The U.S. Forest Service says it will re-authorize a permit for a 57-year-old statue of Jesus that had been facing eviction from a northwestern Montana ski resort.
The agency faced a firestorm of criticism from religious groups, the state’s congressman and residents after it decided last fall to boot the Jesus statue from its hillside perch in the trees.
The Forest Service said Tuesday will renew a 10-year special-use permit for the Knights of Columbus Council statue. Service supervisor Chip Weber says the decision took into account that the statue “is important to the community for its historical heritage.”
By Matt Gouras, Associated Press
If Georgia’s Secretary of State says Obama is off the ballot, it will set in motion a scary domino effect that will devastate down ballot Democrats.
It’s doubtful that the media will explain what is likely to happen if there is a blank space at the top of the Democrat slate in Georgia next November, but here’s a likely scenario.
The results the latest IBD/TIPP survey hold nothing but bad news for Obama and his Democrats. Almost 2 /3 of the respondents agreed that we are preparing for the most important election since 1860. Even in the absence of hard evidence, can there be any doubt that those who are disinterested and feel no sense of urgency about this election probably have very little connection to our America except as a place to demand from to pay for their America?
“Voter Interest” in this election can rightly be used interchangeably with “voter intensity”, which in turn translates to “voter enthusiasm” to vote.
Last March, Republican enthusiasm was 5 points higher than Democrat enthusiasm, but that difference had grown to a 21 point edge in an October CNN survey.
CNN found that 64% of Republicans are either extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in November which was up 3 points from June. Democrats by contrast had just a 43% enthusiasm level as they looked forward to voting in November.
These kinds of numbers are the stuff of titanic defeats for Democrats.
A 2010 enthusiasm edge of 19 points at 63/44 for Republicans gave them pickups of 680 state level legislative seats and 64 Congressional seats.
Today’s IBD/TIPP survey shows that Republicans are 26 points more enthusiastic than Democrats with no telling how far the gap will grow. Clearly getting rank and file Democrats out to vote for Barack Obama or anyone other Democrat will be an uphill battle.
Very dangerous territory for Democrats
A December Gallup mega survey of 5000 voters in 12 swing states revealed non-white enthusiasm was 32%. Compared to 2008 when 65% of blacks voted 97% for Obama, this is a stunning number.
If black enthusiasm to vote is already less than half 2008 levels, one has to wonder how many blacks will turn out to vote for ANY Democrat without Obama at the top of their ticket.
If the Obama Citizenship cases in other states are successful, it will be a disaster for down ballot Democrats like never before.
An administrative law judge in Georgia could decide as early as this week whether voters in the state convinced him Barack Obama’s name should be removed from the 2012 presidential ballot because he is not qualified to hold the office.
But win, lose or draw, the fight isn’t going to be over, as other cases are erupting across the nation, with challenges being raised anew even in Obama’s own adopted political network in Illinois.
The Georgia hearing was before Judge Michael Malihi, and while none of the lawyers who appeared in the proceedings was willing to predict what the decision will be, several did confirm that Malihi had considered simply granting them a default victory, because Obama and his lawyers expressly stated they would not participate in a hearing to provide evidence that he is qualified to be on the ballot.
A default presumably would have meant a recommendation from the judge that Obama’s name be stricken from the ballot, a decision which would head for review immediately by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
He, however, was the one who warned Obama of the “peril” of not participating in the hearing when Obama and his attorney had asked that the event be canceled.
Read More at WND By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily
All but one of those aircraft were proudly manufactured in Wichita, Kansas by Americans who were skilled machinists, and held the high level skills you need to manufacture precision equipment which flies. Wichita is kind of a heartland aviation manufacturing Mecca. And, as you might imagine, times there are not particularly good.
Several of those aircraft were manufactured by Beechcraft, or as it is currently known, Hawker Beechcraft. They are the Lincolns and Cadillacs of small airplanes. They are the finest airplanes I have ever owned and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who owns or has owned a Beechcraft product who would disagree.
Except Barack Obama.
He’s more worried about sending our hard earned tax dollars to Brazil because, as he would put it, we need to recognize that we are in a global economy even at the expense of American manufacturing jobs.
Last week, despite the fact that our Air Force and its allies already own about 750 Beech AT-6 trainers, Obama’s henchmen in the Departments of Defense and Commerce sent hundreds of millions of tax dollars to Brazil’s Embraer to buy the Brazilian company’s light attack aircraft for our “friends” in Afghanistan.
Privately, our friends in the Department of Defense will tell you it was all politics.
Publicly, their spokespeople say that the contest “was conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations” and that the evaluation of the aircraft “was fair, open and transparent.”
For the record, the highly skilled air forces which fly the Embraer aircraft are Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Now there’s a recommendation for you.
The Dominican Republic’s flyboys like it so we should spend a billion dollars with our “friends” in Brazil to buy them for our “friends” in Afghanistan.
Only Barack Obama could allow that logic to prevail. And as for our highly skilled manufacturers and their employees in Wichita? Screw them.
Between this and the Obama administration saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline which directly affects the same area of the nation, the term “stunningly stupid” from Newt Gingrich is very descriptive.
This is a President who is far worse than Jimmy Carter was in 1980.
Carter was merely a deer in the headlights.
Obama is an unindicted co-conspirator with the forces who would like to tear our economy to shreds because they see the free market economy as a threat to government authority.
And the result?
Best put, again, by Gingrich.
Obama is the “food-stamp President.” Because he truly has put more Americans on food stamps than any other President in history.
While Mitt Romney certainly does have plenty of private sector experience, the difference between what he could do to Barack Obama on the national stage and what Gingrich—albeit with all his baggage—can do is stark.
Gingrich is capable of jamming stunningly stupid actions such as those I’ve described above down the President’s throat in a manner which leaves no doubt in the minds of the American public as to how the issue will be framed.
Romney is a good guy but has a bad habit of allowing his opponents to frame the issues.
Yes, they both have baggage, but in a well thought out campaign, not nearly the mountain of baggage that Obama has been piling up since January 20, 2009.
The elites in the media just hate white southerners. The hate shines in this video when these MSNBC commentators refer to the panhandle of Florida as “Cracker Counties.” The Urban Dictionary defines a cracker as: “Slang word used to refer to those of European ancestry. The word is thought to have either derived from the sound of a whip being cracked by slave owners, or because crackers are generally white in color.”
The word doesn’t have a positive connotation.
I am somewhat mystified — and dismayed — by the spectacle of a lot of so-called conservatives who weren’t around in the 1980s dropping Ronald Reagan’s name to promote themselves while they go about slandering Newt Gingrich who, like my dad, was there in the ’80s and ’90s and also helped him elect more Republicans than anyone else in recent memory.
It’s long been an unfortunate characteristic of too many Republicans to engage in internecine warfare — standing in a circle as they fire volleys at each other. The current fashion of the day is to take aim and fire at one of the GOP’s most storied and valuable members, doing Obama’s work towards destroying Newt Gingrich in advance of the 2012 presidential election.
They seem to forget — or simply ignore — my dad’s 11th Commandment, that Republicans must refrain from publicly speaking ill of one another. After all, the other party sufficiently fulfills that function without any help from Republicans.
As leader of GOP forces in the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich was the party’s leading warrior — a politician who never feared to speak his mind. Naturally he made enemies, some within his own party. And it is those enemies and their successors who are out to get Newt’s scalp today. Moreover, it is important to remember that Newt was Ronald Reagan’s champion on Capitol Hill. My father knew and appreciated that fact.
Look, I know that Newt has rubbed a lot of his fellow Republicans the wrong way, but that is the inevitable result when a leader does his job. He simply can’t satisfy everybody, and those who attempt to do so comprise the GOP’s wobbly liberal wing.
Leading the charge against Newt are supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. They do the governor no favors by linking him to the GOP’s small but vociferous liberal wing, which doesn’t like warriors. Newt is a warrior who cherishes any opportunity to go into battle, flags flying.
This being an election year, we can expect various factions of the GOP to seek to modify the tenets of traditional Republicanism. They prefer to shrink away from any hard fighting. Newt is the exact opposite; he relishes the joys of hard combat on behalf of conservative American principles. That upsets some of his fellow Republicans, who are more like the mother who asks what her children are doing upstairs, and when told they are engaging in some horrible behavior says, “That’s nice, don’t fight.”
Newt fights. Real Republicans need fighters, not mealy-mouthed compromisers who shrink away from any form of combat. He may stray away from what many of his GOP colleagues consider proper Republican behavior. But Newt is ready and able to take the fight to Obama, and he will win that fight unless the compromisers have their way.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at www.reagan.com, or e-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.
Philosophers and poets have argued for at least three millennia about who is more valuable. Poets claim they tell tales that inspire men to do things they would otherwise never accomplish. But philosophers argue that this requires the acceptance of obvious fantasies, thus leading men away from the truth. Judging by what Attorney General Eric Holder has been asking Congress and the American people to believe regarding what and when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious, we think he is telling tales that lead away from the truth.
Fast and Furious is the Justice Department program that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold in 2009 to known buyers for Mexican drug cartels in the hope that the tainted guns would show up at future crime scenes. The department’s cockeyed theory was that the “walked” weapons would enable authorities to tie the drug bosses to specific crimes in the United States and Mexico. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats lost track of the weapons until it was too late.
Now Holder wants Americans to believe an obvious fantasy, namely that he didn’t know about Fast and Furious until witch-hunting House Republicans made it a highly charged partisan issue a few months ago. But after reviewing new emails made public by the Justice Department last Friday, it seems clear that accepting Holder’s claim at face value would be credulous in the extreme.
He is scheduled to appear Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The first question for Holder will concern a series of emails sent in the immediate aftermath of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010. The emails make clear that Monty Wilkinson, then Holder’s deputy chief of staff, was informed by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke of Terry’s death, and that weapons found on the scene were bought in Phoenix and were among those in “the investigation we were going to talk about.”
Other documents obtained by the committee make clear that the investigation in question was Fast and Furious. The emails also establish that Wilkinson and other senior Justice Department officials in Washington were briefed on the program shortly after Terry’s murder. In other words, within days, if not hours, of Terry’s death, it was known at the highest levels of the Justice Department that he was killed by guns sold with the full knowledge of federal officials who then lost track of them.