Editors note: This is by no means an endorsement of Senator Murkowski who’s behavior in the 2010 elections was deplorable!
“This is Lisa Murkowski, Senator for Alaska and lead Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan in the wake of Friday’s terrible earthquake and tsunami. In Alaska the memories of the devastating 1964 quake are still with us. We know we’re just beginning to comprehend the magnitude of this quake and its devastation. We share and support the President’s commitment to bring America’s resources to bear to help Japan recover – and we commend the actions that he has taken so far.
“This tragedy – as well as the upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa – serve as stark reminders of how intertwined our world economy is; how world events beyond our control can affect all of us. It makes it all the more important that we control those things we can.
One of the great unheralded struggles for freedom in our time involves the lonely effort by bloggers to get paid for their rants . . . er, I mean opinions! So it is that our blogging brothers and sisters at The Huffington Post are on strike.
I urge my fellow bloggers — and readers, left, right and center — to support this strike. Let’s stand in solidarity with our HuffPo brothers and sisters!
They’re toiling, after all, for the same basic “rights” that every blogger deserves: the right to a “living wage,” the “right” to collective bargaining, and the right to be heard — the right for their voices to “matter.”
And so, let’s make The Huffington Post a “no-blog zone” and a “no-read zone” until their “demands” are met: Because, let’s face it, the miserly few, such as Arianna, are making big bucks in blogging, while throwing mere crumbs to the rest of us.
Arianna, in fact, jets around the globe — to Greece, Switzerland, Chile, Italy and elsewhere — living the high life. Yes, this is the same Arianna Huffington who recently secured a $315-million sweetheart deal with AOL!
But will the toiling bloggers at The Huffington Post see one red cent of the proceeds? Come on! Don’t be naïve! Everyone knows that Arianna and her cronies intend to pocket every last dime!
The left-wing blogging queen is utterly indifferent to the needs of her employees and contributors! She channels Marie Antoinette and says in effect: “Let them eat cake!”
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act (H.R. 525) on March 8.
H.R. 525 will help expand the veterinary public health workforce by offering veterinary school loan repayment for veterinarians who commit to serve in a federal, state, local, or tribal public health agency or who engage in a related training fellowship. The legislation also makes veterinary public health eligible for workforce grants. These grants are awarded to help increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce, to enhance the quality of such workforce and to enhance the ability of the workforce to meet national, state, and local health care needs.
This amendment was part of the original obamacare in 2009 that did not make it into the bill the House sent to the Senate. 279 votes were needed for passage, and there were 280 who voted Aye. The 280 who voted Aye include 95 Republicans. 32 of these 95 are House freshmen. There were no Democrats who voted Nay. Only 138 voted Nay, and this vote had 53 freshman. vote details
Now I realize that the very first bill that passed in the 111th House had to do with repealing obamacare. This vote that took place on March 8th makes me think a lot of people in the US House are not really serious about obamacare gettimg repealed. I have read a report that most Americans don’t have a clue and Congress needs to help Americans understand how big the problem is that faces us. This elitist attitude angers me. I am frustrated that of 87 new Republicans elected to the US House 32 have already adopted the elitist attitude of DC insiders. Now I also realize that veterinarians are good people who take care of sick puppies. There simply is no money available to offer veterinary school loan repayment. The sickest puppy of them all is the out of control spending by the US Congress. Below I have named names. They are the 32 who voted Aye. If you live in their state and you are a PC you just might want to discuss with like-minded PCs on your displeasure with this vote.
Known by his troops in World War II as “The Soldier’s General” because of his care of and compassion for those soldiers under his command. Bradley arrived in North Africa in the aftermath of the Kasserine Pass debacle. He found a much-chastened Eisenhower worrying about the failure of American units to perform well against their more experienced German opponents. The local British commander had been especially harsh in assessing the initial combat performance of the Americans. Bradley’s task throughout the remainder of the North African campaign was to convince both his men and the British that the American soldier was as good as any and that American leaders were as tactically adept as their Allied and Axis counterparts.
Depending on the situation, he’s morphed into Carter, Bush, Clinton, Nixon, Reagan, Lincoln, and even Washington. With the Mid-East in full meltdown, the Chameleon-in-Chief’s true colors are starting to show.
Cross-Posted: TobyToons (Conservative Political Cartoons)
Editors Note: This is Nice Deb’s first post here and I would like to welcome her personally to the front page. We’re looking forward to more insightful posts so please give her a warm TMR reception. -Steve Foley
The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted its Eleventh Annual Spring Kick Off on Monday, March 7th, in Waukee, IA. This year the event garnered wide national and international media interest. CSPAN broadcasted the candidate’s speeches live, and Greta Van Susteren traveled to Waukee to interview the candidates for her show.
Here are the speeches from the five Republican Presidential candidates who spoke at the event, Monday night, attended and covered by Duane Lester, All American Blogger. Since no front-runner has emerged yet, it’s a good idea for us to listen to what these guys have to say every chance we get. All the speeches were good, but one really stood out for me, this time. Watch these and see what you think:
The great Herman Cain shares his three guiding principles, “Do what’s right”, “empowerment, not entitlement”, ” “It’s not about us”:
video via The Right Scoop.
Promised “Listener” of the House can’t hear
The size of the puny proposals of the GOP House coupled with his reading material at least proves he has NYT and WashPo paper stuffed in his ears!
John Boehner is Speaker of the House because of the historic election just passed in which his Republican Party gained more seats than in any election since based upon public debt and jobs crises.
When first challenged by the media to read the election results as a call to compromise with the Obama agenda just rejected by the voters, he declared that he would listen to the American people for his orders. When next challenged on how draconian the cuts would be, he said that if government workers must lose their jobs, so be it.
It seemed as if he had heard the clear message of We the People
Then he proposes only 40% of the relatively modest $100B cuts promised int he campaign and says that if only the American people really understood how dire is the debt problem, he would propose more:
“People in Washington assume that Americans understand how big the problem is, but most Americans don’t have a clue,” Boehner said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday morning. “I think it’s incumbent on us, if we are serious about dealing with the big challenges, that we go out and help Americans understand how big the problem is that faces us.”
We don’t have a clue?
Governor Christie: The Ides of March are coming… and I’m waiting! Governor Christie: The Choice Video
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Budget Address on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
Governor Chris Christie: So today, in this budget, I am once again calling on the Legislature to pass pension reform.
In our negotiations on the interest arbitration cap, Mr. President and Madam Speaker, you promised me and committed to the people of New Jersey to bring a real reform package forward and make it law.
And I am pleased that it remains a priority for both of you.
Senate President Sweeney, I heard you loud and clear when you were quoted recently as saying this:
“I want this thing done by the middle of March. That’s my goal, to get the pension bill done. But I want to get this stuff finished because it has to be finished. This is what’s killing the state of New Jersey. The cost of the pension and health care are destroying the State’s economy.”
You were right.
And I know that Speaker Oliver agrees with you, when she said, “Our system has become unsustainable for taxpayers and public workers alike, so changing this system is a priority.”
I am asking both of you, and the members of this legislature, to make good on the promise to pass comprehensive pension and benefit reform on Senator Sweeney’s timetable, by the middle of March.
And as I am asking the Democratic Leadership to make good on their promise, I am offering a powerful incentive to sweeten the pot. If you pass real reform, along Senator Sweeney’s timetable, I will make a $500 million payment to the pension fund immediately, not wait until sometime in Fiscal Year 2012, which is all that the law we passed last year requires. This would be the first payment made since fiscal year 2009, by anyone, Democrat or Republican. So let’s not wait – real reform on Senator Sweeney’s timetable – real money into the pension fund immediately.
Next, enacting reform of our public employee health insurance program now will enable us to take another vital step – providing critical property tax relief to those who need it most: hard working, middle-class New Jerseyans and seniors.
So I am proposing today to double the property tax rebate for middle class families and our seniors, to ease the transition to the 2% property tax cap we are implementing this year.
Under my plan, in FY 2012 senior and disabled homeowners with incomes up to $150,000 would receive double the benefits they will receive in the current fiscal year – which, by the way, they are receiving directly as a credit on their property tax bill.
Non-senior homeowners with incomes up to $75,000 will also see their property tax relief double over what they will receive this fiscal year.
And also in the context, this year’s budget continues to provide municipalities with steady aid. That’s right, mayors – at the exact same level as last year. So there is no excuse for this relief to be eaten up with higher local taxes, between receiving no further cut in municipal aid, and faithfully implementing a 2% cap on property taxes.
But let me be clear: the chance for middle class taxpayers and seniors to receive double the property tax relief without raising taxes on anyone else is solely up to you, the Legislature. The ability to provide doubled property tax rebates involves a tradeoff and requires real reform to pay for it. I have advocated health benefit reform, and earlier this month the Senate President laid out his proposal, and I applaud his courage for doing so. We are in a position now to make progress. So let’s seize the moment and do so.
NPR president Vivian Schiller once again insists that NPR is bi-partisan and “has no particular bias.” This woman is clearly in spin-mode as the bias from NPR is legendary, she’s either being intentionally disingenuous or she, like most liberals, can’t see the truth past the liberal filter or “wall” created by years of public school indoctrination.
We’ve all heard people say Liberalism is a mental disease, for the most part they are right, according to Albert Einstein the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I posit this fits liberals to a tee — Liberals cling to a philosophy that has failed every time it’s been tried throughout history believing that this time they’ll get it right! Sounds like insanity to me and it’s also the reason most liberals can’t see or refuse to acknowledge their bias, doing so would completely unravel their mission of creating their theoretical utopia on earth and forces them to see reality for what it is.
You can see this taking place as this press conference unfolds:
As I explained yesterday here at the American Spectator, Justice Alito’s dissenting opinion in Snyder v. Phelps, the military funeral picketing case, has a lot more force of law than one might expect, given that Alito was a minority of one.
Alito’s compelling dissent shows, I think, the importance of putting great and powerful legal minds on the high court: Because even when a lone minority of one, an intellectually powerful justice such as Alito can have a strong and salutary influence on Supreme Court jurisprudence.
For this reason, it seems to me that all conservatives owe David Frum, Laura Ingraham and other farsighted activists a sincere debt of thanks.
Frum and Ingraham, you will recall, spearheaded the fight to recall George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Court. Bush then nominated Alito instead. And the rest, as they say, is (and will be for decades) history.
In fact, it is worth noting that in Snyder v. Phelps, it was Bush’s two Supreme Court appointees, Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts, who were at loggerheads.
This is a good thing: It shows that far from being intellectually inert and predictable, Alito and Roberts instead are intellectually powerful and dynamic. And so, they will shape Supreme Court jurisprudence in significant ways for decades to come.
Unfortunately, I rather doubt we can say the same thing about Obama’s two Supreme Court appointees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. These two lefties, after all, had scant and unimpressive legal records prior to their ascent to the high Court.
In fact, as legal eagle Jennifer Rubin explained over at Contentions, Sotomayor never impressed the left-wing legal elite, and for good reason: