5 Big Stories of the Week, May 26, 2012

5. Obama: I am not an Over-Spender

4. Anti-Agenda 21 Law Signed by Alabama Governor

3. Kansas Governor Signs Bill Banning Sharia Law

2. Catholic Institutions Sue Obama over Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

1. Pro-Abortion falls in polls


Nuts and Nuggets

Nut: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) does not like the Origination Clause in the U.S. Constitution that requires all bills for raising revenue to originate in the House of Representatives (Article I, Section 7, Clause 1), calling it a “hyper-technical budget issue,” raised by his Republican opponents as “a fig leaf to hide their blatant obstruction.”

The clause was seen by James Madison as, “the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people.”

Remember, also, that the Senate was originally appointed by the legislatures of the States.

Nugget:  Winner of both the Emmy Award and the Golden Globe, the man best known for his lead role in TV's "CSI: New York" and his Oscar nominated work in "Forrest Gump," actor, musician and humanitarian Gary Sinise is keeping his promise to a severely wounded Marine.
Cpl. Joshua Benjamin "J.B." Kerns (USMC Medically Retired) of nearby Ararat, Virginia, lost both his legs below the knee as well as his right arm below the elbow during combat operations in Afghanistan while the then 21-year-old Marine was serving his third combat tour of duty in "The 'Stan" as that nation is referred to by Marines.
In an Associated Press article via Fox News, Sinise promised J.B. that a benefit concert scheduled on March 31st by Sinise's "Lt. Dan Band" would help raise money to construct a "smart home" for the wounded warrior.
Smart homes usually cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000 each due to the custom-built electronics and adaptations, such as the ability to open cabinets or drawers at the touch of a button or the application of an iPad.
Unfortunately, Sinise had to postpone the gig due to an automobile accident he was recently involved in.
True to his word, the concert is back on for this upcoming Thursday.
Sinise, who has raised millions of dollars to aid wounded military vets and first responders, was quoted by the AP:
"These are young guys that have been blown to bits and they've given a lot for their country and they're going to have to go for the rest of their lives with a real challenge.
We're trying to do as much as we can for as many of them as possible."