Impeachable Offenses and other topics

Newt and Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) have indicated that Eric Holder’s and, by extension Obama’s, declared intention to not uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by Bill Clinton by the way, to be an impeachable offense.  The Executive Branch of the federal government does NOT have the ability to pick and choose which laws will be enforced.  

This announcement by Holder isn’t the first instance where laws were ignored. The infamous Black Panther Voter Intimidation case is another.  In that case the guilty verdict had been declared, Holder illegally set the verdict aside.

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If a Tractor Beam is possible, can Warp Drives be far behind?

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I note that public service unions in Missouri have no right to collective bargaining nor the right to strike.  Those same rules apply to unionized federal employees.

What is so different about Wisconsin?  Nothing.



From the Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell, March 3rd, 2011.

The Wisconsin state Senate passed a new rule fining any Senator who misses two or more days of session $100 a day.

In the private sector, if I took off from work and stayed away I’d find a pink slip and a final paycheck mailed to my house.  It should be no different for politicians.  They are no special elite with special privileges. 

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Criminal malfeasance by Border Patrol policy makers?

Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of suspected bandits before the men returned fire during a confrontation in a remote canyon, killing agent Brian Terry with a single gunshot, records show.

Border Patrol officials declined to answer questions about protocol for use of force, citing the ongoing investigation.
But Terry’s brother, Kent Terry, said the other agents who were there that night told him that they were instructed to use the non-lethal beanbags first. It’s a policy that doesn’t make sense to Kent Terry.
“You go up against a bandit crew that is carrying AKs, and you walk out there with guns loaded with beanbags – I don’t get it,” Terry said in a phone interview from Michigan. “It’s like going to the Iraqi war with one knife. It boggles my mind. … These guys (Border Patrol agents) are professionals; they should be able to use their judgment call on their own.”
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Governance by incompetency and maliciousness—that will be the Obama legacy.

Hometown in the news

My hometown, Raymore, MO, made The Drudge Report today. It wasn’t for anything momentous. A sewer worker was swept away more than a mile through the sewers. He was rescued but is not doing well from what I’ve heard. He suffers from hypothermia and from swallowing raw sewage. I wish him well and will pray for his complete recovery.

It happened just two blocks away from our house. My wife and I was unaware of the event until we heard about in on the local radio. Here’s a report from the KC “Red” Star.

A contract worker examining a Raymore sewer drain was swept through the 24-inch pipe this morning — then found alive about 90 minutes later after traveling more than a mile through the system.

A city worker and firefighters heard the 27-year-old man scream for help, popped open a manhole and found him about 9:30 a.m., curled up in a fetal position at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep chamber.

Rescue workers called in an air ambulance to take the critically injured man to a hospital. They loaded him into the helicopter about 10 a.m., nearly two hours after he vanished into the sewer in the 600 block of West Foxwood Drive.
He was suffering from hypothermia, and he may have ingested sewage, said South Metropolitan Fire District Chief Randy Adams.
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There is a local Raymore issue on the ballot this year. For two years and one city election, a couple of conservative, pro-2A and CCW, city councilmen have been trying to pass an ordinance to allow CCW carrier access to city buildings while armed.
The first time around it was passed by the council but veto’d by the democrat mayor. There weren’t enough votes to override the veto.

When elections came last year another conservative, pro-2A and CCW member was elected. The issue was passed again, the mayor vetoed the bill and this time there were enough votes to override the veto. That should have ended the matter. But, no, the dems just could not accept defeat.



They organized a petition movement to have the city charter amended to disallow weapons on city property. They’ve plastered signs all over saying to vote “Yes” on “Question #1.” The are even telling folks the amendment is pro-2nd Amendment!


As I’ve said, dems lie. It’s what they do. When they can’t get support for their statist agenda—they lie.


I now have a sign in my front yard asking folks to vote “No” against the charter amendment. Self-defense and the ability to do so is not a privilege granted or permitted by the state. It is a God-given right. The Founders were well aware what the 2nd Amendment means and why it is necessary.


VOTE NO against Question #1 in Raymore, MO on November 2nd, 2010.

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On a side note, I’ve been invited to attend the next monthly Cass County Republican Committee meeting. I think I’ll go and just see what is going on. I’m not so much a ‘Pub as I am a conservative. I’m also aware that if we want the Republican Party to be conservative, we must work from within.

If anything interesting occurs, I’ll let y’all know.

Hometown in the news

My hometown, Raymore, MO, made The Drudge Report today. It wasn’t for anything momentous. A sewer worker was swept away more than a mile through the sewers. He was rescued but is not doing well from what I’ve heard. He suffers from hypothermia and from swallowing raw sewage. I wish him well and will pray for his complete recovery.

It happened just two blocks away from our house. My wife and I was unaware of the event until we heard about in on the local radio. Here’s a report from the KC “Red” Star.

A contract worker examining a Raymore sewer drain was swept through the 24-inch pipe this morning — then found alive about 90 minutes later after traveling more than a mile through the system.

A city worker and firefighters heard the 27-year-old man scream for help, popped open a manhole and found him about 9:30 a.m., curled up in a fetal position at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep chamber.

Rescue workers called in an air ambulance to take the critically injured man to a hospital. They loaded him into the helicopter about 10 a.m., nearly two hours after he vanished into the sewer in the 600 block of West Foxwood Drive.
He was suffering from hypothermia, and he may have ingested sewage, said South Metropolitan Fire District Chief Randy Adams.
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There is a local Raymore issue on the ballot this year. For two years and one city election, a couple of conservative, pro-2A and CCW, city councilmen have been trying to pass an ordinance to allow CCW carrier access to city buildings while armed.
The first time around it was passed by the council but veto’d by the democrat mayor. There weren’t enough votes to override the veto.

When elections came last year another conservative, pro-2A and CCW member was elected. The issue was passed again, the mayor vetoed the bill and this time there were enough votes to override the veto. That should have ended the matter. But, no, the dems just could not accept defeat.



They organized a petition movement to have the city charter amended to disallow weapons on city property. They’ve plastered signs all over saying to vote “Yes” on “Question #1.” The are even telling folks the amendment is pro-2nd Amendment!


As I’ve said, dems lie. It’s what they do. When they can’t get support for their statist agenda—they lie.


I now have a sign in my front yard asking folks to vote “No” against the charter amendment. Self-defense and the ability to do so is not a privilege granted or permitted by the state. It is a God-given right. The Founders were well aware what the 2nd Amendment means and why it is necessary.


VOTE NO against Question #1 in Raymore, MO on November 2nd, 2010.

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On a side note, I’ve been invited to attend the next monthly Cass County Republican Committee meeting. I think I’ll go and just see what is going on. I’m not so much a ‘Pub as I am a conservative. I’m also aware that if we want the Republican Party to be conservative, we must work from within.

If anything interesting occurs, I’ll let y’all know.

Dinosaur Media Watch: US Newspaper Circulation Down 8.7%

Once again, the print media shows continuing decline in subscribers. The article below from Breitbart states that the number of people reading the news has NOT declined. The report estimates that 100 million people still read the news but they are shifting to alternate news outlets, mainly the internet for sources.

Apr 26 12:12 PM US/Eastern
By ANDREW VANACORE
AP Business Writer


NEW YORK (AP) – Circulation continues to drop at U.S. newspapers.

Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show average weekday circulation fell 8.7 percent in the six months that ended March 31, compared with the same period a year earlier.

Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent.

Neither decline was as steep as the comparable one documented in the last reporting period. From April through September of last year, average weekday circulation dropped 10.6 percent and Sunday circulation fell 7.5 percent.

Even so, the top 25 newspapers in the country showed some huge losses.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s weekday circulation dropped nearly 23 percent from the year before to 241,330.

At The Washington Post, average circulation fell 13.1 percent during the week to 578,482 and 8.2 percent to 797,679 on Sunday.

USA Today lost 13.6 percent of its circulation and averaged 1.83 million. That extended a slump that began with a slowdown in travel during the recession, which trimmed sales where USA Today is especially popular, such as hotels and airports.

USA Today’s decline last year allowed The Wall Street Journal to surpass it as the newspaper with the biggest U.S. circulation. In Monday’s report, the Journal once again posted the only gain in circulation among the top 25 newspapers that had comparable figures from a year ago. It grew its circulation 0.5 percent to 2.09 million. The Journal can count online readers because it charges them to read its website, while many newspapers can only count print subscriptions and newsstand sales.

The Journal is also looking to put itself further ahead of the No. 3 newspaper, The New York Times, which saw an 8.5 percent decline in weekday circulation during the most recent period and a 5.2 percent drop on Sundays. The Times’ average circulation was 951,063 on weekdays and 1.38 million on Sundays.

The new figures came as the Journal launched a metro edition in the New York City region to compete more aggressively with the Times for local readers and advertisers. The first metro section ran 16 pages Monday with articles detailing a rat infestation on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and the New York state budget crisis alongside advertising from Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.

You can read the entire article here.

Cartoon of the Day: Chuck Asay

The libs are all bleating about how Obama reached out to the Republicans at their yearly conference last weekend. As usual, Obama whined about how the republicans weren’t cooperating and were hindering his agenda. A number of republicans during the Question and Answer session, pointedly asked questions that Obama as usual didn’t answer or responded with lies—easily proven lies at that.But, it’s a start . Perhaps the dems are finally realizing they need to work with the ‘pubs instead of locking them out.

WSJ: The Message of Massachusetts

The Wall Street Journal, on their editorial page, ran this column about today’s election in Massachusetts. This election, even if Scott Brown loses, is a referendum on the democrat party’s policies and agenda. The people reject it.

Democrats outnumber republicans in Massachusetts 3 to 1. One third of the electorate classify themselves as independent. If the dems get out their party faithfuls, Coakley could win.

But that’s unlikely. Polling and on-the-street interviews indicate that democrats are shifting and many will now vote for Brown. They’re voting not because they’ve changed their party affiliations, but because Brown has made this election a referendum on Obamacare, Cap ‘n Tax and the entire democrat agenda.

The Wall Street Journal understands as they write in today’s editorial.

The Message of Massachusetts

A crisis is a terrible thing to exploit.

Whether or not Republican Scott Brown wins today in Massachusetts, the special Senate election has already shaken up American politics. The close race to replace Ted Kennedy, liberalism’s patron saint, shows that voters are rebelling even in the bluest of states against the last year’s unbridled pursuit of partisan liberal governance.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of President Obama’s Inaugural, and it’s worth recalling the extraordinary political opportunity he had a year ago. An anxious country was looking for leadership amid a recession, and Democrats had huge majorities and faced a dispirited, unpopular GOP. With monetary policy stimulus already flowing, Democrats were poised to get the political credit for the inevitable economic recovery.

Twelve months later, Mr. Obama’s approval rating has fallen further and faster than any recent President’s, Congress is despised, the public mood has shifted sharply to the right on the role of government, and a Republican could pick up a Senate seat in a state with no GOP Members of Congress and that Mr. Obama carried by 26 points.

What explains this precipitous political fall? Democrats and their media allies attribute it to GOP obstructionism, though Republicans lack the votes to stop anything by themselves. Or they blame their own Blue Dogs, who haven’t stopped or even significantly modified any legislation of consequence.

Or they blame an economic agenda that wasn’t populist or liberal enough because it didn’t nationalize banks and spend even more on “stimulus.” It takes a special kind of delusion to believe, amid a popular revolt against too much government spending and debt, that another $1 trillion would have made all the difference. But that’s the latest left-wing theme.

The real message of Massachusetts is that Democrats have committed the classic political mistake of ideological overreach. Mr. Obama won the White House in part on his personal style and cool confidence amid a recession and an unpopular war. Yet liberals in Congress interpreted their victory as a mandate to repeal more or less the entire post-1980 policy era and to fulfill, at last, their dream of turning the U.S. into a cradle-to-grave entitlement state.

We had been encouraged a year ago by Mr. Obama’s selection of Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff because we thought he would have learned from the Clinton failure of 1993-1994 and knew enough to stand up to the Congressional left. How wrong we were. Mr. Emanuel and his boss have instead deferred to Congress’s liberal barons on every major domestic policy.

These committee chairmen are all creatures of the Great Society and what was called the New Left of the 1960s and 1970s. They have spent their lives in government and know almost nothing about the private sector or how to grow an economy. They view the Reagan era as an historical aberration, and they have stayed in Washington for decades precisely in wait of this moment to realize 40-years of pent-up policy ambition. They believe this is their 1965, or 1933.

While Mr. Obama campaigned as a young postpartisan Democrat who wanted a new era of comity in Washington, his victory has instead empowered these ancient left-wing warriors. These are the men who have run Washington this past year, and they are Mr. Obama’s de facto cabinet.

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It is the combination of all of these and other policies that has ignited the political revolt we are now seeing in Massachusetts, and first saw last November in Virginia and New Jersey. Had Democrats modified their agenda to nurture a fragile economy and financial system, they could now claim their policies worked and build on them later.

Instead, their frenetic agenda has frightened voters and businesses about the vast expansion of government power and enormous tax increases to come. The resulting uncertainty and the anticipation of higher costs for labor, taxes and energy have undermined what ought to be a more robust pace of job creation and overall recovery.

The lesson of Mr. Obama’s lost first year is that an economic crisis is a terrible thing to exploit. As they have each time in the last 40 years that they have had total control of Washington, Democrats are proving again that America can’t be successfully governed from the left. If that is the lesson Mr. Obama learns from Massachusetts, he might still salvage his Presidency.

Random Gun Items

I was surfin’ the ‘net and came across some interesting tid-bits. I haven’t seen this info published for a while and frankly, it’d skipped my attention. We need to keep all of this in the forefront because it indicates we are not a nation of sheep.

From Gunbroker.com


December Background Check Stats

Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,407,155 checks in December 2009, ranking the month in the top five for most NICS checks of all time.

This figure, while being a 7.6 percent decrease from the 1,523,426 checks conducted in December 2008 — the beginning stage of an ongoing surge in firearms and ammunition sales — is an increase of 14.4 percent over checks in December 2007.

Year-to-date background checks for 2009 total 14,033,824, an increase of 10.4 percent over the same time period last year. The total number of background checks reported since the beginning of NICS is 110,017,832.

Firearm Sales Up as Murders Drop

The FBI recently issued its preliminary 2009 crime report, showing that the number of murders in the first half of 2009 decreased 10 percent compared to the first half of 2008.

If the trend holds for the remainder of 2009, it will be the single greatest one-year decrease in the number of murders since at least 1960, the earliest year for which national data are available through the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Also, the per capita murder rate for 2009 will be 51 percent lower than the all-time high recorded in 1991, and it will be the lowest rate since 1963—a 46-year low.

Final figures for 2009 will be released by the FBI later this year.

According to gun control supporter dogma—”more guns means more crime”—the number of privately owned firearms must have decreased 10 percent in 2009. To the contrary, however, the number rose between 1.5 and 2 percent, to an all-time high.

For the better part of the last 15 months, firearms, ammunition, and “large” ammunition magazines have been sold in what appear to be record quantities. And, the firearms that were most commonly purchased in 2009 are those that gun control supporters most want to be banned—AR-15s, similar semi-automatic rifles, and handguns designed for defense.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation already estimates record ammunition sales in 2009, dominated by .223 Remington, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and other calibers widely favored for defensive purposes.

California Police Chiefs Association Calls for Firearms Microstamping Study

NEWTOWN, Conn. — In a recent letter to California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) expressed concern over the “hasty implementation” of firearms microstamping in California and called for further in-depth study of the technology before it is implemented by law in California. Microstamping will have a second look

In the letter, CPCA Acting President Susan E. Manheimer wrote, “There are too many unanswered questions with microstamping in its current iteration” and raised concerns that “statements about the capabilities of microstamping may have been technologically premature.” In 2007, CPCA supported legislation (AB 1471) to require firearms microstamping in California.

Firearms microstamping is the process by which firearms manufacturers would have to micro laser-engrave a gun’s make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin, so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired. Legislation mandating microstamping in California was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and was slated to take effect this New Year’s Day (2010); however, since the technology remains encumbered by patents it cannot be certified by the California Department of Justice and therefore has not been implemented.

The letter continues, “We support further research of microstamping in light of the new information that has surfaced since California passage of the legislation.Publicly available, peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent research organizations conclude that the technology does not function reliably and that criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds. We believe that these findings require examination prior to implementation.”

The CPCA also expressed concerns over implementing the technology during a very difficult budget environment and the negative impact on law enforcement budgets which are already under significant pressure.

Oh, by the way, Lady Di has posted a great video for Scott Brown. It deserves to be distributed as wide as possible. Go see it at QUICKWIT