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http://marklevinfan.freepgs.com/Audio/Levin042307Opening.wma Please listen. He says much the same thing I keep saying… only he’s better at saying it.

Mark Levin’s Bio  Pay particular attention to the his career during the Reagan presidency. Folks, this fellow ain’t just whistling “Dixie”.

Afternote: I cannot stess enough how much everybody, left and right, need to listen to Mark Levin.

Democrats Plan Scandal Offensive  <—- To read the article without commentary or added emphasis click on the title.

By: Jeff Patch and Patrick O’Connor
April 23, 2007 06:25 PM EST

House Democrats plan to recycle their “Culture of Corruption” slogan this week in an attempt to further tar congressional Republicans as scandals continue to plague the GOP. Democratic leaders hope this spring offensive puts Republicans on defense when the majority introduces a lobbying reform package early next month.

Their most recent campaign targets a series of alleged misdeeds, including the controversy surrounding eight fired U.S. attorneys and the recent FBI raids of California Republican Rep. John Doolittle’s home in Northern Virginia and a business associated with Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.). (Of course, they don’t mention Democrat corruption. Corruption is reserved only for the opposition. I wait with bated breath how they characterize their own dishonesty, such as spurious claims that send a man to jail for a noncrime, Nancy Pelosi’s treason and violation of the Logan Act, William Jefferson’s coffers, Dianne Feinstein’s contract manipulations,etc. )

“Our intention is to keep our foot on the gas as the party of reform,” said Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, who embraced the reformers’ mantle in the spring of 2005 as the Democrats’ then-campaign chief. (Politics as usual. There is nothing new here. Instead of working to better government they act like sore losers and do nothing that matters to their constituents, except for a select few, of couse, such as moveon.org, Daily Kos, and George Soros to name a few.)

The scandal that has emerged from the administration’s dismissal of eight federal prosecutors is “an umbrella” under which these other scandals fit, Emanuel said. He also criticized the GOP for failing to introduce reform principles even in the minority to govern the interaction between lobbyists and lawmakers and their staff. ( They need an umbrella of another non-crime to play political pinball with our national security and civil rights while catering to fascist regimes the world over. One wonders if their idea of reform will cover Democratic Party corruption as well or will it be a special type legislation that covers the opposition only. There are already “reforms” on the books that have that effect, because the Democrats don’t play by the rules. They break them frequently, using loopholes, oversights, committees, and fronts. Do we really want a government that claims one rule for itself and another for everybody else?

Not long ago… and I wish I could remember where I read it …there was an article written about the Republicans in the House complaining they were not allowed to speak or introduce bills on their own. This is another example of a self fulfilling prophecy perpetrated by the Democrats… they say Republicans are “failing to introduce” and make it appear so by not allowing them to do anything. )

Emanuel will focus on the firing of federal prosecutors during remarks Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, according to his office. Other House Democrats will highlight the FBI raids, among other alleged transgressions, in a series of press releases and floor speeches over the next two weeks, said Democratic aides. (I hope there is at least one reporter there who will ask the hard questions about what they propose to do about corruption on their side of Congress. )

“Culture of Corruption” became a popular refrain for congressional Democrats during their march to the majority, but House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) got Doolittle and Renzi to resign from sensitive committee posts in the wake of the FBI raids. (I don’t think people realized then that they were voting in the “Culture of Corruption” but I hope they do now. )

“While Democrats willfully ignore their own problems, Republicans are making good on their promises to confront ethics issues more proactively and decisively,” said Brian Kennedy, Boehner’s spokesman. “Turning the House into a three-ring finger-pointing circus won’t help restore trust between the public and members of the House, but it will help shatter all previously set records for shamelessness and hypocrisy in partisan politics.” (A very telling and concise report of our present Congress. The standard in Congress is: “Do as I say, not as I do.”)

This push on lobbying reform comes as supporters were becoming increasingly concerned that the House would not act on legislation. The issue stalled last year in the Republican-controlled Congress. Then in January, the House immediately approved a rules change banning gifts and travel on corporate jets. Democratic leaders promised to move a broader reform package by April to regulate the lobbying community. In contrast, the Senate passed its own lobbying reform legislation as its first order of business.

Democratic House leaders are making this next push as questions continue to haunt the GOP.

“These revelations reinforce in the public mind why they rejected the Republican Congress,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said about the dual revelations regarding the FBI raids and the unfolding U.S. attorneys scandal. (Will they fare any better in the next elections? All things considered, of course. They have not only done the very things they accused the Republicans of doing but have stepped up those actions into a whole new level.)

The DCCC is going to release a video on its website highlighting the ethical questions surrounding Doolittle later this week, said spokeswoman Jennifer Crider. The committee has made similar videos to criticize Republican Reps. Gary G. Miller of California and Heather Wilson of New Mexico, who has admitted to contacting one of the fired U.S. attorneys before the attorney’s dismissal. (Here is where it will get interesting… I believe an answering video highlighting Democratic Corruption will be a good answer to this. I’m positive someone will do it, too.)

Van Hollen said the firings “are part and parcel with an overall pattern of the Republicans’ abuse of power.” (I chuckled when I first read this. The Democrats abuse of power makes the Republicans look like small fish in a big pond of pirhanas. The Democrats don’t just stop at normal corruption, they usurp powers they were never meant to have under our Constitution and threaten anyone who questions them.)

Many freshman Democrats campaigned on cleaning up Washington, and these first-year legislators have been pushing their leaders to introduce a lobbying reform package. Twenty of them are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of an independent ethics enforcement office that has been the subject of a task force run by Democratic Rep. Michael E. Capuano of Massachusetts. Leadership aides said the measure would not be included in the lobbying reform package but could be addressed later. (This is one of the biggest pities of all. These Republican eating pirhanas will not stop with the opposition party. They will dine on members of their own party who believe that it is still the Democratic Party and operate on that assumption.)

Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman said that creating an outside enforcement mechanism is critical to lobbying and ethics reform because even the most far-reaching laws would be meaningless without effective enforcement. (And there you have it. Reform laws will be wielded with an iron fist against any and all opposition and applied sparingly if at all to those who “toe the party line”.)

“I suspect that Capuano wanted to do little to restructure the ethics process, other than tinkering,” said Holman, who is helping to circulate the freshman letter to gin up support for his efforts. “But now with the frosh letter, I believe there is additional pressure from Pelosi’s office for Capuano to do something, and we may see quite a bit more emerge from the task force.”

In an interview, Capuano would not discuss the specific recommendations his task force made to leadership, saying that no single measure holds the key to ethics reform. “The promise was never about a specific item,” he said. “The promise was to be more ethical.”

Two separate proposals — one by freshman Reps. Zack Space (D-Ohio) and Baron Hill (D-Ind.) and another by Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) — would create an entirely independent ethics agency. Another idea, offered by Reps. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) and Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), would establish an independent investigative office — the Office of Public Integrity — within the congressional ethics committee. A coalition of outside reform groups meets weekly to share ideas and plot strategy. (There really truly is no such thing as independent when it comes to politics. This agency will be in the hands of whoever wields the most power in the government, plain and simple. But, of course, it will allow the Democrats to raise more taxes won’t it? )

The groups, which include Democracy21, Public Citizen and the Campaign Legal Center, differ on some of the details in a reform package, but they have united around three main issues: full disclosure of bundling of campaign contributions by lobbyists; disclosure of “AstroTurf,” or paid campaigns to generate grass-roots responses; and increased revolving-door restrictions.

Groups that oppose some of these changes say they have been locked out of negotiations on the package. “There is a bit of irony that legislation advertised as bringing ‘sunshine’ to the legislative process is being written behind closed doors by inside-the-Beltway lobbyists,” said Lawrence A. Fineran of the National Association of Manufacturers. (Earlier in my commentary, I mentioned complaints that Republicans aren’t allowed to do anything… this rather ties into it, don’t you think?)

Bundling

The bundling provision would require lobbyists to disclose quarterly all the campaign donations they solicit and then give to candidates, the amount of money they raise and the number of fundraising events they host. ( I can see a lot of potential for abuse here.)

Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, said she sees the bundling provision as “make or break,” but she’s worried members may recoil from allowing filings by lobbyists that highlight their names. Lobbyists have strongly objected to releasing such information, and many have vowed to stop raising money if the House passes such requirements.

Advocates for lobbying reform say Van Hollen supports the bundling measure, and they take that as a sign that he doesn’t think it would seriously affect congressional members’ ability to raise money. Van Hollen, along with Meehan, also introduced the idea in another House bill.

However, several associations, including the American Association for Justice, oppose this measure and are lobbying against it.

AstroTurf Disclosure

Reformers want to add a provision to the House bill that forces lobbying groups to disclose paid grass-roots efforts, such as phone calls to Congress generated to create support or opposition to legislation. A similar amendment failed in the Senate bill after a coalition of nonprofits, from the ACLU to the National Right to Life Committee, opposed it as an unfair restriction on free speech. (Does this mean that George Soros won’t be able to use organizations such as moveon.org and others of its ilk to tell the Democrats what to do or is this just for cutting off  access to our elected officials for the average small groups of citizens who are concerned with the direction of the country? If the latter is the case, I suppose we still have petitions, right?)

Meehan worked with advocacy groups on a compromise measure that would affect only lobbying groups that spent more than $100,000 per quarter on paid communications. It’s unclear whether members are willing to risk the ire of groups that oppose this, such as the National Rifle Association.

Revolving Door

Activists want to increase the revolving-door time frame from one year to two. They also would expand the lobbying activities covered. Currently, senior staffers who earned at least 75 percent of a member’s salary cannot lobby their former office; if reformers have their way, those staffers will not be able to lobby at all. This has been dubbed the “Billy Tauzin provision,” after the former Louisiana congressman who became Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s chief lobbyist after he retired in 2005.

