December 10, 2013

I've Changed My Political Label

I've changed my political label on facebook to 1 Corinthians 8:2.

Studying the book of Matthew really got me thinking about the fate of hypocrites.

After some of the things I have witnessed coming from the conservative side of the political isle I can no longer associate myself with that label.

Just like I got rid of the liberal label of my youth, I am getting rid of the conservative label.

I only want to be known as a Christ follower, an Evangelical Christian, and when I watch the news I will be looking only for the truth.

Both sides of the political isle have really lost their ever-loving minds!

The icing on the cake for me are all the hateful negative comments coming from conservative circles about Nelson Mandela.

It's the same feeling I get when liberals accuse conservatives of being racist.

I have seen some really dumb ideas come out of liberal think tanks and lately I’ve been witnessing a lot of dumb ideas coming out of conservative think tanks.

It’s a vicious cycle of back and forth gone wrong and I think I’m done with political labels all together.

I love God and I only want to be known by Him.

“The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” 1 Corinthians 8:2

Nelson Mandela Bio and Christian Values

It’s amazing to me how many people out there do not understand Nelson Mandela’s journey and how he turned his life and the temperature of a nation completely upside down. I have found many wonderful tributes as well as a Biography article that goes on for many pages.

President George Bush signed a bill that removed him from our terrorist watch list in 2008. The only reason he was on that list is because of the fight against South Africa’s apartheid regime. I believe they classified that as sabotage.

Racial segregation was legalized back then and I’m not nor will I ever be okay with segregation of any kind. Anyone who has ever endorsed a whites-only rule is just plain wrong.

Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Biography and Christian Values

Photo Credit and Hat Tip: Nelson Mandela Biography,

December 5, 2013

Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela

December 4, 2013

Put the "Christ" Back In Christians

Theological debates gone wrong, legalism/man-made rules within churches all over the world, misunderstood bible doctrine turned upside down are a few things that really irk me. Christianity is not about religion. It’s about a relationship.

November 22, 2013

Hey Nebraska, are you ready for Common Core? It's Coming!!!

"But some people said Americans weren't ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack's former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said."

This biography of America's 44th president, entitled "Barack Obama," is written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book is part of Scholastic's "Reading Counts" program acceptable to the controversial Common Core curriculum standards.

For the Record: I logged into my Scholastic Book Club account and the only books I could see written by Jane Sutcliffe were: Amelia Earhart, Milton Hershey, Chief Joseph, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Jesse Owens, Helen Keller, The Attack on Pearl Harbor, and Paul Revere. When I logged into my Amazon Account I found Jane Sutcliffe’s “Barack Obama” for $25.14—I think I will be avoiding ALL of her books.


Senator Barack Obama's Words on the Nuclear Option back in 2005

“The American people want less partisanship in this town but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster—if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate—then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.” ~Senator Barack Obama

November 15, 2013

There's only one institution that can change the law: Congress

All of Barack Obama’s blind followers who clearly don’t pay attention to what is happening in this country ought to start calling him KING Obama. This guy doesn’t just lie about little things—he lies about BIG things, little things, and everything in between. It’s actually pretty pathetic. Instead of talking to insurance executives President Obama should be talking to Congress.

Blogroll: Conservative Designer

This graphic was created by Phil who happens to be a conservative graphics artist/designer. He's got some great graphics on his blog.

What I love about this particular graphic is there are so many things about it that totally describe us to a T!

We are pro-life, we believe in God, we support states' rights and a limited federal government, we are pro-gun, we are NOT a fan of Obama's unwarranted spending, we believe marriage is between a man and a women, we are constitutional originalists, we support border enforcement, we think socialism sucks, and we are TOTALLY conservative all the way.

That's how we roll.

November 7, 2013

Obamacare by Morning

As soon as I saw that clip I knew they would be called racist. This is what our society has been reduced to. If you disagree with a policy and your president happens to be "black" then that means you are automatically racist. That’s okay because I’ve crossed paths with a lot of racism in my lifetime. I personally have observed true racism. Once in the 90’s I watched a KKK march go right down the street from behind the curtain of a home in Biloxi, Mississippi. I was mortified! To see how “racism” has been twisted and manipulated over the years leaves me with a feeling of disgust. People are freaking out over Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s parody at the CMA’s but have nothing to say when Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or the NAACP make false accusations. I hope these same peeps don’t watch Bill Maher or god forbid, SNL. I guess if you're rich, white, conservative and love God—that makes you racist, too.

H/T: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Mock Obamacare at Country Music Awards, Freak-out in full swing over ‘rich, white’ racists mocking Obamacare at the CMAs

October 23, 2013

Social Networking 101 Classes

I am amazed at how immature and unprofessional businesses are on social networking platforms like twitter. If you represent your business on twitter it’s important to be professional and civil if you’re going to engage in hot topics. Tweeting pettiness from your professional business account on twitter is extremely unbecoming. There’s a lack of grace and decorum.

Attacking someone’s religious beliefs from your business account on twitter speaks volumes. Belittling your potential future clients from your business account on twitter is a surefire way to destroy public confidence and trust in the product and services your business provides. Word-of-mouth is the strongest marketing tool businesses have for their product. It doesn’t take much to sink or swim.

I should teach a social networking 101 class for young business owners. They obviously need guidance.

October 18, 2013

Professionals Who Harass on Twitter

Why would anyone harass another person from their professional business account on twitter? How dumb can you be to tweet your disdain for anyone whom you don’t agree with from your professional social networking account? That’s like the biggest professional business blunder anyone could ever make.

If I had a paralegal business in Omaha there is no way you’d find me picking on people from my business account. When you’re a professional common sense dictates that you remain neutral on most hot topics. If you can’t remain neutral or professional as a representative of your business then at least try to be civil.

$17,075,590,107,963.57 (+) #nationaldebt

$17,075,590,107,963.57 (+) #nationaldebt Totally unacceptable!!!

Hat Tip: U.S. National Deb Clock


tyr·an·nyˈtirənē/noun 1.cruel and oppressive government or rule.

"people who survive war and escape tyranny"

synonyms: despotism, absolute power, autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, Fascism; oppression, repression, subjugation, enslavement; authoritarianism, bullying, severity, cruelty, brutality, ruthlessness

"they will not soon forget his brutal tyranny"

October 4, 2013

The Tea Party Are Not Anarchists

I have to wonder if over-the-top name-calling is actually effective with anyone other than their base. Aside from the tastelessness of calling political opponents terrorists and hostage-takers, in the wake of the deadly and very real terrorist hostage massacre in Kenya and the Navy Yard shootings, don’t most Americans see how nonsensical that is? The Tea Party aren’t anarchists, they’re moms and dads and grandparents who know they can’t run their businesses like the government, spending money they don’t have, borrowing money they can’t afford to pay back, and sticking their children and grandchildren with the bill. They don’t hate government. What they do hate is a government that is ineffective and inefficient, and that keeps spending money and taking it out of the pockets of people who’ve worked their rear ends off for it, and have nothing to show because the government always wants a bigger piece. I would never call proponents of Obamacare anarchists. Anarchists want to replace time-tested systems with chaos. Well, okay. But still, I would never call them anarchists. ~Mike Huckabee

Do you have an extra 14 k laying around?

A post from the Obamacare Website:

Actually made it through this morning (tuesday) at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 "Silver Plan" and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I "opt-out" and chose to continue along with no insurance. I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the "REPERCUSSIONS PORTION" for "non-payment" of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with "Non-Payment" and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy "Automatically withdraw" your "penalties" weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is "Free" or even "Affordable."

Do you have an extra 14 k laying around? I sure don't! They should just open the markets and scrap this crapola!

Senator Mike Lee Understands

We shouldn't have to fund everything in order to fund anything!

This mandate has to go!

Some people who’ve spent the past 48 hours trying to log onto Obamacare exchange websites finally got in only to discover they’ll need health insurance to cover their cases of sticker shock…If you expect the Affordable Care Act to make your insurance more affordable, then you don’t understand how Congress names laws. The Santa Cruz, California, Sentinel talked to some locals were stunned to see their new insurance rates. One local man was paying $630 a month for a $6,000-deductible policy for himself, his wife and their son discovered that on the state exchange, a no-frills “bronze” plan will cost him $1150 a month, with $12,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. He makes just enough not to qualify for subsidies, so half his income will go to health insurance. The paper found other angry Californians whose rates are rising by up to 70 percent. That dad predicts “huge outrage” from the middle class. That is, if there’s enough of a middle class left to raise a huge outrage. ~Mike Huckabee

September 9, 2013

My 9 year old is over it, too!

Yesterday while on our way to church we had some pretty lively discussion about Syria and what is happening in the world lately.

Our nine year old chimes in with, “I’m tired of hearing about Syria. I hear about it at school on the CNN Student News. I’m over it!”

Kids are smart! It doesn’t take much for them to figure things out.

We are all tired of it! I haven't turned on the TV today because I too am over it!

September 4, 2013

Are you freaking kidding me?

Who are we fighting with—Al Qaeda?

John McCain wants broader U.S. action in Syria—really? We have enough boots on the ground in the Middle East! We need to get our troops home and get out from under China!

What good is the “United Nations” if they keep looking to the United States of America to enforce all the rules set forth in what should be a humane society that doesn’t gas people to death?

Who voted “present”—anyone?

One article I was reading says 1,400 people died as a result of Syria’s gas attack. Why were they saying 100,000 people died or is that a misprint?

There’s supposed to be a “diplomatic” solution in Syria after this round of strikes ends—really?

Who are the moderate rebel groups? Is the word “moderate” supposed to make us all see hearts and flowers?

Why do I feel as though we are trapped inside the definition of insanity?

How dare Obama try to pass the buck on his credibility with regard to this matter—my goodness I guess I’m just a tad bit upset!

What is Russia going to do about all this? Aren’t they allies of Syria?

Are you freaking kidding me?

I am annoyed with my country

I guess Obama knows a lot about Syria but not much about Benghazi—go figure!?

This whole situation with Syria and President Obama is getting worse by the minute. My head hurts from trying to process all of the manure coming out of Washington D.C.

I am also sickened that people who voted for these morons do not pay better attention to what is happening in the world.

September 3, 2013

Today's Senate Hearing On Syria

Did anyone watch the Senate Hearing on Syria today? I watched all three hours of it while the kids were at school.

Why was Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife Teresa Heinz in the room?

Senator Rand Paul was kicking ass and taking names!?

I wish I could sit in on the classified meeting on Syria. I think the missile drop is going to happen.

One thing Secretary of State John Kerry kept stressing was that President Obama was not asking for permission to go to war. He kept saying there was a difference between asking for permission to do an air strike versus going to war.

If air strikes are not war then what are they?

August 31, 2013

Obama's Statement On Syria

In about 15 minutes President Obama will make a statement on Syria.

What are your thoughts on what is happening with Syria?

Do you think the United States should launch missile strikes in Syria?

August 30, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry Speaks

I just finished listening to Secretary of State John Kerry speak to our nation. I think I’m gonna throw up but not for the reasons some of you might assume. Personally, I don’t think we can look the other way when it comes to genocide. Genocide is everywhere! Where is code pink? Where are the anti-war protests? Why is it okay for a Liberal President to go to war but not a Conservative one? All you President George W. Bush haters—you can’t tell me this is different. Where’s the freaking consistency? I understand having a change of heart on certain issues in life and everyone is entitled. I know I have changed my own mind about A LOT of things. I can’t help it—when I think of genocide I think of Adolf Hitler. Again, genocide is happening all over the world! Isn’t it kind of like watching a crime and looking the other way? Do you pretend you don’t hear screaming or gunshots if it’s happening in your neighborhood? Are you as frustrated as I am?

August 29, 2013

I have a problem with genocide

I have a serious problem with genocide. Genocide always reminds me of Hitler. Genocide reminds me of Saddam Hussein. There are more examples of genocide and not enough time to list them all. Some of you ought to refresh your memories on the definition of the word. Personally, I have never had a problem with our troops going anywhere that genocide is happening. That’s how I feel currently about Syria, too. But, I’m pretty consistent when it comes to Genocide so when we went into Iraq I didn’t have a problem with that either.

August 28, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote

"If you can't fly, then run,
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward."

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone." ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Statement by President George W. Bush

Office of George W. Bush
Dallas, Texas
August 28, 2013


Laura and I are proud to join our fellow Americans in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

When Reverend King came to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1963, his purpose was to hold our Nation to the standards spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. He called all of us to live up to that document’s fundamental promise and the underpinning of our founding – that all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with thousands gathered around him, Dr. King looked out over the American capital and uttered simple, powerful words that changed the hearts of millions. The dream he had spread a message of hope, justice, and brotherhood that took hold in the hearts of men and women around the world.

Our country has come a long way since that bright afternoon 50 years ago; yet our journey to justice is not complete. Just to the East of the Lincoln Memorial, where President Obama will speak on Wednesday, stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise.

Dr. King was on this Earth just 39 years, but the ideals that guided his life of conscience and purpose are eternal. Honoring him requires the commitment of every one of us. There’s still a need for every American to help hasten the day when Dr. King’s vision is made real in every community – when what truly matters is not the color of a person’s skin, but the content of their character.

Laura and I thank the King family and all who work to carry on the legacy of a great man and the promise of a great Nation. May we continue to march toward the day when the dignity and humanity of every person is respected. And may God continue to bless America.

H/T: George W. Bush

August 14, 2013

Get up on your Soapbox #13: Why have we stopped talking about Benghazi?

I'm going to apologize in advance here—I just have to get this off my chest.

Why have we stopped talking about Benghazi?

Why are we coming up on the one year anniversary of this horrible crime and still no one has been charged?

We all know what happened—America failed these men!!!

We have allowed our Government to shut us up about it. We have allowed the media to forget it ever happened. WE are responsible for allowing the rape and torture of these men to go unpunished!!!

They believed that help was on the way the entire time and yet nothing. They were violated in unspeakable manners, all along thinking that America wouldn't let them die. And what did we do? We slept! The American people, The Secretary of State, The President—we all slept peacefully in our beds.

If a mother sat and did nothing while her child was being raped and tortured for hours in the other room, until that child finally fell dead on the ground, there would be an outrage. There would be a trial and a guilty verdict before that child could be laid to rest.

But let that "mother" be our current administration and the whole thing is just an "unfortunate incident.”

Incompetence is one thing but when your incompetence starts killing Americans Mr. President—that's criminal!!!!


Get up on your Soapbox

Photo Credit: Pinterest Pin

August 7, 2013

Bus driver witnesses horrible beating and does nothing to help the victim

The video is a pretty graphic beating of a young person on a bus. The bus driver just sat there and did nothing to intervene. I guess it’s a hypocritical perpetual catch 22 we live in where we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t. Hopefully the parents, guardians, whoever—of these young men are not making excuses for their deplorable disgusting unacceptable behavior.

H/T: 3 Kids Brutally Beat Another on School Bus, Driver Does Nothing

August 5, 2013

DOD Furloughs Includes TEACHERS

Lot's of American Military Dependents overseas are about to go back to school next week. Guess who's part of the Department of Defense furloughs? Yep, you guessed it: TEACHERS. Kids will have a four day school week because our Govt can't get it together!! 

August 2, 2013

House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from enforcing ObamaCare

The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law.

Members approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act in a 232-185 vote. Four Democrats supported the bill along with every Republican.

The vote capped off several days of work in the House on bills aimed at reining in government regulation and government overreach.

Hat Tip: The Hill

July 19, 2013

The Boy Who Cried Racism

I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the story of the boy who cried wolf. Well, that’s how I see the NAACP, and people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and anyone who wants to make everything in life about race and ethnicity. They are crying “Racism! Racism!” and I’m just not buying it any more.

When something bad happens it’s not always about race. A friend of mine has a teen son who went to work this week and was called “Zimmerman” when her son tried to correct behavior that wasn’t in compliance with the rules set forth in the workplace. Is this how we are teaching our children to behave?

Sadly, people in this country want to make EV-ERY-THING about race and personally, I’m sick of it. I will not allow anyone to project their racism onto my kids. I teach my kids there is more to a person than what color they are and they can’t always fully evaluate someone per/outer-appearances. I teach my kids to recognize people for WHO they are and how they treat others. I teach my kids about people who work hard to overcome challenges and obstacles in life. If everything is “Racism! Racism!” in your house I feel sorry for your kids.

Photo Credit: Pinterest Pin

July 8, 2013

July 5, 2013

Badass Pro-Life Feminists

I'm a Badass Pro-Life Feminist! I sure hope New Wave Feminists don't mind me borrowing their picture while I let the world know just how Badass I Am! ;)

Tonight I was lurking on my Facebook news feed when all of a sudden I came upon this little gem of an article: Pro-Choice: Why I'm Never Going Back.

"I am pro-life because of information. I was pro-choice because of lack of information."

I can relate to this because I used to be pro-choice and liberal. This is a great article. I hope you read it. It makes me think of all the people in my life who pride themselves on being truthful and kind.

June 28, 2013

Defend Marriage

Today’s Supreme Court opinions on marriage are a stunning and indefensible display of judicial activism. The Defense of Marriage Act merely codified what federal law already stated with regard to marital benefits. It passed Congress with a bipartisan majority large enough to pass a constitutional amendment and was signed into law by Bill Clinton. There has never been any attempt by either party to repeal or modify it. Social Security, income tax, family and medical leave law, Medicare, and other federal programs defined marriage as between a man and a woman long before DOMA became law. For the Supreme Court to rule otherwise is an Orwellian act of judicial fiat. We will now seek the passage of federal legislation to remedy this situation as much as possible given the parameters of the decision.

The Supreme Court remanding the California marriage case back to the district court that overturned Proposition 8 endangers federalism as well as the most time-honored institution in the history of Western civilization. If states have the right to set marriage and family law as they have for 226 years, then the people of California were fully within their rights to define marriage as between a man and a woman by popular referendum. For a federal court to rule that upholding traditional marriage is ipso facto discriminatory is bad law and a jurisprudential fantasy of epic proportion. Sadly, these twin decisions will undermine the already low respect for the federal courts and the rule of law. They underscore why people of faith must remain engaged and energetic in seeing genuine conservatives nominated and confirmed to the federal courts.

H/T: Statement by Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed

June 10, 2013


My friend PTG passed away yesterday morning. He was a great guy. I got to know him from our Nebraska blogs and we held many similar views on politics. I never had the chance to know him face-to-face. 

The most memorable phrases I will never forget are when he would refer to someone as a “cool cat” or when he talked about our heavenly Father he would give thanks to “the Creator.” He also introduced me to the word “DWEEB” which makes me laugh!

PTG would follow my status updates on Facebook. Every time I would post a Kinsley-ism he’d chime in that he’s pretty sure she’s Judge material. 

PTG was one of the first people who could understand and relate to some of my personal struggles. Again, he would always defer back to the Creator. There must be something to that, eh PTG? Relinquishing control to the Creator made him a very happy man. 

PTG moved to New Mexico back in 2009 with the Love of his life. I enjoyed getting to follow their story on Facebook. I think the most beautiful wildlife and sunsets are at their place in New Mexico. Makes me sad to think he lost his battle with cancer there but at least he got to be with his Love.

I don’t know what else to say. He was a cool Cat!! I was very sad when I found out that he died yesterday. He will be missed. 

Here is a very fitting tribute for PTG I think you will appreciate over on The Poor Farm. It's called Sunday Sunday Sunday At Raceway Park!

May 26, 2013

Urge Pentagon to scrub plan to court-martial Christians

Admiral: I'm not Backing Down

Urge Pentagon to scrub plan to court-martial Christians.
Sign the Petition! Go to:

Over the last several days we've watched the Pentagon double timing in their efforts to get ahead of the fallout from the April 23rd meeting between anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein and senior Air Force officials. In the meeting, discussion surrounded a forthcoming Air Force policy on religious expression that Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding said "will be a panacea to all religious issues." Many in the Christian community have sought to make sense of the Pentagon's confusing statements this past week -- particularly the most troubling line: that "religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense." Coercion has always been prohibited. But another Air Force statement said "members are free to express their personal beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable." Uncomfortable is obviously subjective. The Pentagon later claimed that evangelism is not included in their definition of proselytization.

However, a well-respected Rear Admiral as well as an avalanche of recent attacks on religious liberty in the uniformed services completely contradict the official line put out by the Pentagon. Yesterday, video was released of the speech given by Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Lee at the National Day of Prayer service on Capitol Hill. The Admiral boldly declared that he had disregarded the rules and gave a Bible to a service member who had attempted suicide. He went further and pledged not to abide by the restrictive regulations. To a standing ovation, Admiral Lee promised not to back down from "my right under the Constitution to tell a young man that there is hope."

After listening to his speech and reading the steady stream of reports about suppression of religious expression, I don't see how one can dismiss these concerns as rising from some kind of conspiracy theory being pushed by Christian groups. In reality, the concerns stated by Christians in the military are the result of an environment of increasing religious hostility that has been created by restrictive regulations at the behest of activists like Mikey Weinstein. Several weeks ago, Defense Secretary Hagel was grilled about them in a Congressional hearing -- but said he knew nothing about it. A conspiracy? No. An environment created by Mikey Weinstein's influence over military regulations and compliant leaders? Yes.

Urge Pentagon to scrub plan to court-martial Christians.
Sign the Petition! Go to:

Video courtesy of GOD TV & the National Day of Prayer

H/T: Rear Admiral Lee Addresses Restrictive Regulations on Religious Liberty

May 24, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act Fact Checking

1. MFA Is Taxation Without Representation.
Claim: The authors claim that in an op-ed Heritage president Jim DeMint, then a U.S. Senator, incorrectly asserted that the Internet tax plan would amount to “taxation without representation.”
Response: We have always recognized that ultimately consumers pay the tab for sales taxes. But under the MFA, there would also be a significant tax burden imposed on out-of-state sellers. Not only do they bear legal responsibility for remitting payments to 46 or more tax authorities, but they would be forced to bear a significant burden in administering and collecting the taxes. All of these new burdens would be imposed by states in which they have no physical presence and in which the owners and employees have no representation. That is not just taxation without representation; it’s regulation without representation.
2. MFA Will Harm “Small Businesses.”
Claim: The authors deny Heritage’s assertion that the MFA would harm small business, citing the $1 million revenue threshold.
Response: The MFA will undoubtedly burden small businesses. While $1 million might sound large to some, a firm with that much revenue is typically still quite small. For example, the Small Business Administration defines a small retail business as a firm with annual receipts of up to $5 million and sometimes as much as $21 million (depending on the particular product being provided). The MFA’s mandates would burden small businesses of this size.
3. Collecting Sales Taxes Is Too Complex.
Claim: The authors claim that software, to be provided free to businesses, would eliminate burdens.
Response: The promise of free software hardy eliminates the burden on small businesses. They would still have to integrate the data into their sales and accounting system, ensure that over 46 sales tax forms are properly completed and filed, handle specific customer requests and inquiries, ensure that the software is regularly updated, and deal with potential audits from each state tax authority. Complying with all those burdens would require additional man hours from employees and paying costly tax compliance firms. Both will impact the bottom lines of small businesses.
4. The MFA Will Threaten the Economy.
Claim: The authors take issue with a quote from an MFA opponent saying that it would “threaten a fragile economic recovery.”
Response: The MFA may not, by itself, sink the economy, but to argue that a tax increase will help it grow faster is preposterous. Tax increases are not pro-growth.
5. Small Businesses Will Be Audited.
Claim: The authors take issue with our assertion that small businesses will be subject to audit, citing the $1 million revenue exemption, the promise of free software, and a limitation on liability for software users.
Response: This argument is a complete non sequitur. It does not address in any way the fact that online retailers, under the MFA’s explicit language, would be subject to audits by each of 46 states, the District of Columbia, all U.S. territories and possessions, and Native American reservations.
6. Conservatives Do Not Support MFA.
Claim: The authors deny that a growing chorus of conservative voices is opposing this legislation.
Response: Allowing states to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes for them is opposed by a broad range of conservative analysts and organizations. We believe the concept is fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of limited government.
7. MFA Has Been “Rushed Through” Congress.
Claim: The authors take issue with a statement in a Heritage blog that the MFA was “rushed” through the Senate.
Response: The Senate did not follow regular order with MFA, instead skipping over the committee of jurisdiction on the issue and bringing the bill straight to the floor. That qualifies as rushing.

Good Job Sen Ted Cruz!

Fix the Problem!!! We are tired of the games!!!

H/T: Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks Against the Senate Using Procedural Tricks to Raise the Debt Ceiling

It's Easy to Ignore the Constitution

May 23, 2013

150 Reasons Why Barack Obama Is The Worst President In History

Good Job Sen Rand Paul!

H/T: Rand Paul RIPS Colleagues For 'Berating' Apple Over Taxes. Congress Should Be On Trial

Good Job Rep Trey Gowdy!

H/T: Gowdy Questions Former IRS Commissioner on Targeting of Conservative Groups

Good Job Rep James Lankford!

H/T: Something Doesn't Add Up

Transparency and Open Government in the United States of America

Transparency and Open Government

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperateamong themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.


H/T: Transparency and Open Government

Dog and Pony Shows

If you want more money to be earned in the United States—make profit welcome here. Until that time arrives, count me out of any government dog and pony shows that badger business. ~Rand Paul

H/T: What Did Apple Do Wrong?

The Great American Experiment

Much has been written about the recent Obama Administration scandal that centers on the IRS’ abuse of power. One of the most profound questions asked during the House Ways and Means Committee investigation was by Rep. Kevin Brady (R) of Texas who asked: “Is this still America?” Brady followed up by asking: ‘Is this government so drunk on power that it would turn its full force, its full might, to harass, and intimidate, and threaten an average American who only wants her voice, their voices heard?’

H/T: Is this still America?

The Left Redefined Racial Equality

Somewhere in America’s recovery from the sin of slavery, the Left hijacked our well-intentioned Christian desire to achieve racial equality. The Left redefined “racial equality” to mean that minorities are never to be held responsible for their actions; minorities are entitled to endless government hand-outs via government confiscation and redistribution; opposing a minority on any issue is regarded racist and hateful. ~Lloyd Marcus

H/T: Time for the American People to Demand an Apology

The Govt Hates Competition

Juan Williams on Obama's DOJ

Piers Morgan must of passed his light bulb to Juan Williams

The New York Times Editorial Board

With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.

The latest reported episode involves James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. In 2009, Mr. Rosen reported on that North Korea planned to launch a missile in response to the condemnation of its nuclear tests by the United Nations Security Council. The Justice Department investigated the source of the article and later indicted Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department security adviser, on charges of leaking classified information. Mr. Kim pleaded not guilty.

Normally, the inquiry would have ended with Mr. Kim — leak investigations usually focus on the source, not the reporter. But, in this case, federal prosecutors also asked a federal judge for permission to examine Mr. Rosen’s personal e-mails, arguing that “there is probable cause to believe” Mr. Rosen is “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leak.

An affidavit filed with the judge made it clear that Mr. Rosen’s comings and goings at the State Department were carefully monitored. It said further that he tried to elicit information by “employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s vanity and ego.” That would hardly be a first in the relationship between journalists and government officials, and, certainly, it is not grounds for a conspiracy charge. Though Mr. Rosen was not charged, the F.B.I. request for his e-mail account was granted secretly in late May 2010. The government was allowed to rummage through Mr. Rosen’s e-mails for at least 30 days. (The New Yorker reported Tuesday that Justice Department officials also seized phone records associated with White House staffers and Fox News as part of the Kim case.)

Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of Fox News, said on Monday that it was “downright chilling” that Mr. Rosen “was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter.” Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, added on Tuesday that treating “routine news-gathering efforts as evidence of criminality is extremely troubling and corrodes time-honored understandings between the public and the government about the role of the free press.”

The Rosen case follows other signs that the administration has gone overboard in its zeal to find and muzzle insiders. The Associated Press revealed last week that the government had secretly seized two months’ worth of records for telephones used by the agency’s staff, partly to determine the source of a leak about a report involving a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen. At least two other major leak investigations are continuing. Six current and former administration officials have been indicted under the old Espionage Act for leaking classified information to the press and public. In 2010, a federal judge in Maryland sentenced a leaker to 20 months in jail while admitting that he was “in the dark as to the kind of documents” involved in the leak or what impact they had on national security.

Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a “co-conspirator,” on top of other zealous and secretive investigations, shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press.

H/T: Another Chilling Leak Investigation

Pigs are flying all over the country. Can you see them?

May 19, 2013

Piers Morgan's Light Bulb Moment

Piers Morgan had an ah ha light bulb moment this week! I hope the rest of America is paying attention.

Investigate the White House

Who ordered the political witch hunt by the IRS against Tea Party groups, Pro-Israel, Conservative, and Christian organizations? Who ordered no military response in Benghazi? Who ordered journalist phone lines to be tapped? Who ordered the EPA to provide more waivers to green-leaning groups over conservative ones? ~Michele Bachmann

I don’t always agree with Michele Bachmann but in this instance I could not agree more. As Americans we ought to be outraged and demand the truth.

Political IRS Intimidation

Are you ready for big brother IRS?

Remember when Obama promised to cut the Federal Debt in half?

May 18, 2013

501 c3 Applicant Abuse by the IRS

H/T: Congressman: IRS asked pro-life group about 'the content of their prayers'

During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.

“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’" Schock declared.

“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501 c3 applicant?” asked Schock. “The content of one’s prayers?”

“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller replied.

After Schock pressed him further, Miller explained that although he couldn't comment on the specific case, it would "surprise him" if that question was asked.

H/T: The Examiner

IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

When did America change her name to Amerika? Every last one of us should be outraged by what is going on in this country. The "I don't knows" are getting old.

The IRS is disgusting. The Department of Labor is not innocent in all this either. The Congressional Committee had better get to the bottom of this IRS crapola.

H/T: Rep. Mike Kelly Receives Standing Ovation at Ways & Means Hearing on IRS Scandal

May 17, 2013

Get up on your Soapbox #12: Obamacare is beginning to pack its punch people!

Obamacare is beginning to pack its punch people! A good friend of mine got a letter in the mail today from their doctor who they have been seeing for over 10 years through their health insurance plan. Well, it seems that Obamacare has now forced their personal family physician to significantly decrease his practice and sign on with a program that will have an annual membership fee should they choose to enroll. The fee is $1650 a person. I’m guessing the annual membership fee doesn’t cover the actual doctor visits or the cost of the tests that will need to be run, if any at all depending on the healthcare needs of this family. I can’t say that I blame the doctor. Then there is the pediatrician and other specialists this family has seen over the years depending on their needs. I wonder what their fees will be and my friend has health insurance. So, if you have health insurance then you still have to come up with a membership fee on top of that. That’s pretty freaking incredible! This is all Obama’s doing with the help of socialist-loving-liberals everywhere. Thank You America!!! (If you love Obama and voted for him – save it.)


Get up on your Soapbox

May 16, 2013

Get up on your Soapbox #11: Warning - If you love Obama, stop reading!

I'd like to thank our President... No, YOUR President. He is not mine. I will pray for him as God tells me to, but other than that I have nothing but dislike for him. So I thank YOUR President for his ridiculous Obamacare nonsense that has now forced my personal, family physician to significantly decrease his practice and sign on with a program that will have an ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE should I choose to enroll... and that fee will be for BOTH my husband and I and it will be $1650 a person! So thank you, Mr. President, for making sure that my family, despite having health insurance, can no longer see the doctor we have been seeing for the past 10 years! THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AMERICA!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!


Get up on your Soapbox and start Speaking UP!!! Do you have a point you'd like to make? Send it to me and I will post it anonymously for the "Get up on your Soapbox" feature on this blog. Come on now...Speak Up!!! Get up on your Soapbox!!!

May 13, 2013

Benghazi and the IRS

Benghazi – It amazes me how much our Govt lies to us about pretty much everything. Who executed the order to stand down? What happened in Benghazi and why isn’t our Govt working its ass off to get to the bottom of it? Why were we lied to? We're supposed to protect and defend our citizens. It’s pretty clear to everyone, including myself, that what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 had absolutely nothing to do with a video.

IRS – It seems that the IRS targeted conservative groups with words like “patriot” and “tea party” in their titles. Have you heard about this? If you haven’t heard about this I highly recommend you look into it because the IRS admitted that they indeed targeted conservative groups. Why else would they apologize for doing so? Why haven’t they fired anyone at the IRS? Could it be they won’t fire anyone because they need every last official to oversee that monstrosity called the “affordable” care act? Are you ready for the IRS to police your affiliations, your savings accounts, and your health care?

May 2, 2013

I hope you are praying AMERICA!!

The Pentagon has confirmed that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith – this includes Chaplains!

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.


So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime--possibly resulting in imprisonment--for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)--whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.

I hope you are praying AMERICA!!

RIP Mac Daddy Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly, one half of the '90s rap duo Kris Kross, has died of a possible drug overdose, Georgia authorities said. ~ABC News

How Kelly died isn't known, and the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said an autopsy is planned for Thursday. ~CNN News

Fans of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross have been mourning the loss of Chris Kelly, who died Wednesday night of an apparent drug overdose at his home in Georgia. No official cause of death has been determined. He was 34. ~USA Today

Chris Kelly, who rose to fame in the early '90s as half of the young rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 34. The Associated Press reports that Kelly was pronounced dead "at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday [after] an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. ... 'It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,' said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police." ~NPR

Kelly was found unresponsive at his home in Atlanta on Wednesday evening. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police say the death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. ~Billboard

I hope Chris Kelly didn't die because of a drug overdose.

April 18, 2013

Hard week in the USA

A lot has happened this week in the United States – the Boston marathon bombing, chemical warfare with ricin, and a fertilizer plant explosion. We could use a break, ya know?

April 8, 2013

May America's Sweetheart Annette Funicello Rest In Peace

This is how I remember Annette Funicello.

RIP Margaret Thatcher

“Laura and I are saddened by the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. She was an inspirational leader who stood on principle and guided her nation with confidence and clarity. Prime Minister Thatcher is a great example of strength and character, and a great ally who strengthened the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. Laura and I join the people of Great Britain in remembering the life and leadership of this strong woman and friend.” ~George W. Bush

March 14, 2013

A 22-month old smoked marijuana

Did you hear about the mom that let her 22-month old smoke marijuana? The entire incident was recorded on a cell phone. Feel free to Google this if you don't believe me.

The mother and father were arrested and the children in the home where taken into child protective services. The police also found 40 marijuana plants in their home.

This mother thinks it's a joke. She thinks what she is doing is funny. I don't think it's anything to laugh about. I hope the authorities take her children away and put them in a loving nurturing home.

These criminal potheads are destroying their children's brains. They don't deserve to be parents. I hope their parental rights get stripped from them. I feel sorry for those kids.

Sugary Drink Rules: Wack Jack!

A New York judge is forcing the Bloomberg administration to take a big gulp -- striking down its groundbreaking and controversial limit on the size of sugary drinks in New York City shortly before it was set to take effect.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote in his opinion that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious," applying to only certain beverages and only certain stores.

"The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule," he wrote, complaining of "uneven enforcement even within a particular City block, much less the City as a whole."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city plans to appeal, calling the ruling "clearly an error."

"If we are serious about fighting obesity then we have to be honest about it and courageous about tackling it," Bloomberg said. "We believe it is reasonable and responsible to draw a line."

But Tingling said the city's Board of Health went beyond its authority, and effectively would be "limited by its own imagination" if left unchecked.

"The portion cap rule, if upheld, would create an administrative Leviathan and violate the separation of powers doctrine," by straying into territory that should belong to the elected City Council, not the board appointed by Bloomberg, Tingling wrote. That, he wrote, "has the potential to be more troubling than sweetened beverages.

In the wake of the ruling, the American Beverage Association said the decision provided a "sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban." The city Board of Health approved the measure in September. Championed by Bloomberg, it follows on other efforts his administration has made to improve New Yorkers' eating habits, from compelling chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus to barring artificial trans fats in restaurant food to prodding food manufacturers to use less salt.

The city has said that while restaurant inspectors would start enforcing the soda size rule in March, they wouldn't seek fines -- $200 for a violation -- until June.

Soda makers, restaurateurs, movie theater owners and other business groups sued, asking a judge to declare the measure invalid. In February, they asked Tingling to bar the city from enforcing the regulation while the suit played out.

City officials have called the size limit a pioneering move for public health. They point to the city's rising obesity rate -- about 24 percent of adults, up from 18 percent in 2002 -- and to studies tying sugary drinks to weight gain. Care for obesity-related illnesses costs government health programs about $2.8 billion a year in New York City alone, according to city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.

The supersize-drink crackdown will "have significant public health effects, and the sooner that happens, the better," city lawyer Mark W. Muschenheim said in court in February.

Critics said the measure is too limited to make a meaningful impact on New Yorkers' waistlines. But they said it would take a bite out of business for the eateries that have to comply, while other establishments still will get sell sugary drinks in 2-liter bottles and supersize cups.

Beverage makers had expected to spend about $600,000 changing bottles and labels, movie theater owners feared losing soda sales that account for 20 percent of their profits, and delis and restaurants would have had to change inventory, reprint menus and make other adjustments, according to court papers.

"These are costs which these businesses are not going to be compensated for," and the money will be wasted if the court ultimately nixes the law, James E. Brandt, a lawyer for the American Beverage Association and other opponents, told the judge in February.

Critics also said the restriction should have gone before the elected City Council instead of the Bloomberg-appointed health board. The city says the panel of doctors and other health professionals had both the authority and expertise to make the decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

H/T: State Judge halts Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks in New York City