Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Hampshire Authors Resolution Affirming States’ Rights Based On Jeffersonian Principles.

New Hampshire Authors Resolution Affirming States’ Rights Based On Jeffersonian Principles. Join Me In New Hampshire.  Our Incremental Economic Decline Is Fast Becoming A Run Away Train.



"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!"

- Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) –


Seek a Political Solution in Afghanistan  | Bring our troops home!

President Barack Obama said to foreign leaders in his inaugural address, "your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."


How true.


Why then are we escalating the war in Afghanistan? An action that will surely create more destruction and devastation, a course which may preclude us from building a political solution--the real path to peace.


Similarities between Johnson's Viet Nam and Obama's Afghanistan are already being drawn. Read more here.


Tell President Obama, Vice President Biden, your Senators and member of Congress we need a political solution to secure Afghanistan--history teaches us that there is no military solution.


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"I don't recognize him from his shoes." …The  Rest Of The Story!



California Goes Broke, Halts $3.5 Billion in Payments


By Stephen C. Webster


California, the eighth largest economy in the world, is broke. "People are going to be hurt starting today," said Hallye Jordan, speaking on behalf of the state Controller. "There's no money." 




Read the full New Hampshire Resolution directly from the State Government Web Site, Here A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.


That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such nullification include, but are not limited to:



I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.


II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.


III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.


IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.


V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.


VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; and

That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government;




That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State’s legislature.




First, Jail All Bush's Lawyers
Attorney General Eric Holder might start fulfilling his pledge to "support and defend the Constitution" by squeezing George W. Bush's lawyers who justified torture and other crimes, writes Robert Parry. February 3, 2009


The Petraeus Plot Against Obama
Gen. David Petraeus and other military leaders are reportedly scheming to block President Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan, says TheRealNews. For the print story by Gareth Porter, click here. February 3, 2009


Accepting the End of the US Empire
The American imperial elite remains in denial about the reality of its declining power, but this group still has the influence to take the nation over the cliff, as Ivan Eland notes in this guest essay. February 3, 2009


Obama's Afghanistan Dilemma
Barack Obama faces some hard choices in handling the worsening conflict in Afghanistan, reports TheRealNews. February 3, 2009


More Pressure for Bush Torture Probe
The Obama administration is facing mounting demands from the public and Congress to conduct a serious investigation of torture and other abuses by the Bush administration, Jason Leopold reports. February 2, 2009


Morning Joe crew distorts New Deal unemployment figures in continued assault on recovery plan


Summary: MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski continued their assault on the economic recovery package, misrepresenting New Deal unemployment figures to argue that government spending does not boost employment




Sorry, Michael Steele, but it's going to be a while before you're anything more than the figurehead frontman of a shipwrecked Republican National Committee. Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh remain the leaders of your party, and most Republicans are happy that way. A Rasmussen poll out today found that fully 55 percent of Republicans polled think their party should be "more like" Palin.


The nominal topic Dick Armey and I were set to debate on "Hardball" last week, before our conversation went off the rails, was the Democrats' role in making Limbaugh and Palin the public faces of the party. But I thought the framing was off. Democrats have had almost nothing to do with the growing prominence of either GOP entertainer emerging from the Republican wilderness; Palin and Limbaugh are hogging the limelight themselves. Just in the last week we saw the launch of SarahPAC, Palin's new fundraising vehicle; we saw her pallin' around with elitists and stalking Barack Obama at the stuffy Alfalfa Dinner; and today she's composed an Op-Ed backing (surprise!) drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Meanwhile, Limbaugh had his own Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, with a farcical approach to an "Obama-Limbaugh" stimulus proposal, and he's continuing to use his radio show to campaign against the Democrats' stimulus bill.


Despite his cliffhanger election to run the RNC, Steele couldn't compete for media attention with Palin or Limbaugh this week. And even when he gets the spotlight, he barely makes sense. On MondaySteele parroted dumb GOP anti-stimulus talking points, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that "not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job," ignoring the millions of Americans currently employed in government jobs, not to mention the military. (I don't expect Steele to know anything about fabulous Depression-era successes like the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, but the existing government workforce seems like something Steele should be familiar with.)


The only thing sadder than the GOP's leadership deficit is its ideas deficit, and the two afflictions are related. Imagine if, as RNC head, Steele got together with other party mavericks (if they exist) to draft a stimulus package he thought might actually reach African-American and working-class voters, one that didn't rely merely on the voodoo of tax cuts but also included stimulus spending that would put unemployed and underemployed workers in new jobs. I'm not saying it would work, but it would be interesting to hear a pragmatic GOP alternative. Instead Steele's just another Republican talking head mouthing "tax cuts, tax cuts" like a zombie, while the economy continues to shed jobs and the nation heads for harder times. Similarly over the weekend, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint was absolutely stomped on ABC's "This Week," with not only Barney Frank but also with corporate chieftains blasting his assertion that only tax cuts can create jobs.


"We have to decide if we want to be a free market economy and let the money stay there or be a government-directed economy, which is where we're headed with this plan," DeMint argued. FedEx CEO Fred Smith countered: "No question about it, the infrastructure of the country has been underfunded for a long time ... it certainly would be a wise thing to invest in all kinds of infrastructure," while Google CEO Eric Scmidt came back with: "I'm worried that tax cuts alone won't work because people are not paying any taxes because they're not making any money."


Still, the stimulus fight is tougher than it should be for Democrats. Clearly the best ally the Republicans have is the economic illiteracy of the pundit class in America. I'm watching NBC's Chuck Todd say the Democrats have lost the "message war" over the stimulus, because it's now just seen as a "spending bill." There's no way for a stimulus bill not to be a spending bill; the point is that the economy is such a wreck the government becomes the spender of last resort. This had merely been a stupid GOP talking point until 10 minutes ago; now it's becoming a stupid media talking point. Funny how that works.


Meanwhile, this morning MSNBC's Joe Scarborough began railing about how the plan's rebates to working people who don't earn enough to pay income taxes (though they do pay sales, payroll and property taxes) amount to "socialism." Let's get this straight: It's socialism when government gives money to workers whose jobs don't pay enough to keep them out of poverty, but it's not socialism when the government bails out greedy, failed banks? I guess not, especially if the bailout forces don't impose limits on executive compensation or play a role in managing the bailed-out enterprises. That's actually called lemon socialism, as Paul Krugman notes, in which "taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right." Obama knows better than that.


I think the Democrats are being hurt by a few political complications right now. It's not good that we're debating how to spend the second "tranche" of the awful TARP program at the same time as we're having the stimulus debate; I think the inequities and inefficiencies of TARP are smogging the atmosphere for the as-yet-unfinished stimulus bill. We all heard about a desperately needed $700 billion bailout bill a few months ago -- it rewarded bad behavior and, worst of all, it didn't work. So why should Americans be any more optimistic about the separate (and it's hard to keep straight that it is separate) stimulus bill Obama has championed?


I also think Obama and the Democrats need to break three or four categories of spending out of the bill, and crusade for them daily, in real-life, real-job, real-money terms. This mess is complicated, and I'm not suggesting that Obama demagogue or exaggerate, but what the plan will accomplish is getting lost in debate over tax cuts and tax credits, shovel-ready vs. forward-looking projects, and confusion over the stimulative role of direct grants to the states. There is so much confusion and ignorance at work here, only some of it willful.  Obama has an enormous educational and not merely political task in front of him this week, and he can't expect much help from most of the media.


Camus Cafe Political Coffee House: The Republicans Have Decided To ...
By Ed. Dickau 
*This Paper Is Know As The “Right Wing Alternative To The Washington Post”. Chuck Todd has proven to be a down-to-Earth analyst. (Ed.) The best part of NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's new book is its first few pages. ...
Camus Cafe Political Coffee House - http://cafecamuspoliticalcoffeehouse.blogspot.com/


Don't Mourn for Daschle | The Nation


Tax Cheat Tom Daschle Throws Himself Under Obama’s Bus « The ...
By The Rogue Jew 
Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507. Just another Pay As I Say, Not As I Do Democrat POS. Filed under: Current Events, Politics, Vox Populi, news. « Democrats Like To Raise Taxes, But Not Pay Them! ...
The Chronicles Of Two Rogue Jews - http://roguejew.wordpress.com/


Obama picks Gregg for Commerce


Kucinich to Citi: Stop advertising
The Daily Deal (subscription) - New York,NY,USA
Maybe we should ask Kucinich, Poe and the rest of Congress to stop advertising too if they take government matching fees when it comes time for re-election. ...


Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Veterans and ...
By Lisa Holmes - Obama Precinct Captain #3361 
After growing up in Southeast Asia as the daughter of a U.S. Army officer, Duckworth earned a
master's degree in international affairs at George Washington University. She enlisted in the Illinois Army Reserve in 1992. ...
Member Posts - http://women.barackobama.com/page/community/members


Obama Stocks White House With Prominent Lawyers


Adding It Up



Holder at Justice: Bad old days are over: The Swamp
By Frank James 
It's time to go all out after the 
Bush/Republican crime family members (BushCheney, Rummy, Rove, Libby, Wolfowitz, etc etc) who have broken so many of our laws the last eight years. ... And for fugitive felon Marc Rich whose wife just happened to hand over a half million bucks to Holder's boss, theimpeached Bill Clinton, himself a convicted purjerer. So much for integrity and honesty in the Clinton, er Obama WH. History repeats. ...The Swamp - http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/


Will Attorney General Eric Holder prosecute Bush and Cheney?
Examiner.com - USA
Kucinich (D-OH). Bush and Cheney were not impeached because key ... were unwilling to go through another impeachment trial after Bill Clinton, ...


Yet Another Wrinkle in the DTV Saga
Washington Post, United States - 3 hours ago
The day before the House is scheduled to vote on the bill to delay the digital television transition until June 12, a ranking Republican is asking House 


Gingrich Unloads On Pelosi




Fellow Bloggers,

Be sure to keep up with the action on 
Congress Whip.  Already we have found Senators that may be on the cusp of voting no!  Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:


Unbelievably, Stimulus Bill Getting Worse:  While even President Obama has indicated that he hoped the stimulus bill could be “strengthened” in the Senate. The version produced by the Senate Appropriations Committee actually contains even more waste!


Undecided Democrats on the Stimulus:  As of this posting, here is the list of Democrats that are undecided on the Stimulus in the Senate.  This information comes from activists on Congress Whip.  These may be votes that we can flip if we apply pressure!


A Permanent Minority?:  Despite losing—badly—in the past two general elections...despite having just seen off a very unpopular president... and despite now facing an extremely popular Democratic president, inside sources say that Republicans who met for a 3-day weekend retreat in Virginia this past weekend were anything but glum.


GOP Senators Waffling on Stimulus:  On our Congress Whip project, we have determined a list (which I expect to grow) of Senators that are waffling on the current Stimulus bill in the Senate.  These Senators need to be pressured to VOTE NO.


Today's cartoon is from this weeks edition of Capitol South:


Adam R. Bitely
Director of New Media
Americans for Limited Government

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