DHS now funded through September

…with full funding for Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens.

John Boehner, D-OH, pushed through his ‘clean’ DHS funding bill through the House with only 75 ‘Pub votes. Every democrat voted, “Yea.” One hundred sixty-five ‘Pubs voted, “Nay!” Even with the MSM blaming the dems for blocking the original funding, McConnell and Boehner worked diligently to snatch victory away from the ‘Pubs and give it to Obama and his dems in Congress. All of Missouri’s ‘Pubs, except for Representatives Billy Long and Jason Smith voted against the bill. Representatives Long and Smith were in Missouri to attend the funeral of Tom Schweich.

If you are interested in who voted how, here is the list.

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 109
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

      H R 240      YEA-AND-NAY      3-Mar-2015      3:14 PM
      QUESTION:  On Motion to Recede and Concur in the Senate Amendment
      BILL TITLE: Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes

 

  Yeas Nays PRES NV
Republican 75 167   3
Democratic 182     6
Independent        
TOTALS 257 167   9

—- YEAS    257 —
 

Adams
Aguilar
Ashford
Beatty
Becerra
Benishek
Bera
Beyer
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (MI)
Blumenauer
Boehner
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bustos
Butterfield
Calvert
Capps
Capuano
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (NY)
Comstock
Connolly
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Curbelo (FL)
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
DeGette
Delaney
DeLauro
DelBene
Denham
Dent
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doggett
Dold
Doyle, Michael F.
Duckworth
Edwards
Ellison
Ellmers (NC)
Emmer (MN)
Engel
Eshoo
Esty
Farr
Fattah
Fitzpatrick
Foster
Frankel (FL)
Frelinghuysen
Fudge
Gabbard
Gallego
Gibson
Graham
Granger
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Guinta
Gutiérrez
Hahn
Hanna
Hardy
Hastings
Heck (NV)
Heck (WA)
Higgins
Himes
Honda
Hoyer
Huffman
Hurd (TX)
Israel
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Jolly
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Knight
Kuster
Lance
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lawrence
Lee
Levin
Lewis
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn
Maloney, Sean
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McHenry
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
McSally
Meehan
Meng
Miller (MI)
Moolenaar
Moore
Moulton
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Noem
Nolan
Norcross
Nunes
O’Rourke
Pallone
Pascrell
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Pingree
Pittenger
Pitts
Pocan
Poliquin
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rangel
Reichert
Rice (NY)
Richmond
Rogers (KY)
Ros-Lehtinen
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schock
Schrader
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Shimkus
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Stefanik
Stivers
Swalwell (CA)
Takai
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Tiberi
Titus
Tonko
Torres
Trott
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walden
Walters, Mimi
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters, Maxine
Watson Coleman
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Yarmuth
Young (IN)

—- NAYS    167 —
 

Abraham
Aderholt
Allen
Amash
Amodei
Babin
Barletta
Barr
Barton
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blum
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Bucshon
Burgess
Byrne
Carter (GA)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Clawson (FL)
Collins (GA)
Conaway
Cook
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Culberson
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Farenthold
Fincher
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Garrett
Gibbs
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gosar
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Griffith
Grothman
Guthrie
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Hice, Jody B.
Hill
Holding
Hudson
Huelskamp
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt (VA)
Issa
Jenkins (KS)
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan
Joyce
Kelly (PA)
King (IA)
Labrador
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Latta
Loudermilk
Love
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Marchant
Marino
Massie
McClintock
McKinley
Meadows
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Mulvaney
Neugebauer
Newhouse
Nugent
Olson
Palazzo
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Poe (TX)
Pompeo
Posey
Price, Tom
Ratcliffe
Reed
Renacci
Ribble
Rice (SC)
Rigell
Roby
Rogers (AL)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney (FL)
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Rouzer
Russell
Salmon
Sanford
Schweikert
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shuster
Smith (NE)
Smith (TX)
Stewart
Stutzman
Thornberry
Tipton
Wagner
Walberg
Walker
Walorski
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westerman
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IA)
Zeldin
Zinke

—- NOT VOTING    9 —
 

Bass
Garamendi
Hinojosa
Long
Meeks
Roe (TN)
Rush
Smith (MO)
Speier

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Tom Schweich_Missouri Auditor

Missouri State Auditor, Tom Schweich

Speaking of Tom Schweich…there has been some political fallout from John Hancock’s anti-Semitic remarks against Tom Schweich. today’s PoliticMO Newsletter included this paragraph.

