BSA celebrates 100 years of Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is celebrate 100 years of Scouting. They have vowed to "continue [their] journey into the next century!" Check out the energy and excitement of their 100th Anniversary Audiocast Kick-Off Rally!

As the FRC put it, ". . . 100 years of molding boys into men worthy of respect. Despite being under relentless pressure to make their message more politically correct, the Boy Scouts have never wavered from instilling traditional values into generations of young leaders. Although the Scouts have been under fire from the Left, they continue to show the same character that the organization has developed in millions of American boys. We applaud the Boy Scouts for its commitment to faith and for serving as an example to other groups of what it means to continue stand up for the truth after years of dedicated service."

In 2001 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the largest single sponsor of Scouting units with over 30,000 units nationwide, "more than 400,000 Mormon boys participate in church-sponsored troops, 13 percent of scouting's total". This is due to it being the Church's main program "for boys and young men ages 8-18". The church also has strong affiliations with Scouts Canada, the Scouting Associations of Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain, and other associations in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. The vast majority of Latter-day Saint Scouting affiliations, however, are in the western and central United States and Canada.

Debra Medina in the political target, but Glenn Beck losses the interview

The supposed GOP underdog candidate, Debra Madina, got her chance at the national spot light yesterday, but did she really get her message across, or was she ambushed with an unexpected question that could cost her the TX-GOP nomination?
On the Glenn Beck Radio Program yesterday morning, Glenn commented to Debra that he was seeing "a theme that ran against [her] and that [she is] a 9/11 Truther."  This seemed to catch Debra off guard who answered in a way that appeared truthful, but according to Glenn was going to "write her off the list" for the Texas Republican Party Governor nomination.
Unfortunately what Glenn didn't seem to realize, was that on the very same radio station he get's broadcast on, in Collin County Texas, KLIF, is a local radio talk show host, who is seemingly much more understanding, and gave Debra a chance to clarify her position to many of the very people who will be voting for her in a few short weeks.
John David Wells took call after call about Debra for most of his 3 hour radio show, The Wells Report, that same afternoon.  I was able to listen to a fair amount of it, and while some people did seem to agree with Glenn, many more seemed to think that it was in fact Glenn who had lost this interview as he repeatedly got accused of "ambushing" Debra on an issue that not only has nothing to do with the Texas Governors race, but that Debra had until this point not made or received any comments on before.
Many seemed to be wondering were Glenn even got this idea from, and one caller even speculated on possible links between Glenn and some Texas big shots that seemingly tied him back to Rick Perry.  Glenn certainly seemed to have a thing for Rick Perry saying within the exact same segment, "Rick, I think you and I could French kiss right now."  Glenn also made a number of other comments about Rick to further prop him up.  A stance that to some of John David's callers, and myself, is seemingly out of character for someone who claims to be doing what he does, for the people.  Many of John David's callers said they were actually more interested in Debra now then they were before, and much less interested in Glenn; possibly making Debra the "winner" of this debate.
Certainly Debra's response to Glenn was not well poised, but most North Texans who commented on it, that afternoon, seemed to be understanding; especially after Debra herself made a statement in response to the interview saying, "I have never been involved with the 9/11 truth movement . . . I have not seen any evidence nor have I ever believed that our government was involved or directed [the terrorists] in any way . . . The question surprised me because it's not relevant to this race or the issues facing Texans".  She also called in to The Wells Report to clarify her misunderstanding of Glenn's seemingly unnecessary question, that resulted in what even she seemed agree, was a misplaced response.
However, Glenn is certainly not the only person to have attacked Debra: Chris Matthews has attacked Debra on her 10th Amendment views; Leo Berman, State Representative, District 6 raised concerns about Debra's fiscal ideas; i even came across an article on The Huffington Post that seemed to primary be an attempt at bashing Medina for her stance on taxes. Yet despite all this, her popularity seems to continue to grow while Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison continue to fling mud at each other, or so it seemed to me as I listened to the breaks filled with political ads during Debra's follow up interview on the Wells Report.
I would have to say that if you truly want a person who understands what we the people go threw every day, and who will stand up for what's right for the people; then you need an unpolished non-career-politician, who's going to make mistakes and miss-speak from time to time, but who is willing to be honest in their answers.  Unfortunately, at least over the last few decades, that doesn't seem to get you elected.  Maybe this time will be different?

Collin ounty conservative organizations making candidate endorsements, or not.

The Young Conservatives of Texas have released their first round of endorsements in the 2010 Statewide Primary Election, Posted in PDF format here.

These endorsements Including, Rick Perry, Mike Brasovan, and a number of State House District candidates.

The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) has released an endorsement for Debra Medina, and Stephen Schoppe, along with a few others.

In contrast the Dallas Tea Party organization sent out a recent e-mail trying to make it clear that they "do not endorse or support specific candidates" but rather that the "Dallas Tea Party and the Common Sense Texans Network are non-partisan, non-profit organizations".  The e-mail went on to say, "it's not 'our turn' to make up for past exclusion and insider shenanigans by being exclusive and executing our own shenanigans."  They seem to be the only one's to have recently mentioned Kay Bailey Hutchison at all.

Freedom Wins in case over Campaigning - Citizens United v. FEC

Thanks to the McCain–Feingold Act (Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002), the established corporate news media can do something you cannot. They can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to communicate about politicians, campaigns, and issues. This gives the media an advantage when it comes to informing the public as to what your choices are when it comes to Public elections. They rarely include real people who are considered underdogs, in favor of the very career politicians that create these kinds of freedom limiting laws.

To gain an even better understanding of these kinds of campaign finance laws please watch the following 4-minute video:

Most cases against the campaign finance laws have focused on the freedom of speech, but these challenges have always been denied by the courts, under the perverse reasoning that "money isn't speech." However, a 2003 case, Ron Paul v. FEC, argued that the freedom of the press is a right that must be protected for all Americans, not only for those who run media businesses. The claim was denied, but that was only the beginning . . .

A co-plaintiff in the 2003 case, Citizens United, renewed the fight last year. They challenged campaign finance provisions that prohibited them from broadcasting a movie they had made about Hillary Clinton, who was then running for President.

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment freedom of speech guarantee prohibits the Government from enforcing any financial restrictions limiting core political speech involving elections based on a speaker’s corporate identity. The Supreme Court restored some of your ability to join with others in order to better exercise your freedoms of association, of speech, and of the press.

However, there are still many more media lies that need to be corrected, more taxpayers need to be educated about the true causes of government corruption, and why campaign finance laws like McCain-Feingold are not a cure, but a cause. There are still many other incumbent protection laws that make it difficult to fire members of Congress, and limit your rights of association, of speech, and of the press.

Benafiting from Hard Work...

Who wants to work hard to earn a living and build up wealth in today's work of government taxing the rich more heavily, and giving bailouts to anyone who fails or can't make it on their own?

Maybe instead we should force people into our way of thinking with ideas of extremists:

Or just rush head on into socialism and let the government do everything for us and to us: