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Rep. Larry Phillips identified in ethics inquiry involving speakers race

Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, the vice chairman of the House comittee charged with investigating ethics complaints, was identified today as the House leadership member who allegedly warned a colleague that lawmakers who fail to support Speaker Joe Straus for re-election could face retribution through redistricting.

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CNS News has a clue about why Congress is in such a mess:

congress-flag(CNSNews.com) – Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) could not explain what part of the Constitution grants Congress the power to force every American to buy health insurance – as all of the health care overhaul bills currently do.

Leahy, whose committee is responsible for vetting Supreme Court nominees, was asked by CNSNews.com where in the Constitution Congress is specifically granted the authority to require every American purchase health insurance. Leahy answered by saying that “nobody questions” Congress’ authority for such an action.

CNSNews.com: Where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?

Sen. Leahy: We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there is no authority?

CNSNews.com: I’m asking –

Sen. Leahy: Why would you say there is no authority? I mean, there’s no question there’s authority, nobody questions that.

When CNSNews.com again attempted to ask which provision of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to force Americans to purchase health insurance, Leahy compared the mandate to the government’s ability to set speed limits on interstate highways – before turning and walking away.

CNSNews.com: But, which provision –

Sen. Leahy: Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway? The federal government does that on federal highways.

Prior to 1995, the federal government mandated a speed limit of 55 miles an hour on all four-lane highways. The limit was repealed in 1995 and the authority to set speed limits reverted back to the states.

Technically, the law that established the 55 mile-an-hour limit – the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act of 1974 – withheld federal highway funds from states that did not comply with it. The law rested on Congress’ constitutional authority to dole out federal tax revenue.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that such a proposal would be “unprecedented,” adding that the government had “never required” Americans to purchase anything. “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action,” CBO found.

CBO also noted that an individual mandate would carry with it something never before done in the history of America: it would impose a legal duty on American citizenship. In other words, all American citizens – and anyone wanting to become one – would be forced by the government to do something, even if they didn’t want to or chose not to.

If you’ve ever read Robert Heinein’s “Starship Troopers” or even seen the movie, you know that one of the requirements to become a citizen was to serve in the Armed Forces. Those who were not citizens were not subject to the protections of the laws of the land, and could not vote.

LeahyIf the Congress passes one of these Healthcare bills, we will have taken the first step towards a “tit-for-tat” democracy. Think about the implications of THAT for a minute. You think the government is intrusive with marijuana laws? With immigration enforcement?

This is the first step on that road.

As I type this, Leahy is fumbling his way through an interview on Fox News with Harris Faulkner, explaining why applying Antitrust Regulations to Insurance Companies is a *GOOD* thing — even though Congress has already put draconian prohibitions on Health Insurance companies, keeping them from selling their insurance across state lines.

I’m sorry — WHO is the oppressive multi-state entity here Senator? Insurance companies, or Congress?

Imbecile. And Vermont continues to re-elect this dimwitted boob.

~Johnny~

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I’m still shaking my head over this one. Someone will have to explain to me how a United States Senator can ask the media to hide his itinerary from his constituents:

dirty_dick_durbinA spokesman for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says the senator’s office will no longer send media information to Quincy’s oldest radio station because the station decided to let the public know he was coming to town.

Christina Angarola of Durbin’s Chicago office called WTAD on Monday to inform them they would no longer be included on the list of those receiving news releases from the senator when he plans to visit West-Central Illinois.

Moyers said Angarola was not pleased that WTAD chose to make public the time and place of Durbin’s September 4 visit to Quincy’s Blessing Hospital to hold a meeting on health care with officials from the hospital, Quincy Medical Group and Quincy Mayor John Spring and State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

CLICK HERE FOR THAT STORY.

The news release sent by Durbin’s office on the afternoon of September 3 said “NOTE: The times and locations of these events are for media planning purposes only and should not be published or aired in any form.”

Angarola did not respond to an e-mail from QuincyNews.org for comment. Calls to the senator’s Chicago office have not yet been returned. A call to the Washington office was diverted to Angarola’s voice mail.

“I’m disappointed the senator and his office have chosen to silence the press,” Moyers said.

Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate, has been an outspoken critic of health care town hall meetings, said he didn’t want to get a “sucker-punch” from constituents and opted to have a session in a conference room before an invited few and a handful of reporters.

Four of the 10 people Durbin chose to meet on September 4 have donated to Durbin’s campaign fund in the past: Blessing Corporate Services President/CEO Brad Billings, Niemann Foods Inc. Chairman Rich Niemann, Sr., Spring and Sullivan. Durbin has also funneled several thousands of dollars from his war chest back to Spring’s mayoral campaign fund.

Durbin, who is the senior Senator from that bluest of Blue States Illinois (guess who ws the Junior Senator), has been consistently voted the most Liberal Senator in the Senate for the last 20 years.

Must be kinda embarrassing for the people of Illinois; yet they continue to re-elect this self-centered imbecile. Go Figure.

~Johnny~

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Got this item in my e-mail from the San Antonio Tea Pary this morning. It seems to be calling for Republican Senators in the Senate Finance Committee to Walk Out Today to deny a Quorum on the Public Option:

URGENT CALL: Ask the Republican Senators to WALK OUT!!!

Senate Finance Committee to vote on Public Option line item Tuesday

Hellow Fellow Patriots!

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on the Public Option line item of the Health Care Bill on *Tuesday, September 29th.* Democrats have the votes.  But, there is a way to stop the process – using Rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure for the Senate Finance Committee.

Rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure for the Senate Finance Committee reads:
”Rule 4. Quorums. – (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) one-third of the membership of the committee, including not less than one member of the majority party and one member of the minority party, shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.”

Conservative citizens all across the United States must demand that Republican Senators in the Senate Finance Committee stop negotiating and Walk Out for America. We will support this effort and will support the Republican members of the Committee. Call and email the following Republican Senators and tell them to Take a Stand and Walk Out.  We the People need to tell our elected this point is *NON-NEGOTIABLE AND MUST BE STOPPED.*

Contact these Republican Senators today, quote Rule 4, and tell them their Constituents demand this Bill be *STOPPED*.

If you have family, friends or business associates in any of these states other than Texas, please contact them and ask them to call.

John Cornyn      (TX)
Jon Kyl          (AZ)
Charles Grassley (IA)
Mike Crapo      (ID)
Jim Bunning      (KY)
Pat Roberts      (KS)
Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
John Ensign      (NV)
Mike Enzi        (WY)
Orrin G. Hatch  (UT)

April 15th Tea Pary shirtSee the following Senate Finance Committee official web page:
http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/committee.htm

Thank You!… and please…

Donate to the San Antonio Tea Party
http://sanantonioteaparty.org/donate/

San Antonio Tea Party stuff:
http://www.sanantonioteaparty.org/teapartystore/

Okay, Problem #1 I can see is you have Olympia Snowe (RINO, Maine) and Orrin Hatch (RINO, UT) who will almost certainly not participate in the walkout. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is problematic as well, but he might go along with the crowd. (He usually does.)

And while I’m reluctant to employ the tactics the goofy Leftoids use, my grandma wouyld say that “Sauce for the goose is, indeed, sauce for the gander.” Ir would very likely drive them nuts — just look at how crazy they get over the Tea Parties, that usurp the “citizens protest” format of the 60’s.

Heh.

Finally, seriously consider donating to the San Antonio Tea Party. They have the BEST T-shirts of any Tea Party I’ve ever seen;l with the “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnake coiled around the Alamo. how cool is that?

~Johnny~

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Clyde Middleton at the Philadelphia Conservative Examiner has a race-by-race rundown on the Senate Seats open in 2012.

And we’re in luck; they’re more than the usual third up for grabs:

US-Senate-Logo_svgThere’s a total of 37 US Senate seats going to the voters in the 2010 cycle (including Kennedy’s seat). The overall split of present party holders is dems 19, pubs 18. (This is much more of a balanced exposure than 2012: 33 seats up – 23 dems, 9 pubs, 1 independent.) The dems have 16 incumbents seeking reelection; the pubs, 12. Further, the dems have 3 seats held by them that will be (or in Kennedy’s case, is) vacant; the pubs, 6.

The table below lists every candidate that has filed their paperwork to enter the race, along with links to their campaign sites.

An extremely handy tool for finding and analyzing candidates. Make sure you click through to the link — Clyde did a heck of a job compiling this, and he gets paid by the page count.

Heck, click through two or three times. It’s a GREAT analysis.

~Johnny~

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Ted Kennedy is dead in Hyannis Port today. I was honestly surprised ABC news even remembered Chappaquiddick, if even tangentially. But someonkennedy+care did.

Down here in south Texas they get all emotional when someone dies. “Don’t speak ill of the dead!” they’ll scream in your face. The guy could be Adolf Hitler, or Ted Bundy, or Charles Manson. But God forbid you should speak ill of a dead person.

Even Ted Kennedy.

So I won’t speak ill of Ted Kennedy since I don’t want to be screamed at by any outraged abuelitas.

I’m just wondering . . . who told Mary Jo Kopechne’s parents he’s dead?

~Johnny~

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You know, you would think people would learn from their mistakes.  I usually do, although there have  een some notable exception to that rule that still make my relatives shake their heads in disbelief.

(“And after the Police surrounded him, the lieutenant asked him if he’d called his mother!”)

But as you get older, those legendary mistakes get fewer and farher between, one would hope from the benefits of hindsight and hard-knock wisdom.  Usuallly more hard-knock wisdom than hindsight, but that’s just me.

Freagan-280x300or Republicans, not so much.

After watching Ronald Reagan lead them to their largest victories in years and revolutionizing the way the Republican Party does business, you would think they would at least attempt to emulate his example.  But stubbornly, they clung to the old way of doing business.  The “old boy” school of presidential nomination that gaye us Both Bob Dole and John McCain for President (and arguably, both Bushes.)

Do the real Republican mavericks get nominated, let alone elected to national office?  Hmmmmm, not so much.  For every revolutionary like a Ronald Reagan, a Newt Gingrich, or a Sarah Palin, there’s dozens of Lindsey Grahams expecting that it’s “their turn” to run for highest office, and let the real conservatives get out of their way.  How dare they presume to seek a Presidential nomination or Senatorship.

They haven’t paid their dues.  It’s not their turn.

That’s why it pains me so much to see the usually straight talking, straight shooting John Cornyn of Texas endorsing Charlie Crist, RINO governor of Florida, for Senate.

Fifteen months before the election. And even though there’s a real, conservative, Cubano businessman already declared for the seat.  Not a professional politician — no, no.  A businessman with real-world experience.

Worse yet, Crist is hardly a conservative:

You’ll never hear an encouraging word from Crist on any conservative social issue. He’s pro-abortion and thinks marriage-like legal arrangements between homosexuals are fine. He recently put a liberal Democrat on the Florida Supreme Court. In Crist’s speeches, conservatives will wait in vain to hear any of their principles promoted. What they hear are endless lullabies about “bipartisanship,” “diversity,” and other warm-sounding, non-sequiturs from the Democratic hymn book. These are just the most actionable of Crist’s sins against conservative principles.

DSCF1943John, what the hell has gotten into you? Or are you just revealing your true RINO stripes?  Don’t make me come over there, john — I’ve already been to Charlie Gonzalez’s office this week with a few hundred of my closest friends protesting. We could be there in a day — maybe two.

And this is Texas.  You know we’ll do it.

Shape up, Senator Cornyn.  The old way of Republican “business as usual” is over — just look at the California elections.  This is not a new wind blowing — it’s a damned sea change.

And maybe your perfect storm, if you’re not careful.

~~ACP~~

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