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     As the 112th Congress digs into the hard work ahead of this great nation, the announcements of political changes on the horizon are not uncommon. Yesterday, Virginia’s Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va) announced that he will not seek another term.

     Today, Arizona’s 3 term Senator Jon Kyl will announce in Arizona that he will not seek another term as Senator, leaving office at the end of this term. Although younger than Arizona’s “Senior” Senator John McCain, Kyl is 68.

     There is already some speculation if Senator Kyl could possibly emerge as the “dark horse” for the GOP 2012 Presidential nomination, or perhaps as a “Bidenesque” (without the gaffes) Vice President for a Huckabee or Palin nominee. The oddsmakers in Vegas are probably already doing the stats!


The largest flag to survive the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 is hung outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Tucosn, AZ., as family, friends, and the nation gather to say goodbye to a young life that began on a day of national tragedy, and whose life was shattered and taken in another national tragedy.

Pall bearers bring in the casket at the St. Elizabeth ...

The casket of Christina Taylor Greene is followed by her brother Dallas and her parents

      Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is attending the funeral for Christina Taylor Greene, acoompanied by his wife’s mother and sister. Sen. Kyl and Sen. McCain are both in attendance as well.

By far the youngest victim of the shooting, Green ...

     The White House, under the auspices of Rahm Emanuel, has begun to take on strong arming those who criticize the administration’s initiatives, as well as those who are skeptical of the results. Primarily, the White House has said that those skeptical of the economic stimulus results need to “Back off”, and with regard to healthcare reform, the White House has said that this WILL BE DONE, so get onboard!

From Politico:

On the defensive over the economy and health care, the White House is shooting back with a double-barreled message for its critics and skeptics. 

To Republicans who say the stimulus isn’t working: Back off. 

To moderate Democrats wary of health care reform: We’re watching you. 

Earlier this week, the administration launched a coordinated effort to jam Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican who’s argued that the government should “cancel the rest of the stimulus spending.” No fewer than four Cabinet secretaries wrote to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer — also a Republican — to ask her if she agreed with Kyl that it was time to turn off the state’s stimulus spigot.
“If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Sen. Kyl suggests, please let me know,” wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. For good measure, he attached a three-page addendum listing each of the Arizona projects paid for by the $521 million the state is getting. 

Brewer knew she’d been thrown a high, hard one. 

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By the Monitor’s Editorial Board The Monitor’s Editorial Board Mon Jul 13, 5:00 am ET

The tide may be turning against years of effort to restrict the influence of money in federal elections.

Will President Obama – who surfed to an election victory on a towering wave of campaign donations – be able to hold back the threatening tide?

One potential setback is beyond his control. The Supreme Court will likely decide in its next term whether to alter more than a century of restrictions on corporate campaign-finance activity in federal elections.

But the president can influence other key issues, if he can summon the political will. So far, he hasn’t shown much.

In his run for president, for instance, Mr. Obama promised to rely on public financing in the general election. The limited funding is meant to act as a brake on spending and donor influence – and put candidates on equal financial footing.

But Obama reneged, becoming the first general election candidate to refuse public funding. He raised record private donations and had a huge war-chest advantage over Republican John McCain, who accepted the $84 million limit of public money.

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     Sen. John McCain quipped to Greta Van Susterenn that his son would be graduating from the United States Naval Academy today, with a higher class ranking than the Senator did. With a father’s pride, he said it would be the 4th generation of McCain’s to graduate from the Academy, and that his son would be going on to pilot training. Obama and John “Jack” McCain IV shook hands, exchanged a brief embrace and a few words as McCain received his diploma.

      Bittersweet the occasion must have been for Senator McCain, as President Barack Obama addressed the USNA Class of 2009. In his remarks, Obama acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the cadets, and their commitment to our great country. He then promised them that he would not “send them to war without cause”. Even in a commencement address, he continues to take jabs at Pres. Bush, insinuating that Pres. Bush had sent soldiers to Iraq without cause, without justification.

     On a personal note, while I did not attend the Naval Academy, I do know several who have, and I have had the opportunity to be on the campus in Annapolis. From the moment you enter the grounds, the sense of tradition, of honor, of country is evident. It cannot be escaped. As I am sure it is at West Point, or at the Air Force or Coast Guard Academies, each cadet carries with them their duties with honor and commitment.

      I say all of that because a remark like “I will not send you to war without a cause” can almost be deemed as insulting to these brave young men and women. They will leave the Chesapeake Bay area, and will be sent around the world, to other learning facilities, to command posts, some to battle in Afghanistan or to our fleet in the Indian Ocean. They will take their orders, and defend our Constitution. Our Constitution that Obama is wrapping himself in, while at the same time trying to rewrite it.

      So to all of the graduates at the Naval Academy, our Nation thanks you for your service, as we do to all of our Armed Forces, and we thank these cadets for bearing with the insults of their Commander-in-Chief, because he just does not quite get it yet!

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     Although many polls show Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as a frontrunner for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez, who has decided not to seek reelection, the contest will be a hard fought battle for whoever emerges  as the victor.

     Gov. Crist, who many Florida’s say hasn’t done much except fly around the country seeking Sen. John McCain’s favor as the Voce Presidential pick last year, still maintains high approval ratings. He did, however, draw the ire of many conservatives when he embraced Pres. Barack Obama’s massive economic stimulus package. At the same time, though, he has run into stumbling blocks with those funds, not bringing the educational portion to the state because the state would not commit to putting classroom levels back to the 2006 standards.

      Crist’s primary Republican opponent will be Marco Rubio, Florida State Representative and Speaker of the House. Twenty years younger than Crist with a young family, Rubio has been viewed as a stronger conservative than Crist.

      Both Republicans will face a formidable challenge from one of the leading Democratic contenders, Rep. Kendrick Meeks. Meeks has a strong following from his district, and will mount a strong campaign. He will undoubtedly have the public relations upperhand by bringing the President to the State to campaign for him.

      Thus, just six months after the “longest Campaign”, we gear up once again. Florida will be one of the key races that both parties will be putting a lot of resources toward a victory!

Minuteman Founder to Challenge McCain for Senate Seat in 2010 GOP Primary – Chris Simcox, founder of the pro-border enforcement group the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, will announce on Wednesday his plans to challenge Sen. John McCain in the Arizona Republican Senate primary in 2010. 

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     An ex-ACORN member, who has testified before Congress on the illegal activities of ACORN and their assistance to the Obama campaign, has said that the reporter from the New York Times told her that the ACORN story would NOT BE RUN because, in the view of the editors, it was too damaging to Obama, and wuld be a “Game Changer“!

From the PoliGazette:

The Philadelphia Bulletin reports that the New York Times – “all the news that’s fit to print” – sat on an election-season about illegal ties between the Obama campaign and ACORN because it could have been a “game-changer.”

Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group’s Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”

Ms. Moncrief had been providing Ms. Strom with information about ACORN’s election activities. Ms. Strom had written several stories based on information Ms. Moncrief had given her.

During her testimony, Ms. Heidelbaugh said Ms. Moncrief had told her The New York Times articles stopped when she revealed that the Obama presidential campaign had sent its maxed-out donor list to ACORN’s Washington, D.C. office.

This demands further investigation. If the Obama campaign did indeed send out this ‘maxed-out donor list,’ it acted in breach with campaign financing laws. Furthermore, ACORN faced severe criticism last year for illegally influencing the vote (by registering dead people for instance). American voters would not have liked it that Obama coordinated his efforts with this extreme-left organization.

If true, the NYT lost all the respect I once had for this major investigative newspaper. Killing a story out of political reasons is what political operatives not what journalists do.

In other words, while it was OK to print stories abot John McCain and a lobbyist, based on unnamed sources, the NEW YORK TIMES ceased doing stories on ACORN when it became apparent that the stories would damage their Candidate, the Chosen One!

