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Dana Loesch Rocks the Tucson Tea Party

Cross posted at ttpdaily.com

Dana walked out to Def Leppard’s “Let’s Get Rocked” and the temperature was turned up from there. Pop some corn, hit play. Dana skewer’s the old stream media for being lying liars after the Tucson shooting. They were more than willing to blame talk radio, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party before any facts were in.

Dana also encouraged the Tucson crowd reminding us that we are not alone. The St. Louis Tea Party and Tea Party’s across America stand with us.

Thank you Dana for being willing to go into the lion’s den with your conservatism and debate skills. You are welcome back to Tucson anytime!

Dana Loesch Rocks the Tucson Tea Party, April 30, 2011 from Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

California vs. Texas

This was originally posted at the Tucson Tea Party’s new blog


They say everything is bigger in Texas. That is not entirely true. Texas has a much smaller unemployment rate than the rest of the country and a smaller deficit too. Their deficit is so small, it’s a surplus!

Compare that to California that excels in joblessness and deficit spending. How did the Golden State squander their gold while Texas is thriving in the the worst economy in a generation?

One only look as far as the ideals that have brought Americans out on the streets asking Washington D.C., pleading really, to shrink the size of Government, lower taxes and embrace fiscal responsibility. The Tucson Tea Party Peeps have been pointing out what Texas is proving. Less really is more when it comes to government and resulting prosperity.

Mark Hemingway shows the contrast between the Golden and Lone Star states in the first of his 5 part series, “Texas booms while California busts.” He compares the two states philosophies and behaviors, and the very different results they bring. From the article:

While Texas has been affected by the economic downturn, its 7.9 percent unemployment rate is well below the national average of 9.8. At 12 percent, unemployment in California is well above average.

Perhaps the most dramatic illustration of Texas’ superiority is that Americans have been stating their preference for the Lone Star State with their feet.

Between 2000 and 2009, California had a domestic outflow of 1.5 million people, while Texas had 850,000 move in from other states. From 2008 to 2009, Texas’ population inflow was double that of any other state.

So how have two similar states ended up in such radically different situations? The answer is smaller government.

What Texas is doing “appears as right-wing science fiction to many California legislators and pundits. They claim that serious reform of the tax code is unrealistic, that a large state has many duties to fulfill, and that it is irresponsible to call for a return to a 19th century view of the role of government,” write economists Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams in their annual report “Rich States, Poor States.”

Texas has no state income tax or personal capital gains tax and a small 1 percent gross receipts tax on business. In contrast, California’s 10.3 percent personal income tax is the second highest in the country, and the Golden’s State’s top marginal rates for corporate income and capital gains are 8.84 and 10.55 percent, respectively.

Unfortunately Washington D.C. and the Federal Government aren’t listening to the Tea Party and aren’t following the real world example of Texas. Instead they continue down the California path that instead of being paved with gold is littered with printed money borrowed from our kids and grandkids.

We the People of the Tucson Tea Party will be back out there holding our signs, peacefully assembling for principles that are obviously and demonstrably right. For a country that is seeking answers we only need to examine the bad and good examples being set by California and Texas.

Election Eve Reminiscing

This post is going to be more about my own personal journey this election cycle.  My life has changed a lot in the last year and a quarter.

I guess it started with the decision to leave Family Life Radio.  I was the News Director for a national radio network and living comfortably.  It was a good job, but there was a stirring in my heart for almost a year before I left.  After much prayer, and then a job change, I felt the timing was right to start my own business.  I jumped off a cliff into the world of web design and online video.  AgapeMedia.net, LLC was born.

As a news guy for 20 years, I was very interested in current events and politics.  Even before I broke into news really.  I remember being intensely interested when Nixon resign, watching that as a kid with my Dad.

As a weather anchor for many years and a fan of science it isn’t hard for me to understand the way I reacted in August of 2009.  My Congresswoman voted for Cap & Trade!  Are you kidding me?!  That in no way represented me.  In no way!  (did I mention that)  I had to do something!  I didn’t have to wait long.

About that time the Democratic Committee came out with an ad complaining about the “angry mobs” that were protesting the President’s agenda.  Bitter about the election the ad said.  American’s for Prosperity had a rally planned in front of Gabrielle Giffords office and I decided to do a story.  I took my FlipUltra HD down to the rally and I talked to this “angry mob” to expose them for who they were (are).

Caleb Howe had created a hastag on Twitter, #iamthemob.  That’s what I called the video.  That video was picked up by HotAir, Red State, Breitbart.tv and many many others.  theBCast interviewed me on their show!  It literally changed my life.  The Tucson Tea Party called and wanted me to do videos.  And I did.  “Signs of the Times” and “Not a Blue Dog” and one of my favorites, “Tucson Town Hall and Fun and Game Show.”  I also got involved in the Jesse Kelly campaign early on, doing a video when he took over for a town hall when Gabby Giffords canceled.

I was (and am) determined to send our self proclaimed Blue Dog Democrat packing.  After voting for Stimulus, Cap & Trade and Obamacare, she ain’t no Blue Dog!

In the last year I have had the privilege to get to know, and work with, candidates and public servants on all levels of local and state government and their wonderful staff and volunteers.  I am now an elected Precinct Committeeman and I have a new circle of wonderful Conservative friends.

What the future holds, I can’t say.  But I do know that on this election eve;  I am praying that our passion and hard work result in Conservatives sweeping into office in Congress and in the State Senate and House.  This country is awake and I am so happy to be working along side my Conservative friends to bring about the change that will get people working again.

These Rights We Hold to be Self Evident (funny how they aren’t evident at all to some).  We are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights!  Government need only be big enough to protect those God-given rights.  Then we are free!  Free to live, enjoy liberty and pursue happiness.  I pray that God grant us victory for He has truly blessed America.   believe that if we return to Him and His values that He isn’t done with us yet!  Blessed to be a blessing to the rest of the world.

Tea Party Racist? Black Conservatives Respond

As an off white male (I’m 1/2 Italian and tan very well in the Summer :-) the charge of racism is kind of like, “so, how long have you been beating your wife?”  I could respond with, “well, some of my best friends are black,” but doesn’t that just sound lame.  The charge of racism has been so over used lately so as to lose it’s punch, but it can still put an off white American on defense for no good reason.

I’ll just let Black Conservatives talk for me:


and then there was James T. Harris that I recorded at the Tucson Tea Party on April 15, 2010.


I’ll leave you with a scripture and a thought.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

It’s like Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream speech. Someday we will get to the point in this country where people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I’d say that some liberals and some in the liberal media have some catching up to do.

Arizona Health Care Freedom Act

American’s for Prosperity and the Tucson Tea Party teamed up to bring, “Townhall on How to Stop Obamacare in Arizona” to the El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. Dr. Eric Novack is a pediatrician who was instrumental in writing the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act that will be on the ballot in November. In this clip, Dr. Novack talks about the two main protections Arizonans would receive under the act.



In this clip, Dr. Eric Novack takes a two-part question on whether Obamacare will cover illegal aliens and whether abortions will be paid for by taxpayers.


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Arizona to Join Suit Against Federal Government

Earlier today the Associated Press reported:

Arizona’s Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard said Wednesday he won’t join lawsuits filed by other states’ attorneys general to challenge the federal health care overhaul, but Republican Gov. Jan Brewer plans to pursue a lawsuit even without Goddard’s involvement.

Tonight in Oro Valley we got news of how the Governor plans to do just that:


 

If Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano is right then Goddard has a point. At the same time, Arizona is still a red state and the Governor is following the wishes of the people, as well as her own convictions, no doubt.

It’s striking to me how the Democrats went ahead and passed Obamacare against a clear majority of the American people. Are they not concerned that now dozens of states are filling suit against the Federal Government?

As Al Melvin said in the video, America is still strong, but it is being pushed to the limit. This next election is another in a line of “most important elections” ever.

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Nuclear Option


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Tucson Tea Party Hosts Hundreds

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Gabrielle Giffords’ office Tuesday afternoon/evening to show their displeasure for her vote for Pelosi/Obama care.  Here’s my take on how it went:



Update: HotAir just picked up my video!  Thanx you guys

Also, theBCast tells me they are going to run it during their show this afternoon starting at 4pm EST.  See you in chat.

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Tucson Town Hall Fun & Game Show

Gabrielle Giffords finally held a Town Hall on Obamacare Tuesday night at Sahuaro High School. There were about 1200 people inside the auditorium and reportedly another 1,000 in an overflow area that was fed a closed circuit feed of the proceedings.

I got in the main auditorium and did the best I could zooming around with my camera. More importantly, ordinary (I like that) Southern Arizonans got a chance to tell their Congresswoman what they thought of Obamacare. And they did!

Here’s my take:



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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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