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Amnesty – and the Traitors among us

My writer friend, Robert K. Wilcox, speaks the undeniable truth about the Gang of 8 immigration reform Amnesty for Illegal Aliens bill. FOTM is grateful for his permission to re-publish his essay in its entirety.

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THE TRAITORS AMONG US

There are traitors in our midst and I’m not talking about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. I’m talking about every corrupt, greedy, self-serving, cowardly politician hurting Americans. There are many and they don’t give a damn. Amnesty is the latest crime these sell-outs are perpetrating on the people. It’s a mugging just as sure as a criminal puts a gun to your head and takes your money. They did it with Obamacare and they’re going to do it with amnesty.

There’s no reason for amnesty. Enforce the borders, then deal with those who have broken the law. Democrat traitors want amnesty to increase their power. To hell with existing law which demands border enforcement. Who cares about the rule of law and the jobs of American workers? Amnesty, they know, will give them many more voters. Those pardoned will overwhelmingly vote Democrat. The traitor press and socialist dominate education system has guaranteed that.

Republican traitors want amnesty for the cheap labor it will provide Big Businesses who are their donors and keep them elected. There are also the Republican fools who incredibly believe it will actually gain their party votes. The Democrats know better but why burst the fool’s bubble?

The worst traitors are the political leaders who know full well what this [is] about – Obama at the head, Reid and McConnell in the Senate, Boehner and his officers in the House. Obama won’t enforce existing law so the lie of the broken “system” reigns. The system isn’t broken. It might need some tweaks. But it’s the politicians who made the system. They’re the ones who are “broken.” We already have laws that would secure the borders. These broken politicians won’t enforce them.

At least Reid makes no pretense. He’s as slippery as an eel and is using every trick in the senate rules book to move a basically unreadable, near-thousand page bill as fast as he can in order to make it law before anyone has the time to read it. He knows it leaves enforcement up to border dictator Janet Napolitano who will do exactly what Obama wants – not enforce border security. He knows the bill will keep he and Democrats like him in office for decades with millions of newly made Democrats. He knows it will cost low-wage working Americans their jobs and middle-class Americans what little prosperity they have left after all the earlier treason.Their wealth will go to the welfare monster that the newly-amnestied illegal aliens will demand and the newly more powerful Democrats will willingly provide. He doesn’t care a wit. It’s in his interest and that’s all that counts.

McConnell is just as slippery but in a less obvious way. The polls show his party constituents overwhelmingly against amnesty. He wrings his hands and laments the amnesty moves with deep concern on his owl-like face. But despite the fact he could block it with the many tools at his beckon as minority leader, he does nothing. Leadership means leading. But the Obama style of leadership – being absent – is catching. McConnell is a prime example. It subverts the Americans he supposedly represents.

Boehner never was a leader. He got his job like so many other Republican leaders “because it’s his time.” I don’t know how he keeps it. I got his newsletter today. The headline reads “Our students deserve better.” It’s about how he wants to hold the line on student loan interest rates. Student loans! At a time when the very future of his party and the nation’s borders hinges on the amnesty bill, he’s concerned about student loans going up? What about Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS politicization, Fast and Furious, the attorney general lying to congress? No, those important issues take a back seat. He wants to control student loan interest rates.

That isn’t even Republican. Republicans are supposed to favor free markets; i.e, let the interest rates be what the market determines. But that’s typical of the confused pap, cowardly reticence to challenge, and disregard for the nation’s pressing issues coming from the speaker’s office. He was elected speaker to attend to America’s major problems with the power of the House. But he’s unaware of them, afraid, or too self-serving to care. A pundit I heard called him “a used car salesmen, just wanting to make a deal.” What could be more pressing than making sure the borders are closed when terrorists are daily crossing them, threatening our lives? Student loans? Would you like to see the sedan?

They’re selling us down the river, Democrats and RINO Republicans, forcing this amnesty without care for its effects on our nation or even reasonable debate about its ills. It’s tantamount to treason, for it will lead to a catastrophic invasion of America that violates its sovereignty, tramples the rule of law and fairness, and will ruin the country economically as surely as if a spy divulged secrets allowing the nation to be invaded.

~Robert K. Wilcox

illegals demand free stuff

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the Gang of 8 “immigration reform” amnesty bill, S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The amendment effectively is now the substitute bill.

By a vote of 69 to 29, senators amended the immigration bill to include provisions that would double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican border, require the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border and authorize the use of new radar and unmanned aerial drones to track illegal border crossings.

But the Senate amendment  doesn’t actually secure the border. Under current law, the federal government is mandated to secure the border, but they refuse to do so. The new amendment removes the mandate and provides for “discretion” to do so. If the federal government wouldn’t secure the border when it was a mandate, why would they secure it now that it’s at their discretion?

Furthermore, the amendment is jam-packed with pork. Millions upon millions go to Nevada for tourism marketing, for example — which is why Nevada’s newly elected senator Dean Heller voted “yes”). Others who voted yes get also get huge inflows of cash for programs aimed at putting illegal immigrants to work.

The bill is a disaster as it stands today. Just like Obamacare, the amended amnesty bill is 1,200 pages and we’re only just now starting to get a glimpse of how bad it is. There is no way possible the senators who voted yes on the amendment were able to carefully read and consider its implications. Yet, they recklessly voted for it anyway.

Here are the “Filthy 15” Republican senators who have joined the Left in voting “yes” on Amnesty:

  1. John McCain (Ariz.)
  2. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
  3. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
  4. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
  5. Bob Corker (Tenn.)
  6. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
  7. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
  8. Jeff Chiesa (N.J.)
  9. Susan Collins (Maine)
  10. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
  11. Dean Heller (Nev.)
  12. Mark Kirk (Ill.)
  13. John Hoeven (N.D.)
  14. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
  15. Roger Wicker (Miss.)

[Source: Patriot Action Network]

~Eowyn

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Fiscal Cliff deal: The good, bad, and ugly


Last night, Jan. 1, 2013, at 10:45 pm, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, by a final vote of 257 to 167.
The House vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill 89 to 8, with both parties’ support. The bill now goes to the POS for his signature. Instead of signing the bill, he’s already left D.C. to resume his vacation in Honolulu which was so rudely interrupted by the fiscal cliff negotiations. [snark]

The Fiscal Cliff deal:

  • The top tax rate increases from 35% to 40% on annual income over $450,000 for married couples and $400,000 for single people. This is the first time in more than two decades that a broad tax increase has been approved with GOP support.
  • “Temporary” Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $450,000 and individuals making less than $400,000 per year are made “permanent” (which means “until Congress changes their mind”).
  • More than 100 million “middle class” families (those earning less than $250,000 a year) will be protected from significant income tax increases set to take effect this month, but their payroll taxes will rise with the expiration of a temporary tax cut adopted two years ago.
  • No estate taxes on inheritance of $5 million, or $10 million for married couples.
  • Federal dairy policies will be extended through September, averting a threatened doubling of milk prices.
  • Extension of unemployment benefits to 2 million people for another year.
  • Automatic cuts to the Pentagon and other agencies that had been set to take effect today will be delayed for two months.
  • Pay raise for members of Congress, which was effectuated by Obama’s executive order, is nixed.
  • Automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last year’s debt ceiling deal are postponed until March 2013, which means — oh joy — there’ll be a Fiscal Cliff II next month!

The Bad:

Buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are some New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite cronies. Under the plan, the federal government would eat nearly $100 billion in forgone tax revenue over the next two years by extending special tax credits for select businesses that had been set to expire:

  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can “expense” up to $15 million of costs for their projects. All this for a film industry that enjoyed a record box office last year.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50% of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

The Absurd:

  • This is how farcical the fiscal cliff brouhaha was: Members of the U.S. Senate had only 3 minutes to read the 154-page fiscal cliff bill and budget score, before they voted 89-8 to approve the bill. Senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM. I’ve taken longer to read the instructions for my new cell phone.
  • House Republicans also violated their pledge to allow three days for the public to read the legislation before they would vote on a bill. This was a promise the GOP made to voters before the 2010 elections.

The Ugly:

151 Republicans in the House voted “no,” which meant the GOP tally fell far short of a majority of the GOP caucus. That broke a long-standing preference by House Speaker John Boehner to advance only bills that could draw the support of a majority of his Republican members. So Boehner himself cast a rare vote: He supported the bill. So did Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year.
40 House Republicans voted for the bill, including such GOP leaders on tax-and-spending policy as Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) and Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), a tea party star.

The Good:

  • Senate Republicans who voted against the bill include tea party favorites Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah), as well as Marco Rubio (Fla).
  • House Republicans who voted no include Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

The Really Bad:

Regardless of one’s political affiliation or beliefs, from an economic and fiscal perspective, the cliff deal has accomplished nothing. Here’s why:

  • The bill’s proposed spending cuts of $15 billion are less than 2% of the federal government’s deficit.
  • The bill’s tax increases will raise $620 billion over the next ten years — roughly $62 billion in new tax revenue per year.
  • $62 billion in new tax revenue per year is less than 6% of the $1+ trillion deficit the Obama regime has incurred every year for the past four years.
  • According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the fiscal cliff bill will cause the national debt to be $4 trillion higher by 2022 than if all of the cliff’s tax increases and spending cuts had been allowed to take effect.

Sources: CNN, Washington Post, ABC News, CNS News.
~Eowyn

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John Boehner is a Spineless Pussy

Little wonder this country is screwed, and even less of a wonder why this pr*ck of a POtuS is smiling:

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Limp-wristed girly-man that apparently has Rep. Boehner by the proverbial short hairs


And would somebody please remind me just why, exactly, we even need a republican party, given that the repube “leadership” jackasses have now rid themselves of their elephant suits?
And we’re going to fix this in November of 2014?
Right.
-Dave

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Fiscal Cliff averted! And What's wrong with this story?

The White House and congressional leaders have reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, a Democratic source familiar with the negotiations confirmed. The agreement includes a two-month delay of the sequester, which had been scheduled to begin on Jan. 2. President Barack Obama spoke with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the agreement and both leaders have signed off on it, according to the source.
Does Any one happen to see John Boehner’s name anywhere in this drivel?
~Steve~
For more information… https://www.politico.com

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We're broke, but Obama gives raises to fed employees incl. Congress

Over the cliff we go. Wheeeeeee!!!!!

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Here’s a companion piece to the post that Trail Dust just published, “Sending Us Over the Cliff.”
Daniel Halper reports for the Weekly Standard, Dec 28, 2012, that the POS issued yet another executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise.
One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is VPOS Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, also will receive a $900 bump in their annual salary, from $174,000 to 174,900.
Here’s the list of new wages, as attached to Obama’s executive order: “A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning ‘on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,'” reports FedSmith.com. “The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%.”
That is why the “negotiations” over the “fiscal cliff” between the POS in the White House and the little POS in the House, John Boehner, are just elaborate kabuki theater or a charade.
To his credit, a Democratic member of Congress, John Barrow of Georgia, is moving to block the POS’s congressional pay increase.
~Eowyn

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Betrayal: House GOP leaders refuse to defund Obamacare

Ever since the midterm 2010 elections voted in a Republican majority to the U.S. House of Representatives, the House has voted 30 times to repeal Obamacare — the misnamed “Affordable” Patient Care Act that is anything but affordable. Nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of the middle class — Americans who make less than $120,000 a year.

It turns out those votes were just symbolic sap thrown to pacify Conservatives because the GOP leaders knew their repeals had NO chance of passing the Democrat-controlled Senate and, even if the Senate approved it, the measure would be vetoed by the POS in the White House.
But the Constitution does give the House the “purse strings,” i.e., control over spending. And federal funding of Obamacare is due to expire in two months, on September 30th. One would think this should be the perfect opportunity for the House to kill Obamacare by cutting off its blood supply funding.

The Three Eunuchs (from l to r): Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy

Doug Book reports for the Western Center for Journalism that the Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives — Speaker John Boehner, Majority leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy — have decided that the Party will do NOTHING to defund ObamaCare:
Yet weak knees on the part of Republican leadership should come as no surprise to interested conservatives as we were warned by Iowa Congressman Peter King last year that “…the decision was made by leadership to avoid the prospect of a showdown with the president or Harry Reid that could result in a potential shutdown of government.” (1)
And it was in February that John Boehner nearly suffered whiplash, ducking a reporter’s question about the congressman’s ObamaCare funding intentions in an upcoming budget resolution. Boehner’s non-answer answer: “We are opposed to Obamacare. We have voted to repeal it. That also included $700 million in tax hikes, about $2.6 trillion in new spending. We’re going to continue to take all the actions that we can to make sure that we do not ruin the best health care delivery system in the world, bankrupt our nation and, most importantly, get in the way of job creation in America.”
But apparently the Speaker and his colleagues are NOT so opposed to ObamaCare or worried about job creation that they are willing to rescind the $80 billion or so earmarked for the “healthcare” law by the last congress, or the $115 billion already authorized for “additional appropriation.” (2)
One hundred and twenty seven House Republicans signed a letter addressed to Boehner and Cantor by Michelle Bachman and Jim Jordan. In it they wrote, “…we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare…” “We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare implementation funds.” (3)
House leadership has the authority to legislatively package ObamaCare funding in any manner it wishes. Were they to place it with truly necessary “must pass” funding legislation, it would force Senate Democrats to make a very dodgy political decision before the election. As Congressman King puts it, Democrats would have… to “…defend Obamacare as more important than all of the rest of the functions of government combined.” (1)
But once again, John Boehner and the other shining pillars of Republican resolve are intent upon snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. For although the American public is solidly in favor of Republicans defunding ObamaCare, political caution MUST take precedence over the Constitution or a congressional oath of office!
Should Obama win in November, expect Speaker Boehner to be provided round-the-clock, Secret Service protection. Barack couldn’t afford anything happening to one of his most valued supporters.
H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise, tina, and my friend Robert Wilcox.
~Eowyn

