Nathan R. Jessup

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ACORN, Obama And The American Dream

In America, Andrew Breitbart, Corruption, illegal aliens, Obama on February 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

The first video in this series shows Barrack Obama explaining how ACORN and others, during the first 100 days of his Presidency, will shape America’s future.  The footage was taken from the Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum on December 1st, 2007.

The next video (shot by James O’Keefe) uncovers an ACORN employee advising a 19-year-old (posing as a prostitute) on how to begin a brothel with thirteen (illegal) El Salvadorian children.  Unfortunately for ACORN, this was not an isolated incident.  James O’Keefe writes (via Biggovernment.com):

A famous community organizer once said, “The only way to upset the power structure in your communities is to goad them, confuse them, irritate them and, most of all, make them live by their own rules.  If you make them live by their own rules, you destroy them.” Impossible demands can irritate modern leftists in ways nothing else can, whether it’s by banning Lucky Charms cereal because it’s racist against Irish people, calling Planned Parenthood saying you want to donate money for black abortions in the name of Margaret Sanger, or making Sen. Snowe sign an oversized bailout check for a billion dollars to Amtrak, in her own office.

And finally, the last video in the series captures yet another ACORN employee on camera saying some pretty unbelievable stuff.  The women in the video, when explaining how to avoid an abusive pimp, recommends the prostitute teach the El Salvadorian kids how to keep their mouths shut (notice the children in the background throughout the entire segment).

ACORN may be guilty of promoting child prostitution, tax evasion, and lies but they would never actually tamper with voter registration for the purpose of getting America’s first black President elected, would they?

UPDATE: Andrew Breitbart takes on his own enemy (via Gateway Pundit).

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Baseball, Big Government And Fenway Park

In America, living free, Obama, Opinion, Red Sox, Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 at 2:57 am

America: land of the free and home of the brave.  Each summer, the words of Francis Scott Key sound off in ballparks across America.  Over the past thirty years I have enjoyed many magical moments at Fenway Park.  In a way I am unable to explain, America’s oldest ballpark brings me comfort and relief when I seem to need it most.  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am able to advise which beer lines are the shortest, which restrooms to avoid between innings and which sections will have your neck feeling like you just got rear-ended by a truck going sixty (sections 7, 8 and 9-watching the game with your head turned ninety degrees takes its toll).  You see, certain aspects of Fenway remain unchanged, and I count on that.

Frustrated by America’s new direction I found myself contemplating, “What might Government possibly learn from the home of the Green Monster?”  For starters, it can learn its role as was originally intended.  As a fan, I know my role; it is to cheer, boo (when needed) and above all, support my team through good times and bad.  Similarly, Government’s role is to support the American people by maintaining and protecting the field on which we play; it’s not to play with us.

In recent years our Federal Government has boldly given in to its desire to play on the people’s field.  Since President Obama’s inauguration, the public-sector infection has spread throughout the auto industry, the banking industry, health care and the climate (even mother nature can’t escape Government regulation).  With the current administrations lack of private-sector experience (less than 11%) it’s no wonder they want to give it a shot.  I’m sorry Government; Medicaid, Amtrak and the US Post Office all resulted in disaster and nobody wants you to play anymore.

Sadly, the Federal Government has the power, should they abuse it, to force their way onto our field.  It’s time for big Government to return to the job for which it was constructed: preserve and maintain the field of play.  America’s arena is now overrun with weeds and desperately needs repair.  While “America’s groundkeeper” doesn’t have the flashiest ring, it remains an essential job in preserving our nation’s prosperity.  The people have spoken and government needs to return to its job.  To my Government: “As an American and devoted member of Red Sox Nation, I ask you do us all a favor and get off the field, you didn’t make the team.”

With spring training just around the corner I eagerly await a new season where anything can happen.  Furthermore, I look forward to seeing the game I love played on the field I know so well.  Perhaps someday Government will understand that high-level play requires a consistent, well-maintained field-with no fan interference.

Has The Census Become Unconstitutional?

In America, Congress, freedom, US Senate on February 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

In the video, Jerryday.com explains how the US Census now greatly oversteps Constitutional boundaries-if anyone cares. Just sayin’…

(Source: USconstitution.net) The Constitution includes the phrase “[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” Congress first met in 1789, and the first national census was held in 1790.

Today, the controlling law for the U.S. Census is Title 13 of the U.S. Code. There is a lot of census data collected in the United States today, such as economic figures, sales and production figures, and agricultural statistics. Still, the head count is the only part of the census that is called for by the Constitution. The code for the enumeration can be found in 13 USC 141. In this code, the census is directed to be taken in 1980 and every ten years thereafter, and that the count is to be taken on April 1. The returns must be completed within nine months for use in apportionment of representatives. The code also specifies a mid-decade census be taken in 1985 and every ten years thereafter. This count need not be a head count (sampling may be used) though the data cannot be used for apportionment.

So when that knock on your door comes just remember your rights…

AP: Ethics Panel Finds Rangel Broke House Rules

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

(TPM now reporting) The AP is reporting that the House ethics panel has found Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) broke House rules.

We’ll bring you details when we have them.

Rangel has in the past year filed amended disclosure forms on hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets he failed to report. And he had to pay $10,000 in back taxes on income from a rental villa in the Dominican Republic that he failed to report on his tax return and disclosure forms.

Here’s TPMmuckraker’s rundown of Rangel’s ethical problems:

1. A Tax Break Benefits A Contributor
Rangel reportedly worked last year to preserve a lucrative tax break for an oil-drilling company, at the same time the company’s C.E.O. was pledging $1 million to a City College of New York educational center he had helped create, which was to be named in his honor. This is the only clear example of a possible quid pro quo in the list of charges — though Rangel has said his protection of the tax break was not connected to the donation.

2. Failing To Report Assets
In late August, Rangel filed amended Congressional financial disclosure forms, admitting that he had earlier failed to report $660,000 worth of income and assets. The new disclosures, which prompted the Ethics committee to expand its inquiry, included tens of thousands of dollars in rental income from a Harlem brownstone Rangel sold in 2004, a credit-union checking account worth up to half-a-million dollars, stock in PepsiCo, some mutual fund investments, and a handful of vacant lots in southern New Jersey.

3. More Tax Problems
Rangel has received over $75,000 in income from a rental villa he owns in the Dominican Republic, but disclosed this income neither on his tax returns nor on Congressional disclosure forms. He has called the disclosure failures an oversight, and has paid over $10,000 in back taxes and penalties.

4. Fast And Loose With Rent Control Rules
Rangel reportedly rents four rent-stabilized apartments in the same Harlem building, at well below market rates. He reportedly uses one of them as a campaign office. City and state regulations prevent the use of rent-controlled apartments for purposes other than as a primary residence.

5. Using His Office To Raise Money
Rangel used his Congressional office letterhead to solicit donors for the C.C.N.Y. educational center.

6. Caribbean Junkets
Rangel and four other Democratic lawmakers took trips to the Caribbean that were funded and organized by an organization called the Carib News Foundation. These may have broken House rules on corporate-funded travel.

7. No Ordinary Parking Violation
Rangel’s Mercedes was towed last September from the House parking lot last fall, because he had flouted rules barring the storage of vehicles for more than 45 days and requiring them to have license plates and a valid House parking sticker.

Although no formal investigation has substantiated these charges, most aren’t in dispute. Republicans say that taken together, they mean Rangel’s not the best person to be in charge of writing our tax laws. But ultimately, that’ll be up to the Democratic leadership.

More hot water for Charlie…

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has more…

UPDATE: Cross-posted at Liberal Whoppers.

LIVE Coverage Of The Health Care Summit

In America, Congress, Health Care, Obama, Socialism, US Senate on February 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

(Click on the picture above for LIVE coverage of the Health Care Summit)

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has the story.

Rondald Reagan Warns Against Socialized Medicine-Listen Up

In America, Breaking News, Congress, Health Care, Obama, US Senate on February 25, 2010 at 12:46 am

(Cross-posted from Gateway Pundit)

House Republican Leader John Boehner announced his starting lineup for tomorrow’s nationalized health care summit in Washington DC. It’s a strong team.
The Hill reported:

The list includes House GOP leaders, ranking members of key committees and lawmakers who have been outspoken against the Democrats’ healthcare bill throughout much of the debate:

* Republican Leader John Boehner
* Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.)
* Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Republican Joe Barton (Texas)
* Ways and Means Committee ranking Republican Dave Camp (Mich.)
* Education and Labor Committee ranking Republican John Kline (Minn.)
* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), an Energy and Commerce member
* Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) — a heart surgeon who delivered the GOP’s rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s address on healthcare last year.
* Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), a lawmaker who was close with Obama during their time in the Illinois state Senate.
* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a Republican policy bona fide and ranking member of the Budget Committee.

Boehner said this afternoon that Republicans plan use the summit to “point out what we believe the flaws are” in the president’s plan.”

Republicans also have a “truth squad” of Representatives who are doctors standing by to fact-check the democrat’s awful plan.

The Politico reported today that Obama’s latest plan won’t cut costs.

UPDATE: Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) turned down the invite.

"This is my heart, it's my health, it's my choice."

In America, freedom, Health Care, Obama, Socialism on February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Tomorrow Obama will meet with Republicans to discuss health care reform for a system he claims is broken. Funny, considering Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, who could go anywhere in the world for care, chose the US for his important heart surgery.

(Source: The Globe And Mail)

“This is my heart, it’s my health, it’s my choice.”

With these words, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams defended his decision to hop the border and go under the knife for heart surgery in Florida.

The minimally invasive mitral valve surgery he needed is not available in Newfoundland, he told his province’s NTV News channel in the first part of an interview aired last night.

“Did some checking, of course, and what was ultimately done to me, the surgery I eventually got … was not offered to me in Canada,” he said.

But it is available in his home country, a point that cardiologists fervently made last night.

“It’s his body, it’s his money, hopefully, but don’t tell us the operation cannot be done here. It can be done,” said Arvind Koshal, director of cardiac surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Some of the best mitral valve surgeons are in Toronto and Montreal, he said, noting that some even use robots, commonly employed in minimally invasive surgery. The wait times for cardiac surgery in Canada are relatively short, he added, saying such surgery could have been done within weeks.

Despite this, research and consultation with doctors led Mr. Williams to seek treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where patients pay for care.

“I have the utmost confidence in our health-care system, I certainly do,” the 60-year-old said, perched on a leather chair in his condominium in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s a bum rap for someone to turn around and say, ‘Oh, Williams does not have confidence in his own health-care system because he has to leave the province.’ ”

While Mr. Williams was clear that surgery in his home province was advised against, he was more ambiguous about the Canadian options he explored.

Virtually all heart surgery can be done in Canada, a chorus of cardiologists said earlier this month when they heard about Mr. Williams’s cross-border surgery, a decision that launched a debate about private versus public health care.

Wilbert Keon, a heart surgery pioneer in Ottawa and a Conservative senator, said emergency surgery can happen within hours in Canada and urgent procedures done in a couple of days.

For example, the Ottawa Heart Institute offers minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal uses robots to repair mitral valves.

Read the rest of this entry »

"This is my heart, it's my health, it's my choice."

In America, freedom, Health Care, Obama, Socialism on February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Tomorrow Obama will meet with Republicans to discuss health care reform for a system he claims is broken. Funny, considering Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, who could go anywhere in the world for care, chose the US for his important heart surgery.

(Source: The Globe And Mail)

“This is my heart, it’s my health, it’s my choice.”

With these words, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams defended his decision to hop the border and go under the knife for heart surgery in Florida.

The minimally invasive mitral valve surgery he needed is not available in Newfoundland, he told his province’s NTV News channel in the first part of an interview aired last night.

“Did some checking, of course, and what was ultimately done to me, the surgery I eventually got … was not offered to me in Canada,” he said.

But it is available in his home country, a point that cardiologists fervently made last night.

“It’s his body, it’s his money, hopefully, but don’t tell us the operation cannot be done here. It can be done,” said Arvind Koshal, director of cardiac surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Some of the best mitral valve surgeons are in Toronto and Montreal, he said, noting that some even use robots, commonly employed in minimally invasive surgery. The wait times for cardiac surgery in Canada are relatively short, he added, saying such surgery could have been done within weeks.

Despite this, research and consultation with doctors led Mr. Williams to seek treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where patients pay for care.

“I have the utmost confidence in our health-care system, I certainly do,” the 60-year-old said, perched on a leather chair in his condominium in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s a bum rap for someone to turn around and say, ‘Oh, Williams does not have confidence in his own health-care system because he has to leave the province.’ ”

While Mr. Williams was clear that surgery in his home province was advised against, he was more ambiguous about the Canadian options he explored.

Virtually all heart surgery can be done in Canada, a chorus of cardiologists said earlier this month when they heard about Mr. Williams’s cross-border surgery, a decision that launched a debate about private versus public health care.

Wilbert Keon, a heart surgery pioneer in Ottawa and a Conservative senator, said emergency surgery can happen within hours in Canada and urgent procedures done in a couple of days.

For example, the Ottawa Heart Institute offers minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal uses robots to repair mitral valves.

Read the rest of this entry »

“This is my heart, it’s my health, it’s my choice.”

In America, freedom, Health Care, Obama, Socialism on February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Tomorrow Obama will meet with Republicans to discuss health care reform for a system he claims is broken. Funny, considering Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, who could go anywhere in the world for care, chose the US for his important heart surgery.

(Source: The Globe And Mail)

“This is my heart, it’s my health, it’s my choice.”

With these words, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams defended his decision to hop the border and go under the knife for heart surgery in Florida.

The minimally invasive mitral valve surgery he needed is not available in Newfoundland, he told his province’s NTV News channel in the first part of an interview aired last night.

“Did some checking, of course, and what was ultimately done to me, the surgery I eventually got … was not offered to me in Canada,” he said.

But it is available in his home country, a point that cardiologists fervently made last night.

“It’s his body, it’s his money, hopefully, but don’t tell us the operation cannot be done here. It can be done,” said Arvind Koshal, director of cardiac surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Some of the best mitral valve surgeons are in Toronto and Montreal, he said, noting that some even use robots, commonly employed in minimally invasive surgery. The wait times for cardiac surgery in Canada are relatively short, he added, saying such surgery could have been done within weeks.

Despite this, research and consultation with doctors led Mr. Williams to seek treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where patients pay for care.

“I have the utmost confidence in our health-care system, I certainly do,” the 60-year-old said, perched on a leather chair in his condominium in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s a bum rap for someone to turn around and say, ‘Oh, Williams does not have confidence in his own health-care system because he has to leave the province.’ ”

While Mr. Williams was clear that surgery in his home province was advised against, he was more ambiguous about the Canadian options he explored.

Virtually all heart surgery can be done in Canada, a chorus of cardiologists said earlier this month when they heard about Mr. Williams’s cross-border surgery, a decision that launched a debate about private versus public health care.

Wilbert Keon, a heart surgery pioneer in Ottawa and a Conservative senator, said emergency surgery can happen within hours in Canada and urgent procedures done in a couple of days.

For example, the Ottawa Heart Institute offers minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal uses robots to repair mitral valves.

Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Reid's Past Comes Back To Haunt Him

In America, Congress, Government Lies, Health Care, Obama, US Senate on February 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Under the Bush Administration Reid explained:

“When legislation is supported by the majority of Americans it eventually overcomes the filibuster’s delay. But, when legislation only has the support of the minority the filibuster slows the legislation, prevents the Senate from ramming it through, and gives the American people enough time to join the opposition. The filibuster is far from a procedural gimmick it’s part of the fabric of this institution we call the Senate.  It was well known in Colonial legislature before we became a country and it’s an integral part of our Country’s 214 year history. The roots of the filibuster are found in the the Constitution and in our own rules. In establishing each house of Congress, Article 1 Section 5 the Constitution states: each house may determine its rules.  And in crafting the rules of the Senate, Senators establish the right to extended debate.”

What would you like us to believe: The filibuster is a necessary tool in crafting legislation OR it’s simply a Republican gimmick being used to block much-needed reform?