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Too Little, Too Late, Too Unbelievable

This argument from former Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper  is credible only if you are among the most gullible people on the planet. It is crystal clear that the Obama administration is populated by radical pro-abortionists. Among them is HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

 

Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010. She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare. But Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the “week-after” pill “ella” that can induce early abortions.

 

Please. As the saying goes, I have a bridge I’d like to sell the former congresswoman.

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Will Rep. Brad Miller and Secy of State Elaine Marshall be there?

Occupy DC is planning violent disruptions and even physical assaults at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington this weekend:

The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.

“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”

The source quoted another protester as saying, “Mitt [Romney] has Secret Service now, but [Newt] Gingrich and [Andrew] Breitbart don’t,” seemingly suggesting that the latter two would not be as heavily guarded.

Question: Will U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (D) and Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who in October made appearances in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, be there to support them?

Note: Miller and Marshall are Photoshopped into that photo, in case anyone thinks otherwise.

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My new congressman gets Washington Post attention

G.K. Butterfield, who will be my new congressman if the redistricting maps of the GOP legislature pass legal muster, got some attention this morning from The Washington Post:

Butterfield has helped obtain $817,500 over the past few years toward revitalizing buildings in Wilson, N.C. The lawmaker owns 19 properties within three-quarters of a mile of the project. The congressman’s spokeswoman said his properties are outside of the revitalization area. “The location of the Downtown Wilson buildings in no way influenced his decision to support the projects,” she said. “The City of Wilson developed these projects without his consultation or input, and there is no potential for Butterfield to personally benefit.”

Butterfield is among nearly 50 lawmakers whom the WaPo said might have used earmarks to enhance property holdings or to enrich friends an neighbors:

The process uncovered nearly 50 members who helped direct millions of dollars in earmarks to projects that either held the potential to enhance the surroundings of a lawmaker’s own property, or aided entities connected to their immediate family. Lawmakers said their earmarks and spending provisions were done to benefit the public, not their private interests.

Some of the connections made by the Post reporters are pretty suspect. If a lawmaker lives in a small community, it’s hard for some of their interests to be a great distance from the property that might have been the benefit of an earmark. Still, it’s good to get these things on record.

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Republicans really are the party of family

Due to the Republican takeover of the General Assembly, more and more Democrats are quitting to spend more time with their families. So, the GOP really is the pro-family party:

State Rep. Jennifer Weiss, an outspoken veteran Democrat, announced Tuesday she would not seek another term.

Weiss represented Wake County for 12 years and called her decision difficult. “But I feel that it is time for me to take a break from politics, pursue some of my other interests and spend more time with my family and friends,” she said in a statement.

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Orange Commissioners Want Residents To Understand All The Great Things They’re Doing

I just received the email below from Orange County about Friday’s commissioner retreat. Note that at 10 am, the commissioners will be brainstorming about “communicating” with the public about county services. See bolded area below.

 

Purpose:       To agree on Orange County’s priority investments in Communications and Information Technology.

 

 

9-10AM                      Setting the Stage

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Purpose of the Day
  • Report from Staff: Fiscal Health of the County
  • Commissioners’ Expectations for the Day

 

10-10:45AM               Communications Planning

  • Review 1999 Communications Plan
  • Review 2009 -10 Goals and Priorities
  • Group Brainstorm:
    • What tools and resources does Orange County currently have in place to help residents understand what the County does and how to access County resources? 
    • What new or enhanced tools and resources would you like for Orange County to have in place to help residents understand what the County does and how to access County resources? 

 

10:45-11AM               Break

 

11AM-12:30PM         Communications Prioritization

  • What financial resources is Orange County currently investing in communications? (Presentation from staff)
  • Of the brainstormed current and new/enhanced items, what are your top seven priorities?
  • Further clarification of top priorities—define what we mean
  • Of the clarified priorities, what are the three things you would like for Orange County to invest in?

 

12:30-1:15PM            Lunch

 

1:15-3:15PM              Information Technology Planning

  • Review of Current IT Expenditures (Capital and Operating)
  • Presentation of IT Project Requests
    • Commissioners’ Requests (per interviews)
    • Departmental Requests (per interviews)
    • Priority Setting Discussion for IT Project Requests

 

3:15-3:30PM              Closing

 

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The Free Market Works. Again.

Remember the outcry over Bank of America’s plan to charge a $5/month fee for using a debit card? Well, Bank of America backed off in response. Now we know that more than 600,000 people moved their bank account because of the plan. Both actions — BofA’s decision not to move ahead with the fee, and the bank-transfer statistic, show that a free marketplace will determine the success or failure of products and services. No rule or regulation was required to “protect” consumers from the proposed fee. Consumers “protected” themselves by walking away. Regulations of any kind should be imposed by government  very cautiously and only when individuals cannot reasonably be expected to “protect” themselves on their own.

 

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Will This Country Defend Religious Freedom or Not?

In the latest administration attack on the right to worship and believe as we choose, the Army’s Chief of Staff  stepped between Archbishop Timothy Broglio and the priests he oversees. This action should scare every American.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, wrote a letter to be read at all Sunday Masses for U.S. military personnel around the world that said that a regulation issued by the Obama Administration under the new federal health care law was “a blow” to a freedom that U.S. troops have not only fought to defend but for which some have recently died in battle.

“It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle,” the archbishop wrote.

Another line in his letter said: “We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.”

The message from the archbishop touched off a controversy both in and outside the military when the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains told the service’s senior chaplains that Catholic priests serving as Army chaplains should be told not to read the archbishop’s letter from the pulpit.

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