Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Like, for instance:
>> The president is a Kenyan racist who hates white people and white culture.
>> The first Hispanic American to become a Supreme Court Justice is a "reverse-racist."
>> It's okay to call the president a liar as he's saying something true while addressing a joint session of Congress.
>> Making health care more accessible and affordable is a Nazi policy.
>> Death panels led by Barney Frank will convene in the middle of the night to decide if Grandma lives or dies.
>> Government-run healthcare programs are evil...and don’t you dare put the government in charge of my Medicare!
>> The attacks of 9/11 didn’t happen on Bush and Cheney's watch.
>> Norm Coleman's senate seat was stolen by Al Franken and John McCain's presidency was stolen by ACORN.
>> Whoever shouts the loudest and angriest at a town hall meeting is a better American than people who don’t.
>> The biggest environmental threat to the planet is global cooling.
Friday, December 18, 2009
However, I will start off by taking this rare opportunity to commend Rep. Blackburn for her performance in this following clip. I was fully expecting the Republican delegation to embarassingly deny global warming altogether, but at least she sounds like she's given the issue a few seconds of thought...
If you've watched the clip of Rep. Blackburn from Hannity, you know what I'm talking about.
But, all in all, the Congressman sums up her/their position at the Copenhagen conference like so...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Dec 11 2009
Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends. As you begin the celebration of Hanukkah, I wanted to take a few minutes to wish you much joy and happiness as you enjoy the company of your loved ones. As you light the menorah and exchange gifts, I hope you will remember the friendship and affection that the people of Tennessee and the United States feel for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Ours is a friendship forged from working together for the benefit of mankind. May you enjoy peace and love this holiday season.
OK... so who is this directed at?
Jews in TN-07? Israelis? Jews everywhere?
I can't decide. She must know that there are Jews in Tennessee, right?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Ain't she folksy?!! And I just love how right-wingers say they are pro-environment because they like to ride their bikes, ski, or plant flowers. Forget the rainforests, the oceans, the sky, etc etc... just as long as there's no litter, everything's AOK!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
House GOP Copenhagen bound
By JAKE SHERMAN 12/8/09 5:34 PM EST
Republicans are preparing for a trip to Copenhagen and looking to derail Democratic efforts to negotiate an international climate agreement.
About a half-dozen Republicans will make the trip to Denmark to oppose plans for cap-and-trade legislation, express their discontent with the scientific community that researches climate change and call for the United Nations to halt any negotiations until the academic scandal known as “Climategate” is resolved.
At least Texas Rep. Joe Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with Republican Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Darrell Issa of California and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee are making the trip.
House Republican leaders Tuesday laid out their plans for the U.N. climate conference, which will be to essentially buck all Democratic climate-change platforms.
“In the worst recession in 26 years, in the midst of an academic scandal and questionable science revealed in ‘Climategate’ and in the absence of a national consensus about policies that would bear upon the category known as climate change, we gather here to say, Mr. President, don’t make promises in Copenhagen that we cant keep,” said House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana.
Republicans are in the minority in both the House and Senate. So, their opposition to both legislation and treaties means little on the national stage, let alone the international stage. But their words could be a distraction for the Democratic president, who’s attending the conference next week.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
"In Tennessee we believe when it comes to taxes if 10% is good enough for God on Sunday, it's for damn sure good enough for the government on Monday." -Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
It's only appropriate to use a swear word when talking about church.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - Rep. Marsha Blackburn says the only climate change she believes in are the four seasons in her native Tennessee.
So that promises to make her upcoming trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen especially interesting.
Blackburn, who is going as part of a congressional delegation, said her role will be to represent a dissenting outlook on whether human activity is causing global warming while still pushing for steps to reduce the carbon emissions that many experts cite as the cause of climate change.
"We're all for cleaner air, cleaner water and creating more clean energy," Blackburn said Thursday.
During the conference, Blackburn plans to push for expansion of nuclear power, a cause also championed by Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. She also will focus on developments in biofuels and lithium-ion batteries for cars. Both are the focus of efforts in Tennessee to create green jobs.
Blackburn will be attending at taxpayer expense in her role as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. She said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has arranged for two planes to carry the U.S. congressional delegation to the conference.
The climate change conference begins Dec. 7. The goal of the conference is to make progress toward an international treaty to reduce emissions.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I invite you to take a look at the OECD Health Data 2009.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Please, Congressman Blackburn. It is very clear that Republicans do not want reform. The very definition of being a conservative Republican is maintaining the status quo, if not turning back the clock.
The Party of NO has become the Party of Meaningless Alternatives.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"The Republicans have put forward their own version of health care reform as an alternative, but the Congressional Budget Office estimated that their plan -- while keeping premiums down and costing a mere fraction of the cost of the Democrats' bill -- would cover only 3 million more Americans. The Democrats' bill is projected to cover 36 million."
