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Congratulations, You May Soon Own a Cotton Plantation

Posted by courage On February - 17 - 2010


What exactly are the House Democrats thinking passing the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010?  Oh yes, these nitwits just passed a bill which spends $50 million dollars to purchase a cotton plantation; not just any old cotton plantation but one that  the exists in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fiscal responsibility… sure when donkey’s fly.  In case you are wondering where your Representative came down on the bill, check here. For Hoosiers in the 1st Congressional District, yes Pete (I haven’t found a spending bill I won’t vote for) Visclosky voted for passage of this bill.

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I don’t care what the reason, it is appalling that the House thinks nothing of wasting tax dollars.  If the Gasperi family wanted to make sure this land was not developed then they could have sold it to private investors with a stipulation that the land was not developed.  Ahh, but that makes to much sense, instead they place us (tax payers) on the hook for $50 million plus annual maintenance fees of $1 million.

November can’t come fast enough.

Obama’s Stimulus Creates Green Jobs Overseas

Posted by courage On February - 17 - 2010

h/t to Geno via email


From Newsmax:

By: John Rossomando

Although Barack Obama and other Democrats touted the $787 billion stimulus package as a way to create green jobs that would put Americans back to work, new reports show the spending package has mostly created green jobs for foreign workers.

U.S. Department of Energy statistics show 79 percent of the $2.1 billion in stimulus money allocated for wind energy has been paid to foreign manufacturers.

The Spanish company Iberdrola has received $443 million; the Portuguese company EDP has received $229 million; and the British company Terra Firma, which bought a large wind farm in western Pennsylvania, received $42 million.
Analysts worry the stimulus funds will also help create manufacturing jobs in China, and a Texas consortium’s plans to build a wind farm that primarily will rely on Chinese-made turbines using $450 million in stimulus money underscores this fear

A report from the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University found 80 percent of the stimulus money had created 6,000 jobs, and only a small percentage of those jobs went to American workers.

Only two American companies ̶ General Electric Energy and Clipper Wind ̶ are major wind turbine manufacturers, and the American Wind Energy Associations has said the United States saw a drop in the number of wind turbine manufacturing jobs last year.

Is your head exploding yet?

Don’t Be Fooled.. Dan Coats: the Washington Insider

Posted by courage On February - 15 - 2010

Dan Coats: A Tale of Leadership, Courage, and Achievement from Lawyers Guns Money on Vimeo.

This guy was handpicked by the RNC to run for the Senate, he has been AWOL from Indiana for years.  Tell the GOP NO to hand-picked insiders, a charlatan.  There are a number of GOP candidates running in for the Senatorial seat.  VOTE NO to Coats in May.

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this November, an unexpected decision that hands Republicans an opportunity for a pick-up in a year when Democrats are already defending several open Senate seats.

The two-term senator is known as a moderate Democrat. Former GOP Sen. Dan Coats had been planning to challenge Bayh in November — but a senior Democratic source told Fox News that recent polling showed Bayh way ahead of Coats, and that the retirement must have been a personal decision.

Additional information from the Indy Star:

Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.

In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

“But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough,” Bayh said. “And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said. “Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state4 and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

As typical of Bayh, he is speaking out both sides of his mouth.  He continually claims (via emails) to support fiscal responsibility of government yet votes in favor of the Senate health care bill.  Mind you he, along with every Senator who voted in favor of this legislation, knows that maneuvered payment to doctors and hospitals out of the bill; to give the appearance of budget neutrality.  It was and is a lie… once these payments are included this legislation sinks the deficit further in to an abyss of red ink.

The commission Bayh is referring to which failed in the Senate, in my view was correct.  If Senators do not have the courage to face, debate and vote on challenging or difficult legislation then they need to go.  The creation of this commission gave them the easy out, they could finger point to an appointed board and say, “they made us do it.”  Are  they statesmen or politicians?  If the later then here’s the door and good riddance.

While papers want to prop-up Dan Coats, Senator turned lobbyist as the threat against against Bayh.. most Hoosiers know that Coats is nothing but … a power play by Governor Mitch Daniels.  Coats lured out of posh lobbyist ties would remain faithful to the Indiana Republican party.  In fact I dare anyone to name major legislation Coats authored during his 11 years in the Senate?

My concern now is what direction Bayh will take during his remaining months?  Will he again vote in favor of some convoluted reconciled health care bill?  Although Hoosiers are formerly against everything that currently is being offered by Congress.  Will he support legislation surrounding cap and trade, which will hit a coal state like Indiana hard.

Hopefully a new day is dawning for the country, one where government shrinks and the freedom of the people moves back to the envisioned republic of our forefathers.

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Juvenile Robert Gibbs, Is This Leadership?

Posted by courage On February - 9 - 2010
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We have a President who barely can utter a coherent sentence without a teleprompter.  I admit he is a fairly good reader, but that’s it… because even when reading there are words that give him trouble like say “corpsman.”

And of course we have a President who believes there are 57 states.

Gibbs is an embarrassment to the office he holds.  The juvenile antics of this administration just do not stop.  This is indicative of their mentality and the way they view all of us. Have you ever watched Gibbs at a press conference, he quickly moves to smart- ass answers when faced with tough or challenging questions.  It’s a game for him and unbecoming the office of Press Secretary.  I have never in all my years watched a Press Secretary act as if the podium he stands behind is his personal audition for comedy central.

