Monthly Archives: August 2009

Signs of the Times

There’s “Astroturf” and then there’s American ingenuity and creativity.  Here’s a look at the Tucson Tea Party event held in front of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office at 4-7 p.m. compared to the Breakfast & Rally for Health Care Reform event held at the same place at 8 a.m.



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Getting to Know Jesse Kelly

Jesse Kelly is doing a tremendous job getting his name out there.  While sometimes elections are won by name recognition alone, what a huge advantage it is to have a candidate with substance.  As more and more people start finding out who Jesse Kelly is, I believe they will like what they see.  Here’s an interview Kelly did on the Tucson PBS Station.  Judge for yourself:



Kelly Wins Debate by Forfeit!

Jesse Kelly challenged Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to a debate on health care.  The challenge was made months ago and the event was held last night.  Did she show?  Of course not, but Jesse Kelly got some good coverage from KGUN9 “On Your Side.”



After watching Kelly in action last week at the Town Hall in Green Valley/Sahaurita I can see why Congresswoman Giffords didn’t want to show up.   Jesse Kelly knows what he is talking about and knows how to articulate it.  By Giffords skipping the event she continues to dodge her adoring public.  She skipped an opportunity to face the people she serves who would have been able to confront her over her votes, and ask her where she stands on the proposed health care bill.

So.  Was last night’s debate a “political stunt?”   I’m not sure it matters.  By making the bold move to call out the Congresswoman, Kelly wins.  If Giffords had shown up then District 8 voters would have a chance to hear both sides of the debate and make their thoughts and feelings known.  Giffords didn’t show up, but she was forced to respond via statement and dismiss the event as a “political stunt.”  Kelly wins the debate by forfeit and his campaign has Giffords on the defensive.  Nice.

Gabrielle Giffords, um no, Jesse Kelly Town Hall

There was a town hall meeting yesterday in Green Valley/Sahuarita at the American Legion.  Originally, Gabrielle Giffords was scheduled to attend, but canceled.  So, Jesse Kelly showed up instead to answer questions about health care.



I was surprised none of the Tucson TV stations were there. Here’s what the Green Valley News & Sun reported before the town hall:

Jesse Kelly, who is vying for the GOP nod to run against Giffords next year in Arizona’s 8th District, said Giffords is fleeing from her responsibilities as an elected official.

“If our representative will not come out and hear people’s thoughts on these issues, if she will not come out and face the voters who elected her, I will,” he said.

Giffords had planned to address veterans issues Thursday at the American Legion Post but combined that and another appearance at Pima Community College into one meeting that will be held Thursday at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Giffords’ spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the decision was made in order to consolidate two separate meetings covering military issues.

But Kelly said he thinks Giffords is trying to avoid potentially contentious and vitriolic exchanges with voters about health care that have characterized town hall meetings across the nation.

“I believe she’s scared to get shouted at by the voters,” Kelly said. “If they want to stand in front of her and shout at her, that’s their right.”

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Congresswoman Giffords Moves Meeting

Have you Seen Her?
Have you Seen Her?

Gabrielle Giffords’ office has canceled an appearance in Green Valley/Sahuarita.  She’s moving her meeting on veterans issues to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.  The Green Valley News and Sun says (emphasis mine):

Giffords had planned to spend Thursday in the area, including a visit to American Legion Post #66 in Sahuarita.

Her staff on Monday said she has combined that appearance and another at Pima Community College into one at the base at 6 p.m. Thursday.  Those attending must RSVP through her Tucson office at 881-3588 to get base access.

Giffords will still attend a private event Thursday at “a retirement community” in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area, though her communications director, C.J. Karamargin, would not disclose details.

Oh my. Congresswoman Giffords is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid being faced with a crowd.  Instead of facing her own constituents, she has decided to hide behind the gates of a military base!  Even if some opponents do manage to RSVP through Gifford’s office (I don’t know if they are screening participants in any way) this move severely limits access to the congresswoman, and eliminates the possibility of a demonstration outside.

Here’s my bottom line.  I don’t want the Congresswoman to feel unsafe in any way.  I DO want her to realize that her vote on Obamacare is being watched VERY closely.  Speaking for myself, I got fired up when she voted for Cap & Trade.  If she votes in favor of Obamacare as well, Mrs. Giffords has to know she will not remain in Congress.  She represents us.  Are you listening Congresswoman Giffords?  I hope so.

Climate Change Seen as Threat to National Securty?

Give me a break, New York Times, or better yet, give me a break Congress:

The Department of Defense’s assessment of the security issue came about after prodding by Congress to include climate issues in its strategic plans

How about the $700-billion a year the United States exports to nations that sell us oil?

Think about that. What this article is saying is that the current administration is more concerned about warming predicted by a computer model that hasn’t gotten it right yet, then it is about our dependence on foreign oil. One only needs to look at bankrupt California to see the results of promoting green energy while NOT allowing drilling for natural resources.

“But what about the climate Mike?,” you might ask. Thanx for asking. Official measurements of the atmosphere by NASA show no warming since 1997 even as CO2 concentrations have risen. During the 80’s and 90’s, ice caps on Mars shrank! My opinion (and that of many solar scientists and many scientists in general) is that any warming, and cooling, we’ve seen in the past was driven by the Sun.

Climate Change isn’t a threat to national security. Rather, it’s these backward policies that are putting the country in danger.

Meanwhile, fewer and fewer American’s think global warming is a problem.

I Am the Mob

There’s a lot of talk about the mob these days.  I decided to go to a protest against Obamacare to see for myself.  Sure enough, the place in front of my Congresswoman’s office was crawling with the mob!  I decided to talk to some of them at great personal risk, and here’s what I found out.



Apparently the folks in Tucson aren’t the only one’s upset with Gabrielle Giffords’ stance on Obamacare.  The Sierra Vista Herald has more.

UPDATE: HotAir.com just posted my video.

UPDATE: Breitbart.tv has posted the video

UPDATE: Tucson Tea Party is featuring the video

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Tucson Tea Party Event – August 6, 2009

Gabrielle Giffords, (D)-Arizona’s 8th Congressional District was scheduled to appear at an event in downtown Tucson. According to the Arizona Star

Giffords’ campaign sponsored Cinema La Placita this week, which is a movie night held each Thursday. The movie shown was “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

The Tucson Tea Party’s official web site says that Representative Giffords’ campaign misrepresented the truth when they told Fox 11 News that the Congresswoman never planned to attend the event.

Gabrielle Giffords sent out a message in her “Cactus Roots Connection” newsletter about her intended appearance at the event, saying: “Come join me and others in watching this classic film… Hope to see you there! Thank you again for your support! Sincerely yours, Gabrielle Giffords.”

AgapeMedia.net was at La Placita and put together the following video and pictures:


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