Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's LIVE! Click the link below to go to the telethon...

If you'd like to watch the "From the Frontlines" telethon live, please click here.

Donate, donate, donate!!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A TRUE Invasion of Privacy

The "Housing Bailout Bill," which appears to be in appropriate jeopardy, needs to be stopped in its tracks based on the premise alone; however, it has come to light that Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has added a provision requiring online business to report sensitive customer data to the US government. Businesses such as Amazon, e-Bay, and others would be reporting your data to the IRS if this bill with this provision is passed.

Talk about an invasion of privacy! What purpose is this data supposed to serve? Protecting us against a possible terrorist attack? Uh... nope. Helping provide the necessary national security and infrastructure that the federal government should be providing? Uh... let's see... nope. Keeping this representative republic a place where its citizens are free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness while they worship at the church or their choice (or not)? Gee... I don't think so.
"This is a provision with astonishing reach, and it was slipped into the bill just this week. Not only does it affect nearly every credit card transaction in America, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, but the bill specifically targets payment systems like eBay's PayPal, Amazon, and Google Checkout that are used by many small online businesses. The privacy implications for America's small businesses are breathtaking." -- Dick Armey, Chairman, Freedom Works

Read the full press release here.

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This is the most blatant invasion of privacy by the federal government that I have ever seen! I wondered when it would happen. Given all of the online bill payment services, the detailed transaction statements we receive from our credit card companies, and the ability to move money between accounts with the click of a mouse button. It was bound to happen sooner or later. The shame of it all is that a REPUBLICAN has initiated it. I didn't see that coming. Did you?

Call Congress and Tell Them to Oppose The eBay Reporting Provision in the Housing Bill: 1-866-928-3035

Thank you for keeping your eyes on the ball, Freedom Works! Keep up the good work!

[Michael, thanks for keeping me on my toes and sending this my way!]

Promote Transparency

Every time I received a citizen survey from Anne Northup during her years as my district's Congresswoman, I always added a comment to the survey. It was a request that she stop adding earmarks to legislation. I supported her but certainly not because of the federal money she earmarked for this area. I became very dissatisfied when I saw how much money was being earmarked on her watch. Repeatedly I asked but repeatedly my requests for fiscal responsibility were ignored.

Don't get me wrong, I support true Conservatives -- read, "Goldwater" or "Fiscal" in front of that, I suppose -- but I strongly dislike Conservatives who spend or attempt to disguise their spending like Liberals. The practice of earmarking and the waste perpetuated by the "favor factory" of the Appropriations Committee have both got to end. Now.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is at the forefront in the effort to stop wasteful government spending. They are waging an aggressive campaign right now to put more accountability and transparency back in government spending.

From their email bulletin:
CAGW is right now waging an aggressive campaign to determine which members of Congress are willing to pay more than lip service to transparency and accountability. By letter and by phone, we are calling on each member of the House and Senate to disclose the earmark requests they submitted to their respective Appropriations Committees.

But we need your help to hold your elected officials accountable.

I urge you to ask your Representative and Senators to disclose their earmark requests.

The leadership of the 110th Congress took control promising the “most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history” and we are holding them to their word! While House and Senate rules do not require members of Congress to make their earmark requests available to the public, Americans deserve to know on which pet projects their elected representatives would lavish their hard-earned tax dollars.

Transparency is a vital first step toward eliminating the tens of billions of dollars spent on congressional earmarks annually and ending the “culture of corruption” that earmarking breeds.

Help us promote transparency and accountability by demanding that your Representative and Senators release their earmark requests today!

CAGW is publishing the responses of members of the House and Senate on our website, as well as the lists of earmark requests they provide.
CAGW has made it extremely easy for you to request action from your representatives on the Hill. Click the links above and send the letters. I did.

How many of them will respond, I wonder... Have Conservatives figured it out yet? Do you think they'll recognize that it's time to become the party of Fiscal Responsibility again?

Democrats just say "No."

At a time when American entrepreneurs need government to get the hell out of the way so they can do what it takes to reach energy independence, the Dems are up to the same old nay-saying. No, no, and no to actions being proposed all around them that would release the restraints imposed on the energy industry in this country.

No new drilling; No new leases on areas for oil exploration -- see the idiotic "Use It or Lose It" legislative idea being promoted heavily by Kentucky's own John Yarmuth; and, no, no, no to nuclear power.

Just when I thought maybe I was the only one to notice, McCain's campaign speaks up! Nice ad!

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"Dr. No," indeed. While we're at it, let's annoint John Yarmuth "Odd Job." He's doing a rather odd job on the Hill these days. Time to bring him home... hat in hand.

"From the Frontlines" -- Tune in tomorrow!

This Thursday, June 26th is the huge "From the Front Lines" 8-hour telethon hosted by the nation's largest pro-troop organization Move America Forward. That's tomorrow, folks!

The goal: to send the largest single shipment of care packages in U.S. history. Move America Forward is hoping to collect sponsorships in excess of $500,000 for care packages by the end of the day Thursday.

Today Rush Limbaugh promoted the effort on his nationally syndicated show. Check that out right here. Even The San Francisco Chronicle wrote about it. The Sacramento Union has two stories about the broader effort -- Here and here.

It is my hope that by posting about the telethon and Move America Forward's efforts to send a history-making number of care packages to our troops overseas, any American patriot who loves our military and is surfing the internet the next two days is sure to know about this effort.

Tune in to the "From the Frontlines" telethon online on June 26th via either URL below:

Hot Air (Michelle Malkin's site) at http://www.HotAir.com
or
Be a part of this historic and meaningful effort by sponsoring care packages at Move America Forward's website. I've contributed, now it's your turn! Yours truly is off work right now recuperating from some minor surgery so I'll be tuned in for sure during the full 8 hours tomorrow. Let's get some care packages rolling, folks!

Thanks so much to the people at Move America Forward for all their hard work. It's one thing to donate money but TIME is the toughest donation to make and this is such a worthwhile cause. Thanks Move America Forward for all you do to help the rest of us show our support and appreciation for our troops!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Support the Troops

I have been WAY delayed in writing about this effort but, as I like to say to excuse myself, better late than never. ;o)

Move America Forward has created a program intended to provide the most care packages ever shipped to US troops overseas. You should be a part of this. This effort is monumental and shows not only the support for our troops but America's cognizance of the sacrifices they make to do the work that keeps freedom alive in the world. This effort will most likely make the history books.

There will be an internet-broadcast telethon called "From the Frontlines" on June 26, 2008 hosted by Melanie Morgan and Michelle Malkin, celebrated journalist and blogger.

Rush Limbaugh is slated to headline the celebrity line-up for the internet broadcast and a myriad of pro-America, pro-victory celebrities will make appearances during the 8-hour telethon.

I'll be donating and tuning in for the show on the 26th. Please join me!

Drill or Get Off the Pot

The "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition created by Newt Gingrich's American Solutions organization has reached one million signatures. Nice work!

You can't miss this discussion on the airwaves whether you're watching TV or listening to the radio lately. The price of gasoline is now at over $4 per gallon and the debate about how to become less dependent on foreign oil has FINALLY pushed this debate into the mainstream. As some of us will recall, this debate has been going on since the gas rationing days of the 1970s. While gasoline was cheap, Americans were deaf and dumb to the debate. Now that it's painfully pricey, we're all ears, aren't we?

Anyone remember this speech?

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Sound familiar?! Geez. We've been hearing that same old "alternative energy" speech since the 1970s. Environmentalists have been telling us we're ruining the planet since the 1970s. The "windfall profits tax" was tried in the 1970s. I feel like I've entered Peabody and Mr. Sherman's Way Back Machine!

Take a look around now -- Brazil has claimed its energy independence with their jackpot oil find. We have 66-115 billion barrels of oil waiting for us within the federal borders of our Outer Continental Shelf and about 16 billion barrels under the frozen tundra of the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). We now have clean coal technology on which to draw as well as safer and more efficient off-shore oil drilling techniques and smaller footprints for drilling.

All this while President George H.W. Bush has an Executive Order in place to prevent off-shore drilling in our very own Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and while President Clinton vetoes drilling in ANWAR. Here we are more than 10 years later wondering why we're paying over $4 a gallon for gasoline. Smack yourself in the forehead; pound your head on the wall; splash some ice water in your face and wake the frig up, folks!! It's time. It's long past time to get with the program.

It's time to step up the "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" program to reach three million signatures by the time the Democrats and Republicans hold their conventions this election year. Click here to donate $10 to the cause and receive a bumper sticker to promote the program as you burn that pricey gasoline on the road. (If you spot a red Mazda 3 hatchback on I-71 in Kentucky with this bumper sticker in the window, honk at your friend, ConservaChick!)

President Bush outlined the most sane and practical approach to the problem yesterday in his speech. Now, President Bush, let's just back up that plan with an Executive Order rescinding your father's Executive Order, shall we? Then, it's "drill or get off the pot" time for Congress.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Politician's Energy Crisis

"Making the simple complex is easy. Making the complex simple, awesomely simple, now THAT is genius." - Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus could have been describing Newt Gingrich and where his genius lies. Ever since Newt Gingrich organized and produced the Contract with America, I have been a huge fan of the man. He's a brilliant historical novelist with a robust intellect and a keen sense of what's truly important who does not tie himself to the idea of the moment. He does his homework. He explores a problem long enough to track it back to the larger root of the problem. Only then does he work with other sharp minds to craft simple, commonsense solutions that can be enthusiastically supported by intelligent and productive Americans.

He has done it again with the "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less." project at American Solutions. This is a very important project and it is being approached in typical Newt fashion. He has boiled our current energy conundrum down to it essentials and taken a pragmatic approach to helping Americans understand how we got here and how we can get out.

Politicians from as far back as the mid-1970s have been blocking efforts to use cleaner more pervasive forms of energy in favor of coddling the environmentalist lobby. The shame of it all is that Americans have been so misled so often about the true environmental impact of obtaining and using fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Heck, even when the former "No Nuke" protestor (see the previous link) gets it right with regard to nuclear energy, she falls back on the old arguments against fossil fuels. Now with clean coal technology well in hand, Americans no longer have to worry about becoming energy independent at the cost of our environment.

Politicians have created the mess we're in. How? By using half-assed science to spew political rhetoric that pleases the environmental lobby and Hollywood for the past 30+ years. The only way out is to let them know that WE know they're responsible for the problem; WE know that efficient stop-gaps as well as long-term strategies are not only possible but practical; and, WE want them to rectify the problems they created, NOW! As a matter of fact, a commonsense, practical, and speedy solution to our current energy situation now tops my list of concerns due to its impact on our national security.

Please watch Newt's video.



Do your homework. Sign the petition:
"We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries."
You will find yours truly on the list of signers. As of this evening, over a quarter of a million Americans (276,379) have signed the petition. I wonder how many more signatures will be necessary to light a fire of urgency under that monolithic, do-nothing, windbag Congress...

It's important that we all share this with our friends, family, and level-headed associates. It requires masses of actively intelligent Americans to move the body politic into action. Politicians must stop ducking, dodging, and delaying action on the problem they created. Those who voted against allowing us to exercise our entrepreneurial might for all these years need to get aboard this train or get the hell off the tracks.


[A big thank you to Dave for emailing me about this project. I have fewer hours available these days to keep up on the important stuff and sure appreciate a "heads up!"]