CPAC 21014 is drawing to a close and a litany of conservative personalities and politicians have walked across the Potomac Ball Room’s stage. The first Conservative Political Action Conference’s key note speaker, Ronald Reagan, would have been proud of the nature of conservatism as it exists today.
New personalities have risen to fill the gap left by their predecessors and the movement continues as the intellectually vigorous engine of the Republic. There is strength and integrity in a diversity of ideas, in a vibrant intellectual marketplace. CPAC still fosters an environment conducive to serious debate.
We are now approximately three weeks away from the big night…Prom night, that is. The perfect dress has been purchased and is currently being altered. The prom date has been thoroughly terrified and understands what will happen should my daughter not return in the complete state of perfection in which she leaves. But we still have shoes, hair and the manicure/pedicure. Believe me, there is no escaping the daily “Mom, we need to get my hair and nails done.”
The one thing about which my daughter has not harassed me daily is the shoes. Given that she has shown a complete distrust in my ability to help her with the dress and other Prom night essentials, you may be wondering why. Well I’ll tell you, but you can’t tell anyone else.
I’m a shoeaholic.
Yes, I admit that I should probably be admitted to a twelve step program for shoe addiction. However, my addiction has inspired complete confidence in my daughter that she will, in fact, get the most beautiful shoes possible for her most perfect dress.
The Sportsman Channel will soon have a grizzly on the team – a mama grizzly, that is. The channel announced in early January that the former Governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate, and best selling author has joined the Sportsman Channel team as host of the weekly original series “Amazing America”. The show is the first part of the channel's new 'Red, Wild & Blue America' programming plan.
Dubbed “First Lady of the Outdoors” by Gavin Harvey, CEO of the Sportsman Channel, Governor Palin will take viewers on a “coast-to-coast” journey through Red, Wild and Blue America showcasing some of the most original, interesting, inspiring and "sometimes eccentric" people and pastimes connected to the great outdoors.
By now most of us have learned about 18 year old Rachael Canning of New Jersey suing her parents for $5,000 in tuition owed to the Morris Catholic High School, where she is a senior, and access to a college fund that was set up for her.
Canning has stated that her parents abandoned her and that they are obligated to support her financially. Canning’s parents reject that their daughter was abandoned, but left on her own because she didn’t want to abide by their house rules.
So far, a family court judge has denied Canning’s request that her parents pay the remaining $5,000 balance of her private school tuition and the requested $600 per month for living expenses. Another hearing has been scheduled for next month.
To many, Rachael Canning comes off as a spoiled rebellious teenager that wants to live by her own rules but not have any of the responsibility that comes with it. But there is a bigger issue here. Why does Rachael feel that she is entitled to sue her parents for funds that are only hers as a gift, not obligation? (These are the people who gave her life and tried their best to give her the best.)
The Senate, yesterday, in a stunning narrow defeat to the President, blocked the nomination of Debo Adegbile. If approved, Adegbile would oversee the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The vote tally was 52-47, The 47 senators who voted for the nomination were all Democrat. The Senators who broke rank were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, John Walsh of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Chris Coons of Delaware. Senators Coons, Pryor and Walsh all face re-election this year.
In Wednesday's hearing regarding the IRS and its targeting of conservative groups, Representative Darrell Issa of California asked former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Division Lois Lerner several questions regarding her involvement in the IRS scandal. Lois Lerner declined to answer each question, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment and reciting the same statement each time, "On the advice of my counsel I respectively exercise my 5th amendment right and decline to answer that question."
Rep. Darrell Issa was visibly upset by her refusal to answer questions and finally stopped his questions and said, "seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee" and obviously we are not going to get it.
Never underestimate the instincts of a loving mother. It might end you up in front of the United States Supreme Court as it did with the case, Harris v. Quinn.
The whole thing ignited when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an executive order labeling in-home caretakers, like Pam Harris, public employees subject to unionization – in their own households.
Who is Pam Harris? I can tell you a little about this remarkable woman after visiting her and her family at their home. Friendly and gracious, she explained the ordeal they’ve been through since the executive order was enacted in 2009. With laser-like focus she recalled her experience for probably the hundredth time. She’s already done a host of media interviews with those who have more prominence and reach than I. But Pam has learned, you must tell your truth to whomever will listen.
Pam Harris is a mom on a mission.
In my previous article, A Mom's Adventure During Prom Season, I began sharing my experience with my daughter as we shop through prom season. We started with the dress because, well…it’s everything. Now that we have the perfect dress, it’s time to buy the perfect shoes. But since we’re still searching for those, let’s discuss the prom date instead.
Yes, it’s the dreaded moment that strikes fear into the heart of every dad with a daughter. The “Who will be taking my little girl to the prom?” moment. Let’s be honest, moms generally handle this a lot better than dads. But I’m a divorced single mom and as a result, it is all on me to make sure her prom date understands the rules. And I definitely had a plan, so let’s meet the prom date.
Two days ago, at my request, my daughter brought her prom date home to meet me. Naturally, I would prefer her to bring home a young man who is respectful, has no body piercings, has a nice haircut and of course, pants hanging somewhere near his waist and not around his ankles. As I waited for them to come in I said a little prayer:
Please let this young man have his pants up around his waist where they belong. Let him be respectful and have no body piercings. And, please Lord, do not let him be wearing goth makeup or have huge holes in his ear lobes.”
United States congressional candidate Alex Sink certainly knows how to put her foot in her mouth. In a recent debate between her and the other candidates running for Florida Congressional District 13’s vacated seat, she had this to say about illegal immigrants and immigration reform.
“Immigration reform is important in our country ... because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean out hotel rooms or do our landscaping?”
Attacking Americans First Amendment rights for speaking out against the Government and calling Americans liars seems to be the plan of Obamcare supporters to shut down the truth about the pain or suffering Obamacare is causing.
You don't have to follow the news closely to see articles about cancer patients who are losing their healthcare coverage under Obamacare. A quick trip through my Facebook feed usually discovers a new story daily. One situation that is getting a great deal of attention is that of cancer patient and mother Julie Boonstra, who lost her insurance plan under Obamacare, because Democrat Congressman Gary Peters is trying to silence her. Julie is taking it to the congressman and is not backing down to his thuggery.
Is this acceptable to you that not only does a mother in Michigan have to battle leukemia, but also a sitting Congressman? How many more Julie Boonstra’s are out there that are being silenced by intimidation and a reckless media that refuse to report these stories? Left wing media sites are doing their best to discredit Boonstra, and Obamacare supporters are only too happy to attack a cancer patient than actually look for the truth.
Have you had enough yet? Julie Boonstra could be any one of us.