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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Who's running for RNC Chairman

There are six candidates for GOP Chair. Here are a few links to pages to learn more about the candidates. If you have more sites for the candidates, please send me a link and I'll post it. Thank you.
Three websites for Michael Steele:
1.http://www.steele4gopchair.com/

2.http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2379824975&topic=6932&post=32503#/pages/Michael-Steele/11483890414?ref=s
3.http://www.draftmichaelsteele.com/node/21

Website for Katon Dawson:
http://www.katondawson.com/The_Dawson_Plan_files/DawsonPlan.pdf

Website for Ken Blackwell:
http://kenblackwell.com/

Website for Anuzis:
http://www.anuzisforchair.com/

Website for Mike Duncan:
http://keepmikeduncan.wordpress.com/

Website for Chip Saltsman:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33362016863

Friday, December 26, 2008

The GOP’s power struggle begins!

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The GOP’s power struggle begins!

There are six candidates for GOP chairman. All six are invited to address a self appointed “conservative” steering committee meeting, on January 6th, at which a straw poll will be held to see who is the favored conservative candidate? Who are the candidates? Who’s on this special private committee? Are they really conservative? What defines ‘conservative?’

The day before the candidates are to appear at the Jan. 6 steering committee meeting, they also have agreed to a debate at the National Press Club, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist.

Who will be the next chair for the GOP? Why does it matter? What is Carl Rove’s role and interest in all of this? Will the GOP be a voice and leader for smaller government, lower taxes, small business friendly policy, school choice, secure property rights, or will it remain on the wrong track, promoting bigger government loss of individual liberty?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chuck DeVore on the Radio with us today on the unconstitutional move the Dems tried to pull off this week

Show for Saturday December 20, 2008
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CA Assembly Republican Whip, and Candidate for U.S. Senate Chuck DeVore will drop by to give us an update on the CA Budget Crisis and the averted attempt by the Dems to violate the State Constitution and push their tax scheme through, over the Legislature’s head. What now? What next?
Richard Scott, a long time Republican Party Activist whom I met on the Saxby Chambliss run off campaign in Georgia, joins us. He worked for the McCain campaign and we’re talking vital strategy for the GOP. There’s an important election for the chairmanship of the party next month and you should know who’s running and what’s at stake. Compelling reasons why Republicans must reach out to Hispanics—
I posted another blog to my blog, on my list of blogs. This one is eclectic. It’s a Latino blog, in English. I also linked to a website that has some interesting Latino demographic data on the links under my Mission statement, and I discovered a new website, (new to me), called NewsBalanceIndepth News Analysis published by Bill May, board member of The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley.
The biggest story this week in CA, and second biggest story nationally, after the car bailout, was the budget scheme the Democrats tried to push through. A local TV News station last night referred to it as such.
I listened to both Republican State Senator Abel Moldonado, and Democrat Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, on a radio talk station in the S.F. Bay Area yesterday and it burned me when the commentator said that both sides are acting like children. Or that the Republicans are just obstructing and not compromising. Or that Republicans haven’t offered any plan until recently. They have. I am so grateful for the fight the Republicans are waging to protect all Californians, and I believe that even the most liberal, if they’re not on the taxpayer’s dole, are all grateful for the protection we’ve received to date. Tax payers and all working families are spent and stretched and our only protection from further hurt are the Republicans in the Legislature. Californians are the highest taxed people in the country, outside of New York City. Thousands are losing or have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed. Jobs are leaving CA, and we don’t need to add another strong push for employers to leave by making it more painful and expensive to stay. Many businesses now would leave but for the costs involved in the relocation. All they need is a little push. The Democrats’ scheme would have been a big push in the wrong direction.

The Last Thing Calif. Needs: Tax Increases by Chuck DeVore

Thursday, December 18, 2008

News Balance--Indepth News Analysis

Just discovered this website and want to share it with you. It's another great resource to stay informed and to read the best from different points of view.

Eiditor Bill May is a board member of the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, CA.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Dems raising taxes BIG-time TONIGHT!

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: In a stunning end-around move, the California Democrat legislative majority is going to push through MASSIVE tax increases TONIGHT. They've come up with a ludicrous scheme to pass the taxes as "revenue neutral," which means they think they need only a simple majority vote.
Things are moving VERY fast, and, if passed, surely will be challenged in court. It's hard to imagine the tax increases will stand, but let's remember the judges get their paychecks and raises from.
Here's the Democrat plan in a nutshell, compliments of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The Jarvis write-up is followed by what is apparently intercepted Democrat "talking points" trying to justify their strategy to make California numero uno in taxes (ignore format problems).
Click here to read more

Steve Moore on his book, and it's timeliness: The End of Prosperity

A 3 minute video interview of Steve Moore by James Freeman of the WSJ

SEC to Probe Its Ties to Madoffs

The Securities and Exchange Commission will examine the relationship between a former official at the agency and a niece of financier Bernard L. Madoff, after the SEC's chief admitted "apparent multiple failures" to oversee the firm at the center of an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

In an extraordinary admission that the SEC was aware of numerous red flags raised about Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, but failed to take them seriously enough, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox ordered a review of the agency's oversight of the New York securities-trading and investment-management firm. The review will include whether relationships between SEC officials and Mr. Madoff or his family members had any impact on the agency's oversight.

D.C.'s Schools Chief Discusses Why She's 'Terrified' Of The Democrats' Education Plans And Why NCLB's Accountability Provisions Need To Stay

Rhee, the controversial chancellor has been mentioned as a potential Education secretary pick for President-elect Barack Obama, but she is critical of the Democratic Party's approach to school reform, saying "soft is not what we need right now."

Rhee: For the last decade or so, the Democrats have not been as strong on education reform as the Republicans have. The Republicans have been much, much better, in my opinion, on ensuring strict accountability for schools and for districts, for ensuring that people are held responsible for closing the achievement gap and significantly increasing student achievement levels for every single child. What worries me about the Democrats is that they tend to be softer on these things, and soft is not what we need right now. Allowing schools to continue to fail year in and year out without significant ramifications either to the district or to the school is doing a disservice to the children. And so any movement backward on No Child Left Behind or on accountability structures, I think, would be incredibly detrimental to this movement.
Click on the link to read more.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bush says sacrificed free-market principles to save economy

I am embarrassed for what he has done to our country financially, increasing spending the highest amount in 30 years, never mind the bailouts and all the corruption that has prevailed on his tenure, while regulations bloomed and grew. I defend him for the good he did,but he leaves the Republican Party in tatters, at a crossroads, near irrelevant.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Two Polls for you to vote in to support Michael Steele

Howdy, America!

Can you take two minutes to support Michael Steele? I ask you to vote in these online polls:

http://rebuildtheparty.ning.com/profile/1nrsthd16ie6t

http://www.thenextright.com/rnc-chairman-straw-poll - This is a NEW poll at this site. We won the previous poll! This one has more candidates, so let's show our netroots strength again!

Thanks,
Support Michael Steele Team

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Why Ron Paul Makes Sense

Why have I not given much attention to Ron Paul? A friend who I was hoping to interview today on my program had shared with me, his estimation of what was wrong with Ron Paul, but I confessed I never gave him any time or consideration. I didn't see him as viable. But, he did garner better numbers in the primaries than the weakest of the traditional or "conservative" candidates.
Look at an example of power rankings of Republican candidates for 2010 and the insiders don't mention him.

Yesterday, I discovered the Daily Conservative blog, while doing a search on Ron Paul. This post I link to on this post happened to be the blog author's new post. I agree with him, we have more in common than not, even if there are some very big differences. If you are a libertarian conservative, as I am, our take is different than Ron Paul's on the war against terror, but we agree on a vast majority of matters when it comes to political economic policy. So let's talk.

Joe the Plumber Says McCain 'Appalled' Him

Joe Wurzelbacher says he felt "dirty" after "seeing some of the things that take place" on the campaign trail

Joe Wurzelbacher said he was specifically put off by McCain when it came to talk of the $700 billion bailout.

About Sarah Palin, he said "Sarah Palin is absolutely the real deal."

Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm Hispanic and I vote for limited govt. I want to spread the message, because it is about real empowerment, hope and opportunity

The GOP has lost ground with Hispanics.

In many ways, it's a failure to communicate, a case of looking at the glass as half empty instead of half full. It will take Hispanics choosing to participate in mass in the Republican Party, for the Republican Party to win elections in CA and the Southwest. It is possible because of the principles articulated in the Republican Party's platform, if only their was a will to communicate the message.

Hispanics want our children to be educated, and that means competition so that the best solutions and approaches can rise to the top.

Hispanic small business owners may decide that they're tired of supporting Hispanic candidates, just because they're Hispanic, and they talk about being for their communities, while they serve the special interests that act to restrict individual liberties, and abilities to start, run, grow, and prosper in a business.

We love the same things that non Hispanics love, our families, good food, wine, beer, a nice home, a car or two, vacations, financial security, and retirement with dignity and comfort. We don't want to be any body's fool, or tool, and we esteem honor. Culturally, there is no shame in working hard at honest work.

The majority of us believe in God and fear Him. Appeal to our sense of honor, of honesty, of justice, of dignity. Give us the benefit of the doubt that we will respond.

