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More than 500 people came out to support homeless Veterans recently at a benefit for the group Veterans Leadership of North Carolina – Cares (VLC). The “Salute to North Carolina Veterans” raised $250,000, according to a spokesman for the group.
Many purchased tickets and gave them to active duty military or veterans, who attended in their places.
The benefit was organized to raise funds for the Veterans Life Center, a temporary housing facility for up to 400 homeless and at-risk Veterans. The ultimate goal of the group is to reintegrate NC Vets into society as self-reliant citizens.
In addition to the needy Veterans, the night belonged to Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory was sworn-into office earlier in the day in a small ceremony and this was his first official outing in that office.
The Governor was introduced by Captain Tina Shanahan (USN-RC), wife of McCrory Cabinet Secretary Kieran Shanahan.
In his first address as Governor, Pat McCrory discussed the man who he’d most wished most had been at the inauguration he called “emotional”. In discussing his grandfather Walter McCrory, his voice grew soft. Walter McCrory fought in World War I and when it was over, he said he never wanted to see war again. His life had changed because of his experiences.
The Governor also discussed his own father’s involment in Vietnam. His father worked hard, saw horrible things, and when he came home, he thought he’d done a good thing. Yet he was spat on and had to go back to his home in Seattle dealing with the protests on the west coast in such places as Berkley.
He wants the Veterans to be a part of NC’s economic recovery. You can look at these people and pick out potential leaders: you name it, they can do anything. ”If you don’t mind, I’m using you,” he said to a chuckle from the crowd.
McCrory also stated that he wanted his first event to be non-partisan. He encouraged all business owners to say thank you to our Veterans by employing them. He urged his audience to go back and say thank you and say “lets get these people jobs”.
In previous wars, such as the those his father and grandfather fought, non of those men had any psychological treatment. Today, we must take off our blinders and help these service men and women because they have seen the same thing.
He wants the Veterans to be a part of NC’s economic recovery. ”You can look at these people and pick out potential leaders: you name it, they can do anything,” the Governor added.
He finished his remarks, greeted well-wishers, and departed, shortly before the dinner began.
After dinner an auctioneer started auctioning high-end items that had been donated to help raise money for the cause. In total, the dinner brought in $250,000.
To learn more about the VLC, visit their website.
According to MSNBC, The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again. This time they are trying to force libraries that receive public funding to offer online access to pornography. Read about a particular case here.
Your blogger, who is not shy of creating controversy, had an experience with just such an issue, some years ago. Here is KCC’s story:
About 15 or 20 years or so ago, I had to cut off my home phone line as a sacrifice to the “dot com bomb” and me losing my job. Instead of me being able to using my computer at home, I went to the public library two or three times a week to check my email.
I just yelled as loudly as I could to bring attention to both of us, “You are printing PORN in the public library!?” and “Stop printing porn! This is a library with children.”
I went back in and continued ranting to the staff that my tax dollars paid for this library and I didn’t approve of it being used to provide porn for some hard up loser.
By Seton Motley, President – Less Government
From most appearances, the Senate will this week vote on Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res) 6 – the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval of the Obama Administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Internet Net Neutrality power grab.
Ask Senator Kay Hagan to vote YES on SJ RES 6!
Only 51 votes are required for passage – which means only 4 Democrats are needed. There are 23 Democrat Senate seats up for reelection next year. A few of these folks aren’t running. The rest are – many in center or center-right states. Additionally, there are a few other Senators that should also be subject to Constitutional reason, and thusly contacted. Senator Kay Hagan is the one to contact in North Carolina.
The short video, explains it best. Watch it to better understand the issue.
Below is Hagan’s contact information. Reach out and tell her to vote Yes on S.J.Res 6. Also Tweet it all out using the hashtag #freethenet.
- Kay Hagan – North Carolina
Update: 12:31 p.m. Wednesday The Senate began considering this issue Wednesday morning and will take it up again on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Please get your calls in to Senator Hagan by then! It’s not too late to defend our Internet Freedoms!
Your blogger has just stepped into a breakout session at the Defending the American Dream Conference. On going is a discussion on Internet Freedom and the current speaker is Cong. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
Blackburn is discussing the dangers of Barack Obama and the liberals’ dangerous regulations that are coming.
She mentioned how banks are no longer hiring people in their front line services and hiring more in compliance services to deal with so many new regulations.
As with the banks, Internet regulations would compromise your privacy. In short, we must make those calls to to prevent the so-called “net neutrality”. As one attendee pointed out, the Internet is already neutral.
Blackburn added “this is a hysterical reaction to a hypothetical problem.”
Blackburn therefore continues to push against this “problem”. Phil Kerpin, of the sponsoring Americans for Prosperity, says that competition will prevent whatever problems the government fears will happen. If the government takes over our Internet, competition will cease, bringing expansion to a halt. Certain anti-government websites could be blocked. Hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost.
KCC’s friend, Seton Motley with the Less Government Foundation, spoke next. He said that this is an example of applying old laws to new technologies. Government has not done anything with the Internet since 1996, a long time ago in terms of technology.
In those fifteen years, the Internet has thrived and grown, thanks to the lack of outside interference.
Motley believes that the Internet cannot be crammed into one category. Its many things. Same with smart phones. Sure you can make phone calls, but the do so much more.
Not long ago, a lefty group saw books from the Bible online and realized they had no way to stop it.
The race to regulation often happens in the presence of fear, concluded Motley.
Editor’s Note: This post was blogged live on KCC’s Samsung Galaxy 10.1 on the 4G LTE Verizon Network. If Network Neutrality passes, companies like Verizon and AT&T will cease to invest in their networks, as they will no longer have the incentive to do so.
FCC Completes One Facet of Illegal Power Grab – Obama Continues To Remove Internet Freedoms via Net Neutrality
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Less Government President and StopNetRegulation.org’s Editor in Chief Seton Motley issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Paperwork Reduction Act review of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Network Neutrality order. A review which by law should have been done before the vote on the order, rather than after. Which sets up the final order filing with the Federal Register – and enactment.
“The Federal Communications Commission has since the very inception of their Network Neutrality power grab been in serial violation of myriad laws.
“The D.C. Circuit Court telegraphed this by throwing out the FCC’s last attempt to impose Net Neutrality, rightly (and unanimously) pointing out that the FCC doesn’t have the authority. The Commission knew in December what they were about to do was illegal – they went ahead with it anyway.
“To avoid the scrutiny of the Paperwork Reduction Act, they violated it too – engaging in the Act’s processes after voting on the Net Neutrality order rather than before, as required.
“The irony of the FCC breaking an array of laws to impose their illegal order – and then expecting us to assiduously adhere to it – is apparently lost on them.
“All of this demonstrates that for this FCC, the ends they want justify any means necessary.”
Editor’s note: Seton Motley is a friend of your blogger and has worked hard following this issue. Americans are blessed to have such a valued watchdog. For more information, please check out the Stop Network Regulation website.
Welcome to North Carolina and Wake County, Mr. President. How sweet of you to remember our 10 percent unemployment rate while hawking your most recent “jobs” bill. Since Stimulus I and II didn’t work out for you, you are back to our important swing state for another try at selling more taxpayer-funded nothingness.
The North Carolina Senate Republican Caucus wrote yesterday that our state is “front and center in the 2012 campaign”. This means we will have to “welcome” you a few more times before the election is done, but we certainly don’t mind reminding you what you’ve “done” for our nation. Thank you for bringing us the largest debt in our nation’s history. Thank you for preventing our nation from being energy independent. Thank you for saddling us with “Obamacare”, an unconstitutional and anti-business heath care “reform”.
The “Caucus” and I are looking forward to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We welcome your hackneyed ideas about more big government power grabs, like you’ve been doing lately with the FCC. North Carolinians love to give up their freedoms, especially when it comes to the Internet. I’m sure we won’t mind all the nice moves your communication czars are making, under your watch and with your approval.
Honestly, if I weren’t recovering from a sinus infection, I’d be in the crowd at NC State University, cheering you on. Enjoy your private event in Apex, formerly known as the “peak of good living”…until you came to town.
Finally, Mr. President, enjoy this short video that my friends over at “the Caucus” made…just for you. Until next time…
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MINNEAPOLIS Good afternooon from Right Online, an online activism conference sponsored by our friends at the Americans for Prosperity. This morning KCC has attended a couple of great track session, that we will be reporting on later.
Meanwhile, all the action in the ballroom is being fed LIVE via Live Stream. Thus, even if you have to miss the conference, you don’t have to miss the speakers. Be sure to check out Friday’s Agenda here and follow RightOnline, live, below. If you are on twitter and are interested in keeping up with those in house, follow the hashtag #ro11
Your blogger’s twitter feed can be found at http://www.twitter.com/katys
KCC is glad to have you with us and “welcome” to RightOnline!
Update 2:50 p.m. CDT The Friday General Session has now concluded, but KCC will bring it all back to you via You Tube. The talk of the afternoon went to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) who spoke about the danger’s of Obama and his FCC’s takeover attempt of the Internet that she joking stated “that Al Gore invented”.
Update: 3:20 CDT You blogger will have all speeches online here just as soon as they are available. Please check back.
Mississippi State University graduate Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) is the first woman elected by Tennessee to the US House of Represntatives. Congressman Blackburn began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator.
Blackburn’s state Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She became known to her constituents for holding “budget school” in her district and across the state; identifying waste and offering solutions for a state in a budget crunch. While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. Her CPAC speech focused on stopping so-called “Net Neutrality”.
Blackburn asked the audience to help her combat Obama’s FCC and “defend Internet freedom“, saying new regulations threaten innovation. She contended that Net Neutrality equates to nationalization of the Internet, and will even be used to chill free speech.
Blackburn mocked claims that Net Neutrality is needed to protect us from “evil corporate greed”. She compared Net Neutrality’s threat on the Internet to Obamacare’s subversion of free healthcare.