A young college couple sat down in the dunkin i was in working on various remote projects. Listening to their interaction was depressing. The dude was acting like a whipped pulpy and the female he was with was taking great joy in denigrating him and not only insulting him but also using the fbomb towards him. His response was basically to laugh, cover his face and cower. It was embarrassing to watch. the female was taking every opportunity to insult him..however his responses(the cowering and refusing to stand up for himself) also encouraged the bullying by his companion. the times i looked up her contempt for him was plainly showing on his face but his response was to cower and try to hide in plain site. I guess this is what modern parenting and the schools have wrought.
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I made a post last year about how the push to put Narcan in the hands of all first responders was going to enable more overdoses. I am not saying this is the only reason but it is one of the biggest reasons. The economic circumstances for so many people has not changed…or in many cases has gotten worse. This has been part of the reason the overdose problem is getting even worse. Now as of June 1, 2017 anyone can get narcan without a doctor’s prescription. This also does not include any medical training requirements, only a crash course in symptom recognition and how to administer this powerful drug. So now this drug is now being carried around by not even first responders but regular civilians. I can hear the , “what if you had overdosed. Wouldn’t you want somebody to help?” My answer? Not unless you were an EMT or paramedic with proper medical training.
Keep in mind an opioid overdose is rarely spontaneous. It is a choice to take more and more of the drug..unless you are addicted to the point where you can’t get away from it….”doing it for fun”. I am not against drug addiction intervention treatment either. HOwever this push for Narcan everywhere only enables folks to continue to make poor choices. As with most “feel good” response plans this has disastrous second order effects. For those who are truly addicted…I am all for this lifesaving substance…as long as it is followed up with appropriate intervention by appropriate medical professionals. Narcan everywhere however is only going to enable the further explosion of overdosing by those who wish to not be responsible for their own actions.
I think Narcan should be only administered with either an actual prescription or by properly medically trained first responders. This gives the best balance between getting the drug to those who really need it vs to those who do it because they no longer have to fear the results of poor choices. I am a big proponent of personal responsibility. If you make a poor conscious choice…you should suffer the consequences of that choice. So if an ambulance cannot get to you in time..even if you were hooked by a “friend” or some other reason…i am sorry..too bad. Yes this means folks are going to die…it also means that those who choose this poor choice of action will suffer the consequences of said poor choices.
I’ll give you a personal example. I am a type 2 diabetic because of years of poor eating habits and lack of physical activity due to my chosen field of expertise. I do not expect “diabetic drugs everywhere” like narcan folks are asking for as I am now dealing with my poor choices and having to change my lifestyle. Obamacare took my insurance away from me so I am out of meds and the physical alone is $700. The medication is not very expensive. I am not moaning here about my poor choice…I am living with the consequences of it. Why do I not have insurance? I make too much for subsidies(which do nothing to offset the monthly cost) and the costs of coverage right now would cost me more than 1k/month. That’s more than my mortgage of $755/month. I literally cannot afford two mortgage payments. What does that 1k/month get me? I have a deductible of 10k first of all. This means i have to spend 10k in medical expenses out of pocket before bronze kick in..which is 60%. That insurance does not cover the following:
- any out of pocket expense the physician charges.
- no coverage for balance billing(which many providers charge)
- no coverage for any other fees, co pay, other medical charges, equipment charges that are charged.
Only after 10k in deductibles does the 60% coverage kick in. All in all I am looking at 21k per year before I get ANY coverage. That’s more than 45% of my GROSS income(mind you Social Security is considered taxable gross income and counts in these calculations). As I am self-employed my taxes alone take a majority of the rest. So I have two choices. Shut down my business, work for somebody else who may or may not take my family dynamic into account, or reduce my income to a point that I can get all of the gov’t assistance(ebt, medicaid, food stamps.etc etc etc) and basically become a ward of the state. I do not want to live like the latter and I do not want my kids learning to live like that either. Right now any job I have been able to find would have any gains in income be immediately offset by the massive increase in daycare costs for my youngest that would be incurred by me taking a job. One day a solution that is acceptable(either my business will grow to the point this is not an issue or i will be able to find a job with enough extra take home pay that daycare expenses will be manageable) will come up. Until then I will soldier along with help from friends and family…but most importantly from Jesus Christ himself.
For those who are overdosing because you do not have to suffer the consequences for your poor choices…shame on you. The folks in this society who live with their choices have zero sympathy for you. For the ones who have a truly devastating medical condition? I truly hope you get the help you need before it’s too late. Right now resources for you are being taken by those who wish to abscond from their personal responsibility.
Karl Denninger talks about the one thing greens do not want to acknowledge, Green Energy will not be able to produce energy 24/7 on its own. Either it needs batteries or some kind of storage system system for when..not if the green energy doesn’t produce. Nuclear or fossil fuels are much more reliable and cost effective. The selling back of electricity that is nothing more than a gov’t subsidy are being phased out further reducing the competitiveness of “Green Energy”.
We keep hearing about carbon taxes, “renewable” or “green” energy and similar.
Folks, it’s time to cut the crap — well, actually, it’s far beyond that point.
Let’s take a base cost, which is reasonably conservative (in other words, too low) of about 8 cents/kwh for wind power. Costs vary widely at the consumer level across the country, but that starting figure sounds pretty reasonable from the published data when it comes to actual cost of wind generation.
The problem is that it is a false paradigm unless you are willing to accept limitations nobody will in today’s world.
A fossil fuel or nuclear plant will produce power except during either (1) planned shutdowns for maintenance or (2) unplanned shutdowns (e.g. emergencies, unanticipated failures requiring a shutdown to correct them, etc) during its design life. There is no such guarantee for either solar or wind because both rely on something you cannot control.
Our expectation as a society is that whenever we wish to flip the switch and have the lights come on they will. We can only achieve the “claimed” cost figures for “green energy” if we are willing to violate that expectation; that is, if there is no wind or solar at that time, when you flip the switch nothing happens because the power is in fact off due to lack of supply.
In order to prevent that from happening we can add on the following options either singly or in combination:
- We can build much more capacity than required and store some of it. So, for example, let’s say that we need 1,000MWe (1 Gigawatt of electrical power) for a given area. We can generate more than that much during the time the wind is blowing and store some of it. However, the laws of thermodynamics tell us that all energy conversions have loss; that is, not only is there no such thing as a free lunch but you can’t break even either. If we convert the energy to potential energy (e.g. pump water up a hill) and then when we need it use that water to power a turbine (generating electricity just as we do with a dam) a highly aggressive target would suggest that we might achieve 80% efficiency from each of those two steps. Arithmetic tell us that this comes out to 0.8 * 0.8 = 0.64, or 64% of the energy we put in will be returned. This means that if we are absolutely certain (p = 0.995, or 1 in 1,000 odds that we’re wrong) that the wind will blow at a sufficient velocity to generate the energy we want 2/3rds of the time in a given location we must in fact produce 1 + (0.33 / 0.64) = 150% of the energy we wish to consume (that is, install 50% more windmills) and we must also install (and pay for) the pumped storage and generation system. Note that this immediately takes that 8 cents/kwh to 12c plus the cost of the storage and generation system and the people to run it.
- We can build a fossil fuel plant to back up the windmills and staff that too. Given the above figures, since we’re not storing anything, we must now build a 1,000MWe fossil plant and keep it both maintained and ready to be put online as required so as to provide any percentage of the shortfall up to and including 100% (if there is no wind.) However, you must add the cost of said plant, its staffing and the fuel to run it when its operating to the wind power cost! While the fossil plant is competitive with wind power on the operating cost that assumes its depreciation is on a 100% use basis. It’s not; in the above case where the statistical data says that 1/3rd of the time the wind will not blow at a sufficient rate to provide the power we are in fact tripling the deprecation rate assigned to the fossil plant when it is running because the depreciation must be spread over the whole, not just when the fossil plant is “on.” This makes the backup source cost skyrocket, and thus we no longer are anywhere near competitive.
Solar has the same problem, for the same basic reason — you cannot control when the sun shines at a sufficient flux to generate the power required. Yes, there are places in the United States where the sun is likely to shine on an unobscured basis far more often than in other places, and transmission via HVDC lines (rather than AC) has materially less loss over long distances (and is convenient for solar since a solar cell generates DC power in the first place; as such it requires only one conversion, to AC at the receiving end, if HVDC transmission is used.) But again, unless we are willing to be blacked out when we’re wrong we must cover the solar production the same way we cover wind!
Nobody is running the numbers in this regard on an honest basis when they talk about “green energy.” The fact of the matter is that the claims of the proponents are, in essentially every case, understated by 50% or more, as the above shows. This means your electric bill, in such a system, will either rise by at least 50% or you must be willing to make the trade-off that when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining you have no electricity available at all.
Let’s debate the actual issues with actual costs — not pie-in-the-sky intentional lies put forward by the so-called “green energy” folks and their political “partners.”
How many Constitutional violations must we put up with? Unfortunately there is not a single senator who will impeach Obama. Karl Denninger has it nailed with this latest version of government tyranny. In a prime example of governmental overreach, the aObama administration is now using the threat of the removal of Unconstitutional bribes(funding) to make the states stay in line. Never mind that there is nothing in the Constitution about education and the Constitution clearly states anything not given to the central government is left for the states.
The Obama administration will send a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate.
The letter, which is signed by officials at the Justice Department and the Department of Education, will be sent out to the districts on Friday.
While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administration’s interpretation of civil rights law may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.
I remind Obama that Title IX mandates that everyone be treated equally when it comes to sex.
The word in Title IX is sex, not “gender identity.” SEX is a physical, immutable characteristic.
Those very few confused individuals who believe they are trapped in the “wrong body” do not have the right to create a discriminatory environment for 99%+ of the rest of the individuals, especially when those others are mandated to be there through government force.
That means, incidentally, students in a school.
My daughter is a legal adult but were she not, were our local schools to implement such a policy and a boy was to change and take showers in the girl’s locker room in PE class you can bet your last nickel I would sue the living bejeezus out of every single individual at that school who facilitated and permitted such to happen along with said student’s parents in their individual capacities for violations of my daughter’s right to reasonable peace and non-discriminatory conduct on the basis of sex.
This crap must stop now.
I do not care how you dress.
I do not care what sex you care to associate with when it comes to interpersonal relationships, including but not limited to intimate relationships.
I very much care when a boy, sporting a penis and testicles, decides to enter a girl’s locker room, disrobe and take a shower in front of my under-age and forced-to-be-present daughter.
There are still a few men in this country who consider their duty as a father quite-seriously when it comes to protecting their offspring, especially their daughters, from predatory males.
Again Mr. President: The word in Title IX is sex, not “those who are pretending to be that which they are not.”
A boy who claims to be “caught in the wrong body” is not a girl and no act by either man or God can make him one — period.
