The Forsyth Precinct February 2010
The Newsletter for Informed and Concerned Voters
Volume 4, Issue 2
Lyons Gray, EPA’s former CFO, sees opportunity in 2010 By John Staples FPN reporter Lyons Gray, former Chief Financial Officer of the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a longtime North Carolina state legislator, spoke to Forsyth Republicans Januay 12, at the county GOP’s weekly luncheon meeting. Known as a “moderate” state legislator, Gray quit the legislature in 2002, decrying the actions of ‘extremists in both partties’. At the January luncheon meeting, Gray noted that seven percent of the state budget this year is paid for by the stimulus package. “What will they do next year....They’ve got a busted budget this year?” he asked. Gray noted that as CFO of the EPA his schedule was hectic and demanding and that his work was made more intense by several natural disasaters. “I had been in Washington for three months when Katrina and Rita visited the Gulf Coast,” he recalled, noting that EPA workers were sometimes referred to by critics as members of the “Environmental Pollution Agency.” Highlighting some of his experiences with references to various Congressmen and other public officials in Washington, Gray said some of the people there “were all about the show” and that their actions were often frivilous or self-defeating as far as environmental protection went. Noting that the agency did not have the capacity to analyze all 12,000 water samples it received at one point, the agency attempted to
INDEX Lyons Gray sees opportunity......pg. 1 ACLU prayer lawsuit................ pg. 1 Shores of Port-Au-Prince......... pg. 2 Obama boosts Bernanke............ pg. 2 Wall Street funds Democrats.....pg. 3 Chirs Matthews loses tingle.......pg. 3 Nine banks are shut down......... pg. 4 Unemployment up in 43 states...pg. 4 Are Republiscans listening.........pg. 5 Throwing Brit Hume to Lions....pg. 6 Dems continue health care push pg. 6 Insult of illegal immigration.......pg. 7 Pitching new Mideast plan.........pg. 8 Ban lifted on Muslim leader........pg. 8 Hate-crimes law anti-Christian...pg. 9 Terror attack imminent.............pg. 10
shut down 47 laboratories that had “no useful functions.” The attempt was stymied by some legislators more concerned with protecting the offices on their turf, he said. Another problem that was addressed by Congress and the EPA was what to do about spent nuclear fuel rods stored at nuclear power plants around the country. A site at the Yucca Mountains in New Mexico was eventually Lyons Gray at GOP Luncheon chosen to store the nuclear waste that will remain radioactive for hundreds of years. Despite the decision to use the site, Gray said Sen. Harry Reid, who is up reelection soon, had taken the position of “not in my back yard.” As a result, Gray said the nation is still keeping the spent fuel rods in bunkers on the power plant sites. See ‘Gray sees opportunity in 2010’, page 10
The ACLU Prayer Lawsuit By Debra Conrad Forsyth County Commissioner Since we have just passed through another wonderful Christmas season, it might be appropriate to update all of you on the status of the ACLU prayer lawsuit (JanetJoyner, et all v. Forsyth County, NC.) filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of N.C. I have had the honor of serving the citizens of Forsyth County as a commissioner for 16 years which has given me the opportunity to listen to quite a few invocations opening the official meetings for the Board of County Commissioners. Such a practice is steeped in the traditions of the country and commonplace in the US Congress and with both state and local elected bodies. It would be informative to give you some background information on how the invocation speakers have been selected up to the time of our first contact with the ACLU. The clerk to the board would refer to the phone book and call one of the listed organized
religious entities to extend an invitation to offer a prayer at the next meeting. She made a purposeful effort to invite a variety of both Christian and nonChristian individuals, resulting in volunteers from diverse religious faiths. In my lengthy time on the board, I have never heard any private person disparage another faith, use the opportunity to proselytize, or speak longer than might be appropriate. The common message to my ears has been to bring good wishes to the board, hope for wisdom in board decisions, and to ask for such positive messages from their deity of choice. Censorship of the content of private prayers was not our practice. About a couple of years ago, the board received a warning letter from the ACLU, as did many other elected bodies in this area, to cease the practice of sectarian prayer. The majority of the Forsyth Board decided to ignore the warning and eventually the ACLU made good on their threat to file a lawsuit. Again the Republican majority banded together to fight the lawSee ACLU Prayer lawsuit, page 10
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Shores of Port-au-Prince The U.S. military's mision in earthquake-torn Haiti By Thomas Donnelly and Willian Kristol From the WeeklyStandard.com
Obama joins White House effort to boost Bernanke AP News Bolstered by a White House lobbying effort that included the president, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s chances at a second four-year term improved Monday, calming a stock market that had grown anxious over the uncertainty of his support. President Barack Obama championed Bernanke in an interview on Monday as his aides worked the phones to ensure the Fed chairman is confirmed by the Senate. “He has my strongest support. I think he’s done a good job,” Obama told ABC News. “What we need is somebody at the Federal Reserve who can make sure that the progress that we’ve made in stabilizing the economy continues. I think Bernanke is the best person for that job,” the president said. With Bernanke’s term expiring Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., expects a confirmation vote by the end of the week, his spokesman said. David Axelrod, a top White House adviser, said Bernanke has the votes to keep his job. Bernanke’s brightening prospects provided the White House with a rare bit of good news amid political upheaval caused by simmering public anger over the economy, joblessness and bank bailouts.
President Obama’s response to the Haitian earthquake has been sureminded and swift. He saw the situation as “one of those moments that calls out for American leadership” and has acted accordingly. We support the president without reservation. The moral case is selfevident; our hemisphere’s poorest people have been visited with a disaster of epochal proportions, and we are in the position to offer them the greatest help. But the strategic case is also compelling. Haiti is our very near neighbor, with which we have long cultural and political connections. With a transition looming in Cuba and challenges in Central America from Venezuela among others, there is a political reason to be—and to be seen to be—a good and strong neighbor. The earthquake struck at a particularly delicate moment for Haiti’s internal security and political development. From the days of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s “Tonton Macoutes,” armed and violent gangs have been a principal source of power in Haiti. In recent years, the most notorious has been the Chimères—strong supporters of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Press accounts from Port-au-Prince make it clear that, amidst the devastation and the chaos, with the main prison collapsed and 1,000 inmates escaped, the machetes have come out again. The earthquake devastated the Haitian police and the leadership of the U.N. mission in Haiti. Since Aristide’s ouster in 2004, the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, as many as 7,000 troops, has been conducting a painstaking counterinsurgency-like campaign to suppress the gangs. Aristide is clearly looking to exploit the new situation from his exile in South Africa. In Johannesburg last week he held a press conference to announce that he “cannot wait to be with our sisters and brothers in Haiti.” Thus President Obama’s decision to include the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne and the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines among the 8,000 troops that will arrive in Haiti by the weekend is both tactically and strategically sound. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has indicated that the total U.S. military presence in the region could soon climb above 10,000 for what is both a humanitarian relief mission and an armed stabilization mission to prevent the renewal of a violent struggle for power in Haiti.
Great quotes from conservative columnists “When it comes to flipping on an issue and making you believe he never said (or did) what, in fact, he said (or did), no one can top Bill Clinton. He makes you want to believe him because he is such a good old rogue with a unique gift of persuasion. Had he not been selling himself to voters, readers of his book and audiences at six-figure honorariums, he might have been the top salesman at any car dealership in the country. Bill Clinton could sell snowmobiles to Miamians.” Cal Thomas at TownHall.com When it comes to defense, history suggests that the two major parties offer a choice on the order of McDonald’s and Burger King. Anyone looking back 50 years from now at objective indicators would have trouble identifying a meaningful difference between the current president and the last one. Steve Chapman at TownHall.com
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Wall Street still funds Dems who vilify it By Kevin Williamson National Review Online
Notable news in January GINGRICH IN THE RUNNING--Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he considers himself among the top Republican prospects for the 2012 presidential election, adding that he believes there will be plenty of GOP options for voters to consider. "I think I'm probably on a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage," Gingrich said. "We have a lot of people around the country who would like to have somebody who represents a commitment to replace the current failed programs and to develop a set of solutions that are practical and workable." (NewsMax.com) PANEL REJECTS PANTHER INQUIRY--The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday rejected by a 15-14 vote a resolution of inquiry that would have forced the Justice Department to tell Congress why it dismissed a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 election. The party-line vote had been sought by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, who, along with Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said they have been unable to get information from the department on the complaint's dismissal. (Newsmax.com)
The new proposed tax on banks — 15 basis points on all liabilities — is not about revenue or responsibility: It’s about politics. President Obama is running away from Wall Street as fast as he can, but Wall Street has a funny way of catching up with him. As I reported some months ago (“Losing Gordon Gekko,” subscription required), Wall Street is, contrary to stereotype, a strongly Democratic place: Goldman Sachs gave 73 percent of its 2006–08 political money to Democrats, who also took in a majority of the political contributions in that same cycle from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Lehman. Democrats took in the majority of the hedge-fund money and the lion’s share of political contributions from six of ten non-financial Big Business sectors: law, health care, defense contractors, communications/electronics, finance/insurance/real estate, and the catch-all category that includes chemical firms, retailers, manufacturers, food processors, and other industrial operators. E. J. Dionne, writing in The New Republic, argues that Obama fears being permanently tagged as a “Wall Street liberal” — which is what he is — and this, not recouping losses from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is what the bank tax is all about.
Chris Matthews loses Obama leg tingle By J. Grant Swank, Jr.Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” was so adoring of Barack Hussein Obama that he exclaimed that when Obama talked, Matthews felt a “thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” Imagine that. “. . .a thrill going up my leg. . .” That anatomical surprise swooned Matthews during Obama’s presidential campaign. The tingle thrill has disappeared since the Massachusetts Tuesday miracle putting Mr. Forty-first Scott Brown in the US Senate. Once it dawned on Matthews that Brown headed toward DC, Matthews exploded to archliberal Rachel Maddow. He let loose on Tuesday evening when the Brown victory was sealed. Per Newsmax here is Matthews uncovered publicly: “I look at the numbers and I’m worried. “I’m worried about this government committing itself to so many entitlement programs and committing itself to such a level of taxation that supports those entitlement programs . . . “The debt is too big. The government’s taking on too many responsibilities . . . “We’re a dissatisfied people. We are easily drawn to a candidate who promises deliverance. Two years ago, we voted for deliverance with Barack Obama. We will vote for deliverance again in two years if we’re not happy.” Then comes the leg thing. Let’s sound track back when Obama was thirsting for the White House. Matthews said then: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” But times change, don’t they, Chris? Chris adds his name to the disenchanted liberals. Some are still quagmired in the Dem dictatorship due to hubris entrenched. However, some are beginning to see the light.
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Nine banks in five states are shut down by Marcy Gordon My Way News Regulators shut down banks in Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, bringing to nine the number of bank failures so far in 2010, following 140 closures last year in the toughest economic environment since the Great Depression. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the five banks: Charter Bank, based in Santa Fe, N.M., with $1.2 billion in assets and $851.5 million in deposits; Miami-based Premier American Bank, with $350.9 million in assets and $326.3 million in deposits; Bank of Leeton in Leeton, Mo., with $20.1 million in assets and $20.4 million in deposits; Columbia River Bank, based in The Dalles, Ore., with $1.1 billion in assets and $1 billion in deposits; and Seattle-based Evergreen Bank, with $488.5 million in assets and $439.4 million in deposits. Beal Financial Corp., based in Plano, Texas, agreed to assume the deposits and assets of Charter Bank. In addition, the FDIC and Beal Financial agreed to share losses on $805.5 million of the failed bank’s loans and other assets. Columbia State Bank, based in Tacoma, Wash., agreed to buy the deposits and assets of Columbia River Bank. The FDIC and Columbia State Bank agreed to share losses on $697.4 million of its loans and other assets. Umpqua Bank, based in Roseburg, Ore., is assuming the deposits and assets of Evergreen Bank. The FDIC and Umpqua Bank agreed to share losses on $379.5 million of its loans and other assets. “Evergreen’s capital has been depleted by large loan losses,” Brad Williamson, director of the banks division in Washington state’s Department of Financial Institutions, said in a statement. “Like many banks across the state and country, Evergreen’s real-estate construction and development portfolio has suffered tremendously as real estate values have fallen.” The federal regulators used a novel procedure for Premier American Bank, employing the first so-called “shelf charter” to give preliminary approval to a group of investors to obtain a national bank charter before acquiring a specific troubled institution. The shelf charter was inactive until the acquisition was made. A new bank with a national char-
ter was set up, to be called Premier American Bank N.A., to assume the deposits and assets of the failed bank. The investment firm Bond Street Holdings LLC got preliminary approval with a shelf charter on Oct. 23, and final approval was granted Friday by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates national banks. Also, the FDIC and the new bank agreed to share losses on $300 million of Premier American’s loans and other assets. Sunflower Bank, based in Salina, Kan., agreed to assume the deposits of Bank of Leeton. The FDIC will retain most of its assets for later sale. The failure of Charter Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $201.9 million; that of Columbia River Bank is expected to cost $172.5 million; Premier American Bank, $85 million; Evergreen Bank, $64.2 million; Bank of Leeton, $8.1 million. As the economy has soured, with unemployment rising, home prices tumbling and loan defaults soaring, bank failures have accelerated and sapped billions out of the federal deposit insurance fund. It fell into the red last year. The 140 bank failures last year were the highest annual tally since 1992, at the height of the savings and loan crisis. They cost the insurance fund more than $30 billion. The failures compare with 25 in 2008 and three in 2007. The number of bank failures is expected to rise further this year. The FDIC expects the cost of resolving failed banks to grow to about $100 billion over the next four years. The agency last year mandated banks to prepay about $45 billion in premiums, for 2010 through 2012, to replenish the insurance fund. Depositors’ money - insured up to $250,000 per account - is not at risk, with the FDIC backed by the government. Besides the fund, the FDIC has about $21 billion in cash available in reserve to cover losses at failed banks. Banks have been especially hurt by failed real estate loans, both residential and commercial. Banks that had lent to seemingly solid businesses are suffering losses as buildings sit vacant. As development projects collapse, builders are defaulting on their loans. If the economic recovery falters, defaults on the high-risk loans could spike. Many regional banks hold large concentrations of these loans. Nearly $500 billion in commercial real estate loans are expected to come due annu-
ally over the next few years. This week, President Barack Obama called for limits on the size and investments of big Wall Street banks to help stave off a fresh economic meltdown. Obama’s proposal, which would need Congress’ approval to take effect, includes barring banks
that take deposits from also trading securities for their own profit. It also would separate commercial banks from investment banks, a line that was blurred a decade ago by legislation reversing Depression-erarestraints.
Nation’s Resources Unemployment rose in 43 states in December Christopher S. Rugaber From the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 43 states last month, the government said Friday, painting a bleak picture of the job market that illustrated nationwide data released two weeks ago. The rise in joblessness was a sharp change from November, when 36 states said their unemployment rates fell. Four states — South Carolina, Delaware, Florida and North Carolina — reported record-high jobless rates in December. New Jersey’s rate, meanwhile, rose to a 33-year high of 10.1 percent while New York’s reached a 26-year high of 9 percent. Analysts said the report showed the economy is recovering at too weak a pace to generate consistent job creation. “A lot of states that had started to add jobs (in November) gave up those gains in December,” said Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director at Moody’s Economy.com. Texas and Georgia lost more jobs in December than they had gained the previous month, she noted, while Arizona and South Carolina lost nearly as many as they had gained. That is consistent with nationwide
trends. Employers shed a net total of 85,00 jobs in December, the government said earlier this month, after notching a small gain of 4,000 jobs in November. In another nationwide trend, longsuffering states like California and Michigan saw their jobless rates stabilize even as they continued to bleed jobs. That’s because thousands of frustrated workers gave up hunting for work and dropped out of the labor force, which means they aren’t included in the unemployment rate. California lost 38,800 jobs. But its unemployment rate was unchanged at 12.4 percent, the fifth-highest in the nation. That’s because 107,000 people, or 0.6 percent of the state’s workforce, gave up and stopped job-hunting. Michigan shed 15,700 jobs, but 31,000 people left the labor force. That caused the state’s jobless rate to fall slightly, to 14.6 percent from 14.7 percent. Michigan has the nation’s highest unemployment rate. Nationally, more than 600,000 people left the labor force in December, according to government data. The large exodus from the labor force indicates that “unemployment is a lot worse than the numbers suggest,” Koropeckyj said.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut." Albert Einstein
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Are Republicans listening to the Scott Brown message? It’s about tax cuts, spending cuts! By Larry Kudlow Sen. Scott Brown’s epic victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday night dealt a crushing blow to Obamacare, cap-andtrade, card check (and other union favors), and most importantly, all the tax hikes that are lingering on the table. But does Washington really understand the Scott Brown message? President Obama thinks his “remoteness and detachment” are the problems. This is nonsense. Obama’s tax hikes and spending explosion are what caused the populist tea-party revolt that was punctuated by Scott Brown’s extraordinary victory. And that leads to the next question. Are the Republicans listening? Do they really understand why Scott Brown was victorious? If they do, why aren’t members of the Republican leadership loudly campaigning for an end to tax hikes, just like Scott Brown? The cornucopia of tax hikes currently on the table includes higher levies on capital-gains, top earners, dividends, investment (via the payroll tax), carbon, millionaires, banks, stock transactions, and estates (via the death tax). It’s a long Democratic wish list of anti-growth policies, and Scott Brown’s triumph should signal the end of it. But it won’t happen unless GOP congressional leaders make a bid deal about it. For example, some Blue Dog Democrats want to extend the Bush tax cuts, rather than letting them expire next year. Republican leaders should be making a big deal about this. They need to get it front and center, making expira-
tion a condition to any new legislation. Remember that Brown ran on a JFK/ Ronald Reagan platform of across-theboard tax cuts to promote economic growth. Take a look at what the senator-elect had to say during his victory speech Tuesday night: [BLOCK] This [health care] bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, it will hurt Medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt . . . I will work in the Senate to put the government back on the side of people who create jobs and the millions of people who need jobs. And remember, as President John F. Kennedy stated, that starts with across-theboard tax cuts for businesses and families to create jobs, put more money in people’s pockets, and stimulate the economy. It’s that simple. [ENDBLOCK] There you have it. Scott Brown could not have been any clearer. That’s the great thing about his message — its breathtaking clarity. Across-the-board tax cuts and a revival of free-market capitalism on the supply-side. And recall that when President Obama mocked Scott Brown for driving a pickup truck, Brown quickly responded that unfortunately, in this economy, not everyone can buy a pickup. “My goal is to change that,” he said on the eve of the election, “by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and letting people keep more of their own money.” Right on message. And during that campaign, Brown argued that health-care reform is a tax hike and that cap-and-trade is a tax hike. This should become the Republican message, too. It’s about taxes, as well as spending. A recent Washington Post poll showed that by 58 to 38 percent, voters want smaller
Throwing Brit Hume to the lions From The Washington Times If there were doubt that much of the media is hostile to traditional faith, especially traditional Christianity, that doubt has been drowned in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on Fox News analyst Brit Hume. Histrionic fulminations against Mr. Hume’s inoffensive expression of faith expose an ugly strain of antireligious bigotry that is spreading inside this country’s liberal establishment. Mr. Hume’s sin against secular culture came when he offered, in humble and helpful tones, advice to golfer Tiger Woods to “turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.” The advice might have sounded a little awkward in the setting of a newstalk roundtable. But even in the context of suggesting that Mr. Woods’ apparent Buddhism doesn’t offer the same “kind of forgiveness and redemption” as Christianity, the newsman’s remarks were, at worst, harmless. Yet the reaction of critics gives the impression that Mr. Hume did something really awful like use the “N” word, or - as Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus did - push a government promotion for a girlfriend.
government and fewer government services. This, too, should be the Republican congressional message. It is, in fact, an economic-growth message, the likes of which we haven’t heard since Jack Kemp promoted it in the late 1970s. And the brilliance of Scott Brown was to use the JFK tax cuts — an across-the-board reduction in marginal tax rates — to attract Democrats and independents to his message. An across-the-board tax cut is the fairest pro-growth message of them all. Lower tax rates for everybody. Get out of the box of rich people and class warfare. For the Ted Kennedy Democrats, that box has been a loser for decades. But for timid Republicans always on the defensive, now is the time to break out and adopt the Scott Brown theme.
This is what Reagan did. This is why the Gipper touted JFK’s across-the-board tax cuts. Republicans must now be bold and fight for across-the-board tax relief, for families, individuals, and businesses, along with smaller government, fewer services, and across-the-board spending cuts. While Team Obama is fighting for more government employment, with trillions of dollars of spending, it is time for Republicans to fight for private free-enterprise employment by letting folks keep more of what they earn and by providing new incentives for the extra hour worked and the extra investment dollar put at risk. This is where the GOP must go. Republicans should not let another day pass without unleashing a fusillade of new taxcutting proposals to get America moving again.
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N.C. Dems to push health care after Mass. election Price, Miller say election doesn’t change the need for reform By David N. Bass RALEIGH — Two of North Carolina’s leading Democratic congressmen have vowed to continue fighting for health care reform backed by their party in the U.S. House even though a special election in Massachusetts has dimmed the chances a compromise can be reached. Last month voters in the Commonwealth elected Scott Brown, a three-term Republican state senator, to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy since 1962. Brown, elected with 52 percent to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s 47 percent, has vowed to join Republicans in voting against a proposal pending in Congress that would expand the federal government’s role in providing health care insurance. Many analysts see Brown’s victory as a referendum on the Obama administration’s handling of the delicate health care reform issue. Massachusetts is heavily Democratic and gave Barack Obama a 26-percent victory margin in the 2008 presidential election. Brown’s win means that Senate Democrats won’t have the 60-vote supermajority necessary to invoke cloture and block further debate so that a final vote can be taken. But two top members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation say the results won’t stop their efforts to pass a health care overhaul. ”There are 535 members of the House and Senate, one of whom was elected yesterday,” said Rep. Brad Miller, D-13th, in a statement e-mailed to Carolina Journal. “I plan to pay close attention to what the people I represent think, but I don’t plan to oppose health care reform just because Scott Brown did.”
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Miller continued, “We’ve lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Carolina because health care costs are out of control, and millions of North Carolinians have no idea what their insurance will really pay for until they get sick or hurt. Something’s got to give.” Miller was one of five Democrats in the North Carolina congressional delegation who voted Nov. 7 to approve a health care overhaul that included a controversial public option. The bill passed by a narrow 220-215 margin. The Senate passed its own version of health care reform on a party-line vote Christmas Eve, but the legislation has significant differences from the House version. A final compromise has yet to be hammered out. Rep. David Price, D-4th, who joined Miller in voting for the House version of the bill, admitted that the special election in Massachusetts “creates additional challenges, but we always knew reform would be tough.”
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Insult of illegal immigration By Dave Griffith Camdidate for Sheriff There has been and continues to be much talk and political posturing on the subject of illegal immigration. While there are many views and opinions about the issue, one of the main points has been missed entirely. The INSULT that our so called political leaders continue to slap in the faces of law abiding American citizens, citizens by birth and those who have been naturalized legally. This is a nation of immigrants; we come from all parts of the world. People have come from the very beginning of this great experiment that we call America. They came hungry for the freedoms and opportunities that were and are available no where else in the world. They came to start families, raise their children, make homes for themselves and build a country for future generations to enjoy. No matter what their origin, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, from every country on every continent, they came and have made this great country what it is today. But, they did it with honor and dignity and did it legally. They taught their children by example to do things the right way and to be proud to be a part of this country. They didn’t give up their heritage but, they became AMERICANS and adapted to the customs that had been developed by all those who had come before them. So, why is it now that many Latino people feel that they are entitled to demand what others have had to work for? Many Latin American people have come before them and became citizens the legal and proper way. Is it not an insult to all those legal citizens to now just say “o well” what can we do about it? Don’t get me wrong, there are many hard working and productive Latino immigrants hear that are still working through the system to become legal citizens and I admire and welcome them. There are also many illegal immigrants that are working hard and not causing any problems. However they do put a strain on our already overburdened public school, health and welfare systems. Why should those of us of all nationalities have to pay for the benefits for those who do not contribute to the system themselves? But, the biggest threat is the growing population of criminals that have begun to take over illegal enterprises and gang activity. We as a country cannot afford to turn a blind eye to these violent individuals that are causing so many problems nation wide. Truthfully most of the victims of these violent criminal groups, at least at this point, are in their own community. But, do we not owe it to the legal residents of the Latino community the freedom to feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods? We do them a disservice if we do not afford them all the protections that we would any other group. Who is to blame for this mess? Politicians, who have fallen all over themselves to accommodate the illegal population in order to be able to take credit for their benefits and “Buy” their votes, business and individuals who have turned a blind eye and utilized the cheep labor and exploited the workers, all for the sake of extra profit. State Government which has made North Carolina the destination of choice for illegal immigrants due to the ease of getting drivers licenses (you pay for handbooks printed in Spanish), fraudulent identity documents, subsidized housing, free medical care, free primary and secondary education. Law enforcement agencies that half heartedly or outright refuse to enforce immigration laws. The list goes on and on. Who said there is no free lunch? The fact is that there isn’t, it’s just you and I who are picking up the tab. And, I for one am getting tired of being insulted and taken advantage of. The liberals are pushing for the biggest insult of all and that is to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and give them immediate access to every government give away program there is. They even want to grant them back payments of social security benefits. If the liberal leftist in Washington gets their way they will just hasten the death of the American dream and way of life that countless brave men and women have fought and died to preserve. This is not the America that our forefathers wanted and our ancestors sacrificed to come to. One day even the left wing leftist will ask, what happened to the America we once knew? And our answer will be simply; YOU gave it away! We can’t let that happen, we must stand up and fight for the conservative God fearing values that this nation was founded on and our party must once more come to represent!
Abe Lincoln on foreign enemies
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address
Figures on govt. spending and debt Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Jan. 22 Statutory debt limit Total public debt outstanding Jan. 22 Operating balance Jan. 22 Interest fiscal year 2009 Interest fiscal year 2008 Deficit fiscal year 2009 Deficit fiscal year 2008 Receipts fiscal year 2009 Receipts fiscal year 2008 Outlays fiscal year 2009 Outlays fiscal year 2008 Gold assets in September
12,245,872 12,394,000 12,302,465 142,454 383,365 451,154 1,417,121 454,798 2,104,613 2,523,642 3,521,734 2,978,440 11,041
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Mitchell pitches new 5-point plan for Middle East negotiations Arutz Sheva Daily by Avi Yellin United States envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell arrived in the region this week in efforts to further press the Jewish state into relinquishing territory to the American-backed Palestinian Authority. According to PA sources quoted by the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat, Mitchell is unveiling a five-point plan that will force local parties back to the negotiating table and press Israel to retreat back to the Armistice Line that existed between the Jewish state and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between the years 1949 and 1967. Reflected in Mitchell’s new plan is an acceptance of the 2002 Arab Initiative, which calls for a complete Israeli surrender from all lands won in the 1967 Six-Day War and the establishment of a new Arab state in these lands. Mitchell announced last March that the Arab Initiative will be incorporated into the Barack Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Mitchell, who served as a United States Senator and until recently as director of the influential Council on Foreign Relations in New York, has reportedly been coordinating efforts with Arab governments in the region to push Israel into surrendering Judea, Samaria and most of Jerusalem. Such concessions, according to most diplomats, would carry expectations from the international community that Israel forcibly expel hundreds of thousands of Jewish residents from their homes in Israel’s heartland after forty years of renewed residence there. One important feature of the new Mitchell plan is that the status of Jerusalem would be negotiated separately from Judea and Samaria. Israel’s capital has become a contentious issue in recent months. Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complied with Washington’s demands that he ban all Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, the premier has thus far refused to extend the discriminatory freeze to Jewish building in Jerusalem. The Fatah-controlled PA has used this refusal as a pretext to avoid negotiations and Mitchell’s decision to separate Jerusalem in his new plan is seen by many as an attempt to temporarily side-step major points of contention in order to advance Washington’s regional agenda, which the new plan shows will include Jerusalem’s eventual division.
Around the World Ban lifted on Muslim leader by Avi Yellin The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Ramadan was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame in 2004 but the George W. Bush administration revoked his visa, citing a statute that applies to those who have “endorsed or espoused” terrorism. The administration later dropped the terror endorsement claim and linked the ban to $1,336 in donations Ramadan made between 1998 and 2002 to a Swiss charity that was later blacklisted by the US. Although the White House asked the court last March to uphold the Bush-era entry ban on Ramadan, the administration has now decided to lift the ban and possibly allow both Ramadan and South African Muslim activist Professor Adam Habib onto American soil. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters that the government no longer views Ramadan or Habib as representing threats to the United States. “The next time Professor Ramadan or Professor Habib apply for a visa, they will not be found inadmissible on the basis of the facts that led to denial when they last applied.”
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Hate-crimes Law named No.1 anti-Christian Act of 2009 By Pete Winn Senior Writer/Editor CNSNews.com) The new federal hate crimes law has all the potential to be a major attack on religious liberty and freedom of speech, according to top religious liberty attorneys. The law was chosen the number one anti-Christian act of 2009 by the Christian Anti-Defamation League. Attorneys who defend religious rights agree: The recently enacted hatecrimes law is a threat to religious liberty. ”The very fact that this law elevates ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the same protected status as race – that in and of itself is a cataclysmic shift in policy,” said Mathew Staver, president of the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University Law School. ”That will have a ripple effect far beyond the specific words of this bill,” he added. “That is contrary to our Judeo-Christian heritage and beliefs, far beyond any particular disclaimer that it is not going to affect speech.” Erik Stanley, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., said the hatecrimes law “is not about punishing crimes. It’s about punishing beliefs and ideas.” “It is actually a thought-crimes law,” Stanley said. “There is no difthe
Church and State belief of the perpetrator.” Hate-crimes laws are never enacted to help prosecutors put felons away, Stanley said. They are placed on the books to “send a message.” “One of the primary motivations for hate-crimes laws is to send a societal and a governmental message of disapproval of certain beliefs that are held by people,” Stanley told CNSNews.com. The new hate-crimes law is designed to try to eradicate the belief that homosexuality or transgenderism is abnormal or sinful, Stanley said. “Now certainly, we would agree that you cannot act on those beliefs in a criminal manner,” he added. “But this would be the very first time that the federal government is sending that message of governmental disapproval of a certain belief that is widely held by a majority of Americans, and a religious belief – that homosexuality behavior is unbiblical or sinful.” “The new hate-crimes law, officially known as “The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act,” doesn’t penalize speech. It specifically targets and provides for sentences up to 10 years for violent crimes to anyone causing bodily injury or attempting to do so – “through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device” based on the
“actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any Person.” “It also specifically says prosecution “does not include solely emotional or psychological harm to the victim.” But Stanley said the concern of constitutional attorneys who defend religious freedom in court is not that pastors and churches will now be “hauled out of their pulpits for preaching a biblical message for preaching a message about homosexual behavior, right off the bat” – but that they will become part of hate-crimes prosecutions. “I think what we’re concerned about is that a pastor would be called to testify in connection with a hate-crimes prosecution,” Stanley told CNSNews.com. “For instance, if someone commits a ‘hate crime,’ relevant evidence would be: what are their associations, what pastors do they listen to, what do those pastors say? And those pastors could be called to testify as to what they believe and what they preach about homosexual behavior.” The very fact that the pastors would be called to testify in connection with a hate-crimes prosecution would “send a chill and a shockwave throughout the pastorate,” Stanley said. “It can chill speech just as easily as telling a pastor: ‘You cannot speak.’ Worse, he said, is that everywhere that hate crimes laws have been enacted, speech restrictions have followed. “Hatecrimes laws always lead to hate-speech regulations,” Stanley said. “We’ve seen hate crimes laws that progressed to hate-speech regulations in places like Canada, Sweden, other places in Europe, Australia, where we have seen things start out as hate-crimes laws. It’s not a very big logical leap between a hatecrimes law and a hate-speech regulation.” In December, in fact, the Canadian province of Quebec adopted an official policy to “combat homophobia.” The policy contains steps toward an official ban on what it calls “Heterosexism” – which Quebec defines to be the “(a)ffirmation of heterosexuality as a social norm or the highest form of sexual orientation; social practice that conceals the diversity of sexual orientations and identities in everyday representations, social relations and social institutions, in particular by taking for granted that all people are heterosexual.”
It also defined “Homophobia” to mean “All negative attitudes leading to the rejection of and direct or indirect discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgenders, or against persons whose appearance or behaviour does not conform to masculine or feminine stereotypes.” Quebec Justice Minister Kathleen Weil is now charged with implementing the policy. “An inclusive society such as ours must take the necessary steps to combat homophobic attitudes and behaviour patterns, and move towards full acceptance of sexual diversity,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest said. The hate-crimes law was sponsored by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (DMass.).
CEO of Christian doctors’ group quits the AMA Pete Chagnon OneNewsNow The CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) has dropped his membership with the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. David Stevens is the CEO of the CMA, which is the largest faith-based medical association, and he tells OneNewsNow that he is dropping his membership with the American Medical Association because its members are controlled by special interests. ”We’ve seen this in the healthcare reform debate as AMA went to meet secretly with Senate leaders to bargain for higher physician Medicare reimbursement in exchange for support of healthcare reform legislation,” he explains. “The purpose of doctors is to have a covenant relationship with their patients. You do what’s best for the patient, not what’s best for your pocketbook. This was unseemly and unprofessional, and I think [it] sent a terrible message about the state of medicine in this country.” Other concerns that played into the CEO’s decision include the AMA’s support of abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and its lack of support for right of conscience protections for religious physicians. Dr. Stevens notes that membership in the AMA has been dropping steadily since the 1960s.
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Lyons Gray sees opportunity for Republicans in 2010 Continued from page 1
Rick Bagley (L) and Lyons Gray discuss GOP prospects in 2010
Former official says terror attack imminent under Obama Doctrine
The ACLU Prayer Lawsuit Continued from page 1
By Chad Groening OneNewsNow A former official in the Reagan Defense Department says one year into the Obama presidency, it’s clear there must be a dramatic change of direction in U.S. foreign policy. Both during his campaign and in his moving acceptance speech this week, Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) talked tough against terrorism and against President Obama’s decision to try terrorist suspects in U.S. civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Brown, who is a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, brings practical military experience to the job.”...[T]he message we need to send in dealing with terrorists [is] our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them — and not lawyers to defend them,” said the newest member of Congress. Frank Gaffney served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security during the Reagan administration, and now runs the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC. He previously has outlined what he labels “the Obama Doctrine,” which is: “embolden our enemies, undermine our allies, and diminish our country.” Even before Brown’s victory on Tuesday, Gaffney said it might be up to
Gray said he met many fascinating people in Washington and participated in conversations “of rich substance” regarding terrorism, border and port security, transnational violent crime, infectious diseases and public health and many others. He said he experienced many briefings in which important matters were explained to him in a manner of minutes and that “if you didn’t pay attention, you could miss the meaning of the meeting.” “I had to pay attention and to speak my mind,” he said. As a sidelight, he said as the CFO of the EPA he was given the use of several hybrid vehicles that ran on hydrogen to try out during his stay in Washington. He said one of the cars quit running three times on his way to the airport. “I don’t see hydrogen powered cars in our driveways yet,” he said. He said the country definitely needs to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, but that a number of the recommended means of doing it were simply not ready for prime time. Asked if he saw the possibility of the GOP regaining its prominence in the next election, Gray said, “I see opportunities!”
Congress to derail that approach to foreign policy. “I think there are a lot of things that can be done before the end of this president’s term. I’m hoping that they will be done by him despite his ideology, despite his doctrine,” he says. “But it may be that it will require the election of a new Congress that compels such changes.” The national defense analyst argues that the U.S. cannot afford to continue on the same course the remaining three years of Obama’s term. ”We will be attacked, I am quite certain, within that three-year time if we do not change course — if we do not abandon the Obama Doctrine and replace it with a much more robust and effective policy,” he contends. Gaffney notes that Obama’s foreign policy moves are evidently alarming a large number of people, which would suggest that real changes could occur in the composition of the next Congress.
suit and began interviews with attorneys who volunteered to help. The attorney chosen was Mike Johnson, Senior Legal Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund from Shreveport, LA. The work of Mr. Johnson and the staff of the ADF are at no cost to the county or the taxpayers. A private group of concerned citizens have pledged to pay any potential expenses to the ACLU in the unlikely event that we end up on the losing side and the judge awards such expenses to the winner. Once we obtained legal counsel, Johnson recommended some changes to our speaker selection process. He suggested we put our procedure in writing and formally adopt it. Our clerk now sends out hundreds of invitation letters at the beginning of each year to every listing in the phone book and invocation speakers sign up on a first come basis. Attorneys on both sides of this lawsuit have agreed to have the court decision based only on this new practice. The reason for the long delay in the resolution of this case is that it was assigned to a judge on track for retirement. For whatever purpose he might have intended, that judge let the case sit until the clock ran out on his time in office. Mid October 2009, I attended the oral arguments in a Greensboro federal courtroom where our attorney gave an articulate, intelligent and firm defense before a magistrate judge whose job it is to make a written recommendation to the district court judge. The ACLU attorney shockingly stated that the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution was there to protect citizens from evils such as Christianity. Those of us on the defense side of the courtroom expected lightening to strike at any minute and poised to duck under the seats. Fortunately we were spared. To my great surprise and disappointment, a few weeks after the oral arguments, the magistrate judge wrote an opinion that was in favor of the ACLU and that Forsyth County should cease the practice of sectarian prayer. As of the day this article is being written, the district court judge has not made a ruling. I still remain in my heart, very optimistic that the county will ultimately win on this issue. I am determined to continue this fight for religious freedom of speech through an appeal or all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary. Hopefully my fellow Republicans will stand firm as well.
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