A Nation at Risk
I’m a bit short of time but I am putting this cross post from 454Monte.com 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.
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. http://1.usa.gov/ZlPS1J 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be even more of a thorn in your side – I’ve already called the NRA and they are on notice that if your A rating is not withdrawn IMMEDIATELY That they can rest assured any further donations from this life time member are done.They’ll be panhandling in the back alleys of D.C. with the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.
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:
- Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
- SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
- Solyndra ($535 million)*
- Beacon Power ($43 million)*
- Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
- SunPower ($1.2 billion)
- First Solar ($1.46 billion)
- Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
- EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
- Amonix ($5.9 million)
- Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
- Abound Solar ($400 million)*
- A123 Systems ($279 million)*
- Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)*
- Johnson Controls ($299 million)
- Schneider Electric ($86 million)
- Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
- ECOtality ($126.2 million)
- Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
- Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
- Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
- Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
- Range Fuels ($80 million)*
- Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
- Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
- Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
- GreenVolts ($500,000)
- Vestas ($50 million)
- LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
- Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
- Navistar ($39 million)
- Satcon ($3 million)*
- Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
- Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)
Found this awesome video – Voices Without a Vote. There is hope – but – we need to do the right thing for them. Enjoy
Well if there was any doubt in the first place concerning the intelligence of some Obama supporters this should serve nicely to dispel that…
Really? After watching that I could only think of one thing….
“Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak out and remove all doubt”.
Abe Lincoln 16th President of the United States.
OK – The Evil Clown shamed me into it, so here it goes – I’ll opine.
One of the most personally annoying talking points I keep hearing is how the president is some steward of “jobs creation”
How’s that work – The POTUS walks into a HR department over at Acme tools and says:
“You shall Hire Joe and Jill – You shall Hire Bob and Betty - and don’t forget their Union bennies either damn it!! So I decree so it shall be!!”
Okay all snarky-ness aside – I’ve long held that the president himself can do little to create or destroy jobs – perhaps he has some impact via certain initiatives to cause companies to not hire – i.e Obamacare – Or perhaps public works like FDR did – and that can cause uncertainty in the job markets but factually there isn’t much a sitting president can actually do to “create” a job. It’s a red herring for talking heads and Sunday morning political “experts” to bandy about – but in reality it serves as a useless metric of a presidents accomplishments. Jobs are created in the marketplace – Not the Whitehouse.
Okay now that we got that out of the way – This musing of mine on Presidents and Jobs Creation comes from a passing comment on a local news web page where an Obama Supporter was adamantly defending Obama and his record. No seriously; there is someone out there actually defending this yahoo. You just can’t make this crap up folks!!
One of the poster’s points in support of Obama and his Jobs Creation was:
“Obama has <beep> created more <expletive deleted >jobs in 4 years than <expletive deleted> G.W. Bush did in <beep> 8 !!!11eLEVENTY!! ” (at which point I advised the excitable poster to calm down – all that angst is bad for the ol ticker don’t ya’ know.)
Which of course I had to think about that astounding claim for all of about …. .9999 nano seconds before I shredded his argument. It reminded me of playing that old game Battleship
Of course Obama numerically can boast that he created more jobs than G.W. that is true.
But why is it true?
At this point I have to admit I was shooting at a sail boat with what amounted to the USS New Jersey but hey no one ever accused my swashbuckling pirate ass of being nice….
Anchors aweigh Boys…time to sink the Bismark – Er – belay that…. it’s the “Good Ship Rainbows and Unicorn Farts” !!
I asked our intrepid Obamaphil -” Could it be perhaps One, that the job numbers my oh so ardent Obama fan is claiming the POTUS to have “created” is simply no more than jobs that are gradually coming back in a still very uncertain recovery”?
B-14 – hit!
“And Two, those jobs that are slowly coming back have taken 4 long years and still we see 8+ % unemployment – why is that?? Answer – Because job creation is not even keeping pace with new prospect employees entering the work environment”.
B13 – Hit!
Those two points are true as well but as the poster scrambled to shore up his already sinking battle ship….I let go with a full on broadside…. I do fear I made the hapless poster wet his britches when I pointed out:
“Or perhaps it is simply a case of..The simple fact of the matter is from around 2002 – right up until late 2006 Unemployment was hovering around 4% .
B-12 – Hit!
“That, in case you’re wondering is what econo-weenies call “full employment” based on the fact that that 4% of the population that isn’t working – chooses not to or can’t. Ergo there were NO jobs for G.W. Bush to create“.
(Assuming of course you buy into the whole the President Creates Job meme).
OH NOES!! YOU SANK MY BATTLESHIP!! AAAAAOOOOOGA – Abandon Ship – Women and Children First!!
Ah!! So solly challie maybe you go Singapore next time – find you girl love you long time eh?
Or – I guess you can keep voting for Obama??!