Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All hail the new murderous dictator for North Korea

Ah Royalty.

Kim Jong Il is passing the whip and bludgeon and other various and sundry weapons of torture to his son. Millions more North Koreans will die before this brutal, murderous dynasty comes to an end.

Tea Party leader a surprise hit on Letterman show

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"All day yesterday I was walking around thinking, 'Is this really happening to me?' " said Stout. She added that, to her surprise, some members of the "Late Show" staff even expressed support for the Tea Party movement, as did members of musical guest Alan Jackson's band. "It was a really wonderful experience." But one thing stood out most in her mind, she recalls: "The thing that was really an experience for me was going to the Ed Sullivan Theater," said Stout, a naturalized U.S. citizen whose parents were both British immigrants. "When I first came to America, the Ed Sullivan show was a big deal, and to get to be in that theater was really special."


Pam Stout (Sandpoint Idaho Teaparty) on David Letterman- 3 parts
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-1/17u8w7sxj
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-2/17uufpls7
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-3/17u1z3w5r

Tea Party Headlines for Wednesday March 31

A sampling of Tea Party Headlines

Pam Stout (Sandpoint Idaho Teaparty) on David Letterman
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-1/17u8w7sxj
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-2/17uufpls7
http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/david-lettemran-tea-party-s-pam-stout-part-3/17u1z3w5r

David letterman gives the Tea Party the best showcase its ever had
http://watching-tv.ew.com/2010/03/31/david-letterman-pam-stout-tea-party/

NYTimes Video - Why I Joined the Tea Party
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClOQawGAg6g

CNN Video: How Diverse is the Tea Party
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_fxxwSVDqE

Tea Party set for York in April (PA)
http://www.ydr.com/ci_14788931

USA Patriots to Host Largest “Tea Party” in Oklahoma History in Tulsa
on Tax Day! (OK)
http://krmg.com/cgi-bin/info.cgi?type=event&id=3870613

TEA Party Holds Event (NY)
http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/554500.html?nav=5004

Utah Tea Partiers want their voices heard
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=10203457

Tea Party Planned for Benton County (TN)
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=319&NewsID=977369&CategoryID=8373&show=localnews&om=1

Dems rally at Heritage Square low-key
http://www.azdailysun.com/news/local/article_969cb95a-3b42-11df-8519-001cc4c002e0.html

Tea Party Express coming through QCs next week
http://www.qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=486328

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Congress has tried to "fix" Medicare before...and failed miserably

And now they are trying to "fix" the "fix." The only appropriate fix is to keep an incompetent Congress and bureaucracy as far away from our healthcare decisions as possible.

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More than a decade ago, Congress set out to squeeze the fraud out of Medicare billing at nursing homes, requiring more precise justifications for costs. It created new "ultra-high" billing categories intended to be used for only 5 percent of the patients needing highly specialized care and rehabilitation.


But within a few years, nursing homes flooded the ultra-high categories with patients, contributing to $542 million a year in potential overpayments, federal analysts found.
Since then, the numbers in the ultra-high categories have quadrupled, and the amount of waste and abuse could reach billions of dollars a year, according to nursing home experts and a Washington Post examination of the program. The billing program is specifically targeted in President Obama's health-care legislation passed last week by Congress, changing two rules that experts said have been exploited by nursing homes to inflate bills.

Tea Party News for Tues March 30

A few Tea Party Headlines

Obama: Tea Party features 'core group' against him
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_TEA_PARTY?SITE=DEWIL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

TEA Party organizers at forefront after passage of health bill (PA)
http://www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/content/view/223892/1/

Flavored Tea: Black Tea Party Activists Protest Against Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid In His Hometown
http://www.bookerrising.net/2010/03/flavored-tea-black-tea-party-activists.html

Tea party movement makes mark on Nebraska
http://www.nptelegraph.com/articles/2010/03/30/news/60005982.txt

Dana Loesch on Larry King
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RAT0kxIi5Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAeBmFKTVKk

Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort turns away Tea Party business
http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/30/nashvilles-gaylord-opryland-resort-turns-away-tea-party-business/

Tea Party Express rolls into Utah
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=10196776

CNN Video: Tea Party Plays Defense
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOujteX5xqg

Tea Party Express to make GJ stop (CO)
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/tea_party_express_to_make_gj_s

Tea Party Express makes stop in Northern Utah
http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top%20stories/story/Tea-Party-Express-makes-stop-in-Northern-Utah/CNlTFv2O3k68i179ExIzcw.cspx?rss=20

TeaParty365 announces new meetings for tax day rally (NY)
http://www.examiner.com/x-41774-NY-Tea-Party-Examiner~y2010m3d29-TeaParty365-announces-new-meetings-for-tax-day-rally?cid=edition-by-channel-rss-New_York-Politics

Monday, March 29, 2010

Support Stacey Campfield's Bill to prohibit taxpayer Funds

from being spent on local referenda. Taxpayers should NOT finance their own opposition. And this does occur on many issues at the local level including tax hikes. Local governments actually spend taxpayer dollars in support of local tax hikes.

Call these Reps TODAY and ask them to please vote YES on HB3065, the Committee vote is tomorrow in the Elections Sub-Committee.

rep.eddie.yokley@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-6871 Fax 615-253-0225
rep.jim.cobb@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-1450 Fax 615-253-0262
rep.joshua.evans@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-2860 Fax 615-253-0283
rep.gary.moore@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-4317 Fax 615-253-0360
rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-7799 Fax 615-253-0252

State and Local taxpayers take another $180 bil hit

in 2008.

Soooo......taxpayers saw the value of their own 401k and IRA accounts go down and NO ONE will help them.

Now they learn that they must make up losses in State and Local Government pension funds most of which are fully funded by taxpayers in the first place.

Taxpayers get screwed...again.

Link

The nation’s state and local government employee retirement systems totaled $3.2 trillion in holdings and assets in 2008, a loss of $178.8 billion, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

These data come from the 2008 State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems Survey, which provides an annual look at the financial activity of the nation’s state and local public employee retirement systems, including cash and security investment holdings, receipts and payments.

“Shortfalls in state and local government pension plans may have long-term consequences for some state and local governments,” said Lisa Blumerman, chief of the Census Bureau’s Governments Division. “These data allow the user to annually monitor the characteristics of these retirement systems.”

Sunday, March 28, 2010

AP: Tight for cash, governments raise traffic fees

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LOS ANGELES -- Shomari Jennings was willing to pay the $70 ticket he received for driving without a seatbelt, but not the slew of tacked-on fees and penalties that ballooned the cost more than tenfold.

Every $10 of his base fine triggered a $26 "penalty assessment" for courthouse construction, a DNA identification program, emergency medical services and other programs. Other fees ranged from $1 to $35.

"It's the new tax," Jennings, 30, complained while waiting in traffic court to contest a staggering bill compounded by a $500 fine for missing a court date.

And motorists can only expect more of the same as cash-strapped cities and states consider measures ranging from expansion of red-light camera systems to charging drivers for cleanup after accidents.

3,800 NYC motorists nailed Thurs for using cellphones

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Some 3,800 Big Apple motorists were nailed yesterday for using their cellphones while driving in an NYPD crackdown.

The summonses were issued during the first part of a routine 24-hour dragnet designed to stop motorists from chatting or texting up a storm and endangering drivers, passengers and pedestrians, police said.

Poll: Tea Party more ethical, knowledgeable than Congress

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The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of

Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.
Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical.

Slideshow from Tea Party in Harry Reid's hometown

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Large Tea Party Crowd supports Wash AG

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The rally on the steps of the Legislative Building began about 11 a.m., although a large crowd had arrived before then, with many carrying the current U.S. flag as well as the nation’s old “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Others carried signs that read, “Repeal the bill, “Give me liberty not debt,” and “No gangster government.”

Crowd estimates varied; a sergeant with the State Patrol said 850 people were there, while some supporters pegged the crowd at 2,000 and others as high as 4,000. After the pledge of allegiance and a moment of prayer, McKenna stepped up to the microphone about 11:15 a.m. and addressed the crowd for about 15 minutes.

“My name is Rob McKenna, and I represent you,” he said to loud cheers and applause. McKenna has been mentioned as a potential GOP candidate for governor in 2012.

The federal health care law signed last week by President Barack Obama requires people to buy health insurance starting in 2014, and McKenna says it’s unconstitutional to require people to buy a commercial product.

Dueling Tax Rallies in AZ

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Backers and foes of a proposed sales tax hike came nearly face to face Friday in competing — and simultaneous — rallies at the state Capitol.

Ax The Tax, the group formed to fight against the 1-cent increase that will be on the May 18 ballot, brought in Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber” to buttress their argument that state government is still too big and the only answer to the deficit is to cut further.

KS Dems roll out Tax Hike Plan: Sales and Income

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TOPEKA — Kansas Senate Democrats said Friday that they will roll out a tax proposal next week that will include raising the income tax to help balance the state budget.

Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said that the plan would also include raising the state sales tax. Gov. Mark Parkinson offered that idea during his State of the State address in January. Democrats are looking at increasing the tax rates for the highest-earning residents.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Government Pay Boom: The new Slavery for Taxpayers

Link HT: Newsalert
What if government workers earned the average of what private workers earn? States and localities would save $339 billion a year from their more than $2.1 trillion budgets. These savings are larger than the combined estimated deficits for 2010 and 2011 of every state in America.
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In modern-day America, some state governments already exhibit disturbing elements of slavery. The state constitutions of New York and Illinois clearly state that government workers' pensions can't be diminished. Thus, taxpayers are responsible for generous compensation that they will not get but are coerced into paying. Historically, the purpose of a constitution is to enumerate and limit the power of government, not to enshrine special privileges for a special class of individuals.

2,000 Congressional staffers make 6 figures

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Nearly 2,000 House of Representative staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.

Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low — many entry-level congressional jobs pay less than $30,000 a year. And many of the most highly paid staffers could make several times the maximum by jumping to lobbying and consulting jobs in the private sector.

But the salary data, compiled for POLITICO by LegiStorm.com, show that it’s possible to make an enviable living in Congress, even without winning an election.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Plumline: Smearing Townhall "mobs" didn't work either

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The Dem party committees have been working hard to pin the scattered intimidation on GOP leaders, with party officials even scouring the local papers for ways of blaming violence on Republican officials. GOP leaders such as John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and now Brown have already condemned the violence.

The whole thing is reminiscent of the summer, when Dem officials worked hard to elevate the town hall “mobs” in order to blame the unruly behavior on GOP rhetoric. It’s unclear, however, whether that effort did anything more than create a general sense in the public mind that the health care bill was deeply unpopular, and it’s equally unclear whether the current effort will accomplish anything more than that this time around.

Uh Oh, even the NY Times says Social Security is broke

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The problem, he said, is that payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned. At the same time, the program’s revenue has fallen sharply, because there are fewer paychecks to tax.

Analysts have long tried to predict the year when Social Security would pay out more than it took in because they view it as a tipping point — the first step of a long, slow march to insolvency, unless Congress strengthens the program’s finances.

Oh yes, they actually believe you are too stupid

to make decisions about your health and your family. The Tennessean tells us about a new $7.5 million "grant" (read tax money which came out of your family budget which you could have used for something really important) that will be now be wasted on:

Link
- Begin The Golden Sneaker Program, which will help teachers incorporate physical activity and health eating into the curriculum.

- Create a bike rental around Nashville so people can see the city and get exercise at the same time.

- Promote health eating by putting fresh foods in corner stores and neighborhoods markets.

3 Reasons Health Care Reform Won't Cut The Deficit

Reason says it rather diplomatically in this video. A more valid description is this: any claim that Obamacare will reduce deficits is a laughable lie meant for the gullible.

Action Alert: 100% Gibson County Wheel Tax Hike

The Gibson County Commission is considering a 100% hike in the wheel tax. They will be voting soon, PLEASE click HERE to display and print a PDF list of commissioners. PLEASE click HERE to display a web page with a list of commissioners. Call your Commissioner TODAY and tell them to vote NO on doubling the Gibson County Wheel tax.

PLEASE JOIN us at a meeting on Tuesday March 30 at the Milan VFW at 7PM to get all the information you need. WTJS's Mike Slater will be there along with members of the Gibson County Patriots and TN Tax Revolt.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Congress continues to display arrogance worthy of a tyrant

and their approval ratings sink with each day. Jim Cooper and most other members of Congress are quite comfortable with the idea that they should be making very personal and private decisions which they have absolutely no business making.

If you asked them "are you morally and intellectually superior to your constituents?" they would say "why no ,of course not" but they would be lying, they are quite convinced of it. Government is, for them, a righteous tool best used to force their constituents to conform to what they clearly believe is their superior intellect and morality. Having spent the last few days in DC, I can say it is a town that oozes arrogance.

We have no choice but to push back with all our might against this predatory arrogance.

27% of Arizona Voters say they are part of Tea Party

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Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Arizona voters describe themselves as part of the Tea Party movement.

37% of Americans agree with Tea Party policies

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In all, 37 per cent of Americans agree with the core policies of the National Tea Party movement, while 24 per cent disagree. Republicans (62%) and Independents (46%) are more likely to endorse these policies than Democrats (21%).

One-in-four Americans (23%) foresee the National Tea Party movement having a positive effect on American politics—including 47 per cent of Republicans—while 14 per cent believe it will have a negative effect.

AP: Tea Partiers Vow Revenge Over Health Overhaul

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If you thought Tea Party activists were mad before, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Instead of being discouraged by passage of health care reform, tea party activists across the country say the defeat is a rallying cry that makes them more focused than ever on voting out any lawmaker who supported the measure.

"We're not going to stop. Obviously, the whole tea party movement started because we're about smaller government and less spending and less taxes. There is absolutely no way we can pay for this," said Denise Cattoni, state coordinator for Illinois Tea Party, an umbrella group for about 50 groups from around Illinois.

What a great time we had in DC

Thanks to Ramona for snapping pictures here and here when I spoke at the Code Red Rally. Yes, we lost the vote in the House but what an extraordinary experience to share this time with so many patriots and lots of them were Tennesseans.

We can still raise our voices and we will most definitely be heard in the coming months.

Monday, March 22, 2010

This Tea Party is just getting Started

See you on Thursday April 15 at Municipal Auditorium, doors open at 11AM.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kill The Bill Rally Outside The Capitol Sunday Afternoon

Tea Party members rally outside the Capitol as members of Congress cheer us on from the balcony.

Tea Party members Converge on Congressional Offices

after the Code Red Rally. Click HERE if embedded version is not working.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Code Red Rally: 12 Noon Saturday Washington DC

Click HERE to read the press release
With the critical nature of a looming Congressional decision, a broad coalition of Tea Party organizations and leadership is launching the final push before a possible vote by the House. These events are being coordinated across the US and are aimed at communicating the frustration of the people while demanding the termination of this health bill legislation. While the DNC and the administration continue to obfuscate and confuse, this coalition is focused on getting activists involved prior to Pelosi's maneuvering.

The following actions are planned for the next 72 hours:

· Calling campaigns to the House by constituents to vote no on the bill
· "Talk to Washington" healthcare town halls in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and other states
· Code Red rally in Washington, DC at 12 noon on Saturday at Upper Senate Park
· Nationwide "Virtual Vigil" on BlogTalk radio sponsored by DoctorsandPatients.org
· Candlelight vigil around the Capitol on Saturday night

Congressman Perriello, "we will keep stealing"

"if you don't tie our hands." From a meeting with the Jefferson Area (VA) Tea Party.

Come to the Rally in DC Saturday Noon

Come to the Rally in Washington DC this Saturday, March 20 at noon.

Stay tuned to this website for exact location

Drop every thing you're doing. Pack the kids. Get in the car. We can stop Obamacare, but we need everyone's help right now!


I will see you THERE, Ben

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More Tea Party Groups forming fundraising PACs

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"At the end of the day, you have to vote -- and vote for candidates. Rallies can only get you so far," said Mark Skoda, who in July founded the Memphis Tea Party PAC, the first federal PAC on record to bear the "tea party" moniker. "Creating political action committees is a good thing for us. It's a logical outcome of the growth of the movement."

For Kimberly Curtis, who last month founded the North Carolina-based Tea Party PAC of the USA, contributing more than $1,000 a month to PAC-endorsed candidates' campaigns ranks high among her goals.

"We're small, but everybody on both sides of the aisle better take a step back and take notice to what's happening here," she said. "The PAC will help us get the word out and allow us to seek, endorse and support conservative candidates."

Curtis acknowledged thinking twice before creating a PAC, explaining that her local tea partiers "were struggling to figure out the best way to move forward this year -- should we start a PAC, or should we stay decentralized?"

In the end, she said, a PAC seemed to be the best vehicle to promote candidates in whom they believed.

The federal PACs founded by Skoda and Curtis are joined by five others:

· Tea Party PAC of New York City, N.Y. (December 17)
· Tea Party PAC Inc. of McLean, Va. (December 29)
· Tea Party Patriots PAC Inc. of McLean, Va. (January 15)
· Independence Hall Tea Party PAC of Chelteham, Pa. (February 19)
· Tea Party Coalition of Clarence, N.Y. (February 25)

59% Say Canadian Healthcare Costs Not Sustainable

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Toronto, ON – The majority of Canadians (59%) ‘agree’ (14% completely/45% somewhat) that ‘as a result of the increasing cost of providing universal healthcare in Canada, governments will not be able to continue to afford the current health care system while continuing to provide other services...

Nancy, you may be smiling too soon


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Justice Thomas’ wife newest Tea Partier: NBC Nightly News

Video Link

Congressman Gerry Connolly's staff calls cops on constituents

from Take the Town Halls to Washington



Other videos HERE.

Court rules Tea Party can proceed with recall of Sen Menendez

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The case — which puts the state in the unusual position of arguing against its own law and calling part of its constitution unconstitutional — began last fall after then-Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells rejected the committee’s notice that it intended to begin a recall effort against Menendez. The removal process requires the secretary of state to approve such a notice before a recall committee can begin generating petitions.

After the notice is approved, the committee then must secure the signatures of 25 percent of registered voters of the affected district before a recall election can be held. There were 5.2 million registered voters in November, meaning the committee would have to secure 1.3 million signatures.

Menendez lawyer Marc Elias argued that the petition drive should be halted because voters do not have the right to recall a federal lawmaker under the U.S. Constitution.

Menendez will be up for re-election in 2012.

C-Span puts entire video archive online

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The archives, at C-SpanVideo.org, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-Span Video Library on Wednesday.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Greece "solves" Government debt crisis with Tax Hikes

When governments institute "austerity measures" it always mean "citizens suffer."

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A wave of new tax hikes hit Greece on Monday, raising the cost of consumer goods despite recession and high unemployment, as European Union finance ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the country's debt crisis.

The centre-left government has increased the main sales tax from 19 to 21 per cent, as part of a €16-billion ($22-billion) austerity package intended to cut the budget deficit by almost a third this year.

The tax hike raised the cost of fuel and most consumer goods and services, although many retailers have said they will try to minimize the effect on shelf prices.

Central Athens green grocer Vangelis Tangalos said the sales tax increase would further damage weak sales.

“We're already 30 to 40 per cent down,” he said. “Now with the increase there will be even more of an effect.”

TN House Delegation: Member Days on the floor

Link from the C-Span Congressional Chronicle