is sitting on it’s thumbs, whining about racism. Or playing golf, or taking vacations, or attending fund raisers.