5 Reasons why Patriotism is Important

Patriotism is a subjective concept, as every single person has his or her own way of defining things. Such definition depends on the way the person consumes the concept of patriotism and how the person wants to reflect it. But irrespective of what we think about...
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5 Legal ways to Fight for your Rights

No matter how happy and peaceful your country, we are not always blessed with the feeling being content, there are always a lot of things over which we secretly agitate time and again. In fact, it is the right of every citizen to express his views, but in the right...
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Obama slams Arizona bill as Fight Lifts Immigration to Top of Agenda

A controversial bill approved by Arizona’s State Legislature pushing the immigration debate to the forefront of the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama on Friday criticized the legislation, which would allow Arizona’s state police to check the documents of people they...
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Pentagon Warns Congress: Accounts Running Dry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Wednesday it may be forced to take extreme measures -- like not paying salaries -- if the Democratic-led Congress fails to pass a $37 billion defense spending bill before lawmakers begin an August recess. A senior Democratic...
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Rising Up to Retake California From The Special Interests

Since 1970, the Democratic Party has held substantial majorities in both houses of the California Legislature. During this time, a political machine has arisen in this state comparable to the Daley Political Machine in Chicago or Tammany Hall in New York : The public...

Health Care: How Defeat Can Turn Into Victory

The great military strategist of World War II, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, once advised, “Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.”  After Sunday night’s “victory” on health care, many Democrats may find that what they have ostensibly gained will...

In Praise of the Independent Spirit

in•de•pend•ent 1. expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained: a free and independent citizen. Since the Tea Party Movement is now one year old, it’s time to celebrate a movie about the independent spirit. What better film to acknowledge than...

Congressman Targeting Company that Advertizes with Conservative Media

Forget fast-forwarding through the commercials. New York Congressman Anthony Weiner clearly watches his news broadcasts live, because he’s seen some ads that have really ticked him off. Weiner is calling for an investigation into precious metals seller Goldline, a...

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Tea is for Triumph in Crist Double Cross

WASHINGTON -- Tea Party invaders have finally scaled the high walls and taken their first stronghold inside the GOP castle. The defection of Florida's governor from his own Republican Party in the race for the US Senate is an enormously significant victory for this...

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Pentagon Warns Congress: Accounts Running Dry

Pentagon Warns Congress: Accounts Running Dry

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Utah Fights for States Rights, Land, Money, and Guns

UTAH (NPJ) - A group of State Senators, House Representatives, and local citizens gathered over a breakfast of pancakes and eggs in American Fork late last month, eager to discuss and debate issues and pending bills with their constituents. The town hall meeting was...

Conservatives try to block IMF bailout

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and two House Republicans want European Union countries to pass a credit check before the U.S. offers them loan guarantees. DeMint, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana and Vice Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers of...

Senator Bob Bennett Loses Nomination Bid in GOP Primary

The contest between Senator Bob Bennett and his challengers reached a fever pitch within the state today at the Republican State Party's nominating convention. Large numbers of grassroots groups had aligned against the Senator, leading to a situation where for the...

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Pennsylvania, other states in tug of war before congressional redistricting

Eli Evankovich is an accountant and farmer from a tiny town in western Pennsylvania — and suddenly an important man. Contemplating a run for the state legislature earlier this year, he traveled to Harrisburg for the first time in his life and was startled

to find himself enthusiastically courted by Republican leaders.

In any other election cycle, the 27-year-old rookie would barely register with political leaders in the state capital, never mind nationally. But this year, money will be thrown at his campaign against an incumbentDemocrat, volunteers will show up at his farm and polls — a rarity in state legislative races — will be taken.

As the Beltway remains riveted on November’s congressional midterm elections, another political war is taking shape in small communities nationwide, elevating hundreds of unknown Evankoviches to the front lines. The reason: Next year, state legislatures will take up redistricting, the once-a-decade task of redrawing congressional boundaries based on population shifts gleaned through the census.

Redistricting plays a central political role every 10 years, but the stakes seem particularly high this cycle. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Republicans see an opportunity to improve their prospects for winning back Congress and controlling it for years to come — by shaking loose the Democrats’ grip on state governments.

Some of the biggest names in politics have jumped into the hand-to-hand combat with an intensity generally reserved for a presidential race. Among those at the forefront: Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee; former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.); Democratic strategist Harold Ickes; GOP strategist Karl Rove; and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Citizens of Salt Lake County Fall Behind on Payments for Police Services

Thousands of Salt Lake County residents still haven’t paid their police bills, racking up a delinquent tab that now tops $1.7 million.

With striking similarity to last spring — when about 12,900 people failed to pay a first-ever fee for police services in unincorporated suburbs such as Magna and Millcreek — county officials reported Thursday that nearly 12,900 payments are missing from the second billing as well.

Many of the nonpayers this time around are the same ones. Some aren’t.

“I’m hopeful they will pay,” said Kerri Nakamura, who oversees the payments for the newly formed law enforcement service area.

Although Nakamura has received a few letters from residents refusing to pay — “I can count them on two hands,” she said — she believes the nearly 28 percent delinquency rate has more to do with education and economics than with political protest.

The police fee (now about $167 annually for homeowners and more for businesses) hit people’s pocketbooks for the first time this year. The county approved the law-enforcement levy to help plug a multimillion-dollar shortfall in its budget for citylike services in townships and other unincorporated areas.

That fee, collected three times a year, was expected to raise more than $12 million.

But the county’s delinquency rate is bulging bigger than the 10 percent officials had expected. Although the number of nonpayers has remained about the same, officials insist they are making progress.

Why? Because a third of those who missed the April deadline have settled up. About 8,600 homes and businesses — out of a pool of 46,000 — remain delinquent on both payments.

The county still is receiving 400 to 600 payments a day for the July billings. By month’s end, officials expect the delinquent tally to drop by as much as 4,000.

Some delinquents probably won’t be paying anytime soon, according to a handful of letters obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

“I will not be paying for this new �?service,’ ” one person wrote. “I have been unable to work for over a month and have had to cut several �?services’ from my budget. If you want to TAX us residents then TAX us. Do not try to stick it to us with new service fees.”

Gerald T. Roberts

In the recent times patriotism has taken a different turn. It is important that we all must be endowed with the virtue of patriotism and at the same time understand our rights. I am Gerald T. Roberts, and I am a regular contributor to this site. Earlier, I was just a visitor and was happy with the things that this blog was trying to motivate. I realised that they were always working for a high cause and decided to join the team. I have been with them for a couple of years now, and they haven’t changed a bit. I am proud to be a part of this movement. 

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