Question: What is the largest cave in the United States?
Answer: The Republican Establishment.
While there a relatively small number of true Conservative Republicans in the House (thankfully our own Congressman, Ted Yoho is one of them) and Senate, many are not. Many talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, not so much. They are so concerned with their own reelection and power, that principles do not seem to matter. The voters gave them a mandate to do the right thing, but they just keep on keeping on with their Washington business-as-usual behavior. At least the Progressive Democrats are honest about where they stand; they want more government control of everything and everyone and they make no bones about it.
The links below illustrate this cave-in mentality. While many refer to very recent events, one can easily locate articles that go back years. Just Google the phrase Republican party caves or Republican cave. You’ll come up with more than you care to read. Sad!
Thursday at the Federal Communications Commission meeting on open Internet rules and access to broadband Internet, Commissioner Ajit Pai made a statement before the FCC vote to take unprecedented control over the internet with a secret plan.
Transcript as follows:
“The Wall Street Journal reports that it was developed through ‘an unusual secretive effort inside the White House.’ Indeed, White House officials, according to the Journal, functioned as a parallel version of the FCC. Their work led to the president’s announcement in November of his plan for internet regulation, a plan which the report says blindsided the FCC and swept aside months of work by Chairman Wheeler toward a compromise. Now, of course, a few insiders were clued in about what was transpiring. Here’s what a leader for the government-funded group Fight for the Future had to say, ‘We’ve been hearing for weeks from our allies in D.C that the only thing that could stop FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from moving ahead with his sham proposal to gut net neutrality was if we could get the president to step in. So we did everything in our power to make that happen. We took the gloves off and played hard, and now we get to celebrate a sweet victory. Congratulations. what the press has called the parallel FCC at the White House opened its door to a plethora of special interest activists. Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking the chairman’s driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials.
“But what about the rest of the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the process altogether. They were being played for fools. And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan, and ‘asked’ the FCC to implement it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May, and it differs so dramatically that even zealous net neutrality advocates frantically rushed in, in recent days, to make last-minute filings, registering their concerns that the FCC might be going too far. Yet, the American people, to this day, have not been allowed to see President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden. Continue reading and watch the VIDEO at breitbart.com.
It looks like those Americans-in-Waiting will have to wait a little longer.*
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has denied the Justice Department’s request to stay his injunction against Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The Obama administration submitted a request Monday for Judge Hanen to lift his temporary ban on the executive amnesty program by Wednesday, hoping that Hanen would allow the program to go forward while the case worked its way through court. Read more at truthrevolt.org.
February 26, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Taxes, Tea Party
BY ALAN CARUBA
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015
My Tweets from yesterday’s Tweet fest to stop Common Core & No Child Left Behind event sponsored by Heritage Action:
February 23, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Tea Party
This is IMPORTANT. Net Neutrality will kill the internet and our Free Speech as we know it – How is Obamacare working out for YOU?
February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.
Written by: Seton Motley
That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.
(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)
Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.
And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one.
As we know, government control leads to rationing – in this case bandwidth. As we know from the Internal Revenue Service scandal – it is Less Government advocates that will get the short end of the government stick.
Democrat donors will never have to wait in line for ObamaCare medical attention. Or Web downloads.
All of which and more is laid out in this Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Please contact your Senators and Congressmen – and demand they do everything they can to rein in this rogue Commission:
“Obama’s plan for the Internet – Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification – is Socialism for the Internet. It guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.
“What this is – is an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome.
“Where have we seen this before? ObamaCare.
“Likewise, with the Internet – with Title II Reclassification and Net Neutrality – this is an assault on the Internet industry to effect that same ideological outcome.
“This is why Barack Obama is trying to fund through federal money the local governments’ foolhardy notion of getting into the broadband business.
“He wants to ramp that up to fill the void he is creating with Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification
“And when this government presence grows as the private presence shrinks – this very quickly becomes a free market problem that begets a free speech problem.
“When government is the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP), bandwidth rationing becomes a problem just like health care rationing becomes a problem.
“And then when they’re rationing and deciding who gets bandwidth and who doesn’t. As we’ve seen from the IRS, the Left-wing websites won’t have a problem getting bandwidth – it’s going to be the Right-wing websites who will have a problem getting bandwidth.
“The people who are going to be waiting in line – whether it’s for health care, whether it’s for bandwidth – are the people who are opposed to Big Government, the people who are opposed to government takeovers of private sectors.
“So a free market assault begets a free speech problem.
“All of which is consolidated and compiled into the February 26 Internet power grab takeover that’s going to happen at the Federal Communications Commission.”
Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.
By Leada Gore
Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson was first propelled into the national spotlight in 2013 when she became the face of a controversy surrounding alleged targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.
Now, Gerritson said she is considering running for Congress from Alabama’s Second District, currently represented by Republican Martha Roby of Montgomery.
Gerritson isn’t pulling any punches on why she might run.
Continue reading at al.com.
Related article: Wetumpka Tea Party leader says what IRS did was ‘un-American’
February 17, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles
From my friend, Dr. David McKalip:
By David McKalip, M.D.
Your Doctor is being punished by the Federal government for protecting your personal health information. Your doctor is also being punished by the Federal Government if they fail to follow the government cookbook medicine protocol. This week, I was among many doctors that received a notice that my payments would be cut by Medicare since I was not using an electronic medical record to report my patients’ private medical data to the Federal government. I was also not attempting to comply with cookbook protocols that, for instance, deny antibiotics to my patients who need it after certain surgeries. This so-called “incentive” program claims to improve quality of care but is really about punishing your doctor until they comply with the government’s goals. The goals of Obamacare in this case is to force your doctors to ration your care and to lower the quality to a uniform level of “one-size-fits-all” medicine that ignores the needs of individual patients. This doctor won’t lower his standards to that of the government. Ever.
Doctors are being told that they will be paid 1.5% less unless they report how often they provided certain types of medical care to the Medicare program and various insurance programs. That penalty will increase to 5% by 2019. The program, called the “Physician Quality Reporting System” (PQRS) began as a “bonus program” in about 2008 and transformed to a penalty program under Obamacare. In addition, doctors that don’t enter your data in an electronic medical record and send prescriptions to your pharmacy electronically over the internet will face up to a 5% penalty after 2018 as well. By 2019, all the penalties for not following bureaucratic interference in the practice of medicine will go up to a 13% cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Doctors in solo and small practices have been the most unlikely to report the data for several reasons. First, it is very expensive to buy, implement and maintain the computer systems to report the data. Secondly, the data will be used against them to add other penalties on top of the 13% hit in 2019 if doctors don’t reach the government thresholds defined by bureaucrats. Finally, many – especially those still in small private practices – are merely conscientiously objecting to telling anyone outside the patient-physician relationship about their patients or tolerating interference in the practice of medicine by regulators, insurance companies and politicians. You can count this neurosurgeon among that group of doctors. Read more at sunbeamtimes.com.
Liz Trotta is the former New York bureau chief of The Washington Times and is a contributor for FOX News Channel.
The author of “Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News,” Trotta was the first woman to cover a war for broadcast news.
She began her career in journalism in 1965 working for the NBC affiliate in New York and won network recognition by taking on tough assignments including covering the Vietnam War and 1984 presidential candidate, George McGovern.
Trotta has worked for Hillman Periodicals; Inter-Catholic Press Agency; Long Island Press; Chicago Tribune; Newsday; NBC and CBS. In 1960-1961, she taught a once-per-week journalism class at Stern College of Yeshiva University.
The winner of three Emmy awards and two Overseas Press Club awards, Trotta is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. foxnews.com.
Yesterday I posted a letter from former FBI agent, K. Dee McCown, to Attorney General Eric Holder. Agent McCown’s letter has since gone viral. Mr. Holder has since pushed back in typical Obama administration fashion; when criticized or confronted, they attack and/or lie – Kill the messenger!
Last night on the Fox News program, The Kelly File, Guest host Shannon Bream did a segment on Holder’s response to the letter featuring contributor J. Christian Adams. Watch:
See yesterday’s post containing Agent McCown’s letter here.
26 Republicans Vote Against Blackburn Amendment To Defund Obama’s Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
A whopping 26 Republicans joined the Democrats in Congress to vote against an amendment to the DHS funding bill sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). That amendment aims to block funds for President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), largely believed to be the root cause of the border crisis last summer.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was the first Republican to break ranks. “Ellmers is [the] first GOP no vote,” Politico’s Seung Min Kim Tweeted as the vote began.
The other Republicans who voted against the measure, which passed, are: Reps. Mark Amodei (R-NV), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Bob Dold (R-IL), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Crescent Hardy (R-NV), John Katko (R-NY), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Fred Upton (R-MI), and David Valadao (R-CA). Read more at breitbart.com.
By the way, Representative Ellmers, and I use the word representative loosely, has a long history of ignoring and being combative and argumentative towards her constituents. Watch the short videos on page two of the following link, and you will see for yourself: pjmedia.com.
Will we ever learn? Obama White House can’t admit Paris attacks ‘Islamic terrorism’
By Steven Emerson
They shouted in Arabic “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Greatest) and “We are avenging the Prophet Mohammed” as they sprayed their victims with hundreds of bullets from their semi-automatic weapons.
Their “victims” were the top editorial cartoonists of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, who had dared to practice their right of free speech. Their offense? Publishing cartoons deemed “offensive” by Muslim leaders around the world. The perpetrators? Islamic terrorists.
Yet in the immediate hours after the murders in Paris, the response from western leaders was scurrilously predictable in their refusal to describe the attack as an “Islamic terrorist attack.” Continue reading and watch video on foxnews.com.
By Thomas Sowell * December 23, 2014
The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.
Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust. We have seen before our own eyes, first in Ferguson, Missouri and then in other communities, what happens when there is just a small crack in that crust, and barbarism and arson burst out.
That can happen anywhere. So can what happened in New York. “Send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.” Continue reading at jewishworldreview.com.
Hat tip: John Cutright
Police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he walked into the police press conference about the two NYPD officers shot and killed execution-style in Brooklyn.
Alan Gross, just freed from five years of captivity in Cuba, is pictured (below) in his Lawyer’s office. But look at the photographs on the wall. Does anyone look familiar? Whad’ya know, isn’t that Che Guevara?
Hat tip: twitchy.com