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June 2009

Is the government violating 'Thou shalt not steal'?

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."

--John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787


Thayer boys medal in Chicago

Kangs Representing Kang's Martial Arts Academy, the Thayer brothers attended the 2009 US Open Taekwondo Hanmadang/US National Taekwondo Hanmadang in the Chicago suburb of Shaumburg, IL.  All three Thayer brothers medaled in each event they entered at the tournament, which was held June 20 - 21.

First degree blackbelt Daniel Thayer, 12, won a silver medal in a Family Forms event with brothers John and Drew.  He also won a bronze medal in Individual Form and another bronze medal for his performance in a jumping high kick competition.

Brownbelt Drew Thayer, 9, won a gold medal in the Individual Form event and a silver medal in Family Forms.

Bluebelt (high) John Thayer, 9, won a silver medal in the Individual Form event and a silver medal in Family Forms.

Demonstrating how good the Kang's Martial Arts Academy (KMAA) is, all members attending this first time ever national event medaled.

Other medal winners from Kang's:

Academy Master Ms. Lonnie Matthews - gold medal - power breaking knife hand; gold medal - power breaking fist; gold medal - power breaking turning back kick.

Ms. Rose Lee - gold medal Individual Form, gold medal - power breaking step side kick.

Mr. Lukas Schmidt - gold medal - Family Poomsae Forms; silver medal - Individual Poomsae Form.

Ms. Olga Kravchuk - gold medal - Individual Form.

Mr. Joshua Kwok - gold medal - jumping high kick; silver medal - Individual Form.

Stefen Schmidt - gold Medal - Family Form; silver medal - Individual Poomsae.

Soren Schmidt - gold medal - Family Form; silver medal Individual Form; Bronze Medal - jumping high kick.

Eric Rothman - silver medal - Individual Form; bronze medal - jumping high kick.

Kalen McCain - gold medal - Individual Form.

Christian Zirbes - silver Medal - jumping high kick.

Kelly Oelmann - gold medal - Individual Form.

Max Collins - bronze medal - Individual Form.

Michael Swenzenski - silver medal - Individual Form.

Josh Smalldridge - gold medal - Individual Form.

In total, Kang's Martial Arts Academy brought home 14 golds, 10 silvers, and 6 bronze medals.

Specializing in Taekwondo and Kum Do Martial arts training, Kang’s Academy is located at 2421 James St. in Coralville.  Located directly across from the Coral Ridge Mall and close to IHop, Kang’s is open from 4:45pm into the evening hours Monday through Thursday.  A second school is located in Cedar Rapids at the Lindale Mall.  For more information check out the Kang’s Martial Arts website at http://www.uskmaa.com or call 319-338-2264.



Daniel Thayer testing for blackbelt - Nov. 2008


Liberals have strayed far from the Constitution

"[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution. But this doctrine is not deducible from any circumstance peculiar to the plan of convention, but from the general theory of a limited Constitution."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788


Enjoy a classic Mediterranean area dish, great for brunch!

By Filiz Thayer 

Filiz Tunisian Shakshouka - An egg, potato and tomato dish, with garlic and basil.  

Ingredients:

- One medium onion, finely chopped
- One clove of garlic, finely chopped (minced from a jar works fine too)
- Small bunch of basil (optional), finely chopped
- Three medium sized potatoes, diced
- Three medium tomatoes, diced (canned works fine too)
- Four eggs
- One tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Red pepper flake (optional) 

Directions:  In a large frying pan, sauté onion until lightly browned, then add the garlic, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Cover and simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes.  Remove the cover and break your eggs over the surface, then stir gently to break the yolks slightly.  Add the basil and red pepper flake (optional).  Cover and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until the eggs are set.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Excellent served on a wedge of pita bread!


You might be a liberal if.....

You think government run health care is a good idea.....

You believe a politician when he says that universal health care will provide better health care, cover more people and at a LOWER cost......

You think Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are well run government programs......


Quick, easy, simple

Need a quick lunch?  Check out the Coralville Hy-Vee.  They grill up some pretty tasty fare at the entrance to the store, offering up hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst and grilled chicken.

More convenient than a line at some fast food drive-thru, the simplicity of walking up for a quick hot dog or brat is perfect for a lunch hour that includes running some errands.  

Chips, sodas, bottled water, a condiment bar and very reasonable prices make this a lunch stop worth looking into.

The Hy-Vee to go grill gets 4 stars.

4_star 

1914 8th St
Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 351-5523

(800) 928-2274

 


The liberal idiocy and spin of the John Deeth Blog

From Deeth's blog of irresponsibility:

And we have another hip-hop Republican joining Michael Steele: Tim Pawlenty thinks the GOP should be ‘just like Eminem.’ Racist, homophobic, and peaked in 2001?

Note the intentionally chopped quote but not a quote from Deeth, which he borrowed from ThinkProgress - a lunatic liberal site......  What Pawlenty actually said and what Deeth and Think Progress are trying to pull aren't even close.....  Complete spin by the liberals....


A Republic If You Can Keep It: Failing to Teach First Principles

Today an urgent necessity exists for a broader understanding of history and government. America is facing a crisis in civic education, which is the knowledge of history, government, and economics. Americans are not being good stewards with the legacy left by the Founding Fathers, and the nation is facing a national emergency of losing not only its identity, but also history and values. Americans have a citizenship responsibility that requires an informed patriotism based on our history and institutions. Students across the nation, including Iowa’s students — at all levels — are not learning the fundamentals of civic education. 

Numerous studies from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, The Bradley Project on America’s National Identity, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni have demonstrated that higher education has failed to teach college students basic civic education. In fact many students can graduate from college and not take a course in American history, government, or economics. “Many Americans are badly prepared for their task of defending their own convictions and interests and institutions against the grim threat of armed ideology,” wrote Russell Kirk in The American Cause, a short but powerful book on the principles of the American Republic. (1)  In addition Kirk argued that “ignorance is a dangerous luxury.” (2) 

Forces have been at work to undermine civic knowledge and the American identity. Some of these factors include modern liberalism, political correctness, multiculturalism, globalization, nihilism, and radical secularism among others. “How does one sever a people’s roots? Answer: destroy its memory. Deny a people of who they are and where they came from,” wrote Patrick J. Buchanan in The Death of the West. (3)  Matthew Spalding, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation, recently wrote:

While there is much that we have forgotten of late about our history, the growing absence of America’s foundational principles in our country’s life is not simply a case of national amnesia. Over the course of the 20th century, America’s principles have been attacked, undermined, and redefined by progressive liberalism — in our culture, in our universities, and in our politics. Based on the anti-foundational concepts of relativism and historicism, liberalism has attempted to ‘re-found’ America around evolving rights, unlimited government, and a ‘living’ Constitution. (4) 

Forces and ideologies are at work undermining both civic education and American identity. “Destroy the record of a people’s past, leave it in ignorance of who its ancestors were and what they did, and one can fill the empty vessels of their souls with a new history…,” wrote Buchanan. (5) 

One major problem facing higher education is the core curriculum. Many colleges and universities, both public and private, follow a traditional liberal-arts based core curriculum in their general education requirements. Students have the opportunity of taking courses in the liberal-arts fields (physical and biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, writing, and mathematics), but often times students have a wide field to select courses from. (6)  This has been described as a “hollow-core” because students do not have to take fundamental core courses that are especially relevant to civic education. “This cafeteria-style approach is a poor substitute for a true, carefully designed core curriculum,” wrote Dr. Barry Latzer. (7)  

Many of Iowa’s private and public colleges and universities have broad core curriculums, which follow the liberal-arts, but they tend to be hollow. Both Hillsdale College in Michigan and Patrick Henry College in Virginia are two examples of institutions of higher education that institute a traditional liberal arts core curriculum that emphasizes civic education. For example students at both Hillsdale and Patrick Henry Colleges must take a specific course that focuses on the Constitution. In addition, both colleges place an emphasis on having their graduates leave campus with an understanding of American history, government, and fundamental institutions.  Hillsdale and Patrick Henry have incorporated civic education into their core curriculums and it is the moral foundation of their academic programs. 

In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan warned of the eradication of the American spirit and patriotism. (8)  The decline of civic education and American identity is a serious problem. Although many students are leaving college ignorant of American history or even appreciating American history and values, the problem runs deeper in our culture at large. Families, educators (elementary and secondary), businesses, and civic leaders all have a responsibility to foster and teach civic education. 

“We have forgotten that the proper function of the school is to transmit the cultural heritage of one generation as to make them capable of absorbing ancient learning and applying it to the problem of its own day,” wrote Barry Goldwater. (9)  The leadership of higher education, policymakers, and parents need to restore civic education back to the core curriculum. Hillsdale and Patrick Henry serve as solid examples of institutions that place an emphasis on civic education in their core curriculums. The nation has failed in teaching first principles, and the future of the republic is at stake if America continues to neglect its heritage and values. 

Endnotes:

1. Russell Kirk, The American Cause, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, 2004,  p. 1.

2. Ibid., p. 1 and 4.

3. Patrick J. Buchanan, The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization, Thomas Dunne Books, New York, 2002, p. 147.

4. Matthew Spalding, “A New American Fusionism: Recovering Principles in Our Politics,” Heritage Lectures, No.1114, March 17, 2009, p. 2.

5. Buchanan, p. 147.

6. Barry Latzer, The Hollow Core: Failure of the General Education Curriculum, A Fifty College Study, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Washington, D.C., April 2004, p. 2 and 12.

7. Ibid., p. 4.

8. Ronald Reagan, “Farewell Address to the Nation, January 11, 1989,” Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989, pp. 416-417.

9. Barry M. Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative, MJF Books, New York, 1990, p. 67.

Public Interest Institute's POLICY STUDY, "A Republic If You Can Keep It: Failing to Teach First Principles," can be viewed at www.limitedgovernment.org

John Hendrickson is a Research Analyst with Public Interest Institute, Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
 
Reprinted by permission from INSTITUTE BRIEF, a publication of Public Interest Institute.  The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and not necessarily those of Public Interest Institute. They are brought to you in the interest of a better-informed citizenry.


The false goal of the “greater good”

The economy is in the tank and Iowans are losing their jobs, but don't worry, the government can solve these problems. What is the government’s plan to help hard-working Iowans?

First, mortgage the future by spending more than taxes bring in.

Then, try to repay the Union Bosses for their campaign contributions by attempting to impose damaging new regulations like Prevailing Wage and Collective Bargaining.

And don’t forget about the Democrats' effort in the Iowa House to raise taxes by repealing Federal Deductibility.

In the minds of the “intellectual elite” that run our government, these policies make sense. They have decided what the “greater good” is and they feel the need to impose their whims on us. They do not recognize our ability and right to run our own lives, so they control us. To Big Government, there is nothing that isn't justified by the false goal of the “greater good”.

Unless we realize that we, the free citizens of Iowa, are in a struggle against our government to maintain our liberty and rebuild a broken economy, Big Government will continue to disregard common sense and the will of Iowans.

The Des Moines Tea Party is taking the lead in this battle. On April 15th, the Des Moines Tea Party turned out close to 4,000 people from all over Iowa to protest the massive deficits, high taxes and restriction of our rights that the government is forcing upon us all. The Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party was a huge success and it showed that Iowans won’t stand by while the government runs wild.

On July 4th, Independence Day, the Des Moines Tea Party will once again gather patriotic citizens at the State Capitol building to protest the government’s tax-and-spend, socialist policies. But our efforts can’t and won’t stop there.

The Des Moines Tea Party is ultimately about more than protests. It is about a long-term grassroots movement to take back our country. We are becoming engaged on every level of government; local, state and federal. Our first battle is with the Des Moines School Board.

Recently, the Des Moines School Board has tried to take complete control over students by revising the Student Code of Conduct. The change gives the School Board power over our children 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And much worse, the new code permits schools to scour the internet for evidence against students who don’t obey the School Board even when the child is in his own home. This expansion of control over students is not simply a school issue, it is a Big Government power grab.

If we allow the government, through the Des Moines School Board, to have complete and total authority over students, how long will it be before the government comes for the rest of us? Total government control over students represents an infringement on the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit. If we don’t stop our government now, if we don’t hold it accountable, then we will continue to see our freedom erode. As I said at the Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

I ask that you join the Des Moines Tea Party in our effort to take our country back. Our website, www.desmoinesteaparty.com has information about what you can do to make that happen.

The issues of high taxes, outrageous spending and ever-expanding government affect us all. We must demand that our government listen to us and fight any attempt by the government to run our lives. The freedom and prosperity of the current and future generations depends on what we do now.

~ Submitted by Charlie Gruschow, one of the organizers of the Des Moines Tea Party