I talked about this a while back. I had warned that obama is going to come after retirement accounts. I warned about this back in 2012. We can trust obama and/or the gov’t right? Socialized medical care was supposed to save us money right? How did you like the premium increases? Nice savings. As long as obamacare is law it does not matter who the president is the gov’t will continue this push. We need to not only change the president but both congressional houses as well. That has gotten more difficult with the gov’t sanctioned invasion that is happening right now. What’s worse is the fact the many american citizens ACCEPT this as the norm. Many of these “immigrants” are from countries with despotic or socialist backgrounds so they will be happy to vote for the gov’t they had regardless of what that means for the true citizens of this country. So get ready for folks to move out of private retirement accounts to government ones because of these new regulations. Of course those will be properly run right? Sure thing.
For those who think appeasement of those who are against the biblical view of Christianity…look at the following. Do you think that living in fear of what others think is going to protect you? Absolutely not. Appeasement only leads to more aggression. Folks just look back through history for that one. Churches if this act passes you are now too late to protect yourselves from direct governmental interference. Even if you give up your NPO status this act “authorizes” (in direct violation of the Constitution) the gov’t to start ordering ANYONE or any business to comply with any request irregardless of their Christian beliefs. yes this is targeted against Christians as the Muslims and other religions would be exempted. I am not saying ti is going tob e immediate but if this act passes how bold are churches willing to be in defending their beliefs? I can truly say most will not…and it will be time for Christians to remove themselves from places like Facebook so as to be able to weather the incoming persecution storm. So churches what are you going to do now? Soon even giving up your NPO status is not going to protect you. Are you still willing to stand not only for the bible but for the US Constitution? When i see a church that shows me they are willing to make that stand I’ll attend it.
So the Supreme Court has established “same-sex marriage,” and that will quiet the LGBT crowd, because, after all, they got what they wanted, right?
Not even close.
How about protections for LGBT people in jobs, jury duty, credit applications, housing, facilities that provide exhibitions, facilities that provide recreation, facilities that provide exercise, facilities that provide amusement and even facilities that provide “gatherings”?
Already, there’s a bill in Congress to do all those things and much more.
It even would gut the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act so LGBT-based discrimination complaints could be brought against churches that follow the Bible, which teaches homosexual behavior is a sin.
The “Equality Act” would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.”
It would unilaterally change public school desegregation standards “to provide for the assignment of students without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Churches that hold to biblical beliefs about sexuality would not be immune, according to Paul Kengor, whose book “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage” addresses the problem.
He shows how, beginning with Karl Marx and continuing with Margaret Sanger, Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and assorted ’60s radicals, formerly fringe concepts have been accepted. And they’re being used by leftists to attack traditional marriage.
“I think we’re already seeing what’s next from the ‘LGBT’ and same-sex-marriage movement – that is, an aggressive and uncompromising push for forced acceptance, forced compliance, and forced acquiescence,” he said. “For these people, ‘tolerance’ doesn’t actually mean ‘tolerance,’ just as ‘diversity’ doesn’t actually mean ‘diversity.’ What they want is a very selective tolerance and very selective diversity, which, of course, isn’t actually real tolerance or real diversity.
Kengor said they support what Marcuse called “repressive tolerance.”
“They are going to coerce those who disagree with their movement and their agenda, and that will include an aggressive attempt to force religious believers into full compliance with their movement and their agenda,” he said.
“For that, they will enlist the long arm of the state, and they will seek to do so with liberal politicians as their handmaidens. The force will take the form of fines, pickets, boycotts, demonization and, in some cases, incarceration,” said Kengor
In Kentucky, a county clerk, Kim Davis, already was put in jail for nearly a week for refusing an order from U.S. District Judge David Bunning to violate her faith and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Activists obtained their marriage licenses from her deputies, under a judge’s order, while she was in jail, and now they’re taking her to court again demanding she reissue the licenses with her name on them.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/equality-act-creates-lgbt-rights-everywhere/#VSyQPPPAgocb53wu.99
Americans have allowed themselves to be so pussified..yes that’s right..pussified that we will cower in fear. It turns out the shooter reloaded TWICE! Not from his belt but from a backpack?!?!? Come on folks if within that amount of time you cannot bring yourself to at least charge this asshat then frankly anyone who got shot and died while allowing this fool to reload deserves what they got. Call me insensitive but this is the final straw for me in terms of the wimping of the American public. For all your citizens who voted in people who advocated gun control, who advocated the dumbing down of the education system, who voted for representatives who hate this country….the blood of every massacre victim now and in the future is on your hands.
The shooter reloaded two handguns with ammunition from his backpack during the killings, Downing said. Harper-Mercer was “firing on people who were just lying there,” Downing said.
The shooter reloaded twice?!
Further, he didn’t have his magazines immediately at-hand (e.g. in a belt pouch or similar) and got them from his backpack?
What are we talking here — 10 seconds or so for each reload? The people in the room, who had just witnessed their friends getting shot in the head, sat still for long enough to allow this clownface to reload twice?
It gets better. What I have long maintained is that these shootings are about control and as soon as challenged by anyone who gets aggressive the shooter tends to kill themselves because control is the entire point.
This is why the shooters go to “Gun Free Zones” to commit their horrific act — they know that law-abiding citizens will not be carrying arms suitable for attempting interruption of their control. It’s also why the mall shooter who was confronted by an armed citizen retreated into a side hallway and shot himself; he lost control, even though the citizen never got a shot off because there were too many other people in the area he might have hit by accident.
And it’s why this shooter, once wounded, killed himself instead of going down fighting.
He didn’t come to fight, he came to exert “control” and murder defenseless people.
As soon as that paradigm was shattered in this mind he was done.
If we removed that paradigm from his consideration by dropping the so-called “Gun Free Zones” that he read as “Murder Here, You’re In Control”, thereby raising the risk that he would confront others willing and able to offer armed resistance to his plan, the assault probably wouldn’t have happened.
But until such a change takes place (and it only will if you insist that the Second Amendment be enforced as written, America) the fact remains that if you find yourself in such a circumstance your best option is to take any tactical advantage, no matter how fleeting, to attack. There were two such opportunities here and while there is no guarantee of success it certainly beats lying on the ground while the shooter reloads; not only might you succeed in preventing him from getting that mag into the gun it’s a hell of a lot harder to hit a moving target than one that’s quietly lying on the floor.
This is from Philly.com not exactly a conservative bastion with some startling revelations:
Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone. And Europe is no stranger to mass shootings. It has been host to three of the six worst K-12 school shootings and by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual.
Still, Kelly said, “There’s no indication from other — from another study that any shooter intentionally went to a gun-free zone.”
Kelly might be surprised to learn that killers have frequently talked about their desire to attack where guns are banned. The suspect in the Charleston, S.C., shootings in June originally aimed to attack the College of Charleston. He chose a church instead because the college had armed guards.
The diary of the Batman movie theater killer, James Holmes, was finally released just a few months ago. He decided against attacking an airport because of the “substantial security.” Out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment in 2012, only one banned permitted concealed handguns. That’s the one he attacked.
Or take a couple of cases from last year. Elliot Rodger, who fatally shot three people in Santa Barbara, Calif., explained his reasoning in his 141-page “manifesto.” He ruled out various targets because he worried that someone with a gun would cut short his killing spree. Justin Bourque shot to death three people in Canada. His Facebook page made fun of gun bans, with pictures of defenseless victims explaining to killers that guns are prohibited.
Americans seem to understand these points. A June Rasmussen Reports survey found that 68 percent feel safer in neighborhoods where guns are allowed, while just 22 percent would feel less safe. A Gallup poll last December found by a whopping 63 to 30 percent margin that Americans thought guns in their homes made them safer.
If you don’t think deterrence works, ask yourself if you would post a sign in front of your home saying it is a “gun-free zone.” It’s very likely that such signs aren’t going to be going up in any neighborhoods soon.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Would-be-killers-target-gun-free-zones.html
Gay marriage is only the beginning. Words do have meaning and do have consequences Mr. President to wit:
This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.
Do not think that this stop with gay marriage but all other kinds of marriage band are going to fall now. I do not believe this was an unintentional act either. I think you were fully cognizant of the ramifications of this ruling. That second sentence says it all Mr. President. It will soon be legal to marry anyone or anything you wish and as i warned in a previous post (Obama’s lawyers even said the following during arguments: Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. )
So churches I repeat my call. When are you going to drop your NPO status to at least buy some time before you are TOLD you must officiate gay weddings or loose your tax exempt status? How many will capitulate to keep that (inset golem) “preciousss” tax break? The ones that boldly have faith in God and renounce their NPO status and adhere boldly to the Bible are the ones who will flourish….the rest will flounder.
This will put me at odds with some friends I know. I see it this way. If a church doesn’t want to perform a same sex ceremony they shouldn’t have to. They should also not fear reprisals(VERY common right now) from same sex couples either. A new wave of attacks and persecutions are going to fire up. My question is are the militant LGBTQ’s also willing to go after the Mulims for whom homosexuality is more violently opposed? If they are so right where’s the outrage against the Muslims?
Now get this..California cities are now going to build massive desalination plants for watering their desert abodes. The power for these? “Carbon Pollution” emitting Natural gas electricity plants. Anyone unable to see the duplicity here?
The irony is inescapable: In reaction to the historic drought that has transformed the California dream into California dust, the state is now embarking on the construction of a wave of desalination plants that will turn ocean water into fresh water. Tragically, these power-hungry desalination plants will be running primarily on fossil fuel-generated electricity, meaning that California residents will have to commit global warming crimes (i.e. producing carbon dioxide) every time they flush their toilets or take a shower.Fresh water, in other words, is about to have a “fossil fuel consumption equivalent” across the state. Every gallon of water consumed will have a calculable CO2 emission profile and mercury pollution factor, meaning that a person will not be able to live in California without being a global warming sinner.California, of course, is the state that prides itself on being progressive and environmentally conscious. Yes its non-sustainable lifestyle consumed the region’s limited fossil water supplies to the point of near-collapse. Now, it must become America’s worst carbon dioxide producer just to provide basic water supplies to its people. And where will all the natural gas and coal come from that powers these desalination plants? The very same energy-producing states that Californians typically condemn for producing fossil fuels.
President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.
Will Texas grow the required set to actually do this? I truly hope so. The instant this gains traction i’m heading to Texas..:)
From the Texas Constitution, article 1, section 1:”Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States…”As TexasSecede.com points out: Note that it does not state “…subject to the President of the United States…” or “…subject to the Congress of the United States…” or “…subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States…”This means Texas has loyalty only to the Constitution, and when the federal government abandons the Constitution, Texas has no obligation, moral or legal, to recognize any government that has betrayed the law of the land the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Also from the Texas Constitution:All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.From the Texas Declaration of Independence:When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived…[it is] the inherent and inalienable right of the people to… abolish such government, and create another in its stead…From the U.S. Declaration of Independence:….governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed……whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government……when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
We will see right now if this newly elected Congress really cares about our Constitution. If they don’t we will see if AMERICANS really care about the Constitution.