Don't get hung up on our use of Spanish. It's the language of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. It's the language of the songs written by the great romantics, including my favorites, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara, Consuelo Velazquez, Armando Manzanero, and the interpreters like Lola Beltran, Javier Solis, Vicente Fernandez and his heart throb son, Alejandro. To me, the songs and their interpreters evoke that same feeling any American, young or old, worth his credentials, experiences when they hear Frank Sinatra, Hispanic Americans included. It's the same sensation. Young, old, parents, grand parents, children, all know it, and are swept up my it. It's an experience that unifies and transports, enchants, and soothes us. To understand the words is to understand the passion, sentiments, tenderness, romance and heart.

I am sad for all those who cannot understand the words to the love songs. It does not take away from my ability to also enjoy the magic of Frank and other American cultural icons that are not Hispanic. I am richer for it. I am sorry that my sons did not learn Spanish. Their father didn't see the point, when they were young, but later, having grown to understand my family, he wishes he'd supported my desire to teach them both languages. I wish I had insisted.

They have an ear for the music. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other extended family get together, that's what they hear.

There are many funny words, good laughs and endearing moments tied into my memories of my parents and relatives, mixing up English with Spanish language. We have all kinds of malapropisms, and Spanglish words our parents made up. Many of my contemporaries have grown up to barely speak any Spanish anymore, but they understand it because it's what our elders insisted on speaking with us. I'm glad they did.

Speaking Spanish does not have to be an impediment to us understanding principles of liberty or limited government. But communications from non Hispanics that evoke contempt, resentment, a lack of trust, a harsh judgemental tone, because we hold on to our Spanish language or we don't move away from it fast enough--that is an impediment. It builds a wall and cuts off understanding.

Why would anyone want to listen to a message that is delivered, wrapped in anger and contempt? That type of message is adversarial, not unifying or inviting.

Principles of liberty and freedom, equality and limited government are enumerated The Declaration of Independence. "...we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, tht they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..." These words ring true, whomever hears them and they translate as clearly as the Bible, which by the way, was not written in English--but thanks to scholars, we know we are reading the Word as it was intended to be read.

As a child on the playground in elementary school, when someone pushed their will around, I stood my ground with a phrase I learned in class: "This is a free country." It was how I asserted my right to my turn on the swings or the foursquare court, or on the baseball field when the boys protested a girl on the field.

I wasn't invited to join the Republican Party. I joined because I got that the party I had belonged to for 14 years, since I had registered to vote, was opposed to the principles I came to realize were fundamental to my family's ability to live free, to prosper, self organize and not be punished for success, to compete.

I never stopped loving Los Panchos because I became a Republican. I was weaned on Spanish music. Linda Ronstadt, whose politics are not mine, sings those same songs magnificently, and she can't claim that music for the Left. This music has a place in American culture. It's almost like Jazz. It's been a part of Hispanic American culture since before the Mexican states became U.S. states. The origins extend from Spain, to Cuba, to Mexico, but it evolved across the borders. There are regional sounds. Immigrants from Mexico, and Mexican Americans born in CA, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona were listening to Spanish music in the 1800's, 10's, 20's 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's, as they pursued the American dream. Today, the music is more international than ever before. It extends from Miami to Argentina and across the globe to Spain, and is enjoyed throughout the world.

It's what we listened to on our record players at home, and at family celebrations, growing up in Los Angeles. Acknowledging and appreciating our cultural idiosyncrasies doesn't take away from our ability to unify around our shared fundamental principles as conservative people.
Many of our sons serve in the military. We all participate in our labor force and business economy. I hope conservatives recognize the different flavors of conservatism inherent in our body politic. Hispanics don't have to stop being Hispanic to embrace the party that thats for limited government, liberty, and our ability to pursue our dreams and goals.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Yeah, we did it! We rallied, Saxby's in, and the work to rebuild the libertarian conservative movement is in play

I made some new friends and learned from all of them, and I hope we are friends for life. I am grateful that I got to be a part of the team of volunteers. I got a lot of perspective and was heartened by their passion and conviction for the principles of life, liberty and limited government. I've loaded my pictures on my facebook page to share.

Saxby's acceptance speech was gracious and he acknowledged the volunteer activists who came from 43 states to support the effort to prevent a filibuster proof congress.

Duncan, the current GOP Chair spoke at the acceptance party but his words were off key and he displayed being tone deaf. He was presumptuous, as opposed to contrite. There was no acknowledging how the Party under his leadership had lost it's way and lost support because people lost their trust and faith in the GOP. He spun this victory as a sign that we were on the road to coming back. It's not. It's a reprieve. It was a victory based on the wisdom of voters who voted, and those who didn't that it's not a desirable thing to have one party dominate and rule without and check on their power. But that's hardly a signal that 'we're back.'

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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