I usually hate public service announcements, but once in a while one comes along that really hits its mark, much like the crying Indian of the '70's.
I usually hate public service announcements, but once in a while one comes along that really hits its mark, much like the crying Indian of the '70's.
Amash, the son of a wealthy Palestinian-American businessman of Christian background, is often likened to former congressman Ron Paul, another staunch House libertarian with national appeal among Tea Party voters. But, [his primary opponent] Ellis insists, the Grand Rapids area “is not a libertarian district, and I’m willing to stake my campaign on that.” Amash’s critics in the business community are also exasperated by his repeated defiance of the House GOP majority.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ellis once owned a Grand Rapids food processing company, and then founded an investment advisory firm. He was until recently a member of the East Grand Rapids Board of Education but has never run for national office. Influential Michigan business leaders donating to his candidacy include J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa—both former Amash donors. Seven such Amash defectors signed a letter supporting Ellis’s candidacy and denouncing Amash and his congressional allies for having “effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”
Just to make sure you know where Ellis stands on his Oath Of Office, here's a very telling quote:
“If something is unconstitutional, we have a court system that looks at that.”
Be sure to click through and read the entire article.
Also, Amash has organized a money bomb on December 16 for his re-election campaign. This is our opportunity to show the establishment that the liberty movement is still a force to reckon with.
Please support Justin Amash by donating to his campaign on December 16 here:
If you're on Facebook, you can win a t-shirt signed by Justin by joining the event and reading the details :
Seriously, lets see your matching band do this!
Assuming that you've heard about the temper tantrums President Obama is throwing over the government shutdown? Shutting down parks, oceans, houses, private parking lots, emergency lanes with a view - all while spending more money than it would cost just to continue to do business as usual.
President Obama isn't going to back down. He isn't a negotiator, he isn't a deal maker. He's a bully who will stop at nothing to get his way. And that's his Achilles heel.
The GOP should be taunting him mercilessly now. Obama is like a cat in that he doesn't like to be laughed at. It makes him angry. Making him angry makes him lose his cool, and making him lose his cool will force him to new levels of ridiculous behaviors.
Rand Paul scored a home run last week when he said that Obama sent more troops to the WWII Memorial than he did to Benghazi. Check out the comments on that link - the liberals were mad that someone dared to mock their president. Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't...who cares? It's red meat for the base - the perfect blend of cynicism and antagonism.
Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and head of the Republican Governor's Association, recently said he blames the gridlock on leadership in both parties. Sorry, but I disagree. I am beyond thrilled to see Boehner's GOP finally standing firm on something, even though I fully realize his heart isn't really in it. He's stuck between the Tea Party and an election year. I'll take it.
What we need here are some GOP governors willing to stand up to Obama in their states, for no other reason than to make him look foolish and petty, which he is. The more they can do this, the more mean-spirited and absurd his behavior will become. And when America sees the real man behind the carefully crafted victim mask, they won't like being used as puppets in his personal little passion play.
Cross-posted from another forum. Sorry it's so long, but it's very compelling. It tells a story much different than the story than we're hearing from our media:
I want to apologize in advance; I should have read what others have posted here in order to respond, but I can't. I think I will go mad if I have to look at any more lies right now. I did note that some articles posted here earlier were written by members of the so-called "Revolutionary Socialists"; I figured them for agents provocateurs linked to the Brotherhood more than a year and a half ago. They, like the Brotherhood itself, have played a very destructive role in the very revolution they claim to speak for. Their "activism" consists primarily in acting as agents of disinformation directed at Western Leftist circles and especially in the early months of 2011, "bait" for young and naive Egyptian Leftists, thousands of whom they incited into stupid and pointless vandalism against public property, although now they have been largely discredited locally. Now, their job seems to be mainly to give Leftist "street creds" in English publications to the Islamists' false narrative of victimization, which also happens to be the official US line.
What the Western media is describing as "protests" and "sit-ins" were armed terrorist camps set up in the middle of two heavily-populated residential neighborhoods. I have relatives who live in Nasr City, quite close to the largest of these camps. They lived as virtual prisoners inside their apartment for weeks, unable to sleep from the constant noise of loudspeakers blaring all night the Brotherhood's incitement against Christians and against the more than 30 million Egyptian people who revolted against the fascist rule of the Brotherhood, whom the speakers described as "infidels" who deserve to be slaughtered. hundreds of black al-Qaeda flags were waved by these lovely advocates of democracy; one Islamist preacher approved, and described the Egyptian national flag as the flag of the "infidels".
On July 29, jubilant applause greeted the announcement that experienced "fighters" from al-Qaeda and Jamaa' Islamiya (the group that assassinated Anwar Sadat) had joined the camp, and would participate in logistics for its defense. The camp was surrounded by barricades made of sand-bags and rocks, for which the "protesters" broke up the sidewalks.
The stench from the makeshift toilets set up to serve the 50,000 or so residents of the camps was overwhelming, especially in the Egyptian summer heat. That's not counting the piles of rotting garbage and the dozens of decomposing corpses that were unearthed after the camp was broken up. My friend and her husband and children were unable to go out even to buy food or go to work, because of the Brothers' harassment of the residents, including full body searches. Grocery stores refused to deliver, for the same reason, and because their delivery-men were frequently robbed and/or beaten. They were afraid to leave their apartment, fearing that it would be broken into and taken over by the "demonstrators", as so many others were.
As the number of people tortured by the Brotherhood inside their camps, some with their fingers cut off, continued to rise, and as eye-witness reports and photos and videos continued to show large quantities of weapons being smuggled into the camps, Western human rights groups and the Western media and Western government officials continued to describe these camps as peaceful sit-ins, and those who ran them as 'protesters'. Many of the victims were desperately poor people who were attracted to the camps by promises of free food and at least LE 200 per day (just under $30) or up to LE 1000 per day, in exchange for staying there and participating in the chants, but who were savagely beaten and sometimes mutilated when they tried to leave. Others were Egyptian journalists, who tried to document what was going on inside, or were suspected of being journalists; the Brotherhood allowed only the unfailingly sympathetic Western journalists, who were taken around on carefully guided tours and allowed to speak with only designated spokespersons, and the Brotherhood-staffed Al-Jazeera Direct Egypt, the only network whose cameras and microphones were permitted to move freely around the camp.
Every single day, our soldiers and police were being murdered in Sinai by the battle-hardened terrorists whom Morsy and the Brotherhood had brought into the country from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere. In most cases, they ambushed off-duty troops heading home on leave, or used road-side explosives. Mohamed Beltagy, a very prominent member of the Brotherhood, explicitly said that these attacks would cease only when Morsy was returned to power:
Meanwhile, the Brothers were busy setting the stage for a "massacre" -- posting photos of dead and mutilated bodies from Syria and Iraq, labeling them as though the victims were killed by Egyptian police, and even staging fake instances of police brutality (complete with fake blood) for photographs:
Egyptians were especially outraged by the parades staged by the Brotherhood, of children (some as young as 4 years old) taken from Brotherhood-run orphanages, wrapped in funeral shrouds and bearing signs that said, "I will be a martyr for Islam":
One of my acquaintances runs a center for street children; one day, a Muslim Brother visited her and offered to take as many children as possible to what he described as a "summer camp", where they would be fed and clothed and taught karate, etc. She insisted on knowing exactly where this "camp" is, and he finally told her that it was the Brotherhood so-called "sit-in" in Nasr City. Needless to say, she refused, then contacted other centers for street children and orphanages, as well as the media, to warn others.
It took more than a month of atrocities for Amnesty International to issue this shamefully understated report, which did not begin to describe the reality of what was happening inside those terrorist camps:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/pre ... 2013-08-02
Meanwhile, people continued to disappear; some survivors, bearing signs of severe torture, were later found alive. They described horrific abuse of others, including women, that they had witnessed. Nearly 30 corpses, some with fingers cut off or other signs of torture, were only discovered after police dispersed the camp, wrapped in shrouds and hidden under the main stage in the camp in Nasr City:
or in the nearby mosque that the Brotherhood had occupied and burned to the ground as they retreated, in order to destroy evidence of their crimes.
The Brotherhood periodically sent out groups of marchers, armed with clubs, knives, shot-guns and even swords; as they went, they smashed cars, windows, and beat anybody who didn't express full support for them.
Sometimes, they would put their kidnapped victims in sacks, and dumped them alive, at night on major roads. This was filmed around three weeks ago on 6th of October Bridge, one of the major bridges inside Cairo:
Less than a week ago, a 10-year old boy who was walking with his friends and holding a picture of Egypt's Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi (which has become ubiquitous in Egypt), was shot by these Brotherhood thugs in his right hand and had to have three fingers amputated. During their "peaceful marches", it was not unusual for them to shoot indiscriminately up at residential buildings as they passed. "Ikhwan Without Violence", a group of Muslim Brotherhood youths who have recently turned against the Brotherhood's current leadership, report that several women and girls (some as young as 14) have been kidnapped and sexually abused inside the camps.
This is one of the Brotherhood's "peaceful demonstrations", in Alexandria last June, aiming to frighten people out of participating in the record-breaking, nation-wide, genuinely peaceful popular demonstrations that brought down the Morsy regime. Note that the "peaceful" Brotherhood are the ones wearing protective helmets and the only ones carrying weapons. The Alexandrian youths are the ones without any weapons, or even protective clothing. See the relief with which the army helicopter is greeted by the citizens near the end of the video:
When the police arrived later, shots were fired from the roof of the train station, in the background. Several shooters managed to escape, but the one who was caught turned out to be a Syrian refugee who said that he and his children had been brought to Egypt by the Brotherhood and given residency and a living allowance, on condition that he follow their orders.
Needless to say, after more than 45 days of this, the situation had become intolerable, and the general mood in Egypt was getting ugly, demanding that the security forces take action to clear out these terrorists. The Brothers, on the other hand, had ratcheted up the violence and became more deliberately provocative, refusing any negotiations that were not preceded by Morsy's reinstatement as president. They seemed to be gaining confidence with each passing day, because of the US government's insistence that the Egyptian government leave them alone. Even more infuriating, the US and EU delegates were demanding that Morsy be released (despite the fact that he was under arrest for several very serious crimes) and that the Brotherhood be included as a partner in any political negotiations for Egypt's future. Cairo residents were threatening to take matters into their own hands and clear out the camps themselves, if the security forces didn't. This faced the government with two terrible choices: either break up the camps and play into the hands of the Brotherhood and its US patrons, who would then accuse them of brutality against peaceful demonstrators regardless of the facts or whether this could be backed up with any evidence at all; or, knowing the kind of weapons inside the camps, run the risk of a massacre when regular Egyptian citizens attempted to storm them.
On Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 am, security forces simultaneously surrounded both camps, securing the exits, accompanied by specialists in human rights law and cameras that transmitted the proceedings live on television. Using loudspeakers, they ordered those inside to leave immediately and assured them that unless there were outstanding arrest warrants against them, they would be allowed to leave safely. Most of them went quietly, filing past the soldiers, a few women even thanking the soldiers for 'rescuing' them. When the camp seemed to have emptied out, bulldozers were brought in to clear the wreckage and the barricades. The forces fired warning shots in the air and tear gas before going in. Despite some fires set by terrorists, who also shot at the incoming troops, the evacuation took little time in the Nahda camp in Giza, which was by far the smaller of the two.
In the large, original camp in Nasr City, suddenly the officers were targeted by a barrage of gunfire, including from occupied apartments overlooking the street and the outbreak of several fires set off by molotov cocktails, among them a huge one in the Rabea Adaweya Mosque, which had been taken over by the Brothers as the camp's operations center. Several officers were shot and had to be evacuated. I'm not sure if any died of their wounds, since the figures get mixed up with the large number of officers killed throughout the day. Anyway, the remaining terrorists were disarmed and arrested, and the camp was evacuated, to the great joy of Egyptians across the country. Residents swarmed behind the bulldozers, many carrying brooms to try to clean up their ruined streets.
Our joy was short-lived. By 10:30 am, there were reports from residents in Mohandessin, a quarter in Giza only a few kilometers from the former Nahda camp, of hundreds of Brothers breaking up sidewalks to build barricades, others trying to set up a stage similar to the one at their former camp, and snipers shooting at buildings, cars and residents.
The area, not too far from my husband's office, quickly became a war zone, with the peaceful demonstrators shooting live bullets and buck-shot indiscriminately at passers-by. Residents came out to defend their neighborhood and street battles raged throughout the day. My husband heard the shooting and closed the office and came home, and none of us has left the house since Wednesday. I don't know what happened after that, but the army declared a curfew from 6:00pm to 7:00am, and the street was totally deserted by the time the curfew started.
By late afternoon, reports, photos and video were pouring in from the length and breadth of the country, of gangs of Islamists torching churches, convent schools and Christian-owned businesses, burning a total of 23 churches alone, robbing them and pillaging them first. An employee of ours, in Minya, Upper Egypt, has been unable to return to work in Cairo. He, like most Christians, are terrified, holed up in their homes as the Brothers and members of their offshoot group, the Jama'a Islameya, rampage through the streets, burning, pillaging and killing as they go along. The police have handguns and rifles, but they are simply not equipped to deal with this kind of swarming savagery, and dozens of policemen have been killed in the past two days alone.
They smashed cars, attacked police stations and massacred the police officers inside, They burned down the central court-house in Ismailia where a few months ago, a very brave judge had presided over a court-case during Morsy's own rule, related to the violent, armed prison break that had released 34 high-level members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Morsy, along with 26,000 prisoners during the January 25th Revolution. In this case, compelling evidence was presented that the prison-break (during which police, prison guards and prisoners were shot dead) was the result of a criminal conspiracy between the Brotherhood, including Morsy himself and foreign parties. The resulting criminal charges (which were lodged when he was still president) are only some in a long list of criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Throughout Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, horrors were emerging too fast to fully comprehend. The young brother of a woman I know (she is a well-known singer, Leqaa Swedan) was standing at his window when a bunch of Brothers were marching down his street. He yelled out, "Long live Egypt!", and they shot him in the head. He died instantly.
They attacked a police station in Kerdasa, not far from the pyramids, and, after the police officers ran out of ammunition, they and everyone inside the station were slaughtered, including General Mohamed Abbas Gabr:
An eyewitness in Cairo took this picture from his balcony when he saw two cars stop near his building, from one of which the body of a shot soldier was dumped (he provided police with a description and the license plate numbers of the two cars):
In Alexandria, they murdered a Christian taxi driver, Mina Raafat Aziz, because he had a cross hanging from his rear view mirror. A horrified family witnessed it from their balcony (the man filming is traumatized that a man is being murdered in front of him and that he is helpless to do anything):
This is one of the killers of the taxi driver, after his arrest:
They threw a police truck with five troops inside, from the top of an overpass, then later dragged out, beat and kicked the survivors:
Yesterday (Friday), the Brotherhood's violence crested to a feverish pitch across the country; in Cairo, they burned the building housing the Egyptian Red Cross, including our central blood bank, and a large office building, both in Ramses Street, then set up a make-shift camp in Ramses Square. With the help of snipers shooting from its second floor, they also invaded and occupied the Fateh Mosque in Ramses early yesterday. Ramses Street is one of the main streets leading to Tahrir Square downtown, which the Brothers have been desperately trying to reach. In every attempt, they've been thwarted by the sheer number of citizens determined to stop them from getting there. Tahrir Square belongs to the Egyptian people; it is a place of unity and love, and should never again be polluted by a bunch of blood-soaked, hate-crazed fanatic terrorists.
There is much more to say; we've experienced and learned so very much during the past two and a half years that's it's hard to communicate it. Even when I talk to my own sister who lives abroad, I find myself tongue-tied, paralyzed by the enormity of what she doesn't and can't know, because there is this wall between Egyptians and the outside world. Sometimes, when I feel up to it, I turn to one of the Western news channels and Al-Jazeera, and there I watch, genuinely shocked, as the most outrageous lies are packaged so slickly and so professionally that if I didn't know better, I'd have no doubt they were telling the truth. This is not surprising, given what we're dealing with.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a fascinating organization, with many faces. It's an extremely wealthy, extremely secretive (at the higher levels) transnational criminal organization, with financial headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and its organizational headquarters almost certainly in London, Great Britain, but with businesses and tentacles all over Europe and the Middle East. Its membership is divided into very distinct degrees, very similar to Masonism. It is fed from the bottom up, via a vast network of "charitable" organizations, including religious schools, medical clinics and village mosques. At the very bottom of the pyramid is the category of "moheb", or supporter of the Brotherhood; for the most part, these are the wretched of the earth, those who suffer from both extreme poverty and extreme ignorance. With rare exceptions, they are recruited from impoverished rural areas where the central state's authority is almost non-existent and where the cultural wealth of the urban centers might as well be in another universe. The Muslim Brotherhood provides them with free clinics and small but regular family allowances in exchange for access to the children, whom they indoctrinate via religious lessons into the Muslim Brotherhood cult (which has nothing to do with Islam, other than on the most superficial level, and indeed is deeply hostile to Islam, along with all other religions, including Christianity and Judaism).
From the age of 14 or so, these children undergo a filtering process; they are carefully observed and tested via exercises and experiments, to nurture certain character traits and suppress others. This is done in the schools themselves (over the past 40 years, the Brotherhood has also been relentless in its infiltration of government schools via Brotherhood teachers), and also in the summer camps and field trips organized for children by the Brotherhood. The purpose is to produce an army of foot soldiers and pawns who have been made literally incapable of thinking for themselves, whose mental surrender to the Brotherhood is complete and inviolable. They will believe whatever their leadership tells them to believe, no matter how much evidence contradicts this belief; they will obey without question whatever orders they are given. In the Brotherhood, this is called the principle of "sam' we ta'a" (hear and obey), one of the most important criteria for membership in the Brotherhood. Any deviation results in immediate punishment, including ostracism, which is a lot worse than it sounds. These people have been made emotionally, financially, socially and intellectually dependent on the Brotherhood. Once they are recruited as children, they are told what to think, what to say, who their friends can be, even what they are allowed to tell their parents and what must be kept secret. In exchange, they are taken care of, on every level. They are taught by the Brotherhood, and kept busy and entertained in Brotherhood activities. Their friends are from the Brotherhood, they can only watch television shows and channels approved by the Brotherhood, they shop only in Brotherhood-owned stores and pray only in Brotherhood-controlled mosques; when they grow up, they are employed by Brotherhood-owned or controlled businesses and institutions, and a wife or husband is found for them by the Brotherhood. Such people are not necessarily actual members of the Brotherhood, but they are its minions, the major pool from which low-level members are recruited, and their loyalty to the Brotherhood is absolute. The individuals in this video, interviewed after Morsy was deposed in a record-breaking uprising against him and the Brotherhood, are very typical:
It is people like these, transported by the Brotherhood from their distant villages, who formed the core of the "demonstrators" in the two camps set up by the Brotherhood in Cairo. It was they who waved the al-Qaeda flags and went into paroxysms of ecstasy as the Brotherhood's televangelists described divine visions of the Angel Gabriel blessing Morsy and announcing his imminent return to power. It is they who allowed themselves to be whipped up into a frenzy of rage against the Christians, the Shi'ites, the Islamic religious authorities of Al Azhar and the satanic "atheists" who conspired with the Jews to bring down their messiah, Mohamed Morsy, so that the True Islam could be eradicated forever. It is they who are currently smashing, burning and murdering people indiscriminately across the country, in an orgy of mindless rage and violence. Meanwhile, the Western media shows only the enormous banners in English which proclaim that the "peaceful demonstrators'" demand is for "democracy" and for "legitimacy". The vast gulf between the reality on the ground and the professional re-packaging and re-labeling of this reality that is being peddled to the West sometimes makes for some black humor. This man hasn't the slightest clue what his sign says in English -- he just obeyed and carried it, like they told him to, and his brain would possibly explode if he did:
Which brings me to my final point. Don't believe what you see on the news. The BBC, CNN, France24, CBC, and newspapers like The Guardian, the Independent, USA Today and the Washington Post are marching in lockstep as they propagate the exact same lies, which have nothing to do with the reality we are living. The Egyptian people are determined as never before: Christian and Muslim, young and old, military, police, judges, rich and poor, to defend their nation against the gang of terrorists and their brainwashed automatons who have been doing everything possible to destroy it. With the collusion of the Western media and Western governments and Western public relations firms, the Muslim Brothers have been exporting a totally false narrative of victimization that has nothing whatsoever to do with the reality. I give you my word that they will lose, because Egypt is united and strong, with, for the first time in more than 40 years, a leadership that is worthy of our great people.
As you can imagine, I have barely touched the tip of the iceberg here, and I have so much more to say, especially about why all this is happening now, but this is long enough for the moment.
This is really hard to watch. But it happens every single day here in the land of the free:
I'm in Michigan and Saul Anuzis is a name that most Republicans around here recognize. I came to know it during the 2007/2008 primary season when he was the head of the Michigan GOP, trying to keep a candidate he disagreed with from participating in the GOP debates.
He backtracked from that position a little, but he won't ever be a small government guy and his most recent weekly newsletter really highlights the core ideological differences between the casual GOP voters and the party leaders.
Anuzis opens it with the Detroit bankruptcy and a rousing "It will be back!" statement we here in Michigan have been hearing for 20 years or so. In that paragraph, he notes,
"Many people are hoping that bankruptcy, the largest of its kind on U.S. soil, will give Detroit another chance. But that'll remain wishful thinking until Detroit reverses its backward economic strategy.
A city that showers subsidies on well-connected businesses while thwarting individual entrepreneurs and ignoring basic services is writing its obituary — not its second act."
A thought I agree with on the surface. But remember, his wing of the party just pushed through the farm subsidy bill that hands out the overwhelming majority of other people's money to the biggest corporate farmers in America, not to the family farmers. And they got it passed by taking food stamps out of the package.
As I wrote about here, that's just the opposite of what we the little people want. While the Democrats wanted both sides of the original bill , the corporate subsidies and the food stamps. We the fiscal conservatives want business (and I am including farming in that definition) to be profitable without subsidies.
We also want people to live without subsidies, but like it or not there is a percentage of the voters who think that the federal government should indeed hand out food. And quashing food stamps in a sluggish economy, especially while handing out record setting amounts of cash to millionaire farmers, isn't a smart move politically. But are we really supposed to believe that there is a huge voting bloc that wants the federal government to give money to corporate America while slashing welfare?
No, we aren't. We are just supposed mindlessly cheer on the fact that the Democrats didn't get their food stamps passed while ignoring the fact that the GOP just handed truckloads of our children's cash to corporate America. These guys might be Republicans, but they are not conservatives.
About the Obama decision to delay implementing the employer requirement of Obamacare, Anuzis goes on to say:
(Obama) has abandoned Congress and is seeking to rule through administrative agencies and executive orders that, in our system of government, make him as near to a despot as we are ever likely to get – knock wood.
Right. Ignoring 2013 Congress is bad. We agree on that. But when 2008 Congress twice voted not to send Detroit any money, and President Bush said he didn't care, that he was taking the money from TARP regardless, where was Anuzis?
Oh, that's right. He was singing the praises of the man smart enough to save Detroit.
He then goes on to discuss some different variations of the Flat Tax. Great plan, except that he's already talking about preserving the Earned Income Credit, mortgage deductions, health insurance deductions, and blah blah blah. With leaders like him in charge, the "simpler" tax system will end up even more convoluted than what we currently suffer.
Next, Anuzis mentions the 2016 primary season:
See anybody there that excites you? Yeah, me either.
Anuzis then goes on to attack Jim DeMint in is new position as the president of The Heritage Foundation ("DeMint is diminishing one of the party’s most powerful intellectual engines by turning it into a group taking cheap shots at Republicans"), defending John Boehner, ("He’s a conservative, certainly, but also an institutionalist, an old-school politician who likes to do deals; as his months-long effort to concoct a “grand bargain” with Obama on the budget showed, he has an interest, at 63, in leaving a legacy of bipartisan accomplishments behind him,") and pointing out that the electorate isn't blaming the GOP for the sluggish economy any longer.
It's like they are perfectly content for the 2016 GOP campaign slogan to be "At least we aren't Democrats on the surface!"
But there is hope. Change can be a slow process, but think about this: When I first became aware of Anuzis, he was Chairman of the MI GOP. He then moved up from there to the GOP Committeeman seat. But then things started changing. He ran for RNC chair and lost. He lost his reelection to the committee seat, too. Heck, most of the candidates he endorses these days lose too.
But this match is just beginning. Wrestling power away from this wing of the party won't be easy, but make no mistake - these are the people we need to remove completely from power. Republicans like Anuzis talk the talk, but once they win the power back they do not hesitate to abandon the principles of the electorate.
Keep chipping away at them.
Yesterday in Houston, Black Panther leader Quanell X organized a traffic-stop protest of the "Not Guilty" verdict found in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed a 17 year old youth, Trayvon Martin.
I'm always a fan of a good protest but sometimes their objectives elude me. Antiwar protests may have been a Democrat sham but at least they had a stated objective. But as with the Occupy protests, the Trayvon protestors seem to be representing anger without any particular goal.
I hear they want "justice" but what exactly is that? Do they want to eliminate our trial-by-jury system and replace it with mob rule? Trial by professional, politically connected jurors perhaps? Maybe trial by media? Verdicts rendered by elected officials? Or perhaps they simply want to take away the right to plead self-defense?
And even more confusing to me? What are the people of Houston supposed to do about a verdict that was rendered in a Florida court?
If you're not familiar with the name, consider yourself lucky. Jennifer Rubin is a neocon writer the Washington Post has annointed as their token conservative. As with most neoconservatives, she's not a fan of small government-minded politics, and therefore not a fan of Rand Paul.
Lately, her distaste for Paul has been extending into kind of a stalkerish ex-girlfriend series of diatribes. I'm not going to link to her, partly because I'm too lazy but primarily because I don't want to, but trust me when I say that she wrote anti-Rand Paul attack columns on July 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 14th. Clearly a woman obsessed with protecting the spoils that international largesse is bringing to a chosen few.
Today, she took it one step even farther left:
So Kentucky Dems, listen up: Forget about Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is going to win reelection by a country mile. Start working on finding a conservative Democrat to run against Paul in 2016. By then, the people of Kentucky may have had all they can stand of Rand Paul.
There you have it. A high profile voice of the left-leaning wing of the GOP calling for a Democrat ouster of a sitting Republican. That would be especially funny if it wasn't something they consistently accuse our wing of the party of doing.
Now that I'm thinking about it, she even looks a little like a certain sitting Democrat president, doesn't she?
The story is here, but this is the kind of stuff that I don't like about Republicans.
The original Farm Bill was 100% pork. Pork for the corporate farmers in the form of subsidies, and pork for the voters in the form of food stamps.
The GOP base had a fit, so the GOP split the bill into two pieces. Our brand of conservative would dictate cutting the corporate subsidies now, and start whittling the food programs back when the economy got better.
A compromise might have been to scale both programs back.
But I can only assume that our brand of conservative doesn't want the corporate farm money in their campaign coffers or something, so the GOP did exactly the worst thing possible - they passed the corporate welfare part of the bill, and cut out the food assistance for the citizens.
I swear, it's like they want to live up to the stereotypes the Democrats brand them with.