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I’m a bit short of time but I am putting this cross post from on Bobo’s page to reach folks that may be from TN that frequent this blog.

This post was written in regards to the recent vote on the Anti-Gun bill S649 that no less than 16 Republicans defected and voted to allow it to come to the floor for debate.

“What could POSSIBLY go wrong with my vote to allow SB 679 to be opened for Debate?!?”

That’s the prevailing wisdom that Bob Corker R-TN seems to be espousing after being brought to task for his recent defection to the Democrats on S – 679.

S-679 as I mentioned on the below post is the latest ‘Gun Control” Legislation brought to the floor of the Senate by Harry Reid D-NV

Corker and 15 other Republicans, or RINOS as they are being called now a days, jumped ship and voted to allow the bill to proceed forward for debate.

After the vote I kept an eye on Senator Corkers Facebook page and predictably, it lit up with comments ranging from bitter disappointment with this vote all the way to calls for his recall. On Friday, possibly realizing the amount of anger over his vote – Senator Corker’s (I am assuming) staff posted this on his FB page:

There’s a lot of confusion out there. Here are the facts: Senator Corker is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and has an “A” rating from the NRA. His vote Thursday was to allow S. 649 to be debated and amended and was not scored by the NRA. There will be another vote next week (which will also require 60 votes for passage) to allow a final vote on the bill. Senator Corker has said he will filibuster any legislation that violates our Second Amendment rights.

Browsing through those comments I think I just found the fabled 90% the Main stream media is touting as “for gun control”…but they got it wrong. Easily 9o% plus of the comments on Senator Corker and Senator Alexander pages are Pro Gun and they are in a word …outraged.

Nice try at Damage Control Senator – it didn’t work. Just to be even more of a thorn in your side – I’ve already called the NRA and they are on notice that if your A rating is not withdrawn IMMEDIATELY That they can rest assured any further donations from this life time member are done.They’ll be panhandling in the back alleys of D.C. with the bums and crack whores before I give them one red cent. That gos for you too Lamar Alexander.

I don’t care if it takes 60 or 6 Million votes to pass this bill Senator, the fact of the matter is you both are ON RECORD as voting for a bill that has put the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution directly in the cross-hairs of the very people you were elected to oppose. The Liberal Democrats. You have BOTH ran for office on a promise to the people of TN to protect the 2ND amendment rights of your respective districts. You lied. You will be held accountable.

But hey, thanks too, for further alienating your voters by telling us we’re ‘confused” Really, Let me dispel any confusion on YOUR part Mr. Corker – I’m not confused. Not the least little bit. I know a liar when I see one.

But to help dispel any confusion YOU might have – My rights are NOT up for Debate – Not by Bob Corker, Not By Harry Reid, Not by Lamar Alexander, not by any of you fools in DC playing political games. Your vote on S 649 Was and will remain a clear cut case of ignoring the wishes and will of your constituents in TN and I fully intend – no matter HOW you vote moving forward on this legislation – to give my political contributions to your challenger, and vote against you and your cohort Mr. Alexander. You two political clowns have betrayed the people of TN for the last time if I have anything to say about it.

Does the word PRINCIPLE mean anything to you Mr. Corker? Look it up, maybe it will clear up YOUR confusion.

Sadly? Blue Collar Muse a fellow TN Conservative Blogger I’ve dealt with in the past seems to think this vote or behavior of Mr. Corkers and the other 15 Republicans is okay. It’s not Muse. Not even remotely.

I disagree with both you and Senators Corker and Alexander. Vehemently. And Here’s why.

As I’ve stated previously – there are ALREADY 300+ Federal and State Gun control measures on the books. In my opinion every one of them if not outright unconstitutional they are certainly pushing the limits. For example, Concealed Carry Permits. I’ve long held that CCW permits are an blatant infringement of the 2ND Amendment. I have a right enshrined in the US Constitution to keep and bear arms. No where in that Constitution does it say “if the state says I can” likewise laws against Open Carry. I can’t help it if seeing a gun holstered on my hip make liberals wet their britches, not my problem – but it IS a clear cut infringement of MY rights to keep and bear arms when I have to restrict where and when and how I carry my sidearms. So I don’t. I carry when, where and how it suits me, the politicians and their unconstitutional laws be damned.

But back to the point of the post – and why the Blue Collar Muse and I disagree…what could possibly go wrong with my elected representatives playing politics with the Bill or Rights?

This – the gavel had barely closed the vote to allow S 649 to proceed when the amendments started pouring in. Specifically SA 711 from who else? Senator Diane Feinstein and her band of merry collaborators.

This amendment quite frankly makes the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 look like it was written by the NRA – It is that bad. I won’t post the entire thing here, it’s too long, but take the time to go look at SA 711 using the link I provided above.

So my question to Corker and people like the Muse are….did you think this WASN’T going to happen? What about you Muse? Did you not think the woman who is on record as saying if she had to votes to force Americans to “turn in their firearms” she would have done so – was NOT going to immediately amend this bill…and insert language that outlaws HUNDREDS of commonly owned firearms? That they were not going to attempt to strip millions of Americans of their rights using language that deems them “mentally deficient” because they visited a doctor for treatment of something as simple as insomnia?

Confusion Senator Corker? No – the only one confused here is you. You are confused on the clear and simple language of the United States Constitution.

There are only two possible outcomes of your vote allowing this to proceed. You were pandering for votes from anti gun types – or you are in bed with the likes of Diane Feinstien. Lock.Stock. AND Barrel. Which is it?

No matter what it is – this TN resident is committed. I will work tirelessly to see you voted out of office for your vote on allowing S649 To proceed. You too Mr. Alexander. Enjoy your tax payer funded retirement gentlemen.

I know – athletic shoes! Who would’ve thought? I had no idea athletic shoes have been around for a century!  Found this over at Schuler Shoes – its an infographic on comfort shoes for men and women history:


History Of Athletic Shoes brought to you by Schuler Shoes and New Balance Twin Cities

If you guys didn’t see the SNL skit on the debate – this is hilarious.

The total set aside by the Obambi administration for Green Energy businesses was $80 Billion.  We’ve heard about Solyndra, Fisker, and A123 among some of the bigger ones.  However, there are a total of 34 companies on this list totaling $3.770 Billion in taxpayer funded loans.  Admittedly, that is only 1/2 of 1% of the total.  But, given that we are talking BILLIONS that still is no chump change when it comes to our taxes.  I found the list here.  We can’t afford having the government pick and choose who the winners and losers are.  Given that Global Warming has been debunked and we now find out that there has been absolutely no global warming over the last 16 years – this is plain ridiculous.

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)*
  15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  16. Schneider Electric ($86 million)
  17. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  18. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  19. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  20. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  21. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  22. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  23. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  24. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
  25. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  26. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
  27. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  28. Vestas ($50 million)
  29. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
  30. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  31. Navistar ($39 million)
  32. Satcon ($3 million)*
  33. Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
  34. Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

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The question out there is – who won the Ryan – Biden debate – as my co-host TNM stated regarding my post on the Romney – Obama debate – there are no winners in a debate – technically.  Well – regarding this debate – again – only the hard-core lefties believe Biden won.  Even the liberal CNN and CNBC have Ryan winning the debate. Make sure you read the CNN one – their poll has Ryan 48 and Biden 44 – but they call it a tie.  If it were the other way you know they would say that it was a Biden blowout.

Here’s what I took away from it -

Biden – I’ve lived longer than you so I know more

Ryan – I’m better looking than you

Biden – My teeth are whiter and I’m going to sneer at you all night and laugh at everything you say so I can show them off

Ryan – I’m better looking than you, and so is Romney

Biden – I lie better so the people should trust me more than you

Ryan – I’m still better looking than you

Biden – Give me Specifics

Radditz – yeah, give me specifics too

Ryan – I am younger, I work out using P90x, my hair is real, and I have a chiseled chin

Biden – Ok, but, give me specifics

Radditz – yeah, give me specifics too

Ryan – umm, okay. I am younger, I work out using P90x, my hair is real, and I have a chiseled chin

Biden – that’s not specific enough

Radditz – I agree with the Vice President

Biden – 47%

Ryan – I’m still better looking.

Biden – 47%

Radditz – 47%

Really – I had expected more from Ryan.  I thought he was going to really paint the picture of just how different the Obama/Biden ticket is from the Romney/Ryan ticket and show America the stark choices – either four more years of the same bloated, big spending, ever-intrusive big government socialist Obama administration – or the meaner, leaner, stronger, small government conservative Romney administration. He didn’t even speak to that until his closing statement.

Biden came off as a crotchety old man.  If their intention was to appeal to the women, moderates, and independents – he did a very poor job.  All he did last night was shore up the radical base with his antics.  He threw everything but the kitchen sink at Ryan – and Ryan held his composure.  He looked like the mean old man telling the kids to get off his lawn while Ryan looked like the polite young man just taking it.

While I was watching Biden go through every iteration of face contortion you can think of – at one time – this image struck me:

All I know is that Obama is losing big time – and after last night’s debate – it is pretty much assured this will be a Romney/Ryan victory in November.  All Romney has to do now is coast and not do anything stupid and the election is pretty much his to lose. Make sure you check out that link – before the debate last week – there were essentially only 4 toss-up states and Obama was projected with 254 electoral votes.  Now there are 12 toss-up states and he is down to 201.

Here in Florida – last week Obama was up 49 – 45.  As of today, Romney is up 51 – 44.  That is a huge 11 point shift.  It’s starting to look like that in all the battleground states.  Looking forward to the next two debates.


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