Video: Andrew Breitbart Addresses Uni-Tea Rally In Philly

Andrew Breitbart spoke before a crowd of approximately 300 Tea Partiers rallying on Independence Mall Saturday afternoon.

The AP reported:

At the rally attended by about 300 people, mostly black and Hispanic as well as some white speakers sounded the groups’ themes of limited government and spending restraint — as well as mistrust of mainstream news organizations. Breitbart told the crowd to hold up their cameras to demonstrate that members were watching news organizations “because we don’t trust you.”

Breitbart said he thought the national principle E Pluribus Unum (Out of the Many One) had been lost in the last generation.

“We have to be one,” he said. “We can be many, we can be the sum of our parts, but we cannot abide by this dividing people into every different race and every different sexual orientation and poke and prod these people … every electoral cycle in order to get them to vote for the Democratic party. It’s cynical politics.”

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Videos via The Founding Bloggers.

Apparently, TPM is suggesting that this is a “reparations stunt.” BigFurHat at iOWNTHEWORLD went wading through some nasty bull in TPM’s comment section, and brought back some choice quotes from lily-white liberals who think conservative blacks are self-loathing  race-traitors.  It seems lefties are seething with anger that some minorities would deign to leave the Dem-Socialist reservation.

But we’re the racist ones.

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Flopping Aces has more coverage of the rally: Uni-Tea in Philadelphia


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RINO Alert: MA Republican Candidate Marty Lamb Donated To Liberal Dems???

This guy is supposedly a “tea party candidate”? He has a history of giving to liberal Democrats like “Red Ed Markey” before his “conversion” to conservatism. You can almost smell the flop sweat as he struggles to explain his donations on The Howie Carr Show:

“There were things that were done…”

HOLLISTON, MA Political Contributions by Individuals:

Lamb, Martin A Mr. (Lamb and Browne P.C./Attorney), (Zip code: 01746) $500 to MARTIN FROST CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE on 05/27/04
Lamb, Martin A (Lamb and Brown P.C./Attorney), (Zip code: 01746) $500 to MARKEY COMMITTEE, THE on 08/01/04

2005 / 2006 Contributions:

MARTIN LAMB (LAMB & BROWNE PC), (Zip code: 01746) $500 to FRIENDS OF JOE LIEBERMAN on 05/18/05

Lieberman, who remains a registered Democrat,  ran as an Independent in the general election in 2006, well after this donation was made. He also  admits to contributing to Tom Daschle.

There is too much at stake in these upcoming elections to trust recent converts to the conservative cause with our votes.

There is an alternative to Marty Lamb in MA District 3…his name is Mike Stopa, a bonafide conservative, and rising star in the Republican party.

Previously:

Saturday Political Matinee

Introducing Mike Stopa (R-MA) For Congress


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Goodbye Charlie

And another one rides under the bus:

“I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served– his constituents very well. But these– allegations are very troubling,” Obama told Harry Smith in an interview to be aired on the “Early Show.” and first broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

“And he’ll– he’s somebody who’s at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I’m sure that– what he wants is to be able to– end his career with dignity. And my hope is that– it happens.”


Original graphic found at Women State. I just updated it a bit.

Allahpundit wonders:

Now that House investigators have gone face-first into the tank by dealing Rangel a teensy wrist slap over 13 separate ethics charges, why would The One float a soundbite this ominous? He’s pouring gas on a fire that’s just started to fizzle. Maybe the interview was taped earlier this afternoon, before he’d heard that nothing more than a reprimand had been recommended to the ethics subcommittee?

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Video: Why H.R. 847 Was Defeated

By now, most have you have seen or heard the maniacal Anthony Weiner rant from last night.  Carol, of No Sheeples Here, wants people to know the real story behind the defeat of H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

It must be understood that Democrats pursued a procedural tack that required two thirds of the House to prevail enabling Republicans to defeat the bill that would pay up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by toxic dust from the World Trade Center. Weiner’s rant doesn’t do anyone any good—least of all to the party that controls the legislative and executive branches of government.

Earlier today, Sean Hannity had Weiner and King on his show, and fireworks erupted again – video at The Right Scoop: Sean Hannity goes nuclear and destroys Anthony Weiner.

HotAirPundit has Rush’s response to the imbroglio: Rush Responds To Congressman Anthony Weiner Losing It on the House Floor.
MORE:
Steve Malzberg exposes Rep. Anthony Weiner on First Responders Bill:
These Dems are such scum. They care nothing about the victims of 9/11. All they care about is raw power. How to achieve it, and how to keep it.

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Video:Missouri Health Care Freedom Act

Sen. Jane Cunningham explains Missouri’s Health Care Freedom Act, which will appear as Proposition C on the ballot on August 3, 2010. It is the first such vote in the nation, driving the debate for the next three months until the general election.

I predict Missourians will vote YES on Prop C next Tuesday in overwhelming numbers:

Previously:

Missouri Passes Health Care Freedom Act

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Friday Link Dump

Okay kids, I’ve got to clear some tabs before my ‘puter crashes.

Via Pundette, Photo of the Day:

Finally, an Obamabow Nice Deb can agree with.

An alternate headline for this link dump could be: Doom, Despair and Agony On…Us:

The American Spectator’s Quin Hillyer  in The Cure for Political Dejection goes through the litany of depressing hits the country has taken since Obama took over:

I really don’t know what to write. We have a president who is so divisive that two longstanding pollsters of his own party write that “President Obama’s divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture.”

We have columnists for major newspapers who are so nastily partisan that they fail to do even the most basic of investigatory requirements before sliming good, honest, decent Americans such as Justice Department whistleblower J. Christian Adams.

We have congressmen so eager to play gotcha that they try to blame former presidents for failing to do a constitutional duty even when the well-reported facts are that the operatives for the president of the congressman’s own party unwittingly were the culprits in the supposed problem at issue. (Yeah, you won’t know what I’m talking about; that’s why you absolutely must read this link.)

We have a major congressional committee chairman who has conniption fits about not being given a $1 senior-citizen’s discount, but who won’t apologize for costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by refusing for years to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (He also didn’t seem too exercised about his boyfriend running a male prostitution ring out of his own basement, but that’s another story.)

Eh. He’s only getting started, too…..There is a remedy to ll this, but I think you already know it. Read to the end.

Quin details another outrage at The American Spectator with Holder Favors Felons Over Soldiers:

At the Washington Times today, we have this jaw-drop-inducing story:

“The politically charged gang led by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more interested in helping felons vote than in helping the military to vote…. The Justice Department is so unenthusiastic about military voting that its website still lists the old requirement for a shorter 30-day military voting window, rather than the current law mandating 45 days. On the other hand, the Justice Department has no legislative mandate whatsoever to involve itself with helping felons to vote, but its website devotes a large section – 2,314 words – to advising felons how to regain voting privileges.”

What the editorial doesn’t describe is the content of those 2,314 words. It’s amazing. The time and effort required to compile all the information, and the obvious priority the Obamites made it, really show the highly politicized cast of mind of this administration. The section includes a state-by-state list of where felons can call or write in order to try to get their voting privileges back. Yet, I repeat, this should be NO business of the Justice Department. It has no statutory or constitutional role to play in helping felons regain voting privileges. But it DOES have a statutory requirement to help DoD ensure voting rights for the military, yet it can’t even be bothered, with an entire year to do it, to post even a simple link to the new law requiring that ballots be mailed to military personnel 45 days before an election.

From The Australian: Sun could set suddenly on superpower as debt bites:

WE have been raised to think of the historical process as an essentially cyclical one.

We naturally tend to assume that in our own time, too, history will move cyclically, and slowly.

Yet what if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arhythmic, at times almost stationary, but also capable of accelerating suddenly, like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly, like a thief in the night?

