Tuesday, March 22, 2011

David Vitter, Jerome Corsi and Obama's Eligibility

I recently came upon a post by Dean Striker at in which the author poses a couple of questions:
  1. Why the silence within Congress on President Obama's proof of citizenship?
  2. If there is a single Congressman or Senator who cares deeply enough about the United States Constitution and the requirements that must be met before someone can lawfully run for the office of United States President, who is it and why haven't we heart from him, her or them?
We all know what they say about assumptions, so I'll refrain from repeating it here. That said, suffice it to say that Mr. Striker hadn't done his homework (at least not thoroughly) before assuming and stating publicly that no U.S. Congressman or Senator has acknowledged the constitutional crisis posed by President Obama's apparent lack of eligibility for the office of United States Chief Executive.

Louisiana GOP Senator David Vitter
, a man whom I am honored to say I worked for and helped reelect, has done and is doing all he can to continue to bring this issue to light.

I have assembled a list below of stories and references from around the web documenting Senator Vitter's efforts to protect and defend the United States Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

Stories regarding Sen. Vitter's questioning of Obama's eligibility:

Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be PresidentWhere's the birth certificate? Jerome CorsiSenator Vitter also spoke at a Tea Party rally last October in which the other big-name speaker appearing at the event was none other than Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of the book entitled: Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.

Corsi's speech at the "Remember in November" Tea Party event in Mandeville, Louisiana was largely centered around Obama's lack of eligibility to be President of the United States. Senator Vitter spoke at the very same rally just minutes before Dr. Corsi delivered the keynote address. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) also spoke at the event, but I do not remember his speech as I was too busy working the crowd recruiting volunteers for the Vitter Campaign.

Fat Lester Meets Dr. Jerome Corsi at Tea Party event in Mandeville, LA
Below is a photograph of myself, Sen. Vitter, Peter and Pamela Egan. It was taken at an awards banquet for a local Republican organization. The banquet was held at the Quail Farm in Abita Springs, Louisiana. This photo was taken almost a year before my employment with the 2011 David Vitter for U.S. Senate campaign.

I worked as the Grassroots Coordinator for Southeast Louisiana for Vitter's 2010 reelection bid in which Vitter defeated Democrat Charlie Melancon by a score of 57-38. A field of more than 10 minor candidates split the other 5% of the vote.

A number of so-called experts and analysts had projected the race to be very close and initially considered the GOP-held seat "vulnerable". From my vantage point - working on the ground and interacting with voters every day (all day, seven days a week) - I had a pretty good idea the contest would end in a blowout with my candidate falling on the right end of the lopsided score.
Jerome Corsi and Fat Lester
From Left: Fat Lester, Sen. David Vitter, Peter and Pam Egan
I actually took a temporary leave-of-absence from my business (much of which was on autopilot anyway) to work on the campaign. I did this because I truly believe, as evidenced by this post and the stories referenced herein, that America has a much better chance of surviving the assault unleashed by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and of course President Barack Obama on the American Constitution, economy and military/defense infrastructure if David Vitter continues to serve as a voice of reason in the United States Senate. I can only think of two others off the top of my head, and one of them was not a member of the Senate when I decided to dedicate myself to helping to ensure Vitter's reelection. The other two Senators are Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), respectively. The House generally speaking has a higher percentage of ideologically-pure conservatives than does the Senate, and conservatives in the House are traditionally less likely to compromise with Democrats for the sake of unity, "bipartisanship" or compromise (which usually involves the left getting most or all of what it wants).

Anyway, as for the second of Dean's two-part second question about why he hadn't yet been made aware of this fact, the reality is that while the URLs listed above come from well-known, "mainstream" news sources, while these entities obviously reported on Sen. Vitter's defense of the Constitution, they most likely buried the stories so deep within their sites that the only way anyone would ever find them is if they were searching Google using queries specific to David Vitter and Obama's eligibility/birth certificate.

