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Obama Is Being Asked Tough Questions on the Campaign Trail

While the president is ‘busy’ campaigning around the nation, he hasn’t been taking any tough questions from the press. But rest-assured everyone – Obama’s team has assured us that he will be taking tough questions and interviews from various local media stations around the country.

Listen here:

Yes, that was an actual interview. Crazy huh? Heck, if this campaigning this was as easy as determining what my favorite New Mexican food is (enchiladas with red sauce, by the way) then I might try this whole presidential thing.

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Stop Voter ID Laws – Stop Discriminating Against Dogs

Ironically enough, I found this one on Huffington Post.

Yep, Buddy the voting dog. That is the most recent one, of course. Over the years there have been many stories of this kind, with people registering pets, and if memory serves, I think someone actually registered an inanimate object to vote. Now, the Dems might be trying to argue that voter fraud is not a major problem. It is true that a very small number of fraudulent ballots or voter registrations are caught each election cycle. However, it is foolish to think that is the real extent of fraud, because the current laws are far too lax to get an accurate picture of the problem. (Seriously folks? The fact that people can get away with registering their pets to vote doesn’t make you think twice on this?)

Here in Pennsylvania, I will have to present my ID in order to vote. This is laughable to me, considering the fact that out of five poll workers at my poll, only one didn’t hold me as a baby, and she’s known me for over a decade now. Sure, it’s funny, but necessary. Not everyone votes in a precinct where they count voters in the hundreds. And while those ladies that really do know who I am go through the motions and make me show them ID, some of their brethren will be refusing to enforce the law. Personally? I think anyone that says that should be fired.

Now, while the left is frothing at the mouth about disenfranchising dogs, and people that are living so far under the radar that they can’t manage to get a free ID to vote in Pennsylvania, this administration is working hard in Ohio to make sure that the military votes won’t necessarily end up being counted. First, beyond the fact that this is reprehensible, I should point out that this is yet another politically motivated move – the Obama camp is worried that the military folks might be ticked off at their man, and won’t vote for him. Ohio is a Heroes Vote All-Star state. There are only 15, and bluntly, people should be screaming to find out why there aren’t 50. You want to yell about disenfranchising, how about yelling about suppressing military votes? And if you think it’s not insulting to our active military that there’s even an argument about requiring at least as much as it takes to buy a brew or a pack of smokes to cast a ballot….

But hey, this isn’t 2000 anymore. I’d be willing to bet that there would be Dems lined up everywhere demanding Voter ID laws then.

Current TV Guy Wears Smart-Guy Glasses, Blasts the Tea Party

Current TV is Al Gore’s new “channel” and the home to PMSNBC reject Countdown with Keith Olbermann.  Sam Seder, some guy with glasses, offers his intelligent and well-informed view of the tea party movement as he slams New Mexico governor Susana Martinez.  First, Seder accuses the tea party of wanting “moats encircling our borders”.  No, sir,  the President said that.   I bet you think Sarah Palin really said “I can see Alaska from my house” too.  Seder then gets his glasses all fogged up as he seethes about Martinez admitting her grandparents were illegal immigrants.  He asserts this makes her a hypocrite and a desperate shill for tea party votes because Martinez wants to require identification for obtaining driver’s licenses, which is obviously racist.  Proving you are who you say you are before you operate a vehicle?  Inconceivable!  A representative for Martinez says she only recently found out about her grandparents, who arrived in the U.S. in the 1920’s, when immigration laws were much different.  Not that Glasses McGee cares.  He was so excited to present this as proof the tea party is racist he didn’t bother considering any other aspects of the matter.  Witness Mr. Myglassesmakemelooksmart calmly display his warped, twisted vitriol toward average Americans as he talks about the warped, twisted vitriol of little old ladies and stay at home moms with homemade signs…I mean the tea party.  Oh, and one more thing…there is no such thing as an undocumented immigrant.  There are immigrants and illegal immigrants.  The lack of documents makes you ILLEGAL, and thus, a criminal.   Americans love immigrants, for obvious reasons.  Criminals?  Not so much.

http://youtu.be/xWprNajrc24

Gary Johnson: 2012 Presidential Profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Gary Earl Johnson was born January 1, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota to Lorraine  and Earl Johnson. He was married to his college sweetheart, Denise, but they divorced in 2005. She died unexpectedly in late 2006, which was later determined to be due to heart disease. They have two children.

He is currently engaged to Kate Prusack, a Santa Fe Realtor. The two “met on a bike ride” and have been dating since 2008. Mr. Johnson proposed in 2009.

 

Religious Affiliation
Lutheran

Education
1971- Graduated from Sandia High school in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1975- Graduated University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree

Athletic Participation
Competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March, which is a 25 mile desert run wearing combat boots and a 35 pound backpack
Regularly participates in Hawaii’s invitation-only Ironman Triatholon Championship
Mountain biked the European eight day Adidas TransAlps Challenge
Avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist
Has reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents
2003- Climbed Mount Everest
2005- Was involved in a near fatal paragliding accident. His wing got caught in a tree and he fell about fifty feet to the ground. He suffered multiple fractured bones, a broken rib and a broken knee. For three years after the accident he used marijuana to control the pain resulting from the accident.

Career
College- Quite successful as a door-to-door handyman
1976- Started his own business, Big J Enterprises where he received a large contract with Intel’s Rio Rancho expansion. This contract increased his business revenue to $38 million. Over time Big J grew into a multi-million dollar corporation employing more than 1,000 employees.
1999- Sold Big J Enterprises, which by the time he sold it, had become one of New Mexico’s leading construction companies

Political Career
1994- Elected as Governor of New Mexico
1998- Ran for re-election for Governor and won 55% to 45%
April 21, 2011- Announced his Candidacy for 2012 Presidency

Political Reputation
Known as having low tax libertarian views
Has been called the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country
Has been called “the original Tea Party candidate” due to his stance and success on cutting taxes

Political Accomplishments
Cut the 10% annual growth in New Mexico’s budget by using his veto power as governor on half of the bills his first six months in office.
Earned the nickname “Governor Veto” due to his frequent use of his veto power.
Set state and national records for vetoes- a total of 750 vetoes while in office- more than the other 49 contemporary governors combined
He cut taxes 14 times and never raised them.
Left office as Governor with New Mexico being one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.
Reason Magazine described his accomplishments in a 2001 articles in the following words:

“no tax increases in six years, a major road building program, shifting Medicaid to managed care, constructing two new private prisons, canning 1,200 state employees, and vetoing a record number of bills.”

A New Mexico paper wrote of him:

“Johnson left the state fiscally solid,” and was “arguably the most popular governor of the decade . . . leaving the state with a $1 billion budget surplus.”

In regards to his numerous vetoes, with only two of the vetoes being overridden, Johnson is quoting as saying they [the vetoes]:

“stemmed from his philosophy of looking at all things for their cost-benefit ratio and his axe fell on Republicans as well as Democrats.”

Political Affiliations
Previously a member of the National Governor’s Association
Previously a member of the Republican Governor’s Association
Previously a member of the Western Governor’s Association
2009- Formed OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that advocates for fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy
Currently serves on the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. This is a student nonprofit organization that believes that the war on drugs should be reevaluated.
Currently serves on the board of directors of Student For Liberty, which is a college-aged national political organization.

Political Endorsements
2008- Endorsed Ron Paul for the Republican Presidential nomination
This makes for an interesting twist now that they are political opponents, running for the very same office.

On The Issues
Fiscally http://conservativedailynews.com/2009/08/what-does-it-mean-to-be-conservative/
Socially Liberal Libertarian
Limited government philosophy
Pro-choice

Supports
Supports marijuana decriminalization
Supports simplifying and lowering taxes
Supports balancing the federal budget immediately
Supports “slashing government spending“, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
Supports passing a law allowing states to file bankruptcy
Encourages fathers’ participation in child-raising- would allow federal funds and state involvement in these initiatives
This quote regarding Gary Johnson “on the issues” is from 2001. I would like to know if he still stands by allowing federal funds to be used for these initiatives.

Opposes
ObamaCare
Strongly opposes a federal bailout for any state
Opposes National Sales Tax or VAT
Opposes the war in Afghanistan
Opposes the Libyan Civil War
Has been opposed to the Iraq war from the beginning and continues to call for American presence to end in that country

Medicare and Medicaid
His plan would cut these two programs by 43% by turning them into block grant programs, giving control of the spending to the states. He says by doing this we will create
“fifty laboratories of innovation”.

In The Spotlight
February 2011- Was a featured speaker at C-PAC where

“the crowd liked him – even as he pushed some of his more controversial points.”

February 2011- Was a featured speaker at the Republican Liberty Caucus
May 5, 2011- Participated in the first GOP Presidential Debate for 2012
There is much to be said about first impressions. Before this first debate I had no idea who Gary Johnson was. Sadly, my first impression of him was not that good. If you read the article that I wrote the night of the debate you will see by the end of the night things were not as bad as in the beginning. After profiling him for this article there are a lot of things I like about Mr. Johnson. However, to quote the article above:

“Gary Johnson’s stance on this issue absolutely, without a doubt lost my vote if he had not already, when he discussed his pro-choice views. No thank you, Mr. Johnson! No thank you!”

This is one thing I cannot compromise on. If you have read any of my articles regarding mine and my husband’s journey to have a family you will understand why this is an absolute for me. I cannot and will not budge on this issue- ever! Life begins at conception. I cannot vote for someone who believes a woman has a right to choose whether or not she carries life or kills life.

On The Web
Gary Johnson For President Official Campaign Website
Gary Johnson on Twitter
Gary Johnson on Facebook
Gary Johnson on YouTube

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Sources:
Wikipedia
OnTheIssues.org
Gary Johnson For President Official Campaign Website

 

 

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Delta Plane Diverted for ‘Potential Security Threat’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Delta Air Lines flight 1706 bound for San Diego from Detroit was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M. at about 10am this morning over what is being called a “potential security threat.”

The plane was reportedly being held in a remote location and passengers were interviewed. NBC is reporting that according to a senior government official, a note found in Delta flight’s lavatory caused the flight crew to decide to divert.

At 4pm this afternoon, the plane was released with no security issues having been discovered.

last update: 4:05pm

Exploring Possible 2012 Presidential Candidates: Gary Johnson

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson could very well be the sleeper no one expected to win, candidate in the 2012 presidential elections. This budget hawk was the Governor of New Mexico for 8 solid years in which he proved a formidable foe to big spending State politicians from both parties. In another surprise, he also placed 3rd in the recent CPAC 2011 presidential straw poll beating the likes of big name con-servatives such as Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin,, and Mike Huckabee. Of note is that the CPAC straw poll was dominated by Ron Paul and his supporters once again, as Mr. Paul won with 30% of the votes.  Also of note is that many people consider Mr. Johnson to be a Ron Paul- type Libertarian, yet when we take a close look at Mr. Johnson’s credentials we see two very different politicians. For all of Ron Paul’s bluster, he simply hasn’t accomplished the budgetary success, or proven to be as effective at slowing down big government, as Mr. Johnson has.

29th Governor of New Mexico*
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 1, 2003
Lieutenant Walter Bradley
Preceded by Bruce King
Succeeded by Bill Richardson

Born January 1, 1953 (1953-01-01) (age 58)
Minot, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dee Simms (1977-2005) (divorced)
Alma mater University of New Mexico
Profession Businessman
Religion Lutheranism

Another fact to consider is that Mr. Johnson could run as a Republican, Libertarian, or even on the Teaparty ticket if the GOP forces the forming of another party by not heeding the warnings of the 2010 mid-term elections. This man also doesn’t fit the mold of the big spending old guardGOP RINOS that helped spend us towards $15 Trillion in national debt the last decade. That is a huge plus for a presidential candidate to woo the voters who are fed up with business as usual in DC. I  am already seeing Democratic operatives trying to downplay Mr. Johnson’s credentials, and pass him off as some kind of Ron Paul light, which should tell the voters that he would be a formidable opponent to far left Barack Obama in 2012.

Mr. Johnson took a controversial stance while Governor of New Mexico in 1999, when he advocated the legalization of marijuana. Citing the huge costs of  States prosecuting and jailing drug offenders, he suggested it be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal issue. He also admitted to self-medicating himself with marijuana after a very serious hang gliding accident in 2005, yet today he says he abstains from all recreational drug use, including alcohol, caffeine and some sugar products.

Mr. Johnson is also a very successful businessman, turning his handyman service into a multi-billion dollar construction company with over 1000 employees. Now that is what I call job creation, contrary to President Obama’s agenda of government intrusion into the private sector businesses. Mr. Johnson has traveled to over 30 states recently, possibly to give himself name recognition for the 2012 primaries and elections. He re-buffed invitations to join the Libertarian Party in the 2000 elections and endorsed Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination. Looking back at that election, endorsing Ron Paul over the other candidates doesn’t look like such a mistake on Johnson’s part, considering where we are today. Bottom line is that people need to look at proven track records and experience when voting today, and ignore the media hype and party-line propaganda. In Mr. Johnson’s track record we see some very impressive  statistics against big government spending, which is the most pressing issue in America today. He fought against both parties in his eight years in office, to cut spending and balance the budget successfully. He used the line item veto thousands of times, more than all 49 other governors combined. He cut the growth rate of New Mexico’s government in half. He currently lives in Taos, New Mexico and has 2 grown children. He was married to his wife, Dee Johnson for 28 years and they divorced in 2005, and she passed away in Dec. of 2006 of heart disease.

This man is a proven fiscal hawk along the lines of Paul Ryan, with the proven ability to work with both parties to cut down the size and scope of our government. He will have great appeal to the Teaparty and independent voters alike. The main problem is whether the Old Guard GOP would be willing to extend a hand to him to break their pattern of nominating proven Crony-Rinos, which would only ensure Obama gets reelected in 2012. This man certainly deserves a serious consideration for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

*Stats provided by wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_E._Johnson