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“Bring it On!” –Rep. Chaffetz

~A politician to be excited about & a name to watch!

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Lauren Axelrod is the daughter of one of the most influential men in Washington: David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama.

Lauren, 29, had her first epileptic attack when she was just 7 months old, and over the next 18 years those attacks became so severe that she could experience as many as 25 a day. The attacks did permanent damage to Lauren’s brain and left her developmentally disabled.

In 2000, while she was in the middle of another severe attack, Lauren’s doctor told the Axelrods about {a new anti-convulsant drug known as Keppra.} In just a few days after taking the medication, all her seizures disappeared. She became healthy, but she still needed round-the-clock care.

With Lauren’s health improving each day, the Axelrods were worried about their own mortality and their daughter’s future. They found a place called Misericordia, which means “Heart of Mercy.” The Chicago-based home for the developmentally disabled has become a haven for families like the Axelrods.

Sister Rosemary Connelly has been the executive director and visionary for the not-for-profit home for 40 years. Known as “Saint Rosemary,” she has created a nurturing and practical environment for the 600 residents on the 31-acre facility. “It’s what can they do, what will make them fulfilled as people. And that’s what we work at,” Connelly says.

~ One of my top favorite charities…~JP

Running Misericordia costs $54 million a year. Families pay what they can afford, and the rest is made up through state and outside donors. “We have to raise $14 million this year, that’s the deficit,” says Connelly, who is determined to keep up the quality service in these hard economic times.

While Misericordia is operated by the Sisters of Mercy under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, which has generously provided the property upon which Misericordia stands, its programs, renovations and new buildings are made possible through private fundraising.

Misericordia receives support for operations from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation providing help for those in need since 1921. With the support of affiliated groups, legislators and volunteers, and through the generosity of corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Misericordia will continue to work toward a bright future where persons with disabilities achieve maximum independence and realize their greatest potential – in an environment of dignity, challenge, respect and spirituality.

Misericordia Mission statement and how you can donate.

“We also have to raise money for construction and maintenance,” she says, pointing out that she spends most of her time fundraising so that Lauren and the hundreds of other residents can have quality lives.

Today Lauren lives in her own apartment. She cooks, cleans and has plenty of friends — but her favorite activity is working out.

“I love the treadmill,” she says. “Yeah, I burnt 165.2 calories today and I did three miles today, too.”

She is happy and thriving, her father says. “I realize that what we gave her was the opportunity to have a life of her own, and it’s a wonderful thing,” Axelrod says.

Another activity Lauren enjoys is painting.

Because he spends most of his time in Washington, Axelrod has hung one of Lauren’s paintings in his West Wing office. It’s a picture of the White House, but Lauren added an image of the Chicago skyline in the reflection pool.

“And it’s the first thing I see when I walk into my office every day,” Axelrod says proudly. “So it’s a little piece of home every day.”

Axelrod will return to Chicago soon to be closer to his family and to begin working on the president’s re-election campaign. He and his wife, Susan, meanwhile, will continue their fight against epilepsy by speaking to families all over the country.

Susan has created her own foundation, CureEpilepsy.org, which raises money for research.

Although Lauren is healthy, the Axelrods know that her seizures could return at any moment.

That’s why they’ve made it their mission to give hope to others.

“As Susan always says, it’d be a tremendous legacy for Lauren if other people didn’t have to go through this because of the advances that we’re able to make,” Axelrod says.

By Rachel Feldman FOX

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Failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell denied Thursday that she misused campaign funds, telling Fox News that an apparent criminal investigation into her spending is yet another attempt to tarnish the Tea Party movement. Read on…click image…

BALTIMORE — Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.

Matt Moran, O’Donnell’s former campaign manager, did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions from The AP. He said earlier this month that the campaign had not been contacted about any investigation and criticized what he called “lies and false-attack rumors.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office has confirmed that it is reviewing a complaint about O’Donnell’s campaign spending filed by a watchdog group, but officials in the office and the FBI declined to say whether a criminal investigation was underway.

O’Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has long been dogged by questions about her finances.

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that she routinely used political contributions to pay her personal expenses in recent years as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. The Washington-based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission making similar allegations and asked Delaware’s federal prosecutor to investigate.