More about Dr. Jerry Corsi (from Amazon):
"Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers The Obama Nation and Unfit for Command. Along with serving as WND's senior staff reporter, Corsi is a senior managing director at Gilford Securities."
More about Dr. Corsi's New Book:
"Over the course of more than three years of research, Jerome Corsi assembles the evidence that Barack Obama is constitutionally ineligible for the office of the presidency. As a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard graduate, and investigative journalist, Corsi exposes in detail key issues with Obama's eligibility, including the fact the President has spent millions of dollars in legal fees to avoid providing the American people with something as simple as a long-form birth certificate. The eligibility issue has major ramifications for every American, and through Corsi's in-depth research, a clear, concise, and compelling case is made for a return to Founding Father principles and transparent, constitutional government, starting from the top down."
Anyway, if anyone reading this is interested in learning more about the book and/or buying it, just click the image below.

Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President
Jerome Corsi's Book: "Where's the Birth Certificate"
Obama Birth Certificate

Video on Dr. Jerome Corsi's new book: Where's the Birth Certificate: The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Deterioration of Children's Television and the Moral Decline of American Youth

Growing up with Pokemon, Power Rangers and MTV instead of Mr. Rogers, Captain Kangaroo, Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street is hard for me to even imagine.

I regret that if I ever have kids of my own that they won't be able to get to know Mr. Rogers the way I did.  The same goes for Mr. Greenjeans, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and the Count as well.  I was never too fond of Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Ernie or Bert, although my phlegmatic attitude towards them has nothing to do with the fact that Bert and Ernie are a same-sex couple and Big Bird, Elmo and Grover are so effeminate it makes one wonder if Sesame Street is located in San Francisco. No, I never cared for any of those characters because they simply aren't interesting enough to captivate me.

Moving on, four and five year old children now days watch violent animated cartoons with poor graphics, no plot to speak of and nothing whatsoever about the programming that would qualify as even being within the same ballpark as the word "wholesome".  The stuff that by today's standards is considered wholesome is so bizarre and creepy (that's right, I'm talking about you SpongeBob, Teletubbies and especially Pokemon) I'd have to sit down and put some serious thought into whether or not I'd even allow my hypothetical child to watch such downright weird and freakish characters.

I certainly wouldn't want my hypothetical child to start to identify with those creepy fictional characters that undoubtedly originated as the products of either a very sick mind or a very intoxicated mind, and I ain't talking about a couple of beers or even your more common hard drugs.  No, whoever is responsible for unleashing SpongeBob and Pokemon on society must've been dropping acid like AT&T drops calls.

Even if we had cell phones at 13 years old the way kids do now (I got my first one at age 19 my sophomore year of college), I seriously doubt my generation would have had these issues with "sexting" and "cyber-bullying" the way kids today do.  For one thing, the girls would make us "go out" with them for months before we'd even get to second base.  Sex was rare, and even then usually only for the handful of the most popular students in school.  I'd like to think it was because the girls back then had self-respect, but I learned that was definitely not the case once they got to college.

"Sexting" would never have taken off among my generation even if we had the technology.  The last thing any of us would have ever wanted was naked pictures of ourselves or our romantic interests being distributed to the entire school and God-knows who else.

In my estimation, the technology itself is not to blame for the ways in which children are using/abusing it.  Part of the problem is that parents are leaving it up to the schools (and to television) to instill values, morals and the explanations for why these concepts are eventually embraced by virtually all functional members of society.  That is not to say teachers don't care or make no effort to teach these things.  However, it is the parent's duty to teach those matters to children --- and not just the bottom line of right/wrong, acceptable/unacceptable behavior --- but also the "why" behind it.

Children are far more likely to be obedient and well-behaved if they understand why their parents want them to behave in a certain way.

The other part of the problem is that children today are growing up watching Pokemon and a host of other programs about which the term "mindless entertainment" would be far too generous a description.  Twenty-five years ago, children grew up watching Mr. Rogers, Sesame St, Captain Kangaroo, the Smurfs, the Transformers, Looney Toons and other cartoons that were entertaining, had storylines and didn't make fight-to-the-death combat the focal point of the programming.  Compared to what they're seeing today, I worry about how the generation of Americans that are young children now will turn out as adults given the radical shifts in the nature of children's programming combined with (in many cases) the declining role of parents in establishing moral and ethical boundaries with their children while placing extra emphasis on the explanation of "why".

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lobbyists Gone Wild: D.C. Darlings

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Education Reform Not About Hating Teachers

I came across a link to a NY Times story while perusing headlines on Amplify the other day about teachers throwing a pity party over perceived scorn by the general public. The headline for the Amplify story read: "Why do Americans hate teachers?".

Since like most liberal propaganda, this story - regardless of where it goes or how it unfolds - is based entirely upon flawed logic. In this case the fallacy is the good ole false premise. True to form, the premise upon which the story and any arguments made therein are based is faulty, and the reader must accept the false premise as being true in order to proceed in logical fashion.

Americans Do Not Hate Teachers

Growing calls for education reform in America have absolutely nothing to do with the perceived "hate" that an apparently paranoid group of American teachers sees as being directed towards themselves.  To equate demands for major education reform and calls for an overhaul of the education system with hatred of teachers is every bit as ridiculous and absurd as crying "racist" against the Tea Partiers for cheering wildly as Herman Cain announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee.

It's not that Americans hate teachers or anyone else for that matter. An increasing number of Americans object to the systematic ideological brainwashing of the nation's youth by way of a government-run, taxpayer-funded education system.

The public is quite cognizant of the fact that for every subversive there is a legitimately good, caring teacher who has no intention or desire to thrust an ideological agenda upon developing minds. However, the public is also well aware of the fact that the problem is severe and must be dealt with sooner rather than later.

Our nation's schools - at all levels, from elementary school right on through college - have been increasingly underperforming while steadily increasing in cost (both to taxpayers as well as private tuition costs) at a rate far in excess of the rate of inflation.

The fact is that the brainwashing taking place throughout both the primary, secondary and higher education systems is largely responsible for the election of Barack Obama, whose destructive policies and agenda has terrorized the American economy for more than two years now. The consequences of inaction have become too severe, necessitating the need for immediate education reform.

One final thought, for anyone quick to dismiss the charge of organized and systematic brainwashing as unfounded or too conspiratorial in nature to be legit, I leave you with the following:

KGB Used (Past Tense?) U.S. Education System and Media to Brainwash Public

Friday, March 4, 2011

Unfettered State Socialism: Where To Draw The Line

I recently came across an interesting post over at about what the author termed "unfettered state socialism". I enjoyed the read, and generally agree with the author's position. That said, I do have a couple of observations, which are outlined below. I started writing this post initially as a comment at the bottom of the Libertarian Minds post, but it quickly grew to be lengthy enough to merit its own post.

First, the term "redistributive justice" is an oxymoron.

Second, in virtually all of those poverty-stricken, third-world countries (or "developing nations" for the politically correct) referenced within the post are themselves victims of unfettered state socialism. Cuba and Venezuela, where virtually everyone lives in abject poverty, are probably the finest examples, but the list is extensive. In Africa's case, the poverty afflicting several countries is a bit more complicated in nature than state socialism, largely due to dysfunctional governments failure to provide the basic security necessary for any sort of functional economy to develop. That said, governments and African rulers in general confiscating the wealth and assets of the respective nations' citizens is a common theme throughout. It's a matter of semantics more than anything else I suppose.

Finally, the line should be drawn at the point redistribution of wealth extends beyond providing food, shelter and medical assistance to those physically or mentally UNABLE to work.

Unemployment "benefits" should be available for no more than a month. Likewise for food stamps. The overwhelming majority of all other entitlement programs should be cut entirely.

The only other exception I can think of is military veterans who were active duty during wartime. They should receive whatever they need.

When people know they can get paid for up to three years for NOT WORKING, those of us who do choose to work will be carrying an unsustainable share of the burden. At that rate, sooner or later Atlas will shrug. It's more a matter of if than when.

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