Great powers and empires are complex systems, which means their construction more resembles a termite hill than an Egyptian pyramid. They operate somewhere between order and disorder, on “the edge of chaos”, in the phrase of the computer scientist Christopher Langton.

Such systems can appear to operate quite stably for some time; they seem to be in equilibrium but are, in fact, constantly adapting.

But there comes a moment when complex systems “go critical”. A very small trigger can set off a phase transition from a benign equilibrium to a crisis.

Have you had your daily dose of outrage yet? Keep reading:

Lauraw at Ace of Spades HQ: Hoyer: Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts = “Republican Tax Increase”:

Steny talks tough to defend Americans from those wicked tax lovin’ Republicans:

“We have no intention of allowing the Republican tax increase — that their policies would lead to — to go into effect for working Americans. Period,” he said. “We’re going to act and make sure that the Republican phase out and increase in taxes does not end as they provided for in the laws they passed.”

Catch that, puddin’ slurping rethuglikkkan scum? Your evil plan to increase taxes will not succeed as long as Steny ‘Fiscal Hawk’ Hoyer is standing in your way.
Yes, they really think you are this stupid.

Has your intelligence ever been so insulted by a leading pol? I’m guessing yes, since the Dems took over Congress in 2006, and the Presidency in 2008, they do think we’re that stupid, and unfortunately, some of us are.

Daily Caller: Political Operatives Worked To Shape News Coverage

Go read. No big surprises, here. Short version: Ezra Klein has denied that it happened…yet it happened.

CFP: Case Against Arizona & Governor Brewer - ONLY the US Supreme Court has Constitutional Authority to Conduct the Trial

A lawyer weighs in.

Jack Cashill at the American Thinker: Real Sherrod Story Still Untold:

Cashill’s snooping around that Pigford v Glickman case.

More to the point, out of about $1 billion paid out so far in settlements, the largest amount has gone to the Sherrods’ New Communities Incorporated, which received some $13 million. As Time Magazine approvingly reported this week, $330,000 was “awarded to Shirley and Charles Sherrod for mental suffering alone.”

Unwittingly, Charles Sherrod shed light on the how and why of the settlement in a speech he gave in January 2010. As he explained, New Communities farmed its 6,000 acres successfully for seventeen years before running into five straight years of drought. Then, according to Sherrod, New Communities engaged in a three-year fight with the USDA to get the appropriate loans to deal with drought.

Said Sherrod, “They were saying that since we’re a corporation, we’re not an individual, we’re not a farmer.” Nevertheless, the Sherrods prevailed, but the late payments “caused us to lose this land.” In other words, the bureaucratic delay over taxpayer-funded corporate welfare payments cost them their business.
Then, thanks to their “good lawyers,” said a gleeful Sherrod, who seems to have fully recovered from his mental suffering, the Sherrods successfully sued the government for “a large sum of money — a large sum of money.” While saying this, he made hand gestures suggesting $15 million. The land itself was admittedly worth no more than $9 million.
Sherrod gave this talk to announce that the FCC had awarded New Communities a radio station in Albany, Georgia, still another race-based corporate welfare boondoggle. Before the award of this station, he added, the Sherrods “had no means of communicating with our people.”
The “our people” in question, of course, are black people. With this new voice, the Sherrods will help “stop the white man and his Uncle Toms from stealing our elections. We must not be afraid to vote black.”
Yes, indeed — these are just the people we want spending the money we don’t have.

RWN: Polling Conservative Bloggers On Race, Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, & False Accusations of Racism:

The following questions were answered with 100% unanimity.

4) In general, do you approve or disapprove of giving preferences to blacks and other minorities in things like hirings, promotions, and college admissions?

A) Approve: 0% (0 votes)
B) Disapprove: 100% (63 votes)

8) Do you think the majority of accusations of racism in politics today are false?

A) Yes: 100% (62 votes)
B) No: 0% (0 votes)

9) Do you think that NAACP would better be described as a group that…

A) Represents black Americans: 0% (0 votes)
B) Represents liberal black Americans: 100% (62 votes)

11) Do you believe that the Democratic Party falsely tries to convince black and Hispanic Americans that Republicans hate them as a political strategy?

A) Yes, they do: 100% (63 votes)
B) No, they don’t: 0% (0 votes)
C) Most Republicans do hate black & hispanic Americans: 0% (0 votes)

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If these folks are trying to attain our sympathies, they’re doing it wrong!

American Power: Protesters Raise Mexican Flag Outside Phoenix Jailhouse

Me: Raw Videos From AZ Protests

Uncoverage: Pelosi Watch: She’s Pushing Union Card Check for Dem $$

On the lighter side of things…

PJTV: The World’s Funniest Klavan on the Culture Bloopers

Moonbattery: Get Your Free Cell Phone

Yes, the government is giving away free cell phones and airtime for “income eligible ” “customers”.

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New 10-Buck Friday Winner Announced: Congratulations Patricia Sullivan!

This week, there were two candidates in close competition… Patricia Sullivan and John Faulk were  neck and neck for most of the week. RightKlik reports:
Making it even more interesting, Sullivan and Faulk made an intriguing deal. Now I’m looking forward to seeing Mr. Faulk in one of Patricia’s tee shirts!
Sullivan and Faulk both worked very hard for your vote, and I want to thank both of them for their good-natured rivalry. I wish them both the best of luck in their quest to unseat two of the most vile leftists in Congress.
In the final hours of this week’s poll, Patrica Sullivan pulled ahead for the victory, so now we focus our attention on her. If Sullivan wins the primary election on August 24, she will go on to face the loathsome Alan Grayson in November. If Sullivan is to succeed, she will certainly need your love, support, and appreciation, but she will also need some cold hard cash.
“But RightKlik,” you exclaim, “I don’t live in Sullivan’s district, and I’m not really keen on this idea of giving up a portion of my walkin’ around money for conservative candidates.” Well, Maggie has a few words for you.
Please give generously to Patricia Sullivan so she can go on with her noble work. I want to hear about some big numbers from Patricia’s people next week!
Patricia’s Donation Box is on the very front page of her website. Contribute to Patricia Sullivan for Congress:

Don’t forget to label you donation “Ten Buck Fridays”

Make Alan Grayson cry by donating to Patricia Sullivan here.
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Video: Fight Back

An original video  by Right Klik.

Enjoy:

It’s great to see people making use of all those soundbites Dems keep giving us.

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Raw Videos From AZ Protests, Today

Governor  Brewer called the judge’s decision halting the immigration law, “a bump in the road”.  Illegals and their allies took to the streets in Phoenix,  well aware that the fight is not over:

Anti-war front group for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party, International Answer, in attendance? Check.

Che Guevara signs? Check.

Mexican flags waving? Check.

Annoying  chants. Check.

Civil disobedience? Check.

Giant paper mache head of Donald Rumsfeld? Huh????

Obama supporters? Of course.

You can help AZ in its fight against the Federal government, and illegal immigration, by donating to Keep AZ Safe.

See also:

Weasel Zippers: Protesters Against Arizona Anti-Illegal Immigration Law Fly Mexican Flag in Phoenix – Video Report

Update:

Did Federal Judge Susan R. Bolton even have jurisdiction to rule in this case?

CFP: ONLY the US Supreme Court has Constitutional Authority to Conduct the Trial

Article III, Sec. 2, clause 2 says:

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction…

“Original” jurisdiction means the power to conduct the “trial” of the case (as opposed to hearing an appeal from the judgment of a lower court). You all know quite well what a “trial” is – you see them all the time on TV shows: Perry Mason, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, etc. Witnesses testify and are cross-examined, etc.

The style of the Arizona case shows quite clearly that the named defendants are:

State of Arizona; and Janice K. Brewer,
Governor of the State of Arizona, in her
Official Capacity, Defendants.

Judge Susan R. Bolton has no more authority to preside over this case than do you.

Thanks to Lisa G in NZ for that tip.

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Sherrod To Sue Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart speaking at the SRLC

The news of the day:

Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reports.

Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.

That should be interesting since the bar is set pretty high for public figures suing for defamation, as Ed Morrissey notes:

Sue Breitbart for what, though?  Defamation?  Sherrod is a public official, which makes that kind of lawsuit darned near impossible.  Breitbart used the clip to criticize the NAACP, not Sherrod directly, although she certainly came into the line of fire.  People are allowed to criticize public officials in harsh and even unfair terms, especially when they make public remarks.

Morrissey thinks the court might have a problem with the case for another reason — Sherrod’s absurd public statements about Breitbart.  She has accused him of being pro-slavery.

She also continues to erroneously blame Fox News for her firing:

“It wasn’t all media. It was Fox,” Sherrod says in commenting on President Obama’s remarks on The View blaming the media in part for the story.

Fox News didn’t air the story until Sherrod had been fired. Glenn Beck even came to her defense, saying that she deserved her job back after she had been fired.

The woman does not make a credible plaintiff, but since she’s had amazing luck with the courts, she must figure, what the heck.

Exit question: Given the fact that the new media is now sniffing around that Pigford v Glickman case, wouldn’t you think there’d be some bureaucrats at the USDA sort of  wishing this woman would just go away?

Also blogging:

Warner Todd Houston, Gateway Pundit: BREAKING: Sherrod Says She’ll Sue Andrew Breitbart

Drew: AoSHQ: Report: Sherrod To Sue Breitbart

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


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Another Day At The Office, or a Watershed Moment?

I know my history… and wars have consequences.

The Judge in the Arizona immigration enforcement law case today enjoined key provisions of the law from being enforced tomorrow when the law goes into effect.  This was not entirely suprising, as Arizona is in the Ninth Federal Circuit, which ought to be renamed the FAIL! circuit.

To my conservative friends who are blustering and hyperventilating:  Relax. No matter the outcome of this hearing, it was going to be appealed. I’m more interested in the reaction of the average joe to this, because then we will better understand if the American public will understand that their consent is no longer required by the governing, who apparently have so little respect for the rule of law that they will openly display their disrespect for the concept.

Out of all the analyses I perused today, I think Legal Insurrection had one of the better ones.  I don’t know if the Professor was trying to be subtle, or if he came to the real nub of today’s decision without really noting its significance.

The result of this statutory interpretation was that the Court found the procedure — as written — to interfere with the federal immigration scheme:

“Thus, an increase in the number of requests for determinations of immigration status, such as is likely to result from the mandatory requirement that Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies check the immigration status of any person who is arrested, will divert resources from the federal government’s other responsibilities and priorities.”

Now one of the thrusts of the government’s case is that the Arizona law violates the Supremacy Clause, because immigration is a matter where Congress was explicitly given jurisdiction in the Constitution.  That’s all fine and dandy, but there are only two recognized situations that I am aware of where the Supremacy Clause becomes an issue:

1.  State law regulates the Federal government directly, or it discriminates against it; and

2.   State law interferes with a Congressional Policy.

Any argument that rests in any fashion on what amounts to a claim that “The state law will require the Federal government to do the job it reserved to itself as an exercise of its expressly granted power, which might mean that it could expend money and other resources that it would rather spend on other priorities.” meets neither of these standards.  What’s more, it demonstrates a unilateral revocation of a concept that has kept this nation from coup and overthrow for about 230 years:  The rule of law.

The rule of law, put simply, is the idea that the law rules men, not other men.  Because the law applies to everyone equally, everyone submits to its authority, with the belief that if it ever becomes necessary, aggrieved parties will have their day in court, and “self-help” remedies (like gunfights), which are destructive to social order, will not be necessary.  By this admission in her ruling, Judge Susan Bolton fails to comprehend that the Federal Government’s desire (or lack thereof) to enforce certain laws is a factor in whether or not a state may adopt a law that is the mirror of the corresponding Federal law does irreparable violence to this notion, as well as the notion of Federalism itself.  The states are supposed to be co-equal sovereigns with the Federal government, granting it authority to perform specifically enumerated tasks, the performance of which is necessary to the maintenance of a viable nation.

What happened today was that a state which is suffering from a co-equal sovereign’s utter failure to perform a task that was specifically assigned to it.  That assignment was originally made because of the expectation that the Federal government would secure the nation’s borders and protect its citizens from many of the ills that an enormous influx of illegal aliens would bring.  Arizona, and other border states have had an incredible burden placed on their resources as they have had to provide services for people who have no legal right to be here, and from the other associated effects such as wage depression, and the growing amount of narco-crime that has followed the influx of these criminals.  [Yes, I used the word "criminals".  In my Black's Law Dictionary, it still applies to people who break the law.]

If the Federal government can be so arbitrary and capricious with regard to enforcement of laws relating to a core duty it holds, then we all have reason to fear, because selective enforcement can be applied to any Federal law.  If this cannot motivate the average citizen to bring real change to Federal government, then not only are we lost, but we deserve to be.  If we accept lawlessness garbed in the authority and mantle of law, then we have surrendered any notion of being a free people.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, Doug Ross, Gulag Blog, and iOWNTHEWORLD.

How Can There Be 86,000 Racial Discrimination Claims In The Pigford vs Glickman Case When There Are Only 39,697 total Black farmers?

I wonder if Breitbart knew what a can of worms he was opening when he posted that edited Shirley Sherrod video? Because the more we look at her and her husband,  that 13 million settlement she got just prior to being hired by the USDA, and the multi-billion Pigford vs Glickman class action settlement, the more disgusted and suspicious we get. The settlement is starting to look more like a boondoggle, or worse yet, reparations.

Zombie, did a little  snooping and found more questions than answers:

Pigford v. Glickman

…on February 23 of this year, the USDA finally consented to pay $1.25 billion to those farmers whose claims had earlier been denied:

In the 1999 case Pigford v. Glickman, the USDA agreed to pay 16,000 black farmers $1 billion after a judge held the federal government responsible for the decline in black farmers. Critics argued that more than 70,000 farmers were shut out of the lawsuit. In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley got a law passed to reopen the case, and the settlement talks moved forward.

The $1.25 billion settlement, announced Thursday, comes on top of the money paid out a decade ago. The new agreement would provide cash payments and debt relief to farmers who applied too late to participate in the earlier settlement, The Washington Post reported. Authorities say they are not certain how many farmers might apply this time, but analysts say the number could be higher than 70,000.

Seventy-thousand+ applicants in addition to the 16,000 already compensated now means that over 86,000 people are slated to be paid.

What I want to know is: How can there be 86,000 legitimate
claimants?

The Census pinpoints the precise number of African-American
farmers

I ask this question because it didn’t take me very long to find the
latest census statistics released by the Department of Agriculture,
which can be found linked to from this official USDA page. There, you will find this direct link to a text version of the Census report,
and this recommended pdf version.

In the pdf version of the government’s official 2007 Agricultural
Census, Table 53 on page 646 shows that there are exactly 39,697
African-American farmers grand total in the entire nation.

Moreover, another Dept. of Agriculture census report gives the total number of black farmers in 1992, the time of the Pigford vs Glickman lawsuit:

and it reveals that there were far fewer back then than there were in 2007. According to the chart on page 20 of the USDA’s pdf 1998 “Status Report, Minority & Women Farmers In the U.S.”, there were only 18,816 black farmers in 1992.

Zombie has the full report at Pajamas Media, complete with charts and whatnot…

So what the bleep is going on, here? Inquiring minds want to know.

Related:

Dick Morris: RACIAL POLITICS BLOWS UP IN OBAMA’S FACE




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Congressman Brady Introduces “Your New Health Care System” Chart

Last year, TX Congressman, Kevin Brady’s Health Care Bill Chart was a  viral sensation. Today,  he  unveiled a special visual project highlighting how out of control the expansion of the federal government has become:

A little sunshine goes a long way”.

Kathryn Jean Lopez asks; Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?

PDF here, for a closer look.

Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady says in a release that committee analysts actually couldn’t fit everything in: “This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this.”

In a conference call with conservative bloggers, today, Brady made note of the high potential for rationed care, and the 13 different sections in the law that disallow challenges to health care decisions.

He says there will be an explosion of bureaucratic government jobs, and  IRS lawyers, while private sector jobs dwindle because the new taxes will cost thousands of jobs, making us uncompetitive with other countries.

Brady also assured us that Republican congressmen are dedicated to repealing the bill and replacing it with common sense reforms.

Look for this chart to make appearances at town halls all across the country, this August.

Plans are in the works for a similar chart on the Financial Reform Bill.

Congressman Brady is the Senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee and a ranking subcommittee Member for Ways and Means. You can visit his web site here.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, Buzzworthy, thanks!

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Republican Governors Association Releases Great New Ad: 14 Weeks

14 Weeks from Republican Governors Association:

14 Weeks from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.

`I love their collection of soundbites…

No opposition research or GOTCHA politics needed when Dems are in charge. Just record what they say and play it back. The political ads write themselves.

Related:

Repub. Nat’l Committee Announces ‘November Starts Now’ Website

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit (who is in the hospital undergoing surgery, today. You can go wish him well, here).

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Another Teachable Moment

 

So Barack Hussein Obama thinks it more important to go on a talk show with some of the most vapid ‘talents’ to waste pixels since Britney Spears had a show than to go to the Boy Scouts’ Centennial Jamboree.  Is it news worthy?

Only if you think about how it demonstrates his priorities.

On the former, he can field softballs from a friendly panel who would much rather joke and giggle with him than ask a difficult question about the many failures of his adminstration or push him to denounce the tired tactic of his defenders and enablers of “Blame Bush!”  nearly two years after taking the job he so desperately asked us to give him.

At the latter, he is likely to come face-to-face with people of all hues and creeds who focused on achievement and learning all the things that they can do, rather than wallowing in the conviction of all the things they are sure that they can’t do (even if they never tried).  He will come face to face-to-face with people of all hues and creeds who make the daily attempt to adhere to a code that doesn’t have room for cynicism or the petty divisions that politicians cleverly manipulate in an attempt to increase their own power.  At the latter, he would come face-to-face with people who believe in voluntarily giving service to their communities, not out of a tangled belief in collective salvation, but because they understand their faith enough to know that such service is a betterment to themselves personally, and is the real root of charity.  And finally, he would come to face-to-face with people who believe in right and wrong in personal behavior, and are willing to take a stand regarding those beliefs, rather than bow to political expediency.

Knowing this, I understand his choice completely, and I find it unsurprising.  If I were him, I wouldn’t want to be spending time with boys, young men, and their elders, any one of whom demonstrate more character on their absolute worst days than this shallow shell of a man who has left a trail of friends and associates in his wake so that the electorate doesn’t think too hard about birds of a feather flocking together.  That would have to be singularly uncomfortable. 

I know some conservatives and former scouts who are upset that the President of the United States will not lend the prestige of his office to a celebration of an American Institution.  I myself have mixed feelings about this.  While I regret that the current occupant of the Oval Office cannot suck it up, take a break from his perpetual vacation, and try to inspire young men and boys to aspire to such lofty goals, I find that I am glad that he has once again chosen what is easy over what is right.  If the boys cannot have such an honored guest who demonstrates many of the morals that are the product of the code they live by, then I would honestly prefer that they didn’t have to endure one who clearly cannot. 

And while I too, was a scout, and still try to live up to that code, I fear that their grace and respect is simply more than he deserves.

Crossposted at Taxes, Stupidity, and Death.

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