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Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
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Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) said on MSNBC Wednesday morning, that the newly passed Obamacare bill will raise taxes so much that people will lose jobs. Additionally, he stated that this will not stand and that the fight is not over!
"We have to stop this continuous growth of government", he continued. "We don't need to answer this with more government and more debt...this is about freedom and the American people will push back hard".
Watch the interview below:
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NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer called on North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to join with numerous other states in challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed health care bill.
“The federal government has taken an unprecedented and unwarranted step into the lives of North Carolinians,” Fetzer said. “North Carolinians are overwhelmingly opposed to this usurpation of power, and it is incumbent upon state leaders, most notably the Attorney General, to do everything in their power to protect our citizens’ right to make their own healthcare decisions. I call on Attorney General Cooper to file suit on the grounds that the mandate requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance is not a power granted to the federal government by the Constitution.”
Fourteen states are taking similar action: Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
In January, Fetzer joined with Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger and House Republican Leader Skip Stam in announcing the Health Care Protection Act (HCPA), a legislative initiative that will protect North Carolinians from the federal mandate. Earlier this week, Berger reiterated his support of the HCPA. (See earlier post.)
NC Republican leader, state SenatorPhil Berger (R-Rockingham), sent a letter to North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper. He urged Cooper, a Democrat, to join thirteen other Attorneys General across the country in filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The constitutional challenge rests on the argument that the individual mandate by the federal government to citizens forcing them to purchase health care is an unconstitutional overreach of the authority granted to the federal government by the Commerce Clause.
Senator Berger stated:
“We all must do our part to protect North Carolina’s citizens from this unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of federal power being handed down in the form of health care mandates. North Carolina citizens should have the right to make their own health care decisions protected and only the Attorney General can file suit on behalf of their interests. I hope that Attorney General Cooper will do his part to see that the rights and freedoms of North Carolinians are safeguarded at the state level.”
Download Senator Berger's letter to Cooper, in PDF, below:
Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, made the following remarks after the public announcement that formerly pro-life DemocratBart Stupak(D-MI) will cast a "yes" vote for the Senate health care bill. (The bill passed the house Sunday evening and was signed into law on Monday by President Obama.)
"It is naïve for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as ‘pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion."
"Not only would an Executive Order be rendered meaningless in the face of Congress passing legislation which actively provides for the massive expansion and funding of abortion services, but anyone who doubts the abortion tsunami which awaits this bill becoming law lives in a fantasy world." "Barack Obama has lined every existing federal agency with the most dedicated pro-abortion ideologues, and we know that he will continue this pattern of pro-abortion appointments when it comes time for him to fill the over-100 bureaucracies created to administer his socialized health care program."
"Any formerly pro-life Democrat who voted ‘Yes' on the Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade."
"Mr. Stupak and his Democrat followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willfully align themselves with the Party of Death."
"This vote has exposed the myth of the ‘pro-life Democrat.' With this single vote, the Democratic Party has divided our nation into the Democrat Party of Death and the Republican Party of Life, and future elections will never be the same."
North Carolina's own Dallas Woodhouse, made a short but powerful speech on Capitol Hill, Saturday. Dallas is president of the North Carolina Chapterof Americans for Prosperity, one of a number of organizations sponsoring the rally, which was aimed at stopping passage of Obamacare, known to liberals as health care reform.
It was an exciting, though L O N G day for this blogger, but well worth the trip. More posts and videos coming soon, so keep checking this space. We are uploading them as fast as time allows.
On Saturday, your blogger, along with hundreds of others from North Carolina, and thousands from across the nation, loaded up on buses, planes, trains, and automobiles, and made our collective ways to our nation's Capitol. It was the most beautiful day we had seen all year and the weather there was much better than it was in Raleigh, KCC later discovered.
KCC's Live Posts on Twitter
Because your blogger had to carry everything she brought, she could not live blog the event from her laptop. Thus, she posted updates on her Twitter site. Go here to read them.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to read them. Just scroll back to Saturday's posts to see what KCC wrote and thought. KCC's twitter account is not quite as "family friendly" as is her blog. :-)
North Carolinians Storm the Capitol
For a small fee of $25, North Carolineans could ride one of about ten buses that were organized by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. From Raleigh, the trip was relatively quick and our group arrived precisely at noon at the South Lawn of the Capitol. Already, speakers were rousing the crowd and masses were gathering.
Buses departed fromevery part of the Ole' North State and were ready to rally. People made phone calls on the way, and were advised as to the polite way to get their points across to opposing Members of Congress.
Lamestream Media Says "Don't Come into Washington"
What should NOT have amazed this blogger, was that the "lamestream" media was actually telling people NOT to come into the District. The traffic was too bad, they stated. They did their best to keep our numbers down, but it did not work.
Indeed there were numerous rallies going on that day. The Communist Party USA was supposed to be rallying somewhere, and an anti-war group took over Lafayette Square, across from the White House.
Your blogger stood beside a retired New York City police captain for a few minutes. He was well-versed in crowd counting and estimated the group to be between 65,000 - 70,000. Meanwhile, the "lamestream" media was calling the crowd at only 1,500 - 2,000. They were declaring that Americans were happy with the bill and wanted it to pass. Even MSNBC disagreed and declared that 60% of Americans were unhappy with the bill. Your blogger is certain that MSNBC vastly low balled the number, but they were right that most Americans opposed this bill.
Much more on this rally coming soon. Watch this space for updates!
EDITOR'S NOTES: KCC also took videos of some of events of the day.
More on the Communist Party later. Let's just say they were not quite who they said they were.
Chris Marie Farr,grassroots director of the NC AFP told riders of one of the Raleigh buses, that she had no idea what was actually going on, as she'd been buried in logistics in getting people together for 48 straight hours!
Kudos to Chris and the entire NC AFP team! God bless them in what they do. They don't get rich and it's a labor of love for them. Give this group a donation. Help them out. Any amount helps! DONATE TO NC AFP.
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Due to the amount of walking and standing involved on Saturday, your blogger will not be able to bring along the ole laptop and live-blog the event in Washington. Thus, she will be providing updates on the website Twitter.
You don't have to have an account to follow KCC on Twitter. Just log on to http://www.twitter.com/katys and keep refreshing your screen. You can read anything your blogger is posting out.
The @name-of-user tweets are to a specific person, but you can still read and get in on the conversation.
The # signs are called hashtags on Twitter and they refer to a specific subject being discussed. Sometimes they are silly, such as #obamadoesNOTcare or #hrc , which refers to health care reform.
One of the more common is #tcot, which refers to a group known as Top Conservatives on Twitter, a group to which your blogger belongs. Another is #sgp, which is Smart Girl Politics, another of your blogger's favorites.
Have fun and set up your own acct by going to http://www.twitter.com. It's pretty self-explanatory. You came this far, didn't you?
You may write to this blogger directly by placing @katys at the beginning of your post. Remember, we have only 140 characters to say what we mean, so use all the abbreviations necessary.
Conservatives happen to rule Twitter. A recent study showed that we make up the majority of all Twitter users. If you can't be in DC, read all about it, on Twitter.
Your blogger and her young son just returned from a nice dog walk, in this beautiful weather today. On that walk, she met a nice woman named Heidi who was with her grandson, just a little older than our Bobby.
She got into a car that I'd noticed around a lot lately, most specifically because it had a sticker noting that she'd lost a loved one to a drunk driver. Things like that hit your blogger hard, and she prays that nothing like that will ever happen in her family.
After Heidi got into her car, KCC told her "I'm so sorry for your loss." Heidi started to cry, as it had not even been one year since her son was killed while leaving a hockey game.
On April 27, 2009, he was on his way home and a drunk driver killed him and left him for dead.
Heidi said authorities didn't find her son's body for three days. Just his smashed up car, she told this blogger, through her tears.
Your blogger often wonders why people STILL drink and drive, after all these years. The data is clear. Drinking and driving kills. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been around seemingly "forever" telling these same sad stories. Yet people continue to commit these offenses.
Heidi's son's killer only received 23 months in prison and will probably serve 1/2 of it. These days, you get 1 day off for every day you serve with "good behavior" due to prison overcrowding. Therefore, this idiot can get out again and do the same thing.
(Personally, KCC has a zero tolerance policy. It's not worth it for this writer to have even one single drink and then drive. The costs could be too great.)
KCC told Heidi that she would be in our prayers tonight. But we have another request.
Please keep Heidi in your prayers, too. She's lost a huge part of herself and her world. Please pray that Heidi will be comforted in her loss, especially with the month of April and that horrible anniversary coming up.
Please remember all those who have been victims of this horrible tragedy and be safe on the roads this weekend.
Readers, thank you for allowing KCC to step off the political plank just for a moment today.
The following is a message from the NC Family Policy Council. They are working hard, along with a number of groups to stop Health Care Reform, aka "ObamaCare". It can be done. Democratic Members of Congress realize that their seats are on the line in November.
PLEASE CALL. DO NOT SEND E-MAIL.
E-mail is largely ineffective and won't likely be read until after the vote on Monday. Thank you!
Healthcare Vote Scheduled Sunday.
Several NC Congressmen Need to Hear from You today (Friday).
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the "reconciliation" bill on Sunday, March 21. This bill includes abortion funding and must not pass. If passed, it would be the largest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade. There are a few key Democratic congressmen from North Carolina who voted pro-life or against the previous Healthcare Reform Bill and we need them to vote against this bill :
Rep. Bob Etheridge, D- NC 2nd District
Washington Office: (202) 225-4531
Raleigh - (919) 829-9122
Lillington - (910) 814-0335
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D- NC 7th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-2731
Lumberton - (910) 735-0610
Fayetteville - (910) 323-0260
Wilmington - (910) 815-4959
Bolivia - (910) 253-0158
Rep. Larry Kissell, D- NC 8th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-3715
Concord - (704) 786-1612
Rockingham - (910) 997-2070
Fayetteville - (910) 920-2070
Rep. Heath Schuler, D-NC 11th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-6401
Asheville - (828) 252-1651
Murphy - (828) 835-4981
Sylva - (828) 586-1962 x 223
If one of them is your Congressman, please call ask them to vote NO on this healthcare bill. With Congressional and District offices closing for the weekend, the scheduled SUNDAY vote means that you will only have FRIDAY to reach them by phone.
Even email is likely to be unsuccessful as many will not be recorded or seen until next week. Then it may be too late!
It's time to RALLY. This time, the Americans for Prosperity, with other groups, is leading the charge to Capital Hill to let our Members of Congress know exactly where we stand bill ironically known as OBAMACARE. It's ironic because, this blogger feels as if Obama does not care.
KCC is signed up to be on the Raleigh bus, and hopes people across the Ole' North State will join her in this adventure. The official announcement from the NC AFP is below and get your tickets as early today as possible.
If you can't make it, your blogger will be tweeting it live. Subscribe to our tweets at http://www.twitter.com/katys or just log on and refresh your screen, if you aren't a twitter subscriber. It's all free!
Photos will be posted later on this site.
May God continue to bless us all and God bless the United States of America!
Americans for Prosperity and Friends
Invite You to make a
Against the Health Care Takeover
Emergency Bus Trips Planned Across North Carolina
for Rally/Congressional Visit
Saturday, March 20
Time: 12:00 noon
Location : To Be Determined
$25 per person
Democratic leaders are considering perhaps their most gutless move yet: a bill with unpopularity matched only by its high cost could become law without even requiring House members to vote for it! We must get back to Washington to fight this most recent assault on the American people and our system of government.
Simply put this bill is a disaster that will raise taxes, cost jobs and destroy the best healthcare system in the world. We need to take the U.S. Capital by storm, and make our voices heard!
We reserve the right to cancel if not enough interest from any of these cities. Your money would be returned to you if cancellation occurs.
4:15 am Southern Pines
Depart Southern Pines from parking lot at Carter Bank and Trust (old Peoples Bank, 42 Pinecrest Plaza, Southern Pines, NC 28387)
4:50 am Sanford
Depart Sanford from parking lot at Food Lion ( 2581 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330)
5:25 am Dunn
Roses Store 1915 West Cumberland Street, (Highway 421) Dunn
6:25 am Smithfield
Rest Area: Johnston County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 99, 3 miles northeast of Selma on I-95
7:30 am Rocky Mount
Rest Area: Nash County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 142, 3 miles north of Dortches on I-95
5:00 am Jacksonville
Depart Jacksonville from parking lot at Walmart-SuperCenter 561 Yopp Rd., Jacksonville, NC 28540)
5:00 am Wilmington
Depart from Sea-Comm Media (Big TalkerRadio, 122 Cinema Drive, Wilmington, NC 28402)
6:30 am Goldsboro
Depart from the Little River Shopping Center at Big Lots (1312 West Grantham Street, Goldsboro, NC)
6:30 am Raleigh
Depart Raleigh from District Drive Park-and-Ride (Parking lot near Blue Ridge Road and I-40, Raleigh, NC 27612)
7:00 am Wake Forest
Depart Wake Forest from Lowes Food parking lot at 12524 Capital Boulevard. This shopping center is north of intersection with 98 Business and also contains Cruisers and CiCis Pizza. Park near the service drive across from Cruisers.
4:30 am Charlotte at the park and ride lot Central Church of God 5301 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270-5294
5:45 am Greensboro parking lot at Wal-Mart Supercenter (121 West Elmsley Street, Greensboro, NC 27406)
We must leave as promptly as possible Saturday morning. Don't get left behind.
You will need to bring a lunch and drinks for the ride to DC. There is a bathroom on each of our chartered buses. We will also make restroom stops. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes. It is necessary to walk several blocks.
Hand-made signs are encouraged for the rally but keep in mind they may be lost if you go into any of the buildings. Bring some cash for a fast food dinner on the way home. You will get back to your car late Saturday night.
This here is Mudd Larkins of the famous One Eyed Betty and the Back Porch Boys. I just wanted to tell you about my 3rd cousin JT Duncan. He writ me this letter about how his maw and all the Duncans is going to be voting for anybody that will get this healthcare bill passed.
I know folks is wanting to stop this here bill, but JT says everything is going to be free. They aint charging for any doctorin things. On top of that my favorite itch medicin will also be free.
They was told by some city folks that they could only visit the doctor for those women's test, you know mamographs, once every five years or so. Well heck I don't think ma Duncan has ever had one of those mamographs anyway. Sounds to me like some big city insurance company trying to get more money.
Katy tell me true, is this thing really gonna be free?
Only free thing I ever got was when that church lady, Miss Botaw, left the room and we was on her couch we dug the pennies out from under the cushions. We aint very learned, but we can't seem to understand how the government can cover 30 million new folks and it aint gonna cost us anything.
Boy they must have a big couch up there in Washington. You know if they can give free doctorin to everyone I guess they could just give everyone a house, a truck, and a bunch of vittles. JT says if we vote those people back in they will get us the house and we can pick what color truck we want. JT wants a red truck, but ma says he can't have it cause that color makes the dogs sick and they will mess up the truck.
Gotta go write some new music. Betty gets mad if she don't have some new songs. She's a hoping to get a new glass eye, cause what she has got now is pre exsisting. Hope she don't want a new leg too.
Thanks so much for writing. It's been some time since I've heard from one of the famous Back Yard Boys. Let me know when your next bit o' music is out.
You make some valid points. I'm sorry to say I don't think you have a free truck coming and your cousin, JT, needs to have his head examined. It won't be any time soon, as the waits in socialist health care systems are quite slow. Give my best to One Eyed Betty. I hope she doesn't need that new leg, either...for everyone's sake!
It was so funny, and indeed "stupid", that your blogger had to pass it on.
KCC most agrees with those silly men who hang "rubber testicles" on the trailer hitches of their trucks. What are they trying to prove and how are they overcompensating? Usually the drivers are little bitty men, driving huge trucks. Makes this blogger laugh at the insecurities.
Ladies, doesn't this make you want to stop that truck and say hi to that "tough guy"? ha ha. Of course not!