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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!
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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.
Just like any movement, when it's successful, there will be detractors. In this case, they love to call the Tea Party people the word Tea Bag***. We won't print it because it's a disgusting sexual reference that does not belong here.
To learn what the opposition is up to, check out click on Crash the Tea Party. They say they are a network of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are tired of Racists, "Homophobes", and Morons, yet they make really disgusting comments about homosexuals in posts regarding Barney Frank It leads this blogger to believe the actual "morons" are those running that site.
Please note: Some of the content is not very nice and can be offensive to conservative gay people and non-sophomoric others.
Your blogger saw these people in action, personally, at her last Tea Party in Washington, when trying to salvage the Health Care Bill.
These "bad guys" try to catch people at tea parties doing something wrong, such as spitting, yelling racist names, etc. They come armed with video cameras.
Therefore, at the next Tea Party this Thursday, this blogger, will come armed with hers.
Your blogger's four-year-old son is looking forward to his first rally this year, and asks his mommy each day, if "today is the day". Let's just hope the crowds will keep the ugly words to a minimum for the young ones in attendance. We are doing this for them.
Today, your blogger has added a new category to her list: Tea Parties.
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Thursday, April 15th is the dreaded tax day. If you cannot make it to Washington for the big Tax Day Tea Party and rally, check out one of many such rallies across the Ole' North State.
The NC chapter of Americans for Prosperity has set up the website: NC Tax Day Tea Party It has a listing of every Tea Party in North Carolina, and they urge you to make it out to one.
Your blogger will be attending the rally at the North Carolina State Capitol since she cannot be in our nation's Capitol.
If your Tax Day Tea Party isn't listed on the site, please contact the AFP to add yours.
Please note that the liberals are just waiting for our side to slip up and do something that they can make news with. For example, they want us to use ugly language, spit on people, or some other dastardly deed, but as conservatives, we will not fall for their traps.
Like in Washington a few weeks back, they will try to infiltrate our rallies by "blending in". However, to this blogger, they will stick out like sore thumbs. They'll be the ones with the video cameras, and without American flags and signs, and their clothes will be bland, rather than red, white, and blue. Watch for them and tread lightly. Be polite yet ignore them. That will frustrate them as they want us to get mad so they can get a "good video" for You Tube.
Have fun and let this blogger know what those liberals try to pull. It's our protest day of the taxes THEY have put on us.
The Americans for Prosperity is fighting hard against Obamacare 2.0 and they need your help. They are raising money to keep this ad on the air and need your donation. Please watch the video and join us in sending whatever you can. This group is fighting for all of us.
North Carolina is one of the founding states of AFP with more joining each year. Let's show that we are here for them again. So many of KCC's fellow conservatives join her and her husband at their annual summit entitled "Defending the American Dream". Last year, NC took up (at least five bus loads), with many more people driving or flying separately.
Watch this short video and see what you can do to help this important cause out. Dallas Woodhouse and Chris Marie Farr are fighting hard for us in NC and a small staff of hard workers are doing the same in DC. God bless them all!
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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Watch CPAC 2010 here on Katy's Conservative Corner, North Carolina's official CPAC blogger. As long as activies are taking place, this feed will be live. Enjoy. We'll keep this post at the top of the page through Saturday evening and individual stories will be posted beneath.
The 80s song by the alternative group "The Smiths" comes to mind today, when thinking of the money President Barack Obama poured down the proverbial drain he signed the so-called Stimulus bill, which has mortgaged the future of our children and grandchildren. KCC's young son doesn't know it, but he'll spend his life working to pay it off.
Young Bobby is already angry at Obama for cutting NASA and the American space program. As his mommy and daddy have explained, the Chinese will now beat us back to the moon. Bobby dreams of being an astronaut and KCC hopes it is not already too late for him. In fact, he's ready to head for Pluto tomorrow, when called upon.
Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana, right), chairman of the U.S. House Republican Conference, told Congress his own opinions about the Spendulus bill, on the eve of the CPAC 2010 conference:
"One year later, one thing is clear: the stimulus bill has failed. One year later, not one net job has been created as unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to nearly 10 percent nationwide. Mr. President, millions of Americans are asking, 'where are the jobs?'
"It is time for Washington to take a new approach to get this economy moving again based on time-honored solutions: fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and immediate tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms. Let's put American families first, set aside the big government schemes on health care and energy and take decisive action to get this economy growing again."
Repeating a situation that plagued the state’s taxpayers last year, officials with the North Carolina Department of Revenue have already announced that individuals filing their taxes can expect delays in receiving their refunds.
“Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay told The Associated Press on Friday his agency is delaying refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.” (“State says expect delays on tax refunds,” WRAL.com, 2/12/10)
Officials at the N.C. Department of Revenue have long known about slow tax collections and the effect on state fund balances. Yet, Governor (Beverly) Perdue and Secretary Lay have not taken effective steps so that taxpayers do not face unreasonable delays in receiving tax refunds from state government. Many of the taxpayers owed refunds are small businesses struggling to meet payrolls, and the delay in paying refunds may actually cause additional job losses in the private sector.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham, above left) made the following statement:
“A second consecutive year of taxpayers facing unreasonable delays in receiving their refunds demonstrates two things about the Perdue Administration. The first is a continuation of the incompetence and mismanagement all too evident in the Easley administration. For too long, Democrats, in complete control of the legislature and the Governor’s office, have not been held accountable for their lack of competence in managing the state’s fiscal affairs.
“The second is a mindset that plagues Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington - that money collected, or over-collected, as tax revenue belongs to the government and not the taxpayer. But this is the taxpayers’ money, particularly that money to be refunded, and the only reason the government has it now is because they collected more than they should have. The money should be returned to taxpayers promptly.”
Newly elected Governor, Bob McDonnell (R-VA) did an excellent job in his response to President Obama's pack of lies and mis-truths. He is now a rising star on the national political scene and is a figure to watch. He'll also be at CPAC, and this blogger is looking forward to seeing him.
We are all aware of the love affair that exists within the mainstream media toward President Barack Obama.
An upcoming hour-long prime time special called Questions for the President: A Prescription for America illustrates that affair with perfection. The event will be televised nationally on the ABC television network during which the President will answer questions presented by members of the audience selected by ABC News.
The network has refused to accept advocacy ads during the show. In an e-mail aimed at raising $100,000 to buy air time for a counterprogram, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that his request to add the RNC’s views to the debate during the special was "flatly rejected" by ABC News.
This is blatant bias and it’s an excellent example of the partnership that exists between the Obama Administration and the main stream media. There is an un-American agenda that is being advanced by this administration and Conservatives across this country must act now in order to stop it.
I encourage every Freedom loving American to begin buying shares of the Walt Disney Company, the parent of the ABC television network. We’re all conscious of the recession, but if every Freedom fighter in America were to buy 5, 10, 20, 50 or even a 100 shares of Walt Disney, we could send a resounding message to the liberal media and the President.
When a news organization distorts its operations as a means to influence or advance a particular agenda, it contradicts the traditions of a free and uninhibited press. The Walt Disney Company should take all appropriate steps to insure the independence and integrity of its news organization by mandating that its broadcast network consent to opposing viewpoints during the President’s appearance.
If the Walt Disney Company rejects our call for fairness, then we as stockholders of the Walt Disney Company will have a deafening roar, because our voices will unquestionably be heard once we own stock.
We’re all mad as hell and its time we do something about the growing threat of Socialism in the United States of America.
Governor Beverly Perdue publicly stated Thursday that she is considering proposing additional tax increases on top of the cigarette and alcohol taxes included in her original budget proposal.
Longtime political reporter Rob Christensen, writing in Friday's edition of the Raleigh News and Observer, stated:
"Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday that a tax increase might be needed to prevent 'horrific' cuts in government services as state leaders try to close a projected $4.6 billion shortfall in North Carolina's budget.
Perdue didn't say what tax increases she might support. But she noted that her budget proposal made to the legislature earlier this year called for an increase in the excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. She said she would not rule out other tax increases."
"Governor Perdue has already broken her promise to refrain from raising taxes with her original budget proposal. Now she wants even more money from the pockets of North Carolina's working families. It is not the fault of North Carolina citizens that the state is facing a $4.6 billion budget shortfall. Years of mismanagement, oversight, and neglect have produced this crisis as Democrats in the General Assembly, including the Governor herself, have been derelict in their duty to protect North Carolinians from the predictable outcome of profligate spending. Good leadership should put state government in a position to survive not just in a robust economy but in lean times as well. Governor Perdue should start providing that leadership instead of scapegoating North Carolina taxpayers when they are most vulnerable."
Editor's Note: The N&O's Senior political reporter, Rob Christensen, has been covering the NC GOP for years. He's never been a favorite among Republican circles but he's got the vote of your blogger. After chatting with him at a University of Tennessee alumni "Football Watching Party" a number of years ago, KCC became a big fan.
Christensen knows North Carolina politics as well as anyone and can tell you what will happen before it does. In the State GOP chairman's race, your blogger's money is on Christensen.
The Wake County Republican Party has printed "Don't Tread On Me" T-Shirts ahead of today's Tea Party happening from 4:30 to 7:30 on Halifax Governement Mall, in downtown Raleigh.
The Tea Party, sponsored by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, is a statewide protest against the billion dollar state tax increase. Fox News Star, and all around interesting person, Mary Katharine Ham, will be the featured speaker, along with "Joe the Plumber".
The "Don't Tread On Me T-Shirts" are twenty dollars and are limited to first-come, first serve, and are available at the Tea Party only. Get yours just as soon as you arrive at the Tea Party. Sizes run large, so purchase a size down from what you would normally wear.
UPDATE: THE SHIRTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE NCGOP STATE CONVENTION. WAKE IS THE HOST COUNTY.
Editor's Note: Your blogger is an activist and board member with the Wake GOP Executive Committee and serves on the NC GOP Executive Committee. She'll see you today (Wednesday) at the Tea Party, proudly sporting her new T-Shirt, with her young son in tow. Please be sure to say hello!
President B. H. Obama did something right...or left. Since the current "President" and the late President Ronald Reagan were both left-handed, it seemed fitting that Obama signed the bill creating a Reagan tribute with his left hand. (photo: copyright 2009 Reuters)
Nancy Reagan, the late President's widow, looked on during the signing. Your blogger asks for prayers for the former first lady, as she looked weak and frail. As much as our former President was loved, no one loved him more than she did.
The bill creates a panel to plan and carry out events to honor Reagan’s 100th birthday in 2011. He died in 2004.
According to Reuters:
Obama slowly escorted the 87-year-old Reagan into the White House Diplomatic Room for the ceremony, as she clutched onto his arm and walked with a cane.
His remarks were almost Reaganesque.
“President Reagan helped as much as any president to restore a sense of optimism in our country, a spirit that transcended politics — that transcended even the most heated arguments of the day,” Obama said.
FreedomWorks North Carolina has some exciting events in the next few days, and you are invited! Please come out and join us as we talk about ways to fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom in North Carolina.
On Friday, June 5th, we are excited to host a young up and coming conservative activist and writer, Jonathan Krohn. Here are the details of our events this Friday, which will consist of a book signing and speech by Jonathan.
11:30am - 1:30pm
Hanes Mall Golden Corral
180 Hanes Mall Circle
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Herman Park Center
901 East Ash St
(corner of Herman and Ash)
Jonathan Krohn is the author of Define Conservatism, a book about the four principles Jonathan believes are essential to conservatism. Please try to come out to one of these events, if you can. We appreciate your hard work and support for freedom!
Allen Page is the State Director of FreedomWorks North Carolina
Editor's Note: Your blogger met and chatted with the conservative prodigy at the AFP Rally, Wednesday, and found him to be delightful, and funny. Don't miss seeing this pleasant young man, and bring $13.50 to purchase a copy of his book.
Families with students on year-round calendar should keep children home from school on Monday Wake GOP Chairman Claude E. Pope, Jr. is assailing the Wake County Public School System’s (WCPSS) decision to send all students on year-round calendars to school on Memorial Day. These tens of thousands of students, along with traditional calendar students, instead did not go to school the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a convenience holiday.
“Memorial Day, which was established in 1868, is a national holiday of remembrance of the millions of American patriots who have fought to protect this country’s freedom. It is shameful that the WCPSS decided to make this special day a school day for Wake students who attend year-round schools,” said Pope. “On behalf of the Wake County Republican Party, I urge parents to keep their children home from school so that they can honor our veterans with their families.
“Decisions by the school board and WCPSS like this once again illustrate that the needs of Wake parents and students are not a priority. This is why the Wake GOP and PACs like Take Wake Schools Back are working hard to recruit and elect four new school board members who will make common-sense decisions and listen to parents,” Pope added.
Editor's Note: This issue was discussed on Friday on the Bill LuMaye show on WPTF-AM 680 in the Raleigh-Durham market. Your blogger, streamed it online from Emerald Isle and called into the show to discuss the issue and help explain it to the listeners.
Additionally, your blogger is a Wake County GOP activist.
According to a new Gallop poll, for the first time, more Americans describe themselves as Pro-Life than pro-choice. The poll, conducted May 7-10, 2009, found that 51% called themselves pro-life versus 43% pro-choice on the issue of abortion.
Additonally, the poll showed that Republicans are continuting their shift to the right. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,015 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted May 7-10, 2009.
For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.
Because Katy's Conservative Corner has a policy of not copying and pasting (i.e.stealing) the work of others, we urge you to read the full article, regarding the survey and methods. There are other interesting tidbits we think you'll find interesting, too.