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Monday, January 31, 2011

Using Obama's Own Words Against Him

One of the best part's of Judge Roger Vinson's ruling was a quotation from Obama himself on the campaign trail in 2008.

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that, ‘If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of his 78-page ruling Monday.

Paper to print the 78 page decision - $1.75
Obamacare - $2 Trillion
Using Obama's Own Words Against Him - Priceless

Sunday, January 30, 2011

When Liberals Suggest Republican Candidates, Do the Opposite!

Sandra Fish has written a piece for Politics Daily in which she describes the steps Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle are taking to test the waters for a possible presidential campaign.  She asks the question "...is this really the best the GOP can do?"

She then goes on at length complaining about Palin slamming the media on Thanksgiving Day, Bachmann for daring to speak to the Tea Party after the State of the Union and Angle for saying, "I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."

Then, in typical liberal fashion, she offers up 'better' candidates to the Republicans:  Condoleeza Rice, Elizabeth Dole, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich.

Anytime the liberals are suggesting candidates to the Republicans, it's time to do exactly the opposite.  The very fact that Republicans such as Palin and Bachmann are continually attacked is a sure sign they are feared and that they would be formidable, conservative candidates.

If Republicans want to reclaim the White House in 2012, a moderate candidate will not energize the Republicans and get the base to the polls.  Anyone who doubts that should look back to 2008 when Sarah Palin was added to the McCain ticket.  Even as a vice presidential candidate she added energy and excitement to the Republicans and almost got the liberal-leaning John McCain elected President.

Sandra Fish thinks the Republicans can do better (more liberal candidates), but she sure doesn't seem to mind writing about the Palins.  Thirteen of her last twenty columns have been about either Sarah or Bristol Palin.  Perhaps the Washington Post's Dana Milbank should give her a call and remind her of his suggested media moratorium on the Palins.  The attacks can begin anew come March.

Friday, January 28, 2011

OK State Ed Board Member Rozell Violates Civil Rights Act

At a heated State Board of Education meeting, former State Senator and current board member Herb Rozell referred to State Superintendent Barresi's legislative liaison, Jessica Russell, as "useless" because she was pregnant and is expected to give birth during the legislative session. 
 
“If she has that child in April and takes off six weeks, she's worthless to us,” Rozell said. “She won't be able to keep up.”
 
Another board member, Tim Gilpin, made a motion, as a joke, asking that Russell not have her baby in April or May.
 
Herb Rozell has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Title VII states: 

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -
(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
(k) The terms “because of sex” or “on the basis of sex” include, but are not limited to, because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-­related purposes.

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -
(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Herb Rozell should resign immediately.  Should he fail to do so, the Oklahoma Legislature should take action to remove this embarrassment from the Board.

GOP Chairman Statement On OK Board of Education Meeting


Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, has released this statement after the heated State Board of Education meeting yesterday.

The campaign trail was the easy part for Janet Barresi, we all knew the real battle would begin after the election. That certainly proved true after yesterday's disgusting state Board of Education meeting.

The board refused key Barresi staffing requests, all qualified, and even called one Barresi staffer "worthless" due to the fact she would be taking maternity leave during legislative session. There was a clear unprofessional and partisan tone throughout the proceedings.

"We always knew Janet Barresi would need us more after the election than during it," said Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell. "The State Board of Education and its status quo education positions are the last bastion for Oklahoma Democrats, and they will fight like hell to keep it from changing."

House Democrat Minority Leader Scott Inman defended the Board decision, and in doing so, the decades of failed education policy by Democrat leaders and their union allies.

"Since we are on the subject of education, here's a word the State Board of Education and Democrat Minority Leader Scott Inman need to learn: M-A-N-D-A-T-E," said Pinnell. "Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly elected Janet Barresi to reform public education policy in Oklahoma, it was a clear mandate, and it's now time to let her do the job.

"We strongly support the calls for Rozell's resignation and an immediate legislative review of the Board of Education's authority and membership to determine if changes should be made to better serve Oklahoma’s students," concluded Pinnell.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Palin 1, Milbank 0

The shooting in Tucson was pounced upon by the mainstream media, who wasted no time in pointing the finger of blame squarely at Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party.  Columns were written, articles filed, 'news' programs aired, interviews done, Tweets were sent... And after reading, watching and listening one might think Palin had conspired with the shooter, provided him the weapon, told him who to shoot and driven him to the scene of the crime.

The media frenzy over Palin's map and her "don't retreat, reload" quote sent a clear message.  That message was not that Palin was to blame, but that the media is absolutely terrified of Sarah Palin and the possibilities in her political future.  They have unleashed everything they have against this woman and she is still standing there, more popular than ever.  They have failed in their attempts to destroy her.

This brings us to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.  On January 11 Milbank dove headfirst into the melee, writing a column in which he stopped just short of saying Sarah Palin as good as pulled the trigger.  Milbank said Palin is "...finally being held to account for recklessly playing with violent images in a way that is bound to incite the unstable."

Just ten days later, Milbank has had enough.  Now that it's clear the media attack on Palin has failed, Milbank has declared February a "Palin-free month" and promises to "not mention Sarah Palin -- in print, online or on television -- for one month."  He has called on others in the media to join him.

What do you do when your attack has failed?  Disengage the enemy and retreat.  For one month.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Idaho GOP Set to Nullify Obamacare

After leading the nation last year in passing a law to sue the federal government over the health care overhaul, Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature now plans to use an obscure 18th century doctrine to declare President Barack Obama's signature bill null and void.

Lawmakers in six other states - Maine, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming - are also mulling "nullification" bills, which contend states, not the U.S. Supreme Court, are the ultimate arbiter of when Congress and the president run amok.

It's a concept that's won favor among many tea party adherents who believe Washington, D.C., is out of control.

Read more at the KRSO website:  http://www.ksro.com/news/article.aspx?id=2908198

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Target Dupnik

Added note:  I will not add anonymous comments to my blog.  If you have something to say, stop hiding behind anonymity and put your name on it as I do on all my posts. 

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been all over the news lately blaming everyone from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh for the tragic shooting in his county.  It's time for Republicans to set their sights on replacing him.

Dupnik is up for reelection in 2012 and should be an easy target for a Republican candidate.  Over the last five years Dupnik has gone over his budget by several million dollars each year.  This fact alone should be all the ammunition an opponent should need. But, Dupnik's media-inspired vitriol against conservatives is just an added bonus that places his reelection in the crosshairs and should make the next Sheriff's election a turkey shoot.

Clearly, Dupnik has relished his fifteen minutes of fame, but his political attacks have missed the bullseye and have scored only with the left. 

Arizona Republicans should bring out the big guns and take their best shot at this sorry excuse for a Sheriff.  By aiming high they should be able to put Dupnik out to pasture in 2012. 

The shot across the bow has been fired.  Arizona Republicans shouldn't retreat, they should reload. (Apologies to Sarah Palin)


Note:  If I have left out any of the politically incorrect phrases that no one is allowed to use anymore, please inform me and I will do my best to work them in.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Open Primaries In Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Representatives Rusty Farley and Dustin Roberts, both Republicans, have filed separate bills that would allow Independents and members of differing political parties to vote in primary and runoff elections in certain circumstances.  Rep. Farley has filed HB1055 and Rep. Roberts has filed HB1038.  Both bills appear to have the exact same text:

If a recognized political party has two or more nominees for an office, no other recognized political party has a nominee for the office, and no person registered as an Independent pursuant to Section 4-112 of this title is a candidate for the office, all registered voters eligible to vote for that office, regardless of whether the voters are registered as members of the recognized political party having candidates for the office, are registered as members of another recognized political party, or are registered as Independents, shall be allowed to vote in the Primary Election and, if a Runoff Primary Election is necessary, in the Runoff Primary Election.   

Basically, if this is enacted, a primary election with two or more Republican candidates and no Democrat or Independent candidates would be open to all registered voters.  Registered Democrat and Independent voters would be allowed to vote in the Republican primary and, if necessary, the runoff.  The same would apply if the parties were reversed.

I asked Matt Pinnell, Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, for his thoughts on these bills.  He replied he will be addressing them with his executive committee and state committee this Saturday and would be issuing a statement soon after.

Update - January 28, 2011

Matt Pinnell has informed me neither the Oklahoma Republican Party nor the State Committee will be supporting these bills. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Oklahoma State Agency Consolidation

State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie), chair of the House Government Modernization Committee, has written an opinion piece for the Edmond Sun in which he discusses a recent study to analyze the possible benefits of consolidating some of Oklahoma's central service agencies.  Central service agencies are the state agencies which provide services to other Oklahoma state agencies.

Murphey lists the following agencies:

Department of Central Services
Office of State Finance
Office of Personnel Management
Employees Benefits Council
Merit Protection Commission
Oklahoma State Employee Education and Group Insurance Board
Archives and Records Commission
Department of Libraries

Murphey says, "Consolidating some of all of these agencies would present state policy leaders with the opportunity to realize greater efficiency and cost savings through the streamlining of services."

One study detailed a possible savings of $10 million per year if the consolidation resulted in a reduction of just 20% of appropriated dollars.

Murphey believes the proposed plan will receive serious consideration from the Oklahoma Legislature during the upcoming session.  He told News On 6 in Tulsa that all boards, agencies and commissions will be considered when evaluating consolidation and that this will be a priority issue.

"We have to put everything on the table, we have to tackle the most politically achievable first, but, we have to start from there and work our way up, eliminating those inefficiencies as quickly as possible," said Murphey.

A 2007 State Government Agency Study, released by Murphey, shows Oklahoma has a far greater number of agencies than comparable states and that the number has increased over the last 24 years by more than 5 new agencies per year.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Maine Governor to NAACP - "Kiss my butt"

Maine Governor Paul LePage, a newly elected Republican, has told the Maine chapter of the NAACP to kiss his butt.  Blogger Mike McCarville has details at The McCarville Report Online.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Baltimore Tax Increase Costs 75 Their Jobs

The city council in Baltimore recently passed a two-cent per container tax on beverages, attempting to balance the city budget.

Pepsi has responded by shutting down production at the Baltimore plant, putting 75 people out of work.

Grocers have reported this month that sales are down in the city because nearby counties do not have the tax.

This is just a small example of what happens when governments raise taxes on businesses to make up for outrageous spending by the government.  More harm is always the result.

More here:  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/01/10/baltimores-pepsi-plant-will-stop-making-soda/

Illinois Democrats Pass 66% Tax Increase

Democrats in Illinois have passed a 66% increase in personal income taxes, raising the rate from 3% to 5% for four years.  Corporate taxes will also be increasing.  The measure is designed to help an ailing budget which is $15 billion in the hole.  The tax increase is projected to generate about $6.8 billion per year.

No Republicans in the Illinois House or Senate supported the increase.  GOP lawmakers noted they weren't included in the negotiations and they rejected raising taxes after years of spending growth. "We're saying to the people of Illinois, `For eight years we've overspent, now we're going to make it your problem,'" said Rep. Roger Eddy. "We're making up for our mistakes on your back."

Neighboring states are preparing for the influx of refugees.

Chick-fil-A - Where's the Beef?

Chick-fil-A operators in Pennsylvania recently donated food to a pro-marriage event run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.  The president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy defended the donation saying, “Operators simply agreed to provide sandwiches and brownies for the events as many Chick-fil-A franchisees have done over the years for community events, businesses and civic groups.”

However, the donation has not gone over well with gay rights advocates who accuse the restaurant chain of bigotry.  Several websites and blogs for the LGBT community have leveled criticism at Chick-fil-A and one had a petition against the chain for promoting traditional marriage. 

I think I will be having Chick-fil-A this evening and more frequently for lunch, now that a location has opened near my office.

Read more about the story here:  http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110113/chick-fil-a-head-responds-to-marriage-event-controversy/

The Return of OK Politechs

Not long ago I decided to stop blogging, mostly due to lack of time, so I deleted my blog.  Lately, too many things have gone by that I felt the urge on which to comment, even if no one is reading my blog, so I am back and will be posting again.  Sorry, liberals.