Thanksgiving was not formally made a federal holiday until 1941. However, it has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November annually since President Abraham Lincoln delivered the address below in 1863. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Heritage Foundation.

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with...

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Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for Americans. It's an opportunity to make memories with family and friends, and take pleasure in the abundance of food and other comforts offered during the holidays.

It is truly a time to give thanks for all of our blessings.

While enjoying the season, please remember our troops who will spend the holiday half-way around the globe continuing to bravely fight the war on terrorism.

You can help our soldiers by sending cash donations to organizations that work hard to bring a touch of holiday spirit to our men and women in uniform. Here are a few of my favorites:

Grace Resource Center, of Lancaster: (661) 940-5272
Moses House, of Victorville: (760) 955-1895
Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: (661) 255-9078
And don’t forget those in our community who are less fortunate. Your generous donations allow a child to experience holiday cheer and a warm meal on Thanksgiving, who otherwise would not.

The Salvation Army feeds struggling people year-round and annually hosts a special Thanksgiving dinner. When you donate money, you’re treating someone to the warmth of the holiday season.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Salvation Army of Ventura County, the Red Cross and churches in your neighborhood are other organizations that help the poor and those experiencing tough times during the holiday season and year-round.

During this season of giving, please remember the needs of our troops and the less fortunate in our community.

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you and your family.

 


 

Now that the issue of man-made global warming has been exposed as so much bunk, you would think that the environmentalist radicals on the left would abandon their scare tactics, withdraw the pending “cap-and-trade” legislation, and apologize to the American people for having wasted so much time and money. Don’t hold your breath. What they are...

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My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

" We're no longer a Christian nation"

" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even

announced to the world,"America is mean-

spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching

that nonsense to 23 generations of our

war dead buried all over the globe who

died for no other reason than to free a

whole lot of strangers from tyranny and

hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Sincerely,

Harold B. Estes

 

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An article from American Thinker by Geoffrey P. Hunt

Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China 20.

But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
250 CENTRAL AVENUE
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907
AGENDA
ITEM
REFERENCE
Oral
1.
CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Oral
2.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA CONTINUED »

 
Every child deserves a loving family and home
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

November is National Adoption month. This month is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the 62,000 California children who live in foster homes awaiting adoption.

Statewide, California will promote adoption and adoption awareness through activities, including adoption finalizations, agency fairs, calling out ceremonies and candlelight vigils. Many counties across California and the nation, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, will host similar events.

I am sponsoring an event in Sacramento on Nov. 21 with my colleague Assemblyman Roger Niello, of Sacramento, and my son and daughter-in-law who adopted a child five years ago. As a matter of fact, Sharon and I adopted our beautiful daughter, Rebekah (now 22 years old and serving in the Coast Guard) when she was an infant.

The goal is to help those families who have considered CONTINUED »

 
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907
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'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

 

Last Saturday night Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) forced through a vote on her 2,032 page health care bill only a few days after releasing it to the public. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is poised for another Saturday night cram down, forcing a Senate cloture vote mere days before his 2,074 page bill was given to Senators. Yet again, Congress will be forced to vote on a bill that none of them have actually read. More importantly, as we pour through the details, it becomes obvious that none of them even believe the plan will do what the bill says.

Kills Jobs: All told, the Reid Bill raises taxes by...

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Assemblywoman Audra Strickland
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland
Serving the Thirty Seventh District that includes Camarillo, Fillmore, Los Angeles, Moorpark, Ojai, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks

Moorpark, CA. - Today, State Assemblywoman Audra Strickland announced her candidacy for Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector, a seat that is being vacated by current Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Matheney, who is retiring.

"As the sitting County Treasurer-Tax Collector and having worked with Audra Strickland for the past five years, I know better than anyone that Audra is well-qualified in the most important parts of the job -- taking care of the public. In the areas that matter most, Audra Strickland is well qualified to be our next Treasurer-Tax Collector,” stated Larry Matheney.

Joining Matheney in endorsing Strickland, Supervisor Peter Foy made special note of Strickland’s ongoing efforts in the area of reform and accountability by highlighting her experience fighting waste, fraud and abuse within state bureaucracy. "Audra Strickland has served in the Assembly, served on the state's premier oversight agency -- the Little Hoover Commission, and serves as the Vice Chairwoman on the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, and as a member of the Joint Committee on Improving State Government. I can't think of anyone better to serve as our County Treasurer-Tax Collector to protect taxpayers."

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Forget everything bad you’ve ever heard about President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus. Combing through the data on the $18 million Recovery.gov website, you’ll find tons of Obama stimulus success stories from across the country. In Minnesota’s 57th Congressional District, 35 jobs have been saved or created using $404,340 in stimulus funds. In New Mexico’s 22nd Congressional District, 25 jobs have been saved or created using $61,000 in stimulus cash. And in Arizona’s fighting 15th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending.

The it-would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-our-tax-dollars-at-stake punch line...

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And they add that both Muslims and non-Muslims can misunderstand Islam, usually by taking verses of the Koran that mandate violence against unbelievers "out of context." This excuse is very, very tired at this point, but the obvious rejoinder from reporter Baylie Evans should have been this: Then what are you doing in your mosque here to make sure that all the local Muslims understand the Koran in context and hence do not misunderstand it in the same way that Nidal Hasan (and so many others worldwide) did?

If Baylie Evans had asked that question...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/11/wyoming-muslims-say-fort-hood-jihadist...

 

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England CONTINUED »

 
A Salute to Veterans
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

America’s truest heroes and bravest citizens are the veterans of war.

They embody all that is noble about the spirit and the commitment it takes to march off to face battles that are worlds away.

Hundreds of millions of men and women have served in the U.S. military since our country’s first war for freedom more than 220 years ago. Millions have died, and still more have been badly injured while in the line of duty.

The communities that I represent have seen thousands of men and women commit their lives to serving in our Armed Forces.

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a salute to our heroes. This remembrance is the very least we can give to those who have sacrificed so much.

To the many veterans of Antelope Valley, Fillmore, Santa Paula, the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, and the Victor Valley, I want to thank you for defending our great nation and for risking your life in the name of preserving liberty for all.

You are the patriots of this country. You are the gatekeepers of freedom.

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In a blog entry for Islamist Watch, David J. Rusin shows how the word "jihad" continues to be euphemized in the West. Despite Islamic law's unequivocal portrayal of it as a military endeavor to empower Islam, jihad is still being peddled as "nothing more than a student laboring to pass algebra, a mom driving her kids to soccer practice, or, in the words of the Cambridge study, a civic-minded person engaged in 'lobbying, activism, and writing' -- a community organizer of sorts." Rusin concludes by observing: "Why Islamists peddle such specious definitions should be clear. More baffling and disturbing is why they gain traction among so many Westerners."
Indeed, therein lies the irony: Islamist perfidy is only...

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Picking up on libels from a Leftist pro-jihad hate site, the Hamas-linked unindicted conspirator the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has claimed in its "American Muslim News Briefs" email that I own the domains f***allah.com and f***islam.com and have redirected them to Jihad Watch.

"In doing so," says the CAIR News Brief, "Robert Spencer may have been trying to actively market his hate material to like-minded audiences. It is a well known fact that keywords are a crucial factor in the popularity of a blog. This is damning evidence of the true gutter intent behind...

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The increasingly left-leaning National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has eagerly embraced President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize as somehow validating the NAE’s own impending call for nuclear disarmament. Ironically, the NAE is moving almost in tandem with its former nemesis, the old Religious Left’s National Council of Churches (NCC), which is preparing its own ant-nuke statement for release later this month. Over 60 years ago the NAE was founded as a more conservative alternative to the NCC.

Apparently the NAE is now eager to echo the liberal Mainline Protestants at the...

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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
250 CENTRAL AVENUE
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
ITEM
REFERENCE
1.
CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Oral
2.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Oral
3.
ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
Oral
4.
CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR CONTINUED »

 

A year ago this week, the American people elected a President who had promised during the campaign that he would: “cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families,” expand the Army by 65,000 and the Marines by 27,000, and enact “a net spending cut” for the federal government. Lower taxes, a strong defense and shrinking the size of government. Those are all core conservative beliefs. Accordingly, President Barack Obama entered the White House with sky high approval ratings.

But since being sworn into office, President Obama has raised taxes,...

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/11/02/morning-bell-we-still-hold-these-tru...

 
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

California’s gas prices are the third highest in the nation, hovering around the $3.00 per gallon mark at the end of October. The average price of gas over the past three weeks for all 50 states was closer to $2.60 per gallon. So why are gas prices so much higher in California?

To begin with, California charges the highest gasoline taxes in the nation. California even collects a tax on a tax by charging sales taxes on the state and federal excise tax!

In California, taxes on fuel account for roughly 65 cents per gallon, which includes the state sales tax rate of 8.25%, plus 1.2 cents per gallon for Underground Storage Tank (UST) fees, plus additional local sales taxes where applicable. In Sacramento County, sales taxes are 8.75%.

We also pay more in California because of stringent environmental laws dictating that we use reformulated gasoline, which can only be supplied by a limited number of refineries. So when one of them shuts down, as the Tesoro refinery in Los Angeles did earlier this year due to a fire, the supply is reduced enough that prices inevitably rise.

With our state’s unemployment rate over 12% (and far beyond that in many counties), and the economy still a long way from being robust, these soaring gas prices put an undue burden on the people of California who are struggling to make ends meet.

Now more than ever we should be taking advantage of our own natural oil reserves, like the huge oil and gas deposits sitting 5 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. The Tranquillon Ridge Project has bi-partisan support, and the support of the local government officials and environmental groups. It would bring in $100 million in royalties to the state immediately upon approval, and up to $4 billion in revenues to the state over the next 14 years, as well as help end our dependence on foreign oil.

With some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and the economy still struggling, California lawmakers need to stop raising our taxes, and start taking advantage of our own natural resources and potential revenue sources. Just food for thought, for the next time you’re filling up your tank.