Saturday, August 13, 2011

Why did black mobs attack white fairgoers in Wisconsin? Whites are "easy targets".


WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WLS/AP) - The investigation into 11 of the violent incidents on the opening night of the Wisconsin State Fair has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old African-American who reportedly told investigators he targeted whites.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was asked on WLS Radio’s Roe and Roeper Show Friday if he thought the crimes warranted hate crime status, “I think it is absolutely outrageous, it is a hate crime, and I would imagine the prosecutor will be very aggressive on this. There is no tolerance whether it’s white on black or black on white, there shouldn’t be any tolerance in general for that kind of problems.”

West Allis police said Thursday the teen was arrested late Wednesday. The Milwaukee teen was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery and robbery. Police recommend that he face additional penalties for hate crimes.

Police say the teen told investigators whites were chosen because he considered them "easy targets."

On opening night of the fair last week, 31 people were arrested and at least 11 people were hurt. The West Allis Police Department has said race was a factor in the 11 violent incidents it's investigating.
The State Fair has stepped up security since the attacks.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Betsy McCaughey: Court ruling 'Slams the Brakes' on Obamacare.

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 12, 2011



Friday, 12 Aug 2011 06:59 PM

By David A. Patten / NEWSMAX

Opponents of Obamacare rejoiced Friday after a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled the individual mandate at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation is unconstitutional. 
The 2-to-1 verdict in the 11th Circuit court in Atlanta sets up a dramatic, seemingly inevitable election-year showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court over the legality of President Obama’s signature legislative initiative.

mccaugheyc obamacare slam breaksFormer New York lieutenant governor and healthcare expert Betsy McCaughey said the ruling effectively puts the brakes on cash-strapped states’ implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“Many more states now will slow down or entirely halt their current efforts to create state insurance exchanges,” said McCaughey, who hailed the decision as “a very important day for all Americans who care about individual liberty, and a very important day for those who are concerned about the economic growth urgently needed by this nation.”

McCaughey predicted states won’t spend scare resources preparing to implement a law that appears very vulnerable to being thrown out as unconstitutional.

Asked if the decision slams the brakes on implementation efforts at the state level, McCaughey replied: “Oh yes. They will be obligated to make that decision, because that’s the prudent decision in the best interest of their own local taxpayers.”

Friday’s ruling gave ObamaCare opponents a much-needed victory. In June, a Cincinnati court ruled in favor of the law in a case brought by the Thomas More Law Center. That ruling was notable because one of the judges in the majority was a Republican.

So far, federal judges in Florida and Virginia have ruled against the Act, while judges in Michigan and Virginia upheld it. Judges appointed by Democrats have consistently upheld the law, while Republican judges generally ruled against it. But Friday, one Republican judicial appointee and one Democratic judicial appointee concurred that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

Ken Cuccinelli obamacare commerceVirginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has been leading a separate legal challenge to ObamaCare in the Old Dominion, issued a statement congratulating the 26 state attorneys general who successfully brought the constitutional challenge to the 11th Circuit Court.

"The court determined that the power to force one citizen to purchase a good or service from another is outside the established outer limits of both the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause,” Cuccinelli stated.
 “The court also ruled that although the president and Congress want to now call the penalty a tax to make it pass constitutional muster, the penalty cannot be sustained under the federal government's taxing authority because the penalty is clearly not a tax,” he said.

In May, the separate suit brought by Cuccinelli was heard by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which has yet to issue a ruling.

The setback on its legislative centerpiece put an exclamation point on another tough political week for the administration. The White House issued a statement Friday that it “strongly” disagrees with the 11th Circuit’s decision, and predicted its ruling will be overturned. Considering the decisive language used in the 11th Circuit’s majority opinion, however, that could prove difficult.

“The individual mandate was enacted as a regulatory penalty, not a revenue-raising tax, and is therefore unconstitutional,” wrote Chief Judge Joel Dubina. “This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potential unbounded assertion of congressional authority: The ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives.”

McCaughey’s reaction: “That’s very accurate. If Congress can force individuals to buy health insurance, Congress can force individuals to buy stocks and bonds to prop up Wall Street, or American-made automobiles to prop up Detroit.”

In one setback to ObamaCare opponents, the 11th Circuit Court also ruled that the individual mandate is “severable” from the rest of the 2,700-page law. That means the other provisions can remain in effect.

Legal experts say it is almost inevitable now that the Supreme Court will hear the challenge to ObamaCare prior to the election.

“There are a few minor procedural tools the solicitor general might try to use to delay things,” McCaughey said. “But I think the Supreme Court will understand that this is very much in the nation’s interest, not simply because of the presidential election. A reasonably timely decision is needed because of the timetable within in the law itself, states are expending huge amounts of money preparing for a law that might never go into effect.

“States are crippled with uncertainty over the future impact of this law. So it is very important for the welfare of the nation that this decision be made,” she said.

robert alt obamacareRobert Alt, senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, estimates an 85 percent chance the Supreme Court will rule on the various appeals in June 2012.
“It was sharply worded,” Alt said of the 11th Circuit ruling. “But I think it was sharply worded in part because of the very serious constitutional problems that are inherent in the statute.”

Alt said the 11th Circuit rejected the constitutionality of the individual mandate based what he called the administration’s “broccoli problem.”

In January, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida issued a sweeping ruling tossing out the entire law. If the federal government could mandate a health-insurance purchase because it somehow affects interstate commerce, he asked, what purchase couldn’t it require? Vinson said by that logic the federal government could require citizens to purchase broccoli -- a point widely mocked by the left but one the administration has yet to overcome legally.

McCaughey said the 11th Circuit ruling could have major implications for the looming Congressional “supercommittee” debate over deficits and entitlements. Obamacare drastically expanded Medicaid to cover an estimated 85 million people by 2018, and counted on billions in projected revenue from individual-mandate penalties to help defray that cost, she said.

“And now the question is, what is the administration going to do about that? They’ve been ardently, vocally calling for entitlement reform and cuts in entitlements. But they’re only talking about Medicare,” said McCaughey.

“The new deal that was passed on Aug. 2nd bars this supercommittee from cutting Medicaid,” she said. “But Medicaid is the big elephant in the room. Medicaid is the huge entitlement just created.

“So it’s going to be very interesting to see how the Obama administration handles this,” she said, adding: “The best way to reform entitlements is not to put newly created ones into effect.”

McCaughey said the economically viable portions of the new law many consumers find desirable, such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26, and altering the lifetime caps on reimbursements to patients, “could be retained in a 20-page bill in plain English, if consumers want these features.”

Alt predicted that if the Supreme Court invalidates the individual mandate but leaves intact other provisions of the bill such as the stipulation that consumers must be covered for pre-existing conditions, Congress would have no choice but to act to keep insurance firms in business.

“The Obama administration has argued that if you strike down the mandate and require everything else, it will lead to what they call ‘the ineluctable failure’ of the healthcare market in the United States,” he said.

“Essentially, the health insurers couldn’t continue to operate like that. That’s an example of why Judge Vinson got it right in the lower court. … The statute just doesn’t operate without the mandate. You can’t really carve that out and make it work.”

Alt predicted a mixed Supreme Court verdict along the lines of the 11th Circuit ruling would lead to “pretty heavy lifting right away by Congress. Otherwise the insurance industry would get gutted by this.”

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Brad Miller targeted by NRCC robo calls in NC 13th District. 'Addicted to Big Government spending.'

Verne Strickland Blogmaster


 Submitted by robchristensen on 2011-08-09 09:27

Democratic Congressman Brad Miller is the target of a new round of robo calls today, criticizing him for opposing a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

The recorded telephone messages going into Miller's 13th district are being paid for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has winning the seat a high priority in next year's election.

The Republican legislature last month re-aligned the district to make it much more GOP-leaning, attracting a growing Republican field of candidates. The legislature moved  Miller's home into the 4th district, and he may consider running in the 4th district, if the new district maps survive a court challenge.

The announcer in the robo calls says in part: “Brad Miller continued to oppose a Balanced Budget Amendment that would force Washington to live within its means. Brad Miller and his fellow Democrats' addiction to big government spending has led to a downgrade of America's credit rating and a dramatic loss in the global markets that could force you to pay more for everyday expenses,”
“While Brad Miller keeps standing in the way of real fiscal reform, middle-class families in North Carolina could now see a loss in retirement savings while mortgage rates, car payments and student loans could become even more expensive.”

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"The Israelites will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days."

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 12, 2011
Miraculous Signs in Israel

Sign #1: The Diaspora
The Bible prophesied the Jewish diaspora. The Nation of Israel would dwell for many years outside of their country and promised land. After this time had elapsed they would return to their ancient possession. The predictions were exact and complete making the nation's return a supernatural happening of our age. A modern miracle. They were dispersed for over 1,900 years. They are there again today.
Hosea 3:4-5 - "For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days."
Hosea 6:1 - "Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds."
To see the rest of the passage fulfilled, Israel needs only to turn to God. For David to become their king once again, there will be a resurrection from the dead.

Sign #2: The Return
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Bible passages predict the return of Israel to the land of Palestine. Here are only two.
Ezekiel 20:34 - "I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered -- with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath."
Isaiah 11:11-12 NIV - "In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth."

Sign #3: Buying back the land
The prophet Jeremiah prophesied about 600 years B.C. just as the nation of Judah was being destroyed and the people taken captive into the land of Babylon. He spoke of a day when Jews would once again purchase land within the ancient territory. That is precisely what returning Jews did, starting nearly a century ago - they bought back the land.
Jeremiah 32:44 NIV - "Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD."

Sign #4: Israel - Reborn in a day
Israel, a nation that had not really existed as a separate nation for nearly 2,500 years, was declared a new sovereign state by an act of the United Nations on May 14, 1948. The nation was born in a day.
Isaiah 66:8 NIV - "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children."

Sign #5: The order of the return
The first returning Jews to Palestine came primarily from eastern Arab countries. The next major movement came from the western countries of Europe, especially Germany. Then they came in great numbers from Russia (north) during the end of the 1980's. The last great migrations of Jews returning to Israel came from Ethiopia in the south. This precise order of return was predicted by Isaiah the prophet.
Isaiah 43:5-6,21 - "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth..."
"... the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise."
Psalm 107:2-3 NIV - "Let the redeemed of the LORD say this -- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

Sign #6: A pure language
With the return of the nation, the ancient Hebrew language has been revived and become the official language of the state. Prior to this happening, the Jews spoke an impure form of the language called Yiddish. The return to a pure common language was again predicted by the prophets.
Zephaniah 3:8-10 KJV - "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering".

Sign #7: The shekel
After nearly 2,000 years the shekel has been reinstated as the common monetary unit in Israel, again, just as predicted.
Ezekiel 45:12-16 NIV - "The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.... All the people of the land will participate in this special gift for the use of the prince in Israel."

Sign #8: Named cities of Israel
There are many cities in Israel that bear the ancient names of previous Jewish cities. Some of these that bear their Biblical identification include: Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Nain, Bethany, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, etc. Again, as the ancient nation was in the process of being destroyed, Ezekiel the prophet predicted that many of the ancient cities would, in fact, be re-inhabited and settled in the exact locations.
Ezekiel 36:11; 24 KJV - "And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better [unto you] than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.... For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land."

Sign #9: Cities excepted - never to be inhabited
Yeshua pronounced a curse on at least three cities within the land. These remain in ruins today.
Matthew 11:21-23 NIV - "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day."

Sign #10: From desolation to productivity
The restoration of the agriculture and of the trees and forests of Israel has been another remarkable miracle. Scarcely 75 years ago, the land was a desolate waste, full of malarial swamps and deserts. Today the replanted forests are flourishing and the Israeli agricultural production is one of the great wonders of the world. This tiny country exports quality produce around the world. Should we say, "Again, just as predicted!"
Isaiah 26:6 NIV - "In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit."
Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV - "The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy...."

(Borrowed from Clyde Snobelen's "Miraculous Signs in Israel".)

Obamacare-funded Health Centers for 'migrants' won't check immigration status

 Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 11, 2011

Okay, friends, it's here --an in-your-face decree from your king and mine, Barack Obama. I think we must now call this the futile system. Now illegal immigrants can waltz right up to the door of a "community health center", be admitted without any identification check, and receive health care free and clear, courtesy of the U.S. Government and its benefactors -- you and me. Shocking. Unheard of. Until now. We gotta pull the gloves off, good neighbors. The man is out of control. We've lost control of our country.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law.

Of that $28.8 million, "approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers," Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told HRSA is a part of HHS.

Andrews said that grant recipients will not check the immigration status of people seeking services:
“Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center.”

Further, the grant recipients are required to serve "all residents" who walk through their doors.

“The Program’s authorizing statute does not affirmatively address immigration status,” said Andrews. “Rather, it simply states that health centers are required to provide primary health care to all residents of the health center's service area without regard for ability to pay.”

These Obamacare disbursements seem to contradict a claim President Obama famously made in a nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9, 2009.

“The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” Obama said then. When Obama said these words, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted out from the House floor: "You lie!" After the speech, Wilson called the White House and apologized for his remark and issued a statement saying he was sorry for it and President Obama accepted his apology.
However, five days later, led by then-Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.), the House voted 240-179 to rebuke Wilson for his outburst on the House floor.

The grants announced by HHS yesterday aim to support community health centers that provide health care free-of-charge or at a reduced price to people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Because the health care centers receiving $8.5 million in Obamacare money "to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers" will not check the immigration status of the migrant workers who seek their services it is inevitable that they will serve illegal aliens.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, illegal immigrants make up an estimated 25 percent of all migrant farm workers, with disproportionate amounts residing in California, Texas, Florida, and Georgia.

“As a result of the concentration of unauthorized immigrants working in certain occupations, there are some occupations where they also represent a high proportion of workers. For example, 25% of farm workers are undocumented immigrants,” Pew said in a 2009 report.

The $28.8 million in ObamaCare grants announced yesterday are part of the New Access Point grant program for community health centers. Migrant Health Centers are a special type of community health center that specifically targets migrant farm workers.

“These awards demonstrate a commitment to improving and expanding access to quality health care for local communities. We are removing barriers that stand in the way of affordable and accessible primary health services,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement on Tuesday announcing the grants.

“The Migrant Health Center program provides support to health centers to deliver comprehensive, high quality, culturally-competent preventive and primary health services to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families,” the HRSA says on its Web site. is not funded by the government like NPR. is not funded by the government like PBS.

Who are the true friends of public education in NC? Democrats? Show me the money!

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 11, 2011

“We have always indicated to the people of North Carolina and indeed the world that North Carolina would never abandon its commitment to improve public education and to have the best university and community college system in the world,” said Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland)  at a Democratic news conference. “With this budget, it turns out the Republicans are just indicating we were only kidding.”
That statement seems to sum up the message of most Democrats: the unprecedented budget cuts jeopardize educational quality and reverse the educational progress the state has made. Democrats wasted no time in distancing themselves from the budget and telling citizens how Republican policies are bad for public education.

Yes, it may be justified to dismiss the claims as mere political rhetoric.  Certainly conservatives, and many Democrats, have strong differences regarding the best way to improve education.  Democrats and liberals believe that is best handled through additional funding and improvement and expansion of the current system. Conversely, Republicans and conservatives contend that expanding educational freedom and infusing competition into the current system are the best ways to improve our schools.
But let’s put that debate aside for the purpose of this article. What does recent history say about Democratic claims? That is, have they prioritized state spending on education in such a way as to match their rhetoric that more funding is the key ingredient to educational improvement?

Testing the Assertion

A review of general funding patterns for the past 30 years is one way to help answer this question as Democrats have long exerted considerable influence over the state’s affairs. For all but eight years between 1982-2010, a Democrat has occupied the governor’s office.  Jim Martin, a Republican, held the office from 1985 to 1993. Democrats controlled the Senate for that entire period.

In addition — except for 1995-1999 when Republicans had a majority in the House and the 2003-04 term when the election of 60 Democrats and 60 Republicans resulted in co-Republican and co-Democratic House Speakers — Democrats controlled the House. Considering these realities, budgets have been generally reflective of Democratic preferences regarding public education.

Democrats claim the scope of recent budget reductions is unprecedented. Is this true?  One useful indicator to gauge public support for education is K-12 state support, adjusted for inflation.  Chart I shows 29 years of state support for public education[1].  Aside from the general upward trend line, one observation is quite noticeable. Funding levels track with general business cycles. During flush economic times, state appropriations on K-12 education grow. As the economy,  and thus revenue, dips, so does spending on public schools.

A cursory review of the data reveals three previous occasions when funding levels declined or flattened, all of them in concert with economic downturns. Clearly the current decline in K-12 expenditures merely follows historical patterns. If this year’s K-12 budget somehow “turns its back on education” as Gov. Perdue put it, then it merely joins several Democratic budgets of years past.

chart1 Who are the Friends of Public Education?

Now let’s examine the Democrats claim that they treat education funding as a top budgetary priority.
Again, because Democrats controlled the governor’s office for all but eight years and the House and Senate for all but two terms when control was divided, state support for K-12 education is largely reflective of Democratic Party preferences.

Chart II  shows total state education spending as a percentage of general fund spending. Spending is tracked for four categories: all public education,  K-12,  UNC System, and  community colleges. Aside from a relatively slow increase in the 1980s, education spending as a percentage of total state spending has been flat or in a slow decline.

K-12 spending as a percentage of all state spending reached its high mark in 1988-1989 (46.5 percent). By 2010-2011, K-12 education spending represented only 37.7 percent of all state spending.  Thus as the budget pie has increased, the percentage share devoted to public education has actually decreased.  Again, this evidence contradicts Democrat rhetoric.

The percentage of total spending on public education (K-12, community colleges and UNC System) declined even further than K-12 spending, dropping from a high of 68.1 percent (1986-1987) to 55.2 percent  in 2008-2009.  Spending levels for higher education and community colleges remained generally flat as a share of the total budget throughout this same time period.

chart2 Who are the Friends of Public Education?


A leaner budget for K-12 public education has left Democrats and liberals decrying Republican policies, their uprecedented fallout  and the end  of  North Carolina’s proud history of funding public education. What does history say about these claims?

Three other  times over the last 30 years, North Carolina has seen downturns in education spending similar to the current dip. Often times these reductions were exacerbated by overspending in previous years. Republican budget writers are merely going down a road already well paved by Democratic leadership over the past three decades.

Do Republican policies and education spending represent a departure from the state’s longstanding commitment to public education as a top priority? Hardly.  The relative importance of education spending as a state priority has been  eroding for some time.  Since the late 80s, public spending on K-12 education as a percentage of all state funding has been declining. 

In addition, State funding for the UNC System and community colleges has fallen from a combined 22.6 percent of general fund spending in 1982-83 to 18.4 percent of general fund spending in 2010-11. Thus, even by their own misguided measurement of more taxpayer support of the established education system equalling a “commitment” to improve education, Democrats have failed to live up to their rhetoric.

[1] Education data is from North Carolina State Budget Summary of Recommendations, 2009-2011, Historical Data Tables.  Published by Office of State Budget and Management, Office of the Governor.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exasperated House liberals back Pelosi, point finger at President Obama

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 10, 2011  


By Mike Lillis / 08/09/11 08:15 PM ET / THE HILL
Frustrated liberals are standing behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), even though she has not attempted to torpedo bills that they strongly opposed.

Dozens of House Republicans have defected this year on high-profile bills on funding the government and raising the debt limit, ostensibly giving Pelosi and her liberal-leaning caucus leverage.

But that perceived sway has proven largely meaningless, as Pelosi’s allegiance to the administration has left her in the awkward position of tacitly endorsing policies she dislikes.

In short, as long as President Obama and GOP leaders are forging bipartisan deals, the leverage of House Democrats will go only as far as their willingness to buck their own president — something they’ve so far been disinclined to do.

Indeed, amid the year’s most contentious and partisan budget battles, House Democratic leaders have prioritized the appearance of party unity over the policy concerns of their caucus.

Liberal Democrats, for instance, objected to the nearly $40 billion in spending cuts included in the 2011 continuing resolution (CR) enacted in April. More recently, they howled in opposition to the debt-limit package bursting with domestic spending cuts but entirely absent any tax-revenue increases.

Although Pelosi voted against the CR, she did so quietly, without announcing her intentions beforehand or whipping fellow Democrats to join her in opposition. She even suggested she would vote yes if her support were needed to pass the bill.
Pelosi supported the debt-limit bill while conceding it was a raw deal for Democrats. Although most observers predicted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would need Democratic votes to pass the proposal, Pelosi afterward said she thought the Republicans could secure the votes on their own.

“I’m unhappy about the fact that this was developed with a premise that the Republicans would have the 218 [votes needed to pass the debt-ceiling bill],” she told reporters last week, according to Talking Points Memo. “Since they didn’t, we should’ve had more influence.”

Half of the House Democratic Caucus rejected the final deal, while 73 percent of House Republicans voted for it.

The bipartisan deals on the CR and the debt have complicated Pelosi’s effort to win back the House because it is difficult to criticize Republicans for backing deals that Obama signed into law. Moreover, the presidential race will be center stage next year, and House Democrats have grumbled that Obama’s actions in 2011 clearly illustrate that winning back the House is not among his top priorities.

A growing number of liberal Democrats and policy groups say the White House has left Pelosi little choice through the budget debates. They’re blaming Obama’s deal-making style for undermining most of the leverage held by Pelosi and other House Democrats.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr visits Chemtex world headquarters near Wrightsville Beach.

Verne Strickland Blogmaster

by Michelle Saxton 
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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A global engineering company with headquarters on Eastwood Road in Wilmington is working on a new technology that could be a breakthrough in the alternative fuels business, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has said.

Burr was in New Hanover County on Tuesday, Aug. 9, meeting with officials of Chemtex and representatives of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to learn more about a platform that will allow them to partner with enzyme companies like Novozymes to bring competitively priced ethanol and biomass products to the marketplace. 

“For North Carolina that means another leading technology and green energy,” Burr, R-N.C., said, adding that more competitively priced ethanol products would take pressure off Midwest corn demand that drives up the livestock feed cost of North Carolina’s massive hog, chicken and poultry industry. “It has a leveraging impact on our economy here in North Carolina, all because of one technology that emanates from a headquarters here,” Burr said.

Chemtex holds its United States headquarters in Wilmington and has other worldwide operations in Italy, China and India, according to its website, Such new technology is in production in Europe as a demonstration project, Burr said, adding there are high hopes of possibly looking at North Carolina and other southeastern states for producing ethanol and using land that currently is not valued high in the agricultural industry, such as spray field land for hog lagoons.

“For any agricultural area that is used for hay, for grazing, the fact that you could plant multiple crops, harvest those crops and feed them into a system that produces fuel means that you could get three, four times the amount of income off of that acre of property,” Burr said. “That’s a drastic change to the agricultural community.”
“It really propels North Carolina into the fastest growing area of the agricultural industry,” he added.
Biofuels experts in North Carolina were working to identify the best feedstock for their production, Burr said, noting that all of that feedstock can be grown aggressively in the state.

Burr said he and other members of Congress have an opportunity to hear from people willing to produce alternative fuels and not ask for subsidies. 

“I think we could with great confidence let the subsidy on corn ethanol fall by the wayside, which would have an immediate impact on livestock feed costs, but without any reduction in the amount of volume that we could get in ethanol in the marketplace,” Burr said. 

“The direct effect that the consumers would feel is that they would experience a reduction in the cost of gasoline with ethanol because the subsidy is not there, and we’re injecting into the system a much more competitive fuel,” the U.S. Senator concluded.

Cruel Communist oppression didn't end with the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the collapse of the USSR. The horrors live on.

North Korea

Driver near North Korean border 
Verne Strickland Blogmaster / Tuesday August 9, 2011

Escape From North Korea

Defection is daunting. So is starting a new, free life.

By Tom O'Neill
Photographs by Chien-Chi Chang
A frigid November day pressed against the windows of a shabby apartment building in the Chinese city of Yanji, ten miles from the North Korean border. Three stories up, footsteps stopped outside a door. At the sound, two young women hurried to a back room and shrank against a wall. Then came a knock. The women, defectors from North Korea, bowed their heads, expecting the worst. If the Chinese police found them without identity cards, they would be deported in handcuffs and chains. Back in North Korea, they would be sentenced to years of hard labor in a prison camp.
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Pantano for Congress announces key events on campaign calendar.

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / July 9, 2011
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Remembering The Heroes Who Perished This Weekend

Please join Ilario and the Pantano Campaign in remembering in your thoughts and prayers the 30 US soliders who were tragically killed in Afghanistan this weekend when their helicopter was shot down.  In rememberance of these brave soliders, Ilario wanted to share the reflections of Debbie Lee, a Gold Star Mom. Ms. Lee is a friend, a patriot and tragically the mother of the First US NAVY SEAL to be killed in Iraq. She has worked tirelessly to restore America. These are her hopes and her prayers in the wake of this weekend's tragedy:

"My heart aches with the devastating news this morning of the great loss of life today in Afghanistan as a helicopter went down with 31 Special Forces Operators, the majority of them from Navy SEAL Team 6."
"As part of the Naval Special Warfare community and the Mother offallen SEAL Marc Alan Lee this is a very personal and painful  loss."
"My heart grieves deeply with the families and the community. I standready to deploy to help these families to provide comfort, strength and help in whatever way I can."
"Their sacrifice is a reminder of all who have given their lives fighting the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and the dedication of all of our troops who are serving faithfully. We must never forget the sacrifice our troops and their families have made and continue to make defending America and our freedoms."
"I know all Americans want to reach out and I will keep you posted how we can do that but at this point prayer is one of the most powerful things we can be doing for these families and for the community."
Please visit Ms. Lee's website,, to learn more about her organization, about her mission of honoring our son's memory by honoring our military, their families, and the families of the fallen, and about how you can help! 

Join Us for a Pig Pickin' Celebrating Ilario's 40th birthday party and
the Grand Opening of our Volunteer Headquarters!

August 13, 2011 - Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$10 Pig Pickin’
With a Special Book Signing by
Congressman Joe DioGuardi
Author of “Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn't Add Up”
"Joe DioGuardi is one of the real heroes in the War on Waste. In this book Joe reads the riot act over how our lawyer-filled Congress mismanages your money and 'cooks' our national books, using numbers like a drunk uses a lamp post - for support rather than illumination." --J. Peter Grace, Chairman, Citizens Against Public Waste
DioGuardi, a CPA for over 20 years, who served two terms in Congress provides an insiders  account that exposes Congress's "grossly inept and deceitful fiscal practices."DioGuaardi shows how " congressional taxing, spending and guaranteeing combine with outrageous personal perks, deals and legal exemptions to endanger 'the very soul of American democracy.'"  In the midst of the current debt crisis and the economic struggles presently facing our country this is a timely message we all need to hear.
8207 Market Street, Unit H -Wilmington
Porters Neck Shopping Center, near the Post Office
Make our office your conservative headquarters away from home! Come for stickers, signs and T-shirts from all your favorite GOP candidates!
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 12-6pm starting 8/15
PS. We’ll be celebrating Ilario’s 40th Birthday too!
EVERYONE is invited to celebrate with Ilario and Jill and the boys and… Enjoy a piece of birthday cake – Ilario’s treat for All! Bring the family – fun activities for the kids!
Brunswick County Luncheon Reception & Book Signing this Monday, August 15th!
Hungry for conservative ideals and principles?

Join us for a luncheon reception with:


Local Conservative Republican Congressional Candidate (NC-7)
Family man, Businessman, Author and two-time Marine War Veteran

Special Guest Book Signing with:



“Joe DioGuardi is one of the real heroes in the War on Waste. In his book Joe reads the riot act over how our lawyer-filled Congress mismanages your money and ‘cooks’ the books, using numbers like a drunk use a lamppost – for support rather than illumination”
– J. Peter Grace, Chairman, Citizens against Public Waster

WHEN: Monday, August 15th 2011, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

WHERE: DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD HOUSE, 9955 Nance St, Calabash, NC 28467

WHAT: Your $25.00 Lunch Donation includes Choice of entrée (shrimp, flounder, clam strips or grilled chicken) salad, dessert and sweet tea

Photo Opportunity with Ilario Pantano and Congressman DioGuardi
11:30 am – Noon ($10.00 Donation)
*Special Book Signing Opportunity by Congressman Dio Guardi too!
Personally autographed BOOKS will be available for a $20 donation
PLEASE come dine with Fellow PATRIOTS in support of Ilario Pantano and Congressman DioGuardi as they enlighten and inspire us on the important issues

RSVP by 8/14/11

Pantano for North Carolina, PO Box 11280, Wilmington NC 28404

Or email: finance@pantanoforcongress​.com or 910-471-304

Lunch and Learn!

