Thursday, July 01, 2010

CeCe Heil starts TV AD campaign

Entertainment attorney CeCe Heil kicks off what promises to be an aggressive media campaign in her race for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional district seat by launching her first TV ad. The ad entitled, "We Are the Government" focuses on the public's distrust of tax-and-spend, career politicians in Washington and the need to return to core American values that promote freedom, innovation and opportunity.

"I was very pleased with the commercial," said Heil. "It touches on the frustrations ‘we the people’ have with Washington, but more importantly highlights the fact that there are real solutions out there. We must never forget that ‘we the people’ are the government and together we can turn things around.”

The commercial began its run Tuesday morning, June 29th on the Comcast cable system, hitting such networks as FOX News, CNBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Other media outreach efforts will be launched in the coming weeks.
To see the commercial click here:

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Support Your local stripper with your welfare check.

I know it is not nice to not pretend that all welfare recipients are the deserving poor putting food on the table and paying rent with their welfare check. No doubt most are, but they also pay for designer clothes, and cable TV, and cell phones with all the bells and whistles, and play the lottery, and buy dope, and buy beer, and spend money at strip clubs. We should not be judgmental of course, the poor are as entitled to make decisions about how they spend their money as the rest of us, are they not?

Now, the governor of California wants to remove strip clubs from the official list of businesses where welfare recipients can withdraw benefits using state-issued ATM cards. Why bother? The people who are going to spend the welfare check money at the strip club will withdraw the money from an ATM somewhere else, but will still spend it at the strip club. Removing the ability to use the ATM at the strip clubs simply helps hide the truth about welfare and lets us pretend that welfare only helps the deserving poor.

Banning the use of welfare debit cards from strip clubs is punishing the poor and it is dehumanising and paternalistic. Advocates of the poor as well as supporters of strip clubs should oppose this draconian measure.

Thousands in welfare cash tapped at California strip clubs

June 30, 2010 2:13 pm, Los Angeles Times

California welfare recipients have been able to get taxpayer cash -- meant to feed and clothe needy families -- from ATM machines at strip clubs across the state, including some well-known gentlemen’s cabarets in Los Angeles.
More than $12,000 from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was dispensed from the start of 2007 to the end of 2009 at clubs including Sam’s Hofbrau, Seventh Veil and Star Strip, according to officials at the Department of Social Services.

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Guest Speakers: CeCe Heil, Patrick Miranda, Bob Schwartz, Jarod Scott

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This could be one of the most important elections in our lifetime. The balance of power in the House and Senate is at stake at both the national and the state level. At the state level, the party that controls the House of Representatives controls redistricting. At the national level, the ONLY WAY to stop the runaway spending is for constitutional conservatives to regain control of the House and Senate.


“Eggs & Bacon Summit ”
Saturday, July 3, 2010

Free Coffee Compliments of The Black Pearl Restaurant
Dutch treat breakfast 8:30 am, meeting 9 am.

Black Pearl Restaurant at Black Jack Marina(Formerly Old Hickory Marina) 2001 Riverside Road , Old Hickory , TN. 37138615-847-4022

Guest Speakers: CeCe Heil, Patrick Miranda, Bob Schwartz, Jarod Scott
Candidates for 5th Congressional District
Now is the time to vet the candidates and choose who is the best person to beat Jim Cooper!
Charles Williamson
TN State House District 51 Candidate

Event Chairman – Gary LaRoy
SEC Committeeman – Nathan James
SEC Committeewoman – Betty Cannon

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who leads in the 5th Congressional District?

I don't know. However, I suspect that Jeff Hartline and Cece Heil are the two front runners. Just from talking to other informed observers, these are the two names I hear most often mentioned as the two most serious candidates. From listening and observing them, I think they are two of the most qualified. Many feel the primary will boil down to these two. There are two other attractive candidates, however, that I won't name but that I think still have a good shot at running a competitive campaign. Everyone else is a very long shot.

Talk show host Steve Gill conducted an on line poll which produced 2,516 votes and produced the following results:

Hartline 31%
Heil 20%
Hall 19%
Schwartz 8%
Miranda 8%
Spivak 7%
Kumar 6%
Reis 1%

There are two other candidates with active campaigns, Tracy C Tarum and Jarod D. Scott, that are not listed in the Gill poll. I don't know if they were not included in the Steve Gill poll originally or if they garnered no votes. If they were not in the original poll then they should have been.

I would not assume that this Steve Gill poll is necessarily reflective of the candidates standing among Republican voters. Steve Gill has had Jeff Hartline on his program and has not had the other candidates, so regular listeners to the Steve Gill show have had exposure to Jeff Hartline and may not have had the same exposure to the others.

Today is the last day of the 2nd quarter financial reporting period. After today we should know who has the financial support necessary to compete.

At the end of the first quarter reporting period which ended on March 31st, Brendan Finucane was the leading fundraiser and reporting having raised $62,575. Finucane has since dropped out of the race however and has endorsed Jeff Hartline. Jeff was the candidate in third place in the money raising competition at the end of the 1st quarter having raised $45,155. Second place in the money competition was David Hall reporting $47,189. David's money however came from his own funds which shows the candidate.s commitment but does not show public support. Jarod Scott reported $16,689. Patrick Mirnad had raised $5405. None of the other Republican candidates reported any funds. By way of comparison, Congressman Jim Cooper reported a $407,611 war chest.

The 1st quarter report should not taken as an indication of what we can expect in the 2nd quarter report. We know that Cece has been raising lots of money. The second quarter report will tell us who are the serious candidates. Now is the time for the candidates to do some serious soul searching and think about whether or not they should continue their campaign. If a candidate does not report having raised some serious money by now, it may be time for that candidate to look at the field of candidates and withdraw and throw his support behind the competitive candidate who most represents his views. It is time to narrow the field to serious candidates.

We need a candidate to come out of this primary with a lot of support. Candidates need to ask themselves if at this point they are simply stoking their own ego and just taking up space or if their continued campaign is contributing to the defeat of Jim Cooper.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Watchdog Groups Unveil $260 Million in Government Waste

2010 Tennessee Pork Report provides nearly 100 examples of wasted tax dollars

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released the 2010 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing $260 million in waste, fraud, and abuse at all levels of Tennessee government. Tennessee’s free market think tank partnered with Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s leading taxpayer watchdog, to publish the report. This marks the fifth annual Pork Report published by the two groups.

The wasteful spending revealed in the 2010 Pork Report adds up to a substantial loss for Tennessee taxpayers. Instances of waste include:

  • $15 million for a swimming pool in Kingsport.
  • $3.95 million in excess fees collected by state professional regulatory boards.
  • $1.6 million to fund state-owned golf courses.
  • $1.5 million to help smokers kick the habit.
  • $450,481 for two statues in downtown Nashville.

“Taxpayers are sending a clear message that they want accountable, transparent, and less intrusive government,” said Justin Owen, acting executive director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “The political nepotism, outright theft, craven fiscal abuse, and general stupidity described in the Pork Report will only add fuel to taxpayers’ ire.”

The report does not merely expose wasteful spending by state and local governments, but also offers solutions to eliminate waste while promoting a more responsible and transparent government. It serves to act as an informative and valuable resource for legislators and taxpayers alike.

Examples of government waste, fraud, and abuse outlined in the 2010 Pork Report come from state and local government budgets, media reports, appropriations bills, state audits, and independent research conducted by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

An electronic version of the report can be found at:

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through the ideas of liberty. Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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Schwartz has detailed strategy in 5th

June 28, 10:54 PM Nashville, Political Buzz Examiner, Mike Morrow

Republican candidate Bob Schwartz is remarkably candid about how he believes a Republican can defeat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in what is generally considered a solidly Democratic seat in the 5th District.(link)

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meet Miss USA, a Muslim from Dearborn Michigan.

As we all know all Muslims are potential terrorist and those of the Muslim faith will never moderate and join the American mainstream. All Muslims are religious fanatics and fundamentalist just waiting to behead you and impose Shari law in Americamuslim Miss USA.

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Does she really look that scary to you? I would not mind if she attended a mosque in my neighborhood.

I would like to get with her for some interfaith dialogue.

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Is it time to round up all the Muslims and put them in camps?

In 1942 approximately 110,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and placed in “war relocation camps” following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This was authorized by an Executive Order issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1988, the Congress passed and President Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment, blaming the internment on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.”

Those who think that could not happen again should not be so sure. 1942 was not that long ago and unfortunately I do not think we have a greater appreciation of constitutional rights nor greater respect for our fellow citizens now than we did then. We can still fall victim to race prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership.

In 1942, the census bureau helped make the Japanese round-up possible by providing confidential information on Japanese Americans. The government now has more ability to locate and track people and has more information on the American people than they did in 1942.

The one thing that so dismays me and makes me think that we are not a better people now than we were in 1942 and that our liberties are no more secure, is that I see as great a threat coming from the right as I do from the left. I do not expect better from the left, but I am disappointed in the right.

Certainly it is the Obama administration that is the immediate threat to our liberties, attempting to curtail our rights by the mandate to purchase in the health care act, by the attempt to suspend the secret ballot by card check, by attempts to gain control over the Internet, and by partial nationalization of the financial sector, the auto sector, and the energy sector of the economy. The threat to our liberties has never been greater. The degree to which power is being concentrated in the White House is unprecedented.

It is the right however, carrying signs proclaiming their love of the constitution and respect for the founding fathers, that may be an equal or greater threat. Many on the right show little respect for freedom of religion, free speech, due process and property rights.

In Murfressboro we see a Muslin group wanting to build a mosque. The mosque meets the zoning and land use requirements of the property, yet there is public demand that the building of the mosque be stopped. A leading Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional Distinct nomination has joined in the demand. There is a fear that all Muslims are actual or potential terrorist and that this mosque will be a terrorist training school.

Let me make this clear: I support efforts to track down terrorist. I want a vigilant government that protects us from those who would do us harm. I do not want to suspend the constitution in order to make it easier to catch the bad guys however. I don’t want to deny rights to other American citizens because they practice a certain religious faith or because of their appearance or ancestry.

A democracy means more than simply majority rule. If we don’t hold the right to freedom of religion sacred, if we do not respect our constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom to assemble, if we can change the rules and deny someone the right to develop their property just because we don’t like what they are going to build, are we any better than the socialist of the left? Our rights are not to apply just to the majority. The majority do not need a Bill of Rights. If today we can deny a Muslim congregation the right to build a mosque, tomorrow we can deny the Mormons or Church of Scientology the right to build a house of worship. Is freedom of religion only for members of the Church of Christ and Baptist?

Is the tug of war between the right and the left simply about who exercises dictatorial power and who gets to pick the winner and losers? Is it devoid of any real understanding or respect for freedom? Is all this talk on the right about us being endowed by our Creator with inherent and inalienable rights just convenient rhetoric to score points?

As I watch the debate about the building of a mosque in Murfressboro, I fear that if we had another 9-11 type attack on America that we would see a demand that the rights of Muslim be suspended and they all be rounded up and locked away. This demand would not come from the left but from supposedly constitution-loving, small-government advocating, freedom-loving right wingers.

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