Flemington, NJ Tea Party

The website for the Flemington Tea Party (SM) group, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Friday, May 1, 2009

DHS: There they go again!

Sorry for the strong language, but what the hell is going on at the Department of Homeland Security?

They've apparently released a memo, which was then retracted within minutes of its release. The memo is called "Domestic Extremism Lexicon". Hmmm. I had to look it up, but here is the definition of "lexicon":

1. a wordbook or dictionary, esp. of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.
2. the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.

And here is the description of what this "memo" is supposed to be, taken from the memo itself:

"This product provides definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States."

Okay, so it looks like this memo is a list of words and terms that are frequently connected with domestic terrorists, at least in the view of the DHS analysts that conduct DHS analysis. So I'm thinking it's gonna have words in it like "bomb", "explosives", "Malotov cocktail", etc. You know, things terrorists would use.

But when I started looking over this list, imagine my surprise when I found terms like these:

  • Alternative media: A term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets. (Wait a minute - isn't that the Internet? Or do they mean Fox News?)
  • Black power: A term used by black separatists to describe their pride in and the perceived superiority of the black race. (Note to DHS: the sixties are like, over, man. Dig?)
  • Direct action: Lawful or unlawful acts of civil disobedience ranging from protests to property destruction or acts of violence. This term is most often used by single-issue or anarchist extremists to describe their activities. (Whoa, just wait a minute here! Lawful acts of protest? So now, lawful acts of protest constitute domestic terrorism? Does that include the Tea Parties?)
  • Patriot movement: A term used by rightwing extremists to link their beliefs to those commonly associated with the American Revolution. The patriot movement primarily comprises violent antigovernment groups such as militias and sovereign citizens. (Oh, I get it, these are the Tea Parties!)
  • Rightwing extremism: A movement of rightwing groups or individuals who can be broadly divided into those who are primarily hate-oriented, and those who are mainly anti-government and reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. This term also may refer to rightwing extremist movements that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. (I understand the hate-oriented part. But doesn't "those who ... reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority" describe the Founding Fathers?)
  • Single-issue extremist groups: Groups or individuals who focus on a single issue or cause—such as animal rights, environmental or anti-abortion extremism—and often employ criminal acts. Group members may be associated with more than one issue. (Or are these the Tea Parties?)

If this is how the DHS is spending its time, it may be time to start thinking about shutting it down.

The whole report can be read here:


Don't Punish Americans With More Energy Taxes

"If some members of Congress have their way, your household energy bill will go up by $3,100.

Even President Barack Obama admitted this proposal will cause the price of your energy to “necessarily skyrocket.” 

Last Friday, Newt testified at the House Energy and Commerce Committee against this proposed massive, job-killing energy tax, which is often called cap-and-trade. (Watch his full testimony here)."


The Orwellian "Making Work Pay" tax credit

I tell you, it's getting weird out there, folks!

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans enjoying their small windfall from President Barack Obama's "Making Work Pay" tax credit are in for an unpleasant surprise next spring.

The government is going to want some of that money back.

The tax credit is supposed to provide up to $400 to individuals and $800 to married couples as part of the massive economic recovery package enacted in February. Most workers started receiving the credit through small increases in their paychecks in the past month.

But new tax withholding tables issued by the IRS could cause millions of taxpayers to get hundreds of dollars more than they are entitled to under the credit, money that will have to be repaid at tax time."


How The Goracle has grown rich on climate alarmism

Read it here:

Obama ridicules Tea Party attendees

This has been widely reported, but in case you missed it, President Obama went out of his way to ridicule the attendees of the Tea Parties the other day, in one of his speeches celebrating our new national holiday, his 100th day in office.

The ridicule comes at 2:13 into the clip, in a juvenile remark about "folks waving tea bags around".  I'm convinced said that to acknowledge the leftist media's infantile delight in calling the attendees of the Tea Parties "teabaggers".   Just as he made sure during the campaign to include the "lipstick on a  pig" comment in one of his speeches.

In addition to the ridicule he makes the same old tired points. 
  • "We inherited the $1.3 trillion deficit"  (So it's okay to run it up to $5 trillion!)
  • "That wasn't me"  (Sell, yes it was. You were in the Senate and voted for the budgets that created that deficit)
  • "Biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression"
  • "We've got to have health care reform this year ... to make health care affordable for American families, businesses, and for our government"  (Hmm, I hadn't realized until now that "our government" needed health care.  I knew it was very sick, but didnt' realize that health care could make it better!)
The President said he would be "happy to have a serious conversation" about these things. I think we should all call the White House and see if he's in, and have that conversation with him. 

The White House phone number is 202-456-1111. However, that number is almost always busy, so use 202-456-1112 instead.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

AP Fact Check: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape

Oh my goodness, the AP does a "fact check" on Obama - amazing!

"'That wasn't me,' President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was partly him — and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years — who shaped the latest in a string of precipitously out-of-balance budgets."


House, Senate adopt $3.4T budget outline

Not the budget, but a budget "outline". 

Reuters reports it as a "compromise", I guess because Obama asked for $3.6 trillion, and Congress only included $3.4 trillion in the outline.

The only thing this compromises is our future!

"The Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved a $3.4 trillion compromise budget plan for the 2010 fiscal year, clinching a big victory for President Barack Obama on his 100th day in office but with no Republican support."   http://uk.reuters.com/article/marketsNewsUS/idUKN2942273820090430

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hunterdon County Democrat: fair and balanced (just kidding!)

Lon had posted a message about this in our Yahoo group a couple days ago, and I just got a hold of a copy today.  Notice how they chose to begin the caption.

What I don't understand is, why would a local newspaper want to alienate so many members of the local community?

On the bright side, they say the turnout was estimated at between 300-400!!!

(Click on the image for a large version):

Oh, by the way - this is a great time to respond to the invitation to the Yahoo group that I hope is just sitting there in your inbox!

(Slightly Off Topic) Coming to a State Near You: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Jay sent this link from this past week's "Huckabee" show.  It's a discussion of the "UN Convention on the Rights of the Child" with Michael Farris, founder of the HSLDA. While not directly related to the theme of "tax & spend insanity", it is directly related to the theme of ever-increasing big-government intrusion into our lives.  And as a homeschooling parent, it's a topic which has special significance for me.

Some of you may remember this treaty from the Clinton years, when it was defeated. Well, it's back, proving that in Washington, bad ideas never die. President Obama has called the nation's failure to ratify it "embarrassing".  I would call it something to be thankful for, and it's distressing to see this thing rear its ugly head again.

NJ Gov Poll: Corzine Struggling

A new Monmouth/Gannett poll of the New Jersey governor's race shows that Jon Corzine continues to struggle in his bid for reelection. Corzine's approval rating stands at 40%, with 49% disapproving ...

... 48% of those surveyed singled out property taxes as the most important issue in need of discussion, a full 15 points above the next issue on the list (the economy) and more than 30 points above education and healthcare.

Full story:

Poll data:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Democrats agree to shove government health care down our throats without debate

(And oddly, that isn't what the AP headline says).

Check out paragraph 7: 

"Most importantly, the congressional budget pact would prevent Senate Republicans from delaying or blocking Obama's plan to vastly expand government-subsidized health care when it advances this fall."

In English, this means: "The Democrats have decided to use the 'reconciliation' process in the Senate to make sure Obama's health care plan gets passed with only 50 votes, not the 60 that would normally be required for a massive new program like this."

Where is the "opposition" on this issue?  Don't ask me, I don't know.

Monday, April 27, 2009

TARP: The Looming Debacle

"On April 21, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Act of 2009 -- 'SIGTARP' -- submitted his quarterly report to Congress on his office's activities in relation to the TARP program. The report is a disquieting document that should be read by every American--certainly be every taxpayer.

The Inspector General's report documents the stunning and at least partly illegal expansion (emphasis added) of TARP from the $700 billion originally allocated by Congress to what is now a $3 trillion complex of programs."

Read the whole thing at: