Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A carefully crafted immigration law in Arizona | Washington Examiner

In today's Washington Examiner, Byron York addressed the uproar over Arizona's common sense to do the job the federal government refuses to attempt: deal with illegal immigration. York's article manages to refute the Statist Left's primary charges without once referring to anyone as a Nazi. If only Democrats and their Fellow Travelers could argue a point in such fashion.

York reveals what the Left has conveniently ignored: the actual text of the law as signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer:

Has anyone actually read the law? Contrary to the talk, it is a reasonable, limited, carefully-crafted measure designed to help law enforcement deal with a serious problem in Arizona. Its authors anticipated criticism and went to great lengths to make sure it is constitutional and will hold up in court. It is the criticism of the law that is over the top, not the law itself.

The law requires police to check with federal authorities on a person's immigration status, if officers have stopped that person for some legitimate reason and come to suspect that he or she might be in the U.S. illegally. The heart of the law is this provision: "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…"

This piece is an excellent analysis of the "controversial" attempt at enforcing existing law.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

A carefully crafted immigration law in Arizona Washington Examiner

Walter E. Williams : Salt Tyrants -

Dr. Walter E. Williams hits a home run with his dissection of the Statist-Progressive-Leftist jihad against salt. Yes, salt. The federal government wants to control salt. How far will the madness go?

What the anti-tobacco zealots established is that government had the right to forcibly control our lives if it was done in the name of protecting our health. In the Foundation for Economic Education's Freeman publication, I wrote a column titled "Nazi Tactics" (January 2003): "These people who want to control our lives are almost finished with smokers; but never in history has a tyrant arisen one day and decided to tyrannize no more. The nation's tyrants have now turned their attention to the vilification of fast food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, charging them with having created an addiction to fatty foods. ... In their campaign against fast food chains, restaurants and soda and candy manufacturers the nation's food Nazis always refer to the anti-tobacco campaign as the model for their agenda."

Sadly, we live in a country that includes too many people who have no problem allowing the government to tyrannize their neighbors with good intentions. There is no tyranny like one carried out for the "good" of the victims. It is all well and good to call attention to healthy habits, but there can be no liberty in a country where the government passes laws governing what the people are allowed to eat.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Walter E. Williams : Salt Tyrants -

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Roanoke City Council: Vote For Tea Party candidate Mike Powell On May 4

WSLS Channel 10 in Roanoke just ran a story about the fundraising efforts of Democrats for the Roanoke City Council. It is pretty amazing that an individual raises over $70,000 to run for a part-time job that pays $15,000 per year. Of course, it is a city and most of the money is raised by Democrats who pander to the poor voter, but push policies that do damage to the common folk.

If you live in Roanoke City, be sure to take a good look at candidate Mike Powell. Mike Powell believes in restrained, responsible government. Many people are looking at November to begin making a dent in Congress' Leftist delegation, however the people of Roanoke can send a message to the mavens of Big Government in their own city council by voting for Mike Powell, the candidate endorsed by the Roanoke Tea Party.

If you want to bring the founding principles of limited government into the 21st century, vote Mike Powell for the Roanoke City Council.

ObamaCare Mulligan: Readying Price Controls for Insurance -

Gee, that didn't take long. The realities of ObamaCare are already starting to reveal themselves. Here is a fun little nuggest from the Wall Street Journal:

The official who will preside over this fiscal trainwreck is Donald Berwick, the Harvard professor and chief of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement who the White House has nominated to run Medicare. Dr. Berwick explained in an interview last year that the British National Health Service has "developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn." He added that "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care—the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly."

Wait, I thought the notion of health care rationing was just a scare tactic devised by talk radio to undermine the first Black president? But, there you have it. Dr. Berwick admits that the forty years during which Americans were promised old age medical security by their good and benevolent government were a lie. To make the Progressive-Socialist-Fascist omelet, you gotta break a few old people.

Get ready, folks. This won't be the last broken promise from Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetoro Obama and the Marxist Democrats. They are just getting warmed up.

ObamaCare Mulligan: Readying Price Controls for Insurance -

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - ACORN CEO: Tea Parties a 'Bowel Movement,' Future Will Be Worse Than Segregation

Bertha Lewis does a better job of making the case that Obama universe is full of nuts and extremists than any Tea Party gathering could do.

McCarthyism? Jim Crow? Segregation? Japanese internment?

Child's play. ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says the times people are living in now will "dwarf" all those stains on America's history. And she points to the Tea Party movement -- or "bowel movement," in her words -- as a harbinger of the persecution to come.

Let's see: the Obama adminstration attacks and smears political opponents and Leftists seek to revive the mis-named "Fairness Doctrine" in order to silence conservative talk tadio. Who are the McCarthyites?

Jim Crow? A young black lady was the most impressive speaker and drew the biggest applause at the Roanoke, Virginia Tea Party on April 15. Blacks are more than welcome at Tea Party, but when they do express conservative ideas they are called every manner of vile name by so-called black leaders. By the way, how many black hosts are on MSNBC or CNN? Conservatives care about ideas not race. Leftists define everyone by race, gender, religious or sexual preference categories. Who are the Jim Crowers and segregationists?

Japanese internment? Are you crazy? The separation of people into enclaves by characteristics is a Leftist impulse.

"They are coming. And they are coming after you," the embattled head of ACORN said during a talk last month to the Young Democratic Socialists, the youth branch of the Democratic Socialists, the U.S. branch of the Socialist International.

During the address, Lewis praised the group's members for calling themselves socialists, and warned that undefined forces are plotting their doom.

Batty Bertha was right on this one; at least to a point. We are after the socialists, whether young or old. Not to do physical harm, but Conservatives are through negotiating with socialist terrorists. The baseline should be absolute liberty, but feckless Republicans have allowed the country to slowly creep toward the tyranny of statism. No, we aren't physically coming after the socialists, but we will no longer bow and scrape in the arena of ideas.

More from Batty Bertha Lewis here: - ACORN CEO: Tea Parties a 'Bowel Movement,' Future Will Be Worse Than Segregation

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Barack Obama Will Decide Who Can Visit You In The Hospital | RedState

Despite what most knee-jerk Leftist-Liberal-Progressive-Democrats believe, most Conservatives don't have a problem with gays visiting each other in the hospital. This canard is always brought up to defend the notion of same-sex marriage or state-sponsored same-sex unions. This is really a strawman argument as most hospitals do not prevent same-sex partners from hospital visitation rights.

The problem with Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama's grand announcement on this policy is that the President does not have the authority to determine the internal policies of every hospital in the country. The implications go way beyond Ace spending time with Gary in the hospital. If Obama (or any president) can meddle in this, what is off limits? People are all too often short-sighted on these issues. If a decision supports their goal or desire they are all for it regardless of the process or the precedent. The precedent, in this case, sets the stage for any number of abusive intrusions into private affairs.

Dan McLaughlin's piece at RedState provides some important context to the implications of this particular intrusion.

Barack Obama Will Decide Who Can Visit You In The Hospital RedState - Biden Goes to Bat for ‘Equal Opportunity in Athletics’

Equal opportunity? Tocqueville once said of America that it is a nation that would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. If that was true in the mid-19Th century, it is even more so in the 21st. Title IX is only a small factor in the increased participation of women in intercollegiate athletics, however it is a primary reason for the demise of many men's sports programs. Women have plentiful opportunities to participate in college athletics. However, the hairy armpit, angry feminist crowd revels in the destruction of men's programs in order to achieve "equality."

Maybe the rules of the game need to be changed. Instead of allocating programs based on which bathroom the athletes use, let's make it truly fair: base it on which one brings more money into the university. If we go that route, women's intercollegiate athletics will go the route of the Mainstream Media's credibility (nonexistent). At most schools, men's football and basketball are the money makers. If, with the incredible opportunities afforded today, the feminist loons want to continue this nonsense let's make it all about the Benjamins!

Do I want to see women's sports programs eliminated? Of course not! What I want to do away with is the never-ending bleating of grievance politics. Whether its from some man-hating shrew in NOW or from a blowhard vice-president who gives less to charity than a homeless person, I'm over grievance politics. This is not about female opportunity. It's about denying male opportunities to satisfy a loud, detestable constituency. This is a nation built on liberty NOT equality. It is time for the radical egalitarians to move on. - Biden Goes to Bat for ‘Equal Opportunity in Athletics’

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Morning Bell: The Crony Capitalist Threat to Our Economic Freedom | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Time to start sending the emails and making the phone calls to Senate Republicans on this phony financial "reform" bill. As the Heritage Foundation points out, the Democrats are hardly the enemy of Big Banking:

As evidence and logic clearly demonstrate, the left’s harsh anti-business rhetoric and glee for expansive regulation is a boon to their campaign coffers. As USA Today reports, Goldman Sachs alone has given nearly $900,000 since January 2009 to congressional candidates, and according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, 69% of the firm’s contributions went to Democrats while 31% went to Republicans.

In fact, Goldman is not opposed to Obama’s Wall Street Bailout Bill at all. As a Goldman official told Politico Monday: “We’re not against regulation. We’re for regulation. We partner with regulators.” This echoes reporting done by The Huffington Post on loopholes in the banking bill. HuffPo was told by a financial services lobbyist: “Obtaining a carve-out isn’t rocket science. Just give Chairman Dodd (D-CT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) a ****load of money.” And loads of money is what Wall Street has been giving to the authors of the Wall Street Bailout Bill. The Wall Street banker at the center of Goldman’s SEC fraud complaint recently solicited
money from his banker friends for Sen. Schumer
describing him as “one of the few members of Congress that has consistently supported the hedge fund industry.”

Sens. Dodd and Schumer are not the only ones colluding with bankers to profit from American taxpayers. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) scored $37,000 from a January fundraiser that included Goldman executives. And The Washington Examiner has detailed that not only did President Barack Obama receive seven times as much money from Goldman employees as President Bush did from Enron employees, but then-candidate Obama’s $950,000 2008 total from Goldman executives and employees is the most a politician has raised from a single company since campaign finance reform. It’s also more than the combined Goldman haul of every Republican running for president, Senate and the House

The corruption and dishonesty of President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama and the Kremlin on the Potomac knows no bounds. Read more about Democrat "crony capitalism" at
Morning Bell: The Crony Capitalist Threat to Our Economic Freedom The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Liberty Manifesto by P.J. O'Rourke -- Even More Relevant in 2010

P.J. O'Rourke is one of the great voices of real liberty in modern America. In 1993, he gave a speech to the CATO Institute title "The Liberty Manifesto." While the speech made many references to the Clinton administration (and to Bush 41), it could very well be about the political scene circa 2010.

Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle.

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences...

...There are just two rules of governance in a free society:
Mind your own business.
Keep your hands to yourself.

Direct and succinct. The difference between liberty and tyranny explained in a few short words. This is so simple even the typical college student can understand it.

We have a group of incredibly silly people in the White House right now, people who think government works. Or that government would work, if you got some real bright young kids from Yale to run it.

We're being governed by dorm room bull session. The Clinton administration is over there right now pulling an all-nighter in the West Wing. They think that, if they can just stay up late enough, they can create a healthy economy and bring peace to former Yugoslavia.

The Clinton administration is going to decrease government spending by increasing the amount of money we give to the government to spend.

Health care is too expensive, so the Clinton administration is putting a high-powered corporate lawyer in charge of making it cheaper. (This is what I always do when I want to spend less money -- hire a lawyer from Yale.) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.

The Clinton administration is putting together a program so that college graduates can work to pay off their school tuition. As if this were some genius idea. It's called getting a job. Most folks do that when they get out of college, unless, of course, they happen to become governor of Arkansas.

And the Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock? Peace Corps volunteers? Or maybe the people in Texas were attacked because of child abuse. But, if child abuse was the issue, why didn't Janet Reno tear-gas Woody Allen?

You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal.

Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have.

Government contains impure ingredients -- as anybody who's looked at Congress can tell you.

On the basis of Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign promises, I think we can say government practices deceptive advertising.

And the merest glance at the federal budget is enough to convict the government of perjury, extortion, and fraud.

There, ladies and gentlemen, you have the Cato Institute's program in a nutshell: government should be against the law.

Term limits aren't enough. We need jail.

Wow. If you want to see the Leftist-Progressive-Faux Liberal mindset reduced to its core, P.J. O'Rourke has done it. The answers to the sophomoric bleats of your Leftist co-worker are right here. Have fun watching their heads spin.

The Liberty Manifesto P.J. O'Rourke Cato Institute: Speeches

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"Oh No He Didn't" City Insider : SF crime is down -- as long as you aren't talking rapes or homicide

Yep, that is how San Francisco's police chief celebrates decreased crime numbers over the first three months of 2010. This from Nanette Asimov in The San Francisco Chronicle:

The bottom line at Chief George Gascon's news conference today was that crime dropped 13 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with last year.

But turn off the slide projector and look at the rapes, robberies and homicides not featured on the big screen. All were higher in the first three months of 2010 than during the same time last year.

Rape was up 33 percent, from 33 incidents last year to 44 this year. Robbery was up 13 percent, from 744 to 844. Homicides were up 9 percent, from 11 to 12.

"We're obviously concerned about it," Gascon said of violent crimes. The increase in rapes could be due to increased reporting, he said. "We don't know."

Yeah, Chief Gascon, it could just be that those pesky women are reporting more rapes this year instead of staying silent. That kind of thing can skew one's statistics. Somehow, I don't think anyone is going to mistake San Francisco for the Garden of Eden.

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City Insider : SF crime is down -- as long as you aren't talking rapes or homicide

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nullification 2010: We Refuse! | Tenth Amendment Center

Despite the hatchet job that the principle of nullification receives in most history books, the idea is one that was endorsed by the Thomas Jefferson (author of The Declaration of Independence) and James Madison ("Father of the Constitution"). Though the typical history or government instructor will falsely tell children that "states rights" and "nullification" are simply euphemisms for slavery, segregation and racism, the truth is that the maxim was used by northerners to reject enforcement of federal fugitive slave laws prior to the War of the Rebellion. It is time for state governments to reclaim their position in the federal system and wave a giant foam middle finger in the direction of the Kremlin on the Potomac. Read more at: We Refuse! Tenth Amendment Center - NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism

Can we dispense with the notion that only a handful of "dittoheads" or fringe extremists believe that Obama and the Leftist-Progressive-Statist Democrats are marching American toward socialism? As many people believe President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama is a socialist as pay income tax (53% pay some federal income tax while 52% believe President Barry is moving the U.S. toward socialism). - NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism

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Violent Leftists Attack Jindal Aide--Where Is the Mainstream Media?

For the last two weeks, the Leftist Lap Dogs in the Mainstream Media have bellowed constantly about the dangerous undercurrents of the Tea Party protests and other "anti-government" movements. So far, the only violence committed was by Leftist protesters against an aide of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal along with her boyfriend.

UPDATE: Mother of Beaten Jindal Staffer Breaks Silence to Fox News (TRANSCRIPT)

Where is the Mainstream Media? Every little old lady and nuclear family that believes in limited government is a Timothy McVeigh in training, but a vicious attack on an aide to the conservative Louisiana governor is ignored.

Allee Bautsch, 25, a top fundraiser for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend, Joe Brown, 29, were verbally assailed as they left the event, followed to their car then savagely beaten.

Bautsch’s leg was “stomped” by her assailants causing breaks in four places that required surgery, a steel rod and seven screws to reconstruct. Brown suffered a broken jaw and nose, a brain concussion and black eye.

The assailants were described as five Caucasian males, the main assailant looking “dirty” (but not homeless), with dark red ponytail and a beard.

Patriotic Americans protesting excessive government are labeled dangerous. Beating two people to the point they have to be hospitalized is a non-story. Here's the latest on the developing story from Human Events.

The Mainstream Media is complicit in the attack on Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown and they will be partly liable for any violence that is committed against Tea Party Patriots or any other Conservative. The Lap Dog Media blames Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Sean Hannity and others for "potential violence." However, these people go out of their way to DISCOURAGE such behavior while encouraging citizen activism. That stands in stark contrast to semi-human agitators like Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, and Ed Schultz who reguarly advocate violent acts being committed against Conservatives. They are never asked to apologize and are never accused of inciting violence. If the Mainstream Media continues to smear regular Americans as dangerous while giving a wink and a nod to brutal behavior by Leftists, it is THEY who are the domestic terrorists attempting to subvert civil society.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama Abolishes Internships--No, It Is Not A Joke

The internship is an honored tradition that allows young people (or older people in career transition) to gain practical and useful experience to further their chances to obtain gainful employment in the future. Unfortunately, the internship represents ideals that President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama abhors like the free market, individual choice, and, well, WORK!!! As Eric Erickson points out at, the Obama Labor Department intends to abolish private sector internships.

Barack Obama is telling teenagers and college students, who are now suffering through a 26% unemployment rate, that they are not allowed to volunteer their time in the free market in exchange for acquiring valuable and relevant job skills that might, just might, get them off the unemployment line — and that ignores the ability to make valuable connections through networking in the workplace and build relationships for future careers and opportunities. The lost opportunity just of the loss of networking and relationship building is overwhelming and will put some college students who did not go to the right school or belong to the right fraternity or sorority or come from the right town at a serious, serious disadvantage.

“If … you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law,” the Labor Department’s Nancy J. Leppink tells the New York Times.

The Times also quotes Trudy Steinfeld, director of New York University’s Office of Career Services, regarding opportunities for unpaid internships. “A few famous banks have called and said, ‘We’d like to do this,’ said Ms. Steinfeld. “I said, ‘No way. You will not list on this campus.’” To be fair, she doesn’t want a Labor Department enforcer knocking on her door next week. But we wonder what NYU students trying to get their feet in the doors of financial firms think about Ms. Steinfeld rejecting opportunities on their behalf.

How all of this helps young people who are trying to develop marketable skills is a mystery.

Every day it becomes harder to tell if Obama is simply an overmatched imbecile or the most dangerous radical to ever occupy the White House. The results are the same: a great country's institutions and freedoms reduced to rubble. If you aren't involved, get there. If you have been involved, don't get tired--there is a long fight ahead to slow the long march.

Onerous New DOE Regulations Headed Our Way

For those who continue to claim this administration isn't a threat to individual liberty and private property.

Onerous New DOE Regulations Headed Our Way

Bill Clinton Compares Tea Party Protesters To Timothy McVeigh

Disgraced ex-president William Jefferson Clinton has stirred the pot by alluding to a link between the Tea Party movement and the kind of anger that led to the Oklahoma City bombing. Slick Willie, of course, tried to slander the Tea Party while claiming that wasn't what he was trying to do.

"What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or that
we should reduce our passion for the positions we hold - but that the words we use really do matter, because there's this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike," he said.

My question to Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriend is this: why not make such statements when Leftist-Statist-Progressive-Democrats are calling Conservatives racists, sexist, homophobes, murders, Klansmen, thugs, etc.? Why is it that everyday Americans angry about a government that has rejected the Constitution are to be feared, but Black Panthers wielding weapons outside a voting precinct are not a big deal?

Clinton went on to further demonstrate his ignorance about the Constitution.

Clinton argued that the Boston Tea Party was in response to taxation without representation. The current protesters, he said, are challenging taxation by elected officials, and the demonstrators have the power to vote them out of office.

This lame excuse for constitutional abuse never holds water. Constituents have control over their congressman and senators, but not the other 532 members of Congress. Our government is a constitutional republic NOT a democracy. If citizens elect a congressman to go on a looting raid against the rest of the country, his mere election does not give the act legitimacy. All members of Congress (as well as the President) take an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution. Their constituents wishes to abuse the Constitution are irrelevant. If Bill Clinton wants a primer on the Constitution, I will be glad to sit down with him and explain it.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hey, Bart, Your Yellow Streak Is Showing...Bart Stupak Retires

Well, that didn't take long. Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, fresh from his cowardly capitulation on ObamaCare, has announced that he will not run for re-election. Stupak was the voice of so-called "pro-life" Democrats who claimed they would not vote for a health care bill that allowed for federal funding of abortion. Yet, there they were, a gang of lying reprobates, voting for an ObamaCare bill that did not prohibit federal funding for infanticide.

Of course, that was OK according to Bart the Bullcrapper. President Barry Obama promised that he would take care of that with an executive order. And who is more honest than President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Alinsky Obama? One little problem. Executive orders cannot overrule laws passed by Congress. Executive orders can be issued to direct the work of federal agencies. How can an executive order have any sway unless the government is taking over the health care industry (which the Big O, San Fran Nan, and Former-Senator-Walking Harry claim it is not)? You see, they say whatever is convenient for a particular constituency.

Stupak simply wanted the Fascist-in-Chief to supply cover as he claimed to be a "pro-life Democrat." Stupak was a phony and political opportunist. The reaction to his gutless turn has been massive and ol' Bart didn't want to spend the next seven months fighting a GOP challenge while trying to justify his Judas turn against the unborn. Good riddance, Bart!

Rep. Bart Stupak won't seek reelection - Mike Allen and Josh Kraushaar -

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nullifying Federal Tyranny | Tenth Amendment Center

Clyde Wilson connects to the historical relevance of nullification. American History textbooks have worked hard to attach the principle of nullification to slavery and segregation. While nullification was used to protect those less savory institutions, the idea was largely introduced to the American political system by Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence) and James Madison (also known as "The Father of the Constitution"). In other words, the notion that states have the authority to reject unconstitutional actions of the federal government is grounded in the ideals of the Founders.

Nullifying Federal Tyranny Tenth Amendment Center

Edgycater Is Back!!!

It has been nearly five months since my last blog post. The primary reason involved health issues in my family. That subject will be addressed sometime in the future, but for now I plan to dive head first into the on-going anti-liberty jihad being perpetrated by American Leftists. Hopefully, this blog can make a positive contribution to the real change America needs--a return to the principles of limited government and individual liberty that made this country the envy of the world.