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The Markey-Waxman “Cap-and-trade” Energy Tax bill, in the current form being considered by the House Energy and Commerce committee, would have the following catastrophic effects by 2035:
1. Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion annually;

2. Destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs;

3. Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation;

4. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent;

5. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent;

6. Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500 annually; and

7. Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 26 percent, or $29,150 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants the U.S. House to vote at the end of this week on the Waxman-Markey National Energy Tax (House Bill 2454). We must stop it there before it reaches the Senate and passes with near certainty before being signed into law by the President.

Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 to voice your opposition, and tell everyone one you know to do the same.

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Republicans, Conservatives, Americans...

Most of us will probably never know how hard it is to do the job this man has done for us for eight years. I will admit, I did not vote for him the first time. But I sure as hell voted for him the second time. I woke up one day (I'll bet you can guess which one) and realized that we were blessed to have someone who recognized the true nature of the threat to our way of life. I started keeping more money in my pockets, because of this man. He tried to make it so I pay less for gasoline. He tried to give us a true retirement option in exchange for an entitlement program, but, sadly, appeasing "the other side" did not work. The spirit of bipartisanship, for us Republicans, is a one way street.

And I will admit, like any friend of mine... Even my best friends... I didn't always agree with him. Most of us can agree that the handling of our nation's sovereignty by him as well as the Republican-dominated Congress was shameful. We can all agree, his administration could have done more to articulate to the people what he did for us. Instead, those of us, out here, on the front lines--especially in so-called "blue state" strongholds for socialism and Leftist thought, were on our own to defend your legacy, your Presidency.

However, I'll never regret it. Because the Presidency is bigger than any one man, and this country is more important than my luxury to sit quiet, and remain comfortable in my own world. Your Presidency taught me that sometimes, we must face challenges now, so that they aren't waiting to harm us later. It was true in my own neighborhood, where I worked with police to chase away new thugs on my streets, and it worked for you. A man who can claim that despite any and all mistakes, he liberated 50 Million people.

Through the prism of time, history will judge you as one of America's greatest, most visionary Presidents; the kind that ranks with Ronald W. Reagon and, Abraham Lincoln (ironically, both Republican). Others might disagree, and it is their right to do so. But this is how I feel.

President George W. Bush receives a farewell ceremony from the ...
AP Tue Jan 6, 10:45 AM ET

President George W. Bush receives a farewell ceremony from the military at Ft. Myer in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

And I want everyone to know that I appreciate the thankless job you've done for this country. Somehow, you knew that past all of the angry, snarling talking heads on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and hidden behind the keyboards at the desks of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronical, and on and on and on... The marches by Code Pink, A.N.S.W.E.R., and the dictator-hugging Cindy Sheenan, and her fans... That there were those of us who know what you were trying to do. That appreciate the fact that you stuck your neck out, and fought for what was right; what you believed in, no matter what.

We never had to question what you believe in, or your words. We knew what you stood for, whether we might have agreed with it or not. I can't say that for many others who've had your job. I also cannot say that it's likely I'll agree with the President for the next four to eight years.

What I can say is that as you return to your private life in Crawford, Texas, George W. Bush, with a beautiful, loving wife, and two gorgeous, charming daughters rising into their own lives, much inspiration has been drawn from you for me to be the best that I can be. In MY darkest hours, I will look at friends who may turn their backs on me, family who might even disapprove of a choice that if I know in my heart is right, and just, I will think back to the burned effigies, the slanderous movies, the International criticism by bought statesmen and think--if Dubya could handle it, I damn sure can.

I will go on, honoring your legacy, defects and all, because no one is perfect. I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. But that shouldn't make us forget the great things we accomplish in our mortal time on Earth. So thank you, Mr. President. You were more than just a guy who sat behind the desk in the Oval Office on my television from time to time, you were the one light shining during the darkest hours of our nation's time. And I am personally appreciative, and grateful for it.

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Does anyone know a place or know already how each candidate feels on each issue? I'm wanting to see some sort of table/chart of what McCain and Obama have planned(or not have any plans) on the major issues. Such as the economy, military, energy independence, etc.
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I'm from California, and most Californians do not want gay marriage.

"Starting Monday at 5:01 pm, several California counties began issuing same-sex “marriage” certificates. This follows the order of the four Supreme Court judges striking down Proposition 22, which the voters overwhelming approved just a few years ago to reaffirm marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Yet, this debate is not over. Thankfully, the Protection of Marriage Amendment will appear on this November’s ballot. The campaign of the next few months will be our opportunity to remind Californians why the unique role of traditional marriage in society is worth protecting.

The major media would love to see us engage in fierce protests and hostile demonstrations of outrage against the licensing of same-sex “marriages”. Of course they will take any opportunity they can find to portray us as unreasonable. We must not fall into this trap.

So let us keep in mind: Our battle is not against the same-sex couples who are pursuing the opportunity to “marry” granted them by the activist judges on the California Supreme Court. Our battle is against the flawed reasoning of the court’s decision; our purpose is to reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage. Marriage is at the core of family security and is an essential element in our society. The Supreme Court has effectively rendered marriage meaningless at a time when we should be taking steps to strengthen families.

Fortunately, the Protection of Marriage Amendment will give voters the final say in this debate. We are confident that voters will reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage, just as they overwhelmingly did in 2000, and overturn the court’s flawed decision.

To succeed, however, we must raise the funds needed to launch an organized grassroots campaign and purchase statewide TV and radio advertisements urging a “yes” vote on the Marriage Amendment. Please mail a check or donate online today to support our campaign for marriage.

Thank you,

Ron Prentice, Chairman"

We have a strong possibility to put an end to gay marriage and judicial tyranny. But we need your support! Our campaign can take out-of-state donations. This is important because the California State Supreme Court decision is currently recognizing same-sex marriages for out-of-state couples. Please visit this website to see how you can make a difference and pass the word:

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GWB Daily has been a most interesting site, however, with the impending close of the Bush Administration, the "GWB Daily" community is becoming outdated. Also, with the infiltration of those that are not supporters of the Bush Administration who have come in for nothing more than spreading liberalism and arguments, in the absence of an administrator, discussion gets bogged down. A lot.

So, in the upcoming days, this site will be "replaced" by a newer one, not centering on any particular political candidate or sitting politician, but more focused on the GOP, itself. Details and invites will follow by the end of this week. Any suggestions for possibilities are welcome, and can be left, here, or e-mailed directly to me FromBFECanton@hotmail.com.

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Breaking: California Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage;
Update: Opinion-skimming analysis added!

posted at 1:11 pm on May 15, 2008 by Allahpundit

An election-year bombshell, just across the wires. Rove, you magnificent bastard. Stand by for updates.

Update: Here’s the opinion (http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S147999.PDF). How does 172 pages sound?

Update: The AP story is thin on specifics (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080515/ap_on_re_us/gay_marriage_4) since it’ll take awhile to digest the holding. Read this useful bullet-point background (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/05/15/pre-gaming-the-california-same-sex-marriage-ruling/?mod=WSJBlog) from the Journal to get up to speed on the legal posture. Note that six of the seven justices on the court are Republicans. Will the ruling stick?

“Pro-family” organizations have submitted more than 1.1 million signatures for an initiative that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. If at least 694,354 signatures are found to be valid, the measure would go on the November ballot and, if approved by voters, would override any court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Proposition 22, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage in the state as between one man and one woman (even if the marriage was entered into in another state that allows same-sex marriage), passed in 2000 by a margin of 1.7 million votes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposition_22).

Update: Sounds like a major win (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/15/BAGAVNC5K.DTL):
Gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in California, the state Supreme Court said today in a historic ruling that could be repudiated by the voters in November.
In a 4-3 decision, the justices said the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the “fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship.” The ruling is likely to flood county courthouses with applications from couples newly eligible to marry when the decision takes effect in 30 days.

The ruling set off a celebration at San Francisco City Hall.

Update: A quick skim reveals that the opinion’s fairly straightforward. They start out by noting that California’s different from other states that have dealt with this insofar as it already has a robust domestic partnership law. All this is about, really, is whether gays should be allowed to “marry” the way straights do or whether they’re stuck with those partnership agreements that leave them married in effect but not in name. Conservatives like partnership schemes and/or civil unions as an alternative to gay marriage, but I’ve always thought that argument’s self-defeating since it leaves you with no substantive reason for drawing any distinction in the first place. Yes, (some) conservatives seem to be saying, gays can go ahead and have civil unions that grant them all the benefits married couples have — but for god’s sake, don’t let them call themselves “married.” To which a court can only reply, “Why not?” The right’s strategy, in other words, has been to concede 99 yards and then stand on the one-yard line and say “no further,” but that’s not how discrimination jurisprudence works. If you’re going to discriminate you need a good reason, and depending upon whom you’re discriminating against, you may need a very, very good reason.

That’s actually the key ruling here: The court holds on page 95 that because sexual orientation is (1) immutable, (2) unrelated to one’s ability to function in society, and (3) a target of prejudice, it should be treated as a “suspect classification” for purposes of the state constitution’s equal protection clause. Once it’s deemed a suspect classification then the state needs a very compelling reason to justify discriminating on the basis of it — and since, as I say, it’s already conceded those 99 yards, there’s no such reason to be had. (If you want to bore yourself with the vagaries of equal protection jurisprudence, read this old post [http://hotair.com/archives/2006/10/25/breaking-nj-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-unions/] about New Jersey’s gay marriage ruling.) All they’re doing is denying gays the label of marriage to preserve a sense of stigma, which is almost a paradigm case of what equal protection is meant to prevent. I have no problem with the ruling as long as other states aren’t compelled to recognize Cali marriages per full faith and credit, which, needless to say, is the battleground on which this decision’s going to be fought in the presidential race. Taking the federalist approach and letting each state decide for itself is an easy call for Maverick; what about the Prince of Peace?

VIRAL NOTES: So, naturally, a good friend of mine posts this on her MySpace:

Proud to be a Californian today!
Body: Today, California's highest court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, granting loving, committed gay and lesbian couples the dignity and support their relationships have so long been denied.

All I can say is, KICK ASS!!!!!!!!

I'm not happy about this, at all. California, well-known as the toilet of the United States, and origin of nearly everything bad that happens in America (not to mention co-author of America's bad international image) has shown what it thinks of it's voting citizens. After soundly defeating a measure to legalize sodomic marriage, not long ago, the state's supreme court completely ignores the democratic process, and legislates from the bench. The judicial activists of the supreme courts have become some of the biggest enemies of democracy and freedom in this nation, and this is just the latest example of that.
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Palestinians Phonebank for Obama
By Amanda Carpenter

A television news segment produced by Al-Jazeera shows Palestinians in Gaza engaging in phone banking activities for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YF7ggCG6g).

The segment explains how young Palestinians have banded together to call American voters at random asking them to vote for Obama.

“It all started at the time of the US primaries,” says one of pro-Obama Palestinian organizers. “After studying Obama’s electro campaign manifesto I thought this is a man that’s capable of change inside of America. As for potential change in the Middle East, he can also do that if he can bring peace to the area. At least this is what we hope.”

Townhall was tipped off to the video by American Spectator’s Phillip Klein, who wrote Tuesday “It’s been around, but I'm just now seeing this Al Jazeera report of Palestinians in Gaza phonebanking for Obama. I hear that Hamas, which has endorsed Obama, has a bit of influence in those parts.”

Ahmed Yousef, a political adviser of the anti-Israel terrorist group Hamas said Hamas supports Obama last Sunday.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in an interview on WABC radio.

In recent days, Obama's position on the Isreali-Palestinian conflict has been scrutinized. One of his Middle East advisers, Robert Malley, resigned over the weekend after reporters found Malley had met with Hamas.

VIRAL NOTES: Dude, I'm telling you, now; if the denizens of the fictitious country of Palestine call me on the phone to vote for that racist communist, they'd better hope their grasp of English isn't all that great, because if it is, they're going to get their feelings hurt.

Isn't this crap illegal? Using foreigners for an election? Al Gore got into this kind of mess, back in the late 90s, when he had guys from a buddhist temple fundraising for him (http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2000/06/24/gore/index.html). Now, we have a leftist candidate that freely and openly associates with and befriends terrorists (http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2008/02/i-received-the.html), cuddles with racial supremacists for over 2 decades in their America-hating "church" (http://sweetness-light.com/archive/barack-obamas-church-ultra-left-and-afrocentric) and lies like a dirty rug, when he gets caught (http://www.anonymousliberal.com/2007/04/obamas-lies.html) (and my favorite: http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?p=24932813#post24932813). Now, he's got Palestinians working for him, howeveer indirectly? Sure, in his defense, I'm very sure he wasn't stupid enough to ask for their help, but what does it say when a region (not a country, because Palestine doesn't exist, and never did: http://www.allaboutmuhammad.com/page8.html) whose only export is terrorism backs you, politically? However, while he might not've asked the PLO or PFLP for help, directly, and may actively distance himself from them, verbally, let's not forget that he had Black Panthers and Nation of Islam guys working for him.





Obama even allowed Black Panther crap up on his official website, until he realized (finally) it would look bad, politically, to show he supports murderous, militant racist black radicals, and had their stuff deleted. Radio talk show host Mark Levin summed it up, perfectly. He said that what's really the issue, here, is judgement. Specifically, the judgement of a president that is friends with the wrong "reverend" Wright, that is friends of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, and that is friends with the murderous (and lucky) Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground.

Is this the man you want in the Oval Office, controlling our economy and military?
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Mexico: On the Road to a Failed State?

Edgar Millan Gomez was shot dead in his own home in Mexico City on May 8. Millan Gomez was the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in Mexico, responsible for overseeing most of Mexico’s counternarcotics efforts. He orchestrated the January arrest of one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, Alfredo Beltran Leyva. (Several Sinaloa members have been arrested in Mexico City since the beginning of the year.) The week before, Roberto Velasco Bravo died when he was shot in the head at close range by two armed men near his home in Mexico City. He was the director of organized criminal investigations in a tactical analysis unit of the federal police. The Mexican government believes the Sinaloa drug cartel ordered the assassinations of Velasco Bravo and Millan Gomez. Combined with the assassination of other federal police officials in Mexico City, we now see a pattern of intensifying warfare in Mexico City.

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VIRAL NOTES: First of all, let's face the fact that a failed state is in no one's best interests. No one, except the bad guys. Failed states, such as Somalia, become nothing more than anarchy-ruled, terrorist magnets. They become breeding grounds, training grounds and hiding grounds of ideological terrorists, narco terrorists and religious terrorists, such as Maoists of Shining Path, FARC, MS-13, and, of course, everybody's favorite, al-Qaeda (http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2369844). These failed states become bastions of lawlessness and suffering, as the rule of law becomes the gun, and everybody without one becomes the victims. Habitually, nations stay out of failed states (again, like Somalia) for various reasons (including cowardice). When President Clinton entered into one, he foolishly allowed the incompetent Secretary of Defense Lester Aspin (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n22_v45/ai_14667458) to send an ill-equipped (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/jan/24/afghanistan.features11) Task Force Ranger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993)) (http://inquirer.philly.com/packages/somalia/sitemap.asp) into Mogadishu. In a perennial display of cowardice from behind his desk, Clinton ordered the forces to leave Somalia. This, in turn, emboldened the enemies of America, and got a terrorist fatwa levied against the US, specifically mentioning that battle, and Clinton by name and deed (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/international/fatwa_1996.html).

Somalia is thousands of miles/kilometers away from any American border.

Mexico is right next door.

Imagine Mexico becoming the next Somalia, right on the Texas/Arizona/Nevada/California borders, breeding anti-American narco-terrorists. Slaughtering it's citizens in the streets. Exporting violence to America, as well as triggering an even bigger flood of illegal immigration over our borders. Now, also picture those bad guys cutting deals with other bad guys to provide a close-proximity safe haven for them, so they can launch attacks against/infiltrate the United States, with their help.

Get the picture, yet?

If there was any reason to deploy heavily armed and weapons-free military forces (http://stinet.dtic.mil/oai/oai?&verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA312258) to the Southwest border, it's this one. Guys like the 7th SFG (Special Forces Group) helped in Columbia; it's probably time to start redeploying them more heavily into Mexico, to start training their forces. SeAL Team 4, DEA and ICE forces also need to be heavily represented. When I say they must be "weapons free", that means they must have authorization to shoot to kill at their leasure. No waiting for confirmations from hundreds, to thousands, of miles away by officials that have no idea what's really going on.

Shoot at us, and we call in a B-52 strike, on you.

We need to get a serious quid pro quo going, here. I say that with the increasing hostility and decreasing effectiveness of Europe, we need to permanently dissolve EUCOM (European Command), and redistribute the US forces from NATO and EUCOM to CENTCOM (Central Command, which is involved in the Middle East), AFRICOM (guess where they are) and, of course, USSOUTHCOM (United States Southern Command). The price for our assistance? Payment rendered in both funds and oil. Mexico's oil industry is a rusty pump, because they really haven't been able to do much with it (http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/07/america/mexico.php). Allow American forces to assist in training Mexican military and police forces, as well as to secure oil production facilities. Allow a free flow of oil-in-payment to the US, via American and Mexican companies, as well as increased oil production to other nations, in order to boost national economy, and help dig Mexico's poor GDP out of it's early grave (which should create jobs, and help cut back on these damned illegals flowing across the American border). It would also be beneficial to get Mexico away from OPEC (which is generally a collection of anti-American nations, to begin with).
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Michael Moore making '9/11' sequel

Documentary to be released in 2009

Michael Moore is making a sequel to "Fahrenheit 9/11" for Overture Films and Paramount Vantage, which will shop the project to international buyers when the Cannes Film Festival and market get under way today.
The two companies are co-financing and co-producing the untitled doc, which will be released next year. Overture will distribute the film domestically, while Vantage will handle international.

Moore may be leaving the Weinstein Co. -- where he made his last two films, including "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- but Overture and Vantage are no strangers to the filmmaker. Overture CEO Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett were both at MGM and United Artists, home of Moore's "Bowling for Columbine."

Moore also knows Vantage topper Nick Meyer, former president of Lionsgate's international arm. Lionsgate teamed with Bob and Harvey Weinstein and distributed "Fahrenheit 9/11" after Disney refused to let Miramax do so. Lionsgate again teamed with the Weinsteins to distribute Moore's most recent docu, "Sicko."

"Fahrenheit 9/11," a scathing indictment of George W. Bush's war on terrorism and a hit at the worldwide box office, won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2004. "Bowling for Columbine" also played at Cannes, and "Sicko" preemed at the fest last year.

Moore's new doc could play at Cannes next year, if it isn't released earlier in the spring. He's already at work on the film.

"Clearly, we have a movie of global appeal here. Michael Moore is a very talented filmmaker, and this is a branded property," Meyer said, adding that the Weinsteins helped build that brand.

Sequel will pick up where "Fahrenheit 9/11" left off. In the time since, Bush's popularity has plummeted, while the Iraq war continues and the economy falters.

"It's a vote of confidence on Michael's part and a great partnership for all of us," Rosett said. "There is a voracious appetite for this kind of commentary."

Moore has made three of the five top-grossing documentaries of all time. "Fahrenheit 9/11" is the highest-grossing docu ever domestically, earning $119.1 million. It grossed another $100 million at the international box office.

Moore's decision not to make his next film with the Weinstein Co. comes after "Sicko" failed to ignite at the box office. Film, which took on the U.S. health care system, grossed $24.5 million domestically and $11.2 million internationally. Topically, the film didn't resonate with overseas auds.

Deal strengthens the relationship between Vantage and Overture. Last year, the two entered into an exclusive international distribution deal that gives Overture access to Vantage's international sales division, as well as the distrib arm of Paramount Pictures Intl.

Vantage will likely keep distribution rights to certain overseas territories after selling off the rest.

Bob and Harvey Weinstein will get an exec producing credit.
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