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We Three Heads of Government Are…

by John Allison

I thought I’d try my hand at parody, so here goes.

Set to the music of “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” this is a parody of the attempt to impose a government-run health care system on the American people by the three headed demon we have running our government, composed of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.

My singing isn’t too great, but hopefully you’ll enjoy it anyway. I had fun doing it and plan to do more, so please let me know what you think.

Enjoy.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Away With the Manger

Martial arts master Chuck Norris points out that President Obama doesn’t seem to understand the Reason for the Season.

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by Chuck Norris at Townhall.com

I’m willing to bet that President Barack Obama’s Christmas address this week will shine with a religious significance that’s about as bright as what was in his unusually short Thanksgiving proclamation, which gave a token reference to God via a quote from George Washington.

Even in the Obamas’ superstar Christmas interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Estefan, there were discussions about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, ornaments, gingerbread houses and even their dog’s Christmas stocking. Obama even gave a Christmas shout-out to all Hispanics. But there was not one mention of religion or a hint of the real reason for the season.

Gone are the days when presidents and most politicians publicly rejoiced in the birth of Christ. Like many of you, I still remember a day — even in Washington — when Christ was central to Christmas. It was an America that was far less politically correct, an America that wasn’t afraid to stand up for its belief in the babe who was born in Bethlehem.

Besides Obama, even our modern Democratic presidents have stood up for America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the true meaning of Christmas. Here’s a small sample. (If you’re interested in more, I encourage you to go to the exclusive expanded edition of this same article at WorldNetDaily, which documents more than a dozen of our other presidents’ Christmas confessions and festivities, from George Washington through George W. Bush.)

It’s well-known that President John Kennedy was a Catholic. What’s not so well-known is that in 1957, then-Sen. Kennedy disclosed at a National Conference of Christians and Jews dinner what he believed was the remedy to the ills in society: “Upon what can we rely? Where can we compete? In what can we find hope for the future? The answer, I believe, lies ultimately in the very principles which we honor tonight — the principles of our Judaic-Christian heritage.”

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | Christianity, Holidays | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

King of the Blacks

No, it’s not Barack Obama…at least in this article by columnist Joseph C. Phillips.  But this is a black columnist pointing out what he sees as the biggest obstacle to achievement in the black community.  Using his own son’s experience as an example, his poignant essay asks “How is it that…the ‘king of the Blacks’ is the kid that flunked 8th grade?”

by Joseph C. Phillips at Townhall.com

My wife and I have big dreams for our children. We want nothing for them but health, happiness and success and we recognize that a good education can be a step towards realizing that goal. We also demand that our children perform up to their potential. The skills one learns in school – study habits, attention to detail, and meeting deadlines – are essential for success in the work world. In this we are like every other parent in America.

However we are also Black parents of a certain generation and so the subtleties of race continue to speak to us and they are very real. Sometimes we are not sure if we are responding atavistically to the faint smell of something in the air or if what we are hearing are the soft echoes of our own imaginations. It’s sometimes impossible to tell, which is why race and issues associated with race (to coin a phrase from the late Ralph Wiley) continue to make Black People want to shout.

Last week I had what my parents generation used to call a “come to Jesus meeting” with my 7th grade son. His mid-term report card arrived in the mail. His mother and I were under-whelmed.

The comments on my son’s report card indicated that he is under the mistaken impression that school is for socializing and his grades reflect a rather lackluster effort at best. I went “old school:” after a brief lecture he received some tactile encouragement to start taking care of TCB.

There are many black students at my sons’ middle school, but he is 1 of only 3 in the highly-gifted magnet program within the school. The HGM is a program restricted to students that score 99.9% on an intellectual assessment test. One of three! That doesn’t leave much wiggle room to be the black kid that can’t cut it, that clowns in class or that falls behind.

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December 21, 2009 Posted by | Education | , , , , | 1 Comment

Did Obama Single-Handedly Defeat Global Warming in Denmark?

Under the blanket of a blinding blizzard, negotiators in Copenhagen charge ahead with efforts to forge an international agreement that will stem the tide of what they now call “Climate Change.” (Formerly known as Global Warming.)  The winter storm wasn’t all these Global Warming alarmists were ignoring as they donned coats, hats, scarves and gloves to demand action that they believe will lower temperatures.

Protesters, “green” organizations, and worst of all, delegates representing member states of the UN continued to ignore the words of leading scientists that have led some to call “Climate Change” the “worst scientific scandal of our generation.”

It’s understandable the nutcase treehuggers who hold no real job didn’t notice that the whole idea of man-made climate change is a fabricated hoax. They spend their entire lives protesting at some conference for some left wing cause or another.  The “green” organizations know the science is junk.  They’ve always known it.  They use it to convince citizens of the world that cow farts, SUVs, and even our own breathing are turning the Earth into a boiling cauldron, not because of some burning desire to save the world, but to extort money from those who swallow their left-wing line and those who don’t.

The extortion from sympathizers, believers, and followers comes in the form of donations to the left-wing organizations that support the professional protesters who pass through this life throwing rocks, breaking windows, and turning over cars in the street.  Those who don’t run for their lives when the radical left nut jobs play Chicken Little with issues like Global Warming…uh…I mean Climate Change…don’t voluntarily hand over their hard earned cash to the liberal loons so the extortion takes a little more effort where they’re concerned.  These involuntary victims of the leftist liberals are stripped of their worldly possessions for the good of the cause by taxation and/or government imposed mandates.

Those taxes and mandates were exactly what the shivering ambassadors from 193 countries sought to agree on at Copenhagen.  But negotiators seemed stymied, unable to reach an agreement as rich countries (those who would be required to pay said taxes) didn’t seem to want to part with as much of their wealth as poorer countries (those who would benefit from yet another liberal scheme to redistribute wealth) planned to take.  Then, US President Barack Obama arrived in the winter wonderland anomaly.

Believers and extortionists can now claim Obama’s powers of persuasion, though no longer capable of hypnotizing a majority of Americans, worked wonders on the chilly conference representatives’ ability to compromise.  With a flurry of last minute arm twisting, which included the President breaking protocol by bursting into a meeting of Chinese, Brazilian, Indian and South African leaders to demand they not negotiate in secret (funny how he doesn’t hold Democratic Senators to that standard on health care), the President forged an agreement between the US and those four countries that permitted him yet another opportunity to describe his accomplishment with his favorite adjective.

If Global Warming/Climate Change/[whatever the next name for the nonexistent threat propagated by the left] is real, the results of his “unprecedented” accomplishment must have been instantaneous, because the President had to leave Denmark before the agreement could be considered by the full conference in order to beat another blinding snowstorm descending on Washington, DC.

One can only imagine what weather conditions would have befallen the US capitol if Obama had failed in his quest to get something on paper before he left Copenhagen.  Air conditioning systems would likely be running full blast in the capitol city, creating an “unprecedented” December demand on coal-fired power plants to cool the sultry confines inside the beltway.  Imagine the “unprecedented” levels of CO2 that would have been emitted by DC denizens’ efforts to combat what would almost certainly have been an “unprecedented” heat wave this weekend. So be sure to email the White House and thank the President as you’re shoveling the snow from your driveway this weekend.

Global Warming/Climate Change/[whatever the radical left wants to call it this week] is nowhere to be found this weekend, thanks to the “unprecedented” pretentiousness of our President!

Of course, it’s more likely the leaked CRU emails we’ve read about really did point to a cover up by the scientific community to help guarantee a continually growing flow of research dollars help them manufacture more junk science and there was no more truth to Global Warming than to Al Gore’s claim that he invented the internet.

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Environment, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bipartisan support to “Kill the Bill!”

Now that Howard Dean and the SEIU have joined with the conservative American majority in calling for Harry Reid’s health care bill to die a quick death, we can finally say bipartisanship has been achieved on the President’s number one domestic agenda.

Join with the bipartisan coalition of conservative activists, the SEIU, and ultra-liberal Howard Dean by calling your Senator and telling him/her to KILL THE BILL!

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Sen. Blanche Lincoln can’t say Merry Christmas?

by John Allison III

Every Christmas season of late has been plagued by the controversy of how to appropriately greet one another during the season set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  According to a Rasmussen poll last month, 72% of Americans prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting and only 22% prefer “Happy Holidays.”

I think it’s probably safe to assume a conservative state like Arkansas, nestled snugly inside the Bible Belt, would lean more heavily in favor of  “Merry Christmas.”  But even if the poll accurately represents Arkansans’ thinking on this issue, an Arkansas politician who chooses to use the secular “Happy Holidays” is likely to offend more voters than one who uses the traditional Christmas greeting.

Today, Senator Blanche Lincoln demonstrated once again just how far out of touch she is with the people of Arkansas with her “Holiday Greeting.”  Though 86% of Arkansans identify themselves as Christian, Lincoln doesn’t once recognize this as a time to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Perhaps she feels more comfortable with the “freethinking” Winter Solstice worshipers who recently won the right to adorn the Arkansas State Capitol with their pagan display.

Lincoln sent the following email to her constituents earlier today:

Dear Fellow Arkansan,

As you gather together to celebrate with your family this holiday, I encourage you to embrace the spirit of the season. Remember our neighbors in need by volunteering your time and services or donating your financial resources to those less fortunate. We can all make a difference in someone’s life.

From my family to yours, have a joyous holiday and a very happy New Year.

With Arkansas Pride,

Not one mention of Christ, or Christmas.  Just “holiday.”

Here’s her “Holiday Greeting” video:

Remember, 86% of Arkansans identify themselves as Christians.  Still, Lincoln seems to have joined the left-wing group of radical Democrats who interpret the 1st Amendment’s Freedom “of” Religion to imply Freedom “from” Religion.  This may prove to be just one more nail in the coffin of her political career as she faces a tough reelection campaign next year.

Already, Rasmussen has her trailing 4 of the 7 announced Republican candidates for her seat in 2010.  One of those candidates, Curtis Coleman, has released his own Christmas message to Arkansas voters and (gasp!) he actually calls it Christmas!

I’m thinking Coleman’s message will play better with Arkansas voters, but tell us what you think.

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Christianity, Holidays | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

RPA Chairman Calls for Pressure on Lincoln

Letter from Doyle Webb, Chairman, Republican Party of Arkansas

Friends,

As the debate over President Obama’s healthcare scheme rages on, I’m asking for your help.

Blanche Lincoln will be a deciding vote on whether our country is saddled with another trillion dollars of debt and we need to make our voices heard.

Media reports indicate Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) is the only undecided vote. The thing is Blanche Lincoln has been silent on how she’s going to vote. Don’t you think as a fellow Arkansan you deserve to know how your elected officials are going to vote?

Call Blanche Lincoln today and tell her to vote no on the healthcare scheme and ask her office how she intends to vote.

Don’t delay! Harry Reid and the Democrat leadership want to ram this bill down our throats before Christmas. Call Senator Lincoln today.

Sincerely,

Doyle Webb

Arkansas Republican Party Chairman

Contact Senator Lincolns Offices:

Washington D.C. Office
Phone: (202)224-4843

Little Rock Office
Phone
: (501) 375-2993

Dumas Office
Phone: (870)382-1023

Jonesboro Office
Phone: (870) 910-6896

Fayetteville Office
Phone: (479) 251-1224

Texarkana Office
Phone: (870) 774-3106

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why the rush on Obamacare?

As Democrats scramble to pass a health care “reform” bill before Christmas, Harry Reid’s 2,000+ page bill is undergoing changes on a daily basis. At least, that’s what we’re led to believe. We don’t really know what changes are being made because a handful of Democrat Senators are meeting behind closed doors to wheel and deal to make something, anything, happen that will get a bill passed before they adjourn.

What’s the rush?  Is the country so desperate for reform that a few weeks are too long to wait?  Does the bill so drastically change the system that lives will be saved before the ink from the President’s pen dries once the bill is signed into law?  Why is it imperative to pass the bill before the Congressional recess?

What’s the rush?

When the Senate leadership released their 2010 legislative calendar, it was clear they expected the health care bill to be passed before the upcoming recess.  To make that happen, rumor has it that Reid is threatening to call the Senate into work during Christmas week if it’s not passed.  But according to a US News & World Report article, a leadership aide was quoted saying the threat rings hollow.  But included in his answer was a more honest reason for the need to hurry and pass something.  “…if we get it done, and I think we’ll have to because we need to give Obama that victory, then this should hold, and next year, at least in terms of time in session, will be lighter, especially as we draw closer to the election,” the aide stated.