POLITICAL FALLOUT — ‘Schweich spokesman leads calls for resignation of Missouri GOP chairman,’ PoliticMo: “While the politics surrounding the apparent suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich had stayed below the surface in the lead-up to Tuesday’s funeral, that band-aid was ripped off as quickly as Schweich’s casket left the sanctuary here at the Church of St. Michael and St. George. In a brief interview, Schweich’s former spokesman, Spence Jackson, said John Hancock, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, should resign immediately after allegations that he had led an anti-Semitic campaign regarding Schweich before Christian conservative donors.

“’There is no way that the Missouri GOP can move forward under his leadership for the reasons that Sen. Danforth made out this morning,’ Jackson said. ‘He needs to resign and Catherine Hanaway needs to call on him to resign. It is unconscionable to think that the Missouri GOP can be successful in 2016 as John Hancock as the chairman.’” — PoliticMO Newsletter. PoliticMO Newsletter.

I didn’t have a vote in Hancock’s selection as the Missouri GOP Party Chair. Of those being considered, I preferred another. Hancock was the choice of the state’s GOP establishment.

Now we’re seeing the results of that flawed choice. It’s not a case of ‘he said, she said.” Hancock has admitted starting the whisper campaign against Schweich. In the last decade , those who have chosen the route of smear and libel in their campaigns have lost their elections. Missouri has no room for smear tactics regardless of the office and especially by a so-called ‘Pub, Hancock, against another ‘Pub, Tom Schweich. Hancock must resign.

Are there no ‘Pubs in the Senate?

Once again, Mitch McConnell has shown he’s nothing more than a tool for the liberals and democrats. The DHS funding bill is being filibustered in the Senate by democrats. Even the MSM is blaming the dems for the delay. The ‘Pubs are WINNING!

What does McConnell do? He wants to compromise by stripping out the prohibition against funding Obama’s dictatorial amnesty and have the Senate vote on it separately. We all know what will happen. It will either not pass, or if passed, Obama will veto it. All the while, the DHS funding bill will pass WITH NO PROHIBITION ON FUNDING AMNESTY!! Obama gets what he wants.

We thought with the big GOP win last November that we had seen the last of Harry Reid. We were wrong. Even after Harry’s little ‘meeting’ with his financiers who gave him a black eye, Harry Reid still controls the Senate. When he barks, Mitch McConnell jumps.

It makes me wonder how big a bribe it took for McConnell to betray his constituents and the country? The biggest obstacle to restrain government in the Senate is Mitch McConnell.

After this example of political treason, it’s time to uncover the Rules for RINOs. I originally wrote about them last October. It’s time to renew our collective memories.

1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies: If you’re going to fight for something, make sure you’re fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes. This makes you appear reasonable to the mainstream media and the howls of outrage from your base make it more likely that the New York Times will say nice things about you.

2) You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives: Nothing good ever comes from conservatives getting excited; so make sure to target anything and anyone that gets them fired up. If it’s a person like Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin, trash him or her publicly or have your aides leak stories to the press if you’re not brave enough to go that far. If it’s a strategy, put it down and undercut it at every opportunity. If it’s a group like the Senate Conservatives Fund or Freedomworks, scorn it and complain that it’s bad for the Republican Party.

3) You’re a winner just by virtue of being an establishment Republican: When Tea Partiers rally behind a candidate who loses, it’s because those guys don’t know what they’re doing. When establishment Republicans rally behind a candidate who loses, then they obviously selected the best candidate and no other candidate could have won. Establishment Republicans have a great formula: Win races, do nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you, which leads to more victories, which leads to doing nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you and so on and so on until the GOP totally dominates. Sure, that strategy may have lost the GOP the last two presidential elections and has produced only 45 senators so far, but it should start working any time now.

4) Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats: There’s a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama. The liberal media applauds you for saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats. If it comes right down to it, it’s better to go down to an honorable defeat than to win and have the media angry at you because you won a bruising race against a Democrat.

