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Senator Kirk Faces Long Journey After Stroke

United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) suffered a stroke on January 21st.  He told an internist that he was “seeing white flecks, numbness in his left arm and unusual sensations in his left leg”.

 

Kirk underwent a successful three-hour surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.   However, Dr. Richard Fessler’s was prognosis on a recovery was mixed.

 

When Dr. Fessler was asked about Senator Kirk making a full mental recovery, Fessler stated there was a “good probability” of it.  However, the prospect of a full physical recovery was “not good”

Fessler said the stroke will affect Kirk’s “ability to move his left arm, possibly his left leg and possibly will involve some facial paralysis. Fortunately, the stroke was not on the left side of his brain, in which case it would affect his ability to speak, understand and think.”

Dr. Fessler said the cause of the stroke was ” tearing of a carotid artery that stopped blood flow to the right side of his brain, leading to an ischemic stroke”

Source: http://t-j.cc/xhqJZe

Progressive Senators Gang Up on Rand Paul to Allow EPA to Apply Cap and Trade by Fiat

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky submitted a resolution in the U.S. Senate on Thursday which would have stopped the EPA ( as in Extreme Political Activists) from enforcing the very same cap and trade laws that were previously voted down in Congress. The EPA regulations Senator Paul was trying to block is just the latest one titled, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.(CSAPR) This new rule will become the law of the land on Jan. 1st, 2012 for the main category of mandated pollution regulations, and May 1st, 2012 for the remaining categories, as you can see in the EPA above link.

Not only did all Senate Democrats vote this resolution down, but the progressive puppets of the Republican party also joined in to allow the EPA to ignore our Congress and pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat. The vote failed by a tally of 56-41, with Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Scott Brown of Massachusetts; Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine; Mark Kirk of Illinois; and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee all voted against Paul’s resolution. If your Senator is on this list, give them a call and ask them just why they chose to allow the EPA to bypass Congress and once again illegally pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat?

Whether you agree with the new regulations or not, the U.S. Constitution declares that it is Congress, and only Congress, who is authorized to pass laws onto the people. Check out How a bill become law. In it we see the following facts:

Under the chairmanship of George Washington, the Constitutional Convention established a strong federal government in 1871. Lawmaking powers were vested in a national congress.

Article I of the Constitution gave “all legislative powers” to Congress, and specified that laws could originate either in the House or the Senate. The only exception was revenue bills, which had to originate in the House. ( emphasis mine)

The conservative grassroots movement that elected the likes of Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte to the U.S. Senate in the 2010 elections apparently did not help to get conservatives into office, but instead elected Progressive Republicans – a great example of how politicians will say anything to get elected today, and when they get a whiff of power, they turn their backs on the very people whom elected them. Brown and Ayotte campaigned on a platform of government that obeys the U.S. Constitution, yet they vote to allow the EPA to trample that very same constitutional law that says only Congress will pass laws in this country.

The new Cross-State Air Pollution law that will be forced onto Americans in 2012, resulting in Barack Obama’s promised “skyrocketing electricity prices” surely must apply to every state in the country right? It is based on air pollution blowing across state lines, so it must apply to all states. Not quite, as the following map shows us. Is your state on that map?

When looking at the above map of states whom will see skyrocketing electricity prices next year, we must use common sense in asking two very simple questions:

First, why isn’t the smog capital of the United States being put under these new illegal cap and trade laws? That’s right,the Liberal Obama-supporting state of California isn’t getting slapped with these new pollution regulations. Are we so ignorant as to not see the problem with that fact here today? The new laws are based on pollution blowing from one state to another. Does the EPA expect us to believe that California’s world famous smog will stay in California and somehow not blow into, say Arizona?

Secondly, what about Mexico’s pollution blowing into Texas? Are the wizards of the EPA telling us that they can control that too?

Lastly, let’s move on to the blatant false propaganda that the EPA website contains about the massive costs to the American people that this law will create. Senator Paul’s above-linked informative site says this:

These new regulations will cost over $2 billion and over a course of a decade or more may well exceed $100 billion. We add these new regulations to over $2 trillion worth of regulations already on the books.

To which the EPA tries to deny with false and very impossible-to-prove statistics about supposed savings in healthcare that will result form the CSAPR in the following chart:

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule provides cleaner air and healthier lives for millions of Americans

“Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the Proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

Health Effect Number of Cases Avoided Premature mortality 13,000 to 34,000 ( between 13k and 34k? Talk about guesswork there)    Non-fatal heart attacks15,000     Hospital and emergency department visits19,000    Acute bronchitis19,000    Upper and lower respiratory symptoms420,000    Aggravated asthma400,000    Days when people miss work or school1.8 million (yes, I took the liberty to correct the spelling mistakes the geniuses of the EPA have on their info-site)

So, we are being led to believe that this new EPA law will save between 13,000 and 34,00 lives by 2014, simply by supposedly regulating state to state air pollution.  What happens if a hurricane blows into the U.S from South America and brings all that pollution with it from countries who basically have no pollution laws? What happens to those false numbers then? What happens if the Gulf of Mexico winds blow all of their pollution into Texas for say, 10 straight months? How many lives will this farce of a stealth cap and trade law save then? Yes , as we see right here, the CSAPR is all built upon one massive cap and trade lie, period. There are no concrete, proven savings that can be counted from this scam. The one thing that all Americans that live in the EPA cherry-picked states that this new law applies to next year can count on is fewer jobs and skyrocketing electricity prices. Look at the bright side, there’s one promise Obama has kept.  

Get ready folks, the man who says he will not tax the middle class and poor just did just that, and it is coming in two short months in the form of skyrocketing electricity costs, thanks to the U.S. Senate Progressives of both parties allowing the EPA to pass this cap and trade law illegally.

2012 just can’t get here fast enough !

 

Senator Mark Kirk to the Rescue

Mark Kirk reports for work on November 15th. You might not recognize Mark’s name right now – but you will. I guarantee it.

Captain Kickass

The midterm elections were historic in that a sitting president of the United States was practically hung in effigy by an angry electorate mob. That’s the only thing we can agree on with Captain Kickass – that we’re angry. But Captain Kickass, a.k.a. Captain Obvious, can’t quite grasp the obvious. The American people kicked Captain Kickass by proxy from Florida to Montana. But he is still so utterly clueless that he can’t quite come to grips with the fact that America has totally rejected him and his little dog too. Frankly, my Barack, we don’t give a damn. The earth didn’t heal, the oceans continued their rise, and Captain Kickass lost his game of leap-frog with his Skittle crapping Unicorn. Are those hemorrhoids, Barry, or are you just a sore loser?

So what exactly happened Tuesday night? Oh, nothing much, unless you count the total implosion of the Democratic Party as newsworthy. I’m not going to rehash all the results of the Teanami – you know the results as well as I do. Suffice it to say that it could very well take a generation for the Donks to recover from the beating they got this week. It was almost like a flogging at Marine Boot Camp. “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” Of course you can, Barry – just wait two years. Be patient, Jackass…one swift kick deserves another. It’s going to happen again, Captain Kickass. No problem.

Senator Mark Kirk

Senator Mark Kirk

So where do we go from here? That’s where the esteemed Senator-Elect Mark Kirk comes in. Why am I so excited about Kirk when so many other wonderful things went down on Tuesday night? Well, it’s kind of like it isn’t what you’ve done for me. It’s more like what have you done for me lately? The reason Kirk is my hero is that as the winner of the Special Senate Election in Illinois, replacing the honorable (or not) Senator Roland Burris, Kirk takes office immediately. He doesn’t have to wait until January, 2011 to assume his office and duties like all of the other new Tea Party senators and congressmen – blessed be their names. No, Kirk is in and Burris is out. And with the lame duck session of Congress set to begin on November 15th Kirk is in a powerful position to wreak havoc with the well-laid plans of Captain Kickass, Hairy Reed, and Nazi Pelosi to jam as much of their communist agenda through Congress before the conservatives take power.

Like Scott Brown before him, Kirk, all by himself, has thrown a monkey wrench in the Donks’ plans for the lame duck session. Pelosi can ram all the idiotic legislation she wants through the House of Representatives. Barney Frank can blubber all he wants about the need to further screw up our financial system with lunatic regulations. Steny Hoyer can act the part of the elder statesman while he screws us in the back. Henry Waxman can do his puffed-up-in-pride routine. And Alan Grayson can moan on about his gerrymandered district. But none of it is going to matter one whit. And that is because no matter what insane legislation passes out of the House of Representatives during the lame duck session – it is going to end up in the U.S. Senate. And Kirk will be waiting for it.

You see, Kirk provides one more vote to sustain a filibuster in the senate. The Donks need 60 votes to override filibusters. Prior to Kirk’s arrival the Republicans had 41 votes, which is just the bare minimum to sustain a filibuster. So far, so good on the vote count – but wait, there’s more! You see, we have a big RINO problem. Olympia Snowe and her faithful sidekick, Susan Collins, are card-carrying RINOs. They have proven time and time again that the horns on their faces tilt to the left. Kirk provides some well-needed conservative backup to negate the defection of one of Maine’s RINO twins. Now the GOP can afford a defection and still keep its filibusters intact.

Also working in our favor is the fact the Snowe is up for re-election in 2012. Snowe is slightly saner than Obama. Though she frequently lets her inner commie rise to the surface, Snowe has got to be dropping some chips after Tuesday night – And we all know that when the chips stop falling, the buffalo is empty. She may not admit it, but she knows very well that any vote she makes on a substantive issue from here on out means she suffers the same fate in 2012 that befell the Donks Tuesday evening.

To understand Neville Chamberlain is to understand Olympia Snowe. She is an appeaser. Harry Reid says “Assume the Position” and Snowe grabs her toes. She is convinced that if she votes with the Donks that they will eat her last. Now Snowe is between Barack and a hard place. On the one hand her inner commie envisions herself stepping off the plane in glory, proclaiming “Peace in our Time!” On the other hand, she is painfully aware that any such behavior in the future means signing her own death warrant. I feel fairly confident that Snowe, corrupted like so many politicians by power, will vote to save her skin. And that’s a good thing for us.

Collins is a tougher nut to crack. Make no mistake, she is a nut. Collins, too, exhibits moments of schizophrenia – on the one hand pretending to be a conservative while simultaneously screwing us all in the back. I don’t trust Collins further than I can throw my igloo. And I’m one weak penguin. What makes her dangerous is the fact that she doesn’t have to face the voters until 2014. She could very well figure that any votes she makes now will be forgotten by her constituents four years from now. Can you spell weasel? That’s Collins. Calculating. Devious. Commie-loving appeaser. We can’t count on Collins to do the right thing. She has a long track-record of RINOisms. Her vote is uncertain.

And this is why Kirk is so important. If Collins chooses Barack instead of the hard place then Kirk’s dependable vote counter-balances her Benedict Arnold tendencies.

Lisa Murkowski

Daddy's Little Senator - Lisa Murkowski

Now things get even riskier. You see, Lisa MadCowSki and Joe Miller are still locked in their election fight in Alaska. For the moment, MadCowSki is still a senator and can vote in the lame duck session until Joe Miller, if he wins the battle with her, could replace her. Miller is a devoted conservative and can be depended on to vote the right way. MadCowSki is nothing but an opportunist. We have all seen her desperation and utter bitterness these past couple of months after her lost the GOP primary in Alaska to Miller. Daddy’s Little Senator is utterly addicted to power. She has amply demonstrated that fact for the entire world to see. You guessed it. I don’t trust her either. Now, if Collins defects, Kirk counters with a conservative vote and then Murkowski sides with Harry Reid, it’s over. Game, Set, Match for Harry Reid and Captain Kickass. Unless…

The conservative (and I use that term loosely) Democrats in the Senate could potentially cross the aisle. If that happens we win again. I count Ben Nelson of Nebraska as the most likely Donk to take that route. Nelson got the message after his vote for ObamaCare when he visited a pizza parlor back home and got heckled so bad by the patrons that he fled the joint. Nelson is no fool. He is also up for election again in 2012. He saw what happened Tuesday night. If he votes for the Obama agenda during the lame duck session he will be gone in 2012 – and the vote won’t even be close. He has to decide if he wants to fall on his sword for Obama. I’m betting he wants to visit that pizza joint again. He could easily vote with the GOP. In fact, there are reports that the GOP has even invited him to come across the aisle. It remains to be seen if he is that brave. My gut feeling is that he is a coward and won’t make the switch. But, being a coward isn’t totally a bad thing. His cowardice could be what gets him to vote with the GOP during the lame duck session. He might cave. We’ll see.

Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is another swing vote. He pulled a MadCowSki before it was cool. A shrewd politician, you can bet old Joe is reading the tea leaves. Once again, my gut feel is that he won’t desert the Donks as far as who he chooses to caucus with, but it is possible he defies Reid and Obama and votes with the GOP.

The lame duck session is going to be extremely dangerous for all freedom-loving patriots. If we can stop the Donks in the Senate we will win a great victory. We don’t control the Senate, but the momentum we have coming off of that total blowout election could very well give us de facto control of the upper house of Congress. Fear is a good thing, and the Donks are full of it right now. Of course the Donks are always full of it, but you know what I mean.

Lots of Blue Dog Democrats got wiped out in the midterms. Now they have nothing to lose in the midterms. I suspect they will all show their true colors now that they have nothing more to lose. The debate right now is do the Blue Dogs defy Pelosi because her agenda and their forced votes in support of it cost them their jobs? Or are the Blue Dogs nothing but commies in disguise? I suspect the latter. But once again, we’ll have to wait and see. Regardless, I don’t see any way Pelosi doesn’t get her way in the House of Representatives during the Lame Duck session. The Donks there have nothing to lose.

The firewall against the full onslaught of Obama’s communist agenda is the Senate. Let’s hope the fear of the voters in 2012 is enough to hold the line. If not, our freedoms will slip away before the Tea Party army can come to the rescue in January, 2011. We are indeed living in perilous times. Our liberties will hang by a chad during the lame duck session. The infighting is going to be brutal. America, the election was nothing but an opening skirmish. The next battle is the lame duck session. Keep the pressure on Collins, Snowe, Nelson, and Leiberman. Call them. Fax them. Write them. Pressure them. They need to feel the full force of the Tea Party. Be afraid, RINOS. Be very afraid, Donks. Remember, just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean the Tea Party isn’t out to get ya!

Anyway, no matter what happens, no hard feelings, okay, Barney Frank?

Contact Information

Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Fax: (202) 224-2693

Senator Olympia Snowe
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
Fax: (202) 224-1946

Senator Ben Nelson
Washington, D.C.
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 1-202-224-6551
Fax: 1-202-228-0012

Senator Joe Leiberman
706 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202.224.4041 (Voice)
202.224.9750 (Fax)