GOP Plans Suicide With Amnesty Meeting





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Led by House Speaker John Boehner, a group of Republican leaders are headed to Massachusetts Thursday in an attempt to convince the rest of the party to back a fast track to legal status for millions of illegals currently living in the U.S.

Boehner has given the issue of amnesty an increasing amount of attention in recent months, a fact punctuated by his addition of Rebecca Tallent to his staff. Tallent, who previously helped shape John McCain’s liberal views on immigration, has been Boehner’s top immigration aide since late last year.

Establishment Republicans apparently hope their push to legitimize illegal immigrants will somehow endear that community to their party. In reality, of course, the mainstream media will make sure the GOP gets no credit for the plan; meanwhile, this effort will only serve to further alienate the party’s conservative base.

Obviously, a significant number of Republican lawmakers are adamantly opposed to the proposal. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, for example, reportedly distributed a list among legislators containing various arguments against amnesty.

Unfortunately, the Republican Party is once again making an attempt to woo leftist voters by being almost as radical as their Democrat counterparts. The problem, though, is that these leftists are already happy with their chosen party.

Instead of rallying their center-right base by lambasting the tyranny of the current administration and offering commonsense solutions to the problems Obama has created, Boehner and company are focused on the losing proposition of offering blanket amnesty to millions of criminals.

The meeting is set to take place Thursday afternoon in Cambridge, with the Republican plan available for public consumption sometime shortly after their discussion ends. Those opposed to the plan, including Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, have made it clear they intend to stand firmly in support of American’s existing immigration laws.

He said a group of conservatives in the party will “speak as aggressively and loudly and articulately as we can in opposing this nonsense of amnesty for 10 to 20 million illegals which would cause great harm to the country and destroy the Republican Party.”

Considering the extreme national trauma caused in just five years by the Obama administration, one can only imagine the repercussions of creating a permanent Democrat majority.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Homeowner Fights Outrageous Fine For Flying Flag





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A Florida homeowner is battling local authorities over the selective targeting of a Wounded Warrior flag he chose to present on his own property. While the Grand Haven community permits residents to fly flags of virtually any other type, he is facing a hefty find and could face a possible lien against his property because of the display.

According to Thomas Bagnoli, the homeowners’ association issued him a $1,000 fine for the apparent violation, though he was shocked to find out he was being targeted.

“I wanted to stand up for something, which I thought was important,” he said in a subsequent interview, “not only to me, but all these kids, men and women fighting over there.”

Reports indicate that, if the fine is not paid within a certain period of time, the HOA can pursue a lien against his home.

“They can do whatever they want,” he asserted. “I’m doing what I want. I feel strongly about this.”

One wonders why flags promoting other issues – including sports teams – are allowed while Bagnoli’s tribute to injured soldiers was not. As of this writing, however, the Western Center for Journalism’s request for comment has not been returned.

Other national outlets began to spotlight this development Wednesday morning, which will undoubtedly bring undesired scrutiny on the HOA and the Grand Haven Master Association. While these administrators could easily relent and come to an agreement with Bagnoli, the homeowner plans to stand firm on his beliefs no matter the outcome.

“They say, ‘Sorry, you have to take it down,’” he said. “I refuse to.”

The flag has been up for more than a year, and he has never received even one complaint. If anything, the display has endeared him to his neighbors. One local volunteered to pay the fine provided he maintains his dedication to flying the flag.

“I get angry,” he explained. “I really do. I don’t understand why.”

In any event, he maintains it will not be Grand Haven’s decision regarding when he takes down the flag, explaining that will not happen at least until U.S. troops return from Afghanistan.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Help Shape The 2016 Election!





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With the next presidential election cycle nearly three years away, speculation has already begun regarding the potential bank of candidates. Many Democrats stand firmly behind Hillary Clinton, while support among Republicans – especially conservatives – remains largely divided.

The upcoming Western Conservative Conference, to be held Feb. 21 & 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center, will gauge public opinion with one of the first major straw polls of the 2016 election season.

Click here for tickets to the event or to find out more about the stellar guest lineup!

Attendees will have an opportunity to express their support for a particular candidate, with the Western Center for Journalism taking the lead in publishing and disseminating the results to a wide and engaged audience.

Though not scientific, straw polls have long been used as a way to measure early interest in potential presidential hopefuls and have been known to influence the trajectory of Presidential campaigns and candidacies.  Since the rise of the Tea Party in response to leftist tyranny, legitimate conservative candidates have had the opportunity to appeal to voters directly. By taking part in this important poll, conference attendees will be able to send a clear message to those considering throwing their respective hats in ring.

While the straw poll will give those present a prominent voice by signaling the current sentiment of likely right-wing voters, the rest of the conference will give them a unique insight into the direction of the conservative movement.

Speakers will include former presidential candidate Herman Cain, rock legend Ted Nugent, talk radio icon Neal Boortz, martial artist-turned-lawman Steven Seagal, and a number of prominent conservative legislators. Additionally, a roast of “America’s toughest sheriff,” Joe Arpaio, will provide ample levity.

Breakout sessions will feature experts leading discussions on an array of current issues including media bias, tax reform, immigration, national security, and the scandal-plagued Obama administration.

Tickets are still available for this unique opportunity to meet and hear from some of the most influential conservatives of our time. For more information, visit WesternConservative.org.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Fmr. Bush Speechwriter: Obama Plagiarized Bush’s 2007 SOTU Speech





Barack Obama has developed a troubling reputation for blaming the results of his incompetence on his predecessor, George W. Bush. According to one of the 43rd president’s speechwriters, however, Obama can legitimately point the finger at Bush regarding much of the content of his latest State of the Union address.

Marc Thiessen, who was the lead speechwriter for the 2007 State of the Union speech delivered by Bush, publicly accused Obama of plagiarizing a large portion of that address when composing Tuesday night’s delivery.

“It was eerily familiar,” Thiessen explained, noting that while none of Bush’s lines were repeated verbatim, both speeches contained many of the same very specific themes.

“There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future and opportunity, a future of hope and opportunity begins with a  growing economy, a future of hope and opportunity requires that all citizens have affordable and available health care, extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,’” he said. “All of that came from the 2007 State of the Union from George W. Bush.”

Obama is often praised for his oratorical skills; however, much of his latest speech was marred by his stunted annunciation and tendency to stumble over his words. Of course, according to Thiessen, they weren’t even his words.

Accusations of plagiarism are nothing new in the world of politics – or in Obama’s career.

Researchers have identified several passages and themes from his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” that were apparently lifted or heavily inspired by previous works. Additionally, several speeches – including his 2011 State of the Union address – have elicited similar accusations.

That speech, according to an opinion piece in U.S. World and News Report, “contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince.”

For comparison, transcripts of both the 2007 and 2014 addresses are available online.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Congressman Explains Why He Bailed On SOTU Address





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For millions of patriots, Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night was yet another frustrating reminder that he views Congress as an obstacle to be avoided in his pursuit of a leftist utopia. He repeatedly expressed his desire to act unilaterally in imposing his will on the American people – even as he directly addressed the legislators he promised to bypass in the process.

One of those lawmakers, Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman, apparently had enough of his imperial rhetoric and actually excused himself before the speech was complete.

“I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers,” he explained, adding he was “deeply disappointed in the tone and content” of the speech.

Stockman, a proven conservative with strong Tea Party support, did not mince words when he accused Obama of “abusing his Constitutional powers,” breaking his presidential oath, and “enacting his own brand of law through executive decree.”

The congressman’s remarks reflected those of many of his colleagues – not to mention millions of Americans outraged over Obama’s continual power grab.

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, for example, issued a statement blasting the speech for its “hostility toward our foundational principles, condescension toward a co-equal branch of government, and a general aversion to common sense and bipartisanship.”

By walking out on the annual event, however, Stockman was able to bring attention to the tyrannical policies Obama endorsed in the address. He then capitalized on that publicity by lambasting both the speech and its orator.

“This is a wholesale violation of his oath of office and a disqualifying offense,” he added, suggesting the speech should have included Obama’s admission that “his policies have failed.”

Stockman, who is hoping to oust Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the upcoming election, is often outspoken in his criticism of Obama and leftism in general. Sometimes, as evidenced by his early departure from Tuesday’s speech, actions truly do speak louder than words.

–B. Christopher Agee

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