Gazette praises Obama – Hell Freezing over ?

OUR VIEW:

GAZETTE April 19, 2011

(Wayne Laugesen For the editorial board)

Few affronts to the First Amendment have been so menacing and wrongheaded as the advocacy for freedom from religion – a freedom we do not have. And few individuals have done more to counter this threat than President Barack Obama, a warrior for prayer.

The Gazette can praise few aspects of this presidency to date, but Obama has been stalwart in his defense of religious liberty.

It’s a significant contribution to keeping our country free.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which seeks to silence religious people, filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in an effort to end the President’s National Day of Prayer. The foundation is an organization of atheists and secularists who believe they have a right to government-enforced protections from the sights and sounds of religious messages, which they consider offensive.

The foundation has a broad and bizarre interpretation of the “separation of church and state,” a phrase borrowed from a political letter written by President Thomas Jefferson and abused for more than 200 years by those who want freedom from religion. The First Amendment prevents governments from passing laws that respect “an establishment of religion.” It does not prevent presidents and others in government from expressing their beliefs or even from advocating prayer and respect for God. Words and ideas are not laws, and they have no authority a listener does not give them. The establishment clause speaks only to the making of laws, which are acts of force.

That’s what the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals explained in its dismissal last Thursday of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s nuisance lawsuit. The court wrote that Obama’s Day of Prayer “does not require any private person to do anything – or for that matter to take any action in response to what the President proclaims.”

“Since the founding of the Republic,” the appellate judges wrote, “Congress has requested Presidents to call on citizens to pray.”

Obama wasted no time basking in the freedom the court protected for him and all other Americans. He oozed his love and respect for Jesus at his second annual Easter prayer breakfast Tuesday at the White House.

“As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there is something about the resurrection … of Our Savior Jesus Christ that puts everything else in perspective,” Obama said.

He recounted Christ’s march to Calvary, the crucifixion and the resurrection. He spoke of an “unfathomable grace” on the part of Jesus, for assuming the sins of the world. It’s a grace, he said, that “calls me to reflect, and it calls me to pray.” He credited his wife and children for helping him to maintain perspective but said Scripture guides him even more.

Obama spoke his heart and mind. He did not pass a law forcing others to feel the same or to respect a word he said. He enjoyed, obeyed and upheld the First Amendment, for which he deserves great credit.

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Democrats pass Race and Gender Quotas

July 8, 2010

Racial, Gender Quotas in the Financial Bill?

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth


WASHINGTON – What one finds when reading congressional legislation is invariably surprising. Take the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, for instance, which was created by merging Senate and House bills. When the Senate returns from recess one of its first actions will be to vote on the bill, which passed the House on June 30.

In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America’s financial industry.

In addition to this bill’s well-publicized plans to establish over a dozen new financial regulatory offices, Section 342 sets up at least 20 Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion. This has had no coverage by the news media and has large implications.

…”The Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the 12 Federal Reserve regional banks, the Board of Governors of the Fed, the National Credit Union Administration, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…all would get their own Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Each office would have its own director and staff to develop policies promoting equal employment opportunities and racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of not just the agency’s workforce, but also the workforces of its contractors and sub-contractors…”  “…

… “The mission, it says, is to assure “to the maximum extent possible the fair inclusion” of women and minorities, individually and through businesses they own, in the activities of the agencies, including contracting…”

How to define “fair” has bedeviled government administrators, university admissions officers, private employers, union shop stewards and all other supervisors since the cival rights era began.

This latest attempt by Congress to dictate what “fair” employment means is likely to encourage administrators and managers, in government and in the private sector, to hire women and minorities for the sake of appearances, even if some new hires are less qualified than other applicants. The result is likely to be redundant hiring and a wasteful expansion of payroll overhead….

…If the director decides that a contractor has not made a good-faith effort to include women and minorities in its workforce, he is required to contact the agency administrator and recommend that the contractor be terminated…”

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E-mail to Doug Bruce under investigation

Police may launch investigation over detective’s e-mail to Bruce

I read somewhere that “The Colorado Springs Police Department might launch an internal affairs investigation against a detective who sent City Hall critic Douglas Bruce a disparaging e-mail from work.

Detective Matthew Hulett, who works in the Financial Crimes Unit, admitted Wednesday that he sent Bruce a one-sentence e-mail on Friday asking, “Punch any reporters lately?”

But Hulett, a 10-year veteran, struggled to explain why.

“Yes, it was me, and basically it was just dumb. That’s about the best thing I could tell you,” he said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Darrin Abbink said the e-mail from Hulett may warrant an investigation.

“I think we probably need to contact Mr. Bruce and find out from him what happened and see if he has a complaint that he wants to file,” he added.

