Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

Family of Jared Loughner Releases Statement

Jared Loughner, the accused shooter of 20 people in Arizona, that left 6 dead, including a 9 year-old girl and a pro-second amendment congresswoman struggling for her life, issued a brief statement today.

This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don’t understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss.
Thank you, the Loughner Family

More on the shooters background and home life HERE

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No Slippery Slope With Repeal of DADT You Said?

In all of the arguments ongoing for years, since the implementation of what has become known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy of allow Gays to serve in the Military, as long as they kept their sexuality to themselves, we that opposed repeal of the policy have repeatedly been told how ignorant, out of touch with reality and downright hateful we were over opposing the repeal.

We that opposed the repeal repeatedly warned it was the beginning of a slippery slope and that once the door was opened, others groups considered “deviant” by many would ride the coattails of Gay Activists and force their way to recognition as well through our Military.

We were shouted down and subjected to hateful rhetoric from Gay Activists and their supporters for our “bigotry” and inciting hatred by even suggesting such a thing would happen.

It didn’t take long for our opposition to be proven right. Even before the full dismantling of ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell,’ we read of “Transgender Vets Want Military Access” from an Associated Press article.

Who knew there even was such a thing as Transgender American Veterans Association, apparently organized in 2003 as the heated rhetoric of repealing DA/DT was gearing up louder and louder?

51-year-old retired Petty Officer First Class Autumn Sandeen, one of six arrested last April for handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and who served in the Navy as a man, said of the congressional repeal of DA/DT, “This is another bridesmaid moment for the transgender community.”

I assume that to mean one step closer to forced acceptance of their lifestyle in the Military as well as we read,

“The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy now heading toward history does not apply to transgender recruits, who are automatically disqualified as unfit for service. But the military’s long-standing posture on gender-identity has not prevented transgender citizens from signing up before they come out, or from obtaining psychological counseling, hormones and routine health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs once they return to civilian life.”

“So as the Pentagon prepares to welcome openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers for the first time, Sandeen is not alone in hoping the United States will one day join the seven other nations — Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, the Czech Republic, Thailand and Australia — that allow transgender troops.”

Former Army Capt. Allyson Robinson, who attended West Point as a male cadet adds, “There is really no question, it’s just a matter of when” transgender is also recognized through the Military.

Of concern to us all currently, is reading that the labeling of transgender as a “Mental Disorder” “enables some to obtain transition-related medical care and other services” through the Veterans Administration Health Care Facilities, at taxpayer expense. The actual surgery to change gender is not currently covered through the VA, but once transgender is also accepted by congressional legislation, will that remain so? Some VA medical centers already “provide psychological counseling, sex hormones, speech therapy and other medical treatment short of gender reassignment surgery” at taxpayer expense.

I find it reprehensible that while we remain at war and have returning Troops who are wounded, some severely and some with mental anguish due to the actions they had to endure on our behalf, scarce funds are diverted to help someone “deal with” their belief that “God made a mistake” by birthing them in a gender they claim they are not.

Once transgender is also repealed, what of a career soldier who decided to undergo “gender reassignment surgery” and Military Hospitals must honor or pay for such surgery? That would be our precious and scarce tax dollars.

After all, we are told,

“Sandeen said the VA hospital in San Diego made it possible for her to start living as a woman once she retired from the Navy a decade ago. ‘As soon as I got an appointment with the psychiatry department, the first thing I said to them is, I have gender issues. I don’t know if I’m a transvestite or a transsexual or if I’m something in between, but I need to work this out with a therapist’.”

Our tax dollars paid for “prescribing estrogen to help her grow breasts and hips and diminish body and facial hair,” said Sandeen, previously classified as a “disabled Veteran” with bipolar disorder.

Eye opening too is another confrontational exchange described by the AP. “San Diego resident Zander Keig, who was a woman during a two-year stint with the Coast Guard, had been on testosterone for a year when he wanted his prescription transferred from a suburban VA clinic. But veterans are not allowed to change their names on discharge papers so he was directed to the women’s VA clinic in San Francisco.
Keig, 44, said a senior physician there ‘grilled me with questions. Why are you taking T? Do you know what it’s doing to your body? How are you eligible for these services?’
‘I said, ‘I established my eligibility for VA services in 1988, I have every reason to be here. Am I going to get my shots or not’?”

We are then told that he/she received the shots at taxpayer expense, after spending a mere two years in the Coast Guard during peace time.

