Sep 01

Endangered Dem bets on the Warthog

Gas and goThe Hill – Vulnerable Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) is hoping that his efforts to keep the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft fleet in the air can lift him to victory in November.

This year Defense Department officials proposed mothballing the fleet, affectionately called the “Warthog” by U.S. troops, in order to save $3.5 billion over five years. They argued that the aircraft’s close air support mission could be carried out by other newer platforms, including the F-16 fighter and the B-1 bomber.

The idea was met with stiff, bipartisan resistance in both chambers of Congress and became one of the most controversial proposals in the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget.

Now Barber, who successfully introduced amendments to the House defense authorization and appropriations bills to keep the A-10 airborne for at least another year, recently launched a television ad touting his role in the fight to save the aircraft that’s critical to his Tucson district.

“No one has worked harder to save the A-10 aircraft than Ron Barber,” Maureen Phillips, a veteran who served as a tactical intelligence officer for A-10 missions, says in the spot.

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To learn more about WHY we need to keep the Warthog click here and click here. We should be building more of them.

Sep 01

Congressman Mark Meadows, Weekly Update, 9/1

mark meadows 2Click here to read update.

Sep 01

Report: Ice Cap Growing Though Gore Said It Would Be Gone

ice capNewsMax – Despite Al Gore’s prediction seven years ago that the polar ice cap would be completely melted by now, it is actually larger than it was in 2012, Mail Online reports.

“The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,” Gore said in 2007 when he was accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change efforts. “It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”

But, the Mail reports, the ice cap has actually expanded by between 43 and 63 percent. An area the size of Alaska that was navigable water two years ago now is covered by ice.

Over the long term, the ice cap is continuing to shrink, according to figures from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. But as of August 25, 3.5 million square miles of the Arctic Ocean was covered with at least 15 percent ice cover – the highest since 2006.

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Aug 31

Congressman McHenry Weekly Update, 8/31

mchenry-2Click here to read update.

Aug 31

Representative Chris Whitmire, NC House District 113, Weekly Update 8/29

hcrwc-8-26-9Click here to read update.

Aug 30


A Fracking Forum will be held at the Smoky Mountains Performing Arts Center in Franklin.

The itinerary should be as follows; Welcome and introduction of panel members, 40 minute Powerpoint presentation by Jim Womack. Q & A until about 8:30 or 9 pm.

Questions will be submitted in writing and drawn out of a hat. Should time constraints not allow all questions to be answered they can be addressed on a website, by email, or some other electronic means.

This will be in conjunction with the State Senatorial Debates and incumbent Senator Jim Davis will be a participant.

Aug 30

Time for North Carolina to stop taxing capital gains

ncflagJohn Locke Foundation – In 2013 North Carolina instituted sweeping tax reform and began the process of making its tax system more efficient and more consistent with liberty. It created a single rate system, bringing both the top rate of 7.75 percent and the bottom rate of 6 percent down to a flat rate of 5.75 percent. In addition, the base was broadened, eliminating many special privileges in the code, and the corporate income tax was reduced. Furthermore, the tax reform process was used to reduce the overall tax burden on NC citizens, allowing average citizens from all income groups to keep more of what was rightfully theirs in the first place.

All of these reforms are good for the economy. In addition to transferring more revenues from political control to the private sector allocation — i.e. from less efficient to more efficient uses — the changes in the rates and the base have reduced the tax system’s bias against saving, investment, and entrepreneurship.

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Aug 30

Tea party reveals hottest political issue of 2014

Jenny Beth Martin Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots

WND World – Multiple new polls show tea-party activists see the border crisis as the most important issue of the 2014 midterm elections, and the movement once known for its insistence upon less spending and smaller government is ready to make border security a critical issue heading into November.

Surveys from Gallup, Polling Company Inc. and the Tea Party Patriots show immigration as the top issue for voters in 2014. Democrats historically have an edge in the debate due to their insistence that the vast majority of those in the country illegally are good people trying to make a better life for their families and they are deserving of a chance. However, the recent flood of illegal border crossings has changed some opinions, including those of congressional Republicans.

GOP leaders from the Republican National Committee to House Speaker John Boehner to 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan consistently pushed for comprehensive immigration reform in the wake of President Obama’s re-election. Their plans were scuttled by GOP House members earlier this year. By July, while the border crisis raged, most Republicans seemed very hesitant to move in that direction.

Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin said she thinks Republicans officially got the message.

“What we saw happen at the end of July in the House of Representatives showed that the House of Representatives was finally listening to the people and doing what the people want,” she said. “People do not want amnesty granted to people who have broken the law and come to our country illegally.”

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Aug 29

Debunking Arguments That Capitalism Is Unfair

525ea0b26e77c7c6a732a703420e0dc9Carolina Journal – Critics often label capitalism as unfair. They say a system based on free markets and limited government control leads to wide disparities among the rich and poor. David Rose, professor of economics at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, challenges that argument. Rose discussed the fairness of capitalism with a John Locke Foundation audience earlier this year. He also spoke with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.

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Aug 29

Party Labels Don’t Register

no labelsCarolina Journal – I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people recommend or discount political predictions by citing party registration. Reacting to a voter survey, for example, they compare the party-identification data in the poll to the party registration data in their states in order to evaluate the validity of the poll.

That’s a big mistake. Party registration and party identification are not the same thing. In states with a history of single-party rule, there have long been many older voters who were registered in one party while acting as though they were members of another party. In North Carolina, we’re familiar with this phenomenon in the form of conservative Democrats — “Jessiecrats” back in the day — who acted as Republicans when casting many or most of their votes. In historically Republican states such as Vermont, some left-of-center voters retained their GOP registration and yet voted reliably for Democratic candidates.

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Aug 29

Remilitarize the World Police

mothThe Washington Free Beacon – F-16s grounded. Blackhawks covered in foam. Just two Army brigades combat ready. Half the cruiser fleet rendered inoperable. New nukes delayed—for two years. The percentage of the economy devoted to defense at pre-9/11 levels. Bipartisan experts terrified of the consequences. America’s deterrent—our ability to discourage and respond to aggression—is gone.

It was thrown away. First, President Obama cut defense massively, constraining the Pentagon and hollowing out the force. He was helped not only by Democrats in Congress but also by Republicans, who agreed to the budget sequester in 2011. Democrats want more money for social programs; Republicans want to cut the deficit. They are both guilty of short-term thinking.

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Aug 28

The ”Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule: Is It a Federal Power Grab?

no epaHeritage – On April 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule that would define the scope of their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) through a new definition of “waters of the United States.”

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Click here to read: ‘Waters of the United States rule’ is about control, not conservation.

Aug 28

Coming Soon – The Border States of America – The Movie

TPPLOGOJenny Beth Martin – The Rio Grande Valley in Texas is the breach point for the largest invasion of American territory since the British occupied and burned Washington, DC during the War of 1812.

I saw the effects of this invasion for myself earlier this year, spending time talking to local sheriffs and residents, hearing directly from those on the front lines, and learning first-hand about the problems on the southern border.

Local residents talk about the flood of illegal immigrants pouring into their cities over the last two years and how crimes against persons and property have spiked. They tell stories about the “Coyotes” – evil people smuggling human beings across the border for profit – who ply their trade with impunity, and local sheriffs explain that the drug cartels are now running the show on both sides of the border.

Click here to read article and watch movie trailer.

Aug 28

Climate plan spooks Dems

climate-change-2The Hill – President Obama’s election-year plan to win a new international climate change accord is making vulnerable Democrats nervous.

The administration is in talks at the United Nations about a deal that would seek to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by “naming and shaming” governments that fail to take significant action.

The State Department on Wednesday denied a report in The New York Times that the plan is to come up with a treaty that would not require Senate confirmation, but that appeared to provide cold comfort to Democrats worried the issue will revive GOP cries about an imperial Obama presidency.

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Aug 28

State Clarifies Student Voter ID Rules

Out-of-state students must be treated like other recent transplants

Carolina Journal – The Division of Motor Vehicles and the State Board of Education appear to have worked out a hiccup in the state’s new voter identification law that could have made it harder for some out-of-state students attending college in North Carolina to vote. The DMV now has guidelines directing its officers to issue a special voter ID card to students, and others with out-of-state driver’s licenses, allowing them to vote while notifying them they have 60 days to get a North Carolina driver’s license.

The change came after two interns working for the liberal-leaning Democracy North Carolina had difficulty obtaining a special DMV photo ID card for voters. The two, one from Texas and one from Georgia, were told by local DMV officials that they were not eligible for a free ID for voting, Democracy NC’s website reported. The interns were told they would need to surrender their out-of-state driver’s licenses and get North Carolina driver’s licenses.

The DMV officials “had been construing the statute to say they’re constrained because an individual can use their out-of-state driver’s license within 60 days of getting here,” said Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections. “We have since clarified our position.”

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Aug 28

My Journey from Tyranny to Liberty

Lily Williams

Lily Williams

FreedomWorks – I am an Chinese immigrant who come to America to seek freedom from the Communist China. I was born right before China’s Cultural Revolution and grew up in Chengdu, Capitol of Sichuan province, China. As you know, in China there is only one party that is truly in power: The Communist Party. The government, which is the Communist Party, controls everything: Factories, schools, the press, hospitals, land, and universities. Growing up there, I never heard of such a thing as a “private company.” There were no choices of any sort. We were all poor. We had no gas or stove, no TV, no phones, no refrigerators, and no washing machines. In the cities, electricity was rationed. In the countryside, there was no electricity.

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Aug 28

Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who is John Galt?

who isFreedomWorks – Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is one of the most pivotal and influential books of the 20th century. Her economic warnings 50 years ago still ring true today.

​In anticipation of “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?” hitting theaters on September 12, ​you’re invited to a special online screening of Atlas Shrugged Parts on September 8th and 9th!

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Aug 28

Fracking fluid consists almost entirely of water, sand

Oil rigJohn Locke Foundation – Roughly 99 percent of the fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing process consists of water and sand. Most of the rest of the chemicals used in fracking are found in common household products. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report highlights these and other facts about fracking’s chemical composition.

“While almost all of the fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing process is either water or sand, some people have raised questions about the blend of chemical additives that make up the rest of the fluid,” said report author Jon Sanders, JLF Director of Regulatory Studies. “What are the chemicals? How dangerous are they? How risky is it to inject them into the ground?”

Sanders is issuing his research as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission continues to gather public comment about proposed state fracking rules. A fourth public hearing on the rules is scheduled Sept. 12 in Cullowhee. Sanders’ new report is based on a more extensive Policy Report examining the most common questions and myths surrounding fracking.

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Aug 28

Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

philly homeForbes – Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home.

The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power.

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Click here to watch: Police Seizing Cash And Property From Citizens Without Charges

Click here to view: Cops Use Traffic Stops To Seize Millions From Drivers Never Charged With A Crime – Policing For Profit.

Aug 27

State Occupational Licensing Boards and Commissions

ncCivitas – Professional licensing boards are prevalent in states across the country, and pretend to be consumer protection agencies. But in reality, such Boards were established as – and continue to be – political tools to protect the current class of professionals and businesses from competition.

Rules requiring professional licensing make it more expensive and difficult for new entrants to enter an industry, limiting competition for those who have already attained their licenses.

Civitas believes virtually all state licensing boards and commissions are outside the purview of essential state government functions.