Bruce, who shared a copy of the e-mail with The Gazette, called it a case of “genuine” police misconduct. He said the city “can’t let police officers get away with insulting people using city e-mail” during work and that Hulett should be punished with at least a week off without pay.

“I’m too old to be shocked by governmental misconduct, but I think he ought to be exposed and punished,” Bruce said

Bruce said he doesn’t know Hulett or why he sent the e-mail, but he has his suspicions.

“A police officer is abusing public property to attack a public figure just because I am an adversary of our corrupt and incompetent administration at City Hall,” said Bruce, who has been critical of City Council members and the Police Department, among others in city government.

I can’t remember word for word, but I think that is what I remember reading on my computer screen.

The Largest Tax Hikes in History- 1/1/2011

Six Months to Go Until

The Largest Tax Hikes in History

Ryan Ellis  Thursday, July 1, 2010


In just six months, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families.  These will all expire on January 1, 2011:

Personal income tax rates will rise.  The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed).  The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  All the rates in between will also rise.  Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

– The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%

– The 25% bracket rises to 28%

– The 28% bracket rises to 31%

– The 33% bracket rises to 36%

– The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.  The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax.  This year, there is no death tax.  For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011.  The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011.  These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Second Wave: Obamacare

There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare.  Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011.  They include:

The “Medicine Cabinet Tax”  Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).

The “Special Needs Kids Tax”  This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit).  There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year.  Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.  

The HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike.  This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes

When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise-the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired.  The major items include:

The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year.  According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families-rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million.  These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level.  The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear.  Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or “depreciate”) equipment purchases up to $250,000.  This will be cut all the way down to $25,000.  Larger businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment.  In January of 2011, all of it will have to be “depreciated.”

Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses.  There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place.  The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others.  Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.

Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced.  The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available.  Tax credits for education will be limited.  Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses.  Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut.  Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed.  The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.

Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.  Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA.  This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.”  This ability will no longer be there.

http://www.atr.org/six-months-…

Bruce, DA make immunity deal:

Immunity for grand jury testimony


Anti-tax activist and former prosecutor Douglas Bruce today agreed to testify before a grand jury after the District Attorney’s office granted him immunity.

The agreement comes after Bruce’s initial appearance before the grand jury Wednesday night ended in an impasse that resulted in prosecutors again asking that he be held in contempt of court.

But in a last minute compromise, Bruce agreed to answer questions before the grand jury on Tuesday after 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May agreed that nothing Bruce has to say will be used against him in a criminal proceeding.

May previously had stated that Bruce was not the target of the investigation, but rather a witness. May also said the grand jury case had nothing to do with Bruce’s political activities.


The agreement – reached in a private 30-minute meeting between May and Bruce this morning – resulted in prosecutors withdrawing a request that Bruce be held in contempt of court for his actions during his initial appearance before the grand jury, which took less than an hour.

Grand jury proceedings are secret, so exactly what happened is not known. However, going into the courthouse Wednesday night, Bruce said he would balk at taking a grand jury oath swearing him to secrecy on the grounds that it infringed on his First Amendment right to free speech.

“Mr. Bruce and I had a chance to talk,” May said. “We’ve been able to discuss everything.”

Samelson – who intervened by telephone Wednesday night – said he was willing to allow the District Attorney to withdraw the contempt proceeding.

“Nothing you say in front of the grand jury can be used against you,” Samelson said. “Nothing derived from the grand jury can be used against you.”

http://www.gazette.com/article…

Bruce agrees to go before grand jury

, avoids contempt charge

A judge today shelved a contempt hearing against Douglas Bruce after the anti-tax activist agreed to appear Wednesday night as a witness in a grand jury investigation.

But Bruce vowed to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself and said he will refuse to answer questions.

Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May said after the hearing that Bruce is not the target of the investigation, but rather a witness. May said he could not comment on a secret grand jury proceeding, but added it has nothing to do with Bruce’s political activities.

Bruce also challenged the authenticity of May’s signature on the second subpoena, noting it differed from the signature on a request for the contempt hearing. May said he signed the subpoena and a deputy signed the motion for him.

Bruce questioned why he was being called before the grand jury after declaring that he would not speak. May responded that the Fifth Amendment has to be invoked on a question-by-question basis. Samelson said he would be available Wednesday night if that issue comes up.

http://www.gazette.com/article…

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Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances

As expected, Mayor Daley and Chicago’s City Council are circling the wagons to defend against an unfavorable decision by the Supreme Court concerning the city’s gun ban.

Daley said the city would have in place a new ordinance aimed at making it difficult to purchase and own a gun in Chicago.

NBC 5 Chicago is reporting:

“We’ll publicly propose a new ordinance very soon,” Daley said at an afternoon press conference concerning the gun ban.

“As a city we must continue to stand up ..and fight for a ban on assault weapons .. as well as a crackdown on gun shops,” Daley said. “We are a country of laws not a nation of guns.”

The Supreme Court did not overturn Chicago’s gun ban outright, but sent the case challenging it, McDonald vs. the City of Chicago, back to the lower courts for a final decision.

Once that comes, the city should have new ordinances in place to limit gun ownership.

After SCOTUS eliminated the D.C. ban, the city put in place dozens of regulations surrounding handgun ownership. Prospective gun owners in D.C. now are required to take training courses that include spending one hour on a firing range and several hours in a classroom learning about gun safety. They also must pass a 20-question test based on D.C.’s firearm laws.

Since the ban was lifted in D.C., just over 800 guns have been registered in city. The relatively low total comes as the district passed the slew of new requirements that also include being fingerprinted and taking ballistic tests, which could help police track bullets back to specific guns if needed.

“We are digesting the 200 pages and will have something tomorrow to stand up to the court’s ruling,” says Ald. Anthony Beale, chairman of Police and Fire Co. Committee on Chicago’s City Council.

City officials warned against a run on guns.

“I would urge anyone buying a gun at this time to wait,” said Chicago Attorney Mara Georges.

The city is expected to take steps similar to what D.C. enacted after its gun ban was shot down.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blog…

” Fundamental right to bear arms”

Second Amendment means what it says !

Supreme Court rules that all Americans have fundamental right to bear arms


By Robert Barnes

Washington Post Staff Writer

Monday, June 28, 2010; 1:11 PM

The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that the Second Amendment provides all Americans a fundamental right to bear arms, a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates who have chafed at federal, state and local efforts to restrict gun ownership.

The court was considering a restrictive handgun law in Chicago and one of its suburbs that was similar to the District law that it ruled against in 2008. The 5 to 4 decision does not strike any other gun control measures currently in place, but it provides a legal basis for challenges across the country where gun owners think that government has been too restrictive.

“It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the conservatives on the court.

The victory might be more symbolic than substantive, at least initially. Few cities have laws as restrictive as those in Chicago and Washington.

Alito said government can restrict gun ownership in certain instances but did not elaborate on what those would be. That will be determined in future litigation.

Alito said the court had made clear in its 2008 decision that it was not casting doubt on such long-standing measures as keeping felons and the mentally ill from possessing guns or keeping guns out of “sensitive places” such as schools and government buildings.

“We repeat those assurances here,” Alito wrote. “Despite municipal respondents’ doomsday proclamations, [the decision] does not imperil every law regulating firearms.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…    

Doug Bruce Speaks –

Bruce to AG: No need for a ‘perp walk’

GAZETTE: June 18th, 2010,

· Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, who is facing a contempt-of-court citation today from the state Attorney General’s Office, is accusing Attorney General John Suthers of going after him to win votes in his re-election campaign.

“I am sure your actions are of great benefit to your re-election campaign; using an unpopular public figure as a political whipping boy has got to be a political ‘no-brainer,’ a slam dunk winner,” Bruce said this morning in an e-mail to Suthers.

“But I appeal to your conscience and sense of legal ethics not to continue down this wrong path,” Bruce said in the e-mail, which he also sent to The Gazette.

Here’s the full text of Bruce’s e-mail to the attorney general:

Please call me today to schedule a telephonic court setting date for a court hearing prior to a trial on the citation for contempt of court that you are seeking.

You have handled this case so far by ex parte contacts with Denver District Court Judge Brian Whitney. That is unethical, illegal, and unconstitutional. I have a right to attend my own lynching. No matter how much you hate the three tax-limiting petitions that are on the November ballot, no matter how much you despise me personally or TABOR generally, that anger does not excuse your acts of political revenge on me, your unilateral presentations to the judge, or your trying me in the newspapers via your tax-paid public relations staff.

I read in today’s paper that you plan to continue this one-sided vendetta today by seeking a contempt citation. Since the judge has granted your every request without requiring that I even be notified of any such “hearings,” it appears no tax-paid government employee thinks my attendance is required at any stage of this political show trial. I would not be surprised if you and the judge again got together privately and convicted and sentenced me without bothering to let me speak.

Since you won’t listen, I wish to explain in court your factual and legal errors. As a former prosecutor, I know that any accused person has Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights to be informed of the charges, to attend every hearing in his case, to cross-examine the witnesses against him to receive the benefit of the rules of evidence, and to be heard in open court. I hereby request all those rights be enforced in my case, including timely discovery of all evidence you believe you have and the standard prohibition against your introducing evidence not furnished in timely discovery.

