Meet Kelly Price

In October we will go to the polls in a local election. One of the candidates, Kelly Price, stands out. He is challenging Council woman Barbara Swearengen Ware for the District 7 position. Ware, you may remember, has held that position for 17 years and was indicted last fall for bypassing vehicle inspection laws.

Price is an Army veteran, father, grandfather and an outstanding citizen. You can see for yourself tomorrow, June 22, at Cafe Eclectic. He will hold a Coffee with the Candidate event there from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Stop by, meet him and find out his vision for Memphis’ future.

Whistleblower Talks About Fast and Furious

If you’ve wondered where J. Christian Adams has been, he surfaced today on Fox News.

Adams is the former Department of Justice attorney who blew the whistle on the Department’s handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation that happened in Philadelphia in 2008. He told interviewer Megyn Kelly how officials there refused to pursue charges in that case, even though it was obvious what was going on.

Today he discussed Operation Fast and Furious with Alisyn Camerota. She asked if the head of the ATF would lose his job after the congressional investigation by Darrel Issa.

“Of course Ken Melson’s going to lose his job, he’s a Bush guy,” Adams said. “The head of the ATF doesn’t do something like this without the approval of the DAG – the Deputy Attorney General – who at the time was Gary Grindler or the Attorney General himself. This kind of behavior is positively Nixonian. What we’re learning every day from the Justice Department, it’s a lot like the New Black Panther dismissal where they enabled lawless behavior, then they lie about it to Congress and the American people.”

“If Melson goes this shouldn’t be the end of the story because nothing gets done in the Justice Department in this bureaucracy without higher ups being briefed. We’ve learned that the Attorney General knew about the Black Panther dismissal before it was dismissed. It’s inconceivable that Gary Grindle r or the DAG or the Attorney General himself were not routinely briefed about Fast and Furious.”

If Ken Melson falls on his sword this week will congress continue investigating it?
“Obviously Senator Grassley’s going to push, Darrel Issa’s going to push… I mean this story is so outrageous that when I first heard about it in January I said this couldn’t happen. I called former Bush Justice Department people and asked what do you think about this? They said there’s no chance this is a real story. It’s like something you’d read in a novel, not a newspaper.

“There’s no question that Melson’s going to go, the only questions that remain are No. 1: how high does it go and No. 2: does the media outside of Fox News and Pajamas Media cover it?”

We’ll know soon.

Ms. Blackburn, Please Illuminate

Reading American Thinker blog this morning, I almost spit out my coffee when I came upon this headline: “Republicans Flicker on Light Bulb Ban Repeal.” Whaaat?

Writer Geoffrey Hunt asks why this simple piece of legislation has not seen progress since the Republicans took control of the House in January. One of the reasons they won was because the electorate was telegraphing to them their displeasure over government interference in our lives. Getting the government out of our lives is one of the basic tenets of the Republican Party.

No other issue so encapsulates our frustration than the bill banning incandescents. If the government can reach into your house and tell you what kind of light you must have on your bed stand, something is very wrong. We need fewer regulations, not more. Where will it stop? The cereal bowl? Even now, the government wants to tell you what you can and cannot eat.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Republican Fred Upton. I have heard Ms. Blackburn talk about the repeal of the bill and promise that they will do something about it, but now I am beginning to doubt her. Time is running out. On January 1, 2012, the 100 watt bulb will be banned. In 2013, the 75 watt goes, followed by the 60 watt in 2014. January is but a mere six months away.

With liberal Democrat Steve Cohen representing our district, Ms. Blackburn is the closest legislator we can turn to. Fortunately, she is in a position of power. Why isn’t she using it?

This issue seems like a no-brainer, win-win for Republicans. Climate change theorists have been shown to be frauds. Workers in the U.S. have lost much needed jobs to China over this issue. The economy’s weakness means it is hard for lower income people to buy expensive CFL bulbs. Health officials decry the mercury danger they present.

Environmentalists have to be concerned about their proper disposal.

There hasn’t been a better opportunity than now to get rid of this piece of trash legislation.

What’s the hold up?

Bold New Ad

Nevada state senator Mark Amodei is running in a special election for Congress. The vacancy comes with the resignation of Senator John Ensign. Governor Brian Sandoval tapped Dean Heller to fill that Senate vacancy. Since Heller was a Congressman in Nevada 2, there will be a special election on September 13 for that seat.

Amodei (pronounced Am-uh-day) has taken a cue from Donald Trump and targeted our relationship with China and its repercussions in this ad. The China issue registers high with most voters. Take a look

Nevada state senator Mark Amodei is running in a special election for Congress. The vacancy comes with the resignation of Senator John Ensign. Governor Brian Sandoval tapped Dean Heller to fill that Senate vacancy. Since Heller was a Congressman in Nevada 2, there will be a special election on September 13 for that seat.

Amodei (pronounced Am-uh-day) has taken a cue from Donald Trump and targeted our relationship with China and its repercussions in this ad. The China issue registers high with most voters. Take a look

Et tu, Issa?

Representative Steve King of Iowa yesterday introduced a bill in the House aimed at ending the Pigford settlements.

If you recall, Pigford has been called “the biggest ripoff this country has ever known” by a black farmer whistleblower. The government has been paying billions in reparations to black farmers who were once discriminated against. Fine. However, the system has been abused, going from a few thousand farmers to tens of thousands who never got closer to a farm than the potted plant in their apartment.

According to the law, it was not necessary to offer any proof that you ever had a farm or were a farmer. Money was freely doled out.

One of the most blatant abusers has been Shirley Sherrod, formerly of the Agriculture Department. She and her husband received $13 million for their decade long defunct communal farm. Ms. Sherrod came to attention when Andrew Breitbart had a clip of her admitting that she did not treat white farmers as well as blacks.

Here is Michele Bachmann giving a brief rundown of Pigford.

Anyhow, King’s bill failed. Every Democrat voted against it. Unfortunately, they were joined by 78 Republicans. Blackburn, Fincher and Nunelee voted with King.

However, Allen West of Florida and Darrell Issa of California voted against it, too.

This is particularly alarming not just because they are Republicans, but because Issa is the chairman of the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee. He is the one to start an investigation into this fraud. He can be reached at 202-225-3906 if you want to expression your disappointment at his vote.

Where Are the Jobs?

Today’s jobs numbers came in at 414,000. That is a drop from the week before, but the tenth week of staying above 400,000.
Don’t count on that number to stay at 414,000 either. Each week the government has been reporting one number on Thursday, then upping it on Monday or Tuesday. Maybe they hope Americans won’t notice. We do. Last week was called 427,000; then changed to 430,000.
Unfortunately, too, this week more job layoffs have been announced. Lockheed Martin is cutting 1,200; Johnson & Johnson 1,000; Boeing 225; Disney 200; Ford 150. Some may seem small, but not if it impacts you. Not just the recently unemployed, but people who provide services and goods to those people feel it, too.
Job rolls also show shorter work weeks. These people have not lost their jobs, but their income has been cut.
You cannot have a recovery without jobs. More and more it looks like we are going deeper into recession.

Hard Hitting Debate

Among the questions moderator John King put to the Republican presidential candidates the other night were some ridiculous choices.
The grunting CNN reporter asked such deep matters as Coke or Pepsi, Leno or Letterman, Elvis or Johnny Cash? (Maybe it’s this attitude and trivialities that got us Obama in 2008.) While we winced at home, the candidates squirmed at these asinine inquiries.
So at Democrat debates will the same kinds of questions be asked of presidential, senatorial or congressional candidates? If so, I have some that another moderator could apply.
For instance, the old Clinton favorite, boxers or briefs? Supposing some of the Democrats are women we could change that to Playtex or Spanx? How about rhinoplasty or botox? That one could swing to either sex.
Pinot grigio or chardonnay?
Lady Gaga or the Black Eyed Peas?
Crack or meth?
Portuguese water dog or rescue pup?
The New Republic or Mother Jones?
Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell?
CFLs or LEDs?
Whole Foods or Costco?
Well, you get the picture.
Wouldn’t that save us a lot of anxiety over those other issues like terrorism, the economy and silly old debt?