During Obama’s State of the Union speech he stated that he had done a poor job of explaining the health care proposal.  No, Mr. President you explained it quite well.. the American people are not buying.  We want honest reform that helps individuals who currently do not have insurance; to this end there are small non-intrusive legislation the Congress and your administration could advocate for.  But this administration as well as the entire Democratic party seek   to parent the American people, you want to stipulate every aspect of our individual health care choices.  We do NOT want nor need an intrusive government who makes every decision in our lives, that is why the health care legislation has stalled.

As for Gibbs.. it will be a very happy day when this sophomoric and obtuse guy with his creepy smile that most women recognize as someone not to be trusted is shown the door.

Deadline after deadline passes for Iran… they are moving ahead with the production of higher enriched uranium.  Iran claims they need the fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.  Today Iran announced it will be moving forward with the enrichment process starting tomorrow, February 9, 2010.

The world watches as Iran moves closer and closer to having nuclear warhead capability.  As if this is not enough to cause grave concern… from Breitbart:

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a “punch” that will stun world powers during this week’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.”The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned,” Khamenei, who is also Iran’s commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.

Khamenei is not one that usually blows smoke in prepared statements, unlike President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who can best be described as is a nut case and will take advantage of any stage whether speaking at the United Nations or to on Iranian TV to satanize the West. This statement from Khamanei can only be viewed as a threat to the West.

What this means is anyone’s guess.. time will tell.  There is one thing that resonates deep in soul, I do NOT feel safer as an American with a President who continually appeases Islam.

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My administration is now committed to diplomacy (appeasement) that addresses the full range of issues before us and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran (Mullahs, who control the country) , and the international community (57 Islamic States, because that is who he is talking to). This process will not be advanced by threats (except to American infidels who oppose allah and my administration). We seek engagement (submission to Islam) that is honest and grounded in mutual respect … (parentheses mine)

Honesty to infidels (anyone not Muslim) is impossible for those that follow Islam.  One only needs to do a quick internet search on “Islam and lying to infidels,”  to find how Muslims find it acceptable and almost righteous to lie to anyone outside of their faith.

There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman.  These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam, in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

So what exactly is the Obama doing, there can be no doubt that he knows this fact about Islam.  And how does this appeasement tie in to the news today about enriched uranium and the threat from Khamenei?

Democrat Lt. Govenor Nominee Scott Lee Cohen: Resigns From Race

Posted by courage On February - 8 - 2010

Illinois politics are a strange mix of Capone style authority and party over the will of the people.

Scott Lee Cohen, the pawnbroker whose surprise victory in last week’s Democratic lieutenant governor primary was followed by scandalous revelations about him, quit the race tonight during the half time of the Super Bowl, saying he didn’t want to “put the people of Illinois in jeopardy in any way.”


Cohen’s candidacy was widely perceived as a potential disaster for Gov. Pat Quinn and the rest of the Democratic ticket in the November general election.

When Cohen became a candidate, he disclosed that a 2005 domestic battery charge against him had been dismissed. It was only after his victory Tuesday that the details became known: His girlfriend at the time, a prostitute, had accused him of holding a knife to her throat but had failed to appear in court, leading to charges being dropped.


Yes, Cohen won with 26% of the Democratic vote during the primary.  Was he the best candidate?  No, his past displays of violence should have been made known by the Democratic party prior to the election.  The question which nags in my mind is.. why didn’t the Illinois Democratic party expose this abuser for what he was prior to the primary?  I can only see two potential reasons: 1.) The Illinois Democratic party did not think he had a prayer of winning the primary and hence chose not to inform the voters, or 2.)  The Illinois Democratic party knew that regardless of who won the primary they could maneuver, Chicago-style, their preferred candidate in to the position.

Cohen at first adamantly refused to quit, doing a series of media interviews to present his position that the allegations against him were overblown and that he had been transparent about his background when he first got in the race in early 2009. But he was drowned out by a chorus of Democratic calls for him to quit.


While I find the behavior by Cohen contemptible, the point here is that he was elected by the people of Illinois.  The Illinois Democratic party was  complacent over the abuse accusations.. they helped usher the abuser in to office.  And now they cry foul?  So what’s in it for them?

Steve Brown, a spokesman for Michael Madigan, the Democatic party chairman and Illinois House speaker, said work would begin soon on picking a replacement.

“The speaker is prepeared to work with the members of the (Democratic) State Central Committee, Gov. Quinn and Senate President (John) Cullerton to work on selecting a replacement,” Brown said. “We’ll start with members of the central committee and work on ideas.”

Selection of a replacement to fill the ballot vacancy is the work of the 38-member Democratic State Central Committee, made up of a male and female representative from each of the state’s 19 congressional districts. The state central committee is scheduled to meet March 17, though a meeting could be held sooner.

The state central committee is not bound to select any of the candidates who lost to Cohen in last week’s primary. State Rep. Art Turner of Chicago, a member of Madigan’s House leadership team who was backed by the powerful Southwest Side lawmaker, finished second to Cohen.

Apparently in Illinois, the voice of the people does not matter.  The most obvious replacement would be the number two candidate on the primary ticket, but that is unlikely to occur.  Now the Democratic party is salivating over their chance to hand-pick the running mate of the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate.    As the disgraced indited former Democratic Governor Blagojevich (Blago) stated when talking about filling the President elect Senate’s seat.. “This is f%$#@% golden.”

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