 While there is a lot questionable about their reform bill proposals, the big part of this article for me was the corruption scandal agenda. Both our main parties, and likely the smaller independent parties as well, have corrupt officials. Right now I’d say it’s about equal pickings among them. To allow one party that kind of power over everybody else is national suicide.

Sometime, somewhere today, I made a post on someone’s blog about neverending excuses that our enemies will use to make war upon us. Here’s an example of what I meant.

American School in Gaza Attacked
The American International School in the Gaza Strip was bombed over the weekend because the perpetrators didn’t like the American values of freedom and civil liberties and the way of thinking that the school represents, the school’s principal said on Monday.

[…..]

Ribhi Salem, the director and principal of the American International School, called the attack “a barbaric, savage act” carried out by the “enemies of the Palestinian people and forces of darkness.”

He said he had no idea who attacked the school but it was obvious that the culprits were targeting the ideals that the school is promoting.

“It was a shock to us,” Ribhi told Cybercast News Service by telephone from Gaza. “We thought we would never be targeted,” he said, since there aren’t any more foreign teachers based at the private school. […]
Read the entire article.

It’s not Americans who were targeted. Nor was it Jews, but Palestineans who were studying the American way of life.  Still think if we just withdraw it will go away? These radicals aren’t trying to get us out of there lands, they’re just plain trying to get rid of us and everything about us, period.

She’s a celebrity. Of course that must imply that as a celebrity she must be an expert on global warming. Also, of course, being a celebrity, she deserves preferential treatment as in because she says so, it must be done.

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I’m bringing your attention to Cheryl Crow and her friend, Laurie David ambush of Karl Rove at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and they made much of Rove’s dislike of being held against his will touched when he turned away from them rather than argue.

And what’s our expert’s celebrity’s solution to global warming? Why we should use less toilet paper. Why doesn’t she do less tours using up so much fossil fuels and electricity for equipment to make her sound great on stage or to make it a “show” with special effects and lighting? Or are the 6000 bulbs they gave out supposed to offset her carbon footprints?

The point is, these people have no clue about global warming. They are reacting to emotional trash. Scientists can’t agree on global warming but we’re expected to listen to these celebrity experts?

This fall in the same category of Rosie O’Donnell’s claim that fire doesn’t melt steel. Steel melts at 2800 degrees, it is weakened at 1500 degrees… with the kind of weight posed by the WTO buildings, weakening is all that is necessary for the collapse.

However, there are some steps that can be taken here in the U.S. Stripmining in West Virginia alone has raped 300,000+ acres of forested mountains, polluting waterways requiring chemicals to clean up, if they bother, and robbing wildlife of natural habitats. That, to me, constitutes a greater ecological disaster than using a few extra squares of toilet paper, which is biodegrable, by the way. Oh, wait, isn’t that Robert Byrd territory? It must be Bush’s fault, then. Never mind that it’s been going on for more decades than I’ve been alive (and I ain’t that young).

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of complaints about how “American” is used to describe U.S. citizens neglecting the other “American” countries. I have a solution.

Since we are being politically correct by adding a cultural prefix to American why can’t the rest of us who don’t really care about prefixes be called U.S. American? It’s not any harder to say than African American or Mexican American or Pakistani American or Czechoslovakian American and so on. Or is there something somehow just too patriotic about calling oneself U.S. American? I’m fairly sure patriotism is not politically correct, given all the anti-americans there are who are U.S. citizens.

Go ahead. I dare ya!

There are arguments and arguments out there about why Congress won’t impeach Bush and there’s a growing body of people calling for impeachment. I know all the arguments from Congress: “impeachment would distract from the Democratic legislative agenda and provoke an electoral backlash”. 

The truth is: they don’t have grounds for impeachment so, instead, they’ve embarked upon a course of undermining the president at every turn. They’ve used misrepresentations of facts, half-truths, and outright lies to effectively neutralize him, his cabinet, and all others who fall under his command. The only goal of these actions are the self-aggrandizement of their political party. They have no concern for the United States; none whatsoever. They would rather endanger the entire country instead of supporting the opposition party in its endeavors to keep us as safe as possible in a world gone militant.

In the same article :

And now, with the Administration’s troubles mounting, they’re preparing to tell Pelosi that America and the world cannot wait until January 20, 2009, to put an end to Bush’s reign of error. When Pelosi arrives at the California Democratic Convention in San Diego on April 28–the same day that activists nationwide will rally for presidential accountability–she’ll find on the agenda a resolution that declares that the actions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney “warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office.” Delegates are expected to endorse the measure.

I, for one, hope they try it. I, for one, want to hear the whole truth. I, for one, want to see the egg on the faces such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, and others. No, they are better served by the MSM allowing their half-truths and outright lies to continue undermining the office of the presidency. When they do this, I want to see the documentation where the Democratic Party moved to cause failure of every measure put forward to defend the United States, including the now infamous Memo of the Democrats’ strategy in effectively undermining the president.

Perhaps, if they had put as much energy into working for the nation instead of undermining it… who knows wht might have and could happen?

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