Friday, February 27, 2009

My Response To A Reader's Comment

I started this blog in September and this is the first time I have responded to a reader's comment. Well, here goes!

Dear Rugestnom,

America’s government has become so large and complex that it is even baffling to our Congressional representatives; however, the fog could be lifted if they would spend a little more time each day “reading” the documents they blindly sign. For over two hundred years Americans have tried their best to elect individuals who would best represent their interests and…when the voting was done…they went back to their everyday existence and prayed (yes, prayed) that the representatives would do their jobs. Somewhere along the way our members of congress forgot their loyalties were to their constituents, those they went to Washington to represent, and they pledged allegiance to the party they were affiliated with instead. This left them vulnerable to the more influential individuals within the party and castrated their power. It is only fair to note that large populations have a myriad of desires and needs, thus compromises must be made along the way, but not when it comes to national security or our Constitutional freedoms! You asked: Do you still have a government at all or only a gang of traitors, less and less even PRETENDING to care about your country? We have a government still, but there are individuals within it who are “sleepers” who wish to see our great nation implode. With the stimulus package we were shocked to see that Congressional members couldn’t pass a salt shaker (across the table) without “pork”! You said: But even more astonishing it is to see MILLIONS of Americans... ELECTING such "governments"... I would insert the word horrifying, as well. This Presidential campaign blitz was a three-fold attack involving the liberal media, catering to the young voters (many uninformed), and the desire to vote for a black candidate…even if he was a socialist. People were na├»ve and thought he was “only a little bit socialistic”. They never expected President Obama to be so aggressive in his efforts to swing America “left”. He hit the ground running! Suddenly, the socialists came out of the woodwork and now many of those who elected him…not all Americans voted for him…are recoiling at some of his actions. It is indeed going to take the majority of Americans to unite and get back a true "Balance of Power" in the House of Representatives and the Senate. I take solace in the fact that one-third of our Senators are up for reelection every two years.

Note: If we don't unite for the cause of freedom, we may ignite for the loss of freedom.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 2-28-09

The Melting Pot Will Have To Unite To Keep Our Freedoms

Obama is a shrewd socialist who just happens to be African American...well African anyway. We can't seem to validate that American part. I personally had picked three African Americans I would have loved to have seen run for the office of President of the United States before the 2008 election. They were Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Herman Cane. Colin Powell dropped off my short-list when he buckled to peer pressure and endorsed Obama. It is ironic to note that he was in the United States military and swore to defend our nation throughout his career, yet even he succumbed to a socialist. His endorsement of Obama was a deplorable act with ramifications our nation will be dealing with for generations to come. Now, I want you all to read this next part closely. Yes, we have historical race issues which can not possibly be rectified because we can not go back in time...but this generation was not at fault. Our forefathers were either victims or to blame and all we can do is pledge not to repeat the cruelties of the past. We can (and must) move forward from where we are and make things "fair" and better. That does not mean "spreading wealth" from the hard working individuals and giving it to the lazy. If we are to pass on cash, it should be earned. The government should create jobs to make people feel proud to receive it instead of entitled to it, thus negating the creation of a strong work ethic for future generations. We must, as one "united" people, tackle the true evil lurking within our nation. Our children (and sadly many adults) are being lured toward life's pleasures and unaware of the slow erosion of personal freedoms. A three-ring circus has nothing on America. We are being bombarded daily with economic problems, terrorism threats, illegal immigration issues, etc. and we are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to keep up. I have a news flash for you...WE MUST! Parents are sitting comfortably in their homes and workplaces thinking they do not have to deal with radical or socialist teachers until college. WRONG! Remember the Bible verse PROVERBS 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it. Well, radicals and socialists know a good plan when they hear it! Do you actually think there is some code of ethics among these people whereby they have a "hands-off" policy until our children turn 18? I personally have sat in classes and the subliminal messages are dropped so subtly and their vagueness is so hard to call them on it...meanwhile our children are left to draw their own conclusions...supposedly. If we have taught them nothing at home then the only source of reference is the one being presented at school. Please remember this...If we only see one thing in this world, let it be the value of freedom. If we only seek one hope in this world, let it be freedom for everyone. It will take the entire nation to keep it!

Note: WE ARE AT WAR IN OUR OWN COUNTRY; IGNORANCE, PREJUDICE, AND APATHY WILL BE THE THINGS STANDING BETWEEN US AND VICTORY!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 3-01-09

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Americans Need A Plumbline!

I started blogging not because I followed politics, but because I was mad about politics. For years millions of Americans have walked around like only children, colliding with everyone who opposed them and forming unholy alliances with those who acted just like them. Their parents or guardians, in an attempt to build self esteem, taught them never to let people tell them they couldn't do anything and neglected to tell them they shouldn't do everything. Rules were in place for the majority who "got the message", but they never seemed to apply to the selfish minority. Thus an era of entitlement was born. These "entitled" individuals reached into our pockets while we toiled, saved, and played by the rules. The majority is just as much to blame for their plight. From the smallest infraction of cutting in line to outright theft, we have misinterpreted the concept of turning the other cheek to mean allowing human rights to only apply to the majority in some cases and to the others,"advantaged" people who have wealth, muscle, and/or cunning to back them up, in all cases. We have lost the concept of "black and white" and settled for muddled gray, with vagueness and multiple interpretations swaying to and fro according to the circumstance and individual. The lines, distinguishing good from evil, are continually being drawn in the sand instead of being etched in stone. Many pillars of society are failing stress tests. Politicians are resembling Roman ruins and yet we continue to cling to them in a twisted one-way loyalty which defies logic and is spawned out of habit, tradition, or ignorance. If there is one thing we can count on today it is that we can not count on anything today. America needs a plumbline! We can no longer fail to see straight, be straight, and talk straight. To those who think that having advantage means taking advantage we need to send a united message. Group effort involves all group members. If a person doesn't meet his/her obligations to society then he/she has no right to be counted among them...that individual is a parasite. Yes, Americans needs a plumbline... let's start with straightening our spines!

Note: When we start valuing individuals of good character more than those of position...then we will move toward greatness once again.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 2-26-09

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Am Still Mad About Illegal Border Crossings...And Roger Barnett's Plight!

Apparently America (along with the reporters) has moved on and Roger Barnett is no longer newsworthy. He only had to pay $70,000 instead of the earlier $32 million stated in his lawsuit. Well, snap out of it America! When a 64 year old senior citizen (sorry Roger) has to round up 12,000 illegal aliens in ten years time…there is something seriously wrong here. Do the math people. THAT EQUATES TO 100 PER MONTH! He lives just 233 miles from Phoenix, Arizona (ranked second in the world for kidnapping reports filed) and has shown great restraint not using the gun he greets them with, holding them until the U.S. Border Patrol can take custody of them. I guess the twisted court system has me fired up more than anything else. They are concerned about the rights of the illegals who come across our borders. It doesn’t matter that the 12,000 plus have destroyed fences, stole vehicles, killed livestock, and broke into his home! I feel that Roger Barnett could make a strong case against the Federal government of the United States and their negligence to defend him when he was being attacked by members of a foreign nation and they were failing to "provide for the common defense and general welfare of the U.S." (Preamble to the Constitution of the United States). Our Constitution gives the government certain powers that allow it to keep the peace. When crime crosses state borders, federal police agencies, like the FBI, can swoop in to protect the lives of citizens and their property. Where are they? With drug cartels running drugs, guns, and men/women across the borders between Mexico and the United States, don't you think 12,000 illegals constitutes a little protection for Roger Barnett? I'm sure he would "stand down" if the government would "stand up"...for its citizens.

Note: I figure the government owes Roger Barnett for ten years on "active duty" so they should pay the $70,000 and replace his property...for service rendered. You sir, are a patriot!

Note: Our nation will survive in spite of government.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-25-09

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nationalizing Banks? No Thanks!

The more politicians discuss nationalizing banks, the lower the stock market falls. The current scuttle-butt is about Citibank and the acquisition of close to 40 percent of its stock. 40 percent would make the U.S. government the largest shareholder and that would, in essence, give the government control. President Obama wears many hats…and apparently two faces. He went on record as opposing the move toward nationalization previously. It is a tough pill to swallow for banks, like Bank of America (one of the objectors) who has remained profitable in spite of the Federal Reserve’s insistence that they “absorb” troubled ones (banks). The government claimed, in the fall, that all banks had to accept the bailout money (even those who were strong) to avoid stigmatizing those who really needed it. The weaker banks could have gone into bankruptcy and allowed bankruptcy judges to handle it. Let’s approach this from a common sense perspective. When any government has a stake in any company efficiency is compromised and profits are reduced. John R. Lott, Jr. : We once had a national bank in the U.S. — the Bank of the United States — and President Andrew Jackson eliminated it because the bank funded politically connected businesses. In the past, the federal government has forced banks to grant mortgages to “risky” folks…some who only had welfare as income. God only knows what other pet projects are lurking in the wings should financial institutions become nationalized and the government move from regulator to owner! Should the federal government start charging lower interest rates…they could literally force the non-nationalized ones out. And you can bank on that!

Note:
We can no longer sit as the silent majority…We must stand as a united one…with a voice!

Encouragement: Even Elijah the prophet felt discouraged when he thought he was alone...“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.” But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.” ROMANS 11:3-4

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-24-09

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Want Change? Let's Redefine The Role Of Financial Institutions...With Regard To Stimulus Money.

The previous bailout money, given to financial institutions, was a mess to say the least. To give that much money to anyone without guidelines, overseers (not affiliated with the institutions), or expressed penalties was totally irresponsible. Everyone with average intelligence and common sense could have foretold the outcome; everyone except the so-called "leaders" in the PACKAGE transaction. "Barney and his buddies" screwed up! But, it was only taxpayer money. I take solace in the fact that 1/3 of the Senate can be voted out every two years. Now, we have one more shot...maybe our last without unimaginable ramifications...to get this right. Are you looking for change? Let's redefine the role of financial institutions with regard to the stimulus money. With this new "Bag of Billions", let's not make financial institutions "keepers of the pot", but rather let the government "hold" the money. The banks will only get the principle funds filtered through their individual institutions based on the credible loans they approve, thus providing the incentive for them to get the lead out! I'm not a business guru so... READERS, LET'S HEAR YOUR OPINIONS!

Note: In lieu of ideas coming out of Washington, common sense ideas from Main Street will be the very things that save America.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-22-09

Friday, February 20, 2009

Obama's "New" Housing Bailout Has Obvious Similarities To McCain's "Old" One

It is quite possible that partisanship is waning (a little) and that common sense is growing (a little) in the face of the housing bailout’s reality. President Obama holds $275 Billion earmarked for the mortgage foreclosures program. Similarities to an earlier proposal by Senator John McCain are surfacing as Obama presents his plan to the American people. "I hope they took the best ideas wherever they found them. And, certainly, Senator McCain campaigned for a long time on this proposal," said Douglas Holtz Eakin (author of McCain's plan). Obama’s project doles out $75 Billion to lenders in the form of incentives to lower payments of homeowners, who are “at-risk”, to 31 percent of their income while the remaining $200 Billion would be utilized by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to offer affordable mortgages and, hopefully, stabilize the housing market. Obama, now, like McCain, earlier, realizes the need to be proactive and stop foreclosures before they occur. "I would order the Secretary of the Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes," McCain had said. McCain’s plan would have had the government absorb the property value reduction…according to Democrats. Well, with the new plan, the government shares the cost with the finance industry of…property value reduction. Whatever means is used to get the economy “on track” had better be the best of both worlds (Democrat and Republican). Before, the disclosure of all of the misdeeds of the financial sector (and their Congressional supporters) could only be dubbed crooked and stupid. If they continue on the previously set course...they can add to their resume callous and treasonous. Have a nice day!

Note: As we move closer to socialism...we move closer to communism.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-20-09

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Obama Doesn't Need The Fairness Doctrine To Squelch Conservative Talk Shows...He's Got The FCC Working It Via Localism!

President Barack Obama is starting his encroachment on one of America’s fundamental rights… Freedom of Speech. It will involve subtle steps which millions of American’s will only scratch their heads and wonder about, at first. When they finally wake up, they will see that our precious freedom is shackled. Then small huddled groups will talk in hushed voices wondering what they can do. Well, if we are going to do anything, we had better do it now! We need some champions for the cause and they don’t have to carry a weapon…just a gift of gab. I am talking about a filibuster! But first, let’s see what is unfolding step-by-step.

1. We know that the President has begun his move against talk radio.
2. Obama goes on record cleverly saying he is against the “Fairness Doctrine”.
3. There is an FCC rule called “localism”. Radio and television stations are required to provide programming which serves local communities in order to keep their licenses.
4. Obama will use vague rules on the books to strong-arm any stations daring to air conservative programming which is syndicated.
Note: On September 20, 2007 now President Obama submitted a written state-ment to the FCC which was pro-localism. He only needs three votes from the five FCC members to swing the definition of localism his way.
5. Since John Podesta (President and CEO of the Center for American Progress) is head of Obama’s transition team I am sure he will be a key player. In 2007 they provided a report whereby they waxed eloquently about the excessive amount of conservative talk radio because of “the absence of localism in American radio markets”. Is it surprising that Mr. Podesta chose the FCC’s transition team head? Well, he did! One Henry Rivera (he has a law firm), who coincidentally…ahem…has been the Minority Media Telecommunications Council chairman.
6. Broadcasters would probably have to skirt the business leaders and look for civic and non-profit representatives (like minority groups) who have been under served by the industry.
Note: Why doesn’t anyone want to assimilate anymore? When I visit foreign countries…and when I lived in one…I didn’t expect them to speak English. I conformed!
7. Here is a shocker! Kevin Martin is the current FCC chairman, an advocate of localism, and used to be employed by Rivera’s law firm. Less than a month ago Mr. Martin announced that he wanted to make localism one of his pet projects.
Note: All radio and television stations need an FCC license to legally operate in the United States.
Broad casters need to get involved...NOW! They need to inform their Congressional representatives (since we now know they vote on bills they don’t read) about the stealth dangers of the FCC proposals. Speak up Americans…while you still can!

Note: If we cannot speak in public places
We cannot look at public faces
Who spark the actions life embraces
And keeps all liberties...not their traces.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-18-09

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Obama’s Speech Was Nearly Believable...Unless You Read The News On A Regular Basis

Why was the senate not given the five days previously promised to read the Stimulus proposal? Here was the most extensive (and expensive) rescue plan in the history of the world and all the Democrats could say to the Republicans were words equivalent to "shut up and sign". From Obama's speech: ...and it is a plan that will be implemented with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. I just hope the transparency far exceeds that given to the Republicans during the past few months. Let's drop a definition, via Merriam-Webster Online, shall we? Transparency- It is a picture viewed by light shining through it or by projection. The Democrats all but hid in a bunker to draft this package. From Obama's speech: It is a plan that’s been put together without earmarks or the usual pork barrel spending. Who is he trying to kid here? When the the bill is finally available to the public they'll see he spun the truth...okay, lied. In spite of Senator Schumer's rhetoric that Americans did not mind the pork, the majority of Americans clearly wanted to pluck the pork! I guess Democrats thought that we were just kidding. I was nearly weeping...ahem...when he talked about the website of accountability. From Obama's speech: And we expect you, the American people, to hold us accountable for the results. That is why we have created Recovery.gov — so every American can go online and see how their money is being spent. Just where was the website we could go to do something about the accountability problems? Oh, yes, www.toobad.suckers.com! From Obama's speech: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...the recipient of broad support — from business leaders, unions, and public interest groups, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Democrats and Republicans, mayors as well as governors. It is a rare thing in Washington for people with such different viewpoints to come together and support the same bill... Surely he doesn't feel 3 Republicans, who jumped ship, constitutes full Republican support. I want to take you back to an earlier time when the sheer panic in President Obama's messages, to the American people, clearly mandated that he be perched on Capital Hill ready to sign, yet that just wasn't the case. Four days later he finally had his "ten pens" arranged so he could place his signature on the legislation that not one Senator read. He was grandstanding in Denver while more jobs were being lost! That's not leadership, that's showmanship...and irresponsible.

Note: Oskar Schindler (Schindler's list) was upset in the end that he could not have saved more lives...Obama should take a lesson while it is just jobs.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-109

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ron Bloom To Loom Over The Auto Industry

Apparently Ron Bloom will be “a” if not “the” key adviser to Barack Obama’s auto task force. He brings to the table Wall Street experience, labor ties, and innovative approaches to the government restructuring of both General Motors and Chrysler. Mr. Bloom was a former investment banker who had worked with the United Steelworkers Union since 1996. He will have the ear of Timothy Geithner (Treasury Secretary) while the tweaking process, involving the corporate duo, cautiously unfolds leaving billions in taxpayer loans (Washington likes to call them government loans) precariously hanging in the balance. Andy Kramer, Washington attorney, has sat on the opposite side of a bargaining table from Ron Bloom. He shared, "He's not someone who brings just a conventional, cookie-cutter approach. He's going to force people to think about new ideas." Another Bloom enthusiast is Mark Glyptis, president of USW Local 2911 in Weirton, West Virginia. According to Mr. Glyptis, "He brings a unique perspective from Wall Street but can also relate very well to the steel worker, to the man on the shop floor," "He should be given a tremendous, tremendous amount of credit for restructuring, and I believe saving, the American steel industry." In 2005 Lazard Ltd., Bloom's old firm, was employed by the UAW to review GM's finances when GM wanted relief from its extensive health care costs. Paul Krell, UAW spokesperson, called him "an old friend of the UAW." One of the major obstacles in negotiations will no doubt be between the UAW and General Motors over payments into a trust fund earmarked for retiree health care expenses. Bloom is extremely knowledgeable in that area since he helped establish the voluntary employees beneficiary association, (VEBAs) with other companies. Joseph O'Leary (Boston attorney) has worked with Bloom and stated that Mr. Bloom has actively pushed for board membership for the Union and profit-sharing workers. When a representative of Business Week asked if he didn't trust management...he dodged the bullet and responded with, "We're not going to save this company and then go back to the old ways of doing things." Now, I will leave you with one other tidbit...he was a top aide to the steelworkers union's president. Supposedly, the Obama team is forgoing a "Car Czar" and choosing to go with a "Rod Squad". All I know is that Bloom is key, so I'll wait and see!

Note: GOT FREEDOM?

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-16-09

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Watch Chavez And The Completion Of Venezuela's March Into Socialism...Maybe.

Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chavez, faces a referendum today (Sunday) which would abolish his term in office limits (or not). With these limits dissolved, the transformation of his country into a socialist state would be a cake-walk.

Referendum- 1 a: the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b: a vote on a measure so submitted. (Merriam-Webster Online).

Chavez was quoted as saying, “Ten years is nothing. I don’t know what they’re complaining about…” and “Only here in Venezuela, that’s a dictatorship…” Well, no, President Chavez (AKA “El Comandante”), it is considered a dictatorship elsewhere in the world, as well. Especially when you couple it with these facts. Your Supreme Court and National Elections Council are both appointed by a Chavista-dominated National Assembly and that gives you nearly total control. Your success in this election would remove the last remaining thread “checking” your power. So yes, I would say dictator is not a stretch. It is interesting to note that he sarcastically referenced Franklin Roosevelt’s four-term election, yet failed to drop the other shoe. After Roosevelt’s death, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed denying anyone the right to be elected more than twice. George Washington showed great wisdom as our first Presidential leader of the United States by refusing more than two terms in office, and an offer to become America’s King. You know what they say, POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY! Americans, we need fresh ideas flowing into our “MORE PERFECT UNION” and, if they are counter to the Constitution…stopped. If the “change” isn’t better…it’s “chump change”. "On Monday I'll wake up looking beyond 2013, and that will give me more confidence in what we're doing ... and greatly diminish political uncertainties," Chavez, whose present term expires that year, stated. Interestingly enough, a parallel can be drawn between Chavez and Barak Obama. Chavez’s popularity is largely due to the billions of dollars he has showered into “social programs”. I’ll leave the rest of the parallels for another blog. Chavez has not scaled back spending even though oil prices have dropped from $147 a barrel to $38 (today’s going price). Venezuela’s president makes no secret that if voters reject his continuation, for another decade—or longer (his dream), it will be hard to complete his country’s transformation into socialism. Additionally, if voters block the extension proposal, it would be a green light for the opposition as they forge ahead with their own election plans. Chavez was defeated in a 2007 Referendum and he could be again, however, nothing can keep him from continuing the fight if he loses this round. Fortunately, diving oil prices will soon force drops in social benevolence, which is tied to his popularity...but the vote is today. Keep your fingers crossed that they are smarter than Americans …and that Americans wise up!

Note: Which socialist or communist country has better living arrangements overall than America? If we go “socialist” we’ll go down-hill fast! Like Chavez, they can only dish out the dough until it’s gone!

Noteworthy: Upon George Washington’s death, Congress unanimously voted in his memory the tribute proposed by ‘Light Horse Harry’ Lee (father of Robert E. Lee ) ‘first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen’.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-15-09

Friday, February 13, 2009

Do You Know What Is (Or Isn't) In Your Child's Textbooks? You Might Not Be So Content With The Content.

When our children are young we scramble to get them the latest Dr. Seuss book, relish their small "sound-it-out" victories, and before you know it...they are reading. We send them to school confident that they will continue down that path of discovery and wonder, which reading can bring. For most of us, our job is done. We rely on the school system to greet them, seat them, and complete them. Do the majority of us look into their curriculum? How about their textbooks? Today I was perusing a World History textbook (new) belonging to one of our area high schools. I looked up the definition for socialism. Oddly enough, it was not what they did say about socialism, but rather what they omitted that had me concerned. With the sugar-coated explanation of it I would have expected the Disney carriage to arrive at any moment. Some of the key points below were conspicuously absent:

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state 3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done. (Merriam-Webster Online).

Americans have handed over the reins of the most precious commodity our nation has to offer...our youth. We teach them about the bad people offering them drugs and booze, but what about "bull". Now, I am not suggesting that we ban books or storm the PTA meetings because the hidden agenda sources are too vast and embedded to uncover. What I am hoping you will do is talk to your students about simple principles of governments...from time-to-time...so if topics come up in the classroom there can be discussion and not just lecture. Confidence and not just acceptance. Believe me, when a teacher says something it is usually accepted as "the" explanation...unless a parent (or parental figure) has a preemptive dialogue.

Note: If you want to be quoted then say something worthwhile!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-13-09

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Arizona Man Who Has Turned Over 12,000 Illegals To The Border Patrol Is Being Sued For $32 Million By 16 Of Them!

Roger Barnett (64 years old) of Douglas, Arizona lives in a town bordering Mexico and the United States. He lives just 233 miles from Phoenix, which is now dubbed the kidnapping capital of America, reporting 370 cases last year. They rank second in the world (with Mexico City sitting at number one). Since 1998 Mr. Barnett has tried to stop illegal citizens of Mexico (and God knows where else) from entering the U.S. via his property, a 22,000-acre ranch. Barnett is now being slapped with an astounding $32 million lawsuit initiated by 16 Mexican illegals who are bent out of shape because he stopped them and held them at gunpoint until U.S. Border Patrol officers could take custody of them. They are accusing Mr. Barnett of conspiring to violate their civil rights! Never mind the fact that he only started rounding up illegals when vandalism escalated to the point where they tore up water pumps, destroyed fences, stole vehicles, killed livestock, and broke into his home. Now, this is the critical point I'd like to make with regard to Roger's plight...He has turned over 12,000 illegal aliens to the Border Patrol over the past ten years! I guess my question here...and I hope your's as well...would be obvious. Where in the world is the government of the United States when a person has to go out on his own to protect his home and family? I feel that Roger Barnett could make a strong case against the Federal government of the United States and their negligence to defend him when he is being attacked by members of a foreign nation and they are failing to "provide for the common defense and general welfare of the U.S." (Preamble to the Constitution of the United States). Our Constitution gives the government certain powers that allow it to keep the peace. When crime crosses state borders, federal police agencies, like the FBI, can swoop in to protect the lives of citizens and their property. Where are they? With drug cartels running drugs, guns, and men/women across the borders between Mexico and the United States, don't you think 12,000 illegals constitutes a little protection for Roger Barnett? I'm sure he would "stand down" if the government would "stand up"...for its citizens.

Note: When the government fails to protect its citizens, to whom can we turn?

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 2-11-09

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

If It's Not A Bill...It's Not A Done Deal!

Today the senate approved the $838 Billion Recovery Package to the shock and dismay of millions of Americans who fear the debt which will burden several generations to come, cause inflation, and allow the government to gain further control over citizens of the United States. The list does not stop there, however, this article is about the “Package”. Now, there is still hope that the fat will continue to drip off the legislation as things continue to heat up, through discovery of Americans, since both the House and Senate versions were published. Pressure and good old fashioned correspondence, from constituents, is just what the House and Senate need. Let's call it a Valentine. Remind the House Reps that their term is only two years and the Senators that, even though their term is six years, one third of them are up for election every two years. Are you feeling a bit more powerful America? The balance of power in the Senate could swing (and I feel should swing) quickly. President Obama is visiting receptive locations in the United States in an attempt to promote this economic rescue plan while hoping for a signature to be placed on the legislation by February 16th, which is President’s Day and his deadline. It seems to be that he is fleeing the very location he needs to be entrenched in, Washington. If this future bill is so important then why doesn’t he have a “lock-in” with the House and Senate leaders who will try to mesh two different approaches to the same goal in a "conference committee". According to FOX News: Those negotiations, which Reid said would start Tuesday afternoon, could drive up the price tag of the bill as each chamber fights for its priorities. Democrats have a major concern. If their bill version is altered too dramatically they could risk the loss of one or more of the three Republican Senators who supported it in its current form. The Alternative Minimum Tax (ATM) is one item labeled “uncuttable”. It prevents middle class citizens from getting stuck paying the brunt of higher taxes. There you have it. WE THE PEOPLE have to keep the pressure on Congress so we won’t feel as much pressure on us,via our wallets, when it is passed.

Note: Let’s send Congressional leaders a Valentine…before they kiss our money good-bye.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-10-09

Monday, February 9, 2009

Like Hidden Pictures? Americans, Let's Play Find The Pork!

Since the House and the Senate versions of the stimulus package are weighing in at over 1,500 pages, FOX news is asking the FOX Forum audience to help ferret through this albatross of a bill along with station personnel. The House's translation can be accessed at the first listed website and the Senate's at the second. You will need Adobe Acrobat 8 to access the Senate's! No one said your quest would be easy...or cheap.
http://readthestimulus.org/ (House's) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1as2.txt.pdf (Senate's)

Back to the "FOX Hunt"! They are challenging Americans to find what is right (or wrong) with the plan. If you have some noteable tidbits just send them to the following email:
talktofox@foxnews.com They will in turn post the most admirable and egregious expenditures stuffed into this bill. Now, I said in my opener that it was time to play FIND THE PORK so I will give you the rules. You may work in teams, but you have to beat the Congressional deadline or forfeit HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of American dollars creating a tax burden on you and future generations. Even video gamers like to get hints from fellow competitors so0000...here is your hint. When you find something you do not like...simultaneously send it to FOX and your Congressional Reps. You may just find the impact delays the passing, long enough for it to be caught by the seemingly evil "Review Chamber" where ripping and shredding and cutting occurs. That means we win!

Note: We can start believing in government again when Congress stops playing games!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-09-09

Sunday, February 8, 2009

President Obama...Even Democratic Senators Have Constitutional Obligations Under The Checks & Balances System

Alright, President Obama was able to lasso a couple of Republicans with his charisma, however, the rest of the team seems to be holding fast... at least until the pork is at a digestible level and the stimulus package will primarily do what its title suggests. Now, I do not want you, President Obama, to get discouraged because some of the Democrats are holding out as well. This scolding technique (AKA scare tactic) is something you will just have to either "change" or try to control because they are obligated under the "Checks and Balances" system (see U.S. Constitution) to take it seriously. That's why they were elected, by their constituents, and that's why they can be removed by them as well. Don't forget that there is a third branch involved in this "Separation of Powers" scenario...the judicial branch. Should you try to bulldoze them...well, let's just not go there...oh, wait...you are already trying! By telling the new census director to report directly to the White House and placing administration responsibilities for the Census Bureau outside of the Department of Commerce you may be in violation of federal law. Title 13 of the U.S. Code that the Bureau is to be administered "within, and under the jurisdiction of, the Department of Commerce". Let's look at the opener to Title 13 below:
TITLE 13 - CENSUS CHAPTER 1 - ADMINISTRATION SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL PROVISIONS-HEAD- Sec. 1. Definitions-STATUTE- As used in this title, unless the context requires another meaning or unless it is otherwise provided - (1) "Bureau" means the Bureau of the Census; (2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Commerce; and (3) "respondent" includes a corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, proprietorship, society, joint stock company, individual, or other organization or entity which reported information, or on behalf of which information was reported, in response to a questionnaire, inquiry, or other request of the Bureau.-SOURCE- (Aug. 31, 1954, ch. 1158, 68 Stat. 1012; Pub. L. 94-521, Sec. 1, Oct. 17, 1976, 90 Stat. 2459.)-MISC1- HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES Section is new, and was inserted to eliminate the necessity for referring, throughout this title, to the Bureau of the Census, and the Secretary of Commerce, by their full designations.

Did anyone see the White House or Rahm Emanuel mentioned here? Clearly this is a White House attempt at "gerrymandering", dividing a territorial unit (in this case all of America) into election districts to give one political party (that would be the Democrats) an electoral majority in a large number of districts (all of America) while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition (that would be the Republicans) in as few districts as possible. If we have to get the courts involved...Americans will because Americans must. And senators will because they are Americans!

Below are the listed Title 13 websites for your perusal:
http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/13C1.txt http://www.census.gov/geo/www/luca2010/luca_title13.html

Ponder this: Why is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner holding off on showing the Obama administration's framework to aid the financial sector, in essence waiting for Congress to return on Monday? Does he have a Plan A and B (and possibly C-H) to toss out depending on which way the Stimulus Package morphs? Come on, Tim, let's see your brilliance unfold...or are you hedging? You know...evading commitment and leaving a door open for "tweaking".

Note: America, you voted for change...not for being short changed. If any change is not one for the better then it should be discarded (or altered) until the point it becomes better...for everyone.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-08-09

Friday, February 6, 2009

IF WE "SHELL OUT" AMERICA, WE SELL OUT AMERICA!

The tenative $805B stimulus bill needs several weak Republican senators to pass it or several strong Democrats to stall it. Fortunately, the word tentative means not fully developed because two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) are now on board for the pork-ladened stimulus bill. Supposedly, Senator Olympia Snow (also Maine) has weakened as well. This would give advocates of the bill enough votes to steamroll over the senators who know it is a boondoggle… unless we have a few more strong Democratic Senators. There is a mentality that passing an imperfect bill is better than doing nothing at all. When is it okay to pass the Stimulus Bill? When every senator has read all of the bill and disclosed his/her “pork ties”. When every expenditure is all about stimulating the economy and heading America toward recovery. In its current form, the spending stands at 58 percent and the tax cuts sit at 42 percent. Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) was opposed to the bill Friday, admitting that it would not do enough “stimulating”. Why would she shrug her shoulders, after hearing a deal was reached on Friday, and utter, “This is as good a compromise as we are going to get.”? Our congressional leaders should not allow peer pressure to stymie their convictions. Stand strong for America. Senators, you can only get what you fight for!

Note 1: If there is no more fight in you then it is time to retire. America needs representatives to champion their cause.

Note 2: IF WE "SHELL OUT" AMERICA, WE SELL OUT AMERICA!

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-06-09

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Political Tug-Of-War In The Senate Should Result In All American Winners

The political tug-of-war over the pork-ladened stimulus bill continues while President Obama heads to Virginia for a “retreat” with House Democrats. The word retreat has a dual meaning here. Is he retreating to avoid leading? Wasn’t he the one who said he was going to go over the bill line-by-line and trim the fat? Many are saying that this supposed recovery bill is creating “a power struggle in the Senate—as well as the White House” (FOX News). Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader-Democratic Party) made it quite apparent that the bipartisan group (in the senate) does not convey the wishes of the senate leaders or the president. Senator Reid, they don’t have to convey your wishes…they are making it clear what Americans are speaking up for in the nation! Haven't you been listening? So tonight the lawmakers will pull an all-nighter and try to come up with an acceptable stimulus bill...again. Senator Reid offered a scare tactic. This one was of a Friday morning stock market crash should no evidence of positive progress be presented. Senator Reid: “They cannot hold the President of the United States hostage…” Hostage, Harry? We cannot even get him to show up…he is in Virginia, remember? Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham stated that President Obama was "AWOL on providing leadership." He certainly is tonight. A leader of a nation should show up, roll up, and shut up! That is to say: Show up for the all-nighter; roll up his sleeves; and shut up and listen. I guess I would add one more…stand up…against pork legislation.

Note: History is taking note of every delay, who is causing it, and why. It is neutral and will not hesitate to point the finger of blame.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-05-09

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Stimulus Is Looking "Grimulous" To More Democrats And Republicans: Are They Uniting For America?

FOX News: A key Democratic senator told FOX News on Monday that he wants to strip "tens of billions" of dollars from the economic stimulus proposal, rejecting the White House claim that senators are complaining about just a tiny fraction of the package. Wasn't it just Monday that President Obama was referring to the problems as "modest differences"? The de-emphasis on the "package" problems (within the Democratic Party itself) has not spurred enthusiasm, but rather spawned an alliance of bipartisan Senators, who are looking more and more like patriots of old...those who put America before self. Ben Nelson (Democratic Senator from Nebraska) is a "seated" member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Nelson feels a growing number of Democrats and Republicans would truely like to extract the items, within the proposed package, which will not stimulate job growth. It is interesting to note that the whole point of "quickly" passing the "grimulous stimulus" package was probably to avoid giving congressional members (and the American people) a chance not only to read the proposal, in its entirety, but to absorb its ramifications. Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) said that a passable version would have to be "dramatically different" than the one which passed in the House last week (without Republican approval). Those who oppose it are not trying to scrap it...just reform it. Russ Feingold (Democrat-Wisconsin) said that the bill should not contain frivolous expenditures and should have "direct funding" to projects that create jobs. From time-to-time someone hits the nail on the head. Thus is the case with the president of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist. "Some people will lose their jobs for voting for this measure. Nobody will be harmed by voting against it." Well, whether or not the bipartisan effort is motivated by patriotism...or selfishness...WE THE PEOPLE are being heard in Washington. Keep writing!

Note: We need to become pen pals with our congressional representatives! They can't possibly know what we are thinking if we don't tell them...and often.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-03-09


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg May Currently Be The Most Powerful Man In America

Senator Judd Gregg (Republican from New Hampshire) may just currently be the most powerful man in America. He is the one who could keep the United States from not only having a Democrat Supermajority, impervious to any attempts by the GOP to filibuster, but also the man who could very well disallow our nation's slide into a feeding frenzy for socialists. As a Republican, it is so flattering to be offered a job of this caliber (Secretary of Commerce) in a Democratic administration. He should be proud and honored that his diligence and hard work in the senate has been recognized. However, he has a greater responsibility...to the American people. Surely he has studied socialism in his career. Truely he must know the offer is a deceptively attractive lure...a means to an end by the "Chess Master" and his followers. The replacement senator's appointment would fall to a Democrat, Governor John Lynch. Lynch could name either a Democrat or a "caretaker" Republican without political ambitions beyond 2010. As a United States Senator, Gregg will always be around to give advice should President Obama need it. If Senator Gregg's costly retention of his 2010 Senate seat is giving him cause for concern, he should forget about it. New Hampshire constituents, millions of Americans, and history will not forget the sacrifice he made... putting country over self...should he decline the cabinet seat. Senator Gregg has a chance to be a true hero...and a patriot!

Note: We are still fighting for our rights and freedoms under the Constitution. Patriots of influence abound in the most unlikely places...and in every decade of America's history.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-02-09

Should America Be Concerned With Who Obama Is Hanging With And Hiring?

It is getting harder and harder for even Democrats to "overlook" President Obama's growing list of undesirable appointees as advisers and cabinet members. The latest is Tom Daschle (former Senator of South Dakota) who is the nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary...and incidentally failed to pay $140,000 in back taxes (and interest). Arizona Senator, Jon Kyle, eluded to the fact that Obama's speed in selection might have resulted in improper vetting of candidates. Bologna! What ever happened to "confession" rather than causing total embarrassment to the President? Well, this is the President's fault.
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Tom's thought processes probably told him that even if he were going to be offered a job like Treasury Secretary (Timothy Geithner's position) it wouldn't matter, soooo it's no big deal for his spot, right?
Incidentally, Daschle received around $220,000 from health care groups for speaking fees. These health care organizations have a vested interest in the work Senator Daschle will be involved with should he be confirmed as the Health and Human Services head.
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I'll move on. President Obama has picked a socialist, Carol Browner, to head his "global warming" team. She was featured, in a now removed biography, on a socialist website. Fortunately, it still is cached by Google (h/t Steven Milloy) and reads:
CAROL M. BROWNERAdministrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton. Leading the EPA from 1993 to 2001, she was the longest-serving Administrator in the agency’s history. Browner currently serves on the board of several non-profit organisations, including as chair of the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest environmental organisations, and as a member of the Board of the Directors of the Center for American Progress, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the League of Conservation Voters. The website below is from google (and clickable).

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/01/08/obamas-proposed-energy-czar-scrubbed-socialist-website

My fellow Americans...Democrats and Republicans and Independents...if you have any fight left in you then start with the pen (or emails). Let your congressional leaders (and the President)know you are upset about the direction America is heading. WE THE PEOPLE are going to become a herd and Washington is going to be holding the cattle prod. I'm just fearful the brand will be SOCIALIST!

Note: Don't just wince, commence! When Washington fails to represent the people with integrity...they need to be told. If they turn a deaf ear...they need to be fired. Don't be
sucked in at election time. Vote with their track record in mind!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 02-01-09