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Senate Confirms Radical Anti-gunner to the U.S. Supreme Court

August 6, 2009

We knew this was coming. Now, we need to see to it that anyone that voted for her is out of a job.

Senate Confirms Radical Anti-gunner to the U.S. Supreme Court
— But Obama nomination suffers a higher than normal number of opposition votes

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Senate easily confirmed the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Only 31 Senators took seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution and voted against this radical anti-gun nominee, with 68 voting for confirmation.

All the Democrats in attendance voted for Sotomayor, while nine Republicans joined their ranks.

The Republican Senators who voted for Sotomayor were:  Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Christopher Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, Mel Martinez of Florida, George Voinovich of Ohio and Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine.

Many Democrat Senators campaigned on a pro-Second Amendment platform, yet voted to confirm a nominee who does not believe you have a fundamental right to self defense or an individual right to possess a firearm.

Placing the prerogatives of President Obama over their constitutional “Advice and Consent” duty, many so-called pro-gun Senators reneged on their promises to voters that they would support the individual right to keep and bear arms.

The common refrain heard in the Senate before the vote was:  “The President deserves his pick.”

Of course, Senator Barrack Obama did not hold that view in 2006, when he opposed President Bush’s pick of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.  Then-Senator Obama said:

There are some who believe that the President, having won the election, should have the complete authority to appoint his nominee, and the Senate should only examine whether or not the Justice is intellectually capable and an all-around nice guy. That once you get beyond intellect and personal character, there should be no further question whether the judge should be confirmed.

I disagree with this view. I believe firmly that the Constitution calls for the Senate to advise and consent. I believe that it calls for meaningful advice and consent that includes an examination of a judge’s philosophy, ideology, and record.

Thankfully, we are seeing more and more Senators stand up to Obama’s radical agenda.  You will remember that GOA encouraged you to lobby other gun groups so that gun owners across the country could speak with a unified voice in opposition to Judge Sotomayor.

We were hugely successful in this endeavor!  News reports credit the gun lobby’s strong and unified opposition to Sotomayor as resulting in at least three NO votes from Senators who were previously undecided or in favor of the nominee. Even that figure is probably low, considering that 31 NO votes is a lot better than three NO votes (in the case of Justice Ginsburg) and nine NO votes (in the case of Justice Breyer).

One of the fence-sitting Senators who voted right today was Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.  For the first time in his 33 year Senate career, Hatch voted against a Supreme Court nomination.  You may remember that Hatch even supported Obama’s pick for Attorney General and voted to end the filibuster on Harold Koh, the radical choice for the State Department counsel.

But faced with mounting pressure from grassroots in his state, Sen. Hatch broke with long-standing tradition regarding his support for Supreme Court nominations.  Today, he voted against Judge Sotomayor.

“I feel very badly that I have to vote negatively — it’s not what I wanted to do when this process started — but I believe that I’m doing the honorable and right thing,” Sen. Hatch was quoted as saying in Newsday.

Thank you, everyone, for putting the heat on your Senators.  President Obama would do well to interpret 31 NO votes as a “shot across the bow.”  With his approval ratings plummeting, the president’s next Supreme Court pick may have to be far more in the mainstream.

Propaganda from the DNC

August 6, 2009

Hat tip to Pamela at Atlas Shrugs for this: see the sidebar.

PSYOP ALERT: The Deceiver in Chief Calls Out his Mobs, Attempts to Manufacture Support in Face of True Opposition

Wow, Obama really thinks the American people are scum. Yesterday, he dared to say that the true American phenomena of tea parties, town halls, and protests are “manufactured” by the GOP (we wish!), big money (where, what, who?  – we have no dough! Soros, call your office – in the West wing) and the RNC (that suit Steele? don’t make me laugh).

Further, Obama is urging Americans to snitch, rat out their neighbors, if they don’t like Obama’s policies. What will O do with this info, apart from an obvious enemies list? I think they want to know where the rallies are, where the tea parties are, so that they can send their ACORN army goons to start trouble. That’s what I think.

Today Obamao manufactures support for his rout of healthcare, energy and education. Here is the letter he sent to the O-bot army.

Friend —

This is the moment our movement was built for.

For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you.

Home is where we’re strongest. We didn’t win last year’s election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what matters most. And if you’re willing to step up once again, that’s exactly where we’re going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed, affordable health insurance that every American deserves.

There are those who profit from the status quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we’ve got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight.

That’s why Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you’re counting on them to act.

But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support. So here’s what I need from you:

Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?

In politics, there’s a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it’ll be easy. Well, let’s be honest here: Passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.

But every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.

So yes, fixing this crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we don’t know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when we all have to choose between doing what’s easy, and doing what’s right.

This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement was built for. So, are you ready?

Please commit now to taking at least one action in your community this month to build support for health insurance reform:;

Let’s seize this moment and win this historic victory for our economy, our health and our families.

Barack Hussein Obama

UPDATE: Yes, girls and boys, there’s more. And what is the party of America haters and destroyers saying about the patriots who are standing up to fight for their country, their rights and the rights of the individual? Check this out from the Democrat National Committee:

There’s been a lot of media coverage about organized mobs intimidating lawmakers, disrupting town halls, and silencing real discussion about the need for real health insurance reform.

The truth is, it’s a sham. These “grassroots protests” are being organized and largely paid for by Washington special interests and insurance companies who are desperate to block reform. They’re trying to use lies and fear to break the President and his agenda for change.

Health insurance reform is about our lives, our jobs, and our families — we can’t let distortions and intimidation get in the way. We need to expose these outrageous tactics, and we’re counting on you to help. Can you read these “5 facts about the anti-reform mobs,” then pass them along to your friends and family?

5 facts about the anti-reform mobs

1. These disruptions are being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies who fear that health insurance reform could help Americans, but hurt their bottom line. A group run by the same folks who made the “Swiftboat” ads against John Kerry is compiling a list of congressional events in August to disrupt. An insurance company coalition has stationed employees in 30 states to track where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings.

2. People are scared because they are being fed frightening lies. These crowds are being riled up by anti-reform lies being spread by industry front groups that invent smears to tarnish the President’s plan and scare voters. But as the President has repeatedly said, health insurance reform will create more health care choices for the American people, not reduce them. If you like your insurance or your doctor, you can keep them, and there is no “government takeover” in any part of any plan supported by the President or Congress.

3. Their actions are getting more extreme. Texas protesters brought signs displaying a tombstone for Rep. Lloyd Doggett and using the “SS” symbol to compare President Obama’s policies to Nazism. Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil was hanged in effigy outside his district office. Rep. Tim Bishop of New York had to be escorted to his car by police after an angry few disrupted his town hall meeting — and more examples like this come in every day. And they have gone beyond just trying to derail the President’s health insurance reform plans, they are trying to “break” the President himself and ruin his Presidency.

4. Their goal is to disrupt and shut down legitimate conversation. Protesters have routinely shouted down representatives trying to engage in constructive dialogue with voters, and done everything they can to intimidate and silence regular people who just want more information. One attack group has even published a manual instructing protesters to “stand up and shout” and try to “rattle” lawmakers to prevent them from talking peacefully with their constituents.

5. Republican leadership is irresponsibly cheering on the thuggish crowds. Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement applauding and promoting a video of the disruptions and looking forward to “a long, hot August for Democrats in Congress.”

It’s time to expose this charade, before it gets more dangerous. Please send these facts to everyone you know. You can also post them on your website, blog, or Facebook page.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand strong together and defend the truth.



Jen O’Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee


August 6, 2009
August 5, 2009
RLC Members:

I’ve been studying videos of the Townhall protests which have taken place so far, have talked to participants and have been tracking the media coverage and the spin which the left is trying to put on the protests.  As a result I have some suggestions for Republican Liberty Caucus activists who attend these events which I hope you will also share with others who go with you.

The line of attack against the protests is to try to discredit them as “astroturf” events sponsored by healthcare lobbyists and organized by national issue advocacy groups like FreedomWorks.  They’re also calling grassroots activists “mobs” and “rioters” who are trying to silence debate by intimidation.  They’re even suggesting that protesters are being bussed in from other areas in completely staged events.  Because it’s what they know and what they have done themselves, they’re assuming that our authentic grassroots protests are as bogus and contrived  as the paid picketers sent out by the unions and the fraudulent protest rallies by paid ACORN stooges.  At least they think they can make that accusation stick.

There’s almost a month of further opportunities ahead of us as legislators go to their home districts and meet with constituents.  Before the left can seize control of the debate and totally distort public perception of our legitimate protests and very real concerns, we need to take some steps to make that more difficult for them and to counter their talking points.  So when you go to a townhall meeting — and I hope every one of you will attend one or more — keep these five suggestions in mind.

1. Go to expose the truth, not just to protest.  There’s a lot more potential to advance our issues if you get to talk and ask questions and give legislators a chance to hang themselves with their answers.  Ask them questions and let them know what you want, what you’re worried about and that you will hold them accountable.  Just waving signs and
shouting slogans will let them paint you as bullies.  Keep calm and demand answers.

2. Go with questions in mind.  Have several thought out in advance so that if someone else asks one you wanted to ask you have a back-up ready.  Read the Health Care bill (HR3200 on opencongress. org) and find something in it which bothers you.  Preface your question by telling them that you’ve read the bill or most of the bill.  Be honest about it and ask them about specifics.  Ask them how they plan to pay for the massive cost of the “public option” without raising the deficit as Obama has promised.  Will it mean raising taxes?  Ask them if you’ll be able to stay with your current doctor or change from one private plan to another under Obamacare.  Ask them how they expect private insurers to compete with a tax-subsidized government “public option.”  Ask them if they’re going to enroll themselves and their faimily in the new system.  Ask about the penalties for small businesses and individuals which want to opt out of the system.

3. Don’t limit your questions to healthcare.  Once you have the floor you can’t be brushed off before you can get a question off, so ask about other issues which concern you.  Ask about the new Food Safety act (HR2749) and whether it’s a good idea to put control of our food supply under control of the FDA.  Ask them if they are going to support the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (HR1207).  Ask them whether they think the “Cash for Clunkers” program (HR2751) is a good idea considering it encourages so many Americans to take on more debt.  Ask them if they support the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act (HR197) and the Citizens Self Defense Act (HR17) which protect the rights of gun owners.  Ask them if they support the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (HR2835).  Ask about the cost of “Cap and Trade” (HR2454) and how much it will cost taxpayers and small businesses.  Ask if they think that creating special classes of privileged citizens under the Hate Crimes Bill (HR1913) is a good idea.  There are lots of good issues to raise and you can find all the bills on opencongress. org.  Just make sure you know the issue you’re asking about and don’t let them get away with brushing off your question.  If all else fails, just ask them if they’ve actually read the Health Care bill or if they read all the bills they vote on.  That seems to throw all of them for a loop.

4. Don’t just hold Democrats accountable.  If there are Republican Congressmen or Senators in your area who are holding townhall meetings don’t give them a break.  Attend their events and ask them the same questions you would ask the Democrats and ask them clearly if they are going to support or oppose Obamacare.   Ask them about other issues as well.  Let them know that you don’t want them caving in to the Democrats on these issues and that you support them if they remain true to Republican principles of fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.

5. It’s a small technical point, but vitally important.  When you are called on, state your name and where you are from very clearly.  This will allow the media to follow up with you afterwards if they want more information and it will make very clear that you are from the congressman’ s district or at least his state and have a legitimate reason to be there.  Don’t let the media portray you as a shill or an outside agitator.  Stand up, be counted and be clearly identified.

Remember to have confidence and not to be be intimidated.  These are your representatives.  You pay their salary and they should be responsive to your concerns.  Be knoeledgable, be polite, make your points and ask your questions clearly and then let them respond.  Ask a followup if you can.  Their response is likely to do them more harm than anything you say if you can expose them as ill-prepared, ignorant or dismissive.  Be informed. Be outspoken. Let them know you hold them accountable.

In Liberty,

Dave Nalle
National Chairman, Republian Liberty Caucus


August 6, 2009

This denotes the end of an era folks. Semper Fi Gunny, and Godspeed in your new endeavors.



Yes, this is the end of an era. But it also the beginning of a new one.

It is hard to know where to start, but I figure I had first better thank you for making the Gunny Bob Show the top-rated evening news-talk program in the Denver Metro region. Without you, my show’s ratings would never have been strong enough over all these years to always be the #1 show in that slot, even handily beating the fat cat syndicated hosts with ease. I owe all that to you. Your loyalty means more to me than I can describe.

I must also thank Clear Channel’s Lee Larsen, Robin Bertolucci and Kris Olinger for all of their support, as well as Dominic Bond and Matt Larsen, my producers, for their excellent work.

So why am I doing this? Why am I marching back into the mouth of the tiger?

There’s no single reason, but rather a combination. However, one outweighs the others.

The Marine Corps spent a lot of money, time and effort training me over 20 years to understand and defeat terrorists. After I retired, I became a counterterrorism consultant for the media (FOX News, the BBC, CBS, etc.) and eventually founded my own counterterrorism company, after working for two other companies in the role of counterterrorism instructor, analyst and advisor. From October 2001 to last week, I issued nearly 200 accurate predictions, warnings and assessments (as well as stories broken) in the war on terror, all documented. I have made several predictions so accurate that I even named the exact facilities to be attacked, how they would be attacked, and by what terrorist group in what timeframe, and when you can do that, you get people’s attention. I traveled to many countries in the performance of my counterterrorism duties (UAE, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, UK, Brazil, India and so on) and my reputation grew in this time to the point that people started asking me to help them in more and more ways.

About a month ago, an organization (don’t make any assumptions) approached me and asked that I relocate to their location and be their counterterrorism and security advisor. This organization has people and assets in a country that is infested with terrorists in a huge region of the planet that is infested with terrorists. They need me to keep their people alive and their assets intact, and that is what I intend to do. If things collapse in this country and region, we here in America will absolutely, beyond any doubt, be targeted far more often. I can’t allow that to happen, so I resigned from Clear Channel (my bosses were a bit surprised and none too pleased), accepted the new position and do the seabag drag to my new gig this Saturday.

Gang, if what I will do in my new position will help keep Americans alive back home and abroad, how can I say no when it is my duty to say yes?

So, adios gang. I will think of you often, as I hope you do me.

Semper Fidelis,

Gunny, out


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