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Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 8)(Randy Goodrum, Famous Arkansan Pt A)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 8:15 am CST on April 11, 2011.

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

This may be our one moment in history for greatness.  And I sincerely hope that we rise to the challenge because I believe the future of the republic depends on it.

I do agree that we must “rise to the challenge” because “the future of the republic depends on it.” However, just cutting less than 2% is not rising to the challenge.

Last year when the Democrats had overwhelming majorities, they decided to skip putting in a budget. Actually 1974 was the last time that had happened. Why were they not rising to the occasion last year? I believe it was because they were busy trying to shove all their liberal agenda down our throat before they lost control once they realized in January of 2010 (with Scott Brown’s victory) that the people were against their policies. They knew that in November they would lose control and they spent every waking moment shoving their bills through and never once took time to pass a budget.

I remember reading the article “Shock defeat forces Obama to rethink healthcare reforms, President looks for core elements that appeal to both parties, after admitting frustration led to loss of solid Senate seat,” Jan 20, 2010. I really did wonder if he would back off or forge on and of course he forged on recklessly.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

There’s much more, a confusing and wasteful mix of other departments, independent agencies, and commissions. In the main they are unnecessary, duplicative, bloated, or all three. They are nothing that a legislative buzz-saw would not solve. Along with them should go excessive congressional staff. Legislators need resources to oversee the government. But if Congress was no longer attempting to run America and the world, legislators would need far fewer employees.
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Rather than view a government shutdown as an unfortunate necessity to wring spending concessions, closure should be seen as good policy. Not every department and bureau should stay shuttered, but many agencies should be permanently shut. It is necessary to think the unthinkable in Washington. With Uncle Sam facing his largest deficit ever, we must begin eliminating programs now.

In my past posts I could have been accused of giving just general ideas of where to cut. Now I am starting in with specifics that are taken from the article “How to cut $343 Billion from the federal budget,” by Brian Riedl, Heritage Foundation, October 28, 2010(Spending cuts in millions of dollars:

 

 

Agriculture
 

 

$15,000

 

 

Replace farm subsidies with Farmer Savings Accounts and improved crop insurance.
 

 

$2,033

 

 

Eliminate the Foreign Agriculture Service.
 

 

$1,500

 

 

Merge all four agriculture outreach and research agencies and cut their budget in half.
 

 

$1,000

 

 

Fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service with user fees.

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Song writer legend Randy Goodrum performs his composition, “Sad To Belong To Someone Else” made popular by England Dan & John Ford Coley.

Randy Goodrum

Inducted in 1996

(b. 1947) – Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this Grammy award winner is considered to be one of the best adult contemporary music songwriters and producers. Goodrum has penned hits in all areas of music-pop, rock, a/c, r&b and country. Some of his best-known hits include “You Needed Me” recorded by Anne Murray, “Foolish Heart,” “Oh Sherrie,” and “Bluer Than Blue.” He has had songs recorded by such stars as Ray Charles, Phoebe Snow, Judy Collins, Helen Reddy, The Commodores, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, Jefferson Starship, England Dan and John Ford Coley who made a hit of Goodrum’s “It’s Sad to Belong (to Someone Else) When the Right One Comes Along,” and Tricia Yearwood among others. He has produced for the likes of Michael Bolton, Chet Atkins, and Olivia Newton-John. www.randygoodrum.com

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I have another state lawmaker below:

Jon Eubanks State Representative District 84.

Jon  and his values

Jon and his wife, Janet, bought their poultry and cattle farm near Paris, Ark., in the fall of 1976 and still live on and operate that farm, having bought additional acreage over the years.  They have raised four children – Chris, Nick, Stacy and Andrew. They also have three grandchildren. In the mid-’80s, while running the farm, he went back to college at Arkansas Tech and completed his accounting degree, graduating with honors in 1990 and passing the CPA exam.  Jon has eight years experience working as a certified public accountant. However, farming is his career preference.

Jon has been actively involved in education, youth groups and agriculture throughout his life. He is a former school board member in the Paris School District. While serving on the Paris School Board he was able to secure the donation of used computers from IBM to set up a computer lab for the school. He has been actively involved as a volunteer for local Boy Scout Troops and as a coach for youth baseball teams. He is a past president and board member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Paris. Jon currently serves on the board of directors of the North Logan County Farm Bureau and served a three- year term as its president.

Jon and Janet’s emphasis on hard work, education and conservative values can be seen in their children. Chris graduated from the University of Arkansas and is a Southeast U.S. forage agronomist and sales manager for Land O’Lakes. Nick attended Texas Tech University before taking a job for a landscape contractor and now manages a landscaping crew and also owns a lawn care company in Texas. Stacy recently graduated with a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas and works in New York. Andrew will begin his junior year at the United States Naval Academy this fall.

Jon is a strong supporter of the following issues: traditional marriage, pro-life, gun rights, tax relief for working families, improving education, fiscal responsibility, and reducing the size and spending of government.

 

Over the past few years, Jon has maintained a cattle herd of about 200-250 cows.

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Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 7)(Jimmy Driftwood, Famous Arkansan)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 8:35 pm CST on April 10th.

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

It is our time to lead.  This may be the greatest challenge of our generation, of any of us who are in this chamber who are serving either in the House or Senate right now.

We have been going done the path of expanding the federal government for over 80 years now. To be a true leader, you must change the direction of the country. We no longer need to be raising the amount of control we give the federal government in our lives. That is what the whole Tea Party uprising was about Boston so many years ago.

If you want to just continue down this same path then JUST IGNORE ALL THESE GOOD SUGGESTIONS YOU GET CONCERNING CUTTING THE FEDERAL BUDGET. You asked for them with this youtube video clip (as seen above) and now I have started giving them to you.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

HUD is a piggy bank for developers. No form of residential or commercial building goes unsubsidized. Yet the epicenter of the financial crisis was the mass of federal housing subsidies. Interior also enriches interest groups. Most of the land that it manages should be sold off. Environmentally sensitive refuges could be transferred to environmental groups.

The Transportation Department is little better. There are some legitimate interstate transportation issues, but most roads and bridges should be a state and local responsibility. Transportation bills have been among the most ostentatiously wasteful pork dispensed by Congress. There’d be little harm in leaving DOT permanently closed.

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Another famous Arkansan below.

the battle of new orleans..the original version was done by this man jimmie driftwood,

Jimmy Driftwood

Inducted in 1996

(1907-1998) – Noted folk singer and songwriter who was born on a farm near Mountain View. While serving as superintendent at Snowball, he wrote his big hit “The Battle of New Orleans.” He is also known for another composition, “The Tennessee Stud.” Today, Jimmy Driftwood’s Barn in Mountain View is the setting for performances.

So many people have asked me about the full clip. Here it is!! The late and great Jimmy Driftwood home on his ranch in Timbo, Arkansas playing on his famous guitar! This is a tune that he called “Guitar Medley”. Although Jimmy had a bad accident a couple of months before this was taped he could still play the guitar in a very uniquely way!!

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 5) (Johnny Cash pt D)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 10:05 am CST on April 9th. I am on the way out the door to see my 14 yr old son Wilson play a soccer game in Searcy. I know Mark’s kids are about the same age since we taught in the  4 yr old dept Learning Center at church together about 10 yrs ago when our sons were about the same age.

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

Are we so blind as to not be able to see that we need to put everything on the table, that this is a time for great leadership and sacrifice and we all have to give up something to get this done?

Yes I do agree that everything should be on the table. Our founding fathers did know what “great leadership and sacrifice” was. Senator Pryor brought them up in this speech. However, I just don’t see actions. All I see is the proper words. If someone says they want the federal government to sacrifice like the normal American family is, then THAT MEANS BALANCING THEIR BUDGET!!!! I could not imagine the founding fathers sitting around arguing over  cutting 1 or 2% out of a bloated budget that needs to be balanced immediately. Earlier in Pryor’s speech he talked about the difference between Statesmen and Politicians. I wish we had some more statesmen, but they are hard to come by.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Not much else the federal government does makes much sense. The Agriculture Department is a special interest bureaucracy par excellence, enriching people because they are farmers. Why do the rest of us owe farmers a living? They work hard, but so do most other Americans. Welfare should be for poor people, not influential people. Department buildings should be sold off for condos.

The same principle applies to the Commerce Department. While some bits of the bureaucracy perform legitimate functions (such as conducting a census for legislative apportionment), most of the department’s programs are forms of corporate welfare. American business should make money from customers, not steal money from taxpayers.

The analysis is similar for the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior. Most federal subsidies for energy have been the equivalent of flushing money down toilets at the DOE headquarters. Big Oil and little green like their respective subsidies, but taxpayers have gotten no benefits commensurate to their forced generosity.

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Johnny Cash was one of my favorite Famous Arkansans.

June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003, at the age of seventy-one. June had told Cash to keep working, so he continued to record and even performed a couple of surprise shows at the Carter Family Fold outside Bristol, Virginia. (The July 5, 2003 concert was his final public appearance.) At the June 21, 2003 concert, before singing “Ring of Fire”, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage. He spoke of how June’s spirit was watching over him and how she had come to visit him before going on stage. He barely made it through the song. Despite his poor health, he spoke of looking forward to the day when he could walk again and toss his wheelchair into the river near his home.

Johnny Cash died less than four months after his wife, on September 12, 2003, while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

One of Johnny Cash’s final collaborations with producer Rick Rubin, entitled American V: A Hundred Highways, was released posthumously on July 4, 2006. The album debuted in the #1 position on Billboard Magazines Top 200 album chart for the week ending July 22, 2006.

Is the Bible historically accurate? (Part 12)(Johnny Cash, Famous Arkansan pt C)

Dr Price, who directs excavations at the Qumran plateau in Israel, the site of the community that produced the dead sea scrolls some 2,000 years ago, expertly guides you through the latest archaeological finds that have changed the way we understand the world of the bible. (Part 6 of 6 in the film series The Stones Cry Out).

The Bible and Archaeology – Is the Bible from God? (Kyle Butt 42 min)

You want some evidence that indicates that the Bible is true? Here is a good place to start and that is taking a closer look at the archaeology of the Old Testament times. Is the Bible historically accurate? Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites6.Shishak Smiting His Captives7. Moabite Stone8Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.

My sons Hunter and Wilson got to visit our friend Sherwood Haisty in California and they got to visit Yosemite National Park and I have put up some pictures below. Sherwood actually bought my son Wilson a McArthur Study Bible and he got it signed by John McArthur when he saw him at Grace Community Church. (I have put a clip of McArthur on the Larry King Show.)

From time to time you will read articles in the Arkansas press by  such writers as  John Brummett, Max Brantley and Gene Lyons that poke fun at those that actually believe the Bible is historically accurate when in fact the Bible is backed up by many archaeological facts. The Book of Mormon is blindly accepted even though archaeology has disproven many of the facts that are claimed by it. For instance, wheat and barley did not exist in North America when they said they did.

Barley” is mentioned three times in the Book of Mormon narrative dating to the 1st and 2nd century BC.[59]Wheat” is mentioned once in the Book of Mormon narrative dating to the same time period.[60] The introduction of domesticated modern barley and wheat to the New World was made by Europeans after 1492, many centuries after the time in which the Book of Mormon is set.

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Uzziah Tablet Inscription
Uzziah Tablet Inscription
Could this tablet mention the name of one of Jerusalem’s most famous kings…Uzziah?The Bible mentions Uzziah or Azariah as the king of the southern kingdom of Judah in 2 Kings 15. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription is a stone tablet (35 cm high x 34 cm wide x 6 cm deep) with letters inscribed in ancient Hebrew text with an Aramaic style of writing, which dates to around 30-70 AD. The text reveals the burial site of Uzziah of Judah, who died in 747 BC. The inscription on the ossuary tombstone reads: “The bones of Uzziah, King of Judah, rest here … Do not open!”The Uzziah Tablet Inscription was discovered in Jerusalem in 1931 by Professor. E. I. Sukenik of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The Uzziah Tablet is an important discovery in the study of Biblical Archaeology because it mentions one of the kings of Judah, and the Jewish authorities would not have crafted such a piece unless there was an original work to draw from. It is interesting that the Tiglath-pileser inscription mentions Uzziah four times (Azariah the Judean). Tiglath-pileser  was the Assyrian ruler who deported the Jews of the northern kingdom of Israel away into captivity.Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
Japan tsunami
Office workers look out at the devastation after today’s earthquake. Photo: Xinhua/ Gamma-Rapho
John MacArthur on “Larry King Live” show in clip below:

 

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Free-lance columnist Rex Nelson is the president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities. He’s also the author of the Southern Fried blog at rexnelsonsouthernfried. com.

Rex Nelson wrote in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on April 2, 2011 a great article called “Arkansas Bucket List.” The readers of his blog http://www.rexnelsonsouthernfried.com came up with a list of things you must do at least once in your life to be considered a well-rounded Arkansan. Nelson asked others to add their suggestions at his website. I am going through the list slowly.

1.  Hang out in downtown Hot Springs on St. Patrick’s Day and attend the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

2. Float around in Skinny Dip Cove on Lake Hamilton on a summer Sunday afternoon.

My sons had a great trip to Yosemite from March 21 to March 27. Here are some of their pictures. Wilson pictured above.

I just can’t stop posting things about Johnny Cash. He was so special. I am so proud that he was from Arkansas. Here is his last song.

Johnny Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Primarily a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll (especially early in his career), as well as blues, folk and gospel.

In 1997, Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager syndrome. The diagnosis was later altered to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. This illness forced Cash to curtail his touring. He was hospitalized in 1998 with severe pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. The albums American III: Solitary Man (2000) and American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002) contained Cash’s response to his illness in the form of songs of a slightly more somber tone than the first two American albums. The video that was released for “Hurt”, a song by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, fit Cash’s view of his past and feelings of regret. The video for the song, from American IV, is now generally recognized as “his epitaph,” and received particular critical and popular acclaim.

Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore
Recorded by Johnny Cash on 3/25/63
Number one – County Chart; Number 17 – Pop Chart

Love Is A Burning Thing
And It Makes A Fiery Ring
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

CHORUS:
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A Child
Oh, But The Fire Went Wild

CHORUS
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher
Cool New Version of Johnny Cash
And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down(down), Down(down), Down(down)
And The Flames Went Higher Higher Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Ring Of Fire

The Ring Of Fire
Oh Yeah!
The Ring Of Fire

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Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 4) (Johnny Cash, Famous Arkansan pt B)

 

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 3:28 pm CST on April 8, 2011.  

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

I’m also reminded in the New Testament when Jesus is talking to political and religious leadership of his day.  He says “Are you so blind?”  

Are we so blind that we can’t see the forest for the trees here, that we can’t understand how important it is for this country to get our debt and deficit where it needs to be?

Sometimes I wonder if some politicians are blind. They realize they are elected by the voters back home, but then they go out and try ignore these same voters when they vote. For instance, clearly the voters rejected the big government type of Democrat in Jan of 2010 when Scott Brown was elected to take Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, but what does President Obama do? He rams through healthcare anyway.

Will the Democrats in Arkansas learn from their mistakes? The liberal John Brummett wrote yesterday in his column for Arkansas News Bureau:

What bugs me most about this congressional redistricting nonsense in Little Rock is that Democrats have been trying to save themselves artificially through imaginative gerrymandering rather than by ideas, issues and honest policy debate.

Sustaining success can never be achieved in politics by running from the people. It can only come from persuading the people

I think that the liberals in Congress can not see what is happening to European countries like Greece? Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute wrote a fine article called “The Greek Tragedy…America’s future?” He states:

In my darker moments, I have sometimes warned audiences of what will happen when a majority of voters in a country or a state become dependent on government. In such an environment, it obviously becomes much more difficult to put together an electoral coalition that will lead to fiscal changes that shrink the burden of government and curtail the predatory state. This is what has happened to Greece, and what is soon going to happen in other European nations (and, barring reform, what will eventually happen in the United States).

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Health and Human Services, the home of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, is a spending behemoth. Yet if this bureaucracy has any legitimate role, it is a small one. The principal social services safety net should be private. If government steps in, it should primarily be at the state and local level. If there’s any cause for federal intervention, it should be very limited.

For instance, Social Security and Medicare are middle class welfare. Politicians have lied about the programs being social insurance in order to win political support: there are no real trust funds, individual accounts, or legal obligations to pay. Yet the programs are fiscal time bombs, with trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities. Individuals should save their own money for retirement; retirees should buy their own health insurance. People who are poor should be helped because they are poor.

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Johnny Cash is too big a figure to just have one post about.

Live @ San Quentin Prison

This film footage was shot at a high school prom in Texas 1955 with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Buddy Holly.

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 3) (Johnny Cash, Famous Arkansan pt A)

 

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 9:18 am CST on April 8, 2011. 

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

I’m reminded many times in the Bible, we’re always encouraged to do right, to do justice, to show mercy.  We want to be upright and true.  I think that’s what they call us to do and what they want us to do.

I also believe the Bible just like you do. However, I believe that the Bible has directed both individuals and churches to help the poor. The federal government has done a horrible job of helping the poor.

Michael Tanner in his article “Replacing Welfare,” Cato Institute, Nov/Dec 1996, noted:

Welfare may have started with the best of intentions, but it has clearly failed. It has failed to meet its stated goal of reducing poverty. But its real failure is even more disastrous. Welfare has torn apart the social fabric of our society. Everyone is worse off. The poor are dehumanized, seduced into a system from which it is terribly difficult to escape. Teenage girls give birth to children they will never be able to support. The work ethic is eroded. Crime rates soar. Such is the legacy of welfare…

Private efforts have been much more successful than the federal government’s failed attempt at charity. America is the most generous nation on earth. Americans already contribute more than $125 billion annually to charity. In fact, more than 85 percent of all adult Americans make some charitable contribution each year.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Even the Justice Department is a dubious creature. The duty of ensuring “justice” is real, but the bureaucracy of justice — laws, police, prosecutors, courts — primarily belongs at the state and local levels. Federalization of the criminal law, under Republicans and Democrats alike, and support for social engineering, such as de facto racial quotas, have increasingly sacrificed Americans’ liberties. Much of the bureaucracy should be shut down.

The Treasury Department, or something like it, is necessary as long as Uncle Sam collects taxes and spends money. But it should do far less of both. Moreover, much of Treasury’s work would be criminal if conducted by anyone else — invading taxpayers’ privacy, enforcing economic sanctions, conducting financial spying.

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I have been doing a series on Famous Arkansans. Johnny Cash is one of my favorites. I grew up with a guy named Paul Garrett who went to my school and church. His uncle was Johnny Cash. I went to the 1978 Billy Graham Crusade in Memphis and got to hear Johnny sing. Right there sitting on the stage right behind him was Paul.

A 23 years old Johnny Cash performing “I walk the Line” live at The Tex Ritter Show.
This is the real roots of so many things.
I WALK THE LINE.
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine,
I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I’ll admit I’m a fool for you
Because you’re mine,
I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right
Because you’re mine,
I walk the line

You’ve got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can’t hide
For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide
Because you’re mine,
I walk the line

Johnny Cash

Inducted in 1996

 (1932-2003) – This “Man in Black” was born to a Kingsland, Arkansas sharecropper on February 26, 1932. His first big hit was “Folsom Prison Blues” which rose to the Top Five in country singles in 1956. “I Walk the Line” became Cash’s first No. 1 hit. In 1957, he made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, and by 1958, he’d published 50 songs, sold more than six million records and moved to Columbia label. Some of his other well-known recordings include “A Boy Named Sue,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “Ring of Fire” and “Jackson,” which he recorded with his wife June Carter Cash. He starred in “The Johnny Cash Show” (ABC, 1969-71) and “Johnny Cash and Friends” (CBS, 1976). He also appeared in the movie “Gunfight” (1970), the television miniseries “North and South” (1985), and made guest appearances on various television shows. His 11 Grammys include a Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1998 Grammy for Country Album of the Year for “Unchained.” Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1980), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992). www.johnny-cash.com

Johnny Cash Hurt what Makes this Song and Video so Great is that Its possibly the Saddest Song ever he sang before he died and singing about his life like When june died and Same Clips of his life one of my favourite Songs

Candidate #3:Donald Trump Republican Presidential Hopefuls(Part 1)(Charlie Rich, Famous Arkansan)

Donald Trump at CPAC Conference 2011

David Gibson in his article “Donald Trump, Family Values Conservative–Believe it or not,” PoliticsDaily.com, wrote about a month ago:

Donald Trump stole the show on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference — stealing the spotlight is his specialty, after all — and he did it by making all sorts of brash and questionable declarations — also a trademark.

But it was Trump’s declaration to the CPAC crowd that he is now “pro-life” that has some social conservatives scratching their heads.

 So “family values guy” isn’t a label one would naturally associate with Trump, unless one is impressed by the fact that he has five children by three wives.

Moreover, in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve” Trump wrote that he supports “a woman’s right to choose,” but added, “I am uncomfortable with the procedures.”

That discomfort seemed to grow as Trump inched closer to throwing his hat into the 2012 ring, as he seems increasingly tempted to do.

Then, on the eve of the CPAC cattle call for GOP candidates, Trump told talk-radio host Laura Ingraham flat out: “I am pro-life.” And he repeated that declaration on Thursday.

So is that enough to win the soul of social conservatives? Pro-lifers didn’t seem to be sold quite yet.

“Well, this is good news, I suppose. Right? After all, we do welcome converts,” Joshua Mercer wrote at CatholicVote.org, the blog of a conservative political lobby.

But, he added, “pro-life Catholics need to exercise extreme caution regarding Donald Trump. It’s possible his ‘conversion’ is just like Mitt Romney’s — made because he realizes he cannot win the Republican presidential nomination with the label ‘pro-choice.’ “

(Mercer identified Trump as a Catholic, but he is apparently a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.)

Writing at the anti-abortion site LifeNews.com, Andrew Bair’s interest was piqued by Trump’s newfound potential, but he was also cautious. “As the 2012 race intensifies, pro-life advocates must call upon Donald Trump to further explain his stand on important pro-life issues like Supreme Court nominations and repeal of the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law.”

Trump’s turnabout could also be seen as a confirmation of the influence that social conservatives still retain in the Republican Party, as no potential candidate can afford to be seen as mushy on the abortion issue if they expect to have any chance for the nomination._____________________________________

I am reminded of what my former pastor Adrian Rogers of Bellevue Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention said to George Bush in 1992. “We (conservative pro-lifers) do not have the numbers to elect you, but if you leave us then we have the numbers to defeat you” (I am going by memory, may not be exact quote).

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Here is another famous Arkansan below:

I used to see Charlie Rich in Cordova, Tennessee all the time when I was growing up. In fact, I played on my high school golf team with a guy named Lynn Burke who cut Mr Rich’s yard on   a regular basis and Lynn told me that Mr. Rich was very generous.

Behind closed doors

Charlie Rich

Inducted in 1996

 (1932-1995) – Born in the Colt community between Wynne and Forrest City, Arkansas, Rich got his start at Sun Records in Memphis and penned many songs for other artists before recording his first hit “Behind Closed Doors” in 1973. Other hits like “The Most Beautiful Girl” followed and Rich was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1974. In 1978, he appeared in the Clint Eastwood film “Every Which Way But Loose.” His nickname was “the Silver Fox.” www.mahalo.com/Charlie_Rich

The most beautiful girl in the world

 

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 2) (Harry Thomason Famous Arkansan)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. (This latest email went at 7:15 am CST on April 8, 2011).

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

Right now I know there are six of them (Tom Coburn, Dick Durbin, Mark Warner, Saxby Chambliss, Mike Crapo, and Kent Conrad) meeting.  I know at some point once they come out and once they’re ready to announce what they want to do, many others will join that effort.  I think that we need to cheer them on and encourage them to finish this very hard task that they’ve begun.

When I think about those six sitting in various rooms around the Capitol, I’m reminded of the phrase in the Declaration of Independence right before our founding fathers signed that great document where they say “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” This is our time to put it all on the line. We need to put our political lives on the line, our political fortunes on the line, and our honor.  We need to honor the commitment we’ve made to this country when all 535 stood up and took the oath that we were going to do what was right for this country.

These six gentlemen are arguing over cutting the budget by 1.6 % (if the Republicans get their way) or by less than half of that if the Democrats get their way. Do you really think that the founding fathers if they would here today would try to cut that small amount out of our budget at a time. THEY WOULD PROBABLY SLASH THE BUDGET DOWN TO WHAT THE ORIGINAL  DUTIES THEY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS CHARGED WITH BACK THEN (which is about 900 billion worth a year).  My last post pointed this out vividly by showing that if Senator Pryor was serious about balancing the budget that he would favor eliminating 500 billion dollars of wasteful spending like Senator Rand Paul is. However, now it is time for specifics and here are some below.

We have to start eliminating programs or the USA will end up like the European countries that are heading toward economic disaster.  Real courage is facing our problem which is spending too much and deal with it now decisively.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

The Department of Veterans Affairs grows out of the Department of Defense, since the federal government has an obligation to care for those wounded in America’s wars. But it would be better to integrate their care into the nation’s medical system — and especially to make fewer veterans in the future by staying out of stupid and unnecessary conflicts. Yet the Afghanistan war, in particular, continues to generate casualties, creating huge future “unfunded liabilities” for the VA.

The State Department is legitimate, but much of what it does is not. Misnamed “foreign aid” traditionally takes money from poor people in rich countries and gives it to rich people in poor countries. Indeed, a lot of foreign aid has been counterproductive, discouraging authoritarian and socialist states from adopting desperately needed reforms. The Foreign Service bureaucracy could be further pared if Washington was not attempting to constantly micro-manage other societies. A Vatican-sized embassy in Baghdad is merely the worst example. The American government should have a much smaller foreign footprint.

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Here is another famous Arkansan below:


Harry Thomason

Inducted in 1996

(b. 1955) – Born and riased in Hampton, Arkansas, this former Little Rock high school speech teacher and football coach who is now one of the hottest producers in Hollywood. His hits include “The Fall Guy,” “The Blue & The Gray” mini-series (1983), “Designing Women,” “Evening Shade,” and “Hearts A’Fire.” He has been nominated for numerous awards including an Emmy, Director’s Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award – among many others. www.mozarkproductions.com/principals

Alternatives to Fayetteville Finger out there? (part 16)(Billy Bob Thornton)

I certainly hope there are some alternatives to the Fayetteville Finger out there. Jason Tolbert reported that there seems to be an impasse.

As predicted, the House State Agencies rejected both the Senate compromise map (linked here) passed yesterday with 20 votes and the so called “Luker Amendment” (linked here) named after its author Sen. Luker…

“We can’t have negotiations when the Fayetteville Finger is on the table,” insisted House Republican Minority Leader John Burris. “As long as that map is out there and being discussed as a serious possibility – not only as a serious possibility but by making it a serious possibility by by passing the committee and going straight to the floor vote, until that is ruled out I think negotiations will be very difficult because it is such an irrational position.”

Both the House and the Senate have adjourned until Monday…

Rep. Uvalde Lindsey  (D-Fayetteville) prefers the map know as the Luker Amendment and does not mix words regarding his opposition to moving Fayetteville into AR4.

“I think (the Luker map) is by far the of all the maps I have seen the best example of a bipartisan cooperation to give the people of this state a Congressional district that they can have confidence in,” said Lindsey.

Lindsey said he believes the House committee’s rejection of the Senate compromise and the Luker Amendment was an effort to try to persuade the Senate to pull the Fayetteville Finger out of committee with 18 votes which he warns will create a backlash.


Roby Brock in his article, Legislature nearly finished with session businees, April, 9, 2011, Arkansas News Bureau, noted:

The 88th General Assembly completed all but one task by a self-imposed April 1 deadline. State lawmakers passed a series of major bills aimed at tax relief, prison reform and potential highway improvements. They also approved a $4.6 billion balanced budget.

Legislators have yet to settle a once-a-decade challenge of redrawing congressional district lines. Several failed attempts have been unable to garner support from the House and Senate. Lawmakers will regroup next week to continue work on the effort. They will not officially adjourn until April 27.


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Another famous Arkansan below.

Billy Bob Thornton

Inducted in 1996

(b. 1955) – A native of Hot Springs, Thornton was featured on the television series “Hearts A’Fire.” He directed and starred in “Slingblade” a movie he filmed in Benton. He received two Oscar nominations for the film, one for Best Actor and one for Best Screenplay, which he won. He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for “A Simple Plan.” Thornton has since gone on to star in “Monster’s Ball” (2001), as Davy Crockett in “The Alamo” (2004), “Bad Santa” (2003), and “Astronaut Farmer” (2007).  www.billybobthornton.net



Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 1) (Al Green, Famous Arkansan)

 

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so (at 4:04 pm CST on April 7th, 2011, and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself. 

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

In fact, if you look back at the time that we call “The Battle of Britain,” one of the things Winston Churchill said that always stuck with me.  He said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”  And he was talking about those brave men who flew those airplanes over Great Britain to protect the skies and protect the British people and really to win the war, to stop Nazi Germany from invading and defeating the British Empire. 

The so few that we have today could be named and their names are Tom Coburn, Dick Durbin, Mark Warner, Saxby Chambliss, Mike Crapo, and Kent Conrad.  Those few have been meeting for weeks, even months to try and come up with a comprehensive budget agreement based on the blueprint that the debt commission has given us. I would say that these six senators, they’re not politicians.  They’re statesmen.  They’re trying to do what’s right for the country.  They’re trying to do what’s in the country’s best interest, not their own best interest.  I can guarantee you, each one of the six will face tremendous criticism from their own parties and from other quarters about what they’re trying to do.  To me that’s courage, to me that’s leadership, to me that’s what being a Senator is all about.

Let me address this issue of courage. Senator Pryor thinks that a government shutdown should be avoided and that keeping the status quo is the preferred direction we should head. My last post pointed this out vividly by showing that if Senator Pryor was serious about balancing the budget that he would favor eliminating 500 billion dollars of wasteful spending like Senator Rand Paul is. That is real courage.

We have to start eliminating programs or the USA will end up like the European countries that are heading toward economic disaster.  Real courage is facing our problem which is spending too much and deal with it now decisively.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Start with the Defense Department. Obviously, defending America is vital, one of the few necessary tasks of government. But most of what the Pentagon does these days has nothing to do with protecting America…

Perhaps even dumber is subsidizing the defense of Europe, Japan, South Korea, and other populous and prosperous allies. The Europeans have a bigger GDP and population than America, but the U.S. government insists on defending them. Washington redraws national borders in the Balkans and creates alliances in Central Asia. Most of these ventures diminish U.S. security by creating geopolitical threats and liabilities.

If the Pentagon isn’t going to protect us, then there’s a need for something like the Department of Homeland Security. But this bizarre mix of everything from customs to immigration to disaster relief isn’t very good at keeping Americans safe. Especially since Congress is most interested in passing out grants as pork and agency bureaucrats prefer to provide “security theatre” to create the illusion of safety. The best policy would be to stop making additional enemies who want to harm Americans by bombing, invading and occupying additional countries.

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Another famous Arkansan below.

Al Green

Inducted in 1996

 (b. 1946) – In the early 70s, 200 women sent soul sensation Al Green a signed petition begging him never to get married. That, in the proverbial nutshell, captures the amazing popularity of this sweet crooner from Forrest City – especially among women. “The phenomenon of women is love,” Green once said, trying to explain his female fans’ attraction to him. “Men are more into their careers, making money and achieving goals in their lives, but a woman will turn down a career to say, I love you, and really mean it.” Al Green’s secret weapon, then, was that he understood love. That and a lot of talent plus some lucky breaks led him from a sharecropper’s shack in the Delta to the top of the soul charts. Soon Green had audiences swooning with his own hits such as “Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together,” followed by “Call Me,” “I’m Still in Love With You,” and “You Ought to Be With Me.” In 1972, Green was named rock “n” roll star of the year by Rolling Stone. But even as he was seducing millions with his songs about secular love, Al Green was feeling a pull toward something else. “I ran from it,” he told Rolling Stone. Green eventually became an ordained minister and bought the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis, assuming full-time duties as its pastor. Over time, he gave new meaning to the term “soul” music, blending his sweet R & B style with gospel. In the early 1980s, his “The Lord Will Make a Way” won his first Grammy but not his last. He still preaches every single Sunday. Today, Al Green understands a deeper kind of love. www.rockhall.com/inductee/algreen