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     I do not “subscribe” to the Daily Kos, but the following blog was sent to me, and although I disagree with the author’s contentions regarding George Bush and Dick Cheney, the overall sentiment regarding Obama’s promises and the earmarks, etc. are quite accurate:

Pork? Something isn’t Kosher here! 
by Ricci Levy 
Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 07:09:11 AM EST 
I do have faith in President Obama. I swear I do. And I have faith in his promises. Honest I do! And I can’t think of anyone else I’d want in the White House right now. Seriously. BUT – I am reminded, lately, of the admonition from my parents – “do as I say, not as I do” to explain why I had to do things that they didn’t have to do. 
Yup – I’m talking about the budget – and we all know that pork isn’t Kosher. 
Maybe I was naive to believe that Presidential Candidate Obama could really change politics in this country and could insist and require that we all be accountable for the state of our world. And if I was naive, well, that’s okay, we still got the best person elected to the highest office in the land. 
But if now-President Obama was naive, well, then, H ouston, we’ve got a problem. 
I get that the budget was done under Bush (even more reason to prosecute him and Cheney for their crimes against this country) but honestly, if President Obama can cancel a war, surely he can require Congress to redraft the budget and get rid of the pork – as he promised! 
I’ve accepted that we have to go trillions of dollars into debt to fix our very broken economy. I’ve accepted that my children’s children and then their children will have to deal with the debt we’re incurring. I’ve watched, helplessly, as friends and colleagues have lost their jobs, have had to close businesses they’ve worked their whole lives to build. I struggle every day to keep a human rights organization alive in an economy where charity has to begin at home and people have closed their wallets to try to secure their families and in fear of the future. 
I’ve tried not to ask myself why we are giving trillions of dollars to companies that are so badly run – to fund multi-million dollar salaries of people who have failed at their jobs. I work extra hard not to ask myself that question when my good friend, who always ran his business with integrity, and who worked his entire adult life to build a company whose reputation would be built on honest dealings, care of employees and value produced, should have to close his doors with no one offerng him one drop of help – hearing him sob helplessly that he has to send peop le who have worked for him for 30 years home without a penny. 
And I have still supported President Obama and I still think he’s the person I’d most want in the White House. 
And then I read a list, compliments of John McCain via Maureen Dowd, of the pork that’s in the budget. And now – NOW – I am furious. 
  $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York. “quick peel me a grape,” McCain twittered. 
  • $1.7 million for a honey bee factory in Weslaco, Tex. 
  • $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa. 
  • $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah. “Is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?” McCain tweeted. 
  • $819,000 for catfish genetics research in Alabama. 
  • $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi. 
  • $951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas. (McCain, a devotee of Vegas and gambling, must really be against earmarks if he doesn’t want to “sustain” Vegas.) 
  • $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii, as McCain twittered, “because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy.” 
  • $167,000 for the Autry National Center for the American West in Los Angeles. “Hopefully for a Back in the Saddle Again exhibit,” McCain tweeted sarcastically. 
  • $238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. “During these tough economic times with Americans out of work,” McCain twittered. 
  • $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program to help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past. “REALLY?” McCain twittered. 
  • $209,000 to improve blueberry production and efficiency in Georgia. 
Are you kidding me?? I don’t care who inherited what from whom. There are no excuses for this outrageous budget. Do NOT tell me that we have to accept this. Do NOT tell me that Obama can’t do anything about this. Do NOT tell me every person who padded the budget with these ridiculous expenses at a time when people are losing their homes, their businesses and their jobs, shouldn’t be held accountable and forced to withdraw these earmarks. Especially do NOT tell me these things when the President of the United States says: 
  “You know, there are times where you can afford to redecorate your house and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation,” he said recently about the “hard choices” we must make. 
Well, I say to you, Mr. President, that the Congress is your house and that’s where those hard choices should be enforced – not on people who no longer have houses to redecorate.=C2

     It has been said that if you want to know what is going on in Washington, just look at the record. From the record, it appears that as the clamoring began over the fact that Sen. John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone to American citizens (serving in the military), Barack Obama attached himself to McCain’s cause as a means of protecting himself as well.

     A bill  known as S. 2678: Children of Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK), in February 2008. This Act attempted to allow the Senate to make changes to the Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 with reference to the definition of “natural born citizen” and that requirement as it applies to the eligibility of the President of the United States. This bill met the same defaet that similar changes to the Naturalization Act had faced.

     Is there irony in the fact that this legislation was sponsored by Presidential candidates in the midst of the elction, one now being the subject of more than 30 lawsuits, challenging his eligibility!

A review of the S 2678 and Senate Resolution 511 in more depth:

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