'"A lot of Blue Dogs in this country are going to have a lot of 'splaining to do back at home in their districts, where people do not want the health care that's being peddled by this administration," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told Fox News."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Backers of closing TN handgun database request records
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
“I voted against the Defense bill because the Democratic majority attached something which has nothing to do with defense: an expansion of hate crimes rules. I support providing states and local authorities with federal assistance to enforce their own laws, but the changes in this legislation go too far. It’s a shame that this piece of legislation was added to a bill that’s supposed to be about supporting our troops.”
Mind you, when I read this, I assumed that ALL Republicans voted against this civil rights legislation, because...they're Republicans. However, I found it interesting that along with EVERY Democrat in the Senate, these few right-wingers voted yea:
Sen. Alexander couldn't support civil rights but Sen. Ensign and BOTH senators from Texas could?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
By Richard Locker • THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL • October 21, 2009
A legislative committee on Tuesday moved Tennessee to the forefront of efforts by conservatives to reassert "state sovereignty" and rein in the federal government for allegedly usurping its constitutional authority.
Acting on a resolution overwhelmingly approved by the legislature in May, a specially appointed "Committee of Conference and Correspondence" voted to send letters to the other 49 state legislatures inviting them to join Tennessee in a "working group … to enumerate the abuses of authority by the federal government and to seek repeal of its assumption of powers" and mandates it has imposed on states.
Only one other state — Alaska — has adopted a similar "state sovereignty" resolution being pushed nationally by the "tea party" movement and other conservative groups.
"We really are leaders on this," said Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, who sponsored House Joint Resolution 108, which set the events in motion.
Full story from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Sunday, October 18, 2009
New Conservative Bible will eliminate 'liberal' text
Schlafly, the son of national political activist Phyllis Schlafly, says a conservative Bible should be masculine, for example, using the words mankind and man rather than more inclusive language. It also should shun terms like laborer or comrade. It also should put a free market spin on the sayings of Jesus.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Marsha Blackburn: anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-government.
Marsha Blackburn: anti-TARP, anti-bailout, anti-government funding.
Marsha Blackburn: pro-transparency?
Marsha Blackburn: anti-government oversight, anti-regulation, anti-accountability.
Marsha Blackburn: Trust the 'Board of Directors' to make compensation decisions with the taxpayers' money that I didn't want to give them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
From CNN Politcal Editor Mark Preston
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A political organization headed by two prominent liberal bloggers is actively recruiting a candidate to challenge centrist Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee in the 2010 primary.
Accountability Now, a political action committee, accuses Cooper of being out of step with voters of his Nashville-based district. The PAC specifically criticized Cooper for his reluctance to embrace President Obama's health care reform plan, and said that it is time to replace him with "a Democrat in Congress accountable to our district!"
A PAC representative has been in Cooper's district interviewing potential candidates for the past week, co-founder Jane Hamsher told CNN in an interview. Hamsher is a prominent liberal activist who founded the progressive blog Firedoglake. Unlike her blog, Hamsher said that Accountability Now does not emphasize liberal politics, but rather its mission is to defeat incumbent congressmen who the PAC believes has sold out to big business.
"Our goal is to get the corporatists out of there," Hamsher said.
CNN called Cooper's office for comment and is waiting for a response.
Hamsher said there is plenty of interest from possible challengers, but would not disclose the names of any potential candidates. If a person is found, then the PAC will promote the candidacy, raise money, and help push back against the national Democratic Party, which is backing Cooper's reelection. Still, Hamsher said the challenger needs to show viability.
It is unclear who the PAC will target next. But Hamsher said that they plan to continue polling in search of vulnerable incumbents who they think have sold out to corporate America.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Regarding her mentioning "those liberal blogs", if anyone on the right or even the center has the balls, send me your comments on healthcare, fiscal conservatism, or whatever else you feel like! I won't hold my breath.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This is Marsha Blackburn's crowd, people! Marsha Blackburn despises peace and reason in favor of violence and ignorance. She rather surround herself in the clan than rationally discuss the issues.
Friday, September 11, 2009
September 11 – Congressman Zach Wamp announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award $14.2 million to accelerate an environmental impact statement for a high-speed magnetic levitation, or maglev, train between Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville. The majority of the grant will be used for the studies required in the National Environmental Policy Act identifying the corridor routes and the station locations for this proposed project.
“This funding is a game changer for the prospect of high-speed rail in the southeast and dramatically increases our chances of success in the years ahead. A high-speed rail connection between Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville would build the infrastructure to increase economic development and bring more people to the growing Chattanooga airport,” said Congressman Zach Wamp. “Maglev high-speed rail could change the way Americans travel, reducing congestion on crowded roads and at busy airports. These are the types of investments that will help create quality jobs, grow the U.S. economy and help our nation be more competitive.”
A maglev train would relieve tremendous congestion in the Atlanta metro area and serve as part of a long needed intermodal mass transit system for the United States. Maglev trains can travel at more than 300 miles per hour, which would mean true high-speed ground transportation in the 116-mile corridor from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport generally along the Interstate 75 corridor to Lovell Field and Chattanooga. A recent feasibility study determined that the Atlanta-Chattanooga corridor could also extend northwest to Nashville along the Interstate 24 alignment.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - The nastiness of August's health care debate reached into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as President Barack Obama tried to move his reform plan forward.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!" after Obama had talked about illegal immigrants.
Wilson's outburst caused Obama to pause briefly before he went on with his speech. Overhead in the visitors' gallery, first Lady Michelle Obama shook her head from side to side.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
(CNN) — Sarah Palin's political action committee is handing out cash to some of the most conservative members of Congress, a new report filed with the Federal Elections Commission reveals.
According to the latest disclosure with the FEC, SarahPac has donated to money to Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Senate hopeful Rob Portman of Ohio.
Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton confirms the former Alaska governor's committee did donate $1,000 to each of those Republicans, as well as $2,500 to Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell, now dealing with fallout from the revelation of a controversial 20-year-old thesis.
The donations come more than a week after SarahPAC was notified by the FEC that it violated federal election law with the donations it gave to Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski earlier this year.
But with the recent additional donations, the PAC now qualifies as a "multi-candidate PAC" and is allowed to give $10,000 to a candidate per cycle.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
"Congressman Blackburn, why does it seem like you oppose anything Pres. Obama supports?"
FYI...this video is almost 20 minutes long. Feel free to take breaks!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
(kinda scratchy audio at first...)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Perry County unemployment is the highest in all of Tennessee; yet it still took a visit from District 7 Congressional Candidate, Greg Rabidoux on Monday to motivate Blackburn, finally, to pay a visit to Perry County Saturday.
“I’m glad Congressman Blackburn remembered Perry County is still part of her district,” Rabidoux said. Rabidoux along with several campaign staff, visited Perry County Aug. 10 and met with County Mayor, John Carroll, local officials and community leaders.
Rabidoux and Mayor Carroll focused on the county unemployment rate and ways to create and sustain jobs in the area.
Blackburn has stated that stimulus money – like the kind used to create 350 jobs in Perry County – is “a cancer.”
“Throughout the day, not one person referred to the stimulus as ‘a cancer’ – nor did they mention Blackburn their advocate – but rather seemed to feel there were some positive signs Perry County has begun to turn the corner toward recovery,” Rabidoux said.
Growing up in a small, rural, farming town, Greg learned the hardships that accompany the peaceful appeal of small town life. Rabidoux is certainly not captive to entrenched Washington DC special interests.
It’s no shock that it took Rabidoux visiting to bring the congressman here. “Overall, Perry County finally getting noticed, and hopefully helped, makes us happy. In the end, it’s all about serving the people of the 7th District, not the special interests inside the Beltway,” Rabidoux
Rabidoux joked that perhaps his staff should ask which county would like Blackburn to visit next, since he will continue to travel the district extensively in the next 15 months; wherever he is, Blackburn will be sure to follow.
In between spending time with his family and grading papers, Rabidoux found time to write a book: Hollywood Politicos: Then and Now (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009).
More information on Rabidoux’s campaign can be found at
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Rep. Blackburn town hall on health reform draws civil but passionate crowd
By Mike Morrow • THE TENNESSEAN • August 15, 2009
More than 1,000 people showed up to meet U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn at a town hall meeting Friday in Franklin, and there was no question where the vast majority of them stood.
They stood with Blackburn — and against current health-care reform efforts.
"Our town hall meetings have gone well," Blackburn told the cheering crowd. "People are telling us they do not want government bureaucrats making their health-care decisions."
Roughly 400 people gathered in a room at the Embassy Suites hotel to talk about health care. Hundreds more spilled out into the hallway and the lobby. Bob Horner, general manager of the hotel, said about 1,200 to 1,400 people came and went during the hourlong event.
Blackburn recommended that the crowd read the controversial health-care bill, HR3200.
"This is my summer reading," she said. "It will put you to sleep. It's better than Sominex."
Dennis Smith of The Heritage Foundation appeared with Blackburn.
The crowd was orderly but passionate. Many made it clear they did not want a government-run health-care system. Blackburn represents the 7th congressional district, which stretches from Brentwood to near Memphis.
Brent Willis of Brentwood said he is a Democrat and had a message for the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats.
I don't want my Blue Dog Democratic friends to nod to us and then go back, and Nancy Pelosi says, 'How much money do you need for your district? We need your vote.' That's a bribe," Willis said.
Can you imagine if Rep. Blackburn actually had to debate someone who didn't agree with her? **Head exploding** I guess she was prepared for that 0.01% chance by bringing someone from the Republicans' courtesy research fabrication center.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Organizer only one to show at health care protest at West End Middle
By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press Writer • August 14, 2009
The leader of a Tennessee group opposing the Obama administration's health care reform plan says he's disappointed he was the only one who showed up for a protest in Nashville.
Tom Kovach, state director of America's Independent Party, said he'd hoped to see at least 50 people at the protest Friday in a parking lot in front of West End Middle School near downtown.
Instead, the only company he had was a hand full of reporters and a few passing joggers.
Kovach acknowledged that Friday was school students' first day back and that protesters may have wanted to be "cautious," considering the group was criticized for protesting near the school.
