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The following was written by Gina Miller. Her opinions don’t necessarily reflect those of, but because they’re here, they probably do.

When I started seeing the scathing headlines about celebrity chef Paula Deen, I immediately remembered the story from about a year and a half ago of Ms. Deen recounting having had Michelle Obama on her television show in the run-up to the fateful 2008 presidential election.  Ms. Deen popped off about how Mrs. Obama loves to eat—a lot.  While it was clear that Ms. Deen was saying it in good nature, what she said made Michelle Obama sound like a pig.  In part, Ms. Deen said, “Well, I did a show with Michelle and I just loved being with her.  She probably ate more than any other guest I’ve ever had on the show.  She kept eating even during commercials.” 

Well, you just don’t “diss” the healthy food nazi First Lady by carelessly blabbing about her hypocritical eating habits.  I’m certain Ms. Deen was on the media’s (and possibly the Obamas’) target hate list from that moment on.  So, now a woman decides to file a “harassment” lawsuit against Ms. Deen and her brother, which has produced a Paula Deen deposition that gives the media a fried plum opportunity to ruin Ms. Deen by making a mountain out of her verbal mole hill. 

The woman filing suit, Lisa Jackson, who is “white,” worked for five years—five years—as a manager of one of Ms. Deen’s restaurants that she co-owns with her brother.  The gist of the lawsuit is that Lisa Jackson claims Ms. Deen and her brother run a hostile work environment.  According to TMZ, Ms. Jackson basically claims Ms. Deen’s brother is a racist, lecherous porn hound.  Ms. Jackson worked until 2010, and I see no word on why she stayed in that oh-so-terrible work environment for five long years or why she waited three years after leaving to makes these claims in a lawsuit.  Whether or not she is an opportunist looking to cash in on some of Ms. Deen’s large fortune remains to be seen, but what is remarkable about this whole story is the nation’s response to Ms. Deen’s having admitted to calling an armed robber—as our insane, politically correct nation calls it—the “N-word.” 

Paula Deen was swiftly steam-rolled by the hysterical media frenzy over this revelation.  Judging simply from the media’s outrage and indignant, self-righteous reaction, you would think Paula Deen had admitted to pan-searing cute little live puppies in butter sauce.  But, no; what she did was say a word that some people might find offensive. 

Diana West, writing at WorldNetDaily had this to say: 

As practically everyone knows by now, multimillionaire TV chef Paula Deen was yanked from the pinnacle of free-market success after admitting to a lawyer taking a deposition in a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit (already Orwellian) that she had used what is referred to as “the N-word” some 25 years ago.  

“The N-word”? Here we give the Victorians a run for their word-mincing money. The offending word, of course, is “nigger,” and no matter how ugly it is, it is hardly taboo when a quick search of iTunes pulls up 2,000 entries for sale featuring the term. 

According to the deposition, Deen said the word when telling her husband about the man who had stuck a gun to her head during a robbery at the bank where she worked years ago. She also admitted to using the slur at other non-specific times but said, “It’s been a long time,” adding: “That’s just not a word we use as time has gone on” (unless “we” are in the music business). 

That’s right.  The so-called “music” business is glutted with “songs” that vomit the word.  I have no patience for double standards, especially when they are this blatant.  Black people call each other “nigga” all the time, and that’s supposed to be okay, but a “white” woman saying it is not? 

Larry Elder also has no patience for such hypocrisy.  In his WorldNetDaily column, “If Paula Deen is out, what about Maher and Sharpton?” he points out the absurdity of the vicious attack on Paula Deen while the virulently racist Al Sharpton and the despicable Bill Maher both get passes for some of the dirtiest racist and sexist remarks we’ve heard.  Mr. Elder refreshes our memory with instances of Sharpton’s and Maher’s words and actions.  Paula Deen does not hold a candle to those two men when it comes to bad words. 

This isn’t about what Paula Deen said decades ago—or even yesterday.  Besides being a handy distraction from Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) and the crimes and scandals of his administration, this is about the steady, incremental conditioning of the people in our nation to accept the deranged shackles of “political correctness.”  This is about our taking a lesson from observing the swift media trial and execution of Paula Deen’s career.  It is disturbing to see how easily-offended so many in our nation have become, as if we have a “right” to not be offended.  And of course, this whole ridiculously overblown ordeal was created, shaped and fueled by the media, which led the American public’s dim perception by the nose.

A Poem by Thelen Paulk

I had a dream the other night, I didn’t understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

“We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you’d always keep
But tyrants labored endlessly, while your parents were asleep
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you’re no more than a slave
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money’s spent.

Your children must attend a school that doesn’t educate.
Your Christian values can’t be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S.

Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our nation turn from God in shame, You’ve taken Satan’s number, as you’ve traded in your name.

You’ve given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep the country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

Your public servants don’t uphold the solemn oath they’ve sworn. Your daughters visit doctors so their children won’t be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people’s wars.

Can you regain freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don’t you have the courage or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you’ll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a slave?

Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our great republic and each God-given right,
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!”

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from which he came.
His words were true, we are not free. We have ourselves to blame. For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream while you’re asleep,
And wondered what remains of our rights he fought to keep,
What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at



Good morning and happy Monday everyone.

I came across an article this weekend about the House Ways and Means Committee questioning the IRS about the agency targeting conservative political groups and their contributors.  My first thought was that this is just more Chicago style politics being played by the kids in Washington and is just business as usual.  I didn’t think too much about it until I heard a reference to what has happened in the past when an administration took to this unwise strategy when dealing with its opponents.  Thank you George Will!

I’m sure that most would have forgotten, or did not know, how when the Nixon administration attempted this, the outcome was an unmitigated disaster.  Here is a portion of section 2 of the articles of impeachment Nixon faced; “He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Its interesting as to how all this surfaced and the inside information, that I made up that I obtain from an unnamed informant, is that it all started with a mid level manager from the IRS meeting with a group of tax attorneys to discuss upcoming changes in tax law.  As I understand it, that meeting concluded with them all going out to dinner and of course that included wine and cocktails being consumed by all attending.  Well, this noodle from the IRS should have know how bad an idea it is to consume adult beverages with a group of attorneys who by default were not his friends, but he apparently missed that part and proceeded to throw caution to the wind.  Its at this point that one of the attorneys decided to have a little fun with the noodle and asked him the question about the IRS targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups with audits.  The thought was that it would be fun to watch this guy try and tap dance his way around the question and that would be great entertainment for all present to watch.  Well the noodle fooled them all and just came right out and admitted that this is exactly what has been going on for the last few years.  Ok, can you imagine a group of attorneys with their mouths hanging wide open and not being able to speak?  I can’t either!

So, where are we at?  The noodle let that proverbial cat out of the bag that the Obama administration has committed an impeachable offense of using the IRS to initiate audits of the people and groups that oppose them.  Because of all of this there will be hearings on the matter and we will all just have to wait and see what happens.  I fully expect that if this heats up, all of our illustrious politicians, on both sides of the isle, will busy trying to calculate what initiating an impeachment proceedings will do to their all important and encompassing election chances in the next cycle.  My pessimism is telling me that the rule of law and the constitution have become secondary to those that are sworn to uphold both with their primary concern being the continuation of their political careers.  Anybody want to argue that point?  I didn’t think so.

Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

I think we need to change our direction on taxes and spending here in Minnesota.  In order to accomplish that end, I have an idea for a new tax bill that I would like to see get passed.  My tax bill would be to add an 85% tax on Minnesota senators, house representatives and their staff’s salary and expense payments when any legislative session results in higher taxes and or spending.  This would insure that these legislators would pay their fair share.  Remember, its would be for the children, elderly, homeless, unemployed, disabled, veterans and the economically disadvantaged.

Now I know that there will be an argument against this proposal because it would dissuade the best and the brightest from running for office.  Well that may be possible, but I would like to think it would dissuade those that want to spend and tax this state into bankruptcy.  Perhaps we can’t afford the best and the brightest anymore and its time to get more of the average people involved in state government.  Maybe the average person, as an elected official, would better serve us because they have been the ones negatively impacted by what all this tax and spending has brought to us.  Perhaps they would instinctively know that the state trying to direct peoples’ personal lives is not the best idea around.  Its possible that these folks understand that most people want to be left alone to make their own lives and can do so just fine without the help of state government. 

Obviously, this is not going to happen as it would have to be passed by the current legislative body, and I doubt that they would give up their power over the citizens of Minnesota.  They will willingly raise our taxes, but not theirs.  With that being said, I guess this current legislature is not so much for the people, but more likely for them to hold power and to ensure that their career as politician is not threatened.  I think it quite likely that this state would be much better served by average folks being elected to office with the intent of it being a temporary adventure in their lives to serve the people as opposed to those who would like it to become a lifelong career. 

If you think that I’m suggesting this out of pure jest, you would only be partially correct.  I, like most people I know, do not hold career politicians in particularly high regard.  Actually, quite the opposite, as I’m certain that career politicians are very adept at knowing and acting on what is best for them in spite of what is best for the citizens they supposedly serve.  If the opposite was true, there would not be many career politicians left in our state and federal legislatures. 


Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was written by Gina Miller. Her opinions don’t necessarily reflect those of, but because they’re here, they probably do.


America needs ten thousand more. America needs thousands of businesses to resist this lawless administration in Washington and stand on the principles of freedom as Hobby Lobby has bravely done.  These principles of freedom are enshrined in America’s founding documents, although they are not given to us by those documents.  Our freedoms come from God alone, not government, and the fact that our current federal government spits on our God-given freedoms is a gross affront to our nation and its citizens. 

By now you have heard of the courageous stand the Christian owners of the national arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby have taken against the clearly unconstitutional “Obamacare” mandate that forces American citizens and businesses to pay for medical policies that cover abortion-inducing drugs.  Hobby Lobby’s Christian owners, CEO and founder David Green and his family, have refused to provide their employees insurance policies that cover abortion drugs, so the feds have decided to make an example out of Hobby Lobby by threatening the Greens with fines of 1.3 millions dollars a day for noncompliance.  So, with no other recourse, the Greens are suing for their religious freedom. 

The Greens are being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, yet another precious, non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that fights for religious liberty.  In a statement from September, David Green declared

We know that we have been blessed by God’s grace, and we believe it is because we have chosen to live our lives and to operate our business according to His word, and we are very grateful for that. 

But now our faith is being challenged by the federal government. The Health and Human Services “preventative services” mandate forces businesses to provide the “morning-after” and the “week-after” pills in our health insurance plans. These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate. 

Bravo!  If only thousands more businesses would take such a stand!  If only millions of Americans would do likewise!  Unless we resist this lawless federal government, our freedoms will be crushed.  Don’t doubt it for a minute! 

They filed their lawsuit in September in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma, where Hobby Lobby headquarters are.  In October, the un-American Department of Injustice shot off a 52-page refusal for a preliminary injunction which basically declares that the owners of Hobby Lobby have no religious freedom.  The Greens have been wickedly denied preliminary injunctive relief by the Oklahoma District Court, the DOJ, and the leftist, Obama implant on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. 

What this communist federal government is doing—and currently getting away with—is an unspeakable outrage!  The fed’s war on American business and job creators (and our freedoms in general) just keeps getting dirtier by the minute.  These lawless commies in the Obama administration (and their lackeys in District Court) will not even allow the Greens to have a break from the evil abortion pill mandate (which they euphemistically call “preventative services”), not to mention the ridiculous, arbitrary 1.3 million-dollar-per-day “penalty,” while the lawsuit is pending.  I am wondering how the feds can force the Greens to pay this money—at the point of a gun, perhaps?  If I were the Greens, I would tell the feds to stick their contemptible fine in their pipe and smoke it, but I’m certain the Greens are much nicer than I am. 

I applaud Hobby Lobby.  Tyranny is falling on America, and we need thousands more businesses like Hobby Lobby and hundreds of millions of Americans to RESIST federal (even state and local) tyranny, or we WILL lose our freedoms to this monstrous Obama administration and Congress of crooks, not to mention the anti-constitutional courts across the nation. 

It is a terrible day in America when a business owner like David Green must write these words

We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit. 

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died Thursday. He was 78.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Schwarzkopf directed 700,000 coalition troops that engaged in a six-week air assault of Iraqi forces in January 1991. That was followed by a swift ground campaign that pushed Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait.

Former President George H.W. Bush, who is hospitalized, said the general was a “true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation.”







Rest in peace, General. You were one of the greats.


The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

After the shooting in Newtown Connecticut, I have come to the conclusion that there needs to be some very serious changes to the gun control laws in this country.  As any elected fool from Washington would say, some very “broad based” and common sense changes are needed here.  These changes need to come quickly so as to protect innocent people from the type of senseless violence that occurred yesterday where 20 innocent children and 6 adults lost their lives.  Things are going to have to change in a dramatic way.  I have some proposals.
 Before I get to the proposals part of this blog, I would like to look at where the fault lies for tragedies like this and the Aurora CO. movie theater shootings as well as all the other mass killing by gun toting nut cases.  Well, hang on to your seats sports fans cause I’m about to take a serious right turn here.
The people and groups that are responsible for this tragedy are none other than the anti gun organizations like the Brady Campaign, International Association of Police Chiefs, The Joyce Foundation, CBS, NBC and ABC.  Also, one would have to include all the liberal/socialist anti gun nuts within the democratic party.  Well for all of you in these groups, the blood of those innocent children and adults is on your hands.  Because of what you have done and what you continue to advocate for, innocent people are being murdered and butchered in our streets.  You are guilty!  Got that, GUILTY!  20 children murdered because of what you have done to the gun laws in this country.  And now you want more gun laws which will cause more deaths of innocent people that you pretend to represent.  Its time for America to come together and intellectually disarm you the anti gun nuts and re-arm the law abiding citizens everywhere in this country with the weapon of their own choice.
You see, the problem with the intellectual liberal anti’s is that as with most things their logic fails as they can’t seem to grasp the bigger picture or take a thought to its logical conclusion.  They believe that all guns should be banned, but the part that they don’t seem to understand is that the criminals and nut cases don’t follow their gun laws. Duh!!!  Look at Chicago where there have been 400 gun deaths so far this year while boasting the strictest gun laws in the U.S.  Where is the outrage over that? Wake up liberals, the logic is very simple here.  More guns, less crime.  What is it that you don’t get here?  Or, maybe I should ask, why is it that you can’t grasp this concept.  But, I have limited time and space, so  I will save this for a latter blog.
Now lets get down to my proposed solutions.  First, eliminate requirements to obtain a permit before carrying a handgun.  If you are citizen 21 years or older with no felony convictions there should be no restrictions.  This applies to open carry and concealed carry, but open carry should be promoted.  Alaska, Vermont and Arizona currently have no permit requirements.  A system of instant background checks should be developed to allow same day purchases of firearms in every state.  If you commit a crime of violence with a firearm, you go to prison for a minimum of five years.  If you commit a homicide or rape using a firearm, your sentenced to a minimum of life without the possibility of parole.
Gun free zones cannot be eliminated altogether, as this violates the peoples rights to conduct themselves in the manor they choose on their private property.  But the laws should be changed so there can be no restriction to carrying a weapon in public places or in businesses that cater to the public.  All restrictions to carrying a weapon in state, local and federal offices should be dropped.
Now to the big one.  Schools.  Not only should there be no restrictions to carrying a gun in a school, it should be promoted and in some instances be required.  There should a fund established to facilitate the training of teachers and school administrators on carrying and using a handgun.  That fund should also pay bonuses to teachers and administrators who complete the training and verifiably carry at the school they teach in.  Also, firearm training and shooting should be a required course in all schools at all grade levels.  No exceptions.
The point of this is two fold, first the more people that carry handguns in plain sight make it most difficult for the cowardly criminal.  Second, there is no way to stop someone who is mentally ill from attempting to commit mass murder in places like schools or movie theaters.  The only thing we as citizens can do is arm ourselves because if more than 50% of the pubic is armed the opportunity for these mass shooting drops dramatically.  There would be almost no place where a sick person could go and start shooting with out there being returned fire.  Returned fire saves lives every time its used.  Conversely, every time there is a shooting with no return fire, the body count is only limited by the amount of ammunition the assailant has and the number of innocent in front of his weapon.
I know that the majority of you who will read this don’t carry a handgun.  I have a permit and I carry everyday, where ever I go.  The reason I do is that a cop is too heavy to carry and I know that when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.  It is a personal responsibility issue.  If you take personal responsibility for your safety by choosing to carry a handgun, you by default, provide safety for the public around you.  That is a common sense gun rule.
 Comments welcome.
Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at


The financial crisis:
Increase taxes on the upper income earners until they stop hiring and stop increasing the size of their businesses.
Increase deficit spending that requires the printing money until the currency becomes worthless.
Increase the number of rules and regulations until corporations have no choice but to move jobs off shore.

Mass shootings by the cognitively impaired:
Limit magazines to less than 10 shots.
Outlaw assault weapons so the people being shot won’t be traumatized by the weapons appearance.
Expand the rules on gun registration.
Limit the public’s ability to protect themselves.

Energy costs:
Stop permitting the drilling for energy on public land.
Institute cap and trade.
Give $2 billion to Brazil so they can increase drilling for energy.
Stop the Keystone pipeline.

Now I don’t know what you think about this whole situation, but I believe that we have the wrong group of people running our government.  They are truly a special kind of stupid.  The only thing worse than what we have is to vote more of the same into office.  If history is our guide, then that is exactly what is going to happen.  You can’t have self government without self discipline.
You are entitled to my opinion.