Friday, August 6, 2010

A "No Confidence Vote" from ICE

Obama’s headlong rush to secure amnesty (read that votes) for illegal aliens who have crossed our porous border are getting some push-back from the agents involved. ICE union president Chris Crane forwarded a letter with this opening paragraph in early June to the president:

“On June 11, 2010, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and its constituent local representatives from around the nation, acting on behalf of approximately 7,000 ICE officers and employees from the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), cast a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” in the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, and the Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning, (ODPP), Phyllis Coven.”

For more on the letter and the agents unified disenchantment with the administration’s failures in enforcement is available at Center for Immigration Stucies website.  There, they outline the problems they have faced trying to enforce laws in the face of ridiculous regulations and restraints from above. You will find that the disconnect between the mission of ICE and the means presented for them to do their job horrifying.

You host has a substantial body of family who live right on top of the one the most notorious border hot spots in Arizona. As residents of Tucson and with business interests in Cochise Country their observations mirror many of the concerns which the agents express in the article.

This has been soft-pedaled so far but as it leaks out, it will become greater by the day. One of the more fascinating aspects in the matter is the conflict between the union interest by the agents and the presidents agenda. Unfortunately for Obama, he is pitting one favored group against another.

If you have the slightest interest in the issue of secure borders, click on the link to this story above. It is essential information.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Obama, Handicap Drops from +22 to +6

While catching up on some neglected sites during today's rain, I found this jewel On "The Virginian."  He, in turn, shamelessly admits to stealing it from a comment by Consultofactus on Yahoo News.  It is a tender tale of a man simply trying to get something accomplished.

Consultofactus Sun Aug 01, 2010 07:21 am PDT

"I have noticed that many posters are critical of President Obama! Aren't we all in this together? If the President succeeds don't we all win? Well then, don't you think your constant complaining might just be holding him back from a historic first term achievement??? Have you thought of that? Did you know that Mr. Obama is about to do what no other American President has ever done? Yes, when Mr. Obama was sworn into office his golf handicap was an unimpressive +22! Now, in just 19 short months he's a +6 AND IS LIKELY TO BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO BREAK 80 AT PEBBLE BEACH! But how can he "keep his head in the game" if whiners like YOU are always b1tching???!!! "OHHH Mr. President the illegals are killing us! OOOH Mr. President Unemployment in my state is 14% and I haven't worked for a year!! Mr. President, Mr. President your policies are bankrupting the country!!! Have YOU ever tried to line-up a 30 foot putt with Gov. Bobby Jindal harping about some oil leak thingy??? Huh?? And how's the President going to enjoy his summer concert series when deadbeats like you are crying about having your home foreclosed?? Why should he care?"

There you have it; now, back to our regular programming.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Angle vs. Reid, Is God Alive in Sin City?

Many, including your host, have criticized Nevada Republican voters for designating Sharon Angle as their choice to unseat Harry Reid in the Senate. I cannot speak for the others but Tarkanian seemed the better choice if for no other reason than name recognition. The son of an extremely successful basketball coach who brought national significance to UNLV, the city of Las Vegas, and Nevada as a whole came on the scene with no political baggage and an identification which was all positive. The voters disagreed and chose Sharon Angle instead.

Back in April she had an interview with Rick Wiles of TruNews Christian Radio in which she claimed her race with Reid was “a calling from God.” That comment went largely unnoticed until more recent remarks surfaced which enlarged the topic. She said:

"And these programs that you mentioned -- that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward -- are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that’s really what’s happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government."

Much of that complete interview with Wiles is reprinted from an article by Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun (read that: Las Vegas “Daily Worker”) which is linked here.

For those not intimate with the goings on in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal Publishing Co. offers the “Las Vegas Sun” as a supplement to their daily and Sunday editions. Their respective editorial positions are diametrically opposed and thus give an impression of “fair and balanced” to both entities. It is assumed that it is a business decision which benefits both at the expense of watering down the effectiveness of both.

What screams through in the article and also in the comments is the disconnect between those of belief and those who choose to ignore God in their daily lives. The otherwise unknown factor to most readers is the position which the Almighty holds in the individual lives of the citizens of Sin City. Anchored by a huge Mormon population, Las Vegas is also home to an immense Catholic presence with protestant faith represented in enormous numbers. Any attempt to explain this presence of spirituality among the population shall remain for analysis on another day. It is there; it is obvious; and, it is undeniable.

The article which provoked my response was initiated by a post and its comments on Ace of Spades.  One of the most arresting comments was posted at #54 and is reprinted here:

“The main problem I see here is that the Press (and we here) give a pass to leftists on such statements (Pelosi's 'Word made Flesh' comes to mind) that we don't allow our own.

Biden, Pelosi, Kerry et al pull out the Catholic card when it's most convenient, and the slavering LSM doesn't bat an eye. Nor do the squishy middlers, it appears. When JFK ran for president, there was a fear across the land that the Pope would be pulling his strings. If Angle's comments are scary to some squishes, they should be reminded of the anti-Catholic bigotry against the 20c Democrat icon.

Now if Angle had iterated that Allah was calling her to the U.S. Senate, she'd be golden. “

As a Christian believer, I am thrilled to find a candidate who unashamedly acknowledges that God is, and should be, the Director of our lives. All too often quite the opposite attitude prevails and those in high office appear all too ready to assume the mantle of “director of the universe.” The general tendency has been to urge Christians and Jews to sublimate their understanding of the Almighty while at the same time celebrating Islam, and other less familiar “religions” and begging for “understanding and tolerance.”

For those familiar with houses of worship of the dominant faiths, her words echo the text which is most often heard from those pulpits. It is more than apparent that her faith is not a “Sunday-only” matter but rather a constant in her life. Does she take a political risk in voicing her devotion to God? Yes! Would it be worth sacrificing the future of her soul to deny Him? Absolutely not! For those who lack understanding of the preceding remarks, a bit of inquiry might serve you well for your future.

Win or lose, Sharon Angle’s decision to intimately involve her Creator in her campaign is at the least, important to many of the electorate in Nevada. An old friend used to constantly remind anyone who would listen: “one plus God is a majority.” He was right. I trust that her decision will resonate with far more Nevadans than any might suspect.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Missouri Voters Reject Obama-Care

An energized base of resistance to the president’s recently passed health care program was in full victory mode after yesterday’s primaries. Included on the ballot was Proposition C which called for Missourians not to be forced to buy health care not of their own choosing. The measure passed overwhelmingly with close to 70% of the vote.

Even the most die-hard supporters were stunned by the margin of victory. There is little doubt the federal government will challenge the measure in court. Nevertheless, the strength of the “Show-Me” state resistance becomes the high water mark of opposition. Most observers see it as confirmation for other states to go forward with similar programs.

Even more remarkable; Missouri, on Tuesday, was experiencing the hottest day of the year so far. Parts of the state registered readings over 100° with humidity in excess of 70%. Local precinct workers at 6:30 PM reported record turnout numbers through that hour for a primary election. Although some slots on the ballot were crowded, primary elections generally don’t attract voter turnout which approach general election numbers. The presence of Proposition C trumped the uncomfortable weather and normal voter disinterest.

Although there is no doubt about upcoming challenges by the federal government to Proposition C, at a minimum, the people of Missouri have had the opportunity to send an important message to Washington. “We the People” do not want this legislative monstrosity which was advertised as a bill which had to wait for passage before it could be read.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to our friends and neighbors who saw the wisdom of this act of defiance.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Lame Apology from the New York Times

Actually it was not an apology but rather a “correction.” In reality, it was neither. Included in the correction is yet another false assertion claiming that “Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements.” These are their exact words:

The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.”

Even in the process of acknowledging that no evidence exists to support their scurrilous claims they could not resist implying that some supporters have done so. Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone who could supply supporting video to establish the assertions made by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Video cameras were present by the dozens but no one stepped up to claim Breibart’s offer with evidence of the occurrence because it didn’t happen.

Breitbart’s response, in part follows:

· “The Times is admitting that there is absolutely no evidence that any epithets were shouted at the Congressman by any member of the Tea Party.

· This correction demonstrates we have finally proven our point to the nation’s most eminent and influential liberal media organ: that Rep. Andre Carson lied when he told the AP that members of the Tea Party hurled the “N-word” 15 times during the March 20 health-care rally that took place at the U.S. Capitol.”

For the sole purpose of defaming the Tea Party movement, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Andre Carson, and others lied when they lodged their complaint with the media. They did it deliberately and with malice aforethought. They did not “mis-speak.” As they strode through the crowd of protesters they convinced themselves that they would be subject to derision and racial slurs. We now all fully realize that it did not happen and the complainers are serial prevaricators.

The time has long since passed for the members of the Congressional Black Caucus members to come clean and confess their lying ignorant assertions about the Tea Party. The intentional incitement of racial conflict did take place and the responsibility for the hatred lies at the feet of Lewis, Carson and their cronies. Now is the moment to “man up” and admit that it was a childish mistake and take full responsibility for their reprehensible actions. To do otherwise is cowardice.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Charlie Rangel's Dirty Money

When you are accused of having ill-gotten gains, some may wonder where it goes. In the case of the alleged ethics violations of Rangel we find him generous with the cash. Apparently 17 congressmen have recognized the taint upon the cash and returned or donated it to charity. You might want to check this list (it’s alphabetical) to see if your local yokel has had any pangs of conscience and ethically disposed of it. So far, those listed have not.

Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa. - $10,000

Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. - $10,000

Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill. - $10,000

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska - $10,000

Rep. John Boccieri, D-Ohio - $5,000

Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa - $5,000

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. - $2,500

Rep. Chris Carney, D-Pa. - $10,000

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind. - $10,000

Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y. - $5,000

Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn. - $2,500

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. - $5,000

Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper, D-Pa. - $10,000

Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. - $10,000

Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio - $10,000

Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas - $5,000

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md. - $5,000

Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. - $5,000

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. - $10,000

Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Ala. - $5,000

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. - $5,000

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. - $5,000

Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. - $10,000

Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H. - $5,000

Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis. - $10,000

Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa. - $10,000

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich. - $5,000

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. - $10,000

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. - $1,000

Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa - $5,000

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y. - $10,000

Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Colo. - $5,000

Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga. - $5,000

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah - $10,000

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. - $5,000

Rep. Michael McMahon, D-N.Y. - $10,000

Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. - $5,000

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. - $5,000

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa. - $10,000

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif. - $5,000

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas - $10,000

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. - $5,000

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga. - $5,000

Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-Pa. - $5,000

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. - $10,000

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C. - $5,000

Rep. Harry Teague, D-N.M. - $2,500

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. - $5,000

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. - $5,000

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. - $10,000

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. - $5,000

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. - $10,000

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. - $10,000

The money involved here is “chump change.” The principles however, are monumental.

The material in this post was extracted from an opion piece in the Washington
Examiner.  For further in depth coverage, click here.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Rudderless Ship

That basically is what most politicians see when they take a serious look at the Tea Party Movement. For those who see our government as a pyramid of men at work running the country (into the ground) by conjuring up ever more man-made interference into a network of protection for natural laws of liberty it is no surprise. For those of that mindset, a table of organization is an absolute requirement. It is always so with a “top-down” government which depends upon men for guidance rather than law.

Our founders are revered for their genius in recognizing the ability and the will of the people for self-governance. That approach has it’s inefficiencies but at the least it insists upon the constant involvement of the citizenry. Always remember that it took an interval of 13 years between the Declaration of Independence and the finalization of the United States Constitution. Once accomplished, it has been accepted as a guiding instrument for a nation which has become the envy of the world.

It has inbred devices to allow for revision and hopefully, improvement. To avoid the perils presented by a pure democracy, it requires the permission of 2/3rds of all the states to be accomplished. No state, regardless of population, has a greater or lesser influence in the process. One might suggest that Wyoming with its windswept rural character and few people should bow to the wishes of a hyper-populous New York in matters constitutional. The principal trait which each state maintains and the founders recognized is that they are both sovereign entities and therefore, equal. In this circumstance, and many others, the individual right of the state becomes all important. With fifty such units there is bound to be disagreement but at the conclusion of debate it is the will of the people which should prevail.

There is a segment of our population which chooses, either by intent or ignorance, to misunderstand that individual action and attitude should rightfully supercede that of those who are chosen as leaders. Too often the leadership is in the thrall of being elevated to a high post and gain the thought that it their job to direct the lives of people. The engineer of a train has technical duties regarding speed, fuel, and general maintenance. The limitations presented by confinement to the tracks prevent any excess in individual initiative. In the case of the nation, the constitution represents the tracks and thus the restrictions placed upon leadership. In both cases, exceeding the limitations will result in disaster.

In a recent inquiry, encyclopedic research showed endless charts on every possible aspect of the various presidents of the United States. A huge amount of data is available for comparisons or general interest in these men. To date, no data has been apparent which evaluates comparative understanding of the US Constitution. One can only conclude that this must be determined by each president’s dependence upon the will of the people on all matters, great and small. Some have definitely been better than others.

This then returns us to examination of the Tea Party Movement and the consequent shunning of controlling leadership. The essence of the Tea Party is citizen involvement. It is incomprehensible to leftists that any group can exist with out their concept of organizational structure. Lacking apparent leadership, there is no easily targetable person to defame. Finding skeletons in the closet of a non-person is impossible. Without a clearly defined leader, the ad hominem attack is rendered useless. To attack the Tea Party then is to assault tens of millions of likeminded Americans equally and to further their resolve for legitimate change and a return to the aims of the founding fathers. Those persons who are extremely active in the Tea Party are justly worthy of praise and enjoy the support of their fellow protestors; but from the view of the public at large, they are largely anonymous. Those persons who can actually name the principal promoters of the Tea Party are as few as those who can name the weakly disguised “Indians” who dumped the tea into Boston Harbor.

Even persons closely aligned with the fundamental tenets espoused by the average Tea Partier do not claim leadership. Indeed, it is easy to associate Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Jim DeMint and others with the movement but each would disclaim a role in actual leadership. Their understanding of the vital independence of participants in the group is clear and most often their own individual view. They modestly understand and actively shun being named as leaders. The Tea Party then is most easily identified as “We the People.”

The most scurrilous attack on the Tea Party has come from the generalized accusation of racism which has by now lost most of its bite because of common usage. It has come to represent a situation where all other accusations have come to naught so it serves as a “catch all” to provide a universal approbation. It over simplifies the notion that if you see the president as an enemy of the republic your opposition has to be based upon skin color.

This automatic assumption is intellectually weak and more important; morally unsound. It then becomes an infantile response to serious adult issues which affect people of every hue. When this country endures the financial collapse so well assured if we continue down our present path, no degree of color, national origin, sexual orientation or age will protect the sufferer.

We encourage anyone with further questions as to the efficacy of the Tea Party movement to investigate for themselves by dropping by any gathering any where in the country of Tea Party Patriots. Engage the participants in conversation; ask the questions which you have; observe the behavior and general tenor of the group; and draw your own conclusion upon personal observation and inquiry. If you truly love our country I guarantee you will leave with an entirely different view of the crowd than that which you may have received from the main-stream media. It’s a small matter but you are encouraged to hang around until the crowd is dispersed and note the respectful condition which a Tea Party crowd leaves the grounds. Regardless of the location, you will be impressed to see it as it was when you arrived. Even 800,000 people in DC on 9/12/09 left the grounds immaculate. May God bless America.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Monday Morning Rant 158

As the temperature continued to climb (95°!) and the relative humidity was a scant 20 points shy, the church provided a welcome shelter. Isn’t it always? Even after some fiery remarks from the pulpit, the congregation was relieved to be inside. One can only wonder what folks did before air conditioning became common. Oh, I remember; we all had fans from the local funeral home. Of course, back then the ladies all wore hats and gloves to church. Today, although modestly attired, they don’t seem to be going for uncomfortable style points.

Odumbo’s at it Again

Hot Air has an interesting poll which it is running over the weekends. They have selected the stupidest, dumbest, most clueless responses of the week from the news by the president and submit them to the readership to determine which one is the most ignorant. With a week fraught with stupid remarks and actions the choices were many and readers were sorely challenged to identify the most severe faux pas.

“What was the Obamateurism of the Week (8/1)

“Change hasn’t come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that."

Obama says First Couple "not far removed" from economic pain in financial collapse despite making millions in 2008

Obama goes on the View, skips Scout Jamboree

Obama does photo op with unemployed convicted fraudster

"We are sort of a mongrel people."

To participate, just click here and give your opinion.

For a guy who was advertised as brilliant, he certainly does come up with some real jewels in the boner department. If you read the comments, please note how many of them mention that they found it very difficult to decide what was the dumbest thing he said or the action he took. Keep in mind he went to Harvard and Columbia.

Also at the link you will find some of the previous Obamateurisms-of-the week. I am pleased that someone has taken the time and trouble to document these.

Fraud, Deceit, and Congressional Privilege

We have long known that our congress is inhabited by miscreants. Finding Charlie Rangel before the senate ethics committee surely came as no surprise to anyone. Most have long seen him as “public enemy number one“ in a field crowded for the title. Now we finally have Maxine Waters (D-CA) on the hot seat for using her office to an unfair advantage. It would appear that holding high office is just an avenue for some to milk it for dollars, perks, and privilege.

Before Republicans cast the first stone it would be wise to also examine some prior shenanigans which they have pulled. This is endemic to both sides of the aisle and equally inexcusable. At present, however, the scarcity of Republicans on Capitol Hill makes finding illegal activity among Democrats statistically easier. They are more than willing to accommodate even the most cursory investigation and seem almost eager to try on the orange jumpsuit they deserve.

Fear not, the ethics committees in both houses are well packed with a Democrat majority so don’t pack a “comfort box” to send to either of the mentioned reps anytime soon. No matter the severity of the offense you may count on it that neither will have to endure much more than the embarrassment of a slap on the wrist and perhaps a public apology. If that!

Quail, like Politicians, have some Smarts

Ask any veteran bird hunter about the toughest target acquisition in the sport and he will generally respond—quail. Once asked, be prepared for a lengthy tale involving from one to three dozen quail flying away in as many different directions with a widely varying altitude. He will describe the explosion of birds from a bush or low trees with great emphasis on their non-directional flight patterns. Once the birds are flushed, this becomes their greatest defensive tactic. The erratic flight path combined with a flurry of feathered wings and the utter confusion of the event has saved the lives of millions of quail. Most birds take off with a consideration of wind strength and direction—not quail. Their sole aim is to “get out of Dodge” and do it with speed.

Apparently the recent arrival of the president in Atlanta provoked a similar response among Democrat political figures in Georgia. Wisely avoiding the chance of being linked to Obama and his mistaken policies they flew off in every direction. For the full story from “11alive” in Atlanta, click here.

Apparently they feel “he is for the birds.”

Fox News Acquires Front Row Seat

In a move which has liberal “undies in a bundle,” the White House Correspondents Association has moved Fox News to the front row for news conferences. The vacancy was created by ejecting Helen Thomas for anti-Semitic remarks. Although not enjoying the exact seat formerly occupied by Thomas (AP gets that prize) they now have a position which more accurately equates to their ratings.

NPR, which felt entitled to the front row, will move into the AP slot.

No comment was heard from Robert Gibbs.

For more details and comments, click here.

A Great Piece from the “Right Coast”

"Noonan for all to see

Tom Smith

Oh Peggy, Peggy. What is to be done with her? She writes in the WSJ to distance herself from the Tea Party, those enthusiastic women with large breasts in tight T-shirts and more alarmingly those men with large breasts in tight T-shirts, waving signs that say "Taxed Enuf!" or "We The People!" America is such a hard place to be an aspiring to be upper class Republican. If you were really upper class, you would be living off your great grandfather's buttonhook fortune and working on remodeling your barn for your darling Arabians. But poor Peggy like so many of us was not to the manor born and so has to convince her true audience that she is absolutely nothing like those white people waving signs. This is not all bad. The ferocious desire of the upper middle class to be truly upper class is one of the engines of American greatness. It's just too bad we don't have a Queen who could make her Lady Patricia of Potomac so she could just go away and be quiet and stop troubling us with her confusions. Peggy, my advice is, just give yourself permission to be a Democrat. It's OK. We understand. You think we're grubby, noisy, ill educated and don't know our place, and we think you're a pompous, posing RINO who wishes she were Patricia Harriman and isn't. So let's just agree to disagree." (read the rest)

And finally

The rain last week (.85”) served us well. Our prayer is that if the ten-day forecast holds that it will be enough to keep the well functioning. We are anticipating 95°+ days through next weekend. This is, however, the Ozarks and the weather can turn on a dime.

Granny reported seeing a wake (actually in flight they should be referred to as a “kettle” but I like “wake” better) of vultures this week in excess of a dozen and a half. Although no threat, that many huge birds circling overhead do give one pause. Happily, the object of their interest was never discovered but the local blacktop has been remarkably clear of “road-kill.” Hey; it’s all part of living in the woods.

We currently have little on our plate of change as we start our fourth year on the internet. We shall stalwartly continue to oppose the current administration specifically and most incumbency generally. Our lone agreement with the president lies in the need for change. It is not too late—YET! Be prepared for dirty tricks, deception, Chicago style tactics, and the usual menu of manufactured crisis. Remember to attend a local Tea Party and lend your voice. While you’re at it, pray till your knees are sore. Then, pray some more.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon