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Posted April 4, 2013

Prospects for arms treaty all but dead in Senate

Posted April 4, 2013

One day after the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the treaty, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said it was "deeply flawed" and became the 35th senator to endorse a resolution of opposition. The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate — 67 votes — to ratify a treaty.

"I have great concerns that this treaty can be used to violate the second amendment rights of American citizens, and do not believe we should sign any treaty that infringes on the sovereignty of our country," Lee said in a statement that reflected the strong objections of gun rights advocates.
The United States joined 153 nations in backing the treaty that proponents argue will keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and human rights abusers. Iran, North Korea and Syria, which face international arms embargoes, voted against the pact.

The treaty prohibits countries that ratify it from exporting conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes, or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or if they could be used in attacks against civilians or schools and hospitals.


EXCLUSIVE: ACLU says Reid’s gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties

Posted April 4, 2013

As Senate Democrats struggle to build support for new gun control legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union now says it’s among those who have “serious concerns” about the bill.

Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reid’s current gun bill, which includes language from earlier bills introduced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, a top lobbyist for the ACLU announced that the group thinks Reid’s current gun bill could threaten both privacy rights and civil liberties.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/04/exclusive-aclu-says-reids-gun-legislation-could-threaten-privacy-rights-civil-liberties/#ixzz2PUtJVZQt

Groups led by inside trader, child abuser got Obamacare co-op loans

Posted April 4, 2013

Federal officials approved Obamacare loans totaling $127 million last year to groups led by individuals whose backgrounds included an insider trading conviction and another with a long history of child sexual abuse, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The loans -- which must be repaid at a future date -- are to fund health insurance co-operative startups in Louisiana and Maine. They will compete with private sector health insurance providers under a $2 billion Obamacare initiative to fund 24 co-op startups nationwide.

Both the Maine and Louisiana co-ops are among 13 under investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.


Tens of thousands Obamacare 'navigators' to be hired

Posted April 4, 2013

Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.

The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English -- no matter what their native language is.


DOE awarding more than $1.2 billion in energy subsidies despite sequester

Posted April 4, 2013

More than $1.2 billion in cash payments has been awarded to renewable energy projects by the Department of Energy and the Treasury Department since the beginning of the year, with the majority of them going to solar electricity.

While other agencies grapple with furloughs and service cuts, the DOE continues to hand out 30 percent of the cost basis for renewable projects under its 1603 program, part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Between January 1 and February 14,$1,254,769,726 was awarded to 435 renewable energy projects, 381 of which were  to solar, according to the Heritage Foundation.

The 1603 program had awarded more than $9.2 billion to 748  wind projects and $2.7 billion to more than 44,000 solar projects through July 2012, according to a separate Heritage report.


State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

Posted April 3, 2013


David A. Stockman is a former Republican congressman from Michigan, President Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and the author, most recently, of “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.”

The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid.

Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later — within a few years, I predict — this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than real economic gains, will explode, too.

Since the S.&P. 500 first reached its current level, in March 2000, the mad money printers at the Federal Reserve have expanded their balance sheet sixfold (to $3.2 trillion from $500 billion). Yet during that stretch, economic output has grown by an average of 1.7 percent a year (the slowest since the Civil War); real business investment has crawled forward at only 0.8 percent per year; and the payroll job count has crept up at a negligible 0.1 percent annually. Real median family income growth has dropped 8 percent, and the number of full-time middle class jobs, 6 percent. The real net worth of the “bottom” 90 percent has dropped by one-fourth. The number of food stamp and disability aid recipients has more than doubled, to 59 million, about one in five Americans.


EPA Settlement: Company Must Spend $76,952 to Replace Light Bulbs

Posted April 4, 2013

(CNSNews.com) - As part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Collins Inc. of Clinton, Iowa has agreed to a “re-lamping” of its facility with low-mercury fixtures at a projected cost of $76,952.
The re-lamping will be a greater expense than the civil penalty to be paid.

“A re-lamping project involving the replacement of high-mercury fluorescent fixtures and bulbs with low-mercury fluorescent fixtures and bulbs at its facility with a projected eligible cost of $76,952.00,” The EPA settlement says...


DHS responding to Senator Coburn's ammo inquiry

Posted April 3, 2013

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Wall Street, Political Insiders Quake In Their Guccis About Coming Expose

Posted April 3, 2013

Wall Street and Capitol Hill insiders are quaking in their Gucci loafers about a forthcoming government exposé slated to drop April 4th of this year.

That is when the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will issue a report on so-called “political intelligence firms”— shadowy companies that hire former members of Congress, staffers, and other federal officials to scour the halls of Congress and Capitol Hill in search of valuable, market-moving information that is then sold to big hedge funds and financial houses that use the intel to make investments.


First Couple hosts celeb-filled concert amid sequestration

Posted April 3, 2013

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the “In Performance at the White House” concert series, according to a White House press released issued Tuesday.

The concert comes as the White House is emphasizing cuts caused by sequestration and criticizing reporters for not paying enough attention to the hardship caused by the mandatory slowdown in the rate of spending increases. Though the White House notably canceled all visitor tours in March, ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple’s series of White House concerts — billed as “the nation’s highest honor for popular song” —  manages to survive.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/03/first-couple-hosts-celeb-filled-concert-amid-sequestration/#ixzz2POtfC6qy

Old terrorists never die, they just join Academia and indoctrinate your kids. Weatherman Ayers, Dohrn and now Boudin

Posted April 3, 2013

A great catch from the New York Post by blogger Jammie Wearing Fool brings the news that convicted terrorist, Kathy Boudin, has resurfaced in academia, which he calls nothing short of sickening:

    Old terrorists never die. They simply move on to academia. Just like her buddy from the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, convicted terrorist Kathy Boudin is now enjoying the high life as a prestigious “professor” at the Ivy League institution Columbia University as well as holding a plum spot at New York University.

But there is much more to the Kathy Boudin-Bill Ayers-Bernardine Dohrn sorry-ass tale. Digging down deep into the bowels of my blog archive I present for your reading “pleasure” a moldy oldy from October 2008:

There are few coincidences in life. Had it not been for Obama’s run for the White House, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn may well have continued their entry into middle class Hyde Park senior citizenhood undisturbed. However, that was not to be. The more elusive and dismissive Obama was about his association with these unrepentant Communist revolutionaries/terrorists, the more deeply I continued to dig.

You may not recall, but in 2008 Google opened its archive up and there was a lot of information to be discovered.



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Sen. Ted Cruz Talks with Ben Ferguson about Defending the Second Amendment

Posted April 4, 2013

Greg Abbott on the UN Arms Treaty

Posted April 4, 2013

Your Liberty -- as a United States citizen -- was weakened and threatened yesterday when the Obama Administration helped the United Nations pass the Arms Trade Treaty. Immediately after this disappointing vote, I wrote a letter to President Obama urging him not to sign the treaty.
If the President signs the treaty allowing the UN to be involved in regulating firearms in the U.S., Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

I need your support. Please help us get the word out by referring 3 of your friends right now , and forwarding this email to 5 of your friends . Together, we can make a difference.
America is exceptional in part because our Constitution safeguards our individual liberties – including the right to keep and bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment.

The new UN treaty threatens your rights:

  • it doesn't recognize the individual right to keep and bear arms or the fundamental right to defend yourself, your family, or your property;
  • it empowers a new UN bureaucracy focused on firearms restrictions that will be run by international bureaucrats who are not accountable to the people of the United States.
  • it could impose firearm registration requirements that may empower international authorities to get information about American citizens and businesses.

This UN treaty does more than trample Second Amendment rights. It also threatens to erode all liberties guaranteed to Americans in the Constitution by giving the UN power to govern our lives.
Please refer 3 of your friends today and forward this important message to 5 of your friends right now . Your voice must be heard on this issue.
When the Constitution says, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” it means no one—including the UN—can infringe upon that right.
UN treaties do not trump the Constitution.  And with your help, we will make that message clear to President Obama and this administration.

Texas AG to Obama: Ratify UN arms treaty and I’ll sue

Posted April 3, 2013

If President Obama signs the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty approved today and the Senate ratifies it, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot will sue, he told Obama in a letter today.

“The Arms Trade Treaty agreed to today by the United Nations (UN) is a threat to Americans’ Constitutional liberty,” Abbott wrote. “I urge you to reject that treaty. If you sign it, and if the U.S. Senate ratifies the treaty, Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

The UN General Assembly approved the treaty by a 154-3 vote, according to the Associated Press. The treaty regulates international arms trade with the intent of keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, but critics like Abbott say it paves the way for international law to trump U.S. citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.


Want to See What CSCOPE and Common Core (Even Homeschooling) Lessons Look Like? These Parents Opened Up to TheBlaze

Posted April 3, 2013

As a greater level of scrutiny is being placed on the controversial curriculum systems CSCOPE (in Texas) and Common Core Standards (nationwide), concerned parents spoke to TheBlaze about their troubling experiences, revealing that not even home-schooling is beyond the reach of these encroaching systems.

Home-schooling not beyond the reach of Common Core?  

Keven Card, a former Marine from Houston who has home-schooled his children for the last six years, thought his family was safe from the reach of Common Core, but soon learned otherwise. As noted on his blog, two years ago Pearson Education, which is linked to Common Core, acquired Texas Connections Academy, the online charter school Card uses to homeschool his ninth-grader.

One lesson plan featured a video dubbed, ”China Rises,” that appears to tout the virtues of Communism over capitalism.


Rick Perry: GOP Governors Will 'Rue' Approving Medicare Expansions

Posted April 3, 2013

During a Monday press conference, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) withstood pressure from Democrats and some Republicans to back down from his opposition to a Medicare expansion under Obamacare.

 “It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs,” said Perry.

With the nation’s largest uninsured population in the U.S., Texas would receive an estimated $90 billion in federal funding over the next ten years under the Obamacare provision.

At last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Perry affirmed his commitment to providing lasting healthcare to low-income Texans.

“We care about our poorest Texans,” said Perry.  “We want them to have the best care possible, and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

While some GOP governors who oppose Obamacare have decided to move forward with expanding Medicare eligibility, Perry says that is a mistake and that they will “come to rue the day, because Medicaid will take a larger and larger share of their state budgets.”

Perry, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last cycle, has not ruled out a 2016 bid for the White House.


URGENT: Support these bills in Texas

Posted April 3, 2013

Support these bills in TexasNow is the time to start calling the Texas Legislature committee members using the links below.  Every phone call, email, letter and personal visit makes a HUGE difference.  Encourage your friends, family, and other contacts to do the same.   Let's all work together to get these critical Texas bills passed.  

1. HJR 48  Texas Constitutional amendment for right to choose or not choose to purchase health insurance.

  • Status: Assigned to committee. No hearing scheduled.  
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: Joint bill filed by Senator Campbell  
  • Comment: Good start at nullifying Obama Care  
  • Call to action: Continue to contact Committee Chairmen and members  to voice your support and to demand a public hearing and to vote this bill out of committee soon.  

2. HB 204  Relating to zero-based budgeting for certain entities...

3. HB 149  Relating to the Texas Liberty Preservation Act  and HB 80 Stops TSA from random full body searches of innocent people.

  • Status: Left pending in committee. Overwhelming testimony/witness FOR it. 
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: National Defense Authorization Act of 2012  
  • Comment: Protection of 10th amendment. Challenge constitutionality of NDAA.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact Committee Chairmen and members  to voice your support. Let's move this bill out of committee.   

 4. HB 1076  Texas Firearm Protection Act and HB 553 which stands up for our 2nd Amendment rights in Texas.

  • Status: Left pending in committee. 
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research Updated: Black leaders speak out against more gun controls VIDEO  
  • Comment: Protection of 2nd amendment rights for Texans.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee Chairmen and members  telling them to move this bill out of committee.


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