Thursday, November 27, 2008
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be--That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions--to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
President George Washington
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It all depends on your attitude, your expectations. Basically, if you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Use your most powerful weapon, use your voice.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
America is at a crossroads, we must choose between two worldviews. Can man deliver us, or do we trust in God to deliver us? As I listen to one Christian leader after another make their endorsements, I am reminded of the people of Israel in the Old Testament. God had delivered the people from Egypt, he had given them their land, but they had joined themselves with the world around them and had become dissatisfied. Things just were not going right for them. “Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” They needed someone who could solve the problems of their world. But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord and the Lord said to Samuel “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”As I watch the way the Republican primaries are unfolding, I am sick with disappointment. When, as people of God, we are looking for “A true fiscal conservative” to lead us, we must remember the warning that Samuel gave the people of Israel; With a King, comes a Kingdom.
As we stand at this crossroad, I urge you today, revisit I Samuel chapter 8 and consider the cost. There is a Godly choice to make; compromise is not necessary, it never is.
Hindsight is 20/20
Nov 11, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of
officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the
assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome
become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead
of living on public assistance."
-----Cicero, 55 BC
Where do I start? I’ll just tell you my story and if you find yourself relating, then maybe you will jump in and join us.
I’m 53 years old and have seen things change drastically in our society in my adult life. As a child all adults were my boss and my teachers believed pretty much the same thing as my parents. An undisciplined life brought shame to you and your family and most families had a mom and a dad. And of course, just about everyone went to church or they were embarrassed to admit that they didn’t.
Today it seems like we live in an upside down world. In 2005 37% of all U.S. births were born to unmarried parents. Forty seven percent of adults in their 30’s and 40’s have lived in cohabitating relationships. Forty Three Million unborn babies have lost their lives since the U.S. Supreme Court made Roe v. Wade (and its companion Doe v. Bolton) the law of the land. As of July 8, 2008, Massachusetts and California permit same-sex couples to marry. The states of Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire offer civil unions.
How did we get here? Is anyone in particular to blame? Can we fix it and how? Well, I have an opinion, so here goes. I believe the church got comfortable. We gorged ourselves on the blessings of God and left the things of the world and society to the undisciplined. As things spiraled down the church was told they didn’t have a place in making the rules of society and many believed it. Now we are left standing alone on the prairie wondering “Where is My Voice?” “Can anyone here me?”
Now is the time to be heard. Christian Coalition (http://www.cc.org/) has been speaking up in a five fold manner since 1988. Christian Coalition offers people of faith the vehicle to be actively involved in impacting the issues they care about - from the county courthouse to the halls of Congress. The Coalition is a political organization, made up of pro-family Americans who care deeply about ensuring that government serves to strengthen and preserve, rather than threaten, our families and our values. To that end, we work continuously to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action.
Effective citizenship begins with knowledge. Since its inception, the Christian Coalition has worked to provide critical education and political training to the pro-family community in order to challenge and equip individuals and churches to make a difference at all levels of government.
Today, Christians need to play an active role in government again like never before. If we are going to be able to change policy and influence decisions, it is imperative that people of faith become committed to doing what Ronald Reagan called "the hard work of freedom". We are driven by the belief that people of faith have a right and a responsibility to be involved in the world around them. That involvement includes community, social and political action.
Ok, maybe your not 53 years old and maybe you didn’t live in the “Good Old Days”, maybe you are a young family starting out, and you’re shaking your head wondering what is going on here and what you can do about it. We want you to join us. We need your voice and your ideas. Come get involved on your schedule.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
On top of all that is going on this week, this research really angered me. This organization is part of the problem, along with the help of the Congressional Black Caucus and the democratic house banking committee. On their web-site you will notice a picture of their president with Barney Frank.
I understand that many of you in the real estate industry may do business with these guys or at least are strongly tempted to…just remember that when you refer business to them you are making a political referral as the clients will commit to become involved with their political activities or they can not get help.
http://www.indeed.com/forum/cmp/NACA/Don-t-work-here/t11428 (some blog comments regarding the group)
Monday, July 14, 2008
All of that being said, those who hold positions of responsibility should act responsibly and do what is in there power to instill calm in the nation. I am referring to Senator Chuck "crisis" Schumer from New York and his releasing of an inflamatory and according to IndyMac inaccurate letter to the public causing a run on that bank. How irresponsible can you get? I have called his office at 202-224-6542 and let them know that I do not appreciate his actions.
IndyMac Blasts Schumer
Run on deposits blamed on senator's letter
June 30, 2008
By MortgageDaily.com staff
IndyMac Bancorp Inc. said a run on its deposits over the weekend has abated and blamed a U.S. senator for sparking the panic.
IndyMac today commented on a letter sent last week from Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, to bank regulators.
In its statement, the Pasadena, Calif.-based company acknowledged that depositors withdrew around $100 million on Friday and Saturday. The level of withdrawals represented around 0.5 percent of its total deposits.
"While branch traffic is somewhat elevated this morning, it is substantially lower than on Saturday, and we are hopeful that this issue appropriately abates soon," IndyMac said.
The elevated withdrawals were attributed to Schumer's letter.
Schumer's staff last week promised but failed to provide MortgageDaily.com with a copy of the letter.
IndyMac admitted that its business and financial position has deteriorated since last quarter but noted Schumer's letter did not give the impression that its regulators were adequately apprised of its position. It also indicated that, contrary to the impression Schumer's letter left, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco has been diligent in boosting margin requirements on mortgage loans and mortgage securities.
The company also criticized Schumer's inference that IndyMac utilized brokered deposits to rapidly and irresponsibly grow from Dec. 31, 2006, to March 31, 2008.
"When the credit markets collapsed last summer, we, like many financial institutions, raised deposits (both retail and brokered) to improve our operating liquidity, to meet the higher margin requirements imposed by the FHLB and to pay off completely all of our market funding sources," IndyMac stated. "While insured, brokered deposits were used from an expediency perspective, we have since worked on raising retail deposits and expect that brokered deposits as a percentage of our overall funding will decline substantially over the next several quarters.
"Contrary to Sen. Schumer's inference, our use of insured, brokered deposits has lowered the risk for IndyMac Bank and improved our safety and soundness during this turbulent period."
The Center for Responsible Lending today announced a new report that accuses IndyMac of blatantly ignoring sound underwriting and also of condoning mortgage fraud. The group said it based the report on court documents and interviews with 19 former employees.
"I would reject a loan, and the insanity would begin," an unnamed underwriter was quoted as saying. "It would go to upper management and the next thing you know it's going to closing."
The author of CRL's report wrote, "IndyMac's current problems appear to be largely the legacy of top-down pressures that valued short-term growth over making responsible lending decisions."
The Washington, D.C.-based group is calling for more government action in mortgage lending.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
by Gordon Leidner of Great American History
One of the most interesting American political stories involves the nomination of Abraham Lincoln to be the Republican party's candidate for President of the United States in 1860. This was the Republican party's second presidential convention, and the man everyone expected to receive the nomination was the powerful and well-known William H. Seward of New York.
Abraham Lincoln, although having recently been introduced to eastern audiences through a series of political speeches in New England, and prior to that having gained some fame due to his participation in "the Great Debates" with Stephen A. Douglas, was not considered a serious contender for the appointment. How he and his political team brought him from "dark horse" contender to the victor is the subject of the following article.
The following story appeared on The Washington Times Civil War page Saturday, August 10, 1996. Copyright 1996 by the Washington Times. Used with permission.
Lincoln Outfoxed Seward for the Nomination
by Gordon Leidner
In May 1860, the nation’s attention turned toward Chicago, where the Republicans were meeting to select their presidential candidate.
William H. Seward, the Republican front-runner from New York, sent his political team to Chicago to lock up his party’s nomination. In the mid-nineteenth century, it was not considered proper for the aspiring candidate to go to the convention himself, so Seward sent his political manager, Thurlow Weed, along with his states’ 70 delegates and 13 railroad cars of supporters.
The residents of Chicago were delighted to have their city of 100,000 chosen for the Republican party’s second presidential convention. At the cost of about $6,000, Republicans there built a new convention center for the occasion. Nicknamed “The Wigwam,” it had excellent acoustics and could seat more than 10,000, which purportedly would be the largest audience yet assembled in the country under one roof.
Seward and Weed--some would say the unscrupulous Weed--were confident. It would take 233 votes to win the nomination, and they had nearly a third of that in the New York delegation alone.
Who could possibly upset their plans? Not Pennsylvania’s candidate, Simon Cameron. Cameron was considered a crook by most of the country, and would have little support outside of the 54 delegates from Pennsylvania. Not Ohio’s Salmon P. Chase. Ohio’s 46 votes probably would be split between he and fellow Ohioans Sen. Ben Wade and Judge John McClean. Not Missouri’s Edwin Bates--although Bates had Missouri’s 18 delegates and the backing of the nation’s most powerful newspaper editor, Horace Greely of the New York Tribune.
Seward and Weed recognized that they were not on their own turf, and anticipated that Illinois’ “Favorite Son,” Abraham Lincoln, probably would receive all of the states’ 22 votes. Since Illinois was considered a doubtful state for candidate Seward should he be the Republican candidate (where he would have a tough time defeating the anticipated Democratic nominee--Illinois’ other favorite son, Stephen A. Douglas), Weed was prepared to acquire Illinois votes on the second ballot by offering Lincoln the vice-presidential spot.
That should secure Seward’s nomination in the event of a tough floor fight, he and his supporters reckoned.
Lincoln had been busy preparing for the convention as well. Using all his political skill, he had persuaded the Illinois delegation to vote for him in a bloc. To lead the floor fight, he selected David Davis, a trusted friend, and Norman Judd, who was due most of the credit for bringing the Republican convention to Chicago. Finally, he provided them with some tactical guidance and limitations of engagement, which included an admonishment to “make no deals that bind me,” and waited in Springfield for the results.
Confident that Seward would not have enough votes to lock up the nomination on the first ballot, Lincoln intended to get the second highest vote count on the first ballot and line up additional votes for the second ballot in order to show increasing strength. He hoped that this strategy--combined with the presence of an enthusiastic band of followers on the floor--would be sufficient to win the nomination on the third or subsequent ballot.
Lincoln’s men left no detail unattended in their pursuit of this strategy. They made certain that Seward’s New Yorkers were seated far from other critical delegations with whom they might collaborate. They printed hundreds of counterfeit tickets and distributed them to Lincoln supporters with instructions to show up early--in order to displace Seward’s supporters.
They also assigned two men with noted stentorian voices to lead the cheering. One of these men reportedly had a larynx powerful enough to allow his shout to be heard across Lake Michigan.
The first two days of the convention were devoted to acceptance of delegates, administration, and the platform. The evenings were spent in the caucusing of delegates. Weed’s approach was to offer champagne for the present and “oceans of money” for the future.
In contrast, Davis and Judd spent their time lining up votes from delegates of other states that didn’t want to see Seward win. Indiana committed 26 first ballot votes to Lincoln. Several of the New England states, including New Hampshire and Maine, provided Lincoln with many first ballot votes that Seward was planning on.
Even more important were the second ballot votes. Several states, including Vermont, were glad to find that the “stop Seward” forces were finally uniting behind one man and committed most of their subsequent votes to Lincoln.
Pennsylvania was harder to crack. Davis chose to ignore Lincoln’s direction about making pledges in his absence, and got a commitment from Pennsylvania to support Lincoln on the second ballot by offering a cabinet position to Simon Cameron.
Finally, the third day arrived. One thousand Seward men marched behind a smartly uniformed brass band. They wound their way noisily through Chicago’s streets, playing the song “Oh, Isn’t He a Darling?” and finally arrived triumphantly in front of the Wigwam. To their horror, they found that they could not get in: the Lincoln men, admitted with their counterfeit tickets, had taken their seats.
