Daily Archives: January 9, 2011

Pete the Banker on AZ Shooting: Heroic Action by Three Stops Tucson Shooting Rampage

 We don’t always hear about the details below the headlines in which everyday people are called upon to take extraordinary action when faced with unexpected situation that require it.  Three persons attending the Gabrielle Gifford’s Tucson “Congress on Your Corner” event rose to the occasion by subduing the gunman at their own peril (Story here)..   Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zimudie tackled, wrestled with and restrained the gunman until authorities arrived.  Patricia Maisch another attendee had previously prevented the gunman from loading a second bullet magazine by running up to him and grabbing it out of his hand as he was trying to reload.  Her act of courage probably saved numerous lives.

 
These three individual’s selfless action stopped a bad situation from turning worse and they truly deserve not only our respect, but the recognition from all Americans for taking quick decisive action stopped what was already a terrible situation from one which would have resulted in greater carnage.



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Liberals Call For an End to the Rhetoric of Violence and Hate, But…

The atrocity seen in Tucson, Arizona yesterday, January 8, 2011 is the talk of the media, just as we would expect it to be. In what we have come to expect, such tragic events inspire the political left to lash out at political opponents and Sunday’s talk shows are no different.

Barely mentioned are that 6 people, including 9 year-old Christine Green lay dead and a pro-second amendment Democrat fights for her life after being shot through the head by a young man identified by friends as a “liberal” who obviously suffers from some extreme mental derangement.

Without hesitation, we saw pundits begin assigning blame to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, conservative talk radio and the Tea Party who stood up for our rights last year although there is absolutely no evidence of any connection between the accused shooter, 22 year-old Jared Loughner.

But, since when do activists allow facts to get in the way of their hateful agenda?

Moveon.org, a leftist group that is among the top of the leftist agenda promoters sent out an email just today where they say,

“The tragedy in Tucson has shaken us all to the core. Facts are still coming in, and we all must be careful not to jump to premature conclusions.”
“But in the wake of this disaster one thing is clear: We must put an end to the rhetoric of violence and hate that has exploded in America over the past two years.”

The authors of the groups email continue with, “But the terrifying fact is that this act of violence falls into a pattern that has emerged over the past two years in America and in Gabrielle Giffords’ district in particular,” even after saying they must not jump to conclusions.

Reading the email we would be left to believe that this sort of rhetoric is something new, happening only after the election of Barack Obama, which they helped accomplish with much hateful rhetoric of their own. Also ignored by Moveon.org was 8 years of Death Threats Against President Bush at Protests Ignored for Years.

Subtlety pointing blame again at the conservative right, the email concludes,

“There’s reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol… When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”

I am only left to ponder just when will they or any of the left-leaning media pundits crying out so loud today apologize or condemn;

Keith Olbermann ‘Called To The Floor’ For Bristol Palin ‘Worst Person’ Segment?

Libtalker To Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly: Time To Die

Envious Ed Schultz Likens Limbaugh to Hitler

Matthews muses on killing Rush Limbaugh & Laughing

Salon Publishes Call for Murder of Sarah Palin

Olbermann: Without ‘Fascistic Hatred,’ Malkin Is Just a ‘Mashed-Up Bag of Meat with Lipstick’

MSNBC Asserts Violent Rhetoric Exclusively From Right; Featured Guest Calling for Violent Revolution From Left

Actor Richard Belzer: Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck ‘Fascist Stooges’; Fox News Called ‘Racist,’ ‘Misogynistic’

Chris Matthews Calls Liz Cheney ‘Daughter of Dracula’

Death Threats Force FreedomWorks to Move

Security concerns cancel Ann Coulter’s speech in Ottawa

Olbermann compares ‘Jihadists’ to Brit Hume on religion

Democrat Alan Grayson on MSNBC: Fox News is a Threat To This Country

Vile Huffington Post Puts Brisol & Willow Palins Private Facebook Comments Online

Palin daughters are threatened, taunted in Facebook war 1

Palin daughters are threatened, taunted in Facebook war 2

Sandra Bernhard Calls Bristol Palin a Hooker on ‘Joy Behar Show’

Behar: “This Bitch” Sharron Angle Is “Going To Hell”

Huffington Poster Offers $100,000 for Nonexistent Glenn Beck Sex Tape

Exposure by Free Republic Forces Huffington Post to Pull Article Threatening Glenn Beck

WARNING: Palin Derangement Syndrome Outbreak at the Daily Beast

Sarah Palin – Back to the Business of Annoying

Madonna Downplays Her Physical Threats Against Sarah Palin

Madonna I’ll Kick Sarah Palin’s Ass

Left wing extremist issues death threats against Sarah Palin, Tea Party members and Eric Cantor on Twitter

Liberal Democrat charged with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor and his family

Man arrested for Eric Cantor death threat

Death Threats Against Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas

MSNBC Host: We Ought to Rip Out Cheney’s Heart & Kick It Around

King Samir Shabazz “You Want Freedom? Kill Some Crackers!”

Wanda Sykes hopes for Rush Limbaugh’s death while Obama laughs

No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen

Rahm Emanuel enjoys being a Democratic political assassin

Did Liberal hate speech spur arsonist?

Democrat Kanjorski on Florida Republican Gov.-Elect Rick Scott: “Shoot Him”

Violent Liberal Hate Rhetoric: Fifteen Quotes

JD Hayworth in the Cross hairs

Liberal Hate Caught red handed with hate speech

Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’

In an Effort to Bolster Sagging Poll Numbers, Dems Urge Obama to Pin Arizona Shooting on Tea Partiers

Obama tells audience there will be ‘hand-to-hand combat’ if Republicans win

Those of you on the political left talk the talk, now it is time for you to walk the walk.

As in most political rhetoric and blame today, if you really wish to ratchet it down, it is your side where it needs to be ratcheted down.

Or, as many of us suspect, this I just one more of your efforts to silence opposition and the fact that 6 people, including a 9 year-old child lay dead and a pro-second amendment Democrat fights for her life after being shot through the head by a young man identified by friends as a ‘liberal’ is just one more tool in your playbook.

The links above are just the tip of the iceberg of the hateful rhetoric and vitriol thrown out daily by leftist media in America against conservatives. This has been ongoing for a lot longer than just the last two years as most who were listening throughout the years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency can recall news anchor Sam Donaldson appearing after every speech or appearance of Reagan’s on TV telling us what “he really said.”

Have you liberals no sense of decency or shame?

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Pete the Banker on AZ Shooting: Every Day Citizen Becomes A True Hero

An University of Arizona student intern working for Gabrielle Giffords put his life in jeopardy and stepped forward helping not only Giffords but yelling instructions to other attendees at the event who were attending to the other wounded after the shooting. He stayed with Giffords until paramedics arrived Here.  
 
“20-year-old Daniel Hernandez was helping out at the Congress on Your Corner event and was standing just feet away from Giffords when shots rang out.

“When I heard gunshots, my first instinct was to head towards the congresswoman to make sure that she was OK,” Hernandez told ABC News this morning.

Hernandez, who says he has some emergency medical knowledge and training in triage, immediately started covering and applying pressure to the congresswoman’s wounds Here.”
 
Thanks to Daniel Hernandez, Giffords and likely other wounded victims at the event are still alive today. 
 
 
 

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AZ Shooter Case: Confused Killer and Confused Sheriff

The Sheriff of Pima County would have you believe the shooter is a member of the Tea Party or is somehow anti illegal aliens (apparently that’s a bigoted position to this guy). Here’s the Sheriff spewing bile against his political opponents in his premature and, as it turns out, WRONG depiction of this shooter:

The Sheriff is hyper partisan and has been known to rant before but the Sheriff is at least claiming a side. While one friend describes the shooter as a liberal, too many other people are taking his list of favorite books and turning them into a revelation about his character. This shooter is all over the place citing Hitler, Mao, Plato and Rand as having written his favorite books. See the list after the jump:

I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.”

According to Gateway Pundit here at least one friend identifies the shooter as a liberal:

The left has also claimed that Sarah Palin inspired this tortured kid to go after the Congresswoman because of her “hit” list with targets painted over the faces of her victims. That’s certainly the impression I was left with by the media until I actually looked at Sarah Palin’s “hit list.” Would this inspire you to go off on a shooting rampage? If so you need to be admitted to the psych ward of a local hospital.
Oh, and here’s what Palin said last March to incite such violence ten months later.
Come November, we’re going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they’ve been printing money.
Yup, that must have been it.
To the left–especially Congressman Grihalva: stop trying to ascribe every act of violence to the right. By doing so you foment the very outrage you claim to be trying to stop. We’re the ones who believe in the rule of law and we certainly wouldn’t be burning the flag as the person in the shooter’s favorite video does (here).

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Bruce McCain: Kulongoski is Gone But Impact on Judiciary Will Last a Lifetime

While Oregonians continue to debate Ted Kulongoski’s 8-year legacy as governor, one fact is unmistakable. Kulongoski – himself a former Oregon Supreme Court justice – has literally shaped the state’s judicial branch more than any other contemporary governor.


The Power of Appointment
Besides directly appointing two of the seven current Supreme Court justices, Kulongoski has directly appointed five of the current ten judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals: Darleen Ortega (2003), Ellen Rosenblum (2005), Timothy Sercombe (2007), Rebecca Duncan (2010) and Lynn Nakamoto (2010). Three of the remaining five judges are former John Kitzhaber appointees: David Brewer (1999), Robert Wollheim (1998) and David Schuman (2000). Judge Rick Haselton is a leftover appointee from Barbara Roberts (1994). Only Judge Rex Armstrong earned his seat as an appellate judge by winning an election without first being an appointed incumbent.

The Democrat Imprint in Judiciary
The recent election of John Kitzhaber as Oregon governor (again) will extend Democratic control of the executive branch to 28 consecutive years. That continuous dominance in the executive branch has produced a corresponding dominance of another branch of state government – and it is not the legislative branch. While distracted by the November gains and losses of Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, few Oregonians noticed the ongoing effect of a generation of Democratic gubernatorial appointments to the judicial branch of our state government.
 
Unlike our federal system where the president nominates judges subject to senatorial confirmation, Oregon’s constitution grants the governor the sole and exclusive right to fill judicial vacancies by direct appointment with no legislative input or oversight. As a result of one-party rule in the governor’s office for nearly three decades, Oregon’s judicial branch is populated with Democratic appointees who invariably win re-election in mostly unopposed elections. Of Oregon’s seven current Supreme Court justices, four were appointed directly to the Supreme Court by Democratic governors: Robert Durham (1994 – Barbara Roberts), Thomas Balmer (2001 – John Kitzhaber), Rives Kistler (2003 – Ted Kulongoski) and Martha Walters (2006 – Kulongoski). The remaining three justices were elected to the Supreme Court after first being appointed to the Court of Appeals by Democratic governors.
 
Current chief justice Paul De Muniz was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Neil Goldschmidt in 1990. Ten years later, De Muniz won an open seat on the Supreme Court by defeating Portland attorney Greg Byrne – best known as personal lawyer for tax activist and initiative sponsor Bill Sizemore. Justice Virginia Linder was first appointed to the Court of Appeals by John Kitzhaber in 1997. In 2006 she defeated Jack Roberts, 52%-48% in a race for an open seat on the Supreme Court. Finally, new Justice Jack Landau was easily elected in November 2010 to the Supreme Court after first being appointed to the Court of Appeals by Barbara Roberts in 1993.
“Incumbency” and Apathy
While Oregon’s judges are elected on a nominally nonpartisan basis, the practical fact is that the vast majority of judges run unopposed. The typically huge undervote for unopposed judicial races indicates a disinterested electorate. This historical fact means that a judicial appointment by a partisan governor equates to a virtual lifetime position – until it’s time to retire or move on. At that point, the departing judge seldom allows their term to expire outright. Instead, they will resign midterm, thereby creating a judicial vacancy to be filled by yet another gubernatorial appointment. The newly appointed judge then has the right under ORS 254.085 and 254.125 to run as an incumbent and appear as such on the ballot and in the voters’ guide. And on goes the cycle of appointee-to-elected-to-resignation-to-appointee without any legislative input or oversight.

 

Vacancies in elected office occur at all levels of government, from the smallest town to Congress. Anticipating these vacancies, most jurisdictions have mechanisms in place to ensure the vacancy is temporarily filled until a replacement is elected. Depending on when the vacancy occurs, if an Oregon legislator vacates his or her position due to death, recall or resignation, the vacancy is filled by appointment by the county commissioners of the county or counties within that legislator’s district. In counties without a home rule charter, a vacancy in a county commissioner’s office is temporarily filled by appointment by the remaining commissioners, not by a single individual. The same process is employed by most cities and other governmental bodies in Oregon. City council vacancies are either left unfilled until an election or are filled by appointment by the remaining council members. It’s rare to find a city council vacancy filled by an unchallenged mayoral appointment.

Yet under Article V, section 16 of the Oregon Constitution, the governor alone has sole and exclusive authority to fill vacancies in state offices, including the Secretary of State, Treasurer (see Ted Wheeler), Attorney General, BOLI Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction – and judges. Moreover, Article III, section IV expressly prohibits Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments. Attempts to amend that section have been met by opposition from judges and the Oregon State Bar, who argued that Oregon must have an independent judiciary – which apparently means a hand-picked judiciary without any legislative oversight or input.

Attempts to Check Governor’s Power
In 1999 SJR 7, sponsored by Senators Gene Derfler and Neil Bryant, would have amended the Oregon Constitution to provide for Senate confirmation of all gubernatorial appointments for any judicial position, including appellate and trial courts. The rationale then, as now, was that appointed judges are seldom challenged or defeated at the polls and therefore become de facto judges for life. SJR 7 was met with vigorous opposition, primarily from the bar, which argued that any attempt to subject partisan judicial appointments to Senate confirmation would somehow “politicize” the judiciary. Of course, this argument naively or deliberately ignores the fact that Oregon judges are themselves elected officials, who almost always begin their judicial careers as appointees by a partisan governor who selects the appointee from a list of recommended applicants provided by the Oregon State Bar – with the Senate constitutionally prohibited from participating in this closed process. Ultimately SJR 7 was gutted and stuffed and never reached the voting public for a vote.
 
Other attempts at revising our constitution relating to judges have similarly failed to pass. In 2002, Measure 21, sponsored by Don McIntyre and Eric Winters, would have abolished the appointment process and would have required “None of the Above” to be included on the ballot. That measure failed at the ballot box, 668,256 to 526,450. That same election, Measure 22, sponsored by Steve Doell (Crime Victims United) and Norm Frink (Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney) would have replaced statewide voting for the state Supreme Court with seven Supreme Court geographical districts. Measure 22 failed to pass 610,063 to 595,936, due in large part to a 44,000 vote defeat in liberal Multnomah County. Four years later, Kevin Mannix placed Measure 40 on the November 2006 general election ballot. Measure 40 would have required that all Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges be elected by and residents of geographical judicial districts. Measure 40 failed 749,404 to 576,153. None of these citizen initiatives dealt directly with the issue originally addressed by 1999’s SJR 7, which was requiring Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments. Yet in their own way, each initiative sought to reduce or eliminate the ability of a single partisan governor to single-handedly shape the composition of one branch of our separated government without any input from the remaining branch.
New Political Realities Mean Time for a Change
The November 2010 general election presented a prime opportunity for Oregonians to weigh in on this matter without resorting to the time-consuming and expensive initiative process. With a 30-30 split in the House and a narrow 16-14 Democratic edge in the Senate, the legislature can demonstrate its professed commitment to bi-partisanship by resurrecting SJR 7 from 1999 and referring it to the voters. Under Article IV, section 1(3)(c), a legislative resolution referring a constitutional amendment is not subject to veto by the governor – in this case the infamous Dr. No version 3.0.
Moreover, now that Oregonians have approved annual legislative sessions, there is no excuse for not having the Senate confirm judicial nominations made by the governor. Any 2011 version of SJR 7 will surely be met with the same opposition by the same vested interests, led by a state bar that is the real power behind the current gubernatorial judicial appointment process. Yet Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments is nothing new in Oregon. The governor makes appointments to more than 200 boards and commissions, with many of those appointments requiring Senate confirmation each session. For example, the Senate must confirm appointments to the Commission on Asian Affairs, Oregon Commission on Black Affairs, Commission for the Blind, Commission on Hispanic Affairs, State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, State Mortuary and Cemetery Board, State Plumbing Board, and Commission for Women.
 
With no offense to Asians, Blacks, the blind, Hispanics, midwifes, morticians, plumbers or women, perhaps Supreme Court Justices should be added to that list.
 
 Bruce McCain is a former Multnomah County Sheriff’s Captain and is an Attorney in private practice.
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Pete the Banker: Michele Bachmann challenges Dodd – Frank Financial Reform, Barney Frank Emerges From Prehistoric Past?

Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced new legislation, H.R. 87, to repeal the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act, one of the most over-reaching legislative measures passed by of the Nancy Pelosi lead Congress.

“I’m pleased to offer a full repeal of the job-killing Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill. Dodd-Frank grossly expanded the federal government beyond its jurisdictional boundaries. It gave Washington bureaucrats the power to interpret and enforce the legislation with little oversight.”

“Dodd-Frank also failed to address the taxpayer-funded liabilities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Real financial regulatory reform must deal with these lenders who were a leading cause of our economic recession. True reform must also end the bailout mindset that was perpetuated by the last Congress. I am proud to work towards repeal of Dodd-Frank because Congress must protect the taxpayers, instead of handing out favors to Wall Street.”

“concerned over powers granted to officials such as the Stability Oversight Council, which contains 10 agents from the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Bachmann said the council’s ability to ‘target and takeover bank and non-bank financial institutions that it deems dangerous or at risk’ is a ‘frightening abuse of power’,” and “It is plain hubris to think that this government, with its $14 trillion dollar debt, annual deficits, and wasteful-spending, is worthy of this plenipotentiary oversight.”

Democrat Congressman Barney Frank (D – Mass), sponsor of the Financial Reform Bill, protector of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, major recipient of Fannie and Freddie donations said of Republicans,

“They yearn to return to the thrilling days of yesteryear, so the loan arrangers can ride again – untrammeled by any rules restraining irresponsibility, excess, deception, and most of all, infinite leverage.”

It’s nice to hear that Barney Frank is finally coming out of the closet after all this time to admit his support for strong conservative economic principles, despite the impotence of his Reform Bill. We can expect he will now vote against raising debts ceiling (infinite leverage), the Obama budget (excess), extending the conservatorship of Freddie and Fannie (untrammeled by any rules), the Build America Bonds program & State bailouts (irresponsibility), and that he will rail against the adoption of the Basel III International Banking Accords (deception).

Congratulations Representative Bachmann for the fortitude to both challenge archaic legislation and precipitate true change by admonishing the former head of the House Financial Services Committee to emerge from the closet showing his true “conservative” economic principles and preference!
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What Happened to the Republican Pledge To America??

By Pete the Banker

The Republicans Pledge To America stated that they would,

“Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels: With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.

End Government Control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Since taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that triggered the financial meltdown by giving too many high risk loans to people who couldn’t afford them, taxpayers were billed more than $145 billion to save the two companies. We will reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by ending their government takeover, shrinking their portfolios, and establishing minimum capital standards. This will save taxpayers as much as $30 billion.”

Included in the details of their promises were specific alternatives promising to eliminate Build America Bonds program (From A Thousand Cuts, Sept 22, 2010) In December in conjunction with the Tax Bill Debate, Republicans became firm, “Congressional Republicans will block any inclusion of Build America Bonds, a taxable bond program popular with states, cities and other muni issuers, in the tax deal they clinched with President Barack Obama, a Republican aide said on Tuesday. “We have a very firm line on BABs — we are not going to allow them to be included,” a congressional Republican aide said.

However now with the new Republican majority now taking control of Congress, they have suddenly developed amnesia forgetting their electoral promises and the responsibility instilled in them by the voter mandate on November 2, 2010, which entrusted them to adopt fiscally conservative budget policies and solve the GSE problem. Republicans are now planning to scale back their plans for cuts in Federal Spending. “Republicans scaled back plans for deep cuts in U.S. government spending as they took power in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, diluting a key promise that helped them to victory in November’s election.“

Eric Cantor the House Majority Leader said, “The party pledged to return discretionary, non-defense related spending to 2008 levels but have since said an initial $100 billion target for cuts may not be reached.”

“One House Republican aide said Wednesday the proposed spending cuts could be “considerably less” than $50 billion.”

This despite the specific promise outlined in the Republican pledge.

Scott Garrett, Chair of the House Financial Services, Capital Markets and GSE Committee and apparently Spencer Baucus, Chair of House Financial Services Committee are now planning to stall Freddie and Fannie reform. “‘We recognize that some things can be done overnight and other things can’t be,’ said Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.), incoming chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, which oversees Fannie and Freddie. ‘You have to recognize what the impact would be on the fragile housing market as it stands right now’.”

And just as the Democrats and Barney Frank have orchestrated inaction over the past two years, the Republicans are suggesting little or no immediate action and relenting on their specific promise.

Perhaps most egregious is the move by John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to resurrect Build America Bonds which States like California, Illinois and New York have abused to the tune of nearly $200B since 2009, supplementing their cash flow without paring State spending and ultimately using it to subsidize their budget deficits. “Representative John Mica, who becomes House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman in January, plans to introduce a “reincarnation” of the Build America Bonds program, set to expire Dec. 31. “I can almost guarantee a reiteration of the Build America Bond program,” Mica, a Florida Republican, said in an interview in Washington today. “We’re working to find a reincarnation’.”

So again the promised budget cuts on wasteful spending in the pledge where apparently simply a gimmick.

It’s time that Republican leaders like Boehner, Cantor, and Kevin McCarty, the new Republican Whip, together with others to deliver on their campaign promises. Failure to perform is unacceptable. We received deceitful promises of “Hope” and “Change” from the Democrats only to face economic despair and stasis. If Republicans expect our continuing support then they need to deliver on promises contained in their Pledge delivering expected results based on a real change in Washington DC’s “business as usual” mentality!

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AZ Shooter Case: Confused Killer and Confused Sheriff

The Sheriff of Pima County would have you believe the shooter is a member of the Tea Party or is somehow anti illegal aliens (apparently that’s a bigoted position to this guy). Here’s the Sheriff spewing bile against his political opponents in his premature and, as it turns out, WRONG depiction of this shooter:

The Sheriff is hyper partisan and has been known to rant before but the Sheriff is at least claiming a side. While one friend describes the shooter as a liberal, too many other people are taking his list of favorite books and turning them into a revelation about his character. This shooter is all over the place citing Hitler, Mao, Plato and Rand as having written his favorite books. See the list after the jump:

I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.”

According to Gateway Pundit here at least one friend identifies the shooter as a liberal:

The left has also claimed that Sarah Palin inspired this tortured kid to go after the Congresswoman because of her “hit” list with targets painted over the faces of her victims. That’s certainly the impression I was left with by the media until I actually looked at Sarah Palin’s “hit list.” Would this inspire you to go off on a shooting rampage? If so you need to be admitted to the psych ward of a local hospital.
Oh, and here’s what Palin said last March to incite such violence ten months later.
Come November, we’re going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they’ve been printing money.
Yup, that must have been it.
To the left–especially Congressman Grihalva: stop trying to ascribe every act of violence to the right. By doing so you foment the very outrage you claim to be trying to stop. We’re the ones who believe in the rule of law and we certainly wouldn’t be burning the flag as the person in the shooter’s favorite video does (here).

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As Expected, Liberal Trolls Begin Blaming With No Evidence

As expected and all too often seen, today’s tragic murder of 6 people, including a federal Judge and a 9 year-old child, believed to be targeting Democrat congresswoman Gabrielle Gibbons of Arizona’s 8th district has liberals frothing at the mouth in blaming others with no evidence whatsoever.

It has become common place in America’s politically charged partisanship that liberal Democrats are never to blame for anything and talk radio, Fox News and conservatives in general are the reason for all that is wrong. That it is not true is of no relevance to the leftist in our midst, only promoting their agenda du jour.

Today’s alleged shooter, 22 year-old Jared Lee Loughner was quickly identified not only as the shooter by witnesses, but immediately news sites reporting the Arizona atrocity began seeing comments left placing blame on the backs of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Conservatives, Talk Radio and whoever they could blame, so long as they never have to look at their own hatemongering rhetoric.

Unfortunately for the leftists, they are once again left looking like total fools as all indications point to Loughner being a liberal psychotic and unhinged. If anything, he really has no political affiliation, evidenced by incomprehensible ramblings left posted on websites and videos.

Is Daily Kos Involved In Arizona Murders?

Truth has no place in the agenda driven left, though. All that matters is furthering the destruction of the very freedoms they flaunt.

Actual evidence has been sketchy all day, at one point congresswoman Gibbons being reported as deceased when she was actually undergoing surgery and in critical condition.

Much to the chagrin of the left I’m sure, early reports of the shooter being a recent Afghanistan War Veteran proved false as the Army confirmed they had rejected him for military service.

Not a single one of the usual slate of targets has expressed anything but concern over the tragic events of the day, but does the left care about that? No, they do not care about accuracy, just agenda.

Soon, the leftist trolls will slink away again, ignoring their false allegations and just waiting for another chance to repeat it, all the while ignoring their own culpability in the extreme hatred and dividing of America.

If there is anything more pathetic on the face of the earth than a left-winged troll, I don’t what it could be.

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Bruce McCain: Kulongoski is Gone But Impact on Judiciary Will Last a Lifetime

While Oregonians continue to debate Ted Kulongoski’s 8-year legacy as governor, one fact is unmistakable. Kulongoski – himself a former Oregon Supreme Court justice – has literally shaped the state’s judicial branch more than any other contemporary governor.


The Power of Appointment
Besides directly appointing two of the seven current Supreme Court justices, Kulongoski has directly appointed five of the current ten judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals: Darleen Ortega (2003), Ellen Rosenblum (2005), Timothy Sercombe (2007), Rebecca Duncan (2010) and Lynn Nakamoto (2010). Three of the remaining five judges are former John Kitzhaber appointees: David Brewer (1999), Robert Wollheim (1998) and David Schuman (2000). Judge Rick Haselton is a leftover appointee from Barbara Roberts (1994). Only Judge Rex Armstrong earned his seat as an appellate judge by winning an election without first being an appointed incumbent.

The Democrat Imprint in Judiciary
The recent election of John Kitzhaber as Oregon governor (again) will extend Democratic control of the executive branch to 28 consecutive years. That continuous dominance in the executive branch has produced a corresponding dominance of another branch of state government – and it is not the legislative branch. While distracted by the November gains and losses of Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, few Oregonians noticed the ongoing effect of a generation of Democratic gubernatorial appointments to the judicial branch of our state government.
 
Unlike our federal system where the president nominates judges subject to senatorial confirmation, Oregon’s constitution grants the governor the sole and exclusive right to fill judicial vacancies by direct appointment with no legislative input or oversight. As a result of one-party rule in the governor’s office for nearly three decades, Oregon’s judicial branch is populated with Democratic appointees who invariably win re-election in mostly unopposed elections. Of Oregon’s seven current Supreme Court justices, four were appointed directly to the Supreme Court by Democratic governors: Robert Durham (1994 – Barbara Roberts), Thomas Balmer (2001 – John Kitzhaber), Rives Kistler (2003 – Ted Kulongoski) and Martha Walters (2006 – Kulongoski). The remaining three justices were elected to the Supreme Court after first being appointed to the Court of Appeals by Democratic governors.
 
Current chief justice Paul De Muniz was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Neil Goldschmidt in 1990. Ten years later, De Muniz won an open seat on the Supreme Court by defeating Portland attorney Greg Byrne – best known as personal lawyer for tax activist and initiative sponsor Bill Sizemore. Justice Virginia Linder was first appointed to the Court of Appeals by John Kitzhaber in 1997. In 2006 she defeated Jack Roberts, 52%-48% in a race for an open seat on the Supreme Court. Finally, new Justice Jack Landau was easily elected in November 2010 to the Supreme Court after first being appointed to the Court of Appeals by Barbara Roberts in 1993.
“Incumbency” and Apathy
While Oregon’s judges are elected on a nominally nonpartisan basis, the practical fact is that the vast majority of judges run unopposed. The typically huge undervote for unopposed judicial races indicates a disinterested electorate. This historical fact means that a judicial appointment by a partisan governor equates to a virtual lifetime position – until it’s time to retire or move on. At that point, the departing judge seldom allows their term to expire outright. Instead, they will resign midterm, thereby creating a judicial vacancy to be filled by yet another gubernatorial appointment. The newly appointed judge then has the right under ORS 254.085 and 254.125 to run as an incumbent and appear as such on the ballot and in the voters’ guide. And on goes the cycle of appointee-to-elected-to-resignation-to-appointee without any legislative input or oversight.

 

Vacancies in elected office occur at all levels of government, from the smallest town to Congress. Anticipating these vacancies, most jurisdictions have mechanisms in place to ensure the vacancy is temporarily filled until a replacement is elected. Depending on when the vacancy occurs, if an Oregon legislator vacates his or her position due to death, recall or resignation, the vacancy is filled by appointment by the county commissioners of the county or counties within that legislator’s district. In counties without a home rule charter, a vacancy in a county commissioner’s office is temporarily filled by appointment by the remaining commissioners, not by a single individual. The same process is employed by most cities and other governmental bodies in Oregon. City council vacancies are either left unfilled until an election or are filled by appointment by the remaining council members. It’s rare to find a city council vacancy filled by an unchallenged mayoral appointment.

Yet under Article V, section 16 of the Oregon Constitution, the governor alone has sole and exclusive authority to fill vacancies in state offices, including the Secretary of State, Treasurer (see Ted Wheeler), Attorney General, BOLI Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction – and judges. Moreover, Article III, section IV expressly prohibits Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments. Attempts to amend that section have been met by opposition from judges and the Oregon State Bar, who argued that Oregon must have an independent judiciary – which apparently means a hand-picked judiciary without any legislative oversight or input.

Attempts to Check Governor’s Power
In 1999 SJR 7, sponsored by Senators Gene Derfler and Neil Bryant, would have amended the Oregon Constitution to provide for Senate confirmation of all gubernatorial appointments for any judicial position, including appellate and trial courts. The rationale then, as now, was that appointed judges are seldom challenged or defeated at the polls and therefore become de facto judges for life. SJR 7 was met with vigorous opposition, primarily from the bar, which argued that any attempt to subject partisan judicial appointments to Senate confirmation would somehow “politicize” the judiciary. Of course, this argument naively or deliberately ignores the fact that Oregon judges are themselves elected officials, who almost always begin their judicial careers as appointees by a partisan governor who selects the appointee from a list of recommended applicants provided by the Oregon State Bar – with the Senate constitutionally prohibited from participating in this closed process. Ultimately SJR 7 was gutted and stuffed and never reached the voting public for a vote.
 
Other attempts at revising our constitution relating to judges have similarly failed to pass. In 2002, Measure 21, sponsored by Don McIntyre and Eric Winters, would have abolished the appointment process and would have required “None of the Above” to be included on the ballot. That measure failed at the ballot box, 668,256 to 526,450. That same election, Measure 22, sponsored by Steve Doell (Crime Victims United) and Norm Frink (Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney) would have replaced statewide voting for the state Supreme Court with seven Supreme Court geographical districts. Measure 22 failed to pass 610,063 to 595,936, due in large part to a 44,000 vote defeat in liberal Multnomah County. Four years later, Kevin Mannix placed Measure 40 on the November 2006 general election ballot. Measure 40 would have required that all Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges be elected by and residents of geographical judicial districts. Measure 40 failed 749,404 to 576,153. None of these citizen initiatives dealt directly with the issue originally addressed by 1999’s SJR 7, which was requiring Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments. Yet in their own way, each initiative sought to reduce or eliminate the ability of a single partisan governor to single-handedly shape the composition of one branch of our separated government without any input from the remaining branch.
New Political Realities Mean Time for a Change
The November 2010 general election presented a prime opportunity for Oregonians to weigh in on this matter without resorting to the time-consuming and expensive initiative process. With a 30-30 split in the House and a narrow 16-14 Democratic edge in the Senate, the legislature can demonstrate its professed commitment to bi-partisanship by resurrecting SJR 7 from 1999 and referring it to the voters. Under Article IV, section 1(3)(c), a legislative resolution referring a constitutional amendment is not subject to veto by the governor – in this case the infamous Dr. No version 3.0.
Moreover, now that Oregonians have approved annual legislative sessions, there is no excuse for not having the Senate confirm judicial nominations made by the governor. Any 2011 version of SJR 7 will surely be met with the same opposition by the same vested interests, led by a state bar that is the real power behind the current gubernatorial judicial appointment process. Yet Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments is nothing new in Oregon. The governor makes appointments to more than 200 boards and commissions, with many of those appointments requiring Senate confirmation each session. For example, the Senate must confirm appointments to the Commission on Asian Affairs, Oregon Commission on Black Affairs, Commission for the Blind, Commission on Hispanic Affairs, State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, State Mortuary and Cemetery Board, State Plumbing Board, and Commission for Women.
 
With no offense to Asians, Blacks, the blind, Hispanics, midwifes, morticians, plumbers or women, perhaps Supreme Court Justices should be added to that list.
 
 Bruce McCain is a former Multnomah County Sheriff’s Captain and is an Attorney in private practice.
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