If Congress doesn’t impeach Obama then we will know they don’t care about our laws. If the american citizenry doesn’t rise up and demand an impeachment then we know most Americans don’t either.
Want to know what I think is going to happen? Nothing. For our country’s sake I hope i am wrong….but I doubt I am.
This clown needs impeachment — now.
This is not an option for the House. Any President who willfully and wantonly refuses to faithfully execute the laws of this nation must be impeached and removed from office. It is a duty of the Congress, not an option that Congress has.
Tonight you heard Obama appeal over a young girl who “came here” and is a great student. He quoted scripture (not that I believe he has ever actually read it.) We all know Presidents don’t write their own speeches in the modern day, at least we do if we have a brain in our heads.
To declare that the law will not be enforced on a blanket basis for huge groups of people because the President disagrees with the Congress — which has the absolute right to set immigration policy — is a complete stick in the eye to any premise of The Rule of Law that you might believe remains.
I’m no longer surprised to see this kind of alarming column. So many Americans keep voting their right s away, yet the polls show they are unsatisfied with the results. Once the American public stop sucking the teat of statist media and breaks free of the statist education system we might be able to turn things around…if it isn’t already too late.
President Obama’s Kansas speech is a remarkable document. In calling for more government controls, more taxation, more collectivism, he has two paragraphs that give the show away. Take a look at them.
there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes–especially for the wealthy–our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.
Though not in Washington, I’m in that “certain crowd” that has been saying for decades that the market will take care of everything. It’s not really a crowd, it’s a tiny group of radicals–radicals for capitalism, in Ayn Rand’s well-turned phrase.
The only thing that the market doesn’t take care of is anti-market acts: acts that initiate physical force. That’s why we need government: to wield retaliatory force to defend individual rights.
Radicals for capitalism would, as the Declaration of Independence says, use government only “to secure these rights”–the rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. (Yes, I added “property” in there–property rights are inseparable from the other three.)
That’s the political philosophy on which Obama is trying to hang the blame for the recent financial crisis and every other social ill. But ask yourself, are we few radical capitalists in charge? Have radical capitalists been in charge at any time in the last, oh, say 100 years?
I pick 100 years deliberately, because it was exactly 100 years ago that a gigantic anti-capitalist measure was put into effect: the Federal Reserve System. For 100 years, government, not the free market, has controlled money and banking. How’s that worked out? How’s the value of the dollar held up since 1913? Is it worth one-fiftieth of its value then or only one-one-hundredth? You be the judge. How did the dollar hold up over the 100 years before this government take-over of money and banking? It actually gained slightly in value.
I’ll let Karl run with this one. Read the entire article folks.
Such as the fact that despite every news anchor and many of the people in Boston pumping their fists and screaming “USA!” along with lauding law enforcement, the fact is that law enforcement could not find its ass with both hands.
It doesn’t stop there. Oh no, by effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment. There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant. Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.
The Constitutional Rights of an entire town, some 30,000 residents, were wantonly and outrageously violated yesterday, yet not one media outlet is focusing there.
Nor are they focusing on the fact that after a full day of undeclared and illegal martial law, complete with “papers please”, unconstitutional searches and seizures and military hardware and weapons all over the streets (heh Barack, what was that crap about “weapons of war”?) the cops FAILED to find the jackass.
Instead, within a half-hour of the “can’t find our ass with both hands” cops giving up on locking down the town an ordinary citizen finds the bad guy in his boat.
In 30 minutes “We the people” do what thousands of cops spending millions of dollars and violating the rights of every citizen in the town could not and the people did it without all that fancy military hardware too.
So what do the cops do? They shoot at and destroy the boat, of course, in “convincing” the bad guy to come out. Boats you see, must not have extra holes in them or they don’t float very well. The cops added many extra holes and a few flash-bangs to the mix too, despite knowing that the vessel had a full tank of fuel on board and might catch on fire or explode. It didn’t, fortunately, but that’s small consolation to the owner who is almost-certain to see both the city refuse to pay for the damage and his insurance company refuse to cover it too (look in your policy; in general such “acts of war, declare or undeclared” are considered non-covered perils.) Never mind that the guy actually doing the warlike things (the terrorist) didn’t cause the damage — the cops did.
Was there anything the cops did right? Well, yeah, I suppose. Their fancy FLIR gear on the chopper, once pointed out where to look by the homeowner, did detect the heat of the jackass in the boat. Ok. Wow man, technology. I’m supposed to be impressed by this after the specific location of the bad guy was pointed out by the homeowner who saw him in the boat and called the police?
Massive, outrageous, millions of dollars in overtime and worthless hardware FAIL, to go along with a citizenry that cowered in abject fear of a couple of jackasses.
Not only did the terrorists win they learned that we’re cowards. We will hide in the closet shaking like a leaf in a hurricane and let them get away for hours or even days instead of going about our business, observing what’s different, reporting what doesn’t make sense and arming ourselves so we can defend ourselves if, in the gravest extreme, they decide to do so something outrageous.
Massachusetts has some of the “toughest” gun laws in the nation. They are an abject failure as well. In 1998 they were passed and signed by a Republican. The state went from 1.5 million active gun licenses to under 200,000. Not only did murders double from 1998 to 2011 and robberies increase by more than 20% but the state was just targeted by two murderous jackasses who blew up a number of innocent people. The national murder and violent crime rate, on the other hand, has been falling since the early 1990s. Gee, you don’t think the lack of people’s ability to defend themselves might have had something to do with all that, do you? Don’t expect the media to call Massachusetts or its former governors on this fact and its contribution to the blown-off legs of the victims at the Marathon. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s not forget that the number of people these jackasses murdered (about a half-dozen, all-in) are eclipsed by the roughly 10x as many residents murdered annually since Massachusetts further trampled on the 2nd Amendment’s recognition of fundamental human rights. Exactly how many excuses would the government of Massachusetts like to try to make for all those dead people that directly resulted from their incessant and outrageous trampling of those Constitutionally-guaranteed rights? Let me guess — we’re going to hear crickets on that account.
I’m glad the remaining bastard suspect (remember, he’s a suspect until proven guilty in a court of law) has been caught and will face trial. I’m of mixed view whether or not he should be considered an ordinary criminal or an enemy combatant. We don’t know enough to make that call here and now in the general public. What we do know is that the FBI knew damn well that the older brother was a problem and had been watching him and worse, they lied about it when asked by the media, denying they had contact with him until the family went public with the facts.
Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America? Once upon a time such a notion would have been unthinkable, but these days things are changing dramatically. All over the United States, evangelical Christians are being called “extremists” and evangelical Christian organizations are being labeled as “hate groups”. In fact, as I will detail later on in this article, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently specifically identified evangelical Christians as “religious extremists”. This should be extremely chilling for all evangelical Christians out there, because as history has shown us over and over again, when you want to persecute a particular group of people the first step is always to demonize them. And that is exactly what is being done to evangelical Christians today. Just look at how evangelical Christians are being portrayed on television and in the movies. Just look at how much hate is being spewed at Christians on the Internet. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, both of which are considered to be among the most prominent “civil rights” organizations in the United States, are seemingly obsessed with attacking evangelical Christians. It has become trendy to bash Christians, and that is a very frightening thing. After they have finished demonizing evangelical Christians, what will the next step be?
The flu vaccine isn’t safe at all. Just by the EPA standards for mercury the current crop of vaccines have more than what the EPA says is safe by quite a bit. hit the link for the full details. there is no mercury free vaccine. Also read the inserts..most vaccines say they haven’t been tested for safety or efficacy(working).
As much as we can as quickly as we can. Keep that in mind. They are going to cram this as fast as they can because they know enough of the American public cherishes their right to bear arms. They’ve allowed the rest of their rights to be eroded by re-electing these fools. I’m not confident there are enough Americans left that the Amerikans aren’t going to be able to allow this to be herded through. of course…it’s for the children…..
A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.
“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags Tuesday. He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
Toth says he will file his measure after speaking with the state’s Republican Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who has already vowed to fight any federal measures which call for restrictions on weapons possession.
Toth concedes that he would welcome a legal fight over his proposals.
“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he said.
The Supremacy Clause is the portion of the Constitution which declares that federal laws and statutes are ‘the supreme law of the land.’
“It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama,” Toth said.
Texas is the second state to propose a measure to shield the state from the impact of any gun possession restrictions imposed by Congress or by Presidential order. A similar measure was introduced in Wyoming last week.
An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study.
But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government’s highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama’s push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.
The GAO study is just the latest review of federal spending that paints a grim picture of the nation’s infrastructure. Just keeping spending at current levels, the GAO said, would require a near doubling of the gas tax to 32 cents a gallon, and that would jump to as high as 46 cents should the federal government add spending to fix crumbling infrastructure and build new roads.
The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.
“We modeled the average mileage fee rates that would be needed for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to meet three illustrative Highway Trust Fund revenue targets ranging from about $34 billion to $78.4 billion per year. To meet these targets, a driver of a passenger vehicle with average fuel efficiency would pay from $108 to $248 per year in mileage fees compared to the $96 they currently pay annually in federal gasoline tax,” said GAO.
Disarming the public is step one. Obama already doesn’t hold our Constitution to any regard…it’s about to come full circle.
“My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence,” said Obama. “Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it.”
An executive order does NOT override the Constitution but this president thinks it can. All of the fools that voted this dictator into office are in for one hell of a shock as Obama begins his takeover..and does it quickly.
“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”
Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”
Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”
Biden, as he himself noted, helped write the Brady bill.
With what I’ve been seeing…i’d say no. Read the liked post as it contains several cartoons that i can easily cut an paste here.
I came home last night and gave my older daughter a big hug…i then proceeded to explain to her about one of the reason so many folks died that horrid day. Gun Free Zones = Turkey Shoot. I’m not going to be blithe and say armed staff could have eliminated all deaths..that’s simply idiocy. However, armed staff would have meant fewer folks would have died. Most school building on the interior are not made of bullet resistant materials like concrete but usually drywall and maybe some cinder blocks. Right now if somebody comes into the school with the purpose of killing anything .40 caliber and larger isn’t going to be stopped by interior constructions. unfortunately this means the current lockdown scheme simply means you cower in your classroom hoping the killer(s) don’t come to your door If they do..unless the teacher tries to intervene and gets shot) you are as good as dead. Unfortunately modern education(fueled by modern liberalistic gov’t) have so ingrained the fear of guns into the population’s brains they don’t realize that the first and last line of true defense is now gone…their own personal armaments. This massacre was over before the cops go there. News reports are saying the cops got there instantly…that’s a lie. Even in my small town where i can literally walk to the police station in under 10 minutes it still takes a minimum of 3 minutes for an officer to arrive. This was probably over in about that time. The cops are purely a reactionary force. if you want to keep your kids safe is school your choices are limited:
1. Truly education them about their surrounding at school. That means you need to intimately familiarize yourself with the building inside and out. You need to know how its hallways and classrooms are laid out..what the interior is made of and know your child’s classrooms so you can train your child on proper egress procedures. Son’t let your children become sitting ducks.
2. let the schools and local cops handle it. Ref other mass shootings for the results.
3. pull your children out of the public school system until the anal cranial infection clears itself.
guns are used more often by responsible owners more than double to stop(and prevent crimes) than they are to commit them. As long as the gun control folks have their way the mass shootings in schools, malls, hotels, churches…anywhere the turkey shoot mentality exists is not only going to continue..but may very well increase. The answer to this isn’t just more guns..i can agree there…the answer is more properly trained, self-armed gun owners packing. If schools are truly interested in our children’s safety they’ll get properly trained gun owners into the schools…if this turkey shoot mentality continues…children will continue to die at the hands of those who know where the easiest prey is located.
this so called ‘fiscal cliff” is merely a smokescreen for the Obamacare taxes that start kicking in from now until 2014.
Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 — thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul.
The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate — and controversial — tax on medical devices.
The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the Bush tax rates, with Republicans demanding they be extended for everyone and Obama insisting rates rise for top earners. But that same group of earners is already in the crosshairs under the ObamaCare tax rules published this week.
Starting Jan. 1, investment income for individuals earning over $200,000 and households earning over $250,000 will be subject to a new 3.8 percent tax. Further, regular income above those thresholds will be hit with a .9 percent Medicare surtax. Should the Bush tax rates expire for those workers, those increases will be compounded.
But the rather obscure medical device tax is the one that has stirred the most controversy in Washington and the business community. This week, groups and lawmakers renewed their calls to repeal it as the IRS published its final rules.
“This week, the Internal Revenue Service outlined which medical supplies and technologies will be subject to a tax. Now, everything from latex gloves to pacemakers will become more expensive and in some cases, more scarce,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement. “The tax on medical devices harms America’s ability to conduct the necessary research and development to maintain our global competitiveness, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and fewer groundbreaking innovations in this field. With millions of Americans unemployed, this simply makes no sense.”
The Affordable Care Act imposed the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade.
Equipment makers, though, argue that the tax ends up being much higher than that since it’s on gross sales. One industry spokesman estimated earlier this year that the impact on actual earnings is more like 15 percent.
Already, some have warned that the tax will stifle growth. Indiana-based Cook Medical earlier this year announced it was scrapping plans to open five new plants because of the tax.
If you have any kind of gov’t aided pension like roth or 401k..anything tax free…get that money out now…otherwise the gov’t is going to take it within the next 4 years. Maybe 8 if Obama amends the constitution for a 3rd term.
A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning.
The hearing, held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, was monitored by NSC staff and featured a line up of left-wing activists including one representative of the AFL-CIO who advocated for more government regulation over private retirement accounts and even the establishment of government-sponsored annuities that would take the place of 401k plans.
“This hearing was set up to explore why Americans are not saving as much for their retirement as they could,” explains National Seniors Council National Director Robert Crone, “However, it is clear that this is the first step towards a government takeover. It feels just like the beginning of the debate over health care and we all know how that ended up.”
A representative of the liberal Pension Rights Center, Rebecca Davis, testified that the government needs to get involved because 401k plans and IRAs are unfair to poor people. She demanded the Obama administration set up a “government-sponsored program administered by the PBGC (the governments’ Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation).”
Such “reforms” would effectively end private retirement accounts in America, Crone warns.
“These people want the government to require that ultimately all Americans buy these government annuities instead of saving or investing on their own.The Government could then take these trillions of dollars and redistribute it through this new national retirement system.”
“This effort ultimately is designed to grab the retirement nest eggs of America’s senior citizens. This new government annuity scheme, even if it is at first optional, will turn into a giant effort to redistribute the wealth of America’s older citizens,” explains Crone. “This scheme mirrors what I expect the President will try to do with Social Security. He wants to turn that program into a welfare program, too.”
Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week. That is the threshold at which large employers in 2014 would have to offer workers a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 for each worker.
The shift is one of the first significant steps by employers to avoid requirements under the health-care law, and whether the trend continues hinges on Tuesday’s election results. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the Affordable Care Act, although he would face obstacles doing so.
Let’s not mince words — that’s a 25% reduction in the impacted worker’s gross wages!
It’s already started with some “pilot projects” among certain employers, and this will spread. Bank on it. The results will be catastrophic for people in this income class, as on top of having gasoline double in price over the last four years along with other forms of energy rising precipitously along with food and health care now you’re going to see a 25% reduction in their working hours, meaning that their income is going to come down by that same 25%!
Both Darden (corporate parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden) and some Subway franchises have been testing these changes already. When the first “real” bite comes from Obamacare in as of January 1st 2014, expect all the lower-wage service industries to do exactly this.
Howl lovely. First it was backbilling..now this mess. Guess what..it is going to get worse with Obamacare/romneycare.
The next time you visit your primary care physician for a physical, you may want to consider inquiring as to whether or not you will be billed extra for asking too many questions during your checkup. This is what happened recently to Susan Krantz of Minnetonka, Minnesota, who was reportedly charged an additional $50 on her medical bill for simply inquiring about a sore hip.
It is called a “split charge,” and it is increasingly creeping up in the medical billing process for patients who converse with their doctors about specific ailments outside the general physical regimen. Time spent with doctors discussing “acute care” matters are apparently billed differently than time spent for a “wellness” visit — in essence, doctors are now sometimes charging for two office visits when patients discuss other matters.
“Even as a registered nurse, I can’t figure out what this is,” said Krantz to WCCO News in Minnesota about the charge, recalling when she first noticed it on the bill. “You can be charged an extra office visit if you ask too many questions. I don’t understand that, because isn’t that what [the] visit is for?”
Take a close look at the below excerpt. Anyone who thinks Romney is anything different than Obama is in for a rude surprise after this election.
Romney is NOT pro-life – he’s fine with government-mandated funding of abortion as required by Obamacare. But wait. I thought conservatives thought this issue was of the utmost importance? I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, less consideration is given to this issue.Romney is NOT pro-2nd Amendment – his record on this is long and abysmal in Massachusetts. But wait. I thought conservatives held gun rights near and dear. I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, less consideration is given to this issue too.Romney will NOT repeal Obamacare. He’s even publicly stated that he acknowledges Obamacare was built on the foundation of Romneycare – and he has unequivocally stated that he is ‘proud’ of Romneycare this despite its terrible reputation and citizen dissatisfaction in Mass.. But wait. I thought that conservatives believed that this issue was so important, they literally took a movement the Tea Party, which was originally about economics and bailouts, and turned it into an anti-Obamacare movement? I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, all this effort can be entirely overlooked.Romney has stated publicly that he supports The Patriot Act, NDAA and CISPA. Granted, conservatives were slow to wake up to these issues in the first place; so this isn’t ‘traditionally’ something that self-styled Republicans have cared about in the past. These are traditionally issues of civil rights infringements, long a focus of liberals and the Democrats. However, since Obama has been in office, conservatives and some Republicans have taken up this fight. In reality, this should be a fight for ALL of us. These are issues of basic human freedoms. The fact that Republicans have ignored the creeping Big Brother statism is just as egregious as the Democrats forgetting about it just because ‘their man’ is in office.Romney has no intention to disentagle us from foreign wars. He’s stated that he would actually be more aggressive in this regard. I won’t rehash this because recently FedUpUSA featured two articles about our folly in the Middle East and how the policies of government are getting our own troops killed. Suffice it to say, Romney states that it will be business as usual in this department. Obama on the other hand, ran on ‘hope and change’ and part of that change was supposed to be, as many liberals and Democrats were demanding, getting the hell out of the Middle East. What he’s done instead has been the complete opposite, and in fact, he’s made at least one unilateral, Executive act of aggression on a foreign power, which entirely bypassed congress. Weren’t liberals foaming at the mouth about George W. Bush doing just this same thing? The Democrats have been deafeningly silent. Democrats are apparently only anti-war when their guy isn’t in office.So, let’s summarize: What we have in Romney is a white Obama, who has built a false belief around himself that he is a pro-business capitalist, despite the fact that he made the majority of his wealth based upon government picking his sector as a ‘winner,’ resulting in it being the recipient of extreme preferential treatment. So, what he IS, is an adept cronyist, not a capitalist. With help from the Republican Party and a desperate ’conservative’ American public, despite the above-listed facts, Republicans and conservatives have now convinced themselves that Mitt Romney is somehow going to represent conservative principles and is somehow going to be better than Obama. Uh, okay.
This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO True..in every single word.
Read the entire article. It’s breathtaking.
Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:
First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010). The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013:
Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which the majority of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
-The 10% bracket rises to a new and expanded 15%
-The 25% bracket rises to 28%
-The 28% bracket rises to 31%
-The 33% bracket rises to 36%
-The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%
Higher taxes on marriage and family coming on January 1, 2013. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of taxable income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.
Middle Class Death Tax returns on January 1, 2013. The death tax is currently 35% with an exemption of $5 million ($10 million for married couples). For those dying on or after January 1 2013, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.
Higher tax rates on savers and investors on January 1, 2013. The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 23.8 percent in 2013. The top dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 43.4 percent in 2013. This is because of scheduled rate hikes plus Obamacare’s investment surtax.
Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year Sept. 30, 2010 and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”
“Today the Department of Agriculture announced that it will buy up to $100 million worth of pork products, $50 million worth of chicken, and $20 million worth of lamb and farm-raised catfish,” Obama explained to reporters in front of a drought-stricken cornfield.
“Prices are low, farmers and ranchers need help, so it makes sense,” Obama explained. “It makes sense for farmers who get to sell more of their product, and it makes sense for taxpayers who will save money because we’re getting food we would have bought anyway at a better price.”
None of this makes sense. In fact, Obama’s move only harms American consumers while protecting a corrupt federal program.
A drought is currently driving down corn production. The shortage of feed is forcing livestock producers to slaughter animals early, putting downward pressure on meat prices in the short run and guaranteeing shortages and higher prices next year. But nature is not the biggest factor in this crisis — the government is. Specifically, the federal government’s ethanol mandate, which requires that 13.2 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be produced in 2012.
Thanks to the ethanol mandate, more than 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop now goes into the production of a useless fuel that hardly anyone would buy if the government didn’t require it. That’s up from just 17 percent in 2005, before the mandate went into effect. Only 36 percent of the corn crop now goes for feed, and 24 percent goes for food.
Obama could solve this problem instantly by suspending the federal ethanol mandate — something his EPA actually can do unilaterally and legally. Instead, Obama will buy up meat — a move that meat producers say won’t help them much anyway. “It doesn’t solve the problem of having enough affordable corn next summer,” industry analyst Steve Meyer told Reuters. “Without changing the ethanol program, nothing can be done,” he said.
The higher corn prices caused by the mandate and the drought have also driven up the price of ethanol by 33 percent since May, which means — again, thanks to the mandate — higher gas prices at the pump. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gas rose 16 cents in July, an all-time record hike for that month. Prices rose an additional eight cents just last week. Gas is already more than four dollars a gallon in California and is expected to go higher.
Listen to this episode from Karl Denninger. It very well explains what the government can now compel form the american nation.
I am going to cross post this to both blogs as this affects me both as a person and a business man.
Now consider this — the PPACA sets forth a “fine” (tax) of $2,000 per employee for a business that has 50 or more and does not provide “at least” the minimum “insurance” to all.
There is no health care plan I’m aware of that a business can buy today that costs less than $2,000 per employee per year, and which also meets the requirements in the law. None. That was almost impossible to meet back in 1995 for a healthy, 18 year old insured single male. It’s flatly impossible now and it’s doubly-so if your workforce has other than 18-year old single, healthy males in it. I know this to be factual because I was responsible for buying it for our employees as a CEO of a company.
Therefore the incentive is for all businesses to drop health care.
Second, your choice is to either (1) buy and have said plan (whether through employment or individually) or pay a “fine” (tax) of 1% of income (increasing to 2.5% of AGI in 2016.) The minimum “fine” is $95 starting in 2013, rising to $695 in 2016. The average family income is about $50,000/year, which means that the fine (tax) will be $1,250 in 2016. It’s less now.
You cannot buy health insurance at their “minimum level” for anything approaching $1,250 a year no matter how healthy you are at any age.
The law prohibits insurance companies from charging you more if you’re sick, or refusing to cover you at all. They must accept everyone on equal terms.
Businesses will drop coverage; it’s cheaper (by far) for them to pay the fine and, for those under 133% of the federal poverty level, those employees can go onto Medicaid. This is a “family of four” income of $31,900 (as of today; it will go up of course.) That’s roughly the second quintile.
Individuals will drop coverage and pay the fine, since it’s far cheaper than to buy the “insurance.”
Both will buy the “insurance” only when they get sick, since they cannot be upcharged.
The cost of “insurance” will thus skyrocket to 10x or more what it costs now, just as it would if you bought auto insurance only after you wrecked or homeowners insurance only after you had a fire.
At the higher price nobody will be able to afford to buy the insurance at all, since that will be indistinguishable from just paying for whatever is wrong with you, plus the insurance company markup.
In very short order the entire medical system and health insurance scheme will collapse, leaving only two choices — either a return to free market principles (including all I’ve argued for since this debate began) or a single-payer, fully-socialized system ala Canada.
You can bet the government will continue to try to change the terms of the deal — including ramping up the tax/fine and other games, to prevent this outcome, but they will fail.
Now the question becomes this:
Which Presidential political candidates have told you the above, and what are their answers to this dilemma?
Let’s go down the list.
We know what Obama’s is — he passed it. You will lose your private health care under Obama. Period. We are headed for a fully-socialized medical system and a collapse of the current medical paradigm under Obama.
We know what Gary Johnson’s position is — he wants to “block grant” all Medicare and Medicaid to the states, cut the amount of money in the budget (all line items) 43% and repeal Obamacare (including the mandate.) But he refuses to demand an end to the cost-shifting where Juanita the illegal Mexican immigrant who is 7-1/2 months pregnant while drug and alcohol dependent shows up in the hospital, in labor, and foists off a $2.5 million NICU and birth expense bill on you! He also refuses to stop the drug companies from effectively forcing Americans to bear the cost of all drug and device development and he has refused to put a stop to differential billing. The latter two only exist because of explicit federal laws that make lawful in the health industry market behaviors that are illegal in virtually every other line of work (see The Sherman Act, The Clayton Act, and Robinson-Patman for starters.) All of these facts are why the costs are ramping in the first place, which means his plan will simply force the States into bankruptcy and continue screwing you at the same time.
We don’t know what Romney’s plan is in detail. He’s been oddly silent in that regard. He says “Obamacare is not the answer” but he passed it as Governor on a state basis! He too advocates nothing to put a stop to the cost-shifting and anti-competitive acts of drug and device makers nor hospitals and other medical providers. He too wants to block grant Medicaid but that does nothing to address the problem and will simply bankrupt the state budgets (as noted for Johnson.) Conspicuously absent from Romney’s plan (as is true for Johnson) is (1) a repeal of EMTALA, (2) a demand for level, consistent pricing irrespective of how one pays for a service (3) and a demand to remove anti-competitive laws protecting differential billing across state and national boundaries (e.g. Viagra for $2 in Canada .vs. $20 here) so that Americans are not forced to subsdize everyone else in the world and you pay the same price as the guy next to you in the hospital for the same product or service, instead of 2x, 3x, 5x, or even 100x as much.
So we have three Presidential candidates, none of which will do a damn thing to fix what’s wrong with health care. All three are promoting a path that will bankrupt the States, bankrupt the Federal Government, bankrupt you or all three.
The first, and best known, of these seven taxes that will hit all Americans as a result of Obamacare is the Individual Mandate Tax (no longer concealed as a penalty). This provision will require a couple to pay the higher of a base tax of $1,360 per year, or 2.5% of adjusted growth income starting with lower base tax and rising to this level by 2016. Individuals will see a base tax of $695 and families a base tax of $2,085 per year by 2016.
Next up is the Medicine Cabinet Tax that took effect in 2011. This tax prohibits reimbursement of expenses for over-the-counter medicine, with the lone exception of insulin, from an employee’s pre-tax dollar funded Health Saving Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). This provision hurts middle class earners particularly hard since they earn enough to actually pay federal taxes, but not enough to make this restriction negligible.
The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cap, which will begin in 2013, is perhaps the most hurtful provision to the middle class. This part of the law imposes a cap of $2,500 per year (which is now unlimited) on the amount of pre-tax dollars that could be deposited into these accounts. Why is this particularly hurtful to the middle class? It is because funds in these accounts may be used to pay for special needs education for special needs children in the United States. Tuition rates for this type of special education can easily exceed $14,000 per year and the use of pre-tax dollars has helped many middle income families.
Another direct hit to the middle class is the Medical Itemized Deduction Hurdle which is currently 7.5% of adjusted gross income. This is the hurdle that must be met before medical expenses over that hurdle can be taken as a deduction on federal income taxes. Obamacare raises this hurdle to 10% of adjusted gross income beginning in 2013. Consider the middle class family with $80,000 of adjusted gross income and $8,000 of medical expenses. Currently, that family can get some relief from being able to take a $2,000 deduction (7.5% X $80,000 = $6,000; $8,000 –$6,000 = $2,000). An increase to 10% would eliminate the deduction in this example and if that family was paying a 25% federal tax rate, the real cost of that lost deduction would be $500.
The fifth new tax on the middle class, and all Americans, is the Health Savings Account (HSA) Withdrawal Tax Hike. This provision increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10% currently to 20% beginning in 2013. This provision actually sets these accounts apart from Investment Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other tax advantaged accounts, all of which remain with a 10% early withdrawal tax.
Another regressive tax that is part of this law began in 2010 and that is the Indoor Tanning Services Tax, which places a 10% excise tax on people using tanning salons. While some may regard this as insignificant, the broader implication is that this act of taxation is a blatant move by the federal government to control the behavior of citizens. This provision, as does the Individual Mandate and as Justice Kennedy said during the oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law said, “….fundamentally changes the relationship between the federal government and the citizen.”
The seventh new tax that directly impacts the middle class, along with all citizens, is the Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans or the “Cadillac” Health Insurance Plan Tax. These are plans that provide extensive coverage and that are generally fully paid for, or largely paid for, by employers. This provision imposes a 40% excise tax on the employer-paid premium on taxpayers who are covered by such plans, beginning in 2018. The reason it begins in 2018 is because most unionized workers are covered by plans that fall under this definition and a deferral was made to spare union members from this tax for at least a period of time.
Many people mistakenly believe one of the roles of government is to protect them from physical harm. However, this is not the case. One only has to look up the concept of “affirmative duty” to understand what the Supreme Court has defined as the role of any government entity in regard to protection of citizenry; both at Local/State and Federal levels. In short it can be encapsulated as:
The burden to defend and or use deadly force, is a right that lies with you personally to act accordingly, and appropriately, should you fear for your life and/or limb. The government does not have any affirmative duty to do this for you.
In South v. Maryland, 59 U.S. (How.) 396, 15 L.Ed.433 (1856) – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws. This is a distinction which needs to be clearly understood.
The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament, or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitations which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf, through imprisonment, institutionalization, or other similar restraint of personal liberty.
If you are under the care or custody of the ‘state’ then, and only then, do they have a specific duty to protect you from harm. Or, if the ‘state’ has diminished your capacity to protect yourself, then they “may” arguably be in a position of affirmative duty, but only to the extent the state has diminished your capacity to act on your own behalf.
In all other considerations the “state” only has the duty to enforce the law.
If law enforcement has no affirmative duty to protect the citizenry, which they absolutely do not, and the police have argued numerous times in court to prove they are under no responsibility to protect a person from physical harm, then why should the group without affirmative duty be espousing that an individual remove their legal and constitutional right to protect themselves.?
Somebody you know you can count on…not only to stand beside you when things are good but to stand beside you when either you screw up or when you are under attack through no fault of your own. I can count the number of friends i have on one hand. Friends are based on trust and frankly the number of people i inherently trust are few…with the recent attacks perpetrated against me and my family nobody gets a one step pass anymore.
Keep in mind folks…the gov’t isn’t here to help you anymore. they are looking to take control of every facet of your life. When Hitler took over want to know one of the first things he did? He nationalized healthcare. Once they can dictate how to keep you healthy they can dictate anything. Guess what we have now? Obamacare…guess who brought the blueprint into action? Romney. Anyone who thinks Romney is going to get rid of Obamacare or stop this country towards heading to a socialized government isn’t in their right mind or doesn’t have the self-thinking abilities needed to keep this country free.
We are the government and are here to help….oh boy..get ready for governmental spamming now. Now the government is going to be able to fearmonger even more and faster…of course “Presidential Alerts” you can’t opt out of.
The federal government and American wireless providers will be bringing a new Emergency Text Alert System to everyone in US on a cellphone this month. The service which will provide geography-based warnings of life threatening events including tornadoes, floods, hurricanes typhoons, tsunamis, dust storms, extreme winds, blizzards and ice storms will be free for all.
The text alerts which are short and informative will inform recipients about what to do next in any event. The advice provided includes the informing of customers to seek additional information or to immediately seek shelter if necessary. For now, similar services such as weather applications do provide some prior warnings but this will be the first national service by the federal government and the wireless industry.
Wireless carriers representing more than 97% of subscribers voluntarily agreed to develop and offer free, geographically targeted wireless emergency alerts,” said Amy Storey, spokeswoman for the CTIA— The Wireless Association. AT&T, Cellcom, Cricket, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless are participating.
In order to receive the alerts, you will not have to change anything or make any additions and you can have the security of knowing that you are privileged to information about emergencies that might occur in an area near where you are. In addition to that, the new system will include an AMBER alert system for missing children as well as Presidential Alerts for national emergencies. Although every consumer will be automatically added to the system, you can opt-out of receiving any of the available alerts that might occur except Presidential Alerts.
Then there are some “fun” provisions.
One of them is a $250,000 statutory limit on non-economic damages in health-related lawsuits. This one came out of left field — I had no idea it was being proposed. Actual economic damages remain uncapped but things like pain and suffering.
I have a strenuous objection to this law in that it codifies actual and constructive fraud upon juries — the act specifically provides:
The jury shall not be informed about the maximum award for noneconomic damages. An award for noneconomic damages in excess of $250,000 shall be reduced either before the entry of judgment, or by amendment of the judgment after entry of judgment, and such reduction shall be made before accounting for any other reduction in damages required by law. If separate awards are rendered for past and future noneconomic damages and the combined awards exceed $250,000, the future noneconomic damages shall be reduced first.
Isn’t that special?
In addition the law limits contingency fees collected by attorneys. Are the limits reasonable? You decide — they start at 40% for the first $50,000 (the part that counts for most smaller cases!) and drops to 15% over $600,000. Isn’t that special — you can give up nearly half, but as the award grows (you really got reamed) and the case gets more complex and harder to prosecute the lawyers get less. Just, unjust, you decide.
There are also substantive limits on punitive damages. Actual malice or “substantial certainty” of knowledge of unnecessary injury is required. That’s a tough standard — is it just? You decide.
But what’s not arguable is that again there is a cap of two times the economic damages or $250,000, whichever is greater, and again the jury is barred from being informed of the limits.
So we’re actively concealing the truth from juries again. The limits may be just but active concealment and fraud upon a jury is not.
In addition there’s another nasty sop to the pharmaceutical and device industry: Anything that conforms to FDA standards is exempt from punitive damage awards. Isn’t that nice? So if the FDA approved it and it was later shown to be intentionally defective, tough crap — you can’t sue for punitive damages.
It gets worse — a health provider who dispenses or provides an FDA approved product cannot be named in such a suit even if they have actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous nature of the product.
There is only one exception: If the FDA itself was bribed or information was intentionally fabricated or withheld from the FDA’s processes.
This is a literal “screw the patient” license for dangerous procedures and drugs that the government is free to hand out at will! If you can get it through government approval through anything short of felonious conduct then that’s tough crap for you as a patient.
See how the lie is set up? The premise put forward — that everyone needs medical attention at some point, and virtually everyone needs insurance to pay for it, is put forward as a “fait accompli” without first asking the following questions:
- Has it always been this way? Can you, for example, show us that health insurance was necessary in, oh, 1776? 1850? 1913? 1953? 1970?
- Has everyone “needed” medical attention “at some point” historically as well? Was that true in 1776? 1850? 1913? 1953? Or 1970?
It’s a fact that virtually everyone has in fact “needed” medical attention “at some point” historically. But America, and the rest of the world, managed to economically progress for hundreds of years without force-placed “insurance” or the government being materially involved in health care.
An honest inquiry is therefore forced to ask the following question: What happened?
That’s relatively simple: Government happened.
While the federal government and the Catholic church wrestle over healthcare-required contraception and abortions, city and county governments may have found a unique method of backdoor taxation on nonprofits.
They simply double the water bill for churches and schools.
That’s the focus of a court case that is being carefully watched by churches and nonprofits across the nation. Soon, an Oregon judge will decide whether to allow the practice.
One of the 600-plus ordinances for the city of Canyonville, Ore., states that “churches, schools, and non-profits like our local YMCA and a non-profit senior residence will be charged double the normal water rates and substantially elevated sewage fees.”
One of the current ordinances explains that the surcharges are to be paid “in lieu of taxes.”
Meanwhile, a sign posted in city hall, tells Canyonville residents that they pay less on their water bills than neighboring towns. The non-profits, who are paying double, say that their surcharge is the reason.
Among those affected is Canyonville Christian Academy, founded in 1924. Officials there stumbled onto the double billing, finding that the extra surcharges date back three decades and may total close to $200,000, according to school officials.
Said the school headmaster, Cathy Lovato, “We offered to settle this for a very modest amount last Christmas but the city said ‘no.’”
Which means it will be closer to 3-4 trillion once it’s all said and done. Anyone who bought the lie of Obamacare bringing lower costs…if you have insurance..have you seen your premiums lately? We have.
hit the linked article to watch the video.
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.
Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”
The Defense Secretary responded “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”
Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.
Read this carefully. this is the state the world is in..and where it is going. If you are easily disturbed i would not read this until you have prepared yourself.
The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the articles authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”.The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’
COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.
Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.
The Heritage Foundation points out that hammering the American consumer with high gas prices to make electric and hybrid cars more appealing is consistent with Obama administration policy and Chu’s philosophy. That explains the refusal to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and to allow drilling in wide areas of the U.S. and offshore areas.
The consequences of the policy are not likely to be of benefit to the Obama administration. The Republican National Committee has already issued a video highlighting the spike in gas prices and the failure of the administration to address the issue.
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has issued a half-hour video touting an energy plan he claims would result in $2.50 a gallon gasoline. The plan is based on unfettered drilling for oil and gas instead of a reliance on green energy. Gingrich has also savaged Obama’s touting of algae based biofuel as “weird.”
Chu has likely highlighted an issue Republicans are going to pick up and run with. Americans are not going to be appreciative of schemes to hit them in the wallet so the American economy can shift to green energy. Besides American traditional adherence to the free market, the idea of being fleeced by a deliberate government policy is likely to be greeted with anger.
Add into the mix green energy fiascos like Solyndra, and Chu might well have kindled a full blown scandal.
How the Obama administration reacts to the expected firestorm is open to question. Green energy is as part of its fundamental religion as is universal health care, another unpopular Obama policy. If it tries to bull ahead, the electorate will likely punish Obama and the Democrats. If it tries to backtrack, Obama looks weak and facilitating, and likely will still not appease gas strapped Americans experiencing price shock at the gas pump.
Not much needs to be said by me. Hit the link.
Another reason why SOPA and PIPA were nothing but smokescreens and additional power grabs.
According to the DOJ however, this cooperation was only skin deep, and both ICE and DOJ are appear to have e-mails showing the company was consistently aware they were making a killing off of copyrighted files — that documented awareness resulting in them losing their protection under the DMCA.
The width and breadth of the global police action are simply massive, and are, quite justly, being painted as a massive over-reach. The full indictment goes so far as to mention Canadian bandwidth provider Cogent, whose headquarter employees were even held and questioned during the raids this week. Indeed, anybody who provided bandwidth, rack space or Internet services appears to have been held, questioned, and/or pressured in the global raids.
There’s plenty of questions popping up around the raids, most notably being why exactly the government feels the need to push for SOPA/PIPA when they were able to extend their copyright assault globally so easily. The intensity of the action is also being questioned, given the United States seized a Dutch citizen in New Zealand over a copyright claim, despite the fact the company involved had been cooperating in the courts. Despite the clear trade in copyrighted files, many of the files on MegaUpload were legitimate, and systems were in place to remove copyrighted content.
The reality is that the company was supported by many artists and had also been building a system that directly compensated artists. The crime wasn’t conspiracy — it was cutting out the RIAA/MPAA middle men. Then flaunting it.
The timing of the effort is also bizarre given the outrage surrounding SOPA/PIPA, layered on existing outrage over a lack of financial sector accountability for the U.S. economic collapse. While those crimes were ignored, this indictment is chock full of language that applies nefarious implications on routine business practices (routine money spent on advertising and other business expenses is repeatedly deemed part of the “Mega Conspiracy”), and the RIAA/MPAA-style language of the indictment certainly doesn’t quell the notion that the entertainment enjoys using the full power of the United States government as their personal plaything.
With the White House’s recent statement against SOPA/PIPA upsetting the MPAA and RIAA, the government apparently wanted to make it very clear that Hollywood’s campaign contributions were still very much appreciated.
Of course it turns out that texting wasn’t the primary..or even the reason at all for the crash that is now being used by the feds to try to invade our lives even more. Sure texting while driving is dangerous..there’s no need for the Feds to stop into this. Read this story about who owns you for some background. Right now just waling down the street you are probably going to break some law and you don’t know it. Guess where that type of life exists or existed? China, USSR, North Korea. We don’t yell about it because it’s hidden…at least those other countries openly show their dictatorial ways…:(
Congress is supposed to work in public. That requirement is in the Constitution. It is there because the folks who wrote the Constitution had suffered long and hard under the British Privy Council, a secret group that advised the king and ran his government.
We know from the now-defunct Super Committee, and other times when Congress has locked its doors, that government loves secrecy and hates transparency. Transparency forces the government to answer to us. Secrecy lets it steal our liberty and our property behind our backs.
Last week, while our minds were on family and turkey and football, the Senate Armed Services Committee decided to meet in secret. So, behind closed doors, it drafted an amendment to a bill appropriating money for the Pentagon. The amendment would permit the president to use the military for law enforcement purposes in the United States. This, of course, would present a radical departure from any use to which the military has been put in the memory of any Americans now living.
The last time the federal government regularly used the military for domestic law enforcement was at the end of Reconstruction in the South, in 1876. In fact, the deal to end Reconstruction resulted in the enactment of federal laws forbidding the domestic use of American military for law enforcement purposes. This has been our law, our custom and our set of values to which every president has adhered for 135 years.
It is not for directing traffic that this legislation would authorize the president to use the military. Essentially, this legislation would enable the president to divert from the criminal justice system, and thus to divert from the protections of the Constitution, any person he pleases. And that person, under this terrifying bill, would have no recourse to a judge to require the president either to file charges against him or to set him free.
Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen – NYTimes.com
The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.
The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive interagency deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.
The secret document provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war, according to people familiar with the analysis. The memo, however, was narrowly drawn to the specifics of Mr. Awlaki’s case and did not establish a broad new legal doctrine to permit the targeted killing of any Americans believed to pose a terrorist threat.
The Obama administration has refused to acknowledge or discuss its role in the drone strike that killed Mr. Awlaki last month and that technically remains a covert operation. The government has also resisted growing calls that it provide a detailed public explanation of why officials deemed it lawful to kill an American citizen, setting a precedent that scholars, rights activists and others say has raised concerns about the rule of law and civil liberties.
But the document that laid out the administration’s justification — a roughly 50-page memorandum by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, completed around June 2010 — was described on the condition of anonymity by people who have read it.
The legal analysis, in essence, concluded that Mr. Awlaki could be legally killed, if it was not feasible to capture him, because intelligence agencies said he was taking part in the war between the United States and Al Qaeda and posed a significant threat to Americans, as well as because Yemeni authorities were unable or unwilling to stop him.
The memorandum, which was written more than a year before Mr. Awlaki was killed, does not independently analyze the quality of the evidence against him.
The administration did not respond to requests for comment on this article.
Bush should have been jailed but Obama is doing this stuff out in the open.
Obama said the other day that “What Wall Street did was immoral, but it wasn’t illegal” in response to a question about why nobody had gone to jail.
Really Mr. President? None of the following is illegal?
The list of criminal behavior by this administration continues to grow. Only by the American public lighting a fire under the posteriors of their congresscritters is any real “change” going to be effected.
The other shoe has dropped in the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, and it has landed on Eric Holder’s doorstep. Members of Congress are calling for his resignation, and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the affair.
Holder’s resignation would be a good start. But if there is anyone in Washington who doubts that the White House not only knew about the illegal ATF project but was up to its elbows in it, that person must be in an hypnotic trance deep inside the CNN Washington bureau.
There is mounting evidence that far from being a rogue operation by a few ATF agents, the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking project had the backing of officials at the highest levels in the Obama administration.
Email messages between Justice Department officials and ATF managers made public last week by CBS News show that Attorney General Holder was well aware of the ATF operation in mid-2010, almost a full year earlier than previously admitted. This means Holder lied to a congressional committee. Why did he lie and what else has he been lying about?
Holder’s complicity in the ATF scandal is only the latest in a series of cases showing pervasive corruption inside the Department of Justice. The first case was the outrageous dropping of the prosecution the Black Panther Party for blatant, well-documented intimidation of Philadelphia voters in the 2008 election. The “Fast and Furious” scandal is remarkable only in its scope and sheer audacity – and the ugly byproduct: the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
The evidence of DOJ involvement and support for the illegal ATF operation also shows clearly that the White House was also aware of it. Again, there are some obvious and inevitable questions that flow from this fact, questions enterprising journalists are beginning to ask. For example, how could the White House be “aware” of the operation and not call a halt to it – unless it had the approval of the West Wing? If the president approved of the operation, what were the motives behind it?
It is worth remembering what brought on Richard Nixon’s impeachment and eventual resignation. It was not the Watergate break-in itself, because there was never any evidence that Nixon personally had prior knowledge of the break-in. But he did participate in the cover-up, which is a felony; it is obstruction of justice.
Read this entire article. It is lengthy but well worth it.
The links connecting Anwar al-Awlaki to anti-American terrorism were entirely suppositious, forged through unsubstantiated official assertion. He was, at most, a clerical propagandist who never exercised command authority. For that matter, no evidence has been presented that he ever had an operational role in a military force of any kind.
Awlaki — an American-born cleric who was once courted by the Pentagon — was accused of expressing support for armed attacks against U.S. military personnel and government interests. It is not terrorism to employ lethal violence against an invading and occupying army, nor is it a crime to express support for armed self-defense — or even to call for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government (or do I repeat myself).
The administration asserted – without providing evidence – that Awlaki had an “operational” role in planning terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens. If evidence supporting that charge existed, the administration had the unconditional constitutional duty to indict Awlaki and put him on trial.
Intelligence officials knew Awlaki’s location. The government of Yemen, which is headed by a pliant thug named Ali Abdullah Saleh, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Washington and would have eagerly cooperated in an effort to track down and extradite Awlaki. But this would not have validated the claim – made by the Bush administration, and embraced by its successor – that the President of the United States isn’t bound by the Constitution, but rather is the Living Constitution.
THE EXECUTIVE CANNOT ENTER INTO A TREATY EXCEPT BY SENATE RATIFICATION. If Obama does this then he is guilty of sedition and MUST BE IMPEACHED ON CRIMINAL CHARGES! Read the Constitution folks. it is available here.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been negotiated in secrecy. The Obama Administration plans to make the US party to it by Executive Order.
Why do you hold disdain for the ballot box? Could it be because you have allowed the rot to infest everywhere do to your own lack of action at said box or the poor choices which I have been talking about for years now? Other than arms the only way you have to exert your will is said ballot box. Since you and previous generations have allowed it to be a rubber stamp why should the pols listen? Do you actually believe they will ignore this too? They will use this to do jsut that..take away your ability to self-govern and your country and ours will become nothing more than a libya or iran or China. I say let’s restore the ballot box NOW…vote the ENTIRE gov’t out and get a whole new slate in that is NOT ties to the current establishment. That means no republicans and no democrats..NONE. Otherwise you’ll have to be brave and take up violence on a nationwide and coordinated style. A civil war of independence is not a fun conceopt. Are yhou willing to take back your rights peacefully? Then use said ballot box properly..is not you’ll have to muster up the kind of courage the military has…can you do that? I’d rather not find out..let’s use the ballot box properly….comment if you need to know how.
So in order to solve our nations debt crises…which the American people have allowed to happen….we are now to turn over total power to the boobs in congress who are doing nothing to stop the run away debts we have incurred?
As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”
Karl says it perfectly:
Let me simply observe that such a “proposal”, if said other than in jest, is an open declaration by an elected official to literally seize power and refuse to cede either office or power to the will of the people.
Should such an act be contemplated, say much less recommended or acted upon, we no longer live in a Representative Republic and the remedies called for in The Declaration of Independence are the only ones remaining for any and all who intend to be a free people living in a nation that operates on the principles of a Representative Republic.
We have not lived in a truly representative Republic for a while as the gov’t in all of its forms have grown substantially in the past decades due to constant inaction by the citizens of this country. This inaction includes either not voting at all or continuing to vote within the rigged and corrupted two party system we have now. If no candidate on the available slate is representative of this country it is the duty of the citizenry to vote them out and vote in somebody else. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the citizenry to vote form a choice of two candidates. It is time for the citizenry of this country to get out of the mentality that we are owed gov’t welfare and it is time to take our country back. Americans right now we face a choice..we either take our country back now through the voting box in November…otherwise the only way we will get it back is the same way this country was formed..a war of Independence which will be bloodier than ever..due to the fact it will be a modern civil war on Independence. I fear the American citizenry may not be brave enough for the peaceful path much less the non peaceful path.
This is just part of it. Look up solyndra and you’ll find the corruption in terms of 500 million dollars..and that is just what has been publicly exposed. Obama is a criminal and should be impeached and jailed immediately. Does the rest of the American public really care about it’s nation?
Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.
This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice’s previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a “botched” operation where agents simply “lost track” of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.
Michelle and Barack take his-and-hers jets for separate 500 mile hops to Martha’s Vineyard vacation – just hours apart
First Lady arrives with daughters on separate government jet just a few hours before her husband
Additional cost to taxpayers will be in the thousands
President begins holiday with terrorism briefing before going to book shop
New poll shows only 11 per cent of Americans are happy with conditions
Bank of America is going bye bye…and guess who is the executioner? AIG. This time AIG isn’t the purveyor of bad assets they are trying to recover bad assets from Bank of America. Combine this with one of BAC biggest pumpers has dumped them and with BAC’s stock now directly tied to it’s cash reserves BAC is toast. Remember the disaster TARP 1 was? The US Gov’t is going to try to do a TARP 2. This WILL IMO lead to a further downgrade by S&P and Moody’s and Fitch may not be able to stand with the US Gov’t against S&P due to the enormous amount of additional debt this will INSTANTLY put the gov’t under. Despite this Obama and CONgress will try to thumb its nose at the credit agencies and try to keep this huge zombie bank lumbering around mindlessly under the lie of too big to fail.
As a former military member myself I can tell you one thing. When you sign into the military there is no guarantee of a fair trial. I personally witnessed several folks get railroaded out of the military because they did not pull the “line”. If what this defense attorney says is true it is not surprising. Folks not only write clemency letters but get your congress critter involved. Only pressure form the masses and congress is going to get the POTUS to override atrocities like this that are being routinely performed against our military personnel. Due to the fact that military actions both in Afghanistan and Iraq are illegal it’s time to bring our military members home. They are to defend our country not to be used as occupation forces in a non-US strategic country for “nation” building.
The witnesses against SGT Miller were a soldier who originally supported SGT Miller’s version of events, but he changed his story when he was threatened with being named an accessory and being placed on legal hold so he could not de-mobilize. The other witness was an Afghan translator who was promised US Citizenship in exchange for his testimony. He was brought to the US in January and has been living on Fort Campbell in a base hotel at $630 per month with a dedicated van to take him wherever he wants to go, and has been fed at taxpayer expense. Basically, the two witnesses had every incentive to testify the way the Government wanted them to — consistent with guilt rather than SGT Miller’s claim of innocence. SGT Miller cooperated in every way from the date of the shooting, but his command lacked the moral courage to stand behind him.
REad this..but go to the linked page and follow the links as well. We don’t need another law passed on emotion only….that is what several noted alws int he article talk about…also the patriot and patriot 2 acts were the same thing..in response to 9/11 which has led to the formation of the TSA and it’s sexual assaults on the American public. How much farther do you want hte gov’t to go? We are quickly becoming Amerika not America.
Many are outraged that a jury found Casey Anthony “not guilty”. An online petition has already gathered 650,000 signatures calling for a new law – “Caylee’s Law” – that would make it a criminal offense to fail to report one’s own missing or dead child to law enforcement within 24 hours (as Anthony failed to do.)
State legislators around the country are eager to introduce the laws. In the version of “Caylee’s Law” under consideration in Florida’s legislature, parents would be guilty of a felony even if their child was later found unharmed. In the Kentucky version, parents would face between one and five years in jail.
Laws passed when emotions are high tend to be poorly thought-out. As law blogger Josh Blackman points out:
If a parent actually killed her daughter, do you think she would tell the police so as not to violate some random federal statute?
And the potential unintended consequences are endless. What if the child has a history of getting mad and running away for a day? Or a week? What if the kid sleeps over at a friend’s place?
Salon.com points out that laws named after victims and passed in an emotionally charged atmosphere have a bad track record. Almost all the laws that go after sex offenders – “Megan’s Law”, the “Adam Walsh Act”, “Dru’s Law”, and “Jessica’s Law” – are named after victims. Yet as I’ve reported, those laws are responsible for locking up and stigmatizing innocent kids, like sixteen year olds who have consensual sex with a peer.
The government criminalizes too many things. Murdering your child is already against the law. So is lying to the police. We don’t need more laws.
HOA’s don’t trump state and federal laws. Tell them to get bent. Head to court you fools and you’ll get beat down yet again as you should.
If you are looking to buy a house DO NOT BUY ONE WITH ANY KIND OF HOA!!!!!!
He is selling the incandescents for $50 a case, or 42 cents a bulb. A case contains 120 bulbs
“Several people are going together to buy them,” Stumpf said.
When Stumpf went on vacation June 10, the business had sold about 12,000 to 13,000 bulbs. By Tuesday, almost 30,000 bulbs had been sold, Stumpf said.
The bulbs have brass bases, which means they won’t corrode in aluminum lamp sockets. The bulbs are available in 100, 75 and 60 watts.
With the demand, Stumpf said he was fortunate to find a supplier who could bring in the cases he needed.
“I’m only doing prepaid orders,” Stumpf said. His office is already crowded with cases of bulbs, he said.
“I’m getting orders from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia,” Stumpf said.
Now i have to de-propagandize my daughters about the environazi agenda.
Under the graduation requirement, public schools will be required to infuse core subjects with lessons on conservation, smart growth and other environmental topics. School systems will be able to shape their programs, but they must align with state standards.
Having been through something similar but with the grace of the Lord I effectivly won…i personally ahve witnessed too many cases of men getting hammered by the state without cause. I’ve seen times where the hammmering was justified…don’t get me wrong but the state and the courts are heavily tilted against men in this country. The next to last paragraph sums it up perfectly:
Rather than attacking the architectural manifestations of the State, we should withdraw from contact with it. In other words, don’t call the police under any circumstances, and insulate your family, to the extent possible, from any contact with “welfare” bureaucracies of every kind. This will mean being prepared as parents to take appropriate evasive action when one of the State’s tentacles reaches out, with malign intent, in the direction of one’s children. It also means being prepared and able to employ purely defensive force where all other alternatives have failed.
MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE LINK IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH!
Just read the link…for the quote by the head of GM and what he is lobbying the gov’t for.
Yepp-ers. Another excuse to impose more of these revolting molestations on more areas of travel. I told my wife a year ago…they’ll come up with something terrorist based to extend these molestations to trains…and now here it is. Never mind that fact that Bin Laden has been dead for over 7 years.
All you have to do is read the various statements by gov’t officials for years to know this. The media never reported on it. This war on terror is just another way to control the population like the war on drugs. That war failed so the war on terror is the new instrument. The following article sums it up nicely. I don’t know about the frozen part but Osama’s been dead for a while. If you are wondering about the subsequent releases after his death…that’s not hard to manufacture with modern technology and the large amount of audio and video footage we have on him.
Frankly I think this is yet another distraction since the so-called birth certificate is a fake. Read the following series of articles for a good breakdown:
The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.
“My job in psy-ops is to play with peoples heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “Im prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, youre crossing a line.”
NO need for rate hikes when you can manipulate the market to artificially jack up the prices.
The EIA Energy Information Administration predicts plants with 7.7 gigawatts of capacity will close by 2018. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based The Brattle Group, a consulting firm, said in December that 50 to 65 gigawatts of capacity may be closed by 2020 because of environmental regulations. Analysts at Zurich-based bank Credit Suisse Group AG said in September that about 60 gigawatts of coal capacity may be retired, reports Newsmax.Were going to see massive retirements within the next five, eight years, Chu said at a renewable-energy conference in Washington yesterday.Smaller, older units that burn coal wont be economic under new clean air standards, said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the Washington-based National Mining Association.This means that the larger transnational energy companies with close Obama administration ties like General Electric, who have been given waivers for the EPA carbon restrictions, will see their competition eliminated and be given free reign to jack up prices even further by creating artificial scarcity.Americans will be made to foot the bill as part of Obamas publicly stated agenda to bankrupt the coal industry in the move towards a green economy, which has little to do with the environment and everything to do with hollowing out Americas industrial base so that the country may be more easily swallowed up by the post-industrial revolution that remains the goal of the global elite.
Big Sis seized upon the spectacle of the Super Bowl to saturate the public with the inherently fascist public-private partnership which has given birth to the See Something, Say Something monstrosity, the citizen snitch program that has wiped away any doubt that America is now a rotting banana republic.But this only marks the beginning of the role DHS sees itself in assuming as part of its occupation of the country.Homeland Security is also developing technology to be used at security events which purports to monitor malintent on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint. The video below explains how Future Attribute Screening Technology FAST checkpoints will conduct physiological and behavioral tests in order to weed out suspected terrorists and criminals.The clip shows individuals who attend security events being led into trailers before they are interrogated as to whether they are terrorists while lie detector-style computer programs analyze their physiological responses. The subjects are asked about their whereabouts, and if they are attempting to smuggle bombs or recording devices into the expo, proving that the technology is intended to be used at public events and not just airports. Individuals who do not satisfy the first lie detector-style test are then asked additional questions.The fact that Homeland Securitys own internal reports list supporting political candidates like Ron Paul, flying US flags, owning gold, displaying political bumper stickers, or owning firearms as signs of behavioral malintent that could be linked to terrorism or extremism tells you all you need to know about how FAST checkpoints could be used to snag political dissidents who commit the thought crime of believing they still had any rights under the US Constitution that Janet Napolitano is gleefully ripping to shreds.
Last month, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants.
This week, the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports:
The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.
According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to “grandfather” projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
There’s something interesting about the Avenal Power Center:
The proposed Avenal Energy project will be a combined-cycle generating plant consisting of two natural gas-fired General Electric 7FA Gas Turbines with Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and one General Electric Steam Turbine.
Maybe GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s closeness to President Obama, and his broad support for Obama’s agenda, had nothing to do with this exemption. But we have no way of knowing that, and given the administration’s record of regularly misleading Americans regarding lobbyists, frankly, I wouldn’t trust the White House if they told me there was no connection.
On the upside, at least Job Czar Immelt is creating jobs!
The inability of power companies to meet demand is almost exclusively a consequence of the Obama administrations publicly stated goal to bankrupt the coal industry and in turn ram through the de-industrialization of America under the guise of the phony global warming mantra.
Even as China and Mexico are allowed to build dozens of new power plants every year, the United States is barely permitted to construct a handful, as the Environmental Protection Agency takes control of refineries and power plants under the completely fraudulent pretext of preventing global warming even as the country experiences some of the coldest weather seen for decades.
Texas has been the epicenter in a battle over the Obama administrations drive to have the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Texas is the only state that has refused to implement a permit process.
Austin said it would not establish such a scheme for greenhouse gas emissions because the US Environmental Protection Agency had no authority to regulate them as of January 2, reported the Financial Times.
Twelve other states are mounting a legal challenge to the federal governments authority but they, unlike Texas, are implementing the new measures while the dispute makes its way through the courts.
Local environmental officials in Texas were again involved in a fight with the EPA after the, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week approved an air permit for the $3.2 billion Las Brisas Energy Center despite a formal EPA request that the commission delay issuing the permit until EPAs concerns about the plants emissions impacts are fully addressed.
Global warming. the Obama EPA is now ordering these rolling blackouts to curb “green house gases” and “global warming”. Wake up america.
What might the motivation for these blackouts be? I hope you are sitting down. In an effort to curb CO2 emissions linked to the discredited and castrated theory of global warming, the imposition of rolling blackouts was an effort to keep the state of Texas from breeching the new carbon quotas now enforced by the EPA. Unbeknownst by most people, the EPA had a court issued stay lifted from them implementing their plans on January 19,2011. According to powermag.com
A federal court last week lifted an emergency stay that had prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proceeding with a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting of greenhouse gas sources in Texas while it considered legal challenges against the agencys authority. The courts decision means that EPA-issued regulations can curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other large stationary sources in that state.
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Therein is the real purpose for the rolling blackouts. In order to keep Texans from breeching a bureaucratic quota whose goal is to save humanity from an imaginary threat, we must all freeze. Remember that we must all sacrifice if we are to defeat global warming, and the real enemy of humanity is of course itself.
Lots of waivers for Obamacare. If this plan is so great why the ever growing number of exceptions to this wonderful plan?
In a decision that may slow foreclosures nationwide, Massachusetts highest court voided the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo & Co and US Bancorp after the banks failed to show they held the mortgages at the time they foreclosed.Bank shares fell, weighing on broader stock indexes, on fears the decision could threaten lenders ability to work through hundreds of thousands of pending foreclosures.The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts unanimous decision on Friday upheld a lower court ruling. It is among the earliest cases to address the validity of foreclosures done without proper documentation.That issue, including the use of “robo-signers” who approved foreclosure documents without reviewing them, last year prompted an uproar that led lenders such as Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Ally Financial Inc to temporarily stop seizing homes.”A ruling like this will slow down the foreclosure process” for lenders, said Marty Mosby, an analyst at Guggenheim Securities in Memphis, Tennessee. “Theyre going to have to be really precise and get everything in order. It doesnt leave a lot of wiggle room.”Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp lacked authority to foreclose after having “failed to make the required showing that they were the holders of the mortgages at the time of foreclosure,” Justice Ralph Gants wrote for the Massachusetts court.
The following is a list of behaviors, actions or interests that the federal government, via centralized threat fusion centers that collate such information, considers to be potential signs of terrorism under the MIAC Report.
– Displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties
– Supporting Congressman Ron Paul
– Supporting former presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin
– Supporting former Congressman Bob Barr
– Opposing the implementation of a North American Union
– Owning gold bullion
– Displaying historical U.S. flags
– Opposing abortion
– Talking about the documentary Zeitgeist
According to an earlier document issued by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (page 1 page 2), the following behaviors, actions or interests are also signs of terrorism.
– Being interested in animal rights
– Being a lone individual
– Making numerous references to the U.S. Constitution
– Defending the U.S. Constitution
– Claiming driving is a right, not a privilege
– Refusing to identify yourself to an authority figure
– Attempting to monitor the actions of police
via You Are A Terrorist.
Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.
The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.
Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.
EPICs lawsuit argues that the body scanners violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, as well as the Privacy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, referencing religious laws about modesty.
The group points to a further document (PDF) it has obtained from DHS showing that the machines used by the departments TSA are not only able to record and store naked body images, but that they are mandated to do so.
The TSA has admitted that this is the case, but claims that it is for training and testing purposes only, maintaining that the body scanners used at airports cannot store, print or transmit images.
This was confirmed in a letter sent to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, at approximately the same time the government initially claimed the machines are safe and cannot save images. In fact, this ability is a government requirement.
TSA requires AIT machines to have the capability to retain and export imagines (sic) only for testing, training, and evaluation purposes, states a Homeland Security letter dated February 24, 2010 and signed by Gale D. Rossides, Acting Administrator.
The machines indeed store and transmit images. