Race Card Fraud

by Thomas Sowell


Credit card fraud is a serious problem. But race card fraud is an even bigger problem.


Playing the race card takes many forms. Judge Charles Pickering, a federal judge in Mississippi who defended the civil rights of blacks for years and defied the Ku Klux Klan back when that was dangerous, was depicted as a racist when he was nominated for a federal appellate judgeship.


No one even mistakenly thought he was a racist. The point was simply to discredit him for political reasons -- and it worked.


This year's target is the Tea Party. When leading Democrats, led by a smirking Nancy Pelosi, made their triumphant walk on Capitol Hill, celebrating their passage of a bill in defiance of public opinion, Tea Party members on the scene protested.


All this was captured on camera and the scene was played on television. What was not captured on any of the cameras and other recording devices on the scene was anybody using racist language, as has been charged by those playing the race card.

Louisiana: Washington’s Red-Headed Stepchild

by Russell D. Longcore


Remember the old saying? Someone got beaten like a “red-headed stepchild?” It meant that if a parent was abusive, a stepchild might get the worst of it. As redheads are traditionally picked on, a redheaded stepchild would get an even worse beating then the biological offspring.


In like manner, Louisiana is Washington’s red-headed stepchild. Try to think of a US state that has suffered more under their Federal “parents” than Louisiana has since 2005.


For your consideration:

1) Hurricane Katrina blows into New Orleans, a category 3 storm that doesn’t wreak all that much havoc in the city. But then, the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain levees, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, are breached by flood waters and fail, flooding most of the City of New Orleans.


The city’s society crumbles overnight. Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuated. We all saw the nightly videotapes of people being plucked off rooftops and rescued by boats. We also saw the floating bodies. The Superdome became a short-term prison for tens of thousands of people. Looting began almost immediately. Armed troops and law enforcement personnel went house-to-house confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, leaving them defenseless against crimes.

Gulf Crisis Exposes Failures of Centralized Power

by Brian Roberts, Texas Tenth Amendment Center


Obama, the great centralizer, recently stated that he was looking for the right ass to kick. With this now famous statement he hoped to divert public attention from the failures of centralized power and begin to set a public mood against the oil industry and for expanded regulation and taxation. Other recent federal actions and statements make it painfully obvious that the federal government has zero interest in backing any plan to clean up the gulf in a timely manner.


While the crisis demands a federal response to help with stopping the leak and cleaning up the gulf, the ultimate goal of this administration is centralization of power. The following responses to the gulf crisis are effective methods in use today by Obama’s government to further this goal:

  • Present false arguments for centralized power; ignoring the disastrous role regulation played in creating the crisis
  • Attack and blackmail BP, and thus the oil industry as a whole, for a crisis created by faulty regulation that forced bad decisions
  • Further the crisis by refusing to help clean up the disaster and hindering state and private action
  • Leverage the emotional and financial impact on states and individuals to create a misguided street-level demand to pass the climate bill, giving more power to the feds

Yes, the ass Obama wants to kick is state sovereignty and individual freedom; so that his administration can centralize power.

Robert Byrd, Federal Bankruptcy, and Moral Debauchery
by Jacob G. Hornberger


Mainstream commentators were extolling the effectiveness of Senator Robert Byrd, who recently died. They pointed out how successful he was in bringing federal largess to West Virginia. Their accolades reflect not only why the federal government is broke but also the moral bankruptcy into which our society has plunged.


Indeed, how much federal largess a member of Congress brings home to his district has become a standard measuring rod for the mainstream press over how effectively he has represented his district. Whenever a U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator announces a federal grant has been awarded his area, which oftentimes occurs during campaign season, the local mainstream press goes gaga over what an effective member of Congress they have representing them.


Let’s examine how this system works to see how sordid it is.


Through the federal income tax, the American people are forced to send a portion of their hard-earned income to the IRS. Although federal officials sometimes tell people that America’s tax system is “voluntary” (see this video, for example), nothing could be further from the truth. If you don’t pay your taxes, they will prosecute you and do their best to see that you go to jail. They will also pursue you with civil processes, including liens, foreclosures, garnishments, and attachments.