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I was able to get my credentials issue resolved over at my political blog site at townhall.com. I hope to be resurrecting my more salient points regarding the state of our country over there in the near future.

Sorry for the delay. I hope that you look forward to my posts there as much as I look forward to writing them.

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Townhall Blog – Unable to Add

Drat and Double Drat!

When trying to access my Townhall blog to add posts, I am met with the following:

New blog creation is temporarily disabled while we tend to some technical issues. Thank you.

So, I don’t know when I’ll be able to start posting there again. Once it is working, I will post an announcement here.

Thanks.

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Seuss-ian Analogy

My take on the latest Harry Reid debacle, posted over on my Townhall blog.  Jump here: http://kharminsright.blogtownhall.com/

 
 

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Kharmin’s Pledge of Allegiance

With nationalized health care pretty much ready to be forced down on us feeble serfs from the aristocracy on the Hill (one step closer now: http://bit.ly/7HGIgS), I thought that I might as well start practicing with our new pledge of Allegiance:
 

I pledge allegiance
to the Government
of the United Socialist States of America
and to the unions
to which I’m indentured
one nation,
under debt,
divisible by race
with liberty and justice for an elite few.

 

This is only my first draft. I am working on revising it and making it more suitable for the public school system to drill into our children. I figure that I have a little time left yet until this government mandated act of liberal compassion has been made law. After that, I’ll have lost my ability to have any freedom of thought or expression as our country devolves just like every other fascist state.

Then, it won’t matter to whom I pledge my allegiance.

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Kharmin Favors the Tenth Amendment!

From the US Constitution, the tenth amendment rounds out the original “Bill of Rights”. Simply put,

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

I was reminded of this important part of our American history by reviewing some famous quotes over at the Heritage Foundation web site. It got me to thinking: how can the federal government take over any private industry (banks, auto manufacturers, health care) when such action is not sanctioned by our Constitution?

Not only does the administration want to impinge upon my freedoms, but it wants to tax me for these privileges which it legally does not possess!

Maybe if our president spent more time actually, you know, governing and not on the talk-show circuits… well, then again maybe that would be worse?

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Soak The “Rich” To Pay For Healthcare

From Bloomberg.com

July 7 (Bloomberg) — House Ways and Means Committee members are likely to propose a surtax on high-income Americans to help pay for an overhaul of the health-care system, according to people familiar with the plan.

The tax would be similar to, yet much smaller than, a surtax proposed in 2007 by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, a person familiar with the committee’s talks said. That plan would have added at least a 4 percent levy on incomes exceeding $200,000, and was projected to reap as much as $832 billion over 10 years.

Two people familiar with closed-door talks by committee Democrats said a House bill probably will include a surtax on incomes exceeding $250,000, as Congress seeks ways to pay for changes to a health-care system that accounts for almost 18 percent of the U.S. economy. By targeting wealthier Americans, a surtax may hold more appeal for House Democrats than a Senate proposal to tax some employer-provided health benefits.

Bolded for emphasis. With unemployment climbing, one wonders just who will be able to be taxed? And this is accounting for 18% of the US Economy?

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RTFM

First, Vice-President Biden says, “We misread how bad the economy was,” which President Obama later follows-up with, “what Vice President Biden was referring to was simply the fact that when we passed the stimulus, we hadn’t gotten the full report of the first quarter contractions in the economy that turned out to be way worse than anybody had anticipated.”

Don’t you think that you should have waited to ensure that you had enough information before ramming a multi-trillion dollar stimulus down the public’s throat? Also, why has only a small portion of the stimulus been enacted? Could it be that the mid-term elections are holding the bulk of the stimulus package back so that those who voted for it can show their constituents what a great job that they are doing in Washington?

And now, there is talk of a second stimulus? With whose money? Is the government just going to print new cash?

Before we implement another knee-jerk reaction stimulus, how about we use up the first one first? Better yet, let’s actually read the economy and make an informed decision. We might just find that we don’t need a stimulus package at all.

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Misleading Media

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”
CircumstancesRush; Hemispheres

Headline from the Associated Press today:

Bush readies pen; Relishes signing wiretap bill.

Relishes? What newsworthy purpose does that adjective serve in that lead? It’s as if the AP envisions the President sitting at his desk, drooling with rabid anticipation while waiting for the bill to arrive from Congress. The article starts:

President Bush is poised to sign a bill that overhauls the bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and grants immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases.

How incredibly misleading. Allow me to do some simple research; something that the AP appears reluctant to do. A simple Google search on FISA can easily take one to the US Code in question:

TITLE 50 > CHAPTER 36 > SUBCHAPTER I > § 1802

§ 1802. Electronic surveillance authorization without court order; certification by Attorney General; reports to Congressional committees; transmittal under seal; duties and compensation of communication common carrier; applications; jurisdiction of court
(a)
(1) Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath that—
(A) the electronic surveillance is solely directed at—
(i) the acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers, as defined in section 1801 (a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title; or
(ii) the acquisition of technical intelligence, other than the spoken communications of individuals, from property or premises under the open and exclusive control of a foreign power, as defined in section 1801 (a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title;

Emphasis mine. Taking a look at section 1801 for the definitions:

§ 1801. Definitions
As used in this subchapter:
(a) “Foreign power” means—
(1) a foreign government or any component thereof, whether or not recognized by the United States;
(2) a faction of a foreign nation or nations, not substantially composed of United States persons;
(3) an entity that is openly acknowledged by a foreign government or governments to be directed and controlled by such foreign government or governments;

Nowhere does this Title mention anything about American nationals. The administration’s “spying”, by way of FISA, in no way targets citizens of the United States. Not that the reporter took any time to research this fact– that would not mesh with the obligatory anti-Bush bias that the mainstream media has been promoting over the last eight years.

It is no wonder that the MSM has lost much of its credibility. As the title of the musing says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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