Saturday, August 20, 2011

See this Amazing Picture

Here is a picture of thousands of people and you can keep clicking on the photo and get a clear image of the face of every single person captured in the picture. This is amazing! We may reach a point when it will no longer be possible to get lost in a crowd.

To see the photo, click here

With street security cameras everywhere and features like Google Map Street View where you can view and navigate within street-level imagery and so many public records on line and the ability to do a background check on a person for just a few dollars and cell phones that can reveal your location without you wanting it revealed and DNA that can reveal what illnesses you will probably get and cars with black boxes that tell how fast you were driving when you had an accident and your Kroger's card tracking your purchases and everyone sharing their life on facebook, anonymity and an expectation of privacy may be a thing of the past.

The same technology that can make life easier and make it much easier to catch the bad guys and protect us from terrorist can be used to exercise control and keep taps on dissidents and non-conformist. Technology may make it possible for Big Brother to be a reality. Things that just a few years ago were fiction are now a reality. A dictatorial government could control people the way the old Soviet Russia and Mao's China never could. I don't know what we can do about it, but it concerns me. While technology is a wonderful thing, it is more important than ever that limits be placed on government and safeguard be in place to protect us from government abuse. I hope a lot of smart people who value liberty are thinking about these things.

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Fix the Deficit: Cut Spending 1% a Year

From Tea

There’s a lot of talk circling Washington about how to balance the budget, and most of these plans are long on rhetoric and short on substance. There is one plan, however, that not only provides achievable short-term benchmarks but also a long-term solution to achieve and maintain a balanced budget.

Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) has introduced the “One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011,” which will reduce the size of the federal budget by 1% a year for six years. This will balance the budget by 2019 and will install a budget cap of 18% of GDP in 2018. It's about time for Congress to dig its way out of debt!

This plan has been co-sponsored by over 50 members of the House of Representatives, and it provides a realistic blueprint to put America back in the black.

As H.R. 1848 makes its way through the legislative process, we need to turn up the heat on Conservatives in Congress to pass it. Immediate spending cuts, combined with a framework to a six-year plan to balance the budget, will provide certainty to the markets. This is a vital first step on the path to economic recovery, and it’s up to you to pressure your Congressmembers to make it happen!
Click here to sign a petition and email a letter to your Senators and Congressman! 

My comment

When  you click where indicated above you will be directed to the website of Tea and you will be invited to make a donation. I think Tea is one of the better national tea party organizations and I give them a little money. If you do not want to donate, there is no obligation. Once on that page, click again where indicated and you will be on the petition page. By people participating in petition drives like this, is one way these national organizations get large mailing list. I see nothing wrong with someone with whom I politically agree having my address. 

Please follow the link and sign the petition. Also, this site makes it real easy to write your two senators and your congressman a letter which will be emailed to them.  You can send the short form letter as written or edit it or write your own. Already 57,890 letters and emails have been sent to Congress advocating the 1% reduction act. When you put in your address and zip code, the system immediately pulls up the names of your Senators and Congressman. This is a very easy and quick way to let your opinion be known. Please do it now!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

West Nashville Breakfast Group to Host Matt Throckmorton

DCRP-Davidson County Republican Party  Breakfast Summit, Saturday, August 20, 2011
Meeting at 
365 White Bridge Pike, Nashville
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Fellowship, Dutch Treat Breakfast 8:30 AM, meeting 9:00 AM

-Special Guest-

Matt Throckmorton
Matt Throckmorton
Chairman of TN Charter School Association
Come hear the changes that are taking place for the Charter School System throughout the State.

Moderator - Matt Nemeth

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kent Sandidge backs Josh Stites in District 13 Metro Council Election

Runoff election begins soon with early voting

NASHVILLE – Former Metro Council candidate, Kent Sandidge of District 13 has endorsed Josh Stites in the District 13 runoff election that culminates on September 15th, 2011. Josh recently finished first in the primary election with 43.9% of the vote.

Sandidge recently placed third in the primary election for outgoing Councilman Carl Burch’s seat on the Metro Council. Burch was term-limited from running for a third term. Sandidge garnered 16.7% of the vote in District 13, placing him behind Marilyn Robinson’s 39.4% of the vote.

"Now that I am no longer in the race for District 13 councilman,” Sandidge said, “I am happy to support Josh Stites in the run-off election. His experience running his family's small business and working in the state treasury sets an important foundation for leadership regarding financial issues concerning Metro.

“Likewise, in my experience, Josh has shown himself to be a man of integrity and character and someone who can be trusted to act in the best interest of our district."

“I am deeply grateful for Kent’s support at this time,” said Stites. “His work ethic and dedication to the 13th District have not gone unnoticed. I look forward to working with him and many more of his supporters as we strive to continually improve the city of Nashville.”

About Josh Stites
Josh Stites is a resident of council district 13 where he lives with his wife, Jenny. He holds a B.B.A and an MBA in finance from Abilene Christian and Baylor Universities. Josh is active in his church community and with organizations such as the Nashville Homeless Ministry. You can learn more about Josh and his vision for Nashville by visiting his website at

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Monday, August 15, 2011


NASHVILLE, TN – On Saturday, the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party unanimously passed a resolution supporting the constitutional Electoral College process of electing the President of the United States.

“Electing the President of the United States through the Electoral College was the method deemed best by our founding fathers. It ensures that all states, regardless of size, are included in the presidential election process, and it helps to preserve the balance of power between the federal government and state governments,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.

The resolution reads, in part, “…the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee does fully endorse retaining the constitutionally approved and time-tested Electoral College method of awarding electoral votes to candidates to win the office of President of the United States of America…”

“While some in the National Popular Vote movement have good intentions, this compact between states is a direct assault on our Constitution and any attempt by other states to improperly influence and usurp another’s rights is blatantly unconstitutional. Our nation is a Constitutional Republic and any attempt to change the electoral process should be done so by a Constitutional Amendment,” said Devaney.

This resolution comes in response to a controversial national movement to implement the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.” The compact would radically change the way we elect the President through a questionable legal maneuver, creating a compact between states that would mandate them to recognize the winner of the national popular vote. The compact needs enough states to equal 270 electoral votes, the number of electoral votes needed to win the Presidency. By changing the rules of Presidential elections via a compact, supporters theoretically could have support from as few as 12 states like California and New York, instead of the normal 38 states needed to amend the Constitution.

The SEC resolution, originally sponsored by State Executive Committee member Nathan James, was passed by a 61-0 vote. Five members were not present. All members voting in favor of the resolution have also been listed as co-sponsors. The move follows a recent resolution passed by the Republican National Committee at its quarterly meeting in Tampa this month. Devaney, along with National Committeeman John Ryder and National Committeewoman Peggy Lambert were original co-sponsors of the RNC resolution.

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The Iowa Eight did not Thrill me. Welcome to the Arena, Rick Perry.

I watched the debate in Iowa the other night and unfortunately none of the candidates really thrilled me. None of them, I thought, were electable except perhaps Romney and I just don't like Romney. It is primarily due to his passing a health care plan in Massachusetts which is almost identical to Obamacare. Also, Romney just appears a little too slick. And, he flip-flopped from pro-choice to pro-life at one time, not that I have never changed my mind on an issue, but I just think Romney is one who would change his position on a critical issue to get the nomination. I just don't think Romney is a real conservative. I would support him over Obama should he be the nominee but I could not get excited about Romney. I want to get excited about the person I am going to support.

I agree with what many pundits has said about Tim Pawlenty's poor performance. I was thinking Pawlenty might be the candidate I could support, but he performed poorly and then came in a distant third in the straw poll and has since withdrawn from the race.

I like Michele Bachman but she is just too doctrinaire and inflexible for my taste. She not only voted against the final compromise on the deal to raise the debt limit, she voted against the House cut, cap, and balance bill. With the government borrowing 41 cents out of ever dollar it spends, it is not going to be possible to cut that amount out of the budget all at once. Apparently, she would have let the government default rather than raise the debt limit, under any circumstances.  We need someone with a little more flexibility. Being principled is to be admired but we need someone who is also pragmatic and ready to govern. Nevertheless, if she were the nominee, I would support her, but I don't think she could be elected.

Ron Paul: I occasionally like what he has to say. I never doubt his sincerity and the certainty of his position.  However, his isolationist foreign policy really scares me. I do not want to let North Korea or Iran get the bomb.  We must stay engaged in the world. However, I think he is right when he says it is time to end the isolation of Cuba. He can not win the nomination. He can win straw polls. His supporters will attend CPAC and other events to vote in a straw poll. He has an enthusiastic following, but there is no way he can win the nomination and if he did, there is no way he could be elected president. He is not to be taken seriously as a candidate.

Newt Gingrich: I thought Newt performed well in the debate. He was probably the smartest man on the stage. For some reason however, it seems Newt's time has passed. Part of the reason Newt has fallen out of favor with me is that he has pandered to the Sharia law fear mongers and anti-Muslim zealots. Still, I would contribute money and work for Newt's election if he were the candidate but the thrill is gone.

Herman Cain: The first few times I saw Herman Cain, I got the start of a thrill. His pandering to the anti-Muslim zealots and saying Muslims should not have the right to build a mosque in Murfreesboro, turned me against Cain however. He later clarified his position and said he was wrong in his statements in Murfressboro. I am glad he reversed his position, but someone who is no more grounded in his believes and no more committed to the First Amendment than to take the position he took in the first place concerns me. Nevertheless, I could support him if he were the candidate. Before I could get behind his campaign, I would have to hear more.

Jon Huntsman did nothing for me. He is the lone liberal Republican.  Rick Santorum did not distinguish himself but I would give him another look. I wish Chris Christi was a candidate and part of the debate. I really like Christie but he is not running. I really don't think Sarah Palin will run. I am not sure what game she is playing but I don't think she is a candidate for president and she would not be my preferred candidate should she run. Quite frankly, I don't think Palin would do well in a debate. I like her values and her personality but I am not sure she can think on her feet and I think she would show herself unqualified to be president be President if she were to participate in the debate.

Since the debate in Iowa, I have been pleased to see Rick Perry throw his hat in the ring. He has that "something" that inspires and motivates. I do not know his position on all of the issues yet, and he may end up disappointing me, bus so far, I am impressed by Perry. I want to learn more.

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of and long time conservative fund raiser and activist had this to say about Rick Perry:
To win the Republican nomination this time, a candidate must do two things.
First, the candidate must convince GOP primary voters that he or she is a committed conservative.  They don't have to be the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan, but they do have to be convincing as the conservative standard bearer.

Second, that person has to convince Republican primary voters that he or she can defeat Barack Obama.

A few of the eight candidates on the stage in Ames, Iowa can pass one of those tests.  On the day he announced, Rick Perry made it clear he is the only candidate who passes both of them.
Viguerie, I think, is right. That is the test the candidate must pass. The third test for me is that the person must convince me that if elected he can govern. Viguerie may be right. Perry may be the candidate who can pass the test. I am starting to feel a thrill.

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