O’Donnell’s campaign has denied wrongdoing, but acknowledged she had paid part of her rent at times with campaign money, arguing that her house doubled as a campaign headquarters.

Full story @ Boston Herald…

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Incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped (R-Ala.) to be chairman of the ethics committee in the GOP-led House.

In his announcement, Boehner said Bonner is “widely respected” on both sides of the aisle and has a “deep appreciation for the importance of both ethics education and enforcement in the House.”

“The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and it is important for members of both the majority and the minority to work together to ensure that such standards are observed and respected at all times within the institution,” Boehner said in a written statement. “A functioning Ethics Committee will be central to that effort in the 112th Congress.”

“I am confident that as chairman, he will work with the other members of the Ethics Committee to ensure there is accountability at all times in the People’s House,” Boehner continued. “I look forward to working with him, and I’m grateful for his willingness to serve.”

Although not surprising, the move amounts to a rejection of calls to reconstitute the panel and appoint an entirely new roster. Bonner served as the committee’s ranking member during a rocky period for the panel throughout the last Congress.

Over the last two years, the panel was fraught with partisan infighting and faced criticism for its handling of several investigations, including probes of Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

At one point during the summer, Bonner took the unusual step of publicly criticizing then-ethics chairwoman Zoe Logren (D-Calif.) for failing to schedule Rangel’s ethics trial before the November midterm elections. He accused her of playing politics with the ethics process.

The House censured Rangel in early December, but the Waters case is still pending. The panel indefinitely delayed her public trial in late November and put the lead attorney on the case, as well as an assisting attorney, on administrative leave without explanation.

Blake Chisam, the ethics committee chief counsel and staff director who was hand-selected by Lofgren, wanted to fire the two attorneys on the Waters case on Nov. 19, but Bonner objected, according to knowledgeable sources.

Chisam tendered his resignation before the election and left the committee in mid-December.

Also in mid-December, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a member of the panel, said the committee’s integrity was in jeopardy unless Boehner appointed an entirely new slate of members. Several ethics watchdogs echoed that call.

Democrats have not said whether Logren will remain on the panel as ranking member.

The Hill

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By Dr. Laurie Roth

As predicted the ship of fools has passed the dangerous and Un-American START treaty on Dec 21st 2010. Just in time for Christmas cheer. I am still throwing up my Wassail as I contemplate what they have done. The main guts of this Treaty is that Russia and the US have agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals to fewer than 1,550 warheads in seven years time.

As it is now we have 1,950 deployed strategic warheads and 798 launchers. Russia has 2,540 deployed strategic warheads and 574 launchers. They talk in the document about having inspectors to monitor all the reductions over the years. Isn’t that a thrill?

I had hoped against hope, even expected that the Republicans would vote against something that diminishes our national strength and ability to defend herself and our friends, but no. There were 13 traitorous Republicans who voted for START. Naturally, Obama and his cronies had been campaigning furiously saying that a defeat would embarrass our President and hurt the country. Oh….we wouldn’t want to do that would we? I cannot believe that the morons in the Senate fell for this bull rot. Whatever happened to the truth….Obama needs to be embarrassed and shamed until he is chased out of office.

So far, with this President and congress I can’t think of anything they have done the last two years that doesn’t deserve massive shame and rebuke. The reversal of ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ and now ratifying START deserves way more than shame. They deserve a clangy and environmentally insensitive Train screaming through DC and grabbing up all who voted for these bills in the Lame Duck session and taking them all on a one way trip to Iran so they can be close to their people. Since it is the Holiday season, I would give them a second choice…..Russia.

The traitorous and cowardly Republicans who voted for this are:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) SHAME

Scott Brown (R-MA) SHAME

Thad Cochran (R-MS) SHAME

Susan Collins (R-ME) SHAME

Bob Corker (R-TN) SHAME

Judd Gregg (R-NH) SHAME

Johnny Isakson (R-GA) SHAME

Mike Johanns (R-NE) SHAME

Richard Lugar (R-IN) SHAME

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) SHAME

Olympia Snowe (R-ME) SHAME

George Vainovich (R-OH) SHAME

Those who are returning should be voted out of office with bold new opponents put in place during the upcoming primaries. Regardless of who stays or leaves, all should be flooded with calls, faxes and emails, shaming them and blaming them for compromising national security and strength!

What amazes me even more is that Obama and the lame brain senate ratified a deal not with a real ally but with our historical nemesis and enemy, Russia. Have we lost our entire minds and forgotten how deceptive and aggressive they are? Just a few memory pills for you all:

Did we forget that Russian General Anatoly Nogovitsyn threatened only a few years ago a nuclear attack on Poland because it agreed to host our US rockets? Russia was essentially threatening the US and her allies over the US missile shield. Quick let’s sign a treaty with them and reduce our power.

Let us not forget their aggressive, military attack on Georgia that continues to grow their democracy even with constant threats from Russia. Then there is my favorite comfort moment…..Russia sending weapons and massive millions to IRAN. Of course they are looking for oil and rich friends at any cost….including cost to the US.

The truth is that Russian leadership is a neutered enemy to freedom and the US. It was neutered by Ronald Reagan through his masterful protection and build up of our military and nuclear arsenal. Like Islamic leadership through out the world, Russia only responds to strength. They will lie, cheat and steal to get their power and empire back. That means threatening our allies, freedom loving countries surrounding them and assaulting us through the side and back doors. I expected idiocy in the vote on START from the progressive democrats but how horrifying that we also saw it with 13 turn coat Republicans.


The START treaty was totally unnecessary except to give Obama a ‘false front’ bill that would look like a success. It only reflects Obama and the progressive’s continuous apology making and shredding of America. We have always had tough guidelines and restrictions regarding the use of any nuclear weapons, and only did so with Japan after we warned Nagasaki and Horoshima by dropping leaflets two weeks in advance and had no other options. There was no more talking with them. They were the original ‘suicide bombers’ and didn’t care about dying to destroy us.

America, with her constitution, commitment to freedom and Judeo Christian values, must remain strong with our military and nuclear program. Evil only responds and backs downs to one thing…..strength coupled with morality!

All who voted for the START Treaty should be quickly voted out of office and shamed.

CFP

~ Look again at the list above & target them to vote them out, it is your duty! I hope this will give you an Extra incentive, see the arrogance:~JP

Wake up Tenn.!

* November 04, 2008
Thank You
Lamar Alexander
Your support made a difference in my-re-election to the United States Senate. Thank you very much. It is a privilege to represent Tennesseans in such serious times. As I did as Governor and during my first term in the Senate, I will work across party lines to get results on the big issues, including energy independence, controlling spending, and helping every American have access to affordable health insurance.

I will do my very best to continue to earn your confidence and support.

* * * Re-elect Year: 2014

~Get it right next time please?

* * * Corker Re-elect Year: 2012

–Scott Brown…we knew what we were getting but the premise of a Republican was better then a liberal, in fact did come back to bite us in the arse:

Brown has often aligned himself with the two sisters of socialistic leanings from Maine, Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe both registered Republicans but frequently found in compromising positions with liberal Democrats.

Republicans have a few Senate seats that come up in 2012 — including Maine, Nevada, and Massachusetts — that they really should be worried about. But so far, Massachusetts looks pretty good, PPP reports.

* * * Re-Elect year 2012

* Speaking of his two socialist sistas from Maine, Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe

What is wrong with the voters here?!

– Collins Re-elect Year: 2014

Snowe Could Lose 2012 GOP Primary In Landslide To Conservative Challenger

–Lugar is old as dirt but has too much power, particularly on this issue! I was livid when I found out he is on the Board of Director’s at NTI, who pushed START ‘liberally’…

* Need to familiarize yourself with the ‘entire’ Board of Director’s…it will blow you away my friends!

* * * Re-elect Year: 2012

– Judd Greg Gregg says goodbye to the Senateand will be succeeded by former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, a Republican who won election in November (Thank God!)

–George Voinovich There are lots of good tidbits in this Washington Post piece on retiring U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, who’s going out in a cranky mood. George Voinovich isn’t happy with his congressional colleagues

– Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS-S1 Re-Elect Year: 2014

– Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE-S2) Re-elect Year: 2014

Lisa Murkowski

– Senator Johnny Isakson Re-elect Year: 2016

~ When all is said and done…

Conservatives Will Kick Butt in 2012 Senate Race

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