Join us as we kick off our educational series on important issues in policy and history. We will start with a lecture series on the constitution taught by an instructor that has generously donated her time.

Our first classes wil be 8/16, 8/18, 8/23 and 8/25 from noon until 1:00pm.

Bring lunch and a hunger for History!

Can’t make ‘em all? No worries. More policy classes will follow.
Stay tuned for more information on future classes!



Building for Victory in 2012!

As we open our headquarters this week, and continue to build for victory in 2012 please consider doing your par to help us move forward.  We have a grassroots army that is already working on the ground, and the right message for these perilous times.  Now we just need your help to ensure that we have the resources to make our message heard across the 7th District!


You can contribute online or mail contributions to:

Pantano for North Carolina
P.O. Box 11280
Wilmington, NC 28404.

Thank you for your generous contribution and ongoing support!

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Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

ATHEISTS ACTING LIKE FOOLS: Ground Zero Cross -- unconstitutional because it exists?

Verne Strickland Blogmaster, August 7, 2011

By Jordan Sekulow  
Director of Policy and International Operations at the American Center for Law & Justice.

In the tumultuous days following the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, workers at Ground Zero discovered a sign of hope and comfort – a cross – two intersecting steel beams from Tower One of the World Trade Center standing in the midst of so much death and destruction.
In the decade since 9/11, the Ground Zero Cross has become a symbol of hope and healing for those who survived the terrorist attack, the families and friends who lost loved ones on that day, and the coworkers of the brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This historical artifact of the 9/11 attacks is, lawsuit notwithstanding, going to be featured in the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Unfortunately, angry atheist syndrome has reared its ugly head again. As soon as the cross selection was announced the American Atheists organized filed suit, claiming it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The group actually claims that its members are experiencing “dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish,” not from the devastating destruction of life caused by the terrorists on 9/11, but as a “direct and proximate result of the unconstitutional existence of the cross.” That’s not a line from a blog post, a press release, or a fundraising letter; that is the actual legal argument presented by the American Atheists in their complaint. 
It doesn’t take a lawyer to realize that this is an utterly preposterous proposition.

At the ACLJ, we are taking action to defend the Ground Zero Cross.  We are preparing to file an amicus brief representing Tim Brown, a 9/11 firefighter and first responder who lost 100 hundred of his closest friends and colleagues at Ground Zero.

Our initial legal analysis of their complaint reveals that while the lawsuit argues that it is unconstitutional to “plac[e] a religious symbol of Christianity on government-owned property,” it “fail[s] to note that the cross is actually a remnant of the ruins of the Twin Towers.”

Even other atheists recognize that this is a “frivolous lawsuit.”  Susan Jacoby (a fellow On Faith contributor) on her “The Spirited Atheist” blog acknowledges that the American Atheists’ suit “misconstrues the First Amendment,” wondering whether the president of the American Atheists, David Silverman, “really believes this nonsense,” although she can't resist a swipe at something faith-based, this time at government-funded charities with religious affiliations- which, she fails to mention, by law must segregate those funds from any used for proselytizing - that is the real First Amendment “problem.”

What’s even more disconcerting than the lawsuit itself is what some of the atheist plaintiffs are saying about a 9/11 relic that has comforted so many.  One plaintiff called the cross-shaped steel beams an “ugly piece of wreckage” that “does not represent anything . . . but horror and death.“ Another called it “offensive and repugnant.
The communications director for American Atheists can’t figure out if the cross is just a “t” or a religious icon. How can they get so physically sick and mentally ill over crossed metal beams when they deny God exists? I suspect there is something deeper at issue for these atheists but that is for another discussion.

As the head of the National September 11 Memorial Museum so aptly noted:
This steel remnant became a symbol of spiritual comfort for the thousands of recovery workers who toiled at ground zero, as well as for people around the world. In the historical exhibition, the Cross is part of our commitment to bring back the authentic physical reminders that tell the story of 9/11 in a way nothing else can.
This is what the ACLJ is defending with our brief – a monument to those who lost their lives at Ground Zero and a symbol of hope and healing for the survivors and 9/11 families.

Jordan Sekulow  | Aug 4, 2011 11:28 AM