5) Communication skills are completely irrelevant: Think of yourself as a placeholder. Your job is to do just enough to keep conservatives from hating your guts so badly that you end up like poor Arlen Specter, while not making the media angry at you. Keep in mind that nothing makes the media angrier than a Republican who’s effective at anything. If you seem too charismatic or clever, liberals will perceive you as a threat who needs to be destroyed. That’s why you’re much better off mumbling boilerplate that people will forget 5 minutes after they’ve heard it.

6 Don’t freak people out by discussing how bad things are really getting: You don’t want to start freaking people out by suggesting the country could be so bankrupt we can’t even afford to borrow the money for our entitlement programs in a decade, do you? What do you think Paul Krugman would say to that? If you start telling the public that the Obama Administration got people killed with Fast and Furious and Benghazi, how do you think the Washington Post will react? Besides, if things really go south, important people like you will be living on an island somewhere; so who cares what happens to the rest of the country?

7) Accept that conservatism can’t win: Your job is not to win battles for conservatism, since that can’t happen. Instead, your job is to stave off inevitable defeat long enough to enjoy the perks of being a career politician before you start making the real money as a lobbyist. The last thing you want to do is go out and actually start trying to move the country to the right. That’s how you get MSNBC talking about you every day and Jesse Jackson calling you a racist.

8) Moderate is always better than conservative: Come on, how could any intelligent person back Pat Toomey over Arlen Specter, Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, Rand Paul over Trey Grayson, and Ted Cruz over David Dewhurst? Granted, Rubio is coming around, but the rest of those guys have been rocking the boat since they got in the Senate. Why can’t they be more like Charlie Crist, Lincoln Chaffee, and Arlen Specter? Sure, all of those guys left the GOP, but anyone who can make it in either party obviously appeals to a lot of voters.

9) It’s fine to lie to your base: Just tell your supporters what they want to hear to get them to vote you into office and then keep your promises if it’s convenient. Tell them you’ll NEVER support amnesty and then lead the charge on it or say, “Read my lips: no new taxes,” and then push through a massive tax increase. The media loves it when Republicans screw over their own supporters and besides, what are they going to do? Vote for the Democrat?

10) Don’t make the mistake of talking about conservative principles when it matters: When you talk about conservative principles, mention them occasionally, quietly, as if they’re something your base is forcing you to do. Don’t ever make a big deal over it, even if your opponent is taking wildly unpopular liberal positions. Sure, the American public may ferociously oppose partial birth abortion and refusing to deport illegal aliens who’ve committed serious crimes, but if you make an issue of it, the media will think you’re one of THOSE Republicans. You know, the ones that actually believe in things. Better to just mumble some platitudes about your commitment to life and the rule of law as you get back to your talking points about the corporate tax rate.

These rules also apply to our state legislature. There aren’t as many RINOs in Jeff City as there are in the US Senate. Still, there are enough in Jeff City to block conservative issues and bills, i.e., RTW.

It becomes increasing difficult to support ‘Pubs at the national level when they continue to betray us at every opportunity.

An alternate choice?

The primary battle between two GOP candidates for Governor has commenced. Catherine Hanaway has been broadcasting some particularly vile radio ads against Tom Schweich. Yes, those ads are supposedly from a third party but they have the consent and approval of the Hanaway campaign. In some campaigns in past years, my candidate of choice, often took a turn on who used smear tactics. Those were the ones I voted against.

I’ve met both candidates in their previous campaigns for office. Neither, in my view, are choice candidates.

Yes, Schweich has had some questionable campaign donations and has given some questionable donations to other candidates. Am I convinced of the validity of those charges? No, I’m not.

Catherine Hanaway has issues as well. Her voting record in the state legislature has a number of questionable votes. One in particular was her vote against Missouri’s Concealed Carry law. She said, in an interview last year in Joplin that she voted according to the wishes of her district. Hanaway isn’t the White Knight of Missouri politics. Her consistency record is poor.

So who do we support? There may be an alternate choice. The GOP’s state Lincoln Day celebration occurred in Kansas City this last weekend. The state Lincoln Day gathering shifts each year between the St. Louis area, the Kansas City area, and Springfield. This year, it met in the downtown KC Marriott.

Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens, from the St. Louis area, had a hospitality suite in the Marriott and met with a number of state GOP activists and politicos. If you look at his bio, he has an impressive record. A friend who spoke with Greitens told me he believes Greitens will run for Governor.

Eli Yokley’s PoliticMO newsletter had this to say about Greitens.

FOR YOUR RADAR — ‘Who is Eric Greitens?,’ asks Missouri Scout: “Bill McMorris writes a piece about Eric Greitens’ impressive resume in the Washington Free Beacon. You’ll get a sense of the dude, but I won’t bury the lede… it’s in the final paragraph: Greitens will begin travelling the state on book tour in two weeks, evangelizing his doctrine of renewal and self-reliance and meeting the constituents he hopes will put him in the governor’s mansion. The primary is August 2016.”

Greitens, a former U.S. Navy Seal, had a suite tucked away on the 19th floor of the Marriott Downtown in Kansas City over the weekend, where Republicans had gathered for their annual Lincoln Days gathering. Greitens met with activists and Republican consultants in his suite. The word is he is in, but he is staying quiet, letting Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway “shoot cruise missiles” while he flies under the radar. — PoliticMO Newsletter, February 24, 2015.

Greitens said he will travel around the state, “evangelizing his doctrine of renewal and self-reliance.” That would certainly be different from the current doctrine of crony-capitalism and voter dependency.

Catherine Hanaway won the straw poll for Governor over Tom Schweich this last weekend. There was a big controversy over the poll when the ballot box disappeared for a time and suddenly reappeared…stuffed with votes for Hanaway. Hmmm.

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National Public Radio took a look at union membership across the country and its decline. They created a map that shows the transition in membership. Missouri union members were 23% of the workforce at one time, now their membership has declined to 8%. That’s a good thing.

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This from today’s FOX Newsletter…

DEM REVOLT BEGINS ON OBAMA AMNESTY
After maintaining a weeks-long filibuster of a Republican bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security but roll back president Obama’s executive actions granting amnesty and work permits for millions of illegal immigrants, Senate Democrats are starting to splinter. Unable to break the Democratic logjam, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would instead offer a standalone bill to block Obama’s amnesty gambit before resuming the funding fight. Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would vote to “prevent the president from his executive action” and suggested that there might be the five other Democrats necessary to advance the legislation.

“Well, this bill removes those excuses. It sets up a simple political equation: Either stand in defense of extreme overreach, or stand with constituents in support of shared democratic values.” –Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell in a floor speech today. — FOX Newsletter, February 24, 2015.

The danger here is the McConnell is about to sell us out again. He has already asked the House to revise the DHS funding bill to include funding for Obama’s amnesty program. Initially, Speaker John Boehner has refused, saying the House has done their job, it’s now up to the Senate. I don’t trust Boehner to continue to stand on his statement.

Pass!

My morning and general lack of sleep has upset my routine. I’ve an appointment as well and don’t have the time to spend on my usual lengthy daily posts, I’ll post some links instead.

Loss of Liberty and Privacy…the DHS will haunt you.

Civil liberties may not survive the ‘Gorgon Stare’

Meet the new BOSS, short for Biometric Optical Surveillance System, a crowd-scanning technology under development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last week saw the release of documents describing DHS’s latest efforts in “facial profiling.” The agency has awarded a $5.2 million federal contract to the defense firm Electronic Warfare Associates to develop facial recognition technology allowing video cameras to pick “watch-listed” suspects out of crowds at distances of up to 100 meters.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports on the expansion of a DHS initiative that’s bringing roving squads of armed Transportation Security Administration agents to trains, buses, and stadiums near you.

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John Boehner is attempting to show some backbone over the coming Continuing Resolution fight. He’ll telling folks he’ll fight to cut Obamacare…in some fashion, in some way. Perhaps having the Tea Party picket his Ohio office had something to do with it…not that anyone really believes Boehner will buck Obama.

John Boehner: ‘Whale of a fight’ coming on debt ceiling

By SUSAN FERRECHIO | AUGUST 27, 2013 AT 1:50 PM

House Speaker John Boehner said “a whale of a fight” is coming over the debt ceiling, contradicting a prediction by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that President Obama will raise the debt limit without negotiating with Congress.

“I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to increase the debt limit without cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit,” Boehner told supporters in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Yeah, sure, John.

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Paul, Cruz and Lee are putting pressure on their RINO colleagues to cut funding for Obamacare.

Paul, Lee, Cruz to headline Obamacare defunding rally

By Ruth Tam, Published: August 26 at 5:31 pmE-mail the writer

In what tea party groups are calling a “battle to save America from the Obamacare ‘train wreck,’” Republican lawmakers plan to appear at a Capitol Hill rally on Sept. 10 to promote a proposal to defund the Affordable Care Act.

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Republican senators Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) will headline the “Exempt America Tour” rally on the West Lawn as a culmination of a five-day tour of six states. The tour, which will kick off in Kentucky on Tuesday, is sponsored by seven tea party groups, including Tea Party Patriots and For America.

The tour is the latest effort to pressure Republican lawmakers to take a tougher stance against Obamacare. It comes after a pointed online ad campaign targeting GOP senators who either oppose defunding Obamacare or haven’t yet announced a position. Republican leaders who have been the subject of online ads include House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.).

“If these Washington politicians think they can simply go home on summer break and claim they are doing everything they can to get rid of ObamaCare they have another thing coming,” said For America Chairman Brent Bozell in a statement.

Y’all have a great day and drop back tomorrow.

The Follies for Friday, July 12, 2013

I must apologize for not posting yesterday. I’ve try to post every weekday…even if it’s nothing more than a “No post today,” message. I didn’t yesterday. I had a full physical scheduled for 8:00am and that took most of the morning. Other than a continuing issue with my right knee, I’m fine.

However, it did disrupt my routine. I’ve found that now I’m a bit older, having a routine insures you don’t forget the little niggling things that need to be done…like writing my blog every morning.  I seldom have my posts planned. I get up scan the news, check my e-mail news subscriptions, look for trends and/or themes that have appeared or may appear. By the time I returned home, that routine was blown.

I will try to do better in the future.

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Janet Napolitano is resigning a Secretary of Homeland Security! Yay!! She’ll inflict herself on the University of California system as the new Prez. I wonder if she’ll starting stockpiling ammo for the university cops now? After all, she needs a private army. For protection, don’cha know?

Napolitano to Step Down as Homeland Security Chief

Former Arizona Governor to Become President of University of California System

Updated July 12, 2013, 10:53 a.m. ET

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday she will step down from her post to become president of the University of California system.

Ms. Napolitano was one of several top officials who was set to stay into President Barack Obama‘s second term, though she wasn’t necessarily expected to stay the full term.

Her departure comes amid the White House push to overhaul immigration laws. The Department of Homeland Security enforces those laws.

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Rumors and rumors. Two big name ‘Pubs have been in the news this week. First, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he won’t run for a fourth term. That has lead to all kinds of speculation that he’ll run for Prez come 2016.

Rick Perry sets off political scramble by announcing he won’t seek re-election

By CHRISTY HOPPE, Austin Bureau, Published: 08 July 2013 10:45 PM, Updated: 09 July 2013 12:02 AM

SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement Monday that he will not seek re-election touched off a roar of appreciation from supporters, along with the roar of political engines all over Texas.

The state’s longest-serving governor said he will step down after 14 years — a tenure that began as a relatively little-known lieutenant governor assuming office in the shadows of George W. Bush and ending in the bright light cast by the most powerful chief executive the state has known.

He left open the possibility of a second run for president. Perry said he will “pray and reflect and work to determine my future path.”

“Any future considerations I will announce in due time,” he said.

Choking up at one point, the Republican said he is humbled to have served so long. He expressed confidence that he is leaving the state in the position of an economic powerhouse.

“Texas is the new frontier for opportunity and innovation in America today,” Perry said as he stood before heavy construction equipment. “Texas is better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century than any other state.”

The announcement, billed as the revelation of “exciting future plans,” included few details of what Perry might do to position himself for a run for higher office. But it served as the starting gun for a wide-open 2014 campaign year.

I liked what I heard from Rick Perry in the last election. While he wasn’t my top choice, he was certainly near the top. He did have some controversial moments, some purposely force-fed by the media and liberal opponents. Perry is much more a conservative than Mitt Romney and I think, with a solidly conservative Congress, could do much to turn this country around.

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Another famous ‘Pub getting in the news this week was Sarah Palin. Her comments about Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, a verbal war between the two, has lead to speculation that Sarah Palin may run against Begich in the next election.

Palin: I’m considering a Senate run

Posted by, CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Updated at 10:04 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

(CNN) – Sarah Palin may not be done with politics after all.

The former Alaska governor, who was also 2008’s GOP vice presidential nominee, said Tuesday she’s contemplating a bid for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mark Begich. He’s up for re-election in 2014.

“I’ve considered it because people have requested me [to] consider it,” Palin told conservative radio host Sean Hannity on his show. “I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be. And hoping there will be some new blood, new energy. Not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that come from political families.”

Begich, a former mayor of Anchorage, was elected in 2008. He defeated longtime GOP Sen. Ted Stevens, who died in 2010 in a plane crash.

The 2014 race is labeled “lean Democratic” on the Cook Political Report, and the Rothenberg Political Report rates the race as toss up/tilt Democrat. Both are non-partisan political handicappers.

“Sen. Mark Begich has got to be replaced,” Palin told Hannity. “He had not done what he had promised to do for the people of Alaska, which is to represent what it is the nation needs in terms of energy development.”

“Because he’s on the wrong side of the aisle, he has to go along to get along with his Democrat leadership, and that’s a shame,” she continued. “That’s a waste of opportunity for our nation.”

Palin, who currently acts as a commentator on the Fox News Channel, told CNN last month she would definitely hit the campaign trail for fellow Republicans next year.

If I lived in Alaska, I’d vote for her. However, there are some on the conservative side that do not believe she’ll run.

Sarah Palin for Senate? Don’t Bet on It

By Scott Conroy – July 11, 2013

At first glance, there is some logic to the idea that Sarah Palin might run for Senate in 2014, as she hinted Tuesday is a possibility.

Mark Begich, Alaska’s first-term Democratic senator, is among the GOP’s top targets in next year’s midterm elections, and no Republican in the nation — let alone in Alaska — could bring to the race the kind of star power Palin possesses.

After four years out of elected office, the former governor of the 49th state may be feeling the political itch once again. In addition, she’d have at her disposal a small army of loyal small donors who would contribute to her effort, even if the Republican campaign committees remained squeamish about her return to the arena.

And though she has no affinity for Washington, Palin once was on the shortlist for a Senate appointment that she likely would have accepted had it been offered, so the idea of becoming a senator is one she has contemplated before. Palin also enjoys being in the thick of the political fray, and the notion of becoming a major force in the nation’s capital must have some appeal for a woman who has never lacked self-confidence.

But before her supporters start scooping up “Palin for Senate” bumper stickers, it’s worth noting the many reasons this idea is far-fetched.

For starters, the Fox News commentator did not appear on Hannity’s show to announce that she is mulling a run; she merely responded to the conservative host’s question gauging her interest. As Palin demonstrated throughout her lengthy and highly public 2011 deliberation over whether to run for president, she is adept at fueling speculation and loath to close the door on any possibility that she is not otherwise compelled to discount. If Hannity had asked her if she would ever contemplate running for president in 2016, or for governor in 2014, or perhaps even returning to her old office at Wasilla City Hall, the answer might have been the same: She’d consider it.

The fact is that neither Palin nor any of the aides who run her political action committee have indicated she’s taken any of the steps required to explore a Senate bid. She recently re-signed a contract as an on-air analyst for Fox News after parting ways with the cable channel in January — an indication that she missed playing the role of pundit and ideological watchdog on national television.

If she were to seek and win a seat in Washington, Palin no doubt would attract outsized attention as the nation’s highest profile freshman senator. But she would be just one of 100 politicians languishing in an institution that functions on staid formality and lengthy deliberation — traits that are antithetical to her political brand and modus operandi.

Since stepping down as governor in 2009, Palin has been a key player in Republican primary fights, where her endorsement has often been a factor in the election fates of candidates across the country.

Alaska is a notoriously difficult state for pollsters to get a handle on, and recent Palin-related surveys are as scant as the results are mixed. In a May poll conducted by a conservative group called the Tea Party Leadership Fund, Palin held a two-point lead in a hypothetical primary matchup against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller (the two declared 2014 Republican Senate candidates).

But in a February survey conducted by the Democratically affiliated Public Policy Polling, Begich had a healthy lead of 54 percent to 38 percent over Palin in a hypothetical general election matchup, and only 34 percent of voters statewide held a positive view of their former governor.

Though she has never been one to make decisions based on polling, the very real possibility that Palin could suffer an embarrassing defeat on her home turf is a good reason for thinking twice about a Senate bid.

Palin remains one of the country’s most unpredictable political figures, and perhaps she will ultimately throw caution to the wind and jump into the primary fray for the right to take on Begich.

But the preponderance of evidence and logic suggests she will sit this one out. 

Still, whatever her decision, Sarah Palin will always have her supporters, including me and Mrs. Crucis.

What’s really going on?

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I believe many, who exhibit those symptoms, have their tin-foil beanies on too tight. On occasion, however, when multiple sources cite multiple instances of similar events, you really have to wonder what’s going on.

What am I talking about? The militarization of the Department of Homeland Security.

Their are credible reports, reports that present irrefutable facts that the DHS, and other federal agencies, too, is militarizing. They are buying obscene amount of ammunition, 1.6 billion rounds, small-arms, and IED resistant, armored vehicles—MRAPs.

Beginning several years ago, the DHS began stockpiling ammunition, most, but not all, in .40S&W, a favored pistol caliber of law enforcement and federal agencies. They also bought large amounts of 5.56mm rifle cartridges, and 12ga 00 shotgun shells. 

Add to that the 2,700 armored MRAPs transferred from the Army to DHS, and a newly announced purchase of 360,000 more rounds of ammunition, and any rational person begins to get suspicious.

Add one more item to all of the above. DHS is freeing illegal aliens, criminal illegal aliens because of “sequester.” What a farce! Let’s estimate the cost of all that ammunition. Conservatively, let’s say each round costs $1.00. (Current prices for .40S&W hollow-point ammunition is in excess of $25 for a box of 20.) DHS could have spend that $1.6 billion on prosecuting the illegals DHS has in custody. Instead, Janet Reno turned them loose.

Think what could happen when all those criminals hit the streets—another manufactured crises? Some of those conspiracy theorists claim the FedGov is preparing for a coup. I can’t subscribe to that. Not quite, but it certainly is suspicious.

I’ll leave you with Michael Ramirez’s latest cartoon…

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Friday Follies for March 22, 2013

Ammunition has become scarce while news arrives of the DHS buying more ammo and armored vehicles—2,500 armored troop carriers. There is not direct proof that the DHS is cause of the scarity of ammo but many believe that is one reason, if not the main reason.

Personally, I don’t know. The shortage has caused problems for police and sheriff’s offices, especially those outside metro areas.

Police Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds In Past Year

March 22, 2013, 

The nationwide shortage of ammunition has left many police departments scrambling to get their hands on the necessary rounds – with some even bartering among each other.

Meanwhile, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple members of Congress asking why DHS bought more than 1.6 billion rounds in the past year.

Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma says, “Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed…In addition to the fact, not only is it a lot more expensive, but the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer.”

Arthur says he is waiting on an order placed last October and that many departments have begun to trade and barter with each other because of the high demand.

“Most police departments are having a very difficult time even getting the necessary ammunition for handguns, shotguns and especially rifles,” Arthur said.

“With the delay in ammunition, some departments are limiting the number of rounds they carry in their handgun because of the shortage of ammunition. We get to the point where it is difficult to have enough ammo to train and also equip the officers.”

There is more information at the website. You can read all of it here. One of the really surprising shortages, contrary to all the previous shortages since Obama was elected, is .22s. My last trip to Walmart found they had no .22lr nor .22mag ammunition. Whenever they receive any, it’s gone within an hour. Across the country, ammo replenishment for store shelves is low and slow.

No one, conspiracy theorists aside, really knows why.

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Secret Police—paid informants who spy on their neighbors, has come to New York state, thanks to their tyrant, Governor Andrew Cuomo. He has funded a corps of secret police to enforce his latest gun control scheme. What is more troubling is that he started his plan a year before he rammed his gun control laws through the New York legislature.

N.Y. gun-rights advocates upset over tipline