Thursday, December 18, 2014

Selling the sellout

Local paper covered an event featuring my Republican congressman.

Don't worry, be happy, he says.

All those trillions in debt we're racking up are going to deliver America's best days ever.

This guy's peddling some Kool-Aid that would make Jim Jones blush.

The Gwinnett Daily Post quotes Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA):
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you,” he said. “I won’t tell you that every day is a good day, but I will tell you that there’s nobody on Capitol Hill that has a bigger smile on their face than I do because there is nobody on Capitol Hill who represents folks who are as committed to each other as a community than those of us here in Gwinnett and across the border into Forsyth County.”  
And what happens at the community level, Woodall said, is what makes America great — not what happens in Washington, D.C.  
“I see nothing but better things ahead for America,” he said. “I have no doubt that America’s best days are ahead.” 

There's no will in DC to make hard choices, make necessary reforms. Sure, they tell you there is. But they've been telling us that for years.

So, they tell us all is well. We're good people. We're in good hands.

Then they fly back to DC and resume their business as usual politics.

And that national debt, much of it accrued from programs they use to keep us distracted from the painful truth, keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Christmas shopping

It appears at least two ammo calibers are still in short supply this Christmas: .25 acp, and .22 rimfire (all variants).

Anyone else noticing others?

Ammo makes a great stocking stuff for the firearms owner in your life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Is someone pulling strings, or is the hard truth just too hard for some to take?

There've been hints of speculation by some that perhaps Obama and his team may have some special sway over House Speaker John Boehner.

From Chris Muir's Day by Day Cartoon:

Matt Drudge had this:

It's not my intent to spread idle rumors or speculation, but Washington's a tough place to keep a secret. Especially a big secret over a long period of time. Is there a wannabe whistleblower out there with a racing heart, on the verge of offering revelation? If so, now's the time to come forward. Or begin a series of leaks.

Or is it just the betrayal perpetrated by Mr. Boehner goes so deep, people grasp at conspiracy theories, trying to find some way to explain his behavior as something other than simple out-right free-will complicity with those seeking to fundamentally transform America?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fire Speaker Boehner. Are you workin' it?

Haven't pulled together a lot of thoughts for blog posts the past couple days.

I've been banging away on social media expressing grave displeasure with CRomnibus passage, and encouraging my congressman to vote 'no' on another term as speaker for John Boehner.

In the process, I've noticed something. While most members of Congress have Twitter accounts or Facebook pages, few constituents make use of them.

Well, we need to start using them. Posting a social media comment or response is a great compliment to a more formal email to express your viewpoint, ask your congressman for a desired action.

Here's how my Congressman tried to put positive Facebook spin on his vote for Cromnibus approval:

I'm among those who posted a reply:

Keep it short. Try to be polite. But it's okay to be firm.

Best part of Twitter or Facebook is that other constituents can see your post.

Put enough "Fire Speaker Boehner" tweets in his timeline, maybe these guys will get the message.

My Twitter efforts have been more of a shotgun approach. Some tweets to my rep, but I've included other reps as well. Others are simply a blind call for action.

I've also tweeted various Republican activists and organisations asking if they'll join us in our call.

Tuesday, December 16

It's also the 241st anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. 

But the Boston event wasn't a stand alone affair. It just got the party started. 

          Thursday, December 22, 2011
Ten Tea Parties 
An advance copy of Ten Tea Parties by Joseph Cummins came my way. 
It's a fascinating, quick read that brings to life much of the forgotten history of the Boston Tea Party, and the Tea Parties that followed in other colonies. 
The Tea Parties weren't a fluke. Or a prank. They were hard-edge, well planned economic protests that helped unite a soon to be born nation. 
Ten Tea Parties is a book well worth putting on your reading list. If you're politically minded, it's likely one you'll want to share with friends. The book's announced release date is January 17, 2012.

The book's still available at Amazon, some copies at deep discounts.

Now that my memory's been jogged, I may give it a reread over the holidays.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CRomnibus is in

The Senate approved the appropriations abomination known as CRomnibus last night.

While I may offer more on the senate shenanigans later, we still need to keep focus on the House.

Republicans in the House showed no remorse for the way CRomnibus was shoved through.

In fact, those who crafted the bill seemed pretty satisfied afterward at the way the knife was inserted in the backs of conservative voters.

Congressional Republicans likely think we will quickly forget about CRomnibus. They'll find new crises to fuel their distractions.

But we need to held them accountable.

Ball's in our court right now. Next order of business for the House will be to swear in new members, choose the next speaker.

If you don't want two more years of Speaker Boehner, now's the time to make yourself heard.

Make calls to district offices. Send emails. Blast your Republican congressman on social media like Twitter or Facebook. Tell 'em you want them to fire Speaker Boehner.

As seen on Twitter

Posters make a fine way to dress up a tweet or Facebook post to make sure it gets noticed.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Outing media hypocrisy

Two senators have taken high profile roles in opposing senate passage of the "Cromnibus" bill.

But the endeavors of Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Ted Cruz get vastly different press treatment.

"Warren Makes Her Mark", while "Cruz Center of Senate Meltdown"

Meanwhile, it looks like the senate may not vote on Cromnibus until Monday at the earliest, suggesting some members in the senate may actually have time to read it before voting.

It's an ugly bill crafted under a corrupt appropriations process.

The whole thing needs to die. But it will probably survive and win passage in some form.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend rallies

First off, the agitation express rolls into DC on Saturday.

Meanwhile, out west, gun rights activists rally in Olympia, Washington.

Think everybody's going to be on their best behavior?

Get 'em while you can

Several years back, the Obama EPA banned some of the more effective rat poisons that had been available to consumers.

The stuff that remained on the market after that wasn't nearly so good.

Guess what?

They're at it again.

Another list of rat-killing products, probably not near as potent as what was banned before, is about to get yanked under EPA order.

Production of products on this new banned list ends at the end of December 2014.

Better get 'em while you can.

Atlanta magazine recently did a profile of that city's rat problem. The writer failed to mention EPA rodenticide bans and resulting reformulations as a potential reason Atlanta's rat population has exploded.

Who do they represent?

Georgia is among the states joining a lawsuit to block President Obama's executive amnesty plan.

Meanwhile, Georgia's congressional delegation overwhelmingly votes, via Cromnibus, to fund start-up of the executive amnesty Georgia's fighting in court.

How many other states have congressional delegations that voted in direct conflict with the wishes and intent of their state governments and constituents back home?

Seems to me, our supposed congressional reps have deeper allegiance to DC than they do us folk back on the home turf.

Americans declared independence and fought a war over lack of representation.

Does Congress understand the depth of its Cromnibus folly?

Does Congress understand how high the stakes are?

Protest to the U.S. Senate

Sent this to Senators Isakson and Chambliss of Georgia this morning:
Cromnibus is a pork laden corruption of the federal appropriations process. 
Cromnibus allows the entrenchment of Obama's executive amnesty to begin. 
If you are serious about honest, responsible, transparent government, there's no way to justify a vote in favor of Cromnibus.  
If Boehner wants to destroy public confidence in the House, so be it.  
Please hold the line, protect the Constitution,and the American people's faith in government; vote NO on Cromnibus.

What have you sent to DC?

The hit to our republic gets worse the deeper you look

Well, well, just looked what they crammed into Crominibus.

Perhaps Boehner and his Quisling "establishment" Republicans think their rich friends will just buy future elections for them. notes:

Tea party activists are attacking a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that they view as a sneaky power grab by establishment Republicans designed to undermine outside conservative groups. 
The provision would increase the amount of money a single donor could give to national party committees each year from $97,200 to as much as $777,600 by allowing them to set up different funds for certain expenses. The change would be a huge boost for party committees that have faced steep challenges in recent years from well-funded outside groups.

The goal, it seems, is to build party machines big enough to keep members of Congress in line with Big Party agenda, as well as beat back any primary challengers.

In other words, no more fretting over pesky Tea Parties or independent thinking conservatives. Big Parties will own Congress. The likely bottom-line result: Individual members will no longer have the clout or freedom to actually represent constituents.

We lost more of our republic last night than most folks realize.

Seriously doubt the senate has the will to resist.