But Kovach said he was still disappointed because there were people who told him they would be there.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 -
Vote Passed (400-30, 3 Not Voting)
On Thursday, the House approved this $636.3 billion bill funding the Department of Defense.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted YES.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
If FOX can't get it out of her, no one will.
Regarding the discussion of up-front costs... HA! We have established what is worth government spending according to Rep. Blackburn.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Blackburn, Conaway Move To Stop Egregious Regulation
Discharge Petition Would Preserve Congressional Authority
Washington, Jul 24 - Representatives Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) and Michael Conaway (TX-11) today filed a discharge petition for HR 391, a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating “greenhouse gases” under the Clean Air Act.
As Congress continues its work on Cap & Trade legislation, the EPA is poised to implement an independent carbon cap system unilaterally, without authorization from Congress. The EPA system would fine “major emitters” of carbon dioxide. Those “major emitters” range from individual homes, churches, and especially farms. The impact of this EPA regulation would amount to a tax on every pig or head of cattle.
Speaking on the prospect of unilateral EPA regulation, Mr. Conaway said, “As evident in the current Cap-and-Tax legislation that passed the House, it is clear that our Democrat colleagues like to raise taxes at every possible chance, but I hope that we can all agree that allowing the EPA to impose regulations and taxes on American people and businesses is absurd. It is not in our best interest to allow the EPA to form policy that will affect the interests of consumers, farmers, and small businesses without the consent of the American people who voice their concerns to their Members of Congress. As of now, the EPA is continuing to implement restrictions that will have a negative impact on our way of life, and we cannot sit idly by and watch as unelected bureaucrats at the EPA impose unnecessary taxes on American people and businesses without the consent of Congress.”
“The House and Senate are debating action on carbon regulation. The energy tax they are contemplating is a terrible option, but at least it has been hammered out by elected representatives. What the EPA proposes will have the same disastrous effect on our economy, but it will be managed by unaccountable bureaucrats,” Mrs. Blackburn said.
Umm. I don't think EPA's intention is to go after churches in order to mitigate climate change, but I find the use of quotes in this press release rather humorous. Goes to show that "science" is still a problem for Republicans. I wonder what percentage of Americans would trust "Marsha Blackburn" to address global warming over "unaccountable bureaucrats" at EPA.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Here's the kick-off...
and the consummate reaction...
I'll keep you posted with my Congressman's response.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Even two decades after the collapse of liberals' beloved Soviet Union, they can't grasp that it's easier and cheaper to obtain any service provided by capitalism than any service provided under socialism.
You don't have to conjure up fantastic visions of how health care would be delivered in this country if we bought it ourselves. Just go to a grocery store or get a manicure. Or think back to when you bought your last muffler, personal trainer, computer and every other product and service available in inexpensive abundance in this capitalist paradise.
Does she really think healthcare is on par with car mufflers?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As we all know, Rep. Blackburn follows a "nothing but military" policy. Here are some examples to add to the list:
Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2010 -
Vote Passed (219-208, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted NO
Restore Our American Mustangs Act-
Vote Passed (239-185, 9 Not Voting)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted NO
Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 -
Vote Passed (320-97, 16 Not Voting)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted NO
We'll see how she reacts to this --- is it OK to cut military spending, Congressman? As one of your constituents, I think that if you can cut money from the Dept of Education, you can cut the Dept of F-22s.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
“Do you agree with his statement that you have generally liberal instincts?” asked Cornyn.
Sotomayor said that if Pavia had been talking about her serving on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, “a board that promoted equal opportunity for people….you could talk about that being a liberal instinct in the sense that I promote equal opportunity in America and attempts to ensure that.”
Friday, June 26, 2009
The massive new energy tax that Democrats like to call Cap and Trade will be voted on today. As of late last night, news reports indicated that Speaker Pelosi and Henry Waxman may not have all the votes that they need.
I am staunchly opposed to this bill. It is based on dubious EPA assumptions as their own internal documents point out, it could cause Tennesseans' power bills to rise by as much as 42%, and siphons thousands of dollars out of the family budget to fund $642 billion in new energy taxes.
I will be discussing Cap and Trade today at 12:00 CST on CNBC with Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. As I have argued before,I’ll remind him that this bill will destroy jobs, drive up the cost of energy, and won’t help the environment. I am all for clean water, clean air, and clean energy. I fully support an "all of the above" approach to energy independence. I am just not willing to tax the American people out of house and home to pay for it.
The Wall Street Journal has a column about Europe’s experience with Cap and Trade schemes that is worth your attention today, as is this list of reasons why this is such a bad idea.
I will update you again today as the fight continues.
As Congressman Blackburn has stated 1,000,000 times before, she is anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-government. Therefore, NOTHING is worth any federal action, unless it's war.
I ask again, what would you do to combat CLIMATE CHANGE, Congressman? We're not talking about the flowers in your garden which you deem an example of your environmental stewardship, but CLIMATE CHANGE.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Blackburn on Nissan Announcement
Innovation And Jobs Have Home In Tennessee
Washington, Jun 23 - Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) welcomed the announcement from the Department of Energy of a $1.6 billion loan to Nissan for the production of electric cars and battery packs in Smyrna, Tennessee. Production of electric cars could mean 1,300 new jobs in Middle Tennessee.
Tennessee's Seventh District borders Smyrna and is home to Nissan’s U.S. headquarters as well as many Smyrna plant employees. Earlier this month Blackurn sponsored an amendment to the State Department Authorization bill designed to protect patent holders who are developing green technology. Tennessee is a national leader in patents for hybrid technology. Blackburn’s amendment passed overwhelmingly.
“Tennessee has always been a home for innovation. I am pleased that our spirit of innovation is being rewarded. Our community is on the technological edge of an energy revolution; one that will bring consumers lower prices and more choices as we move to energy independence.”
Some background on WHERE the $$$ is coming from (via Senator Bob Corker's website)...
These are the first conditional loan commitments reached as part of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, also referred to as “Section 136” funding. Section 136, passed as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, provides loans to eligible auto manufacturers and component suppliers for reequipping, expanding, or establishing a manufacturing facility in the U.S. to produce advanced technology vehicles or parts for such vehicles.
...and courtesy of GovTrack...
House Vote On Passage: H.R. 6 [110th]:
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Yea: 264 (61%)
Nay: 163 (37%)
TN-7 Blackburn, Marsha [R] - Nay
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Obama takes aim at Fox News
Posted: 09:33 AM ET
(CNN) – Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.
"It's very hard for me to swallow that one," Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him. "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."
The interviewer quickly assumed Obama was referring to Fox News, a suggestion the president didn't disagree with.
"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
So rational, sensible Americans know that Sean Hannity's head is stuck somewhere in 1930s Berlin, but why exactly is Congressman Blackburn playing into it?
How "out of touch" is President Obama, Congressman? Is that to say you are "in touch"?
Example No. 10890367901:
Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act
June 4, 2009
Vote Passed (397-25, 11 Not Voting)
This bill would authorize programs, advisory groups and spending to improve security at U.S. airports and rail systems. It also prohibits the TSA from using whole-body imaging machines at primary security checkpoints of airports.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted NO
From the Nashville Post...
Marsha Blackburn Gets An Opponent
This is to announce that Dr. Greg Rabidoux has filed his papers with the FEC declaring his intention to run for US Congress in the 7th Congressional District of Tennessee. Greg is a faculty member at Austin Peay State University teaching law and politics in the political science department.
Dr. Rabidoux has declared his candidacy for US Congress and will “bring a moderate, informed, highly skilled and inclusive approach to the job” as he promises to “faithfully represent the people of the 7th District and the values they hold dear” if elected. He cites several factors for his decision to declare his candidacy now, which include the “ineffective, divisive, and increasingly obstructionist approach” of the current incumbent.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
May 20, 2009:
BLACKBURN: I do have a couple of questions I would like to ask Miss Matsui, if I may do so, on her amendment. I find the amendment such an interesting take on -- um -- and I do -- do look at this and see it as being very duplicative and redundant in its efforts. You know, I come from a family that has always participated enormously in conservation efforts, whether it was Farm Bureau 4-H Club or my mother with Garden Clubs of America. My mother received the Keep America Beautiful lifetime achievement award in 1997 for the work that she has done, starting programs like the gentlelady from California is mentioning in her bill. Now, we have wonderful not-for-profits that go about this work and she does reference them in her bill.
But these organizations, for decades have been planting trees. So, in addition to the U.S. Forest Service carrying out some of this good work, we have garden clubs all around the country. We have Boy Scout and Girl Scout clubs that work on Arbor Days, planting trees. So is it the gentlelady's intent that all of these organizations will be able to draw down this one-dollar-for-dollar match. Would they use that to grow their programs or would this have the unintended consequence of doing away with the corporate contributions that they receive, the charitable contributions they receive in order to help carry out those programs? Have we thought through what that would do to these not-for-profits who have for decades been engaged in this type of work? And I yield to the gentlelady for a response.
MATSUI: Yes, I'd like to respond. first of all, I really appreciate garden clubs also. And I think they really fill a wonderful place in our communities. The critical difference between my amendment and things like garden clubs, and the reason we need the amendment, is because utilities need to plant the right tree in the right place in order to get the kind of --
BLACKBURN: Reclaiming my time. So then the individuals that put a lot of work into these efforts, our assumption, the arrogance of an assumption by us in Congress would be that these volunteers do not plant the trees in the right place. And I just would have a tremendous amount of concern about what this would do to these organizations that put effort into carrying forth these programs, even begin these programs.
WAXMAN: Would the gentlelady yield?
BLACKBURN: Yes, I'll be happy to yield.
WAXMAN: I would think those groups would welcome this proposal. It is a voluntary one, it is not mandatory. They're doing the best job they can and I'm pleased to hear about your mother's involvement in it. They do a great service. They make our communities more livable. What this proposal would do is no mandate, but an option for local utility companies who want to reduce consumer energy bills, they can do it through tree planting. You got shade from trees, less electricity is used, so if a utility wants to do that, as I understand it, they have to match the money, and they know that they're helping their ratepayers save money. So I think groups, volunteer groups are great and they're doing the best they can but this would help and I think utilities would probably want to engage them in the activity.
BLACKBURN: I thank the chairman for the explanation and I reclaim my time. I think that as we look at taking a program that has been very successful in the not-for-profit sector and pulling that in, institutionalizing it and making it a government program that we need to be very careful about how we go about that. I would think that we would not want to take steps that are going to hurt the not-for-profit sector and their good work, diminishing the work they have done while we say global warming and fighting global warming and paying umbrage to global warming is the objective of the legislation we're bringing forward.
WAXMAN: Would the gentle lady yield --
BLACKBURN: I yield back the balance of my time.
WAXMAN: The chair will recognize himself. I would be interested in whether you think that faith-based initiatives have harmed the religious and volunteer groups that were doing great things in the community, running drug abuse programs, and other things that -- where they served a very worthwhile purpose and the government wanted them -- to have them do the work and that set of government agencies to do it. So I show you a different aspect of it. I hear what you're saying and I wouldn't want those nonprofit groups to be pushed out of the way at all. But I think this would expand it. We would have more opportunities for people to do things together. I hope we -- I just want to give you a different explanation.
What a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for contacting me to share your opinions regarding cap and trade. Hearing from constituents on issues of concern is important to our office and me as we work to represent our district.
As you know, in recent years there has been an ongoing debate in Congress on the best legislative method to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. One of these proposals known as "cap and trade," would set ceilings on the amount of greenhouse gases that may be emitted. Should this legislation become law it will create a cap and trade system that will require Americans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
However, this government mandate would effectively tax energy producers for their carbon emissions, a tax which even proponents of cap and trade admit will most likely be passed onto consumers.
Additionally, the official budget revenue numbers for cap and trade may understate the actual revenue it will produce. The Wall Street Journal reported that Jason Furman, the White House Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, told a bipartisan group of Senate aides that the cap and trade indirect tax system could actually generate $1.3 trillion to $1.9 trillion between fiscal years 2012 and 2019. This cost for the typical Tennessean could be between $2100 to $3150 per person per year in higher energy costs. As a member on the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, I have serious concerns with the new mandates that are proposed in ACES and I have presented those concerns to my colleagues. Now is not the time for the U.S. to impose unilateral climate restrictions which will drive up energy costs for businesses and consumers, creating greater challenges for U.S. companies to compete with foreign businesses during a weakened economy.
By contrast, throughout my tenure in Congress, I have remained a leading advocate for drilling for American oil and gas, building more refineries to process fuel, expanding our nuclear and hydropower resources, developing alternative fuels and encouraging the production of more energy efficient vehicles. Since our economy will remain dependent on fossil fuels in the short term, Congress must increase domestic oil and gas exploration and development to keep pace with foreign demand. At the same time we must also focus on mid-range and long-term solutions that will promote energy independence within the next twenty years.
Please know that as the 111th Congress continues to address this issue I will keep your views in mind and continue working hard to reduce Tennessee families' financial burden from nearsighted government mandates.
Please know that I appreciate both your interest and time in contacting us on this issue.
Member of Congress
Where exactly does Rep. Blackburn address climate change?
Friday, May 22, 2009
Posted: 06:23 PM ET
(CNN) – Liberty University, the evangelical school in Virginia founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, is drawing heat Friday for its decision to revoke recognition of the College Democrats' chapter on campus.
According to the Lynchburg News & Advance, the school decided a week ago the organization "stood against the moral principles" held by the school and therefore could no longer be sanctioned.
Maria Childress, the staff adviser to the club, told the paper the school — which opposes abortion rights and gay marriage — had issues with the Democratic Party platform.
Childress says she was told by Mark Hine, the vice president of student affairs, that "'You can't be a Democrat and be a Christian and be a university representative.'"
The university did not return CNN's request for comment.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Congressman Marsha Blackburn on cap and trade, a.k.a. climate change mitigation...
"This isn't an energy bill, it is a tax bill plain and simple," Congressman Blackburn said. "It siphons thousands of dollars out of the family budget to fund $642 billion in new energy taxes. Instead of making energy more abundant and affordable, it will make it scarce and more expensive. Despite my colleagues promise of economic expansion through 'green jobs' this bill exports far more existing jobs than could realistically be replaced through non-existent technology. Millions of jobs will be lost. For all the money spent and jobs lost, we won't have a more secure environment or more abundant energy. At most, global temperatures are expected to drop a fraction of a degree over the next 90 years. This bill just isn't worth the taxes it will raise or the jobs it will cost."
What IS worth it, my dear?! Obviously nothing based on science.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I warn you, this will make you sick...
The Matthew Shepard Foundation
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
First off, as usual, we've got my gal Marsha questioning Al Gore. Although this clip is quite humorous already, I wish V.P. Gore would've let Congressman Blackburn dig herself a little further in the hole via her Republican sleuthing.
And in the grand tradition of Right-wing queens, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will make you think you're high while listening to her rant.
To prove her point, let's put her in a room full of CO2!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
CAP & TRADE: Blackburn Statement
Statement Before The House Energy And Commerce Committee
Mr. Chairman, last week the EPA positioned itself to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act, with or without Congressional consent. We are then, faced with a choice, we can acquiesce to bad regulation that will have certain and disastrous impacts on our economy or we can legislate an even more harmful system. It is as though, when faced with a gun to our heads, Congress is opting to shoot ourselves in the chest.
For the record, I would remind the Committee of my bill, H.R. 391, which would prohibit the EPA from taking action under the Clean Air Act and allow Congress the time we need to craft intelligent legislation. My bill would also save small farms, who under the EPA’s proposed regulations would face steep levies on livestock.
Laying aside my skepticism of the underlying science that led us to this bill, I would like to address some of my concerns over the legislation itself. There are at least two provisions that we know will be detrimental to the economy at the worst possible moment.
First, are the renewable electricity standards imposed by this bill. Currently, 3% of our electricity is generated by renewable energy. The Chairman’s bill calls for 25% by 2025. To meet that standard under current electricity usage levels would require 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy to come online each year until 2025.
I would remind my colleagues that only 10,000 megawatts worth of renewable electricity came online last year. The Energy Information Administration estimates that only 8,000 additional megawatts will come online over the next four years.
This makes the renewable energy requirements in this bill entirely unrealistic, and that is under current usage rates. This bill also aims to increase electricity usage without accommodating that increased usage in the standard for renewable generation. The proposed standards also happen to be exceedingly expensive. We are saddling our states and our energy consumers with unrealistic demands at prohibitively high prices.
Secondly, while there are large holes in the Chairman’s bill when it comes to the mechanics of a Cap and Trade proposal, few in this room doubt that we are actually talking about a Cap and Tax system. Electricity rates are going to rise and Washington is going to pocket the profits. I take no comfort from any assurance I hear from my colleagues across the aisle or down the street that energy consumers will be compensated in any way.
Mr. Chairman, I wonder if the committee will give the as yet unaddressed compounding effects of this bill due consideration. We know that the renewable energy standard will increase electricity costs. We also know that the Cap and Trade system will drive up electricity costs. The President himself has told us that prices will “necessarily skyrocket” for consumers.
What we don’t know- what we must know before this bill becomes law- is what the compounding effect of an expensive renewable energy standard and an expensive Cap and Trade system will be to the family budget.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
P.S. It was unseasonably cold in TN yesterday. Hmm.
Texas governor says secession possible
Posted: 10:45 AM ET
(CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ruling out the possibility his state may one day secede from the nation.
Speaking to an energetic and angry tea party crowd in Austin Wednesday evening, the Lone Star State governor suggested secession may happen in the future should the federal government not change its fiscal polices.
"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."
His comments come a week after endorsing a resolution in the Texas state House reasserting state sovereignty over federal mandates.
Specifically it states that "all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed."
Should Texas one day secede, one man may already be vying to be its president. Actor Chuck Norris said last month he may be interested in the post.
“I may run for president of Texas,” Norris wrote in a column posted at WorldNetDaily. “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”
Chuck Norris thinks that the U.S. gov't is turning into the enemy of the state? Does this not sound like un-patriotic, terrorist-style speak? Better get Rep. Bachmann on this guy!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
From the Tennessean...
GOP lawmaker wants resolution to reject socialism
A Republican state lawmaker wants the Tennessee General Assembly to pass a resolution to oppose socialism in the United States.
Rep. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican, wants to add the wording to a resolution he is sponsoring to call on the governor to reject money from the federal stimulus package.
Kelsey says the resolution would "strongly urge the federal government to reject attempts to establish socialism as a form of government in America."
Is he for real? Ask him. email@example.com
will take the place of so-called conservatives.
Here's a run-down of the teabaggers' party in Nashvegas. Who do you think was in attendance?!!
Let’s be clear about one thing: These tea parties are hardly non-partisan events. While there’s certainly a grassroots component here, these parties have been co-opted by a major America political party (the RNC's Web site allows for creating send-a-tea-bag post cards to Dem leaders) and an entire cable news channel (which has been promoting the events). The main Web site for the events today, Tax Day Tea Party, is funded by conservative groups, and a public records search shows it's registered to a conservative techie, Allen B. Fuller, who used to be a legislative correspondent for GOP Sen. Richard Shelby and who touts creating Web sites for Republican elected officials. Also reportedly involved in today’s protest events are FreedomWorks, a conservative group founded by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Americans for Prosperity.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
From the oh so inclusive TNGOP...
The average Tea Party crowd will be filled with mainstream taxpayers who believe in the Second Amendment, the Constitution, limited government, low taxes, and fiscal responsibility. If that includes you, be warned: the Left has begun a campaign - in the mainstream media and on liberal blogs - to demonize you as a racist wacko.
I find it somewhat amusing that the TNGOP had this op-ed immediately following their Tea Party warning...
Although the liberal mainstream media often tries to marginalize Christians and portray Christian faith as archaic, the truth is quite the opposite: Christian faith and beliefs are mainstream in America.
This profound observation is qualified by a list of statistics from Rasmussen re: the average American's Christian beliefs.
