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To Sheila Jackson-Lee, With Love
by Sam Janney
Dear Ms. Jackson-Lee,
It has come to our attention, the conservative bloggers of the world that you would prefer if we “shut up.” We had no idea that we were in any way offending your delicate, tender sensibilities and from the bottom of our hearts, we are sorry.
We are sorry you are so obviously intimidated by our conservative voice that you feel the need to tell us to “shut up.” Honestly, being strong supporters of the first amendment we thought you, as a representative of the people, would be as well. You have been known to voice an abundance of ignorant statements, and while we snicker a bit at you, we would never insinuate in any way that you should shut up. Okay, we might wish you would educate yourself before opening your big mouth, but we would never just blatantly express such disdain for you, especially on television.
We are sorry you feel the need to continue down the path of division, propagating racism and class warfare. Granted, we know you have an agenda to push (all politicians do), but it saddens us that this is your passion. In the same interview where you told conservative bloggers to “shut up,” you also said that it shouldn’t be “Buy American,” it should be “Buy African American.” Personally, we feel that regardless of race, color, sex or creed, we are all Americans and are perplexed that you would want to segregate the black community as part of your agenda.
We are sorry you can’t see the bigger picture when it comes to challenges facing our great country, and would rather focus on creating a climate where conservatives are the bad guys and liberals are the victims. While we focus on the ability of all people to succeed on their own accord, you continue to push the idea that government is the answer to all our woes and even go as far as to tell people they are entitled and should go out of their way to become dependent via government programs. This is ironic because ultimately government dependence creates a cycle of poverty, trapping people and in a way, enslaving them. You of all people, who recently said you “Stand here as a freed slave…” should understand this more than anyone.
Finally, we are sorry you clearly don’t understand what it is we’re trying to accomplish. We are only a threat if you or your colleagues are lying to the American people, stealing from them or behaving in a way that we find unacceptable in an elected official. If you are honest, forthcoming and truly working under the Constitution to do what is right for this country, you need never worry about us.
Of course, since you wouldn’t understand the Constitution if we explained it to you with puppets and crayons, then yes, you should worry. We’ll see you in the blog-o-sphere.
…there were REAL reporters, a REAL media, and a reasonably informed public.
The network morning shows on Thursday went into tabloid overdrive for the Jodi Arias verdict and an abduction case in Ohio, offering a staggering 56 minutes of coverage.
In contrast, NBC, CBS and ABC allowed just under seven minutes combined to hearings on the 2012 terrorist murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya. This is a disparity of eight-to-one.
Does anyone remember back when the news was just that….news? Something happened, it got reported. Not analyzed, but reported…with the who, what, when, where, and how. We had investigative reporters, getting to the bottom of a story, “just the facts, ma’am”. I vaguely remember that time. Do you? If not, you are younger than I am, and I feel bad you have nothing to compare with the current crop of talking heads.
Here’s a video of Beck discussing this issue:
If you rely strictly on one source for your information, you are depriving yourself of a lot of valid information! Jodi Arias murdered her boyfriend, found guilty. Ok. Happens a lot. 3 young ladies missing for over 10 years, found, reunited with families. Happy ending for a change. Four murdered Americans and an administration cover up? Not news worthy. Think we have our priorities just a wee bit skewed??
Here I rebut the 3 major lies of our time: Multiculturalism is good; islam is a peaceful “religion”; and the First Amendment gives islamists the “right” to build mosques, proselytize, and institute sharia here.
Let us repudiate the lies; and rebuild the shining city on the hill.
February 18, 2013 Act for America Chapter in Fayetteville, TN from Publius Huldah on Vimeo.
We’ve really got to have a chat with Mr P/H about getting these videos available sooner!
A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university released late Friday night saying no one had been disciplined as a result of the classroom activity.
“We can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class,” the university said in a prepared statement.
However, according to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”
“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”
There is no such thing as public higher education. It is now, and has been for quite a while, nothing more than over priced indoctrination. If a college can get away with crap like this, what do you think they are doing in the lower grades, that we PAY for through our tax dollars as well. Apparently, according to my 14 year old granddaughter’s teacher, Abraham Lincoln was a very bad man. We set her straight real quick, but what else is going on in these classrooms we DON’T hear about?
“The textbook reveals the agenda,” he said. “So-called intellectual enlightenment is stomping on everything that has held western civilization together for the past 2,000 years.”
Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom lesson.
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.
Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.
This young man was standing up for his faith. The so called educator apparently doesn’t believe he has that right, and it seems that the college itself, agrees. So, what do they do? They make up a bunch of crap, and make it all HIS fault this even occurred. Well, it’s a good thing Todd Starnes has been Johnny on the spot with this story, otherwise, there would be some really stupid people believing the school has done no wrong. Oh wait…there will STILL be morons that believe everything that comes out of the mouths of libtard ‘educators’.
I’m totally dismayed that Rotela was the ONLY student that stood up against that feckless weasel!
Oh…wait…that’s right! It’s total BS! Snap out of it! They are jerking your chain!
Juan Williams use to have a little bit of sense, once in a while. Sadly, not anymore!
I was seriously considering just shutting down this blog. Why? You mean other than health reasons? Yeah, physically, things suck, but they could, and likely will be worse in the future. But for now, my brain still works. I have family issues that are weighing pretty heavy on my heart, but that’s still not a very good reason, is it.
No, what my problem is here, I’m being monitored, to the point that sometimes, it’s extremely difficult to get this whole works to even load. Hence, the lack of posts. It’s extremely frustrating to sit here and wait for up to five minutes for a page to load. It’s not the rest of the internet. Other pages load pretty fast, like they’re suppose to, but not the Ol’ Broad.
Then, there’s the issue of my mail. Yep, the mail that is delivered by the Post Office. It is being opened, and resealed with clear duct tape. Why? I have no idea. One was from a thank you note from a service member for a ‘care package’ I sponsored. The other was an order for a crank flash light I wanted to have in my truck, just in case. You know how ya forget about the things till ya need ‘em, and the batteries are dead. I thought a crank/solar one would be more practical. Now, why did they open those two? The return address for one was an APO, the other, a company in Utah. They didn’t open the phone bill, although they are quite welcome to open it, and PAY the damn thing while they are at it! It makes me wonder how many other pieces of mail they have opened, and resealed, doing a much better job of it?
So, who are “they”? I have had quite a few visits from a variety of government entities, the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of State, etc. So, I’m guessing I have offended one of them, and they think I’m a threat to their precious POTUS, or the ‘security’ of the United States. The DHS, in 2009, made a list of folks they think might be a threat. I’m not, unless you consider speaking out against the tyranny that we have had to deal with for the last few years, believing the federal government has exceeded their Constitutional authority, and many other item. Physically? Pfft! I’m lucky I can function half the time.
Yep, I was actually considering shutting down the whole works. That is, until I saw something posted by a Facebook friend, Jim.
If I happen to ‘disappear’, you’ll know why.
I don’t “celebrate” President’s Day. It is a commercial holiday, pushed for by advertisers in the mid 80s, and has become nothing but a “sale day” for businesses. Today has nothing to do with either George Washington, nor Abraham Lincoln. It’s also another paid day for federal employees. There are many presidents in our history who don’t deserve to be honored. IMHO, they can take this generic ‘holiday’, and stuff it where the sun don’t shine!
While I realize that Washington was not perfect, he sacrificed a lot for this country. If we had not won that war for Independence from Great Britain, he would have been hung, along with his compatriots. Contrary to what the so called ‘educators’ are teaching now days, Washington was a deeply religious man. Perhaps his idea of religion isn’t what I consider faith, but he still gave Glory to God.
I would suggest that anyone who doesn’t think this country was founded on the principles set forth in the Bible, read the actual history, and the facts, behind the 1st Amendment.
George Washington’s Example on Religious Liberty
Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.”
But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds as a military commander, a President, and a patriotic leader make him arguably the greatest statesman in our history.
All Presidents can learn from Washington’s leadership in foreign policy, in upholding the rule of law, and—especially now—in the importance of religion and religious liberty. While the Obama Administration claims to be “accommodating” Americans’ religious freedom concerns regarding the Health and Human Services (HHS) Obamacare mandate, it is actually trampling religious freedom. President Washington set a tremendous example for the way that Presidents should handle such conflicts.
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
from The Bunker
If after watching Professor Seidman’s performance, your first response would be to dismiss his ideas, you would be wrong. He is not some middle aged academic spouting radical ideas while trolling for college co-eds. He is a very well respected Georgetown University Law Professor. Over the course of his 30 plus year career he has been highly published, testified before congress and clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Thurgood Marshall. There is every reason to believe that his interpretation of the Constitution has influenced thousands of undergraduate and graduate students who have gone on to become Lawyers and Judges. Professor Seidman also has a connection to the White House. He co-authored four books with Cass Sunstein the former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Obama.
Professor Seidman’s interpretation of the Constitution is not outside the norm in academia. Let me remind you of another Harvard Law School grad who has also adopted similar radical beliefs.
The most dangerous things about Professor Seidman are his credentials. Let me ask you this; would you hire a plumber who didn’t believe in indoor plumbing? Would you take your sophisticated highly computerized automobile to a bicycle mechanic? Of course not! Then why in the world would Professor Seidman be considered an “expert” on the Constitution? Seidman is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
If you haven’t watched, “Agenda, Grinding America Down” I would highly recommend you do so. Professor Seidman is the poster boy for the documentary’s main thesis that America has been infiltrated at all levels.
Georgetown University was founded in 1789 as a Catholic Jesuit institution. To this day the school still proclaims its Jesuit values. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the churches greatest theologians and philosophers. He also influenced our founding fathers with his writings on Natural Law. Our founding documents are based on Natural Law. To have someone like Professor Seidman on staff as a respected scholar who doesn’t even acknowledge the basis of our founding documents displays the depth to which our institutions of higher learning have sunk.
I have no problem with Professor Seidman and his views. He has every right, under the First Amendment to say whatever he wants. The problem is that he is not being honest when he speaks. His political views, as a self-proclaimed Progressive, taint his supposed scholarly teachings. A name tag might help, “Hello, my name is Professor Louis Michael Seidman, I’m a Progressive, Collectivist, Socialist, and Communist.”
I watched a panel discussion on the Huffington Post (So you wouldn’t have to) with Professor Seidman. He regurgitated the same talking points and fielded questions from other Constitutional experts. They consisted of people from the left and right of the political spectrum. None of them liked the idea of giving up the Constitution. When it was clear to the Professor that he wasn’t getting any support he excused himself, leaving the panel to finish up. His arguments cannot sustain themselves, and he knows it. They only work with the ill informed.
Like most Collectivist ideas his arguments sound all warm and fuzzy. To a nation not schooled in our founding documents his ideas sound reasonable. It seems that one of his favorite points is that we should not let a bunch of guys, who have been dead for over 250 years tell us what to do. Their ideas are so out of date, why should we listen to them?
You know Professor, you are absolutely correct. I have been thinking and studying a lot about Professor Darwin’s ideas lately. You’re right, why should we listen to some old dead white guy? He’s just so old school.
The attacks of this administration on religious freedom have been unprecedented in this country. His sappy words are meaningless in lieu of his actions. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Obama’s Religious Freedom Proclamation
Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom.
“Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,” the President wrote. “As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.”
That’s one heck of a proclamation from an Administration whose actions have attacked religious liberty for Americans.
The best-known example is Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that employers pay for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. This has caused business owners to face excruciating decisions between complying—and violating their consciences—or facing massive fines.
U.S. Constitution – Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I see nothing in that Amendment that says anything about forcing a person, or company, to go against their faith. (I also see no words stating there is a separation either.) What so many seem to miss is that this amendment is for OUR protection against a tyrannical government. If you learned your history, you’d KNOW why this amendment is important, as are every other in the Bill of Rights. That’s the first 10 Amendments for you ‘low information voters’.
The sad fact of the matter, ObamaDOESN’Tcare, aka Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, does neither…no protection and it damn sure isn’t affordable…IS unconstitutional. It’s that simple. I’m not real sure where John Roberts learned his Constitution, or history, but he was WAY out of line when he voted with the leftards on the Court. Not only is it a tax, contrary to what the Dims kept claiming, it is a violation of practically everything the Founders stood for, and wrote into the Constitution…to PROTECT WE, THE PEOPLE.
Ordinary citizens beat the greatest empire of the time over taxes, and the constant violation of God given rights. I’m fairly sure it can be done again, if the need arises.
I’ll stand with Hobby Lobby, and every other company, and individual, who believes God is in charge of their lives…NOT the state! For HE is the Captain of my ship!
Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty. Thousands of Americans pledged to shop at the retailer over the weekend to show their appreciation for this stand—a stand that could cost the company up to $1.3 million in fines per day.
Like many other companies, Hobby Lobby’s health insurance plan renewed on January 1, causing them to be subject to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate under Obamacare. This mandate forces employers to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs like the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which directly violates many Americans’ deeply held beliefs—including Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Green family. The Greens, who founded the company, close all its locations on Sundays and seek to operate in accordance with Christian principles—including offering an employee health care plan that aligns with those values.
The Obama Administration’s outrageous position is that business owners’ rights to religious freedom end when they walk into their workplaces, claiming that “for-profit, secular employers generally do not engage in any exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment.”
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.
USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.
Honestly, I don’t think Biden knows any facts….just what he’s told, and what he’s told are bald face lies which he, and the administration repeat over and over and over. Apparently, they learned their tactics from the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, forcing Obama “doctrine on the people and controlling public opinion“.
ObamaCare is a forced tax, especially on the middle class, and a complete violation of our 1st Amendment. But that doesn’t matter to BO & Co. Not only has it NOT lowered insurance premiums, it has already raised them an average of $2500, and will increase them even more when it goes into full affect! More people will actually be going WITHOUT health care insurance BECAUSE of ObamaCare. But that doesn’t matter…as long as Obama gets the population under his thumb.
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
US president accused of religious war on Muslims
Muslim leaders demanded international action to stop religious insults in a challenge to US President Barack Obama’s defense of freedom of expression at the UN General Assembly. Obama made a strong condemnation of “violence and intolerance” in his speech at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. He said world leaders had a duty to speak out against the deadly attacks on Americans in the past two weeks caused by an anti-Islam film made in the United States.
But Muslim kings and presidents and other heads of state said Western nations must clamp down on “Islamophobia” following the storm over the film which mocks the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, said the film was another “ugly face” of religious defamation.
Hey…murderous pedophile worshiper…you wanna see the REAL “ugly face”? Look in the mirror! Look in your so called ‘holy book’! Look at what YOUR muzzie murderers do to innocents! How about the Christian bishop that was beaten by muzzie thugs? Think that’s ugly? No? Well, how about the two women in India who were raped, then dismembered? That’s not ugly enough either? Well, then what about the rape and murder of a little 12 year old girl? Does shooting innocent children count as ‘ugly’? I suppose teaching your children to hate and want to slaughter people is ok? Not ugly at all, eh?
I dunno….this seems fairly ugly to me:
2010 South Africa, World Cup “celebrations”
This young man had converted from the ‘religion of peace’.
Let’s not forget about the Fogle family.
That’s just the tiniest of samplings from you savages! I’m pretty sure most Americans won’t ever forget what your ‘religion’ did on 9/11! You want to talk about ‘religious insults’? Your so called religion is an insult to every civilized being on this planet! That pathetic apology for a stupid video from that piece of excrement that occupies the White House does NOT speak for me. I do NOT apology that you are a bunch of murderous thugs! If anyone needs to apologize, and ask for redemption, it’s YOU! If you want to worship the prince of lies (aka Satan), and his so called prophet, feel free…but leave us the hell alone! We aren’t interested in your 7th century EVIL!
THIS is the REAL ‘ugly face’, in just the last 30 days!
Now, you show me a list, or pictures, where Christians or Jews, have butchered anyone! And self defense against your pigs don’t count! How DARE you!! No one has declared war on your evil cult. Just the opposite! Your evil cult has declared war on the civilized world! We WILL fight back!
Ok, let’s face a few facts here. The guy that has been occupying the White House for nearly four years has been nothing but a disappointment since day one. He does not share American values, so the last place he should be is in the highest office in the land. He was not raised with the same values the majority of us were since he lived his formative years in a foreign country, and was mentored by communists and radicals. How do you value the Constitution of the United States when you’ve been taught to undermine it? And undermine it he has!
Mr Obama, I do not apologize for being an American. I do not apologize for being a Christian. I do not apologize to savages. I do not apologize for believing our Constitution trumps the United Nations, or any other entity or country or cult religion. And Mr Obama, if you are an American, NEITHER SHOULD YOU! YOU are an embarrassment to every liberty loving American. Your time is up! Come November 6, 2012, you WILL be fired!
5 Ways Obama Disappointed at the United Nations
President Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday—and what a disappointing speech it was.
He actually scrapped his original speech outline to focus on the controversial YouTube video that many have suggested sparked recent anti-American attacks in the Middle East, including one in Libya that killed a U.S. Ambassador and other Americans. Making this video the focus of his speech was inappropriate. He should have used the international platform to make an unapologetic case for freedom. The President failed the American people—and America’s allies—in five major ways.
1. He failed to give a robust defense of free speech.
In tripping over the YouTube video that was offensive to Muslims, the President seemed to validate other countries’ disregard for freedom of speech:
I know that not all countries in this body share this particular understanding of the protection of free speech. We recognize that. But in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. The question, then, is how we respond.
He also admonished people for offending others, saying, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied.”
…from Pat Condell…and the rest of the civilized world!
The Obama administration is walking a tightrope on its explanation over what led to the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya — sticking to its claim that the attack was “spontaneous” while allowing that the situation may have been exploited by militants.
The latest clarification from the administration came in response to an intelligence source on the ground in Libya telling Fox News there was no significant or sizeable demonstration when the attacks unfolded sometime after 9:30 p.m. in Benghazi last Tuesday. That appeared to challenge the view, espoused by the Obama administration, that ongoing demonstrations over an anti-Islam film had simply spun out of control.
“There was no protest, and the attacks were not spontaneous,” the intelligence source said. “The Libyan attack was planned and had nothing to do with the movie.”
If this administration had any class, which it doesn’t, or humility, which it doesn’t, there would be someone on the airwaves apologizing to the American people for being a bunch of lying pond scum first, then to the jackass that actually made the video for blaming him for all the violence that he didn’t commit, but they won’t.