Indeed, an audit released earlier this month by the Office of the State Auditor examining North Carolina’s occupational licensing boards and commissions shed light on what poor oversight there is of these groups. For starters, there is not even an official list of such Boards that state agencies can agree upon.

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Aug 27

Congressman Mark Meadows discussing IRS scandal on Fox News

Aug 27

Fact Check: Did Tillis give tax breaks to yacht owners?

WRAL.COM – One of the most common digs Democratic-allied groups are taking at state House Speaker Thom Tillis in his U.S. Senate campaign involves a tax break on boats and planes.

Tillis, a Republican, is running to unseat first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. North Carolina’s U.S. Senate campaign is already the subject of millions of dollars in television spending by non-candidate groups on both sides of the political divide.

Democrats have been working hard to paint Tillis as an advocate for legislation that favors the wealthy over ordinary North Carolinians, and this “yachts and jets” claims fits right in with that message.

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Aug 27

Communism’s Victims Deserve a Museum

VOC Memorial

VOC Memorial – Supporters of a museum dedicated to the estimated 100 million victims of communism worldwide hope to break ground on the National Mall on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Why are there so few Democrats and liberals among them?

Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance. It’s a bronze model of the statue raised by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square shortly before the Peoples Liberation Army massacred thousands of peaceful demonstrators in 1989. Located on a small patch of land near Union Station in Washington, countless people walk by it every day, perhaps without even recognizing the memorial or understanding why it is there.

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Aug 27

Taxpayer-Funded Educational Group Arranging Meetings with Nation of Islam

e-wThe Washington Free Beacon – A taxpayer-funded educational group overseen in part by the State Department has been arranging meetings between journalists and the Nation of Islam, a radical religious group that has been condemned by human rights groups for its “deeply bigoted language” against Jews, homosexuals, and white people.

The East-West Center, a taxpayer-funded educational organization that seeks to improve relations between the United States and nations in Asia and the Pacific, has organized meetings between journalists and the Nation of Islam in past years and intends to do so again this year in Washington, D.C., according to emails sent by the group to an area think tank and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

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Aug 27

Doctors Demand Patients ‘Give Up’ Their Guns

The Shooters Log – Pro Second Amendment forces were up in arms when doctors started questioning and demanding patients ‘give up’ whether or not they had any firearms in the home—even when it had nothing to do with the treatment. Well, good news for the defenders of the Second Amendment, because in late July 2014 the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit gave the doctors a lesson in medical procedure. Specifically, the court ruled doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to the patient’s care.

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Aug 27

Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions

obama 1The Hill – President Obama is facing heavy pressure from both sides of the immigration fight as he nears a self-imposed deadline for likely changes to his deportation policy.

Immigration reform advocates, including many Democrats on Capitol Hill, argue that Obama has both the legal authority and a moral obligation to use his executive pen to halt deportations for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Critics of that approach, including most Republicans, say the administration overstepped its powers when it adopted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in 2012, which allows certain immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country and work.

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Aug 27

Mike Bustle for Buncombe Co. Sheriff Country Boy Supper Fundraiser

bcgop-exe-8-25-5Sept. 20th, 4 pm to 7pm at Cloud 9 Farm.

Address: 137 Bob Barnwell Rd., 137, Fairview, NC 28732

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Country Boy Supper  and Raffle
Ticket $20

Aug 27

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Aug 27

Buncombe Statehouse candidates to debate Aug. 29; Tillis to speak

MountainX – This Friday, Aug. 29, promises to be an intense day in local politics, as all four Buncombe County Statehouse candidates debate and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis speaks at a breakfast event.

The gathering, organized by the Council for Independent Business Owners, will likely be the only event before election day where Republican N.C. House Rep. Tim Moffitt and Democratic challenger Brian Turner will face-off in person. They’re fighting for control of District 116, which encompasses a wide swath of conservative-leaning western Buncombe County, from Sandy Mush to Arden and Biltmore Forest.

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Aug 27

NewsBusted 8/26/14

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