It is not clear to me whether you intend today to set a hearing or just to go ahead andconvict me. (It would be so much easier, wouldn’t it?) You are already doing your best to convict me in the court of public opinion, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that final disregard of my constitutional rights to due process of law and what is commonly known as “a day in court.” I am sure your actions are of great benefit to your re-election campaign; using an unpopular public figure as a political whipping boy has got to be a political “no-brainer,” a slam dunk winner. But I appeal to your conscience and sense of legal ethics not to continue down this wrong path.

Instead of completing your prosecution without me, please have your assistant AG call me today to arrange for a telephonic setting with the court clerk for a court date, the way such matters are handled in every other civil and criminal case. After that date, I want a public hearing with all your witnesses, and I want my right to testify in my own behalf, just like every other citizen.

I hope you will also agree that you have the burden of proof, that I am presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, and that I have a right to an appeal.

I also request a copy of the specific charge against me at an arraignment, and the right to request a jury trial. I do not waive any of my legal rights.

Since Judge Whitney had no trouble granting your two prior motions without hearing from me, that shows he has prejudged the case, which is the definition of prejudice. He has received information from your office unilaterally, and I presume your assistants spoke with him before he granted your motions.

He has replaced existing law, and invented new law, on service of process, then applied it retroactively in violation of constitutional bans on ex post facto application of laws. I therefore request another district court judge be assigned to preside over this case, and will file a Motion to Disqualify if that does not occur.

Among other things, I challenge his finding of valid service, which is an element of contempt of court.

He cannot make such a finding unilaterally, then preside over a trial in which that is a key element. I am entitled to a neutral and detached magistrate, not one predisposed to uphold his own prior findings of fact.

Therefore, the case should be reassigned before we schedule dates with the new judge’s clerk.

If you insist on proceeding unilaterally today, I hope you will at least notify the judge of my request for his recusal, and that I have offered to appear at a citation hearing. If you obtain a warrant for my arrest, I am notifying you that I will appear voluntarily in court at any time. There is no need for a “perp walk” parading me in handcuffs, or to allow your friends in the media to take pictures of me in an orange jump suit. I have done nothing wrong, as you will soon find out to your deep and very public embarrassment.

The phrase “equal protection of the law” applies here. Check it out; it’s in the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and it applies to the actions of your office. In case you have lost your copy, I would gladly provide you a copy of the federal and state constitutions, as well as the Colorado Code of Civil Procedure regarding subpoenas. Please let me know.

I await a phone call today from your office.

Douglas Bruce

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State argues they don’t need to send out absentee ballots in time to vote

Here is a story that POLster’s from all political parties should see as a matter of basic voting rights.

One would expect all who believe in Democracy will condemn this practice, and call on the state to correct it immediately.

But I have been wrong about my ultra partisan friend’s before.

What say you Colorado POLster’s?


The Virginia State Board of Elections argued in their most recent filing that they have no legal obligation to send out military absentee ballots in a timely manner.

Restated, the State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election.

Restated again, the Democratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor), Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.

http://www.redstate.com/soren_…

Jeff Crank and Doug Lamborn unite

(Finally! A diary on Colorado GOP news.  This is why I can …   – promoted by Barron X)

Now there is a headline that is long overdue.  

Former rivals for the Republican nomination in CD-5 Jeff Crank and Doug Lamborn agree, we need strong conservative leadership at the local level.

Please join the following community leaders in supporting Donahue for D49:

Keith King (R) ~      Colorado State Senator

Amy Lathan    ~      El Paso County Commissioner

Peggy Littleton ~  Colorado State Board of Education

Doug Lamborn (R)  U.S. Congressman (CD5 represents D-49)

Jeff Crank  ~       Colorado State Director for Americans for Prosperity

 http://www.falconrepublicans.org/

Is it time to stop underestimating Sarah Palin ?

September 24, 2009

Palin Speaks to Investors in Hong Kong

By MARK McDONALD


HONG KONG – Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first speech overseas, spoke on Wednesday to Asian bankers, investors and fund managers.

A number of people who heard the speech in a packed hotel ballroom, which was closed to the media, said Mrs. Palin spoke from notes for 90 minutes and that she was articulate, well-prepared and even compelling.

“The speech was wide-ranging, very balanced, and she beat all expectations,” said Doug A. Coulter, head of private equity in the Asia-Pacific region for LGT Capital Partners.

“She didn’t sound at all like a far-right-wing conservative. She seemed to be positioning herself as a libertarian or a small-c conservative,” he said,…

Mrs. Palin said she was speaking as “someone from Main Street U.S.A.,” and she touched on her concerns about oversized federal bailouts and the unsustainable American government deficit. …

Cameron Sinclair, another speaker at the event, said Mrs. Palin emphasized the need for a grassroots rebirth of the Republican Party driven by party leaders outside Washington.

A number of attendees thought Mrs. Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, was using the speech to begin to broaden her foreign policy credentials before making a run for the presidency in 2012.

“She’s definitely a serious future presidential candidate, and I understand why she plays so well in middle America,” said Mr. Coulter, a Canadian.

Mr. Coulter said CLSA has a history of inviting keynote speakers who are “newsworthy and potentially controversial.” Other previous speakers at the conference have included Al Gore, Alan Greenspan, Bono and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Mrs. Palin’s speech took place at the Grand Hyatt on the Victoria Harbor waterfront and amid the soaring towers of corporate giants like AIG, HSBC and the Bank of China. Some attendees saw Hong Kong as an auspicious place for her first major international appearance.

Melvin Goodé, a regional marketing consultant, thought Mrs. Palin chose Hong Kong because, he said, it was “a place where things happen and where freedom can be expanded upon.”

“It’s not Beijing or Shanghai,” said Mr. Goodé . “She also mentioned Tibet, Burma and North Korea in the same breath as places where China should be more sensitive and careful about how people are treated. She said it on a human-rights level.”

Mr. Goodé, an African-American who said he did some campaign polling for President Obama, said Mrs. Palin mentioned President Obama three times on Wednesday.

“And there was nothing derogatory in it, no sleight of hand, and believe me, I was listening for that,” he said, adding that Mrs. Palin referred to Mr. Obama as “our president,” with the emphasis on “our.”

Mr. Goodé, a New Yorker who said he would never vote for Mrs. Palin, said she acquitted herself well.

“They really prepared her well,” he said. “She was articulate and she held her own. I give her credit. They’ve tried to categorize her as not being bright. She’s bright.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09…

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George W. Bush was an Idiot ??

* If George W.  Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be  able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said  this is more proof of how he inept he is on his own and is really  controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?  

If  George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have  approved?  

   If  George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by  90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have  approved?  

 If  George W.  Bush had made a joke at the expense of the  Special Olympics, would you have  approved?

 If  George W. Bush had given Gordon  Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when  Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and  historically significant gift, would you  have approved?

 If  George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of  his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and  tacky?

   If  George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you  have approved?

   If  George W. Bush had visited Austria  and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,” would you  have brushed it off as a minor  slip?

   If  George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers  with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes,  would you have approved?

      If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as  to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it  was the fourth of May (Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he  tried again, would you have winced in  embarrassment?

  If George W.  Bush had mis-spelled the word advice would you have  hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and  potatoe as proof of what a dunce he is?

  If George W.  Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

  If George W.  Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of  people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread  panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened  on 9-11?

  If George W.  Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout  the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans ,  would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of  racism and incompetence?

 If  George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a  major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to  do so, would you have  approved?

  If  George W. Bush  had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than  two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you  have approved?

   If  George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within  10 years, would you have approved?

So, tell  me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and  impressive?

Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all  this in 5 months — so you’ll have three years and seven months  to come up with an answer.  

* Just want to keep my friends at POLS up to date on the latest grass roots e-mail. Love- NEWSMAN.

Bentley Rayburn in 4 way Race

Falcon School District 49 names four finalists for Superintendent’s post

CAROL MCGRAW

Colorado Springs Gazette

Three educators and a retired Air Force major general have been named the four finalists for the superintendent’s job at Falcon School District 49.

The candidates were announced at Thursday’s school board meeting.

The district, the fifth-fastest-growing in the state, received 25 applications.

“It was a very qualified pool,” board President Anna Bartha said.

The board hopes to have someone on the job by July.

There will be community meetings next week in which the public can meet the finalists and ask questions. Sessions will be May 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at Falcon Middle School, 9755 Towner Ave.; and May 21, 6 to 8 p.m., at Sand Creek High School, 7005 N. Carefree Circle.

THE FINALISTS

Finalists for superintendent of Falcon School District 49:

Donna K. Howell

Experience: Executive director of Yampa Valley Housing Authority since 2007. Thirty-three years of experience, including superintendent of Steamboat Springs School District (2003-2007); Burlington (Vt.) Schools (1994-2001); regional vice president, Edison Schools, New York (2001-2003); Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 (1988-1994).

Education: Doctorate with honors in education from Northern Illinois University; master’s with honor, Saint Xavier College in Chicago; bachelor’s (summa cum laude) Rosary College, River Forest, Ill.

Michael Alan Poore

Experience: Twenty-five years of experience. Since 2007, deputy superintendent for education support services in Colorado Springs School District 11; superintendent of Denver-area Sheridan School District (2003-2007); Mitchell High School principal (1997-2002); assistant principal, Doherty High School (1996-1997).

Education: Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; bachelor’s, Colorado State University in teacher education and history.

Bentley B. Rayburn

Experience: Retired 2006 as major general, U.S. Air Force, after 31 years of service. From 2001 until retirement was commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center and president of the Air War College; director for plans for Air Combat Command (2000-2001); candidate for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District in 2006 and 2008.

Education: Bachelor’s in science and math, U.S. Air Force Academy; master’s in political science from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; honor graduate ,U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Bradley J. Schoeppey

Experience: Twenty-three years of experience. Since 2001 has been area superintendent, Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools. Also elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, music teacher, counselor and director of elementary and early childhood education.

Education: includes doctorate in educational administration, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; master’s in education counseling, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla.; bachelor’s, music education, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark.

http://www.gazette.com/article…

OBAMA Bans Press from Press Award

FROM: The LA Times

We are not making this up:

Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most transparent presidential administration in American history.

This achievement and the overall promise of his historic administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name him “Newsmaker of the Year.”

The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon.

The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.

From the president’s official schedule:  

“Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will attend a reception with the National Newspaper Publisher Association in the State Dining Room, where they will be presented the Newsmaker of the Year award. This event is closed press.”

Maybe they’ll let the newspaper people pass the award through the fence.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.co…

Where is the Outrage – $700+ Billion Stimulus?

The Congress has just passed the largest spending bill in our history. Let’s see what we get for our money, yes our money. However, I must digress to make sure we must understand how this system works. The basic premise is that if you borrow money, you have to pay it back. If you do not pay it back, someone who holds your collateral will call the debt. If you can’t pay it back the collateral is sized. OK, now that we have established the ground rules, we need to examine who is the borrower; who is the lender; who are the guarantors; how is this loan going to be repaid.

Who is the borrower? This one is fairly simple; it is the United States Congress and the President of the United States. Just as an aside, what are they borrowing money for? The stated purpose of the loan is to revitalize the United States economy and get people working again. Therefore, we need to examine the loan document to see where the money is going to be spent. Since the loan papers exceed 800 pages, I am not going to try to enumerate the whole package but rather give some representative examples.

$88 million to move the Public Health Service into a new building (what happened to Two Men and A Truck?)

$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters

$1 BILLION (yes with a B) for the Census Bureau (which is now going to fall directly under the president’s chief-of-staff)

$89 BILLION for Medicaid

$2.4 BILLION for “neighborhood stabilization” activities (read ACORN bailout/beef-up)

1.2 BILLION for a summer youth program

36 BILLION to expand unemployment (don’t we already have enough people out of work?)

Ok, you should get the picture by now. This short list of just over $130 BILLION shows me no examples of getting our economy out of the doldrums and putting people back to work. Instead, it shows me a gross expansion of our government “nanny state” mentality, Keynesian economics at its absolute worse (but I think that is redundant).

Who is the lender? That is fairly easy when you examine who is buying all of our paper. It is mostly being bought by foreign entities that do not necessarily have the United States’ best interest at heart; in other words, potential enemies such as the Peoples’ Republic of China, and Saudi Arabia. These are not benevolent regimes. At some point they are going to call the note and force the United States to “pony-up the cash.” What has President Obama promised these folks? What sweet deals has he promised for these loans? Or is he so inept and naïve as to think these lenders are just out for our benefit?

Who are the guarantors of this loan and how is it going to be repaid? That one is easy too. The guarantors are you, me, our children, our grandchildren, and their grandchildren. The obligations that this congress and administration have made exceed the GDP of the United States for decades to come. All of this money can be paid back in 10 or 20 years if the federal government stops spending at the end of 2009 and only pays back the loan (yup, that is going to happen). Our federal government is worse than a herd of pigs that have just come off a 10 mile hike and discovered a new slop trough. They have the arrogance to believe that we are stupid and will never understand that this program is part of the president’s plan for redistribution of wealth. It is his plan to punish individualism, entrepreneurship, and initiative.

My question is “Where is the outrage, where is the righteous indignation from those rugged American individualists?” We hear from bloggers and Conservative commentators about how bad this “Stimulus Package” is for America but where is the indignation coming from our congressmen and senators? We see unanimous negative votes from Republican congressmen, and that is laudable, but where is the screaming and shouting from the highest buildings across this land calling for a popular campaign against this federal government gorging?

The only way we are going to take back our country is for grassroots organizations such as the Coalition for a Conservative Majority to grow and work from the bottom up to change the mindset that has become prevalent in Washington. If the average citizen does not stand up for our rights then we will get what we deserve.

