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Freedomworks Visits Dr. Carl Mumpower

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 9, 2008

Last week, local representatives of the conservative grassroots Freedom Works visited Dr, Carl Mumpower.

Previously:

Freedom Works Visits Congressman Shuler’s Office

Posted in 2008, Carl Mumpower, Freedom Works, Heath Shuler, NC-11, Taxes | Leave a Comment »

John McCain Begins To Court Conservatives, Calls For Summer Gas Tax Holiday !!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 15, 2008

Yaay!


John McCain called today for a federal gasoline tax holiday this summer, his latest proposal to shore up the faltering economy and show he is in touch with struggling Americans.

The suspension of the 18.4-cent federal gas tax and 24.4-cent levy on diesel fuel would go from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Gas prices are headed to record highs this summer approaching $3.50 a gallon for regular unleaded.

“The effect will be an immediate economic stimulus — taking a few dollars off the price of a tank of gas every time a family, a farmer, or trucker stops to fill up,” he said in prepared remarks. “And because the cost of gas affects the price of food, packaging, and just about everything else, these immediate steps will help to spread relief across the American economy.”

Source: Boston Globe

Commentary

I like it when politicians whisper sweet-nothings like this…

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Christian Churches Begin To Stand Up To Federal Oppressors

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 15, 2008

Kenneth Copeland Ministries, one of six so-called mega-churches at the center of a U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation, has informed the committee that it will not cooperate with the probe, citing its concerns about the government targeting certain Christian churches, as well as concerns about privacy and potential First Amendment violations.

“The church is deeply concerned that the information Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking could be used to subject the church and its members to public stigma, scorn, and obloquy,” Lawrence Swicegood, communications director for Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM), said in a letter responding to the committee’s request for a range of financial data and other information, including the names and addresses of board members and the names and addresses of people responsible for the church’s audio and video production.

“The church also has grave concerns with the conclusion that this inquiry ‘does not infringe upon First Amendment rights,’” said Swicegood.

“The six ministries under investigation all share a common theology based on the sincerely held religious belief that prosperity in all areas of one’s life is an outward sign of the fulfillment of God’s promises contained in the Bible,” he added.

Source: Cybercast News

Hat Tip: Pirate’s Cove

Commentary

This is very dangerous territory for the Feds to be stepping into. LBJ forced the churches into a tax-exempt status and limited their Free Speech rights because they were giving him such a hard time back in Texas…and now, here comes Chuck Grassley and the Senate Finance Committee, intent on expanding Federal Power yet again.

As William Tech noted on his blog, this is indeed the stuff of sparking an Armed Rebellion. Can you imagine what the Administration of Barack “I think Guns & Religion Are For people In Trouble” Obama would do to churches? Especially those that did not subscribe to his hateful Black Liberation Theology, or at least pretends it doesn’t exist?

I hope more churches begin to stand up to the Feds. I hope more churches invite politicians to give speeches and sermons (beyond the black and liberal churches that already do so) from the pulpit. It is high time Christians stood up to block the expansion of federal powers, and reclaim their spot as the charitable organizations they were prior to LBJ. Put caring for the poor back in the hands of the churches, and stop stealing money from (those who are) taxpayers.

/rant

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Auchi, Rezko, Obama: "Who Are They?

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 20, 2008

Hold on to your hat and your lunch:

Who is Mr. Auchi?

Who is Mr. Auchi? A British billionaire living in London, born in Iraq in 1937. And why would he, as it is alleged, lend money via a Panama company, Fintrade Services — of which his wife, Ibtisam Auchi, is said to be a director — to a freshmen U. S. senator from Illinois just a few months after he is sworn in as a very junior member of what was then a Democratic minority?

Who is Mr. Auchi, said to be the 279th richest man in the world, that he would provide through his overseas company wire transfers of $3,499,471 in April 2007, and another $200,000 in July 2007, to Antoin “Tony” Rezko, an indicted Chicago developer accused of defrauding Illinois citizens of at least $6 million? Rezko is a successful and veteran fundraiser for, among others, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

Who is Mr. Auchi that he would be in business at least since 2003 with the Syrian-born American citizen Mr. Rezko, a man who is by the most forgiving accounts an undercapitalized Chicago developer; the same Mr. Rezko who proposed to the lionized British developer Mr. Auchi a joint development for a vacant a 62-acre tract along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago into which eventually Mr. Auchi invested, through his primary company, General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH), at least $170 million, sharing possession with the politically connected and pizza parlor-owning Mr. Rezko?

–SNIP–

Who is Mr. Auchi — in connection with whom is it alleged that two websites belonging to GMH holdings have deleted information on Mr. Auchi’s April 2004 visit to Illinois when Mr. Auchi met and was photographed with Governor Rod Blagojevich; Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones Jr.; the Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick; Mr. Auchi’s business partner, Mr. Rezko, and, it is speculated, the then-State Senator and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama?

Source: John Batchelor, writing in Human Events
Hat Tip: Rezko Watch, where there is even more about Mr. Auchi, including:

The Associated Press reported February 7, 2008, that Christopher Kelly, the head of Illinios Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s “campaign fund in both of his races for governor and now under federal indictment, pledged all of his shares in a Nevada land partnership as collateral in exchange” in exchange for a loan from Nadhmi Auchi, the “same Iraqi billionaire whose $3.5 million payment” got Antoin “Tony” Rezko, “another member of the governor’s inner circle thrown in jail.”

There is even more “Red” Meat on Obama…especially his mentor, who was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, USA.

In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama’s life as a “secret smoker” and how he “went to great lengths to conceal the habit.” But what about Obama’s secret political life? It turns out that Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

In his books, Obama admits attending “socialist conferences” and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a “hard-core academic Marxist,” which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”

The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What’s more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.

Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand-based libertarian activist, researcher and blogger, noted evidence that “Frank” was Frank Marshall Davis in a posting in March of 2007.

Source: Accuracy In Media
Related: Trevor Loudon’s March 2007 blog post, which preserves part of the curiously now missing article from the University of Hawaii’s website.
Related: Google Cache of a page on the Commie at the University of Hawaii, because their website is currently down.

Without the rise of the bloggers, this is one piece of information that would be allowed to fall into the memory hole and be forgotten. Not any more. I also expect efforts to be made to censor, or co-opt, bloggers to limit their effectiveness…and control their output. Back to our story:

There is more about the disturbing implementation of a Global Poverty Tax, administered by the United Nations: [I have the audio of this somewhere]

RUSH: We have uncovered something. We have dug deep and we have found something Obama has done. It is called Senate Bill 2433, the Global Poverty Act of 2007. Senate Bill 2433, the Global Poverty Act of 2007, would “require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.”

Cliff Kincaid, in Accuracy in Media, has studied this, and has written it up. He says “[A] hugely expensive bill called the ‘Global Poverty Act,’ sponsored by … Obama, was quickly passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States. … In a column [that Cliff] posted on the [Accuracy in Media] web site, Kincaid noted that Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was trying to rush Obama’s ‘Global Poverty Act’ (S. 2433) through his committee without hearings. The legislation would commit the US to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the US already spends,” on foreign aid. “It was scheduled for a Thursday vote but was moved up a day, to Wednesday, and rushed through by voice vote. Kincaid learned, however, that conservative Senators have now put a ‘hold’ on the legislation, in order to prevent it from being rushed to the floor for a full Senate vote.” Now, the House passed this bill in September. It’s now getting rushed through the committee in the Senate, the Biden committee, to soak the US taxpayers again to fund global, liberal, feel-good garbage.

Senator Obama wrote the bill. This is just the tip of the iceberg, should he win. This is the kind of stuff he wants to do: Blame the United States for the problems of the world; meet with all the thugs and the bad guys, and say, “What’s wrong with us? What can we fix to make you like us?” while he’s out there talking about these platitudinous, vapid change speeches where he says nothing. By the way, I find it very interesting that Senator Biden was trying to rush this through the committee without hearings and to get this thing to the floor. Would this not have been a great thing for Obama to be able to talk about on the presidential campaign trail? When people say he hadn’t done anything and he’s got no record, he could say, “Well, I have! I have a Global Poverty Act! We’re going to cure poverty around the world.” “Oh, he’s so wonderful! Obama is going to end poverty.” And, of course, who knows what Mrs. Clinton’s reaction would have been. The point is, there is substance to Obama, and it isn’t good, from our standpoint.

It is now appearing that Obama would be an even easier candidate to face in 2008 than Hillary. I only wish that the GOP had been able to nominate a Reagan Coalition Conservative like Fred Thompson, or even Mitt Romney…

The matchup between Obama and McCain would still be a study in contrasts. In the 1980’s, Barack Obama was a community organizer while John McCain served in the US House (AZ-01) and then the US Senate from 1986.

Even Obama’s wife is an unrepentant America-hating lefty.

One thing we can look forward to is that Obama is our dragon-slayer who will, we hope, prove easy to dispatch in November…in effect killing two birds with one stone.

One thing we must remember about lefties is that they believe that proper government policy can solve all our problems, often through the use of citizen “soviets” or councils of citizens working in concert with elected officials. It is very insidious, and gives progressives a big foot in the policy wonk door of local politics.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Ronald Reagan that tells us all we need to know about government policy:

“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
Ronald Reagan

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Communism, Concepts, Corruption, Democrats, Global Tax, John McCain, Progressives, Taxes, United Nations | 1 Comment »

The Definition of Rebate

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 24, 2008

Troy LaPlante has a good point:

Rebate
Pronunciation: \ˈrē-ˌbāt\
Function: noun
Date: 1656
Definition: a return of a part of a payment

To rebate something to someone who did not pay in the first place is not, by definition, a rebate. I am all for cutting taxes. However, a tax rebate is for those who pay taxes. Those who do not pay taxes should NOT get a “rebate”. It becomes a hand out and a form of welfare or entitlement at the expense of all others who do pay taxes.

Source: Troy LaPlante

What set him off was the recent GOP cave to the Democrats. Read the rest over at his place.

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Shuler’s Chief of Staff has no problem with more taxes?

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 4, 2007

Check out WNC Citizens Blog for the story.

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