Not we need to get it done for the American people.  Not because it’s the right thing to do.  Not because it will never be passed if we don’t finish by Christmas.  None of these.  But because “we need to give Obama that victory.”

Getting it right be damned.  Let’s make sure we prop up our faltering, Socialist President!  To stroke Barack Hussein Obama’s ego is why it must be now!

Is the country so desperate for reform that a few weeks are too long to wait?

A November 29 Gallup poll reports a majority of Americans are satisfied with what they pay for health insurance.  These results fly in the face of Democrats like California Rep. Mike Thompson who’s “heard from countless folks in my district who can’t afford health care, or are struggling to come up with the money to pay their rising premiums.”

Countless?  Maybe Rep. Thompson ran out of fingers and toes, but I’d bet most of us who are products of the American public school system could manage to count them.  Or perhaps ACORN did his counting for him.  I’m sure they could open a linen closet and find an infinite number of left-wing, Socialist Obama supporters hiding inside.

But the reality is that mainstream America isn’t nearly so desperate for health care reform as are the power hungry President and his political party.  In another Gallup poll released last week, Americans said the economy and the Iraq war are more of a concern than health care reform.  But over and over again, Obama has made health care his top priority by setting unworkable deadlines that Congress failed to meet in August and November.  He’s given speech after speech in an exasperating effort to win public support, but to no avail.

In the latest Rasmussen poll, 56% of likely voters oppose Obama’s plan for the nation’s health care system and his approval ratings continue to plummet.  Yesterday, his overall approval rating fell to its lowest recorded level in his presidency.

All of this demonstrates Obama has declared a crisis where none exists in the minds of the American electorate.  So no, the country isn’t desperate for reform.

Does the bill so drastically change the system that lives will be saved before the ink from the President’s pen dries once the bill is signed into law?

Not really.  According to the White House’s own blog, ” The House bill implements the exchanges in 2013, while the Senate implements the exchanges in 2014.”  But the exchanges are an integral part of Obama’s plan to make health care affordable to all.  This means Americans won’t benefit from this legislation for at least 4 more years, but taxes to pay for the President’s government-run health care system will kick in long before that.


Since major subsidies and “consumer benefits” don’t kick in for years, it’s hard to convince anyone this bill will become an instant life-saver.  What’s obvious is the need Democrats feel to pass a massive tax hike for which the American taxpayer won’t realize any return for years to come.  It’s like a “layaway plan” for health care according to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).  Pay now, get your coverage later.

So it isn’t even that this bill will instantly save the lives of the thousands (millions?) who are dying daily at the front doors of hospitals who won’t treat them because they have no insurance.  Wait just a sec.  Hospitals are treating those without coverage!

There’s really no emergency at all.  Except the one President Obama hopes to convince you of.  It’s an exercise in fear tactics extraordinaire from the Obama administration.

Plain and simple, without a doubt, the only reason for the mad rush to pass their so-called “reform” is because they know a majority of the American people don’t want it.

With the New Year the 2010 election campaigns will begin to pick up steam.  More Americans will begin paying more attention to what’s going on and bending the ear of their elected representatives.  So-called “conservative Democrats” will feel more pressure from their constituents and will grow less inclined to support a President whose poll numbers continue to drop like a duck that had a heart attack in midair.

If that happens, this President’s vision of “Hope & Change”won’t materialize.  His “Hope” to “Change” the system and seize more government control over citizens’ lives will be shattered.  His image tarnished.  His ego bruised.

Why the rush?

Because more Americans are awakening every day and realizing Barack Obama’s “Change” isn’t what they hoped for last year.

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December 16, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Will Importing Dangerous Terrorists Make America Safer?

by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

Today the Obama Administration is announcing it plans to import the terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison – some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world – to the Thomson Correctional Center located outside Chicago, Illinois.  This decision puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people.  Here’s how I addressed this issue at a press conference on Capitol Hill this morning:

The American people don’t want dangerous terrorists imported on to U.S. soil, and time after time the House and Senate have reaffirmed this position with bipartisan votes rejecting the Administration’s plan. Yet this Administration is defying the will of the American people and importing them anyway. What’s worse, this decision is completely unnecessary considering that these terrorists were already being tried by military commissions, which were specifically designed under the law to prosecute such heinous acts.

Republicans have offered a better solution.  In May, we introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294) to (1) affirm Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States; (2) prohibit the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature; and (3) prohibit the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States unless he provides notification and certification to Congress.  Our proposal reflects the will of the American people, and it puts a premium on their safety and security first and foremost.

In their rush to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists on to U.S. soil, Washington Democrats have repeatedly failed to articulate an overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat.  At the very least, the American people deserve to know how importing these dangerous terrorists and giving them the same rights as U.S. citizens will make us any safer.  I have yet to see a good explanation, but Republicans will stand with Illinois families and seek every remedy at our disposal to stop this dangerous plan.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | War on Terror | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Health Care Code Red!

Message from Secure Arkansas

CALL, CALL, CALL – TUES., WED., AND THUR., Etc. PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH EVERY CONSERVATIVE YOU KNOW. 
 

 

 
Our country needs us all, now! We are united and  we will win because we stick together.
 
For years Congress has used distorted and contextually dishonest data to convince Americans our healthcare system is broken.  Yes, there are problems.  But Congress’ solution is like fixing a flat tire by crushing the engine.  The more Americans learn, the more they realize this solution is worse than the problem ever was.  Healthcare and the protections we all depend on will be completely broken if Congress takes it over. 
 
We are into the Code Red hour and you can help. If you cannot be in DC tomorrow, Tues. 15th, then visit your local Representatives office and Call, Call, Call.  You ARE having an impact! WE must deluge the switchboards so they can hear us!  Congress gets very uncomfortable when confronted by the people.
 
Here are some different thoughts you might want to use when speaking to Senators outside your state:
 
*Tip: When you call, be calm and reasonable.  These people are under immense pressure, and we want to ratchet it up.  If, after a few calls, you get frustrated, skip to the bottom of the page and call into friendly territory under Senate Minority Leadership.  (They need your support too.)
 
1. “I’m calling because your vote effects the entire nation, not just  (name the state.)  We want you to help us get open meetings between the insured and the providers to find a way to lower costs and cover more uninsured.  We DO NOT want a government takeover of our healthcare system.  Please help us stop the healthcare bill.”
 
2. “Mr. Obama’s promises to you are no better than the ones to us. He threw Creigh Deeds under the bus when he was losing, trashed insurers when they tried to speak their mind and fired hand-picked Fritz Henderson because he wanted more autonomy.  The same will happen to you if you don’t do what he says.  Please stick up for both of us us and help stop the healthcare bill.” 
 
3. “You are not the enemy.  Mr. Obama is wrong when he says we will not support a Democrat.  We will support anyone who stands up for us, the people and stops the power grabs of this administration.  The president is stripping away your power and our freedom.  Please help us stop the healthcare bill.” 
 
Senators to contact: 
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4843, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1371

Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012
 
Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5824, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9735

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4041, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9750

Sen. Michael F Bennet, Colorado
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5852, DC Fax Number: 202-228-5036
 
Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2353, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0908
 
Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3954, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0002
 
Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363
 
Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295
 
Sen. Jon Tester, Montana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2644, DC Fax Number: 202-224-8594
 
Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3004, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2354
 
Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5623, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1377
 
DC Office Number: 202-224-5344, DC Fax Number: 202-224-1946
 
Senate Minority Leadership
 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2541, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2499
 
Assistant Senate Minority Leader John Kyl, Arizona
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4521, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2207
 
Senate Republican Conference Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4944, DC Fax Number: 202-228-3398
 
Senate Republican Party Conference Secretary Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-6665 DC Fax Number: 202-224-5301
 
Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Sen. John Thune, South Dakota
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2321 DC Fax Number: 202-228-5429
 
2 Senators NOT in Senate Leadership But Have Been Leading the Way to Stop Government Takeover of Health Care:
 
Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-6121, DC Fax Number: 202-228-5143
 
Sen. Tom Coburn, MD, Oklahoma
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5754, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6008
 
Thank you.
 
Securing the blessings of liberty,

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , | 2 Comments