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House votes AG Eric Holder in contempt

For the first time in U.S. history, a United States Attorney General is found to be in contempt of Congress.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives in a 256-67 votes (with 17 Democrats joining the Republicans), voted to hold the Obama administration’s AG Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the Fast & Furious Mexican gun-running operation that resulted in the deaths of Mexicans as well as U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Stephen Dinan reports for The Washington Times, June 28, 2012:

The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance, though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents over the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gun-walking operation.

The 256-67 vote amounted to a political spanking for Mr. Holder and President Obama, and 17 Democrats joined with Republicans in demanding the documents be released. Most Democrats, however, walked out in protest of the vote.

It marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber.

But the White House dismissed the proceedings as a sideshow, and the vote does nothing to break the impasse, though it further poisoned feelings in an already bitterly divided chamber.

“No Justice Department is above the law, and no Justice Department is above the Constitution,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

Democrats pleaded with the Republicans to slow down the proceedings, saying the oversight committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, has done a shoddy job in putting together its investigation.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, even introduced a resolution demanding that the House reprimand Mr. Issa for partisanship and accusing him of having “engaged in a witch hunt.”

Many Democrats walked out of the contempt vote in protest, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said the vote was a black eye for the Republicans.

“Just when you think you have seen it all. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly go any further over the edge, they come up with something like this,” she said. “What is happening here is shameful.”

Read the rest of the news article here.

So what does “in contempt of Congress” means?

Here’s what The Free Dictionary says:

An act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body.

Individuals may be cited for contempt when they disobey an order, fail to comply with a request, tamper with documents, withhold evidence, interrupt proceedings through their actions or words, or otherwise defy a public authority or hold it up to ridicule and disrespect. The laws and rules governing contempt have developed in a piecemeal fashion over time and give wide discretion to judges and legislative leaders in determining both what constitutes contempt and how it is punished.

Contempt of Congress

The Constitution does not explicitly grant Congress the power to coerce cooperation from individuals or to punish acts of disobedience or disrespect through contempt proceedings. However, the power was discussed at the Constitutional Convention and was implied in the Constitution. In 1795, Congress used the power of contempt for the first time when it arrested, tried, and punished a man accused of bribing members of the House of Representatives. Then Congress acted on its own authority—subsequently called the Self-Help power, which grants Congress the right to compel testimony and punish disobedience without the involvement of a court or other government body if the individual’s actions obstruct the legislative process.

UPDATE:

I just got the names of the 17 Democrats who did the right thing, from my friend Jay, the Democrat lawyer. This is his message attached to the list: “Here is the democrat honor role.  The rest are apparently eating bath salts and cannabis!”
Democrats who voted for contempt:
Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa.
Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.
Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.
Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa
Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky.
Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa.
Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.
Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.
Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.
~Eowyn

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The winner of our 11th Caption Contest is…

Here’s the pic:


5 FOTM writers have voted, each for his/her #1 and #2 captions.
Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.
And the winner is…

It’s a tie!

Our winners are Dennis H. Bennett and Ted Nougat! Each received two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 8 points each.
Here’s Dennis’ winning caption:

“I’m telling you for the last time, Barry, get your hands out of my pockets…I’m not that way!”

Here’s Ted’s winning caption:

“No. You cannot bum another cigarette off of me, Mr. President.”

In second place is Sig94, with three #2 votes, totaling 6 points. Here is Sig’s caption:

“Please Johnny please. Make that motorboat sound again.”

In third place is genofp, with one #1 vote, worth 3 points:

“First one to blink, (the people) loses.”

Congratulations to the winners!!!
For the other caption submissions, go here.
~Eowyn

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How about another Caption Contest?

Here’s the pic for Fellowship of the Minds’ 11th Caption Contest:


You know the drill:

  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a year’s free subscription to FOTM [snark].
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant, will not be considered. LOL

The winner and runner-up will be announced next Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
To get the contest started, here’s my caption:

“John-John, between your tears and my smiles, the American people won’t know whether to sh*t or go blind. Hehehe.” *

*See “America’s Bipartisan Ruling Class vs. the People
For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here!
~Eowyn

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Operation Cojones


Because it is high time John Boehner finally got some.
Please forward the above to everyone on your contact list.
Who knows? Maybe he might even get the message.
Pardon me if I do not exactly hold my breath.
-Dave 
(h/t: My bestest NB bud Blonde)

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