There is no free in liberty.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rep. Renee Elmers to Sebelius: "To the Best of Your Knowledge Has a Man Ever Delivered a Baby?"

She has a point.  Why must single men purchase maternity coverage when they are forced to buy insurance?



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Via the Acton Institute:
So if the Tea Party is not a movement, what is it? Mostly a marketing tactic, and an attempt at rebranding. The term Tea Party is mainly a label for very conservative Republicans and conservative independents who always vote for the GOP, even when they shun the Republican label. It’s a way to set themselves apart from those they deem insufficiently conservative, like RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and ruling class elites.
There is the labor Democrat, there is the Abortion Democrat, there is the Socialist Democrat and more recently there is the Obama Democrat that materializes only when Obama runs for office.

All these interests fall under the same moniker ... Democrat... but that does not make the Democrat party any less a political party.

It strikes me that the core interest between the factions mentioned in the article that ties the Tea Party together is liberty.

Whether it be financial liberty individual (freedom to spend or not) or national (freedom from debt), or a return religious liberty from a nascent persecution (who cares about social issues if religion itself is persecuted), the core interest is a return to liberty, a return to our nation's founding interests.

Thus, the Tea Party unlike the Democrat or Republican parties has more than a name that ties its varied interests together, it has a core belief in liberty.

I don't think that stinks.


Ludwig von Mises Had a Term for ObamaCare -- Planned Chaos

Planned Chaos is what happens when people are forced, at the cost of the people,  into state planned schemes that do not fit their needs.  The result is a broken system of pricing and information exchange for products within the scheme.... chaos.

We are experiencing exactly that today.

Just because a Lexus might be better than a Camry forcing people  to purchase a  Lexus when they can not afford one does not leave those people better off.

Individual liberty is the answer here... not collectivism.


Ted Cruz's Prescience Defined Him Against the ObamaCare Debacle. GOP Cowardice Tied Them to ObamaCare. And Sebelius Ties Herself to a Lie...

Sebelius claims healthcare.gov did not crash while it was crashing.  
CNN drives her lie home.


Friday, October 25, 2013

The Greatest Progressive Victory -- Winning the Hearts of Republicans Like Sen. McCain, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Richard Burr...

Apparently Sen. McCain is disappointed that liberty has arisen in the GOP....

McCain's Daughter via Yahoo:
“We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” said McCain... “I’ve never heard him this depressed other than maybe after the ‘08 election,” McCain said. “He’s so depressed, so down-trodden. The way he’s talking about it, he’s never seen it this bad in his 30-plus years in office.”
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton:
Looks like Karl Rove and his hamster brigade are on the march, threatening to “beat the snot” out of the Tea Party in the upcoming primaries. We’ll just see about that son. Evidently, the wealthy Progressive elitists on the Right figure they can use money as a weapon and simply ‘out spend’ the Tea Party into oblivion.


from Paul Shanklin, "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads ... Rush

These parodies  usually don't interest me, but this one caught my ear...

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
You may find yourself working less than 30 hours a week
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a tiny fuel efficient automobile
You may find yourself eating inedible food from my beautiful wife
You may ask yourself, well, how do I get on healthcare.gov?

Letting the debt go high, underwater till we drown
Kiss the U.S. goodbye, can't nobody slow me down
On whom will you depend, after the money's gone?
Once you were full-time, but you're only part-time now

You may ask yourself, how do I work this website?
You may ask yourself, where is that 25 hundred dollar savings?
You may tell yourself, this is not affordable health care
But you should say to yourself, at least I still have this shotgun shack

Letting the debt go high, underwater till we drown
Kiss the U.S. goodbye, can't nobody slow me down
On whom will you depend, after the money's gone?
Once you were full-time, but you're only part-time now

This website will never work, this website will never work,
This website will never work, this website will never work

Letting the debt go high, underwater till we drown
Kiss the U.S. goodbye, can't nobody slow me down
On whom will you depend, after the money's gone?
Once you were full-time, but you're only part-time now

Letting the debt go high
This website will never work


Alan Dershowitz: 'No Constitutional Right to Abortion' but 'no right to live either'???

Alan Dershowitz can not find a right to Abortion in the Constitution:
I can’t find anything in the Constitution that says you prefer the life of the mother, or the convenience of the mother if it’s an abortion by choice, over the potential life of the fetus. Look, I think women if they’re required to not have abortions could die and could — so I favor a woman’s right to choose. But I can’t find it in the Constitution. And everything I favor I don’t think is necessarily constitutionally based.
But apparently he sees no right to live either:
Roe v. Wade and Bush v. Gore “represent opposite sides of the same currency of judicial activism in areas more appropriately left to the political processes… Judges have no special competence, qualifications, or mandate to decide between equally compelling moral claims (as in the abortion controversy)… [C]lear governing constitutional principles … are not present in either case."
One wonders how Alan Dershowitz imagines liberty functions if one has no right to live and engage in those liberties.

H/T Breitbart.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The GOP is Dead to Me...

If they can't even force fiscal discipline when they control the house, how can we expect them to represent individual liberty?

Goodbye Mitch Mcconnell.
Goodbye John  Boehner.

Just as Richard Burr is dead to me so is the GOP.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Locals Realize the Danger in Allowing Obama's NPS to Enforce Law and Safety... That it Can Whimsically be Removed for Theater...

And that the unAmerican National Park Service will play along with Obama's political theater.

It is time to bring law enforcement closer to the citizen.

San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge and County Commissioner Phil Lyman confirmed Tuesday that county officials have proposed removing barricades and providing resources to operate Lake Powell, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments, and the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. 
"This is not going to be a showdown or a standoff," Eldredge said. "This is something that’s going to be done peacefully. We just want to take over as far as law enforcement, EMS, and search and rescue, and get those parks open."
 Consider this via Malkin:

In Michigan, tourists crossed police-style yellow tape and construction barrels to get to Munising Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Twitter users posted photos of the broken barriers over the weekend. The Mining Journal reported on one visitor who simply stepped over the tape: “‘Well, that worked, huh?’ she asked rhetorically.” Take that, manipulative federal overlords. 
At Zion National Park in Utah, hikers scaled the fences and wondered why so many supposedly furloughed workers were working to keep them out. One visitor, highlighted at my Twitter aggregator Twitchy.com, described her experience to me last week at the scenic tourist spot: 
“(W)e were advised by the park ranger at the gate that we couldn’t stop our car at any time in the next 12 miles. To ensure that we didn’t pull over at any of the scenic viewpoints, cones were placed at every turnoff. That didn’t stop people, however, as many were getting out, moving cones and quickly taking pictures. People were incredulous at that restriction, as if they could somehow shut down our ability to enjoy our surroundings. … I did enjoy seeing an elderly couple, in a display of civil disobedience, leave their car and walk hand in hand on the red rock.” 
Welcome to Occupy America. It’s a protest movement for all ages against Washington business as usual. Thanks to social media, citizens outside the Beltway are now able to voice their disgust in an unprecedented way. Through Twitter, Facebook and blogs, they are directly disrupting the well-worn politics of government parks-and-wreck extortion.

I don't know.  I kinda feel that America's parks have been Occupied by the Obama and his brown-shirts...


Friday, October 4, 2013

Why Republicans are Winning the Continuing Resolution Debate and Sen. Richard Burr's Resistance to Ted Cruz was an Example of Poor Leadership.

Offers made by Republicans:

  • House Proposal 1 - Fund the government but defund ObamaCare ... Democrats said no. 
  • House Proposal 2 - Fund the government but delay ObamaCare ... Democrats said no.
  • House Proposal 3 - Fund the government and fully fund ObamaCare but included the removal of the 72% subsidy representatives now get to help defray the cost of ObamaCare. Amazingly the Democrats said no, presumably because they prefer their exemptions to funding government.
  • House Proposal 4 - Fund government piecemeal.  Harry Reid claims picking winners and losers in regard to funding is wrong, yet doing just that is the purpose of budgets.  By Reid's logic one could argue picking winners and losers during the last debt ceiling debate was wrong and that we should have employed across the board cuts in funding.  Regardless, Democrats have continued to reject  the piecemeal approach to government funding, even  saying  no to a proposal to continue care for children dying from cancer. 

Republicans began with defunding ObamaCare, moved to delaying ObamaCare, then moved to funding ObamaCare.  All of these proposals have been rejected by Democrats.

Where are the Democrat proposals?  There are none.

The Democrat position "No Negotiation" is a losing position.

BTW, we are beginning to see Ted Cruz's entire plan in which the defunding of ObamaCare was only a first step.  Too bad for Burr he chose to stand against Cruz.


The Executive Goes Occupy -- Why are Citizens Allowing the Executive to Occupy Our Memorials With Armed Officials???


It is unfortunate that Burr is a conservative turncoat, but this is fun...

Via Carolina Plot Hound:

It is unfortunate that Burr is a conservative  turncoat, but this is fun...


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Like Sen. Richard Burr (NC) Coward Jennifer Rubin Chooses to Ignore Ground Gained to the Benefit of ObamaCare


A longtime Republican on the Hill explains, “The members have real life experience now. What [the defund Obamacare leaders] said didn’t happen.”
Indeed, there is zero chance Obamacare will be defunded, and Democratic support for the defund effort never appeared as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had assured them it would. There is no sign the shutdown is forcing the president to cave; if anything he’s dug in even further. The entire escapade made it impossible for Republicans, at least for now, to obtain smaller gains and, most important, get onto the main event, the debt ceiling.


Government shutdown = defunded ObamaCare.   No?

Yes, it does.  ObamaCare is currently defunded.

Now let Democrats continue to reject the funding of the VA, children's cancer care, WWII monuments, National Parks and the remainder of government....

Only cowards give up the ground gained by choosing not to recognize it.


Rand Paul to Mitch McConnell Hot Microphone: "We're Gonna Win This." --- The Old Grey Lady Ain't What She Used to Be...

(D) Sen Kay Hagan (NC) High Point University Poll Finds 19% Support Hagan's Reelection While 56% Support Anyone Else..

Unpopularity is  what happens when one votes  with Harry Reid against the WWII veterans, against the VA, against funding government, against caring about children with cancer, but for ObamaCare exemptions for themselves....

And least we forget...walking hand in hand with Sen Richard Burr (NC) in defending  unpopular legislation.


Does Anyone Else get the Sense That Democrats are Powerless on This Side of the "Government Shutdown"?

All that Democrat vitriol? It is fueled by powerlessness.

Here is the sound of a Democrat disempowered : 

... Miller accused the GOP of pursuing a "jihad" against healthcare.

On the one hand Republicans are voting to fund that which they and the public wish to fund ...

on the other Democrats are voting not to fund that which they and the public would like to fund.

Absent spending  Democrats have no power.

The House easily passed the parks resolution, H.J.Res. 70, in a 252-173 vote — the measure was supported by 23 Democrats and opposed by one Republican.
Along the way to passing the resolution funding the NIH, H.J.Res. 73, Republicans criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for dismissing the idea of funding programs that help sick children. When asked if he would support NIH funding to help even one child with cancer, Reid said "Why would we want to do that?"
"We should pass this resolution notwithstanding what the majority leader in the other body says," said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). "It's very straight-forward. I think in any normal situation there would be bipartisan support for this."
Earlier in the day, Republicans called up a bill funding the District of Columbia. Based on the House vote, this bill may have some chance of being taken up in the Senate — the House passed it in a voice vote, and no Democrat asked for a recorded vote.
The lack of a Democratic request for a recorded vote allowed Democrats to dodge a vote that split them on Tuesday. Then, 34 Democrats supported the resolution to fund the DC government.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Which Republicans Stood Against Richard Burr in 2011 When He Tried to Ride the Little Red "End the EPA" Train up the Hill? ... None. They Stood With Burr.

Richard Burr taking advice from a self described socialist, Bernie Sanders.

A little History ... In 2011 Richard Burr attempted to kill the EPA. Politico:

A bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C) would combine the DOE and the EPA into a new agency called the Department of Energy and Environment. Burr’s effort has the backing of 15 GOP co-sponsors.

Burr failed but it wasn't because Republicans pulled arrows from their quivers and belittled him.  He failed because Richard Burr is not a leader.

And today he continues to prove not only his cowardice in the face of leadership but his inability to stand with those today who stood with him in 2011.

What did he say today?  Where did he go to say it? And how did he say it?

Richard Burr went New York Times to  belittle his "fellow" Republicans by referencing in Democrat style at a Democrat news organization Ted Cruz'z reading a bedtime story to his children as he worked thorough the night in defense of liberty.

Via the NYT, a paper that found Burr only worthy of the last paragraph:

To many Senate Republicans, the House’s position has now become mystifying.
“I can’t blame them for anything other than being sold a line that wouldn’t work, seeing the outside support and saying ‘maybe, maybe, maybe,’ ” Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, said of House conservatives. “Well, you know that train only in a children’s story actually gets to the top of the hill.”
Why can't Burr overcome his cowardice and choose leadership?
And if Burr thinks he is leading now, who does he think he is leading?
And why can't Burr now stand with those who once stood with him?

And most importantly, will Conservative voters trust Burr with their liberty and stand with  Burr when Burr would not stand with those  today who stood with him on the EPA?

It must be tough being a turncoat.

I look forward to 2016 so that we may strengthen the Republican party with unity by purging those like Richard Burr  who cultivate  disunity within the Republican party.


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) to CNN, "Whose bidding are you doing?" ... The Answer is Sen. Richard Burr (NC) and His Ilk in the Senate. Let Explain How...

Richard Burr and those Republicans who were too cowardly to stand with Cruz effectively gave support to those who favor the continuance of ObamaCare not only by having given them the means by which they can simply argue, 'Not even Republicans support Cruz' but, more substantially, by having empowered those who question the constitutional power of the House to control the nation's purse.

As CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asked, "Why connect the funding of the government, the entire US economy to [Obamacare]?", a question framed entirely from the perspective of empowering the Senate and Sen. Richard Burr relative to the House.  Never you mind the fact that government funding in its entirety constitutionally falls under the purview of the House.

Cruz supported this connection between  ObamaCare and   funding the rest of government  with his filibuster.  Sen. Richard Burr did not.

By questioning the house's choice to defund ObamaCare Richard Burr exposed his desire to  disempower the House, disempower your  congressman, damage the balance of power  between the three branches of government and damage the Constitution.  As such, Burr is neither a friend of your congressman nor is he friend of the Constitution, and although he may claim otherwise Burr  is no longer a Conservative.

I am ashamed for Richard Burr.


Perhaps One Day Reid's Voters Will Realize Reid's Fidelity is to Another


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

At Work to Shut it Down ... or at Least Appear that Way

The optics of the worthless boomer generation shutting out the greatest generation...


So, If the Government is Now Shut Down, Is ObamaCare not Now Defunded?

Why, yes! Yes it is.

Now on to funding the government.

If the Democrats will allow government to be funded. Yeah, house Democrats just voted not to fund Veterans Administration, the District of Columbia and National Parks, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian.

Richard Burr (NC) Does the Hard Work of Leading Americans To Accept That Infants Should not Die...

Since his most recent foray into Republican disunity in regard to ObamaCare I thought I'd search for any new news concerning Richard Burr.

I found that on Sept, 25 2013 while Ted Cruz was preparing his historic filibuster against  ObamaCare  Burr was busily  leading the charge against the scourge  of American apathy toward infant mortality (S.Res.258):

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) recently led a bipartisan effort in the senate to increase awareness about infant mortality and access to prenatal care in the U.S.
Resolution S.Res.258, passed unanimously by the Senate, commemorated September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. In addition, the senators called on the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as other entities, to spread awareness of the contributing factors of infant mortality and critical prevention efforts meant to reduce the number of infant deaths.
Does Burr truly think so little of Americans that he believes that we need to be enlightened to the fact that the death of a child is a bad thing?

It's either that or Burr is simply claiming the appearance of leadership on a position that is already held by all Americans.  How difficult.

In what other similar areas may Burr exert himself?

Perhaps he can practice his mastery of leadership by claiming he has lead people to believe:

  • Couches are sometimes comfortable (note the equivocation)
  • Pillows can be soft 
  • The Earth is spherical 
  • Fish are wet
  • Farmers suffer inclement weather
Seriously?  Burr leads on this but rejects the defunding of ObamaCare?

Would  Burr's   constituents not be better served if Burr exerted his energy on items with which only Burr and his voters agree?

Perhaps in the 2016 primaries we should ask ourselves if we want a leader who leads with their voter's interests in mind or one that. like Burr, simply looks for issues on which  everyone  already agrees and claim to have led us there.


To the Shock and Despair of Sen Richard Burr of NC Wild Bill Spoke at a Constitution Day Tea Party Rally This Past Weekend.