To all those considering making a run for office in 2010, the year is almost here. Therefore I figure it’s a good time for a gut check. We can schedule another one for sometime in July when the filing deadline approaches. It is resolution time, so lets check your resolve. If you are thinking about running for office or have already started here are some questions you may want to consider. 1. Do I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and the principles that this nation was founded upon? Do I believe in the Delaware Constitution? Do I believe in the free market system? Do I believe in personal freedoms and personal responsibilities that come with them? Do I believe in the citizens of the state of Delaware and to what extent to I trust them? If you can answer yes to most or all of those questions than you are off to a decent start. You might have what Read more
It appears there are a number of really good people in the State of Nebraska. The good people of Nebraska don't care for the "my vote is for sale to the highest bidder," Democrat Senator Ben Nelson. The latest Rasmussen poll of Nebraska voters show that 62% disapprove of the vote that Nelson made in favor of Harry Reid's version of Obama Care. The poll also shows that Nelson trails his potential 2012 rival by 30%. It's good to see that the voters of Nebraska recognize that voting for terrible legislation can't be justified by a payoff to that state's voters. Nelson's 'deal' has raised the ire of the nation. The deal was supposed to innoculate Nelson from the consequences of his vote for legislation that was very unpopular among that state's voters. Now it appears it has simply raised his profile THE Senator whose vote is for sale. This response by the citizens of Nebraska Read more
The system failed not because of a lack of safeguards, but because of the unwillingness of those who are charged with safeguarding us to follow basic procedures. Even by standards of probable cause, the failed Detroit Flight bomber should have been searched. He not only fit every behavioral profile, he came with a warning from his own father that he wanted to harm U. S. interests and had become radicalized. He was in our data base. How will telling me that I can't use the restroom for an hour change that? These foolish measures will divert resources that could actually make us safer, inconvenience all travelers, threaten the viability of part of the airline industry (jobs), and bring us closer to police state control. To add insult to injury, if followed they would have made us less safe by making it less likely that someone would be able to stop a terrorist in time. The fact that some Read more
George Pataki, you cannot give Gillibrand a pass on a race that you should win. This seat is ours for the taking. Please reconsider. The country needs all good Republicans to step up and do their part.
In recent days we have received the disturbing news that eleven year old Sarah Foxwell of Salisbury, Md, was discovered dead near the Delaware state line. She was reported missing from her home on Wednesday the twenty-third of December. The police are currently holding Thomas Leggs Jr.in custody, the person who was reported by Sarah's sister to be the last person seen with Sarah. Mr. Leggs was the former boyfriend of Sarah's aunt, who was Sarah's current guardian. Thomas Leggs has been convicted multiple times as a sex offender and is considered a high risk offender on the sex offender registry. Now I could go into my feelings that this sort of crime is a result of our culture de-valuing the lives of children. I could ask the question of, why are there women out there who allow these monsters into their lives and those of children. But what we really need to ask Read more
For many years, some Americans have hidden in shades of gray. They have three hands for every issue (on the other hand). They bob and weave around to find the prevailing winds and then go with the flow. I am grateful to the current ruling regime because they have ended the era of triangulation. It is now time for bold colors and tough decisions. It is time for leaders to lead or move out of the way. That is why I am supporting leaders who have a vision for freedom, family, and faith (as Congressman Bob Dornan put it) over the pail pastel crowd. We have to decide if we want to remain a free people or let lady liberty be locked away in a museum. That is the choice for 2010. Let the games begin. For those who are somehow burnt out on Christmas Carols, I dedicate this song to you from the band Barlow Girls. Read more
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This video presents selections from Ronald Reagan’s Christmas address to the nation in 1981. The entire address covers the situation in Poland at the time. You can read it all here. Merry Christmas everyone!