Taxpayers will foot the bill for very expensive gender reassignment surgery once transgender joins Gays in congressional repeal and is imposed on our Military. And, we thought federal funding of abortions was an issue?

We also read that the VA is “hoping to create a formal directive in the near future” in regards to Veterans who claim they are “Transgender” and seek medical care through Veterans Medical Services.

We warned of the slippery slope and others riding the coattails of Gay Activists with this repeal and were ignored. All of the problems associated with repealing DA/DT have not even been fully seen and we are beginning to see others not considered.

For example, since congress voted to “end the discrimination” against gays by repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they will have little choice but to also “end the discrimination” against Transgender and any other “alternate lifestyle” demanding an “end to discrimination” against them. The door has been opened and it cannot be shut again.

Taking into consideration the Pentagon has announced that Heterosexual Troops MUST shower with Homosexual Troops, will Heterosexual female Troops also be forced to shower with male Troops that identify themselves as transgender female, although all of their masculine components remain fully intact?

Will it require separate toilet facilities instead, while others are forced to undergo being ogled?

This “feel-good” attitude permeating our nation in full acceptance of any and every deviancy from the norm can lead to no good. Using the Military for social experimentation degrades our Troops as they are expected to fight battles on our behalf as we speak.

What next, Pedophile Veterans of American, Bestiality Veterans, Pederast Veterans, National Association for the Advancement of Bigamists demanding recognition too? How do you deny them after accepting others once looked upon as deviant as well?

You said there was no slippery slope and here it is staring you in the face.

What now? Where will this slide downward end?

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Flash Back: Before AZ Shooting, Who Was Committing Violence? MoveOn.Commies

Story on choking here. H/T Daily Caller. And now, ironically, the MoveOn.Commies are calling for Congressional action to get rid of speech they deem offensive. Can I be on that committee? Probably not.
Here’s Rep Brady’s idea of what would protect Congress from ‘violent speech:’

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

See for yourself from this video taken right after the choking incident.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer State of the State Remarks

Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer had a planned speech prepared for her State of the State address. It was put aside to address something more important, Saturday’s atrocity in her state. Unlike too many others, she did not grasp the opportunity to score political gain, but expressed heartfelt condolences, sorrow and gratitude for what others did that horrific day.

Her remarks:

Thank you.

I want to begin by recognizing Jack Camper for his 33 years of service to the Tucson business community and to our state…

…Again, I want to tell you how grateful I am that you’re here today. I know your hearts and minds are far away from this room.

Mine, too.

I had every intention of delivering a State of the State address to you … detailing a bold, solid plan to create jobs, improve education and reform Arizona’s tax code.

It’s a plan I believe in.

But it’s a topic for another day.

Today is not a day for politics or policy.

Today I want to talk to you personally.

I want to talk about Arizona’s heart, and the state we find it in after such a horrific, tragic Saturday.

Among the lessons that life has taught me is that … Sometimes, loss just finds you.

You don’t expect it.

You don’t want to accept it.

But, suddenly, you’re challenged by something dark and ugly, a pain you can hardly bear.

Loss found all of us Saturday, at the Safeway a few miles from here.

It was a beautiful day. Our neighbors were grocery shopping, running errands. They were gathering to meet their Congresswoman — to see the Gabby Giffords’ smile all of us know so well.

A gunman stepped from out of nowhere.

In a minute, he took away six loved ones … and took away our sense of well-being.

There is no way to measure what Tucson and all of Arizona lost in that moment. The statistics … six dead, 14 wounded … in no way explain the depth of this tragedy.

There’s no way to quantify the loss of a fine public servant like U.S. District Court Judge John Roll.

There’s no way to measure the deaths of good people, parents and grandparents like Dorwan Stoddard, Phyllis Schneck and Dot Morris.

Gabe Zimmerman, also killed, was only 30 years old. He was soon to be married, devoted to social work, a fighter for justice.

There’s no measuring the void someone like Gabe leaves behind.

We also lost Christina Taylor Green. Born on another day of unparalleled sadness … September 11, 2001 … Christina was only 9 years old.

She was a new member of student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School. She loved ballet, swimming and baseball.

We can never know what Christina might have become.

We cannot imagine what the families of our six innocent neighbors are feeling.

Nor can we know the pain of the wounded, some of whom still are struggling for their lives.

But, we are not helpless.

We have the power of prayer.

So, I ask you to join me in a moment of silence, to pray for those we’ve lost, the injured and the suffering.

Thank you.

Since Saturday, all of us have read and heard a lot about the state of Arizona.

I want to speak to you about the Arizona I KNOW, the place we saw again even on such an awful Saturday.

IT IS a place of service, a place of heroes, a place with a bruised, battered heart that I know will get past this hideous moment.

Gabby Giffords is a friend of mine.

A year ago, I came to Tucson for a speech like this and promised to serve beside you. I asked you to join me, to put aside political differences in favor of serving our state.

Gabby Giffords never wavered.

She joined me in the field … always ready to help … always graceful … always about more than her own self-interest.

Gabby is a perfect example of what it means to serve … a perfect example for her constituents and of this city.

I am proud to know her. I know you are beyond proud to call her your own.

The Arizona I know is full of heroes … ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things.

On Saturday, some of our neighbors shielded strangers from bullets.

Others … people like Patricia Maisch, Dr. Steven Rayle and Joseph Zamudio … confronted the gunman.

They wrestled him to the ground, grabbed his gun, pinned him down until the first responders could arrive.

And arrive they did. Police, fire fighters, EMTs. They rushed to the scene with speed and professionalism.

There, they found Daniel Hernandez, a University of Arizona junior, an intern, working to slow Gabby’s bleeding and save her life.

We paid tribute to Daniel yesterday, and I want to do so again, today.

Daniel held Gabby’s hand all the way to University Medical Center.

There, medical teams worked furiously on Gabby and 13 more victims.

Their precision and skill absolutely saved lives.

That is the Arizona I know best … selfless … dedicated … working as one to oppose evil … fighting together to overcome darkness and pain.

Our state, like all of America, has been through difficult times before.

Fortunately, these struggles have united us, made us stronger and more enduring. We have been challenged, called to the task … and we have responded.

We will do so again. I am sure of it.

Those who serve our state and our country will do so in ways that honor those we have lost.

We will continue to meet again on perfect, sunny days.

I’m reminded of the words of Isaiah, a passage I’ve read many, many times.

We will rise on wings like eagles … we will run and not get weary … we will walk and not grow weak.

I ask for your help … and your prayers … so that our Great State is guided with courage and devotion.

I ask for your service and promise you mine in return.

I ask for your courage and offer in return everything within my power to give.

May God bless all the victims, their families and those suffering from Saturday’s tragedy.

May God bless those who serve us in the cause of freedom and justice.

May He bless you and your families and our Great State of Arizona.

And may God always bless and protect the United States of America.

Thank you.

If only more of our elected representatives and leaders had such class.

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MoveOn.Commies Ask, Portland Libs Comply

check for letters to the editor to go with this. 
 
The next tax fight starts NOW

From:
“Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action” @list.moveon.org>  

Add to Contacts

To: “Victoria Taft, KPAM Radio” @yahoo.com>

Since there will be another big fight over the Bush tax breaks for the rich before the next election, it’s especially important that we thank representatives who voted to end these millionaire tax giveaways. Can you write a letter to the editor thanking Rep. Wu for voting no?

Write a letter

Dear MoveOn member,

Thursday night, the House of Representatives passed the deal to extend the Bush tax breaks for the rich. The bill now goes to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
The good news is that your member of Congress, Representative David Wu, stood tall and voted no.1 And since this issue will come up again in just two years, the campaign to stop the next millionaire tax bailout starts now.
The first key step on our strategy is to make sure that Democrats who stood strong get positive media coverage in their districts.
Can you send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to thank Rep. Wu for voting against extending the Bush tax breaks for the rich? Our letter to the editor tool makes sending a letter easy—click the link below to get started:
Members of Congress pay close attention to letters to the editor so they can keep up with what voters are talking about back home. And it’s also a great chance to persuade other readers that Rep. Wu did the right thing.
Here are a few points you can use in your letter:

  • This debate showed who’s really on our side. Republicans held hostage the middle class and unemployed in order to get a millionaire tax bailout for their rich friends.
  • The Bush tax breaks have been on the books for eight years, and since then we’ve seen nothing but job losses. Tax breaks for the rich don’t create jobs or help the economy.2
  • The deal has not one but TWO millionaire bailouts. The deal will slash the estate tax, also known as the “Paris Hilton tax.” This second bailout will give a gigantic tax giveaway to a few thousand of the richest families in the country and add hundreds of billions to the national debt.3
  • In addition to cutting income taxes for the rich, the bill threatens Social Security by lowering the payroll tax, which funds Social Security. Republicans have been coming after Social Security for years, and this cut is the biggest threat to the program in decades.4
The political fallout of this fight will have a big impact on the next debate over the Bush tax breaks for the rich two years from now. So we need to make sure that Rep. Wu is applauded back home in the local papers. Can you send a letter to the editor to thank Rep. Wu?
Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Milan, Marika, Tim, and the rest of the team

Pete the Banker: Congressman Ryan Reinforces His Commitment To The Republican Pledge To America

Contrary to Eric Cantor’s statements in the recent past, Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has reiterated his commitment to the Republican Pledge To America by stating that,

“If people think we’re afraid of cutting $100 billion they’ve got another think coming, That’s just a down payment.” (here).

It’s time to let Republicans like Paul Ryan know that we appreciate his honesty and his position is the only 


acceptable position given the Republican assurances to the American people last Fall!!

Ryan says that Republicans don’t intend to save States from debt defaults. “We are not interested in a bailout,” Ryan said.  Ryan went on to say, “some states are “already telling us” that, when asked how he would respond if he was told one was in danger of defaulting. 
U.S. states face a combined $140 billion in deficits in the next fiscal year, the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said.” (here). Those States facing the gravest financial condition are those whose governments have refused to reign in bloated budgets with Illinois, California, New Jersey and New York.  So far only New Jersey seems to be trying to grapple with their budgetary excesses of the past by tackling its spending.  Illinois recently announced tax increases rather than  spending cuts to address their deficit.

At least some of the Republican leadership heard the resounding message of the American People last November.  Perhaps Cantor and Boehner should take note! Apparently at least one resident of Washington DC noticed, since Ben Bernanke in light of Ryan’s tenacity axed any direct Federal Reserve role in providing a bail out to the nearly $3 Trillion municipal bond market.  “We have no expectation or intention to get involved in state and local finance,” Mr. Bernanke said in testimony before the Senate Budget Committee. The states, he said later, “should not expect loans from the Fed.”  (Here).

Let’s hope so. 

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Family of Jared Loughner Releases Statement

Jared Loughner, the accused shooter of 20 people in Arizona, that left 6 dead, including a 9 year-old girl and a pro-second amendment congresswoman struggling for her life, issued a brief statement today.

This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don’t understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss.
Thank you, the Loughner Family

More on the shooters background and home life HERE

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Or Rep Schrader: "Right Wing Talk Hosts" Cause of AZ Shootings

The case against Kurt Schrader grows stronger as if we needed a stronger case against him (for you libs I’m speaking now in terms of political case against him). The most violent, intemperate political speech in the last few days has come from the left. They’ve made their comments with absolutely no evidence. They’re not statesmen, they’re hacks.(See previous posts and podcasts of Monday’s program for citations.)

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No Slippery Slope With Repeal of DADT You Said?

In all of the arguments ongoing for years, since the implementation of what has become known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy of allow Gays to serve in the Military, as long as they kept their sexuality to themselves, we that opposed repeal of the policy have repeatedly been told how ignorant, out of touch with reality and downright hateful we were over opposing the repeal.

We that opposed the repeal repeatedly warned it was the beginning of a slippery slope and that once the door was opened, others groups considered “deviant” by many would ride the coattails of Gay Activists and force their way to recognition as well through our Military.

We were shouted down and subjected to hateful rhetoric from Gay Activists and their supporters for our “bigotry” and inciting hatred by even suggesting such a thing would happen.

It didn’t take long for our opposition to be proven right. Even before the full dismantling of ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell,’ we read of “Transgender Vets Want Military Access” from an Associated Press article.

Who knew there even was such a thing as Transgender American Veterans Association, apparently organized in 2003 as the heated rhetoric of repealing DA/DT was gearing up louder and louder?

51-year-old retired Petty Officer First Class Autumn Sandeen, one of six arrested last April for handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and who served in the Navy as a man, said of the congressional repeal of DA/DT, “This is another bridesmaid moment for the transgender community.”

I assume that to mean one step closer to forced acceptance of their lifestyle in the Military as well as we read,

“The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy now heading toward history does not apply to transgender recruits, who are automatically disqualified as unfit for service. But the military’s long-standing posture on gender-identity has not prevented transgender citizens from signing up before they come out, or from obtaining psychological counseling, hormones and routine health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs once they return to civilian life.”

“So as the Pentagon prepares to welcome openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers for the first time, Sandeen is not alone in hoping the United States will one day join the seven other nations — Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, the Czech Republic, Thailand and Australia — that allow transgender troops.”

Former Army Capt. Allyson Robinson, who attended West Point as a male cadet adds, “There is really no question, it’s just a matter of when” transgender is also recognized through the Military.

Of concern to us all currently, is reading that the labeling of transgender as a “Mental Disorder” “enables some to obtain transition-related medical care and other services” through the Veterans Administration Health Care Facilities, at taxpayer expense. The actual surgery to change gender is not currently covered through the VA, but once transgender is also accepted by congressional legislation, will that remain so? Some VA medical centers already “provide psychological counseling, sex hormones, speech therapy and other medical treatment short of gender reassignment surgery” at taxpayer expense.

I find it reprehensible that while we remain at war and have returning Troops who are wounded, some severely and some with mental anguish due to the actions they had to endure on our behalf, scarce funds are diverted to help someone “deal with” their belief that “God made a mistake” by birthing them in a gender they claim they are not.

Once transgender is also repealed, what of a career soldier who decided to undergo “gender reassignment surgery” and Military Hospitals must honor or pay for such surgery? That would be our precious and scarce tax dollars.

After all, we are told,

“Sandeen said the VA hospital in San Diego made it possible for her to start living as a woman once she retired from the Navy a decade ago. ‘As soon as I got an appointment with the psychiatry department, the first thing I said to them is, I have gender issues. I don’t know if I’m a transvestite or a transsexual or if I’m something in between, but I need to work this out with a therapist’.”

Our tax dollars paid for “prescribing estrogen to help her grow breasts and hips and diminish body and facial hair,” said Sandeen, previously classified as a “disabled Veteran” with bipolar disorder.

Eye opening too is another confrontational exchange described by the AP. “San Diego resident Zander Keig, who was a woman during a two-year stint with the Coast Guard, had been on testosterone for a year when he wanted his prescription transferred from a suburban VA clinic. But veterans are not allowed to change their names on discharge papers so he was directed to the women’s VA clinic in San Francisco.
Keig, 44, said a senior physician there ‘grilled me with questions. Why are you taking T? Do you know what it’s doing to your body? How are you eligible for these services?’
‘I said, ‘I established my eligibility for VA services in 1988, I have every reason to be here. Am I going to get my shots or not’?”

We are then told that he/she received the shots at taxpayer expense, after spending a mere two years in the Coast Guard during peace time.

Taxpayers will foot the bill for very expensive gender reassignment surgery once transgender joins Gays in congressional repeal and is imposed on our Military. And, we thought federal funding of abortions was an issue?

We also read that the VA is “hoping to create a formal directive in the near future” in regards to Veterans who claim they are “Transgender” and seek medical care through Veterans Medical Services.

We warned of the slippery slope and others riding the coattails of Gay Activists with this repeal and were ignored. All of the problems associated with repealing DA/DT have not even been fully seen and we are beginning to see others not considered.

For example, since congress voted to “end the discrimination” against gays by repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they will have little choice but to also “end the discrimination” against Transgender and any other “alternate lifestyle” demanding an “end to discrimination” against them. The door has been opened and it cannot be shut again.

Taking into consideration the Pentagon has announced that Heterosexual Troops MUST shower with Homosexual Troops, will Heterosexual female Troops also be forced to shower with male Troops that identify themselves as transgender female, although all of their masculine components remain fully intact?

Will it require separate toilet facilities instead, while others are forced to undergo being ogled?

This “feel-good” attitude permeating our nation in full acceptance of any and every deviancy from the norm can lead to no good. Using the Military for social experimentation degrades our Troops as they are expected to fight battles on our behalf as we speak.

What next, Pedophile Veterans of American, Bestiality Veterans, Pederast Veterans, National Association for the Advancement of Bigamists demanding recognition too? How do you deny them after accepting others once looked upon as deviant as well?

You said there was no slippery slope and here it is staring you in the face.

What now? Where will this slide downward end?

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Flash Back: Before AZ Shooting, Who Was Committing Violence? MoveOn.Commies

Story on choking here. H/T Daily Caller. And now, ironically, the MoveOn.Commies are calling for Congressional action to get rid of speech they deem offensive. Can I be on that committee? Probably not.
Here’s Rep Brady’s idea of what would protect Congress from ‘violent speech:’

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

See for yourself from this video taken right after the choking incident.

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