September 16, 2009

12 Headlines I Never Thought I’d See in My Lifetime, Let Alone All in One Place

At BigGovernment.com right now, where Numbers 2 through 12 are a result of Number 1:

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God bless James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Andrew Breitbart, and protect them from harm.

UPDATE 1: “New ACORN Video: The San Diego Sting.” UPDATE 1A, Sept. 17: The long version.

UPDATE 2: Why the prayers? This is why — “ACORN ‘Chief Organizer’ Says ‘We’re Gonna Go After This Videographer and Fox.’” As pointed out earlier this month, “Gangsters play for keeps.”

UDPATE 3, Sept. 17: New, via Breitbart TV — “Senator (Roland Burris) Flees Fox News Reporter Asking Why He Supports ACORN.” Burris specifically responded that “I support ACORN in Illinois.”

UPDATE 4, Sept. 17: Associated Press — “House Votes to Cut Off Federal Funding to ACORN” (roll call vote).

‘That’s Not the ACORN ….

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:42 pm

…. I once knew.”

Cliff Hite and Peggy Lehner Pass GLBT HB 176

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 12:13 pm

Update: Brian @ One Oar in the Water points out an even more egregious aspect of this bill and make no bones about calling like it is (go to the link):

I didn’t beat around the bush, I called this straight as written in the bill; this was a back door infiltration for the pedophiles. We can talk about the constitution issues and private property rights, which are all valid concerns and accurate, but contained in the bill is a small clause opening the door for pedophiles, which means that no-minds like Debbie Phillips just let child predators gain protection and have access to our schools.

Ohio HB 176 passed yesterday with a 59-36 vote.

This bill was tabled over the summer and resurfaced rather quickly (shocker). While it will unlikely pass the Senate, the bill was successful in its original intent which was to raise “fight the good fight” money for the LGBT community.

How do I know this? Because people who claim to be fighting the conservative “good fight” do it all the time…

Local patriots who obviously know Ohio’s Constitution were Danny Bubp, Joe Uecker. Jeff Wagner rocked and of course strong conservatives like Seth Morgan (watch for this rising star) and Josh Mandel voted appropriately.

A video of the nonsense is here.

Still, the bill passed thanks to spineless Republicans like Cliff Hite and Peggy Lehner (who almost cried on the House floor); both of whom prefer to “feel” instead of “think.”

Please join me in emailing your displeasure with these morons.

As passed, HB 176 lists the following directives:

  • Prohibits discriminatory practices on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” under many of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) Law’s existing prohibitions against various unlawful discriminatory practices.
  • Provides that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission must exercise certain of its existing powers and duties also with respect to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Provides that nothing in the OCRC Law’s provisions that govern Commission hearings on alleged unlawful discriminatory practices may be construed to authorize or require any person to observe the proportion that persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity or persons of any of current law’s covered characteristics bear to the total population or in accordance with any criterion other than the individual qualifications of an applicant for employment or membership.
  • Adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of covered characteristics that are specified in various provisions of current law that prohibit persons or entities from discriminating on the basis of most of the covered characteristics.
  • Adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of covered characteristics that are specified in various provisions of current law that require certain functions or duties to be performed without discrimination, require certain documents to include statements pertaining to nondiscrimination, or pertain to discrimination on the basis of most of the covered characteristics.

Sounds good, right (/sarc)?

Maybe… if you’re an inconsistent idiot. Let’s reason together, shall we?

The bill provides that religious organizations are precluded from the anti-discrimination aspects of this bill (not being forced to follow the mandates of hiring/firing GLBT’s due to their beliefs that homosexual behaviors are morally wrong). So individual property/business owners should not benefit from the same constitutional rights to religious freedom & freedom of association?

Let’s take a look at what should be every State Representative’s “bible” when considering – let alone voting – for any bill…

In the Bill of Rights of [Ohio's] Constitution, Section 1.7 declares (emphasis mine):

All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almight God according to the dicatates of their own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; …nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted.”

Hey Cliff, Peggy…have you read the Constitution you were sworn to uphold?

Wait! It gets even better! Under Section 4112.04, the bill allows for the same kind of nonsense that Mitt Romney permitted in Massachusetts. It – well here, you read it…

The bill instead requires the OCRC to prepare a comprehensive educational program, in cooperation with the state Department of Education, for Ohio public school students and all other Ohio residents that is designed to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in Ohio, and to emphasize the origin of prejudice and discrimination, their harmful effects, and their incompatibility with American principles of equality and fair play. (R.C. 4112.04(A)(9).)

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your property tax dollars at work.  Pssshh, little Johnny doesn’t need reading, writing and arithmetic… he needs to be taught how to claim “discrimination” if he wants to use the women’s bathroom at work when he gets older…

Three words: No. More. Levies.

These points only scratch the surface. Read the whole thing and if you are so compelled, follow in the footsteps of this citizen warrior who expressed his discontent with the “I don’t know my own Constitution” Cliff and “Not Constitutionally proficient” Peggy” (with permission):

Dear Representative Hite:

I am not a voter in your District, so you may feel free to disregard my comments. But as a fellow Christian, I feel you should pay heed.

I believe that you exercised poor judgment in voting for this bill. I can understand sentiment that wants to make life “fair” and “tolerable” for all Ohio citizens. But the normalization of the deviant and dangerous behaviors as defined in this legislation in Section 4112.01 does no one any favors, neither the participants nor the public. I would hope that your study of the Scriptures would inform you that God warns us not to take part in homosexual behaviors. I would also hope that you would take the time to acquaint yourself on the sorts of behaviors that homosexuals indulge in that makes these practices so dangerous to themselves and to the general public.

Ask yourself: why is it that no blood bank in any country in the world will knowingly accept donations of blood from practicing male homosexuals? Are they merely discriminating against male homosexuals as the result of “prejudice,” as Section 4112.04 of this bill would have you believe? Or are the blood banks following sensible medical and public health protocols?

What happened to the time-honored American principles of property rights and freedom of association denied by the provisions of Section 4112.02 of this bill? Since all organizations and enterprises are, at their fundamental essence, founded and operated by individual people, why is it that “religious organizations” are exempted from the limitations on freedom imposed by this bill as long as they are “non-profit” while profit-making enterprises and organizations must give up their rights?

Do you truly believe that the Founders of our nation intended that sodomy, perversion, promiscuity, and adultery be elevated to the status of a “civil right” as established by Section 4112.04 of this bill? That the taxpayers should be forced against their consciences to pay for a commission and other apparatus to enforce such pretend “rights” ? That the public schools would be enlisted to instruct primary and secondary school pupils to accept and embrace such aberrant and dangerous behaviors, also mandated by Section 4112.04?

My hope is that, if you really care for people and children, you will do some study on what comprises the homosexual, bisexual, and transgender lifestyle, will publicly admit your error, and will work to preclude passage in the Ohio Senate. I realize that I am asking a lot–people hate to admit error or lack of judgment–but now and then we are surprised by honorable action.

I’ve grown weary of Republicans using our money to advance the Left’s agenda. Vote the bums out…

Lucid Links (091609, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:57 am

Larry Kudlow at IBDeditorials.com — “Market Says: Public Option Is A Clunker.” I hope the market’s instinctive assessment that the public option is, to quote a line from the Wizard of Oz, “not just merely dead, but most sincerely dead” is correct.

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Here’s a great vid from Republican Whip Eric Cantor (direct link) Constitutionally Speaking, a site I just added to the overcrowded BB blogroll:

As CS asks, “If nothing is required, how come it shows up 84 times in the current bill?”

Perhaps the statement by President Obama (“Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have”) is technically accurate, because YOU won’t be required to change it.

But it’s irrelevant, because if everyone else involved — employers, insurance companies, the states — is required to change things, they will be changed for you, and more than likely not for the better.

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Say what you want about the 9/12 rally in DC this past weekend, but in the picture on the right below, as seen at Gateway Pundit, they at least know how to clean up after themselves — or, more accurately, not make a mess in the first place. But, appropriately placed on the left, a picture from the inauguration shows that cleanliness wasn’t exactly present when His Godliness was sworn in — twice:

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Can’t make it up“Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions.” After all the “Bush and Cheney are evil” grief over this ….

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From IBDeditorials.com (bolds are mine):

45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul

Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors’ own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

Pfft — What the bleep do they know? (/sarc)

The willingness of a professional organization to betray its own members’ interests is the real story here.

Positivity: Tucson man tells his story of surviving 911 attacks and war in Iraq

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 8:44 am

From KVOA.com in Tucson (story also has link to a video):

(from September 12, 2009)

From one crisis to another, a Tucson man talks about what it was like to be in the World Trade Centers when they were attacked, serve a tour of duty at Camp Fallujah in Iraq, and now, return to school at the University of Arizona.

8 years ago, Mark Finelli, now 33-years-old, was on the 61st floor of the South Tower when a plane flew into the opposite tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46am.

“And all of a sudden the building next door exploded. All you could see is dust and papers. I ran to the stairs just started running very fast. I’ll never forget one fireman his face will permanently be etched into my brain; I’m running this way when he was running that way.”

He said it was that firefighter who saved his life.

Running for his life, Finelli had descended 50 floors in 15 minutes, but had only made it to the 11th floor when a plane struck the tower he was still inside.

“It wasn’t until I got to the Hudson River that I took time to turn around then I saw both buildings were smoking.”

Soon after the terrorists attacks, Mark Finelli walked into a Marine Corps recruiting office, saying if you want to fight a war you join the Marine Corps.

“I did a tour in Camp Fallujah 2005-2006 in the infantry and I got to patrol the areas between Baghdad and Fallujah.” ….

Go here for the rest of the story.