In spite of everything that is going on with politics, the economy, and the government there is still hope. The hope lies in Jesus Christ, not in Washington D.C. or in any of the people that work there. So, for a little while I am going to turn my thoughts away from what happens inside the beltway and focus on things that matter and bring hope. To help with that I thought I’d just share a couple of poems that express our real hope. The Bells I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat Of Peace on earth, good will to men. I thought how as the day had come The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along the unbroken song Of Peace on earth, good will to men. And in despair, I bowed my head: 'There is no peace on earth,' I said, 'For hate is strong and mocks the song, Of Peace on earth, good will to Read more
As our Federal government grows, rather that making America a more close knit nation I see the opposite effect occurring. It has cultivated an attitude of every man for himself among the states, or at least among their Congressmen and Senators. We are no longer a United States of America. The behavior of the Senate in buying votes is so reprehensible that even moderates like Rep. Castle are up in arms about it. However, I am not sure if even at their level of outrage they have recognized the full impact of what is happening to America. I doubt I have either. There is no better example of the divisiveness of America’s race to big government than the health care bill which just passed the Senate this morning. We have seen a lot of discussion on how votes have been bought off, but what effects will this really have on America? The polarization of the parties is clear. However, Read more
In 2010 Delaware is going to be getting a lot of attention for its Senatorial Race. In fact it already is. We haven’t even had a primary yet and the NRSC is trying to tell Delaware how to vote. Sen. Cornyn, Chairman of the NRSC has made Rep. Castle his poster boy for championing moderates in the GOP. According to Michael O’Brien of The Hill, Sen. Cornyn said, "The world as it is in Delaware is that if Mike Castle didn't run, Beau Biden would be the next senator from Delaware." I know that the party has its own strategies in order to accomplish its goals but in order to give Delaware true representation the citizens of the state need to make the choice of who their Senator’s and Representatives will be, not the national parties. Perhaps Delaware will choose Mike Castle to be our next Senator, but that choice needs to be ours and no one else’s. If outside Read more
The holiday tree in the White House has some interesting ornaments this year. They include a picture of Chairman Mao and an autographed transvestite ornament. Anita Dunn should have stuck around another 6 weeks. She would have been feeling kindred spirits with Simon Doonan the radical designer. Simon Doonan is known for controversy, yet he was invited to design holiday decorations by this white house. When does this become an issue of birds of a feather? At least President Obama made the tree superimposed on Mt. Rushmore. I wonder is he to Mao’s right or left?
STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL N. CASTLE Response to the Senate Negotiations of Health Care Reform Wilmington, Dec 23 - The negotiated earmarks and exemptions for certain states and businesses, in exchange for a few Senators to vote in favor of the health care reform package, reflects the very worst of Washington. Negotiations, for the most part, were not done in the common good to lower health care costs of Americans, but to protect specific Senators from political liabilities. In many cases, taxpayers will pay a bigger share to cover the costs of the bill, and states will shoulder a higher burden than they would have without the special treatment of the few. As a former Governor, I know how costly Medicare and Medicaid costs are to state budgets. Exempting certain states while putting an additional burden on the remaining states is simply unacceptable. Every legislator is Read more
-PLAYERS SITE DIFFERING REASONS FOR FALL OUT- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2009 DOVER – According to a News Journal article published online today, DelaWind LLC, executive vice president and Democratic U.S. Congress candidate John Carney’s application for state money has officially been withdrawn, although why doesn’t remain clear. Amer Industrial Technologies, which owns a large machine shop along the Delaware River, dropped out of the project last week. Carney cited, “The uncertainty of when the turbines would be built affected the ability to attract financing”, Carney said. Dennis O'Brien, CEO of Transformative Technologies, which developed the idea attributed the breakup to "management differences on the Read more
The last count that I have of the servicemembers killed in the wars. It has to be a hard time of the year for those families. This is just to say that we remember you.
The road to a Republican House Majority got one step closer. Alabama Representative Parker Griffith is announcing today that he is changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Griffith represents the Huntsville area of Alabama which has traditionally been a Democrat district. It would appear that Griffith is just the latest casualty of the ObamaCare monstrosity being rammed thru Congress. "Griffith is a radiation oncologist who plans to blast the Democratic Health Care Reform bill as the basis for his party switch, and lean on his medical background to illustrate why he does not believe the reform is right for the country." Griffith has the kind of first hand professional experience in the health care system that makes him way to knowledgeable to accept the inane blandishments of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. 4 Democrat representatives from swing districts have already Read more
Boy Governor, Jack Markell has already run out of money for State Operations on Snow Removal. According to State Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks, only 3.2 million dollars were budgeted for snow removal and that will handle about 8 inches of snow. Of Course most of Kent and New Castle Counties received considerably more snow than this. It looks as if the Markell group bet a little too heavily on Global Warming and now with 90 more days of winter weather ahead has an empty cupboard for snow removal. If you live off of the beaten track, be prepared to wait longer to get out, see a lot more days of your kids missing school, and have even more problems getting to the grocery store to keep your own cupboards full. Read more
I know that sex scandals are interesting, but does the Tiger Woods story affect your life? Here is a more intriguing one which may affect two cities and have led to a cover up which implicates the first lady and other members of the ruling regime. It involves the firing of the Americorp Inspector General. Follow this link and tell me this isn't a better story. This one actually affects our lives. A congressional investigation of the volunteer organization AmeriCorps contains charges that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled "damage control" after allegations of sexual misconduct against her now fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a prominent ally of President Obama, The Washington Examiner has learned. The charges are contained in a report prepared by Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Darrell Read more
The recent east coast snow storm brought out a need for some government services, mostly the removal of snow and ice from our roads. Apparently someone complained about snow removal. On Twitter user delawareliberal posted this: Why is it that Teabaggers are the first to complain about the lack of gov't services, i.e. snow plowing.(link) To which I replied: If they complain it's probably because they pay good money (taxes) for those services. Duh.(link) In the free market, a price is paid for a service. If I pay a high price for that service then I expect an high level of service. Most of us Tea Party supporters feel we pay a lot of money into our government but do not receive services equal to the price. We are more than justified to complain. I didn't get a reply. When the left runs out of defense for their arguments, the left resorts to name-calling. Apparently delawareliberal ran Read more
The Democrats moved yet closer to achieving their take over of the health care system at 1 AM Monday morning along purely partisan lines. The chances of this new tax on America being passed are pretty good in spite of everything the Republicans not to mention the American people have done to voice their opposition to it. If successful the Democrats will probably think they have won an important battle. Eventually they will discover that they have lost the American people. “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” Booker T. Washington I suspect that the inverse is also true. Few things can hurt an individual more than to take responsibility from him, and to let him know that you don’t trust him. The Liberal Progressives have failed to learn both lessons and the Health Care Reform Read more
She is running for mayor. This was first reported here.
In a great example of educating constitutents, Michelle Bachmann’s district has a 29% level of support for the Democratic health plan and a 39% approval for the President. She has around 90% support from her party. Democrats don’t like her, but to quote PPP, ” it’s a pretty good bet that Bachmann’s constituents agree with a lot of the stuff she says that’s painted as far out by the media.”
The celebration of the birth of Jesus (Yeshua) is one special to Christians for many reasons, but the celebration belongs to all humanity. I have a Wiccan friend (of all people) who is particularly poignant on this point. He recognizes Christmas because "Christianity has helped many people to find a higher path". The contributions made by Jesus to the thinking of humanity has been extraordinary. The world was literally turned upside down. It is a shame that some try to avoid Christmas because they have an agenda of religious apartheid. The fact is that celebrating the life and teachings of Christ is sensible from a completely secular perspective. In the west, we celebrate people's lives by remembering their birth. W e recount their contributions to human existence. The very existence of western culture is founded upon Christianity. One can understand this profound Read more
Statement by the National Right to Life Committee on the new Reid abortion language (Reid "manager's amendment" to H.R. 3590) WASHINGTON (December 19, 2009) – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, strongly opposes the abortion language contained in the "manager's amendment" (amendment no. 3276) that was filed today by U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.) to his pending health care bill (H.R. 3590). This statement may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. The Reid manager's amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 7 by a bipartisan vote of 240-194. The new abortion language solves none of the fundamental abortion-related problems with the Senate bill, and it actually creates some new abortion-related Read more
When I had a chance to watch a half hour of Meet the Press between duty calls, I heard the Democrat talking heads saying that the Senate health bill cut the deficit because it only cost 871 billion or so. Every time Gillespie said that it increased the deficit, they would say but CBO says that it cuts the deficit. You are contradicting the experts. I was surprised that Ed did not bring up one simple fact. They increased the deficit to before they reduced it. The President added 900 billion to the deficit when he proposed his budget as a set aside for health care. There was no mechanism for paying the bill. That became the base line. When a bill comes in at 870, then we celebrate because it cut the deficit. The real truth is that if he were not President, the deficit would be 900 billion smaller with just that one proposal gone. You can argue that it is a worthwhile proposal or not. You Read more