Thursday, April 30, 2009

Free Speech takes a hit.... again

'Hate crimes' bill likely to pass House, thanks to Dems.
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 4/29/2009 6:00:00 AM (see link above)
A Republican Congressman who attempted to derail the controversial "hate crimes" bill with numerous amendments says, in the end, the Democrats simply had the votes to ram it through the Judiciary Committee.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would add gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law. Proponents of the bill claim that Christians and others who speak out publicly against homosexuality are not threatened with the same type of prosecution that criminals would face for committing acts of violence against homosexuals and transgendered individuals.

But Judiciary Committee member Steve King (R-Iowa) says that is simply not true. "Don't believe what they say; read the bill. Think what happens. What's their agenda? Their agenda is to shut down preaching of faith from the pulpit," he contends. "Their agenda is to force public approval of the homosexual agenda. And destroying marriage nationally is the follow-up piece of this."
King explains that one of the amendments he introduced would have barred pedophiles from special protection under the hate crimes statute. He finds it unbelievable that Democrats threw out that amendment.
"I just think that tells you that this breaks down the logical approach to law," King adds. "If we move away from punishing overt acts to punishing thoughts -- which is what this legislation does -- heaven help us [because] we've crossed a line from which it will be awfully hard to ever get back again." If the bill passes the full House this week, King believes it will have a chilling effect on free-speech rights. He says the bill could be approved by the House as early as today and fears the Democrats have the votes to accomplish it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I have contemplated for a few days about the way to proceed with my blog. I have received many nasty, obscene and threatening comments and emails due to my most recent posts.

My conclusion is that I must be hitting a nerve.

I have changed my settings so that now I have to approve all comments. I did this mostly so that others would not have to read the nasty thoughts of some truly twisted people and also because individuals such as these just post to get attention. I promise that I will post all comments editing only the explicative. I do not speak or write that way and it has no place on my blog.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Real Radicals

Chew on this over the weekend.

Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) - Father of Modern American Radicalism
"Rules for Radicals"

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the experience of your people. It may result in confusion, fear and retreat.
3. Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear and retreat.
4. Make the enemy live up to his/her own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.
Philosophy followers: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Party

I have not replaced my camera batteries yet, so I have no pictures to share from yesterday’s rally.

It was a great turn out of all backgrounds. There were a few people who came pushing a few agendas that were off topic but with the size of the crowd I thought people did a great job of staying focused.

I have read some other bloggers who did not have a great experience and I was a bit disheartened.

While I love the passion that was displayed, we need to remember that we are representing a larger cause. We don’t need to give anyone cause to discredit the movement. People will find reason to mock - no matter how well presented the simple message. Fiscal Responsibility, Smaller Government (and I will take it one step further – return to LOCAL GOVERNMENT POWER) and Free Markets.

I have noticed that the 2 main arguments that the Left regurgitates over and over is that “we” are just upset that “we” lost the election and that out of control spending has been going on since Bush.

I have to say to the first, we all lost the last election. We all lose when one party has the majority – NO MATTER WHAT. Yes, I would say that if republicans were in power as well. Since coming of the voting age I have never been able to vote on a candidate that I believe in. I have always had to choose of the lesser of the two evils. It was no different for me in the election.

If anyone paid any attention Bush’s approval rating it took a nose dive after his second term. Yes, government spending has been out of control for years – and this administration has NO plans to correct it. In fact the spending is snowballing.

What I don’t understand is why people are upset that average Americans – moms, high school kids, small business owners - are getting involved. YES, we showed up late!! YES, we should have been acting sooner – or we would not be in this mess.

My plea to all of us “radicals” is that now we are here – now that we are using our voice, make the message clear and respectful so that people will listen. Don’t engage people who are shouting - they are not listening any way. Give others respect. We will not always get it back - but we will never get it if we do not give it.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Stuff I Read

I have updated my "Stuff I Read" section. Please take a look.

Communist Manifesto

Published originally in 1848, the Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels as a “coming out document” to outline the communist beliefs.

I have read the Manifesto several times, the first being a senior in high school. At that time I had only a small amount of appreciation for the significance of the document. Upon reading it most recently I can not seem to get it out of my mind. Specifically the section outlining the agenda to spread communism not by means of force but by means of political inroads.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
Does this look familiar?

Are you awake yet?