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Monday, August 26, 2013
Lukewarm Christians Make Me Sick
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Online Sales Tax
Sent to my Congressman and Senators:
Please vote against the online sales tax bill, at least in its current form.
This sounds like government trying to close a loophole, but then doing so by committee - coming up with the most convoluted solution possible.
First, the narrow focus of the bill - which feels like a knee-jerk reaction - leaves other loopholes, such as catalog and phone sales, unless of course, the bill is incorrectly named.
It would be much simpler if all sellers simply collected taxes for where they are located, regardless of where the buyer is located. This would even be simpler than the current arrangement, where they collect tax for other states where they have arrangements.
In fact, this is already possible. A state can require sellers to collect tax on all sales and not exclude out-of-state buyers.
There is one problem. The federal government wants to fix the issue. But this is a state issue. State tax. State sellers. State buyers. State issue. Not federal.
If the federal government places restrictions on this possibility, then the current problem needs to be fixed, not more problems created, by removing improper regulations on the states, rather than creating yet more regulations.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
America Can Be Great Again
We are in a hopeful time for those who believe in America.
Our nation is well positioned to take advantage of the time ahead. We have the infrastructure created during and because of the tech boom of the 90's, global distribution systems, the personal and business savings that has gone unspent and uninvested due to past uncertainty, and significant unemployment and underemployment.
The American enterprise, small business, and the American worker have been suppressed and repressed for the past ten years. (Yes, that goes back to when GW Bush betrayed capitalism to save a rigged system, or however he put it.) All we need is business-minded strong leadership who is willing to unleash the American people.
And we can have a true revival of the American Dream, which extends well beyond home ownership, and into personal freedom, personal wealth, family, friends, and a strong society that extends from the people, not from the government.
Vote on (or before) November 6th, and vote for those who support freedom. America can be great again.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Fourth Amendment vs Government Schools
A student was just suspended with an expulsion hearing pending. His crime: a legal firearm sitting quietly in his personal vehicle. No brandishing, no threats. Maybe it's time for a law or ruling that the Fourth Amendment apply to schools.
The Supreme Court has already applied the First Amendment to states when it was only intended for Congress, but the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against "unreasonable searches and seizures" was intended to anybody who might do the searches or seizures. But government schools do like they always do - whatever they want, with complete disregard to this little thing known as "law".
Friday, July 27, 2012
Letter to my Senators - "Please, no restrictions based on false information and hysteria"
This is a letter I just sent to my Senators.
Title: Please, no restrictions based on false information and hysteria
Please do not support any efforts to restrict the firearms that were used by the murderer in the Aurora, CO theater.
The weapons he used were not "assault" weapons, military-style, or automatic. While some "assault" weapons were outlawed for a period of time, the weapons he used have never been outlawed, despite misinformation provided by some sources.
Further, while the weapons he used were not "AR-15" rifles, those are also neither assault weapons nor automatic. Some have talked recently about the rapid fire rate of "machine guns," but neither AR-15 style rifles nor the weapons actually present in this massacre were any form of automatic weapon.
Also, even though the shooter had a rifle at the time, which had a large-capacity magazine, his shooting was actually done with a shotgun for which no one is suggesting any restrictions.
1 - The weapons present in the recent massacre involved neither an AR-15 nor any type of automatic weapon or machine gun.
2 - The AR-15 weapon often referenced, which was not used in the massacre, is also neither an automatic weapon or machine gun.
3 - The rifle owned by the killer and highly criticized was not even used.
Placing restrictions on Constitutional rights, particularly based on clearly false claims, would be an extreme knee-jerk reaction. It would be akin to outlawing pickup trucks after a drunk driver causes a severe accident with a station wagon.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Vote for a person not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his character.
If a person supports liberty, freedom, entrepreneurship, self-responsibility, free enterprise, small business, less intrusive government - support that person.
If a person supports bigger government, more regulation, less choice, and uses thinly-veiled Marxist Socialist terms like "social justice," "compassion," "fairness," "change," "racist," "greed," and "hate," do everything within your power to see that person is not elected or else is removed from office at the next legal opportunity.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Presidential Primary: Anti-Mitt means vote Ron Paul for now
It's Presidential Primary Election Day. I don't really care for Mitt Romney - way too liberal, health care being only one issue where I disagree. In the Primary, I'm going to vote for Ron Paul, just so someone else can have a chance.
I prefer Newt Gingrich, but he's not on the ballot in VA (neither is anyone else but Romney and Paul). I think Gingrich has the best shot at taking out Obama in the debates. If Mitt Romney doesn't have a majority in the primary, anybody can win at the convention.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Re: The first million
To unsubscribe or change your email preferences, please follow the link below:Dear Michael,
I wanted to make sure you saw Mike's email from yesterday -- it's important to know what this campaign is up against. The truth is that the political attacks we've seen recently are just the beginning. We have a long road ahead, and it's going to take all of us working together to score a big victory for the people of Virginia.
In the past month, I've traveled all across Virginia, sharing ideas for how to keep our economy growing and hearing concerns about the need for increased access to capital and a talented workforce to help businesses expand and hire new workers. That's what this campaign should be about. But in order to cut through the negative ads and get our message out there, I'm counting on your help.
Can you make a contribution -- even as little as $5 -- to help us add 43 more donors before midnight tonight so that we can finish out February on a strong note?
Like Mike said, our campaign doesn't count on outside special interest groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money. This campaign is powered by grassroots supporters like you.
Thank you so much for your support. Together, there's nothing we can't accomplish for the people of Virginia and our country.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Henry
Date: Tue, Feb 28
Subject: The first million
Election Day is over eight months away, and outside special interest groups have already poured more than a million dollars into television ads attacking Tim Kaine. Every single one of them has been called "false" by independent fact-checking organizations.
The truth is that we're not just competing against George Allen's campaign. We know of at least three special interest groups that are going to spend millions more in the coming months, flooding the airwaves with more blatantly false attack ads in an attempt to destroy Tim Kaine's good name and mislead Virginia voters.
George Allen is relying on his special interest cavalry to fund nasty attack ads. We're relying on you. Tomorrow marks the end of another month, and we need to make sure we have the resources to respond to the false attacks and spread Tim's message of job creation across Virginia.
Can you make a contribution -- even as little as $5 -- and help us add 96 new donors before we close the books on February tomorrow night?
Just yesterday, NBC 12 reported on the latest attack ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noting that the group is "pretty far removed from Main Street Virginia" and acts on behalf of special interests. Their negative ad, rated "False" by an independent fact-checking organization, even prompted the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to publicly distance itself from the group.
While George Allen's Cavalry has been focused on launching false attacks, Tim has been traveling across the Commonwealth meeting with business and community leaders. He's also spoken with members of several local Chambers of Commerce. He knows we need to help our communities expand businesses, create jobs, and develop talent.
We can't let one million dollars from outside groups spent on false attack ads -- and that's just the beginning -- deter Tim from working towards the priorities that matter.
Help us gather the resources we need to fight back. There are 48 hours to go to finish the month strong -- please make a contribution now. Even as little as $5 makes a difference.
Go get 'em.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Environmentalists protect a lizard, kill eagles
Hypocrisy in action.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Basketball vs Revolution and Disaster
He spoke a few weeks ago, encouraging the youth of the middle east to rise up and demonstrate. Now that Libya is in flames, he is silent.
Japan has experienced their worst disaster of any kind since World War II, but they are handling it peacefully. No violence, no protests, no looting. And our President is silent.
Instead, he attends basketball games and releases his picks for March Madness.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
That's Just Not Right
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Letter to Senator Mark Warner
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Louisiana and the Oil Spill
Friday, May 14, 2010
Times Square Would-Be Bombing - Correction
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Bomber on no-fly list on flight: Airline's fault?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Bomber on no-fly list still gets on flight
Friday, April 30, 2010
Oil Rig Sinking
Sunday, April 25, 2010
33 Mine Accidents; Coincidental?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Arizona declares illegal activity to be illegal
Thursday, April 22, 2010
NASA: No More Gov't Sponsored Space Flight: A Bad Thing?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Postal Service Reductions: A letter to my Congressman
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Healthcare Bill: Now law, but fraudulent
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Healthcare: They'll "Do Whatever It Takes"
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Harvard University: Obama will cause gas to be $7/gallon
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Government Projects ≠ Created/Saved Jobs
- First, most companies that do public works projects aren't in trouble anyway.
- Second, these projects don't add jobs, or at least not in any notable numbers.
- Third -- and as the President has paid lip-service to -- most jobs are created by small businesses.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
State of the Union: Brief summary
Summary: Lots of promises, most of which have already been repeatedly broken. Things like:
Full transparency. The President -- not just Congress and Senate, who have done it too -- has had closed-door meetings on healthcare. This is is not exactly an issue of national security, so that can't be used as an excuse. And he specifically promised that all discussions would be carried on C-SPAN, but not only were the meetings not on C-SPAN, but he didn't even allow the press to attend.
No favors or earmarks. Not only has he signed bills containing THOUSANDS of earmarks, he himself negotiated exemptions for unions from healthcare taxes.
Get all lobbyists out of Washington. He has appointed lobbyists to his own cabinet!
Allow gays to openly serve in the military. Whether you agree or not, he has promised it. And it came up a few months ago. And he specifically decided make the change. In the State of the Union speech, he said he would repeal the law -- but it's not a law, it's a policy. and as such, he can change that with a stroke of his pen. But he chose not to do it, despite his promises.
Oh, and he continued to blame his problems on Bush, uh, inherited issues. He has been President for over a full year now. They're his issues now. And many of the issues we have, he actually created himself. While the TARP program might have come under Bush (and I do blame Bush for it as well), he did vote for it.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Political Contributions: Unions OK, But Companies Not?
And the Democrats are howling. They say that it is "un-American" for companies to make political contributions. Companies for whom their interests lie in smaller, less-restrictive government and lower taxes.
But those same Democrats say that is is perfectly fine for labor unions to make political contributions. Unions whose interests lie in more regulation and larger government, even at the expense of the companies who pay the bills.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Harry Reid: A Politically-Correct Racist
In other words, Reid didn't want a black man as President. Obama was "close enough" to white to be acceptable.
In 2002, Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R) said at a birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond that he had voted for Thurmond for President. Since Thurmond had segregationist history, this was deemed so "racist" that Lott was forced to resign from his position and later from office entirely.
But Reid's statement, which is specifically anti-black, not just one which could be interpreted that way, is largely being overlooked.
I just sent this to my Federal representatives:
It has recently come out that Harry Reid said during the 2008 campaign season that Obama would be acceptable as President because he was a "light-skinned...Negro" and that he didn't speak with a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
In other words, Reid didn't want a black man as President. Obama was "close enough" to white to be acceptable.
We do not need an overt racist in one of the most influential positions in American politics.
Promised Transparency? Clear as Concrete...
The Congress did not do that, but the President could not control whether or not they would comply with his own promise.
This week, President Obama had healthcare meetings at the White House. This was his opportunity to fulfill his promise. Did he? Were all discussions carried on C-SPAN?
Not only were the meetings NOT televised, but no reporters -- at all -- were even allowed in the room.
But we know one thing that came out of the meeting. The unions were promised that they will be exempted from the taxes on "high-value" health insurance that everyone else will have to pay.
Letter to my Congressman and Senators: If the health care bill has any favors, please vote against it.
If the health care bill has any favors, please vote against it.
The previous version had favors for Louisiana and Nebraska for the federal government to pay the state portions of Medicare and Medicaid.
President Obama has negotiated favors for the unions, opting them out of taxes that apply to everyone else.
If the health care bill has any favors, please vote against it.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Charitable Contributions Should Be from Excess, Not Debt
Individuals with sufficient means readily give to the needs of others. In times of many disasters, individual contributions have overshadowed even the huge amounts given by our government.
But as I write this post, our government is out of money. Our government is running at a deficit in the TRILLIONS of dollars. We cannot currently afford to give humanitarian aid out of the federal budget.
Each year, we, as a nation, give billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. We need to stop doing so, until we come to the point that we can again afford to do so out of our excess. It harms our country to borrow money, for example, from China to give to Haiti.
Again, individuals can -- and should be encouraged to -- give to those in need, whether domestic or international. There are many groups that aggregate funds and goods, and then provide them to those in need. A few examples are the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Our government does encourage such contributions though tax deductibility.
You can give to the Red Cross via their website (redcross.org) or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross. As I write this post, we are learning more about the earthquake in Haiti, for which you can contribute $10 directly via the Red Cross' International Response Fund by texting "Haiti" to 90999.
You can give via AmeriCares, either via their website (AmeriCares.org) or by calling 1-800-486-HELP.
Another humanitarian organization is Care. They can be reached either online (Care.org) or by phone at 1-800-521-CARE.
And Operation USA can be reached via their website (opusa.org), by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by mail at Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
But our government should not give directly until it can do so without further increasing our debt.
(Links for relief organizations are courtesy of Neal Boortz, an Atlanta-based radio host with a website at boortz.com; he has more information on Haiti relief efforts here.)
Cross-posted under Political Positions.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Old jobs, new jobs
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We keep finding more problems in the Healthcare Bill
Healthcare in the United States has some problems. The current healthcare bill seeks to address a couple of those problems, such as lifetime caps on benefits, preexisting conditions, and higher premiums or lack of insurability due to preexisting conditions.
However, the more significant issues are not addressed in the bill.
• Frivolous lawsuits and excessive damages are the greatest cost in healthcare today, but tort reform is not addressed in this bill.
• Many people have problems with their insurance denying coverage due to the cost of procedures or perceived necessity of procedures. This bill does not resolve these issues; rather, it adds another layer of bureaucracy – or several – which can deny claims.
• Some are concerned by waiting times for critical procedures. But many expects expect these problems not only not to be improved, but to in fact multiply. Most countries with highly-regulated or federally-provided healthcare have extensive waiting periods for even minor procedures, and some procedures have waiting periods of years, where US citizens can currently get most procedures within days or weeks.
• Insurance premiums are a tremendous concern to many. But the additional regulation and taxes in the bill will certainly increase the cost of both healthcare and insurance. Some experts say that insurance premiums will double within the next year or two.
More troubling, however, for every day that passes, we keep finding more problems in the current healthcare bill.
• We knew that a panel would be established with the power to unquestionably and unappealably decide what does or does not qualify and who does or does not get coverage under Medicare. Some have euphemistically referred to this as a "death panel."
o We now know that this panel will be composed of five individuals appointed by the President, without accountability, without oversight, and without any Senate ability to repeal the panel in the future.
• We knew that the bill has MANY bribes, payoffs, coercions, and other incentives for Senators who were previously hesitant concerning or opposed to the bill. This includes $300 million from the US taxpayers for Louisiana's state healthcare, for which the state, from its own taxpayers, was otherwise expected to pay itself.
o We now know that the US taxpayers will be responsible for every penny of Medicare costs for Nebraska for the rest of time.
• We knew that all US citizens will be required – and unconstitutionally so – to obtain and maintain health insurance, the first time that citizens have ever been required to purchase a service simply for the privilege of living. We also know that only Federally-approved plans will be acceptable.
o But we do not know what criteria will be placed on the acceptable insurance place. Despite the length of over two-thousand pages of the bill, criteria for acceptable insurance programs are not specified in it. These all-important criteria will be specified later.
• In addition, we also now know that abortion will be funded by taxpayer dollars. We have determined that healthcare providers who have conscientious objections to providing abortion will be required to participate anyway or else suffer punitive action.
• We also know that the current bill will institute taxes and fees immediately, but will not start any benefits for another four years. We will be paying for five years of benefits over nine years of taxes and fees. This is not sustainable and results in unrealistic projections.
We also know that you voted for cloture, to end debate and to proceed toward a vote. (In the version sent to Senator Webb:) We know that despite your opposition expressed in your emails to many aspects of the bill, you have effectively voted for it.
The majority of Americans, and the majority of Virginians, do not want this bill. The majority of your constituents do not want this bill. Please work in the interest of your constituents and work against this bill.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Winter Snow ≠ State of Emergency
And Governor Tim Kaine declared Virginia to be in a "state of emergency"?!?
Because of some snow? It's late December. It's winter. And it's Virginia, not south Florida. It's not the three feet I've seen here before, and which we dealt with without any real problem. It's not the two feet I saw in Georgia on occasion. And it won't be even the one foot in most areas; here in Bristol, we're expecting 4-8 inches.
The stores will sell out of bread and milk. Some gas stations may sell out. Both for the same reason - stupid people who think that if they get stuck at home for a few days, they might starve to death. What's the matter? Forget to go shopping this week? But it happens every time the forecast even calls for snow.
Some people will likely freeze to death. But that is a function of the cold, not the snow -- and it's not that cold, with lows maybe in the 20's; it was colder last week than now.
Some people may die from carbon monoxide poisoning, fumes, house fires, etc -- from using camp stoves, grills, etc, inside the house if they lose power for maybe a day or two. They have a gas grill and not a decent coat? Sounds like misplaced priorities to me. And a lack of common sense besides. And there are public organizations that are willing to help, if they just ask. There are public shelters with warm rooms, if the person just wants the help.
Snow happens. It is NOT an emergency.
Short addendum to my Senators
New letter to my Senators
1 - You have read the entire bill personally and clearly understand all aspects of the bill,
2 - The bill complies with President Obama's pledge that it will contain no pork or earmarks,
3 - You can clearly explain how the bill falls under the responsibilities assigned to the Federal Government by the Constitution.
If all three of these are not true, please vote and work against the bill as it is not in the best interest of the citizens of the United States.
I vote, and I actively support, both online and in person, those who work for the best interest of our country.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Another letter to my Senators
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Global warming? Really?
We just locally had the earliest snowfall on record?
Parts of California had their first snow since the 70's?
Lots of areas are reporting record low temperatures?
And apparently, those in Copenhagen don't really believe we are causing global warming anyway, based on all the private jets and limousines they are using. Someone in the news reported that - just in these two weeks - they are producing more carbon dioxide than many countries do in an entire year.
So, either they need to "practice what they preach", or else they don't really believe what they preach.
If that's the case, they are apparently only doing it for either money (Al Gore has made his fortunes off of global warming, but has a mansion that uses ten times the energy of the average house in the area) or power (regulation over every area of life and business).
Think about it.
Another Letter to Senators: Please REJECT any version of the current healthcare bill
Subject: Please REJECT any version of the current healthcare bill
We do not want the current healthcare bill in any form or regardless of any amendments.
We do not want government-run healthcare, whether it be through a "public option", a single-payer system, or "co-ops".
We do not want government-funded abortion.
We do not want rationing of care.
We do not want any government official or committee, appointed, elected, directed, or otherwise empowered, to determine what care may or may not be appropriate over the decision of our doctors.
We do not want reduced care for seniors.
We do not want reduced choice, either of care options, care providers, or insurance providers.
We do not want increased taxes, whether they be direct, on healthcare providers, or though employers.
We do not want increased insurance premiums.
We do not want to be forced to buy insurance.
We do not want increased bureaucracy.
We do not want hesitant officials to be bought off with personal or local benefits.
We do not want personal agendas to be furthered through legislation.
This 2000-page bill is full of pork, unnecessary regulation, taxes and fees, and onerous requirements. And who knows what else is hidden in a bill that no one in the Senate has actually read fully.
Please reject this healthcare bill, regardless of any amendments or minor modifications it may have.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Forwarded email: "Maxine on Health Care!"
Maxine on Health Care!
Let me get this straight.
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it,
What could possibly go wrong?