Still, Seward had his share of support. When his name was offered in nomination, tremendous applause went up from the audience--followed by louder applause for Lincoln. The crowd quickly recognized them as the front-runners when the other candidates received less enthusiastic commendation.
When Seward’s name was seconded, the demonstration was so vociferous that “hundreds of persons stopped their ears in pain.” But when Lincoln’s nomination was seconded, the uproar was “beyond description.”
Leonard Swett, a friend of Lincoln’s, said that “Five thousand people leaped to their seats, women not wanting, and the wild yell made vesper breathings of all that had preceded. A thousand steam whistles, ten acres of hotel gongs, a tribe of Comanches might have mingled in the scene unnoticed.”
Holding their breath
After the first ballot, Seward, as expected, led with 173 votes. Lincoln was next with 102. Cameron received 50; Chase got 49; Bates 48; and the rest received a handful each.
A second ballot was immediately called for, and the Lincoln camp knew that their man would gain strength. Vermont was the first state to make a major shift--all 10 votes went to Lincoln, a significant blow to Seward. As the roll call continued, Lincoln gained a few votes here and a few there, while Seward’s tally remained largely unchanged.
When Pennsylvania’s turn came, the Lincoln men held their breath. Whereas only four votes from Pennsylvania went to Lincoln on the first ballot, a whopping 48 went to him on the second. Seward supporters sank in their seats. Lincoln clearly had the momentum. The final tally on the second ballot was 184 for Seward and 181 for Lincoln.
A hush fell
Ballot three began. Lincoln continued to pick up votes--4 more from Kentucky, 15 from Ohio--while Seward lost votes. When the pencils stopped scratching, Lincoln had 231 and a half votes--one and a half short of those needed for the nomination.
A hush fell, and all eyes turned toward D. K. Cartter of Ohio, who stuttered out: “I-I arise, Mr. Chairman, to a-announce the ch-change of four votes, from Mr. Chase to Abraham Lincoln!” For a moment, the audience was silent--then it erupted. The sound was so deafening that the only way people could tell that cannons outside the Wigwam were being fired was by watching the smoke drift from the barrels.
So Lincoln was nominated and would be elected the nation’s 16th president. He appointed Seward secretary of state, Cameron secretary of war, Chase secretary of the Treasury, and Bates attorney general.
Lincoln proved to be a better leader than Seward. For example, when the South seceded, Seward proposed that Lincoln evoke the Monroe Doctrine to justify a declaration of war on France and Spain--which he believed would cause the South to come to the North’s aid and re-join the Union. Lincoln ignored this foolishness. “The President is the best of us!” Seward would admit later.
There is an ironic footnote to the convention story: A few blocks from the Wigwam, on the second night of the convention, the McVicker’s Theater was opening “Our American Cousin” --the play Lincoln would be watching at Ford’s Theater his last night on Earth.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
February 27, 2008
Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee accepted an invitation to participate in a Values Voter Presidential Debate to be held on Monday, March 3, 2008. Huckabee received the invitation on Wednesday, February 27, for the debate which would also include Senator John McCain, Congressman Ron Paul.
"I look forward to discussing the issues that are important to the people of America such as health care, education, energy independence, terrorism and national security," Huckabee wrote in his letter of acceptance. "I will clear my schedule to make time for this important debate, provided Sen. McCain participates, otherwise we will keep our current campaign schedule."
On Tuesday, Huckabee challenged Sen. McCain to a Lincoln- Douglas Style debate, but has yet to receive an acceptance from Sen. McCain.
The Values Voter debate is scheduled to be held at the Marriott Riverwalk, 711 E. Riverwalk St. in San Antonio, Tex.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
By LESLIE WAYNE
Published: February 7, 2008
If political victory was measured in the wise use of scant financial resources, Mike Huckabee would be the front-runner in the presidential race.
Operating on a shoestring budget, Mr. Huckabee has spent far less lining up his 156 delegates than any other candidate, Democratic or Republican, when measured by cost per delegate.
The calculation is based on end-of-year figures and does not take into account fund-raising in 2008 or the spending since the nominating process began in Iowa on Jan. 3.
By those figures, Mr. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, ran the most frugal campaign, spending $45,000 a delegate, according to The New York Times delegate count. That was far less than the $654,000 a delegate spent by Mitt Romney.
?It?s clear that Mr. Romney?s money can?t buy him love,? said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that collects and analyzes campaign finance data. ?He?s spent so much more than Huckabee, yet Huckabee got a lot more bang for his buck.?
Federal records show that Mr. Romney, a Harvard Business School graduate who has made his business skills a campaign centerpiece, spent $87 million in 2007 and ended Feb. 5 with 133 delegates. By comparison, Senator John McCain of Arizona, leading in delegates with 683, spent $39 million, or $57,000 a delegate.
Mr. McCain and Mr. Huckabee?s campaigns defy the conventional wisdom that says it takes money ? a lot of it ? for a candidate to get out his message. While the presidential hopefuls are on track to raise $1 billion ? and spend it ? Mr. McCain and Mr. Huckabee made the most of ?free media,? taking virtually every opportunity to participate in televised debates, appear on late-night talk shows and turn up regularly on cable news programs.
?They say that the most dangerous place to be is between Huckabee and a cable news show,? said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. ?He went on every free outlet to get his message out. He was living off cable television. And he did exceptionally well in each of the 15 Republican debates.?
Mr. McCain, who was down to his last $1 million in late 2007 and took out a $3 million bank loan, ended up spending $8.5 million to date on television commercials. Mr. Huckabee spent $3 million on television commercials, according to CMAG, a firm that tracks political spending.
By contrast, Mr. Romney spent $30 million on a nationwide television blitz, representing half the spending by all Republican candidates combined. To help support this spending, Mr. Romney also lent his campaign $35 million, or $263,000 a delegate.
Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, also spent heavily, with little return, $20 million with an estimated five delegates, or $4 million a delegate.
Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, who spent $48 million, did not line up a single delegate.
On the Democratic side, the neck-and-neck race between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama continues in the financial arena. Mrs. Clinton, of New York, has spent nearly $90,000 for each of the 892 delegates she has lined up. Mr. Obama, of Illinois, spent $119,000 for each of his 716 .
At the end of 2007, Mrs. Clinton had $37 million in cash, with $18.5 million for the primary and the remaining $19 million earmarked for the general election. Mr. Obama had $18.6 million on hand, of which $13.5 million could be used for the primary race and the remaining $5 million for the general election.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
For months now, maybe years, we have been hearing the "talking heads" tell us that we need to take our country back, and we have agreed with them. I'm beginning to believe that what "they" mean by it and what we mean by it are two different things. They want us to take it back as long as we look and think like them and do it their way.
Gov. Mike Huckabee has shown that there is a frustration in this country. A frustration coming from being ignored, treated as irrelevant. We want leaders that are servants and most politicians, media and talking heads, have no clue what this means. Therefore, they can not begin to understand what is happening with the Huckabee supporters.
Well, we have just begun to show them. Let's keep it going.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
America is at a crossroads, we must choose between two worldviews. Can man deliver us, or do we trust in God to deliver us? As I listen to one Christian leader after another make their endorsements, I am reminded of the people of Israel in the Old Testament. God had delivered the people from Egypt, he had given them their land, but they had joined themselves with the world around them and had become dissatisfied. Things just were not going right for them. “Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” They needed someone who could solve the problems of their world. But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord and the Lord said to Samuel “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”As I watch the way the Republic primaries are unfolding, I am sick with disappointment. When, as people of God, we are looking for “A true fiscal conservative” to lead us, we must remember the warning that Samuel gave the people of Israel; With a King, comes a Kingdom.
As we stand at this crossroad, I urge you today, revisit I Samuel chapter 8 and consider the cost. There is a Godly choice to make; compromise is not necessary, it never is.