After the elections of 2010 a bunch of RINO's have repented, disavowed their past behavior and an army of elected officials has come forth, proclaiming to be a new breed of constitutional conservatives washed free of political sin in the river of TEA. But rehabilitation can be a tricky proposition. Watch.
I mentioned last week that a new Big Foodie bill opposed by a diverse coalition of limited government activists, small family farmers, and left-leaning “locovores” was coming down the pike.
Today, I’m disappointed to tell you, the regulatory expansion bill masquerading as a “safety” measure passed by a large margin — with stomach-turning Republican support.
Guys and gals, if you haven't familiarized yourself with the expansive regulatory power created by this bill, I urge you to do so immediately. And then call your Congressman to find out which of their crazy colleagues will likely support the bill in the House and crash their phone lines in opposition.
There is a very clear pattern here involving food, famine and control of the farming industry. Don't forget, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
You can't make this stuff up. A young man, with no criminal record, has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison for transporting otherwise fully legal guns, locked, in a box, inside the trunk of his car in New Jersey.
Separated from his wife, the entrepreneur and media consultant, now 27, had moved back home to New Jersey from Colorado toward the end of 2008 to be closer to their young son.
In between jobs, his well-oiled life was running ragged, and on Jan. 2, 2009, when his ex canceled his visit with their son, he became distraught, muttered something to his mother, and left his parents' home in Mount Laurel, N.J.
"He said something that scared her, things that a guy will only say to his mom, like . . . 'Life's not worth living anymore,' " said Larry Aitken, Brian's father.
Sue Aitken, a trained social worker, decided to play it safe and called police, but she hung up before the 9-1-1 dispatcher could answer. Police traced the call and showed up anyway, and found two handguns in the trunk of Brian's car. And now Brian, her middle child, a graduate student with no prior criminal record, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for weapons charges.
When Mount Laurel police arrived at the Aitkens' home on Jan. 2, 2009, they called Brian - who was driving to Hoboken - and asked him to return to his parents' home because they were worried. When he arrived, the cops checked his Honda Civic and, inside the trunk, in a box stuffed into a duffel bag with clothes, they found two handguns, both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires.
Aitken and his supporters believe that he had a legal exemption to have the handguns in his car because he was moving from his parents' home to a residence in Hoboken.
Aitken had passed an FBI background check to buy them in Colorado when he lived there, his father said, and had contacted New Jersey State Police and discussed the proper way to transport them.
"He bought them at Bass Pro Shops, for God's sake, not some guy named Tony on the street corner," his father said.
New Jersey and Colorado are on opposite ends of the gun-control spectrum. In Colorado, all he needed was the background check to own the guns.
In the Garden State, Aitken was required to have a purchaser's permit from New Jersey to own the guns and a carry permit to have them in his car. [philly.com]
Opposite ends of the political spectrum? Doesn't the Second Amendment apply equally to every state? Hopefully this will resolve favorably for this young man. This, my friends, is a travesty.
For more information go to his Facebook page. Free Brian Aitken
A lot of things contribute to the Christmas spirit. Houses lit by twinkling lights, shops filled with happy people, store windows decorated with garland and snowmen, music, snow, parties and, oh yes, the Christmas movie season. This week one comes out that looks too funny to miss. Little Fockers.
For months during the GOP senate primary I commented on the mistakes being made by the Grayson campaign, the most glaring of which was the attitude that he "had it in the bag". I also commented on the mistakes being made by Rand Paul's campaign, the most glaring of which was trusting the media.
In the end Grayson found himself dumbfounded by the results, and Paul overjoyed by the combination of skill, luck and timing which gave him the victory. In the aftermath they both run the risk of mis-reading the TEA leaves.
Paul is headed for Washington buyoed by what many are calling a TEA party mandate. We will soon find out whether the pre-November enthusiasm will be enough to provide him with the kind of power which will help him become effective, or whether it will wane, as many in the establishment are hoping, thus resulting in Paul becoming a lampooned image in years worth of negative political cartoons.
And while many expected Grayson to use the substantial name recognition and organizational support he built during the senate race to make a strong run at Attorney General, thus giving him the matchup he wanted against Jack Conway, he surprised a lot of people by his decision to sit this one out.
I get it. Coming in second in a two man race brings about a degree of disappointment which causes one to examine many factors, starting with questions about "woulda, coulda, shoulda", running the gambit of examining carefully what one considered to be trustworthy friends, and taking stock of how much energy one has to deal effectively with the future. According to many, Grayson's finish came as a surprise to him, thus compounding the force of the blow to his self confidence.
But Grayson shouldn't take it too hard. Contests are not about one man, they are about two. If I choose steak over fish, it doesn't mean I hate fish, just that on this occasion I prefer steak.
And Grayson needs to take this experience and learn from it. He should make a careful assessment of the people he can trust, and those who are just bullslingers. He needs to recognize that he does in fact have many good skills to offer, if he sees a future for himself in politics, and he needs to place a higher value on picking oneself up, dusting oneself off and getting back in the saddle sooner rather than later.
Now let me be clear, I'm not here to second guess him. He has a family he cares about deeply to consider. He most certainly knows that public service doesn't pay anything near what the private sector pays and he may even think that a little time off will help him regain his focus, let the past dissipate and the sting of his showing fade. But Trey Grayson is made for public service, and he should begin now to make plans to find his niche, start building toward the eventual day when he will throw his hat in another ring, and in the meantime realize that those who supported Rand Paul don't all dislike Trey Grayson and few, if any, wish him ill.
I respect his decision. I am certain that he has his family's best interest at heart. But I also know that Kentucky has benefitted from his service as Secretary of State, and may need him again before too long.
I have been advocating that it is up to us, the American people to pull ourselves out of this economic mess by buying more American made products, rejecting Chinese products and thus helping to spur our national economy. Governor Steve Beshear is spot on, this time, urging Kentuckians to do the same thing.
Gov. Steve Beshear has launched a “Give a Gift from Kentucky” campaign for this month to help bolster the state’s economy while supporting Kentucky artists. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, is participating in the campaign by offering a gift guide (www.artscouncil.ky.gov). [Courier Journal]
I agree that this doesn't adequately fill the void which has been his administration to date, but by golly, by Jove, on this one issue, I think he's got it right.
This Christmas, buy American, and when you can, buy Kentuckian too.
It wasn't a nudge, it was an elbow to the mouth, and it resulted in Obama needing stitches. It wasn't a little secret that leaked out, the newest Wikileak was the largest loss of super secret information in history. Glenn Beck quotes George Soros saying he is determined to rule the world. Obama is failing.
I've said this before, I've repeated it frequently and I think I was saying this before Beck or anybody else. Obama was set up to be the fall guy. He was set upon a pedestal, compared to the Messiah, compared himself to Lincoln and was put in office by communists, Marxists and radicals in order to push forward their agenda.
And what is their agenda? Just take a look at history. The world has always been ruled by a few powerful tyrants. The King and Queen of one country, the dictators of another, the Politburo in Marxist/Leninist states, all concentrate power and wealth at the top.
Communism is not a utopia where all the people are properly cared for. It is a criminal enterprise which forces the people to slave away so that the folks at the top can enjoy vast riches, incredible power and dictate to whom their fortunes will pass. It is no different than the tyrannical rule of Kings. In fact, among the Kings and Queens and dictators of the world there is a "Mexican Standoff". None want to lose their kingdom, and so they maintain armies to protect them, and to plunder the weaker ones in order to acquire more and even greater power and wealth.
This is precisely the goal of the "New World Order" types, the forty or so people conspiring with George Soros to position themselves at the top, to collapse economies, generate chaos and enslave people first by twisted logic, then by offers of security and finally at the end of a gun, if necessary.
The latest blows to Obama, both literally and figuratively, suggest that he is possibly in danger. Why? Because if he is unable to fast track their agenda sufficiently enough, harming him could be the spark which sets off the chaos bomb in our midst.
Do you really think that our anxiety in America is due to the panic in Greece, Ireland and elsewhere? No.
Their panic is due to our situation. They know the signposts which presage coming events. The rest of the world has experienced communism, fascism, totalitarianism and tyranny. They know how it begins, and they see it beginning here.
We are the last refuge of hope for mankind. The riots in Europe are in part due to the extreme anxiety they feel as they watch our nation being subdued by Globalists, controlled by Socialists and in essence throwing in the towel in the fight for liberty. They fear that we will fall, and that is why they are falling apart.
We are still the world leader in the most valuable commodity of all: freedom. We are the sole exporter of the most desired product of all time: democracy. We are the source of the greatest good of all goods: the open acknowledgment that God is the source of all things, not men.
The TEA party movement does not frighten the world, but the fear of violence, civil war, marital law and the collapse of the United States brought about by those men who would be Gods themselves, frightens the world. The TEA party movement gives hope to millions, and causes fear among the few who cannot survive, if the TEA party movement survives.
Soros and company cannot wait while the forces of liberty gain strength. The day will come when they perceive a tipping point, when something drastic has to be done, when they must create the circumstance which completely derails the revival of our founding principles among the people of the United States, and they have positioned their sacrificial lamb to become the focus of that plan.
If you can split the president's lip in a basketball game, we know pretty clearly that he can be harmed. Of course it was an accident, but you'll note, the guy who did it didn't apologize.
Obama is failing to advance the agenda for a new world order fast enough. As such a fat lip delivered by "his friends" in the game should be the least of his worries.