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