Alls I have to say is why would the media and educated Americans need to demonize Republicans any more? I thought that it was universally accepted that today's GOP is the party of exclusivity?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I find it amusing that Republicans like Rep. Blackburn use the whole "government is bad" argument. Ahh, it's fun to cherry-pick, ain't it?! When your reasoning isn't based on logic, you can win any argument!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
As you know we are continuing to fight the onslaught of increased spending and regulation in Washington D.C. It seems there is something new every day: The stimulus, the omnibus, card check, attacks on life, the unconstitutional move to have voting Congressional seats represent the city of Washington D.C., White House control of the census, nationalization of the student loan program, diminishment of charitable contributions, reduction in home mortgage deductions, nationalization of healthcare and the imposition of the cap and tax scheme. It goes on and on.
Some of you are asking, “Where does it all end?” and “What can I do about it?”
Our hope is to have this liberal onslaught end with the American people getting energized and joining us in this fight to preserve freedom and free enterprise. At this point we are aggressively fighting the imposition of the $3.6 trillion Obama budget which will give us at least another $1.4 trillion in debt!
I need your help. Will you please forward this message to all your “like minded” friends and family members? Make a contribution of $36 to my re-election effort to help me with the fight.
Alls I have to say is long live the liberal onslaught! Not that I know exactly what we are slaughting, but I like to slaught a lot.
Contact Marsha, especially if you're like-minded! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My question is: Where is Michele Bachmann in all this?!! Doesn't she want an investigation into this un-American behavior?!!
Of course not. Republicans only want success for their select few. We know that to be the foundation of their party. If you don't meet the Republican credentials, you shouldn't be allowed to succeed.
The only problem is that the list of Republican credentials is getting longer and longer and longer. Back before the Republican Party turned into the American Nazionalist Partei, level-headed Americans actually had a choice when it came to political affiliation. Now it has come down to Democrats, disenchanted Independents (usually Greens and *some* Libertarians), and the wackos who still call themselves Republicans.
I find it offensive that today's "Republicans" invoke names like Lincoln, Roosevelt, and (shudder) Dr. MLK. I am more than confident that if any of these gentlemen were alive today and happened to catch a snippet of FOX News their reaction would be: O-M-G. This reaction would be followed by a change in party registration.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Blackburn To Geithner: Time To Go
WASHINGTON- Yesterday Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) appeared on The Fred Thompson Show and called on Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner to resign.
"I think that he has caused more problems than he has solved," Blackburn said on the nationally syndicated radio show. "I think he needs to go and it doesn't matter if the President wants to remove him or he wants to submit his resignation but Secretary Geithner needs to go."
Who woulda thought Rep. Blackburn would feel this way? No one! Unless you listened to Rush Limbaugh on Friday.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
GOP blowhards offer nothing but obstructionism to problems
By Chip Forrester • March 11, 2009
As I said in my recent acceptance speech for chairmanship of the Tennessee Democratic Party, I will not let attacks by the Tennessee Republican Party go unanswered.
For too long the Republican Party has had carte blanche to distort economic truths, spread racist falsehoods and go unchallenged in these blatant lies.
Now comes Republican Chairwoman Robin Smith (Tennessee Voices, March 7) condemning President Barack Obama and other thinking Democrats for launching attacks on the fervent, right-wing, talk-show ideologues of her party, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and even local blowhards Phil Valentine, Steve Gill and Michael DelGiorno.
The obvious point she misses is that, after eight misguided years of her president's disastrous economic and war policies that have left our nation in economic ruins, her party and these right-wing blowhards offer no solution to these problems except obstructionism — only three Republicans voted to support President Obama and Congress as they offered a plan to help save our country's failing economy.
And while her right-wing, elitist and extremist mouthpieces rail against the president and Democrats — providing no solutions, no vision and no answers — Democrats have stood up, however an imperfect solution, with answers to our nation's worsening economic crisis.
I've said that fair and honest policy debates are on the table for discussion. That is what we do in a democracy. However, shrill attacks that offer no solutions but just more of the same will not go unanswered.
Chairwoman Smith, you have become a "one-note" tunesmith. Your mantra has become nothing more than launching baseless attacks on those who are navigating us out of a crisis your president got us into. You tell us nothing about how you plan to help families who have lost their homes, factory workers who have lost their jobs as industries shut down, and single mothers who cannot afford health care for their children.
Once again, you have shown how bankrupt Republican economic policies have become and how little your party contributes to desperately needed solutions.
Now, when you are ready to talk about those issues, I'll meet you anywhere, anytime for civil, honest, open discourse in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, who grappled to forge the new nation they envisioned.
Somehow, I think I might be waiting a long time for your answer.
Chairwoman Smith, blow me.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thanks for the innovative thinking, ladies.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
From the New Republic...
"The American people see earmarks as the gateway to spending," I remember Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn, a rising House GOP star who stumped tirelessly for McCain, telling me back in December. Asked to recount one time a voter asked her about earmarks on the trail, she fell silent. "Oh, yes, we've, um, let's see ... I'm trying to think ..."
We'll let David Shuster sum it up...