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ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE - "NO PENSION BAILOUTS"

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U.S. SENATOR JIM DEMINT (R-SC) JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT AGAINST FAILED STATE GOVERNOR & CROSS-BORDER CREEP, PAT QUINN (D-IL), & OBAMA'S FAILING FEDS FROM BAILING OUT STATE PENSION SYSTEM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ U.S. SENATOR JIM DEMINT (R-SC) JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT AGAINST FAILED STATE GOVERNOR & CROSS-BORDER CREEP, PAT QUINN (D-IL), & OBAMA'S FAILING FEDS FROM BAILING OUT STATE PENSION SYSTEMS ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Published September 30, 2012 FoxNews.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is getting hit with a nationwide backlash over his suggestion that the federal government bail out the state employees’ pension program. Critics have in the past several days pounced on the suggestion, made last year when Quinn, in announcing the state’s fiscal 2012, said part of Illinois' long-term effort to reduce the estimate $167 billion in under-funded liabilities would be to seek “a federal guarantee of the debt.” Among those leading the charge is Republican Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina senator has joined the Illinois Policy Institute’s national “No Pension Bailout” campaign -- an effort to stop Congress from attempting to rescue failing state and municipal pension plans. “Our greatest concern is states will assume they can run their pension systems into bankruptcy and then turn to the federal government for bailout,” DeMint said Thursday. He also suggested the problem is the result of state legislators trying for decades to win over voters through pension promises based “on accounting methods that would put any business in jail.” The conservative policy group estimates the total amount of under-funded pension liabilities in states is at least $2.5 trillion, with Illinois leading the nation. The basic plan floated by Quinn would be for the federal government to rescue the pension program through buying the state’s bonds, which critics say are too financially risky to attract investors. Quinn said after announcing the budget that seeking the federal guarantee was only a precaution, then later called the related wording a “drafting error,” according the non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste, which nevertheless gave the governor its September 2012 “Porker of the Month” award. The governor’s office could not be reached for comment this weekend. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers recently said: “Sooner or later, we knew it would come down to this since the Democrats who are running Illinois into the ground can’t bring themselves to oppose union demands.” In addition, an editorial Tuesday in the Chicago Tribune argued that saving Illinois will “start a stampede of demands for equal treatment from other financially troubled states” with public pension debts ranging from $1 trillion to $25 trillion.

FORMER ABORTION CLINIC WORKERS DETAIL CONVERSION STORIES: EWTN News

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WENDY LONG FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - NEW YORK 2012

U.S. REP. CHRIS SMITH (R-NJ): HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - THE CLINTON'S ABANDON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA

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MITT ROMNEY FOR UNITED STATES PRESIDENT - 2012

CONNIE MACK FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - FLORIDA 2012....BECAUSE "THE CLINTON FUZZY MATH INITIATIVE" ISN'T WORKING FOR AMERICA!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "THE CLINTON FUZZY MATH INITIATIVE" --- OBAMA'S V.P. BIDEN MISSTATES NUMBER OF FALLEN U.S. HEROES IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DANIEL HARPER + 09/30/12 + WEEKLY STANDARD +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, speaking at a campaign event in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I ask every day, what's the exact number of the fallen angels -- not generally, not an estimate, the exact number --because for every one of those women or men, it has transformed a family, a family we owe. And thus far, as of today, there are 6,437 fallen heroes, 49,871 visibly wounded, and tens of thousands of invisible wounds -- posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury -- thousands, thousands, critically wounded, who will need extensive care the rest of their lives." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ But Biden understated the number of fallen heroes, according to the Defense Department. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ As of September 27, 2012, at 10 a.m., the Defense Department reported 6,471 deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ As of that time, the Defense Department recorded 4,409 U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 66 U.S. military deaths in Operation New Dawn, and 1,996 U.S. military deaths in Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan only. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Associated Press reported this morning that the death toll from the war in Afghanistan had risen to 2,000 U.S. military deaths.

PETE HOEKSTRA FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - MICHIGAN 2012

ANN MARIE BUERKLE FOR UNITED STATES CONGRESS - NEW YORK 2012

COMPREHENSIVE TIMELINE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S MANHANDLING OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN LIBYA - SEAN HANNITY VIDEO

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U.S. REP. ANN MARIE BUERKLE (R-NY) DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM OBAMA'S DEPT. OF JUSTICE ON THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN LIBYA WITH SCOTTISH JUDGE PERTAINING TO THE RELEASE OF MEGRAHI, WHO BOMBED PAN AM FLIGHT 103 KILLING ALL ON BOARD

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In this Dec 22, 1988 file photo, police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am Flight 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland. in 2011, Libya's former justice minister claimed Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students and five others with ties to Central New York. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ U.S. REP. ANN MARIE BUERKLE (R-NY) DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM OBAMA'S DEPT. OF JUSTICE ON THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN LIBYA WITH SCOTTISH JUDGE PERTAINING TO THE RELEASE OF MEGRAHI, WHO BOMBED PAN AM FLIGHT 103 KILLING ALL ON BOARD ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ September 29, 2012 + Mark Weiner + The Post-Standard ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Washington -- U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, seizing on public frustration with the new Libyan government after the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, wants to turn up the heat on the new regime regarding Pan Am Flight 103. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Buerkle has proposed a House resolution that calls for Libya to cooperate with U.S. authorities who have never closed the books on their investigation of the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people when a flight from London exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Among the dead were 35 Syracuse University students returning from a semester abroad and five others with ties to Central New York. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan agent, was the only person convicted in the attack. The new Libyan government has promised to cooperate with the FBI and Justice Department in finding others who may have conspired in the attack. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, said her resolution will formally express the “disappointment and concern” of Congress regarding the stalled U.S. probe of the bombing and the “failure of Libya” to grant permission for U.S. authorities to investigate and gather evidence in Libya. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Buerkle’s resolution also would require the Justice Department to report what resources it has devoted to the open investigation over the past 24 years and the costs associated with the investigation. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In December, the new Libyan ambassador to the United States attended the annual memorial service for Pan Am Flight 103 victims at Arlington National Cemetery. Ambassador Ali Aujali told the families at the service that the new government will help bring to justice those responsible for the attack. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Separately, Buerkle is working on a second piece of legislation to help the families of Pan Am 103 victims obtain additional compensation from a fund set up in 2004 after the U.S. received a $1.5 billion payment from Libya. Buerkle could introduce the bill when the House returns to session after the November election. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Contact Washington correspondent Mark Weiner at mweiner@syracuse.com or 571-970-3751. Follow him on Twitter @MarkWeinerDC

WENDY LONG FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - NEW YORK 2012

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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ VIDEO: OBAMA & HILLARY'S CRIMINAL APPOINTMENTS TAKE THEIR APOLOGY TOUR TO THE U.N. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ September 29, 2012 By Kris Zane + WWW.IMPEACHOBAMACAMPAIGN.COM +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The story that has been spreading like wildfire throughout the world has been the Obama administration’s abject lies about the cause of the attack on the Libyan consulate. For over a week, Obama and his surrogate-in-chief/UN ambassador Susan Rice went on a PR blitz proclaiming the attack was caused by an anti-Islam film uploaded to YouTube months before. Even after the lies began to unravel, Team Obama stuck to the narrative, taking his lies to the UN. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ But the story behind the story wasn’t that the attack was a pre-planned terrorist attack, but that Obama was towing the UN line that criticism of Islam should be criminalized. That Muslims being “offended” should trump the U.S. Constitution’s Freedom of Speech. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The feds took the anti-Islam filmmaker in for “questioning.” Obama personally asked YouTube to “review” (read: take down) the offensive video. And now the filmmaker has been taken into custody, supposedly for probation violations, but everyone knows it is to punish him for exercising his right to free speech. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Obama swore to uphold the Constitution, not Muslim sensitivities and certainly not UN edicts. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This man should be impeached now. Today.

CHRIS GIBSON FOR UNITED STATES CONGRESS - NEW YORK 2012

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CHRIS GIBSON: A LIFETIME OF SERVICE ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In 2010, the voters chose Chris Gibson as their representative in Congress. Chris was sworn into the 112th Congress and brought his new direction and vision to Washington. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Chris Gibson kept his promise to always put Upstate New Yorkers first in Washington and, to keep this new direction, we must re-elect Chris in November. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Chris's priorities in Congress are growing the economy to create jobs, restoring fiscal responsibility and moving toward a balanced budget, and protecting freedoms. Already, progress has been made toward these goals, along with a commitment to addressing issues that are important here at home. From helping farmers and small business owners to saving the rural broadband loan program and fighting Lyme Disease, Chris has been making a difference. Since the devastating storms in August and September, Chris has been focused on helping our Upstate communities recover from the damage done by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ With Chris's support, the House repealed the President's healthcare law, increased domestic energy production, removed unnecessary and duplicative regulations on our small businesses and farmers, and began to return balance to our federal budget . Chris also voted for legislation that would reform our country's tax code by removing loopholes and lowering overall rates. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Certainly on all fronts there is much more work to be done, but Chris is the right choice for the 19th Congressional District. With your help, we can send Chris back to Congress so he can work to ensure our best days are still in front of us.

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TED CRUZ FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - TEXAS 2012

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DEBATES REPRESENT SADLER'S LAST, BEST CHANCE +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ By O. Ricardo Pimentel + Express-News columnist + September 30, 2012 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Onward to the debates. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ No, not the three between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I'm talking the two — Tuesday and Oct. 19 — between Texas U.S. Senate hopefuls Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler. They loom in importance for Sadler every bit as large as the presidential debates do for Romney, who is still trying to dig out from under his “47 percent” comments. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Texas math just isn't working out all that well for Sadler, the Democrat. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ There's the money. Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general, emerged from a GOP runoff against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst having raised almost $9 million. He started his general election campaign with about $1.45 million in the bank. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sadler — a former high-powered state legislator — ended his primary campaign with some $30,000 left in the bank, having raised $139,000. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And it appears that the national Democratic Party is taking the attitude that there are wiser investments than in Texas, where one of their own hasn't won a statewide race in 18 years. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The conventional wisdom is that Cruz can cruise from here to Nov. 6. Money is Sadler's best bet to upset that bit of wisdom. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If he can't get over that high bar, his next best shot is to make big headlines thumping Cruz in these debates. But this also is a high bar. Not that Sadler is any slouch, but Cruz has made debate craft something of a life work. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Then there is an apparent enthusiasm gap. Some 1.1 million Texas Republicans voted in the Senate runoff, while only 235,000 Democrats did. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This points to an early defeatist attitude among Texas Democrats that might be Sadler's highest bar. A strong showing for Obama in Texas could ameliorate this, but no one I know is predicting that Texas will show up in the blue column in November. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sadler says he is working feverishly for the money. But at this point, he's in the fourth quarter, and team Cruz has the ball at first and goal. So, that leaves the debates and hopes for an interception or a fumble. This is where he sees an opening. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “On the issues, I end up way ahead,” he says. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yes, for a lot of folks, but, near as I can tell, Cruz's desire for diminutive government and his arch-conservatism have a history of being a fit for most red-state Texas voters. If Sadler changes this dynamic, it would represent a sea of change. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Nonetheless, he says the “stark contrast” between his views and Cruz's will spell the difference. And what gives this some merit is a presidential election that will decide between two similarly contrasting visions on government's role. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sadler has slammed Cruz for only agreeing to two debates. I, too, would like to see more and wonder why Cruz rejected an offer for a third. But the truth is, he need not have even agreed to two. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Fueling Sadler's insistence on more face-to-face encounters and Cruz's desire to limit the debates: debates can manufacture threats where none existed. Frontrunners simply don't need them. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I've been looking forward to the new fall season, but more for the debates than for “The Big Bang Theory.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The candidates do indeed offer stark contrasts. This should make for grand debate. In the past, such circumstances have resulted in the opposite. So... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Mr. Cruz: Tell me what it is about smaller government that is up to the challenges ahead. Get beyond the conservative bromides. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Mr. Sadler: In this race, you're Romney, who is discovering that it isn't enough to try to trash-talk the other guy. Tell us specifically how your policy preferences are better. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Happy debating. Pass the popcorn.

U.S. REP. KAY GRANGER (R-TX) BLOCKS AID TO EGYPT

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ U.S. REP. KAY GRANGER (R-TX) BLOCKS AID TO EGYPT ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 29 September 2012 + Written by Jack Kenny ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Obama administration's plans to release $450 million in U.S. aid to Egypt have been put on hold by a member of Congress who insists the relationship between the two countries requires more scrutiny before aid to Cairo is resumed. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the U.S.-Egypt relationship has never been under more scrutiny, and rightly so," Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas, pictured) said in a written statement Friday. "I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time," said Granger, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ U.S.-Egyptian relations have been unsettled since the overthrow in 2011 of the decades-long rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally. The new government drew Washington's disapproval this year by suppressing democracy advocates, including members of three U.S.-funded nongovernmental organizations. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Earlier this month, Egyptian demonstrators invaded U.S. embassy grounds in Cairo and desecrated the American flag in a demonstration that, according to initial reports, was ignited by an anti-Muslim video, made in the United States and viewed worldwide on the Internet. The incident occurred the same day an armed mob attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three staff members. The citing of the video as the spark that ignited the demonstrations in both countries has since been called into question, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday that the attack in Libya was planned by terrorists. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "As we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack," Panetta told reporters, adding that it "took awhile" to come to that conclusion. Panetta declined to comment on a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that attributed the attack to al-Qaeda, saying the question of just who was involved has yet to be determined. "I think that the investigation is ongoing [and] will hopefully determine that," the defense chief said. President Mohamed Magarief of Libya said the video had been in circulation for months before the attack on the consulate. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have been six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September," Magarief told NBC. "They chose this date, 11th of September to carry a certain message." September 11 was the eleventh anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks in New York and Washington in 2001 that killed an estimated 3,000 people. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration would work with Congress to free the flow of aid to Egypt, the Associated Press reported. The United State remains committed to a transition to democracy in Cairo and believes continued American support for economic growth in that land will lead to peace and security, the official said. Last December, Congress made both economic and military aid to Egypt dependent on a determination by the United States that the government there is "supporting the transition to civilian government including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion and due process of law." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The United States provides Egypt with $1.55 billion annually — $250 million in economic aid and $1.3 billion in military aid. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has long argued that the Constitution does not delegate to the U.S. government the authority to take money from the American people to give to governments and organizations in other lands. In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Paul argued that trying to influence governments and control events in far off land with grants of foreign aid rarely advances legitimate U.S interests and often results in turmoil and chaos rather than peace and stability. All the billions the United States gave Egypt during Mubarak's 30-year reign illustrates the point he said. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "What good was the 40 billion dollars or so that we gave to Mubarak and to Egypt? It finally fell apart and there's chaos there now, so I would say it was a bad investment from the beginning," Paul said. "It's a foolish policy and it will come to an end, the sooner the better."

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION (NRA) ENDORSES GEORGE ALLEN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - VIRGINIA 2012

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION (NRA) ENDORSES GEORGE ALLEN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - VIRGINIA 2012 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ September 29, 2012 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The National Rifle Association (NRA) today endorsed George Allen for U.S. Senate for the general election, building on their endorsement of him last spring for the June primary. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “George Allen has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-Political Victory FundVF. “Because of his strong support of our rights, George Allen has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ As Governor of Virginia, George Allen supported and signed Virginia’s Right-to-Carry law, abolished parole for violent criminals, and promoted truth-in-sentencing legislation. While in Congress, Allen cosponsored and voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy. He also sponsored National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation, cosponsored the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act, and voted to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In contrast, his opponent, Tim Kaine, has a lengthy record of opposing the rights of gun owners, Cox said. As a result, Kaine is rated “F” by the NRA-PVF. Cox delivered his endorsement at The Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly.

RICK PERRY & RICK SANTORUM ENDORSE TODD AKIN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - MISSOURI 2012

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RICK PERRY & RICK SANTORUM ENDORSE TODD AKIN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - MISSOURI 2012 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 29 Sep 2012 + By Paul Scicchitano ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined some other high profile conservative Republicans in throwing his support behind embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Of course Gov. Perry supports Todd Akin, a conservative Republican, over Claire McCaskill, a Democrat," Perry’s press secretary told ABC News. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ But Perry, who sought the GOP presidential nomination, does not plan to campaign for Akin before Election Day, the network reported, noting that he was in Columbia, Mo. on Monday to support Ed Martin, who is running for attorney general in the state. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ On Wednesday, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party star, announced support for Akin. They called Akin a "principled conservative" who is committed to fighting for freedom. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Akin had faced pressure to quit the campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after his televised comments that women's bodies have a natural defense against pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Tuesday was the final deadline to withdraw. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ © 2012 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ATTEND ANNUAL RED MASS

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ATTEND ANNUAL RED MASS ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 01:07 PM ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ An American archbishop has reminded a congregation that included six Supreme Court justices Sunday to be open to the spirit of God, beg for his blessings and "strive to be instruments of a new evangelization." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Archdiocese of Washington says Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer were at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Red Mass, celebrated the Sunday before the Supreme Court begins its new term. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Most Rev. Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the military services, said the Mass was also "a moment to pause and pray for those who serve our country and foster justice for all." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The John Carroll Society, a group of Roman Catholic Washington professionals, has organized the Red Mass at the cathedral since 1953.

AT PENNSYLVANIA'S "AMERICA FOR JESUS 2012", THOUSANDS RALLY FOR CHANGE

Cathie Gorzalski (left) of Media, and Yvonne Carrington of Norfolk, Va., raise their hands during a prayer at the America for Jesus rally held in front of Philadelphia Cathie Gorzalski (left) of Media, and Yvonne Carrington of Norfolk, Va., raise their hands during a prayer at the America for Jesus rally held in front of Philadelphia's Independence Hall on September 29, 2012. ( Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer ) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ AT PENNSYLVANIA'S "AMERICA FOR JESUS 2012", THOUSANDS RALLY FOR CHANGE +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ By Kristin E. Holmes + 09/30/12 + Inquirer Staff Writer +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Pat Robertson stood before Independence Hall Saturday and proclaimed that "This nation belongs to Jesus." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The 82-year-old broadcaster, a stalwart of the Christian right, spoke to a crowd of nearly 10,000 that had gathered on the mall to reverse the course of what they called a United States gone wrong. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "I ran for president once, and it's a mistake I wouldn't want anybody to make," said Robertson, who had walked to the lectern slowly and hunched over. "We will never change America through politics. We will only change America through an outpouring of God's Holy Spirit." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Robertson, one the biggest names in Christian activism, took the stage on a chilly afternoon at America for Jesus 2012, a national prayer gathering. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The two-day event was the work of One Nation Under God, a coalition of ministries that organized a similar series of meetings in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s. The first "Washington for Jesus" drew 500,000 and is considered a critical turning point in establishing the political power of the religious right. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This year's event began Friday night with a youth rally on the mall. The Saturday program started at 7 a.m. with two hours of praise and worship, with Christian bands and singing groups leading a diverse crowd in songs and prayer. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A park ranger estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Organizers called for 40 days of prayer before the presidential election. Saturday's speakers also included Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, who is on a nationwide "Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote" bus tour. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Organizers maintained the event was not about politics. Few speakers mentioned President Obama or GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Prayers and speeches focused on what speakers portrayed as the nation's plague of societal ills and the only remedy - God. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ But Robertson was in the middle of his presentation when a loud and unexpected dose of partisanship came from the audience. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Obama is bringing sin on the nation. Support Mitt Romney," yelled Rives Grogan of Los Angeles. "Don't be a hypocrite. Who are you going to vote for?" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Grogan, who described himself as an antiabortion protester and pastor of the New Beginnings Christian Church in Los Angeles, held up a plaque with several photos of bloodied images. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Robertson continued his speech, followed by a prayer, but eventually told Grogan to "shut your mouth" because "this is not political." Robertson also told Grogan he was disrespecting the prayer. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Participants surrounded Grogan and began to pray for him. He continued to shout and told people not to touch him, eventually stopping as the crowd broke into song. Security personnel came over and told him they would pray for him. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and the Rev. Bonnie Camarda of the Hispanic Clergy of Greater Philadelphia helped open the gathering Saturday morning. Camarda, one of several local pastors who are members of the national board of America for Jesus 2012, helped organize the event. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ During the day, speakers discussed the seven deadly sins and connected them to government issues and social problems, including crime, joblessness, poverty, substance abuse, and government stewardship. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Attendees waved flags in support of the United States and Israel, danced to religious music, and held hands to pray. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Perkins urged the assembly to pray for Obama in one of the few mentions of a political candidate. During an interview before his speech, Perkins said the values tour had stopped at the prayer meeting to encourage people to register, become informed, and vote. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "That's not political," Perkins said, "It's part of being a citizen." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Leonora Mayfield of West Oak Lane sat a field away from the stage in a folding chair near Market Street. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A member of Balance Ministries church in Mount Airy, Mayfield said her congregation had been praying for the success of the event for months. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "The country has turned so far away from God that we are no longer in a blessed state," she said, "but prayer changes things."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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WENDY LONG FOR UNITED STATES SENATE - NEW YORK 2012 - IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ September 29, 2012 + TOWNHALL.COM+ KATHYRN LOPEZ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If things were different, Wendy Long would be a household name. She'd be a heroine, and she'd be driving the election season. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ But Long is the Republican running for Senate in New York, where calculations were made long ago to ensure that Republicans don't win Hillary Clinton's old spot, the old Daniel Patrick Moynihan seat. But such plans don't have to pan out. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Long is exactly the kind of woman the Senate needs. A former Supreme Court law clerk, she left private practice at an esteemed firm to build the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative advocacy group. This campaign is not the first time she and her family have made sacrifices in seeking to contribute to the preservation of our republic. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "I jumped into this race because I believe, in 2012, everything is on the line for America. Our free-market economy is on the line. Capitalism is on the line. The dignity of work and the dignity of human life are on the line. Our security; our energy independence; so much is at stake in this election ... My hope is that we can focus on the real issues, because there is such a strong contrast" in the electoral choices this year, she said in a recent interview on a Catholic television network. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It's hard to focus on real issues though, when the incumbent, Kirsten Gillibrand, has ignored debate requests thus far. When Gillibrand was on display in a march of female senators at the recent Democratic convention, we were reminded of the mainstream media's insistence that only liberal women truly represent the gender, and that women's freedom is dependent on the lessening of religious liberty. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "I think a lot of women, women of faith in particular, understand that this whole 'war' about the contraception/abortion/sterilization mandate is not about women's health," Long said in that same interview. "It's about a big, central government trying to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda, an agenda that violates their deeply held beliefs ... that are shared by women of faith." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Democrats "seem to be focused on these issues of abortion, contraception, sterilization, thinking that's really what's on the minds of most women and I just think that that is incorrect. I think women really are concerned about the economy and jobs," Long said. (Her point is underscored by a recent Susan B. Anthony List poll that indicates that the HHS mandate could cause trouble for swing voters in battleground states.) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ She has appeared in the Wall Street Journal twice, writing about financial reform, embracing a less punitive approach than current Empire State senators. "The Democrats are making a bad gamble, politically speaking," she observes. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "The people I see all around New York love our country and our state, and they're angry and worried that the America they love is slipping away," Long tells me. "The establishment in Washington, including Sen. Gillibrand, acts like nothing's wrong and we could go on like this forever. The people know that we can't." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Wendy Long gets it: The fear and the disappointment that hope and change curdled into. You don't have to be a Republican to vote for her. You don't have to be a conservative -- you just need to be a concerned citizen. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ New York, your country needs you. The U.S. Senate needs responsible servants. We all need Wendy Long in the Senate.

ANNUAL RED MASSES INSPIRE CATHOLIC LEGAL PROFESSIONALS

Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife Jane speak with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after a Red Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral Oct. 2, 2005 in Washington, DC. G. Fabiano-Pool/Getty Images News ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ANNUAL RED MASSES INSPIRE CATHOLIC LEGAL PROFESSIONALS ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ September 29, 2012 + EWTN.COM +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dioceses across the U.S. are celebrating the annual Red Mass for lawyers, judges and legislators who want to pray that God helps them in their professional work. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services will be the homilist at the Archdiocese of Washington’s Sept. 30 Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The D.C. Mass, sponsored by the John Carroll Society, is the most prominent of its kind because U.S. Supreme Court justices attend the religious service, held the day before the opening of the highest court’s new term. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Red Mass is a tradition over 700 years old with roots in Europe. Homilies at the Mass often encourage those involved in the justice system to reflect on their responsibilities. The Mass takes its name from the color of the celebrating priests’ vestments. Red also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ William Griesback, a federal judge in Wisconsin who chairs the St. Thomas More Society of Green Bay, said the purpose of the Red Mass is to “pray for wisdom, for courage, for guidance in our jobs and we certainly need that.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “We are asked and called upon to make very important decisions and the issues that we deal with are very difficult, so to be able to look to your faith and to look to prayer and the prayers of others to help you do that is welcomed,” he told the Green Bay diocese’s newspaper The Compass. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisc. celebrated the Red Mass Sept. 20 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Afterward, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. addressed a dinner sponsored by the local St. Thomas More Society about Catholic teaching on the interaction of business and government. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In the Diocese of Providence, R.I., Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. will deliver the homily at the Oct. 3 Red Mass at Providence’s Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Francis X. Flaherty, president of the state’s St. Thomas More Society, told the Rhode Island Catholic that the event is a “grounding experience” and an “important tradition” for members of the legal community, legislators, and law enforcement workers. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “It makes me feel grateful to be part of a nationwide observance that’s been going on for a very long time,” he said. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Cardinal Se├ín P. O’Malley will celebrate a Red Mass at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 30 as part of an event sponsored by the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of Boston. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate Atlanta’s Red Mass on Oct. 4 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society, an association of local Catholic lawyers. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bishop William Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi, Texas will celebrate Mass at the Corpus Christi Cathedral on Oct. 2. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Several prominent Red Masses have already been celebrated. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York celebrated New York City’s Red Mass on Sept. 19.

RYAN TELLS NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPPORTERS: "IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET THIS RIGHT"

Ryan: 'It's not too late to get this right' - The Hill's Ballot Box

DNC, BRAD WOODHOUSE, PREDICTS ROMNEY DEBATE WIN IN BATTLE OF LOWERED EXPECTATIONS

DNC, BRAD WOODHOUSE, PREDICTS ROMNEY DEBATE WIN IN BATTLE OF LOWERED EXPECTATIONS +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ by Lexi Stemple | September 29, 2012 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It's a further lowering of expectations ahead of the first debate in Denver next week. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse tells Fox News he thinks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will win. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Woodhouse says the way the DNC sees it, challenger win the first debate when they are up against incumbents. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Mitt Romney has had a lot more time to debate, the president has not debated in the past four years in terms, of a campaign debate. I think the president will hold his own, but he's not known for sound bites. And these are 60 second, 90 second responses." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Woodhouse says Democrats are "trying to be realistic about expectations because the president is "lucky to be able to devote three consecutive hours to debate preparation." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Woodhouse also paints Romney as a good debater and gives him credit for "dispatching Newt Gingrich who was considered a pretty good debater coming into this race." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Woodhouse said he wants to see Obama "talk from his heart about where the country was and where he wants to take the country." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ He's looking to see the president connect with Americans during the debate, the way Woodhouse thinks Obama was able to do in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The first debate will focus on the economy, and Woodhouse wants specifics from Romney on his economic plans. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "It's going to be interesting to see if Mitt Romney will bring more than just zingers to get under the president's skin," he said. "It would be nice if he came with some substance for example like his tax plan or his plan to voucher-size Medicare."

JOE WALSH FOR UNITED STATES CONGRESS - ILLINOIS 2012

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THE HIGHEST COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL TAKE UP 'EMINENT DOMAIN' MAJOR-TAKINGS CLAUSE CASE AGAINST THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS --- NO... THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT & TRANSCANADA KEYSTONE XL... CAN'T, AND - THEY OWE YOU MONEY!

THE HIGHEST COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL TAKE UP 'EMINENT DOMAIN' MAJOR-TAKINGS CLAUSE CASE AGAINST THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS --- NO... THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT & TRANSCANADA KEYSTONE XL... CAN'T, AND - THEY OWE YOU MONEY! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Posted September 20, 2012, 8:50 AM by Publius ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Damon W. Root at : writes Reason +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ On its face, the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment sounds like a fairly solid barrier against government overreach. If private property is “taken for public use,” the clause declares, the government must pay “just compensation” to the owners. So not only is the state forbidden from taking property under most circumstances, it must pay its way in those specific cases where a taking is allowed. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Unfortunately for American property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court has seen fit to whittle away at those protections. In (1978), for example, the Court allowed New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to seize the lucrative air rights above Grand Central Station without providing any form of compensation to the owner. Since it was only air, the Court reasoned, no “taking” had actually occurred. Meanwhile, the public got to reap the aesthetic benefits of Grand Central’s historically-preserved exterior while the owners of the building were left holding the bill. Not exactly just compensation for a public use.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ To make matters worse, in (2005), the Court opted to ignore the public use requirement entirely. In that case, the Supreme Court upheld New London, Connecticut’s controversial use of eminent domain even though the property in question had been seized for the express purpose of handing it over to a private developer working in cooperation with the powerful Pfizer Corporation. That wasn’t public use, it was private gain. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Kelo v. City of New London ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ All of which raises the question: Does the Takings Clause still have any teeth left at all? We may soon learn the answer. On October 3 the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of . At issue is whether a series of recurring floods sanctioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers qualifies as a Fifth Amendment taking.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Between 1993 and 2000, the Army Corps of Engineers purposely and repeatedly allowed floodwaters to escape the Clearwater lake and dam in southeast Missouri. Among the areas flooded by that water was the 23,000-acre Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area in northeast Arkansas, which is managed by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Charging that its property had been irreparably damaged by the actions of the federal government, the Arkansas commission filed suit under the Fifth Amendment. The Court of Federal Claims weighed the evidence and agreed that a taking had indeed occurred. After observing that the government’s flooding had “so profoundly disrupted certain regions of the Management Area that the Commission could no longer use those regions for their intended purpose, i.e., providing habitat for wildlife and timber for harvest,” Judge Charles F. Lettow awarded $5.7 million in compensation. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The federal government successfully appealed that ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which voided Judge Lettow's ruling. The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission now turns to the Supreme Court in search of just compensation for its damaged property. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For its part, the federal government argues that because the floodwaters ultimately receded the property was never actually taken in the first place. In fact, under the government’s theory of the case, “temporary” flooding can never trigger the Fifth Amendment. As an authority for this claim, the cites the Supreme Court’s 1982 decision in , which “distinguished between flooding cases involving a permanent physical occupation, on the one hand, and cases involving a more temporary invasion...on the other.” As the Court put it, “A taking has always been found only in the former situation.” government’s brief Loretto v. Teleprompter Manhattan CATV Corporation That certainly sounds bad for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. But consider what else the Court said in . In an effort to illustrate the reach of the Takings Clause, the Court in pointed to its 1946 precedent in . In that case, the Supreme Court held that damage to a farmer’s livestock caused by repeated military overflights qualified as a taking under the Fifth Amendment. As the Court explained, “If, by reason of the frequency and altitude of the flights, respondents could not use this land for any purpose, their loss would be complete.” Indeed, continued, “it would be as complete as if the United States had entered upon the surface of the land and taken exclusive possession of it.” Loretto Loretto United States v. Causby ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In other words, the government need not squat forever on a piece of land in order for a “permanent physical occupation” to occur. “It is the character of the invasion,” the Court explained in , “that determines the question whether it is a taking.” As the joint filed in by the Pacific Legal Foundation, Cato Institute, and Atlantic Legal Foundation puts it, “The fact that the government’s fly-over of Causby’s property was of limited duration did not deter this Court from concluding that a compensable taking had occurred.” Causby friend of the court brief Arkansas Game & Fish In the present case, repeated flooding over six consecutive years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers caused severe injury to the property of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, including the destruction and degradation of 18 million board feet of timber. That damage did not magically disappear just because the floodwaters happened to recede. In 2010, , the journal of FedSoc's Practice Groups, published an article by and titled "Eminent Domain After Kelo." You can read it .