I urge everyone reading this to pass it along and go to www.ccmajority.org to see what you can do.

Daniel C. Lanotte

As always I welcome your comments and discussion.

Crossposted at: http://VoiceoftheRockies.blogs…

STOP Government excesses before they get out of hand !

Falcon School District 49 Posts Check Register Online

Here is a good example of a citizens group ( www.i2i.org ) lobbying for positive change, and a few local Colorado school boards run by Fiscal Conservatives, that don’t need a law to do what’s right !

From the Independence Institute

Update: We just spoke with Falcon 49 school board president Anna Bartha. She said the previous superintendent spent nearly 2 million dollars without Board members seeing the details before they could catch up with him. “Transparency is absolutely essential,” Bartha said. “We’ve seen it played out where the consequences were enormous for students and other stakeholders in our district. We can’t afford not to have transparency.” Well said.

A tip of the hat to Falcon 49 in El Paso County for becoming at least the third school district in Colorado – and very likely the first school district along the Front Range – to start posting its check register online.

The Board deserves credit for taking this basic step of financial transparency. It might have come in handy while the now ex-superintendent was hosting staff retreats across town at the Broadmoor 5-star luxury resort.

As pointed out in Ben DeGrow’s recent paper Shining the Light on Colorado School Spending, Durango and Rangely, both in western Colorado, are the other two school districts to have posted their check registers online.

The competition is on to see which Colorado school district will be the first to post its expenditures in a easy-to-use, searchable format.

http://transparency.i2i.org/ca…  

President Elect Obama interviewed by Prosecutors

“DECEMBER 23–President-elect Barack Obama and two of his top advisers were interviewed last week by federal prosecutors probing Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s alleged bid to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat, according to a report issued today by an Obama lawyer.

The lawyer, Gregory Craig, concluded that Obama and his aides engaged in no improper conduct in connection with the Senate opening. A copy of the Craig report can be found below.

As part of his review of transition team “contacts” with Blagojevich, Craig reported that only incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoke with the Illinois pol. Emanuel, Craig disclosed, had “one or two telephone calls” with Blagojevich in early-November. Emanuel reportedly gave Blagojevich a “heads up” that he was accepting Obama’s offer of the chief of staff job (and, as a result, would be resigning his congressional seat).

Emanuel also “had a brief discussion with the Governor about the Senate seat and the merits of various people whom the Governor might consider.”

Craig also noted that Emanuel had “about four telephone conversations with John Harris, Chief of Staff to the Governor, on the subject of the Senate seat. In these conversations, Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Harris discussed the merits of potential candidates and the strategic benefit that each candidate would bring to the Senate seat.” In addition to the president-elect, Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama confidante, were interviewed in the past few days by investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, which, on December 9, announced criminal charges against Blagojevich and Harris.”

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/a…

The Daylight Change Crisis

Something else for Al Gore to worry about

Letter to the editor

I don’t know if anyone  else has noticed, but I have detected  a new crisis that I have named “the daylight change crisis”. I first noticed it sometime around the end of June this year. I started paying attention and created computer models and sure enough I was right! We are losing daylight at an astonishing rate. Each day we are losing approximately 2 minutes of day light and my computer models predict total darkness by next July.

I have been able to detect this phenomenon around the entire Northern Hemisphere. And here is the scary part: the day light appears to be leaking to the Southern Hemisphere.

I thought I should bring it to the attention of great scientists like Al Gore so he can help solve this new crisis.

Richard Strimple

http://www.americanthinker.com…

Score one for the R’s – Chambliss wins US Senate runoff in Georgia

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

After a close and hotly contested runoff, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss will be returning to Washington for the next congress, denying Democrats their hoped for 60 vote super majority.

By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA – Relieved Republicans celebrated a resounding win in Georgia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff, a victory that denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state’s reputation as a GOP bastion.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss trounced Democrat Jim Martin Tuesday night, winning his second term by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. The race dashed Democrats’ hopes of a 60-seat majority immune to Senate filibusters, which would have given President-elect Barack Obama a stronger hand moving his agenda.

A Martin victory was a longshot in Georgia. A Democrat hasn’t won an open statewide seat since 1998.

Martin hoped to capitalize on excitement surrounding Obama but was unable to get many of the president elect’s voters back to the polls one month after the general election. Obama never came to the state to campaign for Martin, although he recorded automated phone calls and a radio ad for the former state lawmaker from Atlanta.

Chambliss revved up the state’s vaunted GOP turnout operation and kept a parade of ex-GOP presidential candidates traipsing through the state to whip up enthusiasm. He brought in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former candidate for vice president, as his closer. She headlined four rallies for Chambliss across the state Monday that drew thousands of party faithful.

Minnesota – where a recount is under way – now remains the only unresolved Senate contest in the country. But the stakes there are significantly lower now that Georgia has put a 60-seat Democratic supermajority out of reach.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Chambliss captured 57 percent of votes to Martin’s 43 percent. It was a rare bright spot for Republicans in a year where they lost the White House, along with several House and Senate seats.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200…  

Bruce defeats raise questions

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“To say this was the state of Colorado dissing Douglas Bruce or that he’s somehow been discredited in politics is an overreach,” Lambert said.

Colorado Springs GAZETTE- November 5, 2008

The past several months have seen two big setbacks for Douglas Bruce, the Colorado Springs resident and lightning rod tax opponent.

Voters in Tuesday’s election trashed Bruce’s attempts to eliminate the city’s Stormwater Enterprise and sever some of its ties with its other enterprises. Back in August, Republican voters bounced Bruce from the state Legislature after he served as a midterm replacement in House District 15.

The pummeling Bruce has taken from voters lately has some people wondering whether his political influence is in decline.

His highest achievement was the 1992 statewide passage of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), an amendment to the state constitution capping government revenues and spending.

Since then he’s had a mixed record, winning a seat on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, but losing numerous court battles and attempts at passing ballot measures.

The difference recently, said Colorado Springs City Councilman Scott Hente, is voters have rejected both Bruce as a candidate and his ideas about changing city government.

“At some point, I think Mr. Bruce has to realize that the community is rejecting him and his ideas,” Hente said Wednesday.

Other observers warned against counting Bruce out just yet. Bruce’s positions prevailed on several fronts in Tuesday’s election, said state Rep. Kent Lambert, a Republican and frequent Bruce ally.

“To say this was the state of Colorado dissing Douglas Bruce or that he’s somehow been discredited in politics is an overreach,” Lambert said.

Bruce might have failed to pass city questions 200 and 201, but he and others succeeded in defeating Referendum O, Lambert noted. That means Bruce thwarted a measure that would have made it harder to amend the state constitution, leaving open a method by which Bruce has often tried to enact his ideas. Bruce also helped defeat Amendment 59, an effort to rescind a key portion of TABOR.

It’s not the first time political observers have mused over whether it’s time to write Bruce’s political obituary.

In 1994, after statewide voters rejected a Bruce-authored measure to reform elections, respected pollster and political consultant Floyd Ciruli said: “This could be the last we see of the extraordinary phenomenon of this Californian who changed Colorado politics.”

Even Bruce raised the possibility he would fade from the political scene.

“I’m going to withdraw, hibernate, whatever term you want to use – retire,” he said.

Bruce was back in 1996, when he lost a primary-election bid to represent state Senate District 10. He’s had ups and downs since then, but given Bruce’s intelligence and determination he’s likely to continue as an influence on Colorado politics as long as he wants to be, said Republican Rep. Bob Gardner, a frequent Bruce foe.

“So long as he continues to place things on the ballot and force people to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to at the very least defeat them, he is going to have some influence,” Gardner said.

Whether Bruce will be effective in pursuing his agenda is a different question, Gardner said, citing Bruce’s reputation for being unyielding and combative.

“I’ve never known Douglas to compromise on anything, even when the compromise would be in the interest of achieving his goal,” Gardner said.

Bruce thinks his efforts to promote the city ballot measures played a role in his defeat for the House District 15 seat. He devoted time to gathering petition signatures that would guarantee a place on the ballot, which left little time to campaign for his office, he said.

Questions 200 and 201 might have been defeated because voters didn’t understand a vote “for the initiated ordinance” in Question 200 would have eliminated mandatory stormwater fees, he said.

As for his political future, Bruce expressed frustration with a process he’s learned as well as anyone in Colorado since his arrival in the state in the late 1980s.

“I would welcome somebody else taking some of the establishment criticism for disagreeing with governmental dishonesty and word manipulation,” he said. “I get e-mails and people saying ‘don’t give up, go do it again,’ but all these people are standing on the sidelines, they didn’t help.”

http://www.gazette.com/article…

We have heard the last of Doug Bruce

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Post examples of deceptive campaign ads or e-mails.

I will start.

A major web site ran this with the headline Obama flips off John McCain.

I am no Obama fan, but give me a break.  The man was wiping his mouth. It seams there is a your tube video and conspiracy theory for every gesture or slip of the tongue. Be glad this is almost over.

Report clears Palin in Troopergate probe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A report has cleared Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner.

Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with the firing. The report was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.

http://www.breitbart.com/artic…