Reality Check, Mr. President!

30 September 2013

What? me worry?
What? Me worry?

Obama, Obama, Obama. What are we going to do with you? You say ObamaCare has nothing to do with the economy. Are you the only living soul on the face of the earth that actually believes that to be true?

You also say raising the debt ceiling doesn’t affect national debt. Where have you been all these past five years? I know, I know. I go on vacation to get away from my business about once a year. But, Mr. President, you really can’t gain understanding around the economy of a nation of 310,000,000 persons while playing innumerable games of golf or holding expensive parties at the White House . At some point, you simply must stop campaigning and talk to real people who genuinely know how economics works.

ObamaCare, your signature legislation, affects every man,

ObamaCare - My Precious!
ObamaCare – My Precious!

woman and child, those in existence today and those yet unborn 100 years from now. Your “precious” is the largest tax increase in the history of our country. It is already having a devastating effect on our people as large companies reduce employee work hours from 40 to 30 hours per week, just to stay in business. Naturally, trying to run a business with an all part-time work force adds hitherto unknown problems to be solved, like continuity and productivity.

You and your Democrats assume everyone needs medical insurance. Well, a lot of people do, but not everyone. Healthy people go all their lives without ever lying on a hospital bed.

And, I ask, how is it a good thing that the new ObamaCare policy holders survive very high deductibles? Their only recourse is to add personal debt.

By the way, in case you don’t remember, Congress has raised the debt ceiling SEVEN TIMES in the last five years to fund your radical socialist agenda, thus adding a burden of an additional $43,000 per household.

You may think you can bully your way, but we are fed up with your egotistical bullying. You, someone who has never met a payroll is an expert on business? You, someone not trained in medicine is an expert now in all things medical? You who never sold a single insurance policy or worked actuaries is now an expert on all things insurance?

We the People DEMAND ObamaCare be defunded before it totally sinks this ship of state.

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The Commerce Clause – Regulation or Control?

30 September 2013

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" - Ronald Reagan
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” – Ronald Reagan

Regulation v. Control

Conservative spokesmen often warn against “government regulation” of day to day commerce. Is ‘regulation’ an appropriate word? Sometimes. How do the words ‘regulate’ and ‘control’ differ?

The fundamental and historical meaning of the verb ‘regulate’ is “to make regular”. Regulations serve to ensure conformity to law. The founders inserted Article I, Section 8, clause 3 for the purpose of making regular “Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes“. Toward the end of making regular interstate and international commerce, the Congress established uniform weights and measures. But, it was never the intent of the founders that federal government control commerce within a state.

Legal Definitions

Regulation – rules and administrative codes issued by governmental agencies at all levels, municipal, county, state and federal. Although they are not laws, regulations have the force of law, since they are adopted under authority granted by statutes, and often include penalties for violations.

Control – the power to direct, manage, oversee and/or restrict the affairs, business or assets of a person or entity. 2) v. to exercise the power of control.

Back to Basics

The Founders inserted the commerce clause to establish a ‘level playing field’ between the states, primarily. It was not their intent that Congress should micromanage our daily lives as does a myriad of unconstitutional federal bureaucracies like the DEA, FDA, DHS, HHS, BATF, IRS, and a host of other ‘alphabet soup’ agencies.

Federal government long ago began to overstep the bounds the Constitution, contrary to the Tenth Amendment. Federal government now micromanages state speed limits, duplicates state environmental protection agencies, down to school lunch menus.

The Constitution grants federal government only seventeen (17) enumerated (limited) powers and further attempts to constrain ‘big government’ with the Tenth Amendment.

One issue, the Keystone Pipeline, is a prime example of federal government flooding over its banks. The commerce clause grants authority over interstate movement of the oil, but not actual construction of the pipeline.

Summary

Either we restore Constitutional boundaries to federal law, or forever kiss our God-given liberties goodbye. We most certainly don’t need two environmental agencies overseeing commerce INSIDE the borders of our state, therefore we should eliminate a wasteful EPA.

The Department of Energy was established to ensure adequate energy supplies, but federal government, in this regard, has shifted from regulating interstate and international commerce to dictating what happens within our state. It’s time to eliminate this wasteful agency as well.

Action

Tell your Congressional delegation to shrink the size of federal government back to its Constitutionally assigned boundaries.

Senator John Cornyn contact information

Email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contactform

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2934
Fax: 202-228-2856

Senator Ted Cruz contact information

Email: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/contact.cfm

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5922

Congressman Ralph M. Hall contact information

Email: https://ralphhallforms.house.gov/email-congressman-hall

2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Tel No: 202-225-6673
Fax: 202-225-3332

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Lakeridge Park Night Out for Crime – Meet & Greet October 1st

TEXAS NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT

Rockwall is having its “CRIME WATCH”

NIGHT OUT

TUES – OCT 1st    We’re getting together in front of

1928 S. Lakeshore Drive

 6:30 pm

C’mon over & meet the neighbors you don’t know or

mingle with the ones you already know……

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BRING YOUR FAVORITE FINGER FOOD & Drink!

There will be a big pot of Texas Chili!

(We’ll have water & games)

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PLEASE BRING FOOD ITEMS FOR HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY

Current Food Pantry Needs

AND/OR

DOG AND CAT FOOD FOR THE ANIMAL SHELTER!

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Forgiven in Rockwall

September 22, 2013

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At the time of this horrific incident pictured above, I was back from assignment aboard the U.S.S. Constellation off the shores of North Vietnam and working in my company’s home plant in Norwalk, Connecticut. Of all my memories of Vietnam, the story of this nine year old girl is one that remains forever with me.

Of all our wars, the Civil War has the distinction as the war that killed more Americans than all others combined. This war freed most of the slaves, but not all. It was the Thirteenth Amendment that ultimately ended all slavery in the U.S.A.

Tragically, there remain legacies of unforgiveness. Millions of black Americans carry on a legacy of hate toward their ancestors’ white masters and millions of white Americans carry on a legacy of hate toward blacks and northerners. In both cases, black and white, there remain people imprisoned by unforgiveness.

There is yet to come a war beyond our imaginations and it may be upon us as soon as 2016. This will indeed be the war to end all wars. So, it is wise and prudent to get our lives in order by following the example of Kim Phuc.

“For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” — Matthew 6:14, Complete Jewish Bible

Is there someone against whom you hold unforgiveness? Forgive them and enjoy the liberty of being forgiven.

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Guns, Coffee & Donuts – Open Carry Controversy

September 21, 2013 – Rockwall, Texas

Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership
Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership

In recent days, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz requested persons who can openly and lawfully carry weapons not do so in his coffee shops because a lot of his customers have complained. Schultz’s open letter of 17 September 2013 is a “respectful request” to gun owners to refrain from openly carrying weapons in Starbucks coffee shops.

 

Unfortunately, some of my fellow lawful gun owners reacted as though Mr. Schultz was “gunning” for gun owners. Such is not the case. His “respectful request” is just that and nothing more.

If one can lawfully possess and openly carry a weapon in states other than Texas, they can likewise carry a concealed weapon. Here in Texas we can legally openly carry only long guns. Therefore, Mr. Schultz’s “respectful request” has no bearing on Texas Concealed Handgun License holders.

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And so it is I make my own “respectful request” to my fellow Texas CHL holders to avoid inflammatory remarks, including profane rants and threats to boycott Starbucks. As I write this, I reach to the left of my computer monitor for a gulp of my favorite Starbucks blend French Roast.

In accord with state law and Schultz’s “respectful request”, it’s legal and proper to bear our concealed firearms while we enjoy coffee and fellowship in our Starbucks of choice. By the way, there are three within walking distance of my home and I visit them all.

We gun owners make more points with the public through education rather than through confrontation. CARGO Rockwall (Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership) educates gun owners and law enforcement officers on current law, practical matters like gun selection, self-defense measures and youth firearm safety. We also work to foster civil, respectful relations between citizen and law enforcement.

Join us every Second Thursday at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que in Rockwall. Come a little before 6 PM to go through the serving line and select a good seat in the private dining room. Presentations start promptly at 6 PM and end promptly at 7 PM. Afterward, stay as long as you wish to talk with law enforcement, attorneys, elected officials, CHL instructors and firearms dealers. Our meetings are always family-friendly. Children are welcome and invited.

Looking for CHL instructors? We can help. Send your request to the below email address.

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ObamaCare Deprives You of Most Intimate Privacy – Keep Up the Calls and Letters

September 21, 2013 – Rockwall, Texas

52% of Americans Oppose ObamaCare - Keep Up the Heat on Washington
52% of Americans Oppose ObamaCare – Keep Up the Heat on Washington

Doctors, nurses and office staff will be asking very intimate questions. While it’s not unlawful to lie to state officials, lying to federal officials like IRS AGENTS is another matter punishable by imprisonment. [18 USC 1001]

At this point in time, we have our Republican majority in the House and our Republican minority in the Senate wholly behind defunding ObamaCare. We had a great victory in the House, but there looms large a major battle in the Senate. If it passes in the Senate, we still have to get past a leftist president hell-bent to foist on us the largest tax increase in the history of our country.

Don’t relent now. Daily send emails and make those all-important phone calls to your two U.S. Senators, telling them to defund ObamaCare.

“But”, you may say, “our two Texas senators are already on board. Why should we call them?” That’s a very good question. Allow me to explain.

Senators and Representatives keep a count of all calls. When they make their arguments for or against a particular bill, they are able to use this information to further or defeat the bill. In this case, all your “Defund ObamaCare” calls and emails go against ObamaCare. The other senators are likewise hearing from constituents, so don’t relent. Keep up the pressure.

What About a Government Shutdown?

What about it? House Republicans have fulfilled their Constitutional duty to fund government. If Obama shuts down federal government, he and his Democrat minions will own the consequences 100%.

On the other hand, if Republicans cave in and allow ObamaCare to be funded, then we Republicans will be saddled with the consequences of ObamaCare.

We have the majority of Americans on our side.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Action

Daily contact your elected representatives in Washington. Tell them to keep up the fight to defund ObamaCare BEFORE October 1, 2013.

Senator John Cornyn contact information

Email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contactform

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2934
Fax: 202-228-2856

Senator Ted Cruz contact information

Email: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/contact.cfm

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5922

Congressman Ralph M. Hall contact information

Email: https://ralphhallforms.house.gov/email-congressman-hall

2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Tel No: 202-225-6673
Fax: 202-225-3332

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Politics of Coal vs. Science Break – Carbon Dioxide

September 20, 2013

The Science

Defined: noun
(Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) a colourless odourless incombustible gas

CO2 - Essential to all life
CO2 – Essential to all life

present in the atmosphere and formed during respiration, the decomposition and combustion of organic compounds, and in the reaction of acids with carbonates: used in carbonated drinks, fire extinguishers, and as dry ice for refrigeration. Formula: CO2 Also called carbonic-acid gas.

Carbon Dioxide is a NATURALLY OCCURRING chemical compound composed of two oxygen atoms each covalently double bonded to a single carbon atom. Source: TheFreeDictionary.com

The biggest contributor of Carbon Dioxide is natural and not man made. With carbon dioxide, it is important to distinguish between natural and manmade sources. One of the largest sources of atmospheric carbon dioxide is through plant and animal decay as microorganisms break down the dead material, releasing carbon dioxide into the air as part of the process. Other naturally occurring sources include forest fires and volcanoes. This process is called “The Carbon Cycle”. – Source: Answers.com What is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions?

The Politics of Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming-cum-Climate Change

What’s the politics good for? Well, it made Al Gore fabulously rich, that’s for sure.

It’s also been a great cause célèbre for ideologues like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and a host of ill informed radical left Democrats.

In AP news this morning: OBAMA TAKES ON COAL WITH FIRST-EVER CARBON LIMITS 

Despite all evidence to the contrary, President Obama moves to destroy, dismantle and bury one of our greatest and most plentiful natural energy resources: coal.

Action

Tell Congress to support America’s coal industry and keep America strong. Energy, cheap and abundant, has been the principal foundation of all American industry.

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