Rodger Cook Best Choice for Southern Illinois
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Rodger Cook fools no one into thinking he’s a member of the political class.  He’s not. Rodger’s a human being, like the rest of us.  That’s just one of the reasons that Rodger Cook has earned my personal endorsement in next Tuesday’s (March 20) Illinois primary.*

Rodger Cook with Bill Hennessy

Actually, Rodger’s not so much like the rest of us.  Rodger has served the people of Illinois all of his adult life.  Rodger has been a police officer, a detective, a mayor, and private businessman.  He’s an inventor—creating the world’s first one-page softball score book for keeping score easier.  (I love this idea—you never have to put your beer down!) 

As mayor of Belleville, the largest city in Illinois’ 12th district, Cook ran up an amazing string of promises kept, including improving relations with city workers, expanding the city, and fixing Belleville’s fiscal mess. That last skill will be vital in Washington, DC, for the next two years.

Rodger is founder of Metro East Fellowship of Christian Athletes and long-time member of the St. Louis area chapter.  He has earned the trust and endorsement of numerous conservative, pro-life, and family organizations, including FamilyPAC.  He has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police. 

Everyone in America will thank the people of southern Illinois when they send Rodger Cook to Congress in 2012.

*NOTE:  This is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition.

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Jason Plummer Steps In It
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When you’re the Republican Establishment’s candidate, you have one simple assignment: don’t screw up.

gop-elephant-deadJason Plummer, a 29-year-old lumber heir, is the GOP Establishment’s appointed candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.  He’s facing a shockingly tough race from former police detective and former Belleville Mayor, Rodger Cook.  (Never underestimate a detective’s tenacity.)

In a debate last week, Plummer failed his one simple assignment.  Despite a nearly unlimited war chest from his family’s fortune and the Illinois GOP treasury, Plummer said something stupid.

Jason Plummer accused FamilyPAC of taking bribes. 

FamilyPAC is one of the most active conservative political action committees in Illinois. Republicans for every office look to the organization for its pro-life stamp of approval.

Plummer failed to impress FamilyPAC’s endorsement when he ran for Lieutenant Governor 2010. According to the stltoday.com, Paul Caprio, head of FamilyPAC, was unimpressed with Plummer:

“I had the feeling he was green, politically,” Caprio said. “. . . I just came to the conclusion that this young man is not ready to be running for lieutenant governor.”
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/conservative-group-demands-apology-over-endorsements-for-cash-allegation/article_bdb4ca20-6d5c-11e1-995f-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1pHooDJWb

When Plummer failed to gain FamilyPAC’s nod, he went berserk according to Caprio:

“He was very irate. He was threatening, `I’m never going to forget this, I’m going to get back at you,’ ” said Caprio.

FamilyPAC appears poised to sue Jason Plummer for defamation, according to stltoday.com.

Plummer has also drawn criticism from grassroots groups for refusing to release his tax returns.  He is the only candidate who’s refused to do so.

Rodger Cook has already earned Adam Andrzejewski’s praise, in part because of Rodger’s transparency. By highlighting the Rodger Cook’s maturity and integrity, Plummer’s latest gaffe may bring on even more high-profile conservative endorsements for Cook.

RebootCongress.com has Rodger Cook’s reaction to Plummer’s latest gaffe.

The Illinois Primary is next Tuesday, March 20.  Rodger Cook and the other GOP candidates hope to replace long-time Democrate, Jerry Costello, who is retiring after this term.

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BREAKING: Watch The Kudlow Report at 6 Central Tonight **MARCH 14**
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The Kudlow Report

I’m honored to return to The Kudlow Report tonight (Wednesday, March 14) at 6:00 pm Central (7 ET) with Larry Kudlow.

I hope to talk about the GOP Presidential primaries, RomneyCare, and the Tea Party movement.

Please watch if you can.  Good ratings for Tea Party guests will only increase the number of Tea Party guests.

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The White House Will Ban Rush From Armed Forces Radio
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rush-limbaugh-white-shirtWhen I was on the USS John C. Calhoun, the XO and I were big Rush fans. We stockpiled Snapple in the outboards of the Ship’s Office just to have a little taste of EIB during our three-month patrols. 

That was 1992. Back when this country’s government still held onto some strand of connection to its founding.

That’s all gone, now. The United States is a shell of its former self. Not just the government, but the people, too. We’ve allowed the government to run our lives, and it has obliged. Washington now decides what we eat, what we read, what we hear, and what we say. And most of us, it seems, are fine with that.

It’s no surprise, then, that the White House has agreed to ban Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio upon receipt of few more complaints. 

Nothing scientific.  Nothing’s stopping someone from filling hundreds of complaints a day.  The number of petition signatures Obama demands is as significant as the popular vote count in Leonid Brezhnev’s final unanimous election.

Breitbart, who said “we need Rush,” is gone. Rush, it seems, is going down without much of a fight from his listeners.  (Have you sold your Ford, Toyota, or Chevy?  Banned McDonald’s? Donated your Select Comfort bed?)

If Rush goes down, who will be able to stand in the wind that howls from Washington?

Time is running short, folks.  The drones are in the air. The White House has given itself sole and unquestionable authority to kill any American it determines needs to die. Obama has no intention of losing this election.

Joe Newby says the Democrats’ plan to destroy Rush will backfire. Do you buy that? Or do you expect the right to lose its most effective voice over the past quarter century?

Contact Senator Roy Blunt

Contact Todd

Contact Congress Blaine Luetkemeyer

Contact Congressman John Shimkus

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America’s Dictator
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From the New York Times:

President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability.

In one sentence, the newspaper conservatives love to hate condemned Barack Obama to the title “dictator.”

Those who voted for him—the ones who still want to be thought of as “American”—will rationalize. They’ll tellsheep-stool themselves “times demand drastic action.”

Every time demands drastic action, though.

America has been, for well over 200 years, the nation where leaders navigated between rocks of tyranny and the shoals of anarchy.

This generation—a generation of pygmies—has steered us into the rocks.

Let’s hope and pray there’s a generation alive today who can steer this ship safely back into port.

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Comes Now Gloria Allred and Makes an Ass of Herself
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The feminist attorney famous for making herself famous just couldn’t let the Sandra Fluke case go.

Gloria Allread

Gloria Allred sent a letter to a Florida District Attorney asking him to arrest Rush Limbaugh for violation of an ancient Florida law.

The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Allred explained that the statute recently came to her attention as having never been repealed, and that it could very well apply to Limbaugh’s remarks as his show is broadcast from West Palm Beach.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73829.html#ixzz1ogbCBe2a

Just one problem, Gloria: it looks to me that the truth would be a perfect defense for Rush.  

The statute requires that the perp falsely impute a woman’s “want of chastity.” (That’s “slutiness” for those of you in Rio Linda.)  But Ms. Fluke has pretty much handed Rush his defense with her public comments.  Unmarried women in possession of their chastity don’t need $3,000 worth of contraceptives.

Another thing: Did Ms. Allred ask Sandra Fluke if she wanted her help?  The answer is “no.”

[Allred] said Friday that she has not yet been in touch with Fluke.

“I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she said. “If she did reach out to me, obviously I would respond.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73829.html#ixzz1oghXidTT

Maybe Ms. Fluke doesn’t want her sex life to become an artifact of discovery in a criminal trial in Florida.  If the DA prosecutes Rush, and his best defense is the truth, then Sandra Fluke’s chastity will be on trial as much as Rush’s speech.

 

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When Government Fails, Americans Step Up
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Jennifer Pahlka is a remarkable woman. She realized what many have realized: government often fails at its most basic tasks.

Governments don’t keep up with technology or culture. Nor can they act nimbly. A start-up produces finished products worth millions in four months; it takes government that long to start the first feasibility study.

Spotting government’s shortcomings isn’t what makes Jennifer so amazing. Every sane American knows that government is a nightmare of bureaucratic hell that admires problems and punishes the successful. Complaining about government is as common as complaining about the weather . . . and about as effective.

Jennifer Pahlka is special because she launched and manages an organization that does what government should do, but can’t. In other words, Jennifer makes life better and government cheaper.

The organization she founded is Code for America. Here’s what they do:

Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. Code for America believes that instead of cutting services or raising taxes, cities can leverage the power of the web to become more efficient, transparent, and participatory. And we want to help them do it.

I love this.

Tea Partiers are falsely accused of wanting to eliminate fire departments and hospitals and the like. In reality, we want government to do what it’s supposed to do–no more, no less–for a reasonable amount of money.

I doubt that Jennifer’s a Tea Partier, but her work should make Tea Partiers happy. Jennifer is making government work better for less money.

Please watch her inspiring TED talk. See if you’re not impressed with her vision and with Code for America’s mission.

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

In the battle to restore reasonable and effective government, every bit helps. Key quote:  “A neighbor is a far better and cheaper alternative to government services.”

Here’s Jen’s blog.

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Romney=money, Santorum=passion, Gingrich
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Romney=money, Santorum=passion, Gingrich=plan, Paul=principles. We need a blender.

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