Sunday, August 29, 2010

“The Dismantling of America”; by Thomas Sowell

November 2nd, 2010, is fast upon us.  This message from Dr. Thomas Sowell is powerful and I implore you to listen to all ‘5’ chapters and to share them with as many of your friends as you can.  The direction of the United States based on a political shift from free market, capitalism, to social justice, progressivism, will lead take United States rapidly to mediocrity.

Listen, enjoy, understand and share these clips with your friends, family and neighbors.

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

Chptr1:  http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=NDEzYWY2NjdiZDI0NzdhY2RhM2U4YmRmOGVmMDM2OGU=

Chptr2:  http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=ZjA5MDc1NDYyY2ViZWRmNzNiNGYzZDMyYzlhY2I1ZDg=

Chptr3:  http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=MTYzNTJhMzAzNDM2YjkwYmY0YTczYWExZTBmYzQ2YWY=

Chptr4:  http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=MmQ2NTJmMTc3YmQ3YjE5ZjBlNjFmNzhkNDRiYjZiMTM=

Chptr5:  http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=YTlmODkwNmE1MDQ4OWNmZjYyZmY5YzdmNDZkMzRmM2Y=

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Glenn Beck Speaks at “Restoring Honor Rally”

I watched the rally from beginning to end.  This is what I heard and have taken away from the rally:

.."This great Nation is only great when we stand together, with God's grace, to live for and up to the Divine Providence all humans are blessed with".
It has always been within our power to be great. Thank you to Glenn Beck and all of the facilitators of this event, to remind us of this simple message.

Yours In Truth  ;-)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

George Soros slashes exposure to US equities

With friends like George Soros and the multitude of anti-American organizations he’s subsidized; “Who Needs Enemies?”

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

George Soros has slashed the amount of money he is willing to gamble on the fortunes of the US stock market in the second quarter as market volatility increased.

By James Quinn
Published: 7:08PM BST 17 Aug 2010

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George Soros' fund has approximately $25bn under management

Hedge fund manager George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC

Photo: Reuters

The legendary investor's Soros Fund Management – which has approximately $25bn (£16bn) under management – reduced its equity investments by 42pc to $5.1bn by the end of June, down from $8.8bn at the end of March.

The asset allocation decisions were made during a period in which the Standard & Poor's 500 index – the broadest US equity index – fell 12pc.

The fact that Mr Soros – best known as the man reputed to have made $1bn by "breaking the Bank of England" during the 1992 fiscal crisis – has decided to make such a concerted shift out of equities will send a clear message to other investors.

Gone are Soros's investments in Petrobras, Brazil's oil giant, with investments in bellwether stocks such as Wal-Mart, JP Morgan Chase and Pfizer drastically reduced, cut by 99pc, 97pc and 95pc respectively.

Of those equities that do remain, the fund's holding in a gold exchange traded fund constitutes his largest investment, some 13pc of the equity portfolio, worth $638m.

Although neither Mr Soros of his fund typically do not explain their quarterly investment decisions, it is likely some of the money has been shifted into government bonds, as well as investing in commodities and other safe havens.

The quarterly report – filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission – details investments only in US-traded shares and related derivatives, and the fund does not have to detail overseas shares or cash or commodities held.

Intel CEO: U.S. faces looming tech decline

This story has been going on for the past 50 years.  Through the false guise of humanity we have been led to believe that it is more important to learn and understand the life cycle of the salmon from frye to fish, than it is to understand the life cycle of a human from birth to death.  Humans have an innate drive to survive and if left to their own resources they will do so.  Education is right to remind us that within this will to survive we must maintain moral integrity, in order to survive as a society.  The fault here is that this has become about nature above humans and our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of property through work.  This article epitomizes that philosophy.

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

August 24, 2010 10:59 AM PDT

by Declan McCullagh

  • ASPEN, Colo.--Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini offered a depressing set of observations about the economy and the Obama administration Monday evening, coupled with a dark commentary on the future of the technology industry if nothing changes.

Otellini's remarks during dinner at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum here amounted to a warning to the administration officials and assorted Capitol Hill aides in the audience: unless government policies are altered, he predicted, "the next big thing will not be invented here. Jobs will not be created here."

Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who warned this week that the U.S. faces a huge tech decline.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who warned this week that the U.S. faces a huge tech decline.

The U.S. legal environment has become so hostile to business, Otellini said, that there is likely to be "an inevitable erosion and shift of wealth, much like we're seeing today in Europe--this is the bitter truth."

Not long ago, Otellini said, "our research centers were without peer. No country was more attractive for start-up capital...We seemed a generation ahead of the rest of the world in information technology. That simply is no longer the case."

The phenomenon of technology executives advancing dismal predictions and offering pointed critiques of Washington politicking isn't new, of course.

For instance: In 2005, midway through the Bush administration, Microsoft's Bill Gates told a Washington audience that curbs on immigration and guest workers would provide a boost to research institutions in China and India. A year earlier, then-Intel CEO Craig Barrett warned that the U.S. must dramatically improve its education system.

That never happened. Nor did politicians follow Gates' advice to rethink laws that led to foreign engineers being kicked out of the country as soon as they finish their degrees.

And now, six years later with no significant reforms, it should come as no surprise that the predictions have become more dire.

Deep in a 'Do' loop
Otellini singled out the political state of affairs in Democrat-dominated Washington, saying: "I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs. And I think they're flummoxed by their experiment in Keynesian economics not working."

Since an unusually sharp downturn accelerated in late 2008, the Obama administration and its allies in the U.S. Congress have enacted trillions in deficit spending they say will create an economic stimulus but have not extended the Bush tax cuts and have pushed to levy extensive new health care and carbon regulations on businesses.

"They're in a 'Do' loop right now trying to figure out what the answer is," Otellini said.

As a result, he said, "every business in America has a list of more variables than I've ever seen in my career." If variables like capital gains taxes and the R&D tax credit are resolved correctly, jobs will stay here, but if politicians make decisions "the wrong way, people will not invest in the United States. They'll invest elsewhere."

Take factories. "I can tell you definitively that it costs $1 billion more per factory for me to build, equip, and operate a semiconductor manufacturing facility in the United States," Otellini said.

The rub: Ninety percent of that additional cost of a $4 billion factory is not labor but the cost to comply with taxes and regulations that other nations don't impose. (Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers elaborated on this in an interview with CNET, saying the problem is not higher U.S. wages but antibusiness laws: "The killer factor in California for a manufacturer to create, say, a thousand blue-collar jobs is a hostile government that doesn't want you there and demonstrates it in thousands of ways.")

To read the full story click here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Congressman Rick Larsen uses Saul Alinsky tactics

In the true Alinsky-ites way; Congressman Rick Larsen has used spliced and fabricated video to create a video ad for the web and TV which portrays his challenger, John Koster of Arlington, WA, as a racists for his support of the Tea Party message.  One such message is the mission statement of the Bellingham Tea Party;
“To reverse deficit spending and the concentration of power in central government, in order to preserve states’ rights and individual liberty for future generations.”
The Bellingham Tea Party is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization that does not endorse any political party or candidate.  Its official website is:   http://www.bhamteaparty.org/
Today the Bellingham Tea Party sent out a press release which briefly stated says:
               “On August 3, 2010, the Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen released a highly dishonest ad1 in an attempt to shamelessly denigrate the Tea Party movement as a whole.   By doing so, we can only conclude that this campaign chose to personally and publicly insult thousands of citizens in Washington State’s U.S. Congressional District 2 for personal and political advantage.  The purpose of the ad was clearly intended to dishonor a candidate opposing the Congressman, using “guilt by association” tactics.   As an organization, the Bellingham Tea Party will not stand by and be used in such a reprehensible way without a response.
                 We urge journalists everywhere to independently research and acknowledge the fact that this ad features the photograph of a billboard in Des Moines, Iowa, and attempts to convey extremely negative symbolism by including many photographs with Confederate flags that were displayed by a Civil War history reenactment group in a 4th of July parade in Snohomish County.  We believe that these images, among many others of unknown origin, were portrayed with the deliberate intent to mislead the voters of Congressman Larsen’s district about local Tea Party attitudes and stated principles.
To understand the true malevolence of this tactic I have pasted a brief description of Alinsky tactics which believe that the ends justify the means:  The following description was found in Wikipedia here.  The tactics used by Congressman Larsen are clearly exposed by this expose done by Fox News on dishonest political ads:  Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington State uses false images to smear opponent.
Continuing in the prologue Alinsky writes:
"What I have to say in this book is not the arrogance of unsolicited advice. It is the experience and counsel that so many young people have questioned me about through all-night sessions on hundreds of campuses in America. It is for those young radicals who are committed to the fight, committed to life."
In the first chapter's opening paragraph, Alinsky writes,
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away".[1]
Outlining his strategy in organizing Alinsky writes:
"There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default."[2]
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting whatever he believed to be wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have the power to change a situation, they stop thinking about it.
According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”
The Larsen campaign has chosen to demonize those who have strongly criticized his representation of them for the past 2 years (more for some such as I) for votes which were in opposition of those he purports to represent.  Congressman Larsen was asked what his constituents had communicated to him on Health Care Reform.  Congressman Larsen’s reply that the comments were “No and Hell No!”  So, now that Congressman Larsen is reaping that which he sowed with his voting record; he has nothing positive to run on, so his campaign has chosen instead to smear Mr. Koster to try to make himself look better in the eyes of the public.  Good luck with that one soon-to-be-ex-Congressman Larsen.
Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

Friday, August 20, 2010

Washington State August 17, 2010 Primary Results

The votes are in and the work has just begun.  Now it’s time to get behind the candidate of your choice and bring them across the finish line.  Even if your primary candidate didn’t make it to the general election in November, YOU need to educate yourself on the remaining candidates and help get them elected.  They need money, but most of all they need US not to stay silent and expect that everyone is as involved as you are.  Get out there and doorbell, participate in a Get-Out-the-Vote reminder call, put out signs in support of your candidate or help to find property to put them up, have a neighborhood coffee, write letters to the local newspaper editorial, blog, facebook and tweet.  If you have other thoughts on creative ways to spread the word, you can be part of the solution, too!

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

You may also use the MyVote personalized voter information tool to see results for the candidates that appeared on your ballot.

County Results & Map

Last updated on 8/20/2010 8:13 AM

United States, U.S. Senator (Partisan office, 6-year term) Statewide

Norma D. Gruber

(Prefers Republican Party) 8,221 votes (0.66 %)

Mohammad H. Said

(Prefers Centrist Party) 2,861 votes (0.23 %)

Goodspaceguy

(Prefers Democratic Party) 4,092 votes (0.33 %)

Mike The Mover

(Prefers Democratic Party) 5,232 votes (0.42 % )

Paul Akers

(Prefers Republican Party) 31,879 votes (2.56 %)

Mike Latimer

(Prefers Republican Party) 5,735 votes (0.46 %)

James (Skip) Mercer

(States No Party Preference) 10,362 votes (0.83 %)

Clint Didier

(Prefers Republican Party) 155,578 votes (12.49 %)

Schalk Leonard

(States No Party Preference) 2,416 votes (0.19 %)

Patty Murray

(Prefers Democratic Party) 577,966 votes (46.41 %)

Bob Burr

(Prefers Democratic Party) 9,721 votes (0.78 %)

William Edward Chovil

(Prefers Republican Party) 1,806 votes (0.14 %)

Dino Rossi

(Prefers Republican Party) 415,395 votes (33.36 %)

Charles Allen

(Prefers Democratic Party) 10,041 votes (0.81 %)

Will Baker

(Prefers Reform Party) 3,945 votes (0.32 %)

Total Votes
1,245,250 votes (100.00%)

Monday, August 16, 2010

“Mr. President We are ‘Not’ a Special Interest”

Liberty is a wonderful thing.  Love, Honor and Cherish it.  Posted by Liberty Belle from this blogpost.com site.

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

August 17th, 2010 – 8:00 pm Primary Deadline

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Only 23% of Whatcom County voters have turned in their primary ballots as of Friday, August 13th.  We all get the government we deserve.  If you choose to sit out and not vote; then don’t complain when they come after your job and your private rights.
VOTE & TURN IN YOUR PRIMARY BALLOTS…“THAT’S YOUR CIVIC DUTY!”
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Thomas Jefferson and the Ground Zero Mosque

This article puts a unique and relevant spin on the PC response to the erection of a Muslim Mosque within the Ground Zero property of Manhattan, NY.  Give this article a good look and tell me what you think.  It’s a perspective I hadn’t taken into consideration and one which leads back to the urgent need that all societies need to hold dearly to societal morality and integrity to survive.

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

By Gary DeMar |

Published: August 16, 2010

President Obama stepped into it over the weekend. Speaking Friday August 13, 2010, at a White House dinner to honor Ramadan, the President told his audience, “Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” an obvious reference to the controversy surrounding the Ground Zero mosque. On Saturday, while spending the day in the Gulf, the president attempted to clarify his earlier remarks: “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.”

Utah’s attempts at statehood were held up over the religious practice of polygamy. It wasn’t until Utah agreed to include in its constitution a ban on polygamy that the territory was considered for statehood. Statehood was officially granted on January 4, 1896.

Prior to Utah’s statehood, the Supreme Court had ruled that “Bigamy and polygamy are crimes by the laws of all civilized and Christian countries”[1] and “the spread and practice of polygamy is . . . . contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world.”[2] So contrary to President Obama, it’s not true that all people have “the right to practice their religion.” The First Amendment does not give unlimited freedom to individuals or groups who act in the name of religion, especially when that religion’s goal is the domination of the world or even a part of it by force.

Click here to read the full story.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Obama complies with Agenda 21 and expands federal power

Interagency Ocean Policy Task

By Henry Lamb Sunday, August 1, 2010

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President Obama’s Executive Order 13547 issued July 19, further extends federal power, embraces global governance, diminishes the rights and privileges of individuals, and brings the United States into compliance with Agenda 21, Chapter 17.6, which says:

“Each coastal State should consider establishing, or where necessary strengthening, appropriate coordinating mechanisms (such as a high-level policy planning body) for integrated management and sustainable development of coastal and marine areas….”

The National Ocean Council created by the Executive Order creates this mechanism - and much more.

The genius of the American system of governance created by the U.S. Constitution is the delicate balance of power between the federal government, state and local governments, and the people.  The founders recognized the people as the source of power; the people came first.  It was the people who organized states.  The states created a federal government and through the Constitution, limited the power of the new government to those specific powers set forth in Article 1, Section 8.  All unspecified powers were explicitly retained by the states or the people.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Why the States Need to Go Broke

by Dick Morris

WHY WE NEED TO LET STATES GO BROKE

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Published in the New York Post on August 10, 2010

Federal Band-Aids won't cover the fiscal problems of such states as New York, California, Michigan and Connecticut forever. State bankruptcy and fundamental restructuring of state and local finance -- and labor relations -- is at hand.

Take Connecticut. In the current fiscal year, $2 billion in federal subsidies have helped tide it over the recession -- a hefty share of its $15 billion budget. But these infusions are one-shot grants, renewed only if Congress acts affirmatively to do so. Other states depend on similar manifestations of federal largess.

In Washington, the House is set to pass a $26 billion aid package this week -- fresh federal aid amounting to about 2 percent of state and local spending. But if the Republicans win control of Congress this fall, it is hard to see any legislative willingness to renew these subsidies.

Instead, GOP lawmakers will point to the examples of New Jersey, Virginia and Indiana -- where conservative governors have slashed spending to avoid tax hikes. In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell has reduced spending to pre-2006 levels.

If Congress fails to renew its subsidies, the more profligate states will face cash shortfalls in the current fiscal year. They'll threaten school closures, prison releases and all manner of mayhem if their subsidies aren't renewed. But the Republicans in Washington are likely to refuse -- asking why the responsible states should bail out the spendthrifts in Albany, Sacramento, Lansing and Hartford.

At that point, the bond markets will start eyeing state (and local) balance sheets more critically -- demanding higher rates or even refusing to lend. California won't be the only one trying to get by on IOUs.

But beyond this tale of woe lies a golden opportunity to reform state governments and redress the imbalance of power between elected officials and public-employee unions.

Absent endless federal subsidies, states will simply no longer be able to afford to give the unions everything that they want. And governors -- many of them newly elected Republicans -- will realize that they can't even afford to honor agreements their big-spending predecessors OK'd.

The GOP Congress should then amend the federal bankruptcy law to provide for a way -- now absent -- for states to declare bankruptcy. (Municipalities can do so under current law, but states have no such relief.)

Here's the key: The reforms must require that states abrogate their public-employee union agreements in the bankruptcy process, just as private corporations like Delta and Chrysler have done. The wage hikes, the work rules, the pension plans all go out the window.

Few states will have the starch to cut benefits for those now receiving them. But most will cut pensions for current workers and all will slice them for future employees. Even the threat will be a powerful bargaining tool.

And beyond the fiscal adjustments, the power of the municipal- and public-employee unions will be broken.

Voters throughout America will loudly applaud if Congress tells the profligate states, "Work it out on your own. Don't look to us for a bailout."

President Obama could veto the bankruptcy reforms -- but a Republican Congress need do nothing to assist states in their plight until he relents. All of the political and financial leverage will be on Congress' side.

The result could be the greatest revolution in state and local governance since public-employee unions came on the scene. The public and the voters would get their local governments back, and the grip of public unions will be weakened. It would be the state and local equivalent of President Ronald Reagan's tough stand against the air-traffic controllers' strike.

Politically, the unions that fund and fuel the Democratic Party would be emasculated, dramatically shifting the national balance of power.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's prediction about socialism will have come true for America's states: "Sooner or later, they run out of other peoples' money."

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Case Against Unionized Government Service & Labor Workers

For the past 20 months (much longer really) the private sector has not only been in decline in number, but in per capita income.  The Union’s have privately notified all of their Democrat, Union supported Politician’s, that they are not to touch their wages and they are to save their pension plans or they will pull their financial support from the next round of Democrat candidates.
So, after listening to a local radio show host whine about how it doesn’t matter that public employees earn (on average) double what the private sector (on average) does, they receive much larger benefit packages and are eligible to retire and begin collecting on their pension funds at a much younger age, I have to weigh-in.
First, if the Unions would’ve come to the bargaining table these are the benefits that would have been realized, immediately:
  • State’s could’ve balanced their budgets without tax increases.
  • Public workers would have saved many jobs.
  • The State’s social services would not have been unduly stressed with the increase of unemployment funding, food stamps and Medicaid services.
  • The Federal government could have spent less of the money (they don’t have) to keep Teachers and Police Officers employed.
  • The recession would have been eased and there would be less chance for a double dip recession.
Secondly, all of the above are valid reasons why private citizens must demand that their State Governor bring their public sector Unions and State Legislators back to their State Capitol to re-negotiate these contracts.  The Governor’s have the ability to call an economic state of emergency which will legally require the Union Leadership to re-negotiate all Union contracts.  Pick up your phone and call your Governor and State Legislators today, to put pressure on them to work for a sustainable government.
Lastly, it’s primary time in Whatcom County. So,there’s no time to waste folks.  Pick up your primary ballot and vote for candidates that will turn this ship around.  We need elected officials who will work to heal the Nation and restore our Constitution.
My support has gone to these candidates.  I believe that these are real people who will work to heal and restore our Nation, State, County and Cities:
Clint Didier, Paul Akers, John Koster, Doug Erickson, Jon Swapp, Jason Overstreet, Dusty Gulleson, Vincent Buys, Mike Newman, Tony Larson and Theresa Sygitowitz for the offices of U.S. Senators and Congress, State Senate & Legislators and County Council.  To safeguard our State Constitution please vote for Justice Johnson and Justice Sanders.
Call your friends and neighbors, remind them to vote and don’t be afraid to knock on doors to spread the word.  This is the most important election of our lifetime!
Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Black Conservatives Step-Up to the Main Stream Medias ?’s of Racism

This YouTube video is a glorious example of what needs to be shown throughout the main stream media (I detest that moniker) to show a balance of opinion on racism in America.

Yours in Truth  ;-)  Shelly

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sherrod Dismissal More than Racism; “Can you say Defrauding the Taxpayers of $1.5 billion?”

The real story (if you listen to the whole unabridged video) told by the video released by Breitbart of Shirley Sherrod’s speech at the NAACP.  In the entirety of the video you will learn of the “Pigford vs Glickman” (now termed “Pigford vs Vilsack”) case which has enriched many supposed ‘black’ farmers.  Payouts to many farmers that didn’t exist according to the Census bureau.  Also, Charles and Shirley Sherrod won an award of $13 million for ‘New Communities, Inc.’, $300,000.00 for herself and her husband.  Questions still need to be asked and answered.  Questions like; “Was Sherrod’s appointment to her position with the USDA an unspoken condition of the settlement?”
To learn more read this article by Rosslyn Smith of the American Thinker, the article from the Washington Examiner by Tom Blumer and after that be sure to watch the entire YouTube video to learn the ‘whole’ truth.
Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly
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Rosslyn Smith of American Thinker is reporting on what might be behind Shirley Sherrod's Dismissal.

Forty Acres & a Mule -- Sherrod Style?

Rosslyn Smith
Shirley Sherrod's quick dismissal from the Obama administration may have had less to do with her comments on race before the NAACP than her long involvement in the aptly named Pigford case, a class action against the US government on behalf of black farmers alleging that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had discriminated against black farmers during the period from 1983 through 1997.  According to Wikipedia:
The plaintiffs settled with the government in 1999. Under the consent decree, all African American farmers would be paid a "virtually automatic" US$50,000 plus granted certain loan forgiveness and tax offsets. This process was called "Track A".[2]
Alternatively, affected farmers could follow the "Track B" process, seeking a larger payment by presenting a greater amount of evidence - the legal standard in this case was to have a preponderance of evidence along with evidence of greater damages....
At the time the case was settled, it was estimated there would be in the area of 2,000 to 3,000 claims.  As with most estimates involving government handouts that number was woefully short of the mark.  Again, according to Wikipedia:
22,505 "Track A" applications were heard and decided upon, of which 13,348 (59%) were approved. US$995 million had been disbursed or credited to the "Track A" applicants as of January 2009, including US$760 million disbursed as US$50,000 cash awards. Fewer than 200 farmers opted for the "Track B" process.
Beyond those applications that were heard and decided upon, about 70,000 petitions were filed late and were not allowed to proceed. Some have argued that the notice program was defective, and others blamed the farmers' attorneys for "the inadequate notice and overall mismanagement of the settlement agreement." A provision in the 2008 farm bill essentially allowed a re-hearing in civil court for any claimant whose claim had been denied without a decision that had been based on its merits
In other words, according to Agri-Pulse.com the number of total claims filed not only exceeded the original estimate by almost 40 to 50 times, it is close to four times the USDA's estimate of 26,785 total black owned farms in 1977!   One reason for this is that the settlement applied to farmers and those who "attempted to farm" and did not receive assistance from the USDA.  Getting the latest round of Pigford cases from the 2008 farm bill settled is said to be a high priority for the Obama administration.
Read the full Breitbart story here and the full American Thinker story here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

‘Didier & Akers’ combine Resources for Senatorial Race

What do think about the latest efforts of Washington State Senatorial Candidates, Clint Didier and Paul Akers to combine their financial resources and share radio/TV advertising costs?  Both of these candidates have a lot to offer the citizens of Washington and if I were a magician I would definitely conjoin them as a single candidate.  The financial wizardry of an Akers with the formidable presence of a Didier would be something to behold.

Watch and listen to their message and if you would be so kind, give me your comments about the possible success of this tactic.

Yours in Truth  ;-)  Shelly

Sunday, August 1, 2010

“The Transformation of America”; by Glenn Beck

Last week Glenn Beck released this short documentary and asked that everyone watch it and share it with as many family and friends that you can.  So, after watching Glenn’s documentary on “The Transformation of America”, that is what I have chosen to do.  I ask that you do the same.

If we are to prevent even further erosion of our Natural Born, Constitutional Rights as citizens of the United States of America, I believe it is called upon each and everyone of us to tell the truth about what is happening in America today.

Through the election of candidates like President Obama, Senator Franken, Senator Reid, Congress Woman Pelosi, Congressman Larsen, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and others.  We have a party who has stealthily, until now, worked to head the U.S. of A. towards a Command Economy where the government is telling private business and private citizens how they are to be.  They have placed into positions of power, like minded individuals, committed to their cause.

So, I am challenging all of you to pay attention, elect moral, Constitution loving, Candidates. This trend must not be slowed down!  This trend must be stopped, turned around and all of the chinks put into the armor of our Constitution must be welded shut from those who would have us live under the rule of Czars and Regulators, without the constitutional right of representation.

Now is not the time to fall asleep at the wheel.  Now is the time to step on the gas and work your hardest to support the election of those who have promised to repeal and replace all of the harm that has been done to the United States Constitution over the past 100 years.  Candidates who will deliver equal justice to All.

Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly