Thursday, March 26, 2009

Two new ModCon posts

Conservatives need their own message.
We're helping Liberals invalidate our own philosophy.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thank You for Your Service

I just read a very moving article at American Thinker. It's sad that people have to go to Europe to get perspective on the sacrifice of our soldiers. It's worse to think we have a President and First Lady who only see our servicemen as political pawns.
I think the author's tradition of honoring a fallen soldier every year is a very touching and fitting tribute to the huge sacrifice they made in the name of freedom.
My disdain for Michelle Obama is only surpassed by my feelings toward her husband.

Liberals Say Pffft! I say Bring it on!

Just a quick note on my latest at ModCon.
I've been slacking a little on the blogs lately. Please forgive me for having a million projects going at once. There are some links to some awesome artists in the article.
Those of you interested, should also look into the National Tea Parties. There are a couple coming up.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Let's See What Congress is up to

Make Congress pass's “One Subject at a Time Act”
Most Americans probably believe a bill has to have majority support in Congress before it can become the law of the land. Sadly, this common sense expectation is totally wrong. Congressional leaders routinely pass laws that a majority opposes. DownsizeDC believes every bill should have to stand or fall on its own merits. Toward this end we have crafted the “One Subject at a Time Act” (OSTA).

Please go to the DownsizeDC website and check out all of their efforts to reign in government. If you are wondering why you should care, take a look at what Congress is currently working on (see list below), then judge for yourself whether or not they even know what their jobs are any more. The list of Bills is courtesy of Liberty Maven. You can get detailed info on individual Bills at

  • HR1296 - To achieve access to comprehensive primary health care services for all Americans and to reform the organization of primary care delivery through an expansion of the Community Health Center and National Health Service Corps programs.
  • HR1295 - To mitigate mortgage foreclosures, facilitate and include fairness in housing recovery, and combat mortgage fraud, and for other purposes.
  • HR210 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that providing breakfast in schools through the National School Breakfast Program has a positive impact on classroom performance.
  • HR1316 - To provide for appropriate notification of communities and homeowners of establishment of flood elevations for purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • HR1297 - To establish the Hawai’i Capital National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
  • HR1253 - To require that limitations and restrictions on coverage under group health plans be timely disclosed to group health plan sponsors and timely communicated to participants and beneficiaries under such plans in a form that is easily understandable.
  • HR1259 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the distribution of the drug dextromethorphan, and for other purposes.
  • S-525 - A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
  • HR1298 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
  • HR1262 - To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for State water pollution control revolving funds, and for other purposes.
  • HR1256 - To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products.
  • HR1303 - To require the Attorney General, through the Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice, to establish a 5-year competitive grant program to establish pilot programs to reduce the rate of occurrence of gun-related crimes in high-crime communities.
  • SR64 - A resolution recognizing the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to end decades of delay and utilize existing authority under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to comprehensively regulate coal combustion waste and the need for the Tennessee Valley Authority to be a national leader in technological innovation, low-cost power, and environmental stewardship.
  • HR1313 - To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 so that any local educational agency receiving funding under part A of title I of such Act or public charter school is eligible for a Troops to Teachers participant.
  • HR1310 - To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that fill material cannot be comprised of waste.
  • HR1309 - To codify the definition of terms used in subheading 1604.14 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, relating to tuna products.
  • S-523 - A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish pilot project offices to improve Federal permit coordination for renewable energy.
  • HR1307 - To authorize improvements to flood damage reduction facilities adjacent to the American and Sacramento Rivers near Sacramento, California, and for other purposes.
  • S-522 - A bill to resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
  • HR204 - Congratulating the American Dental Association for its 150th year of working to improve the public’s oral health and promoting dentistry, supporting initiatives to improve access to oral health care services for all Americans, and emphasizing the benefits of prevention of disease through support of community prevention initiatives and promotion of good oral hygiene.
  • HR203 -Expressing support for designation of a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”.
  • HR1290 - To allow for permanent residence of Kumi Iizuka-Barcena, a 42-year-old Japanese woman with breast cancer, and whose husband was killed in 2004.
  • S-519 - A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to implement pesticide-related obligations of the United States under international conventions.
  • S-518 - A bill to establish the Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
  • S-517 - A bill for the immigratory relief of Alejandro Gomez and Juan Sebastian Gomez.
  • S-516 - A bill for the immigratory relief of Majan Jean.
  • S-514 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance vocational rehabilitation benefits for veterans, and for other purposes.
  • HR217 - Recognizing the week of March 15 through March 21, 2009, as “National Safe Place Week”
  • HR215 - Congratulating the Minority Business Development Agency on its 40th anniversary and commending its achievements in fostering the establishment and growth of minority businesses in the US
  • H214 - Recognizing the efforts of the countless volunteers who helped the Commonwealth of Kentucky recover from the ice storm of January 2009.
  • HR213 - Urging the establishment and observation of a legal public holiday in honor of Cesar E. Chavez.
  • HR211 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Women’s History Month
  • HR1372 - To allow for special treatment of Vicente Beltran Luna with regards to immigratory status.
  • HR1371 - To require the establishment of regional consumer price indices to compute cost-of-living increases under the programs for Social Security and Medicare and other medical benefits under titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act.
  • HR1370 - To improve the protections afforded under Federal law to consumers from contaminated seafood by directing the Secretary of Commerce to establish a program, in coordination with other appropriate Federal agencies, to strengthen activities for ensuring that seafood sold or offered for sale to the public in or affecting interstate commerce is fit for human consumption.
  • HR1366 - To protect innocent parties from certain fees imposed by depository institutions for dishonored checks, and for other purposes.
  • HR1364 - To amend the Social Security Act and the Public Health Service Act to provide for sex education, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and for other purposes.
  • HR1363 - Establishes the GothamCorps program. Directs the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide, through such program, for the award of grants to certain units of local government to carry out volunteer projects. Requires local government units to provide each participant in a volunteer project with a scholarship equal to the cost of one year’s tuition at a local public college. Authorizes grant funding from amounts made available in the National Service Trust.
  • HR1362 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of permanent national surveillance systems for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease...
  • HR1361 - (also S-538) To increase the recruitment and retention of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists by low-income local educational agencies.
  • HR1359 - To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances, and for other purposes.
  • HR1358 - To reaffirm and clarify the Federal relationship of the Burt Lake Band as a distinct federally recognized Indian Tribe, and for other purposes.
  • HCR69 - (also SR65) Honoring the 100th anniversary of Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin
  • HR1346 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to liability under State and local requirements respecting devices.
  • HR1341 - To amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to provide the Special Inspector General with additional authorities and responsibilities, and for other purposes.
  • HR1340 - To provide for the admission to the United States of certain Tibetans.
  • HR1339 - To amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans provide coverage for treatment of a minor child’s congenital or developmental deformity or disorder due to trauma, infection, tumor, or disease.
  • HR1337 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States domestic energy supply.
  • HR1332 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.
  • HR1330 - To amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and title 5, United States Code, to require that group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans and Federal employees health benefit plans provide coverage of colorectal cancer screening.
  • HR1329 - To amend title 49, United States Code, to support efforts by States and eligible local and regional entities to develop and implement plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, and for other purposes.
  • HR1327 - To authorize State and local governments to direct divestiture from, and prevent investment in, companies with investments of $20,000,000 or more in Iran’s energy sector, and for other purposes.
  • HR1326 - To prohibit the conducting of invasive research on great apes, and for other purposes.
  • HR1325 - To require financial literacy counseling for borrowers, and for other purposes.
  • HR1324 - To amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to improve the nutrition and health of schoolchildren and protect the Federal investment in the national school lunch and breakfast programs by updating the national school nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold outside of school meals to conform to current nutrition science.
  • HR1322 - To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to provide emergency protection for retiree health benefits.
  • HR1321 - To provide affordable, guaranteed private health coverage that will make Americans healthier and can never be taken away.
  • HR1319 - To prevent the inadvertent disclosure of information on a computer through the use of certain “peer-to-peer” file sharing software without first providing notice and obtaining consent from the owner or authorized user of the computer.
  • HR1356 - To reduce foreclosures of residential mortgages.
  • HR1355 - To amend the National Labor Relations Act to require employers to provide labor organizations with equal access to employees prior to an election regarding representation, to prevent delays in initial collective bargaining, and to strengthen enforcement against intimidation of employees by employers.
  • HR1354 - To make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to certain veterans.
  • HR1353 - To extend the registration and reporting requirements of the Federal securities laws to certain housing-related Government-sponsored enterprises, and for other purposes.
  • HR1352 - To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to clarify that the value of certain funeral and burial arrangements are not to be considered available resources under the supplemental security income program.
  • HR1351 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat computer technology and equipment as eligible higher education expenses for 529 plans, to allow certain individuals a credit against income tax for contributions to 529 plans, and for other purposes.
  • HR1350 - To provide for research on, and services for individuals with, post-abortion depression and psychosis.
  • HR1349 - To establish the Federal Accounting Oversight Board to approve and oversee accounting principles and standards for the purposes of the Federal financial regulatory agencies
  • HR1347 - To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment and implementation of concussion management guidelines with respect to school-aged children, and for other purposes.
  • SR66 - A resolution designating 2009 as the “Year of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the United States Army”.
  • HR1343 - To provide immunity from civil liability to first responders engaged in lawful efforts to prevent acts of terrorism, and for other purposes.
  • HR1342 - To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to provide for the reduction of greenhouse gases
  • S-533 - A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a grant program to ensure waterfront access for commercial fisherman, and for other purposes.
  • HR1338 - To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to make grants to States for assistance in hiring additional school-based mental health and student service providers.
  • S-530 - A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida
  • S-529 - A bill to assist in the conservation of rare fields and rare canids by supporting and providing financial resources for the conservation programs of countries within the range of rare felid and rare canid populations and projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of rare felid and rare canid populations.
  • HR1334 - To provide for livable wages for Federal Government workers and workers hired under Federal contracts.
  • S-541 - A bill to increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • S-540 - A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to liability under State and local requirements respecting devices.
  • S-539 - A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to require the President to designate certain geographical areas as national renewable energy zones, and for other purposes.
  • S-536 - A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of the term “renewable biomass”.
  • S-534 - A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce cost-sharing under part D of such title for certain non-institutionalized full-benefit dual eligible individuals.
  • S-532 - A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a business credit against income for the purchase of fishing safety equipment.
  • S-531 - A bill to provide for the conduct of an in-depth analysis of the impact of energy development and production on the water resources of the United States, and for other purposes.
  • S-527 - A bill to amend the Clean Air act to prohibit the issuance of permits under title V of that Act for certain emissions from agricultural production.
  • HR221 - Recognizing and honoring Johnny Grant for his work as the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, California for more than a quarter of a century.
  • HR220 - Urging Turkey to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • HR1381 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend existing elective tax treatment for Alaska Native Settlement Trusts.
  • HR1380 - To establish a grant program for automated external defibrillators in elementary and secondary schools.
  • HR1379 - To prohibit the commercial harvesting of Atlantic striped bass in the coastal waters and the exclusive economic zone.
  • HR1378 - To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to develop guidelines to be used on a voluntary basis to develop plans to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs, to establish school-based food allergy management grants, and for other purposes.
  • HR1377 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility
  • S-543 - A bill to require a pilot program on training, certification, and support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces to provide caregiver services to such veterans and members, and for other purposes.
  • HR1376 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Waco Mammoth National MonumentTexas. in the State of
  • HR1373 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a resource study along the “Ox-Bow Route” of the Butterfield Overland Trail in the States of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, and for other purposes.
  • SR68 - A resolution recognizing the contributions of the Pennsylvania National Guard in service to the Nation.
  • HR1374 - To prevent the abuse and exploitation of older individuals.
  • HR1289 - To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five-month waiting period in the disability insurance program, and for other purposes.
  • HR1287 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a partnership with the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission regarding the use of the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center as a visitor center for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and for other purposes.
  • HR1286 - To amend the Act titled “An Act to provide for the establishment of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and for other purposes” to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to accept donations of lands that are contiguous to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and for other purposes.
  • HR1285 - To establish the Commission on the Foreclosure and Mortgage Lending Crisis.
  • HR1284 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 West Main Street in McLain, Mississippi, as the “Major Ed W. Freeman Post Office”.
  • HR1271 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2351 West Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, Florida, as the “Elijah Pat Larkins Post Office Building”.
  • HR1281 - To provide for the return of the Fresnel Lens to the lantern room atop Presque Isle Light Station Lighthouse, Michigan, and for other purposes.
  • HR1278 - To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Shirley Chisholm.
  • HR1275 - To direct the exchange of certain land in Grand, San Juan, and Uintah Counties, Utah
  • HR1274 - To permit employees to request, and to ensure employers consider requests for, flexible work terms and conditions, and for other purposes.
  • HR1273 - To honor Susan B. Anthony by celebrating her legacy on the third Monday in February.
  • HR1270 - To reauthorize community development block grants, and for other purposes.
  • HR1268 - To amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit issuance of residential mortgages to any individual who lacks a Social Security account number.
  • HR1265 - To restrict the use of offshore tax havens and abusive tax shelters to inappropriately avoid Federal taxation, and for other purposes.
  • HR1264 - To amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to provide for the national flood insurance program to make available multiperil coverage for damage resulting from windstorms or floods
  • HR1263 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for the automatic enrollment of new participants in the Thrift Savings Plan, and to clarify the method for computing certain annuities based on part-time service; to allow certain employees of the District of Columbia to have certain periods of service credited for purposes relating to retirement eligibility; and for other purposes.
  • HR1261 - To protect the public health by establishing the Tobacco Harm Reduction Center within the Department of Health and Human Services with certain authority to regulate tobacco products
  • HR1258 - To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes.
  • HR1257 - To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require the disclosure of information relating to the fair market value and safety of damaged motor vehicles.
  • SR70 - A resolution congratulating the people of the Republic of Lithuania on the 1000th anniversary of Lithuania and celebrating the rich history of Lithuania.
  • HJR39 - Recognizing the 188th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating Greek and American democracy.
  • HR227 - Recognizing and appreciating the historical significance and the heroic human endeavor and sacrifice of the people of Crete during World War II and commending the PanCretan Association of America.
  • S-554 - A bill to improve the safety of motorcoaches, and for other purposes.
  • S-553 - A bill to revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota to include existing hiking trails along Lake Superior’s north shore and in Superior National Forest and Chippewa National Forest, and for other purposes.
  • S-552 - A bill to amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make their land available for access by the public for maple-tapping activities under programs administered by States and tribal governments.
  • S-544 - Provides for special immigratory treatment of Ashley Ross Fuller, despite the rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act to the contrary.
  • S-550 - Provides for special immigratory treatment of Francisca Lino, despite the rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act to the contrary.
  • S-549 - Provides for special immigratory treatment of Simeon Simeonov, Stela Simeonova, Stoyan Simeonov, and Vania Simeonova, despite the rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act to the contrary.
  • S-548 - A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a Federal energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas distributors, and for other purposes.
  • S-547 - A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for enrollees of Medicaid managed care organizations by extending the discounts offered under fee-for-service Medicaid to such organizations.
  • HR226 - Recognizing the plight of the Tibetan people on the 50th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama being forced into exile and calling for a sustained multilateral effort to bring about a durable and peaceful solution to the Tibet issue.
  • HR224 - Supporting the designation of Pi Day, and for other purposes.
  • HR223 - Honoring the life, achievements, and contributions of Paul Harvey, affectionately known for his signature line, “This is Paul Harvey. . .Good Day”.
  • S-545 - A bill to develop capacity and infrastructure for mentoring programs.
  • HR230 - Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.
  • HR1388 - Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act: To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
  • HR1415 - To provide for a demonstration project regarding Medicaid reimbursements for stabilization of emergency medical conditions by non-publicly owned or operated institutions for mental diseases.
  • HR1413 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain public employees a deduction for distributions from governmental plans for health and long-term care insurance, and for other purposes.
  • HR1412 - To increase public confidence in the justice system and address any unwarranted racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal process.
  • HR1411 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a Primary and Public Health Scholarship Program.
  • HR1410 - To provide assistance to improve the health of newborns, children, and mothers in developing countries, and for other purposes.
  • HR1409 - (Also S-560) To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes.
  • HR1408 - To require all newly constructed, federally assisted, single-family houses and town houses to meet minimum standards of visitability for persons with disabilities.
  • HR1407 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce cost-sharing under part D of such title for certain non-institutionalized full-benefit dual eligible individuals.
  • HR1406 - To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to reinstate the “uptick rule” on short sales of securities and to suspend the application of mark-to-market accounting principles.
  • HR1405 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Head Start teachers the same above-the-line deduction for supplies as is allowed to elementary and secondary school teachers.
  • HR1404 - To authorize a supplemental funding source for catastrophic emergency wildland fire suppression activities on Department of the Interior and National Forest System lands, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a cohesive wildland fire management strategy, and for other purposes.
  • HCR70 - Expressing support for the District of Columbia school scholarship program.
  • SR72 - A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding drug trafficking in Mexico.
  • HR1425 - (Also S-564) To establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during WWII
  • HR1424 - To name the front circle drive in front of the Oscar G. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility in Iron Mountain, Michigan, as “Sergeant First Class James D. Priestap Drive”.
  • HR1422 - To reauthorize through 2014 certain programs under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
  • HR1421 - To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide Medicaid coverage of drugs prescribed for certain research study child participants.
  • HR234 - Expressing support for designation of a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”
  • HR233 - Recognizing the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honoring them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.
  • HR232 - Recognizing and commending the Toys for Tots Literacy Program for its contributions in raising awareness of illiteracy, promoting children’s literacy, and fighting poverty through the support of literacy.
  • HR231 - Supporting the goals and ideals of “Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month” and “National DVT Screening Day” and supporting efforts to educate the public about deep vein thrombosis, in memory of former Representative Jennifer Dunn.
  • HR566 - A bill to create a Financial Product Safety Commission, to provide consumers with stronger protections and better information in connection with consumer financial products, and to give providers of consumer financial products more regulatory certainty.
  • HR565 - A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide continued entitlement to coverage for immunosuppressive drugs furnished to beneficiaries under the Medicare Program that have received a kidney transplant and whose entitlement to coverage would otherwise expire
  • S-563 - A bill to direct the exchange of certain land in Grand, San Juan, and Uintah Counties, Utah
  • S-562 - A bill to require accurate and reasonable disclosure of the terms and conditions of prepaid telephone calling cards and services, and for other purposes.
  • S-558 - A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to nutrition labeling of food offered for sale in food service establishments.
  • S-557 - A bill to encourage, enhance, and integrate Silver Alert plans throughout the United States, to authorize grants for the assistance of organizations to find missing adults, and for other purposes.
  • S-556 - A bill to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to modernize the process by which interstate firearms transactions are conducted by Federal firearms licensees.
  • S-555 - A bill to provide for the exchange of certain land located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.
  • HR1451 - To amend title 23, United States Code, to allow an exception for the weight limits for certain towing trucks.
  • HR236 - Urging Turkey to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • HR1452 - To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enter into negotiated rulemaking to modernize the Medicare part B fee schedule for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to adjust the fee for collecting specimens for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under the Medicare Program.
  • HR1450 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to counterfeit drugs
  • HR1449 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the qualification standard for exterior windows, doors, and skylights.
  • HR1445 - To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require nationally registered statistical rating organizations to provide additional disclosures with respect to the rating of certain structured securities
  • HR1444 - To establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes.
  • HR1443 - To ensure that all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, children, older individuals, and individuals with disabilities, are able to travel safely and conveniently on and across federally funded streets and highways
  • HR1441 - To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow States to permit certain Medicaid eligible individuals who have extremely high annual lifelong orphan drug costs to continue on Medicaid notwithstanding increased income.
  • HR1438 - To prohibit any Federal agency or official, in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock.
  • HR1435 - To amend the National Trails System Act to clarify Federal authority relating to land acquisition from willing sellers for the majority of the trails in the System, and for other purposes.
  • HR1432 - To reduce youth usage of tobacco products, to enhance State efforts to eliminate retail sales of tobacco products to minors, and for other purposes.
  • HR1430 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit physical therapy services to be furnished under the Medicare Program to individuals under the care of a dentist.
  • HR1429 - To provide for an effective HIV/AIDS program in Federal prisons.
  • HR1426 - To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the issuance of permits under title V of that Act for certain emissions from agricultural production.
  • S-575 - A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to develop plans and targets for States and metropolitan planning organizations to develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, and for other purposes.
  • S-573 - A bill to improve the efficiency of customs and other services at the Wild Horse, Montana port of entry.
  • S-572 - A bill to provide for the issuance of a “forever stamp” to honor the sacrifices of the brace men and women of the armed forces who have been awarded the Purple Heart.
  • S-571 - A bill to strengthen the Nation’s research efforts to identify the causes and cure of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, expand psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis data collection, and study access to and quality of care for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and for other purposes.
  • S-569 - A bill to ensure that persons who form corporations in the United States disclose the beneficial owners of those corporations, in order to prevent wrongdoers from exploiting United States corporations for criminal gain, to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and punishing terrorism, money laundering, and other misconduct involving United States corporations, and for other purposes.
  • S-568 - A bill for the relief of Sali Bregaj and Mjaftime Bregaj.
  • And lastly, for a change of pace, here’s a bill that we can all get behind:

  • S542 - A bill to repeal the provision of law that provides automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress.
  • Senators


    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Destroying the Economy to promote Socialism

    I recently received an email with a link that I think everyone should look at. I know the people who support Obama like to call people like me conspiracy theorists, and sweep us under the carpet. It is little consolation that they will have no one to thank but themselves when we are all in an equal state of misery.
    Have you noticed how quickly the government and entitlements have grown since January 20th? Rather than waste time with a rant, I will direct you to the information so you can judge for yourself.

    Barack Obama is Destroying Our Economy on Purpose. Description: A pair of radical Columbia University professors by the name of Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven wrote an article in the radical magazine known as The Nation. The article was published on May 2, 1966 and laid out what is now known as the "Cloward-Piven Strategy".

    The plan calls for the destruction of capitalism in America by swelling the welfare rolls to the point of collapsing our economy and then implementing socialism by nationalizing many private institutions. Cloward and Piven studied Saul Alinsky just like Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Listen as Brannon and his guest James Simpson explain how Cloward and Piven inspired the creation of ACORN that Obama worked for as a community organizer.

    This interview must be e-mailed all over the country. Americans must awaken and understand the goal of these radicals and what is to come if they succeed. Time is of the essence. Obama is not over his head as some have claimed; he knows exactly what he is doing. Understand the Cloward-Piven Strategy, the rules of Saul Alinsky and their Cultural Marxist world view and you will understand that what is occurring is not by mistake.

    Google Cloward- Piven, below and you will see clearly what the strategy of the left really intends for this country.


    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Formula For Hate

    My friend Alvaro has a new post at Big Hollywood. He is a very talented, and often misunderstood artist. Please show him support by reading the article, and commenting on his work. He works very hard.

    Where is John Galt? #1

    For those of you familiar with Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged, you will know what I'm talking about. For the rest of you; for God's sake, read the book. I'm happy to say sales have skyrocketed lately, so the kid at the local bookstore chain might actually know what you're asking for. This book made a huge impact on me when I read it in college. I am confident in saying it changed my worldview, opened my eyes, and gave me the strength to fight for the ideas this country was formed around, rather than accept the country it has become. Fifty and some odd years after its first publication, Atlas is true now more than ever. It was the fertilizer my young mind needed to grow into the well-informed and self-motivated person that I am today. Looking back, it helped me develop a strong personal philosophy and standard of value that has led me to be a political artist and activist. Some would agree, sarcastically, that it is indeed fertilizer. I think my favorite criticism of Ms. Rand's work and philosophy came from someone who said, her books are just written for young angst-ridden girls who have no concept of self. The small-mindedness of people will never cease to amaze me.

    This drawing is the second in a series of Americana images I am working on....

    The entire article is available at Modern Conservative

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    My Upcoming Art Show

    This is a group show with the ladies I meet for a painting group every week. Everyone is invited to attend, and I will link to my featured paintings below the info. I hope to see you there!

    Color, Light, and Shadow

    exhibit by Buford Artists' Group Sugar Hill, GA

    The public is cordially invited to view the 'Color, Light, and Shadow' exhibit by the Buford Artists' Group at the Peoples Bank & Trust; 255 Peachtree Ind. Blvd.; Sugar Hill, GA to be held from 2/26/09 - 3/31/09. The Meet the Artists' Reception to be held on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. Please contact Julia K. Hall ( for bank hours and directions.
    The sun is Setting on Liberty
    My Scarlet Liberty
    Spinning with the Winds of Change
    Frances and Avery

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009

    Atlanta Snow Days 2009

    Although we can usually hope for one day of snow in early March, we rarely have it for long. This year the snow has hung around for 5 days. These are all pictures from my yard. We were unable to drive anywhere, because the roads around our house were sheets of ice. As you can guess, we're not equipped to deal with this kind of weather around here.

    Ayn Rand on Libertarianism

    Yesterday, I read this great article that addresses some of the issues I have with my personal philosophy. I consider myself to be both a Libertarian and an Objectivist. For those of you who are familiar with Rand's writings and speeches, you know she had a low opinion of Libertarians. As this article from Organized Exploitation points out, the Libertarian Party has come a long way, and Miss Rand could be a little rigid in her ideas. Here is the full article:

    Friday, February 27, 2009

    Debating Ayn Rand

    I received quite a lot of flack, particularly at FreeRepublic, for my post last week where I proffered my opinion on what I perceive to be the possible death of the GOP. One of the most intriguing responses I received was attacking Libertarianism, and doing so by throwing an assembly of interview questions with Ayn Rand discussing with her, her disdain for the Libertarian Party.

    I found this to be quite interesting, in that Rand has defined the philosophy by which I have come to attempt to live my life. In that the Libertarian movement has not died, as I am sure she wished it would have, I decided to respond to her thoughts on the movement. While obviously she cannot possibly respond, I hope you will be kind enough to respond to some of my thoughts on the matter with your own. If anyone else reading is a blogger as well, I would also be interested in doing some cross-posting on the matter.

    Q: What do you think of the Libertarian movement? [FHF: “The Moratorium on Brains,” 1971]

    AR: All kinds of people today call themselves “libertarians,” especially something calling itself the New Right, which consists of hippies, except that they’re anarchists instead of collectivists. But of course, anarchists are collectivists. Capitalism is the one system that requires absolute objective law, yet they want to combine capitalism and anarchism. That is worse than anything the New Left has proposed. It’s a mockery of philosophy and ideology. They sling slogans and try to ride on two bandwagons. They want to be hippies, but don’t want to preach collectivism, because those jobs are already taken. But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism. I could deal with a Marxist with a greater chance of reaching some kind of understanding, and with much greater respect. The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.

    My immediate response to this particular line of thought is that Rand provided this answer in 1971. Thirty-seven years later, I don't believe that there exists in the Libertarian movement, any semblance of a grouping of anarchists that have any kind of voice in any matter. I agree with her thoughts on anarchists in general, that they are simply another style of collectivist, and that they are the scum of the intellectual world. I can't say of the intellectual world of the left, since I think that nearly four decades later, there is no home left anywhere politically for an anarchist. Perhaps some anarchists would feel like calling themselves Libertarians, but I do not believe that at this point in time, Libertarians would accept being associated with anarchists, much less believe that Libertarianism's makeup is heavily laden with anarchists.

    Q: What do you think of the Libertarian Party? [FHF: “A Nation’s Unity,” 1972]

    AR: I’d rather vote for Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis. I don’t think they’re as funny as Professor Hospers and the Libertarian Party. If, at a time like this, John Hospers takes ten votes away from Nixon (which I doubt he’ll do), it would be a moral crime. I don’t care about Nixon, and I care even less about Hospers. But this is no time to engage in publicity seeking, which all these crank political parties are doing. If you want to spread your ideas, do it through education. But don’t run for President—or even dogcatcher—if you’re going to help McGovern.

    This statement on her part, I think, had so much more to do with her pure absolutism more than anything. I think to Rand it was much more relevant to teach people something through honest discourse, and she therefore loathed the idea that anybody would stain her ideas by grandstanding with them politically. There is such an element of propagandizing and dishonesty that pervades political discourse, that I don't believe she felt it possible for people to learn anything via a political campaign. So she ultimately seems to have taken the approach that I see many disheartened conservatives take, in that they vote grudgingly for the Republican candidate, despite not thinking he is the right choice.

    This is an argument that I hear a lot of. That being that a vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote. It is not an argument that, for me, falls on deaf ears. It makes all the sense in the world. Every election is a battle, and particularly this last election. I voted for John McCain, despite hating myself for it, because I felt a deeper need to see Barack Obama not step foot into the White House. I couldn't stand John McCain. If he was conservative enough, and principled enough, to lead the party, he would have beaten Bush in the first place eight years ago, and also wouldn't have needed to make back-room deals with Huckabee to sabotage Romney in the South during the primaries this time around. So in that respect, I fully understand her position that it would be a "moral crime" to vote otherwise. However, it should be known that it was a personal crime against my own morality to have supported someone like John McCain, who, to be perfectly honest, would have simply wound up being a watered-down version of Obama anyway.

    Q: Libertarians advocate the politics you advocate. So why are you opposed to the Libertarian Party? [FHF: “Egalitarianism and Inflation,” 1974]

    AR: They are not defenders of capitalism. They’re a group of publicity seekers who rush into politics prematurely, because they allegedly want to educate people through a political campaign, which can’t be done. Further, their leadership consists of men of every of persuasion, from religious conservatives to anarchists. Moreover, most of them are my enemies: they spend their time denouncing me, while plagiarizing my ideas. Now, I think it’s a bad beginning for an allegedly pro-capitalist party to start by stealing ideas.

    This exchange follows the previous one nicely I think, in that it is an extension of Rand's thoughts on the men pursuing politics through the Libertarian Party. If you're educated in Objectivism, you'll understand immediately that it's really the "collection of misfits" here that she's disgusted with. The "men of every persuasion" she discusses, I think, made her hate the party. She very much wanted people to view Objectivism as a new way live their lives and I don't think she could stand that so many people she felt belonged in a different classification would gather into a group simply to be "anti" whatever elese there was. She believed people should live for things, not against them, and that people needed to be taught to live for themselves as their own highest purpose. With such an assemblage of different people grouping together to be against other principles, she felt that they were not making choices for their own benefit, but rather against the benefits of others.

    It's interesting to me that someone who wrote for a living felt that the people considered the leaders of the Libertarian Party at the time were nothing more than publicity hounds. I personally find myself in a position to want to write and put forth ideas that I feel can help. I find it hard to believe that other writers or speakers discussing Liberty and Freedom and Capitalism at the time felt like they would just talk about such concepts out of self-promotion. Rand seemed particularly upset that they would steal her ideas and not credit her, as she should have been. I'm admittedly ignorant of who took what ideas from her, but it seems to me she wouldn't have been so upset had these same people been able to convey her ideas and teach people with such ruthless competence as herself and Peikoff were capable.

    As to her point that it is impossible to educate through a political campaign, it is difficult to disagree. One learns nothing by listening to different people spouting different canned talking points. But I have to disagree that the political campaign is useless in spreading education. We see it now more than ever. Freedom and Liberty are, I think, more on the table now than ever before in my entire lifetime due primarily to Ron Paul's recent political campaign. Without that political campaign, it is impossible for me to believe that we would now have people again discussing F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman and yes, Ayn Rand as heroes of economy and philosophy as vehemently as we are. We also would not see movements like the Campaign for Liberty or Young Americans for Liberty. It's doubtful that educational reading by authors like Tom Woods would be so popular as it is now. Making important ideas highly visible to inspire people to educate themselves cannot be considered a bad thing.

    Q: Have you ever heard of [Libertarian presidential candidate] Roger MacBride? [FHF: “?” 1976]

    AR: My answer should be, “I haven’t.” There’s nothing to hear. I have been maintaining in everything I have said and written, that the trouble in the world today is philosophical; that only the right philosophy can save us. Now here is a party that plagiarizes some of my ideas, mixes it with the exact opposite—with religionists, anarchists, and just about every intellectual misfit and scum they can find—and they call themselves Libertarians, and run for office. I dislike Reagan and Carter; I’m not too enthusiastic about the other candidates. But the worst of them are giants compared to anybody who would attempt something as un-philosophical, low, and pragmatic as the Libertarian Party. It is the last insult to ideas and philosophical consistency.

    This quote, I think best sums up Rand's issues with the Libertarian Party. Her belief that "the trouble in the world today is philosophical" is never moreso evident than it is today. Every person needs a philosophy to guide them, and Rand could not see a consistent philosophy that drove the Libertarian Party, and was angered that she became so associated with it.

    I cannot speak to the beginnings of the Libertarian Party and whether or not it had a true guiding philosophy. But I can speak to where it is now. Libertarians believe in small government, true free-market capitalism, liberty and freedom as inherent for all, not given or granted, and respect of that freedom by all and for all.

    Liberty, Freedom and Respect are ideas that sure seem like good philosophy to me.

    For more from Organized Exploitation: This is a great site, that I just found through friends at Digg. I look forward to more articles from them. This piece has inspired me to do some writing about Rand, as well as the current project I am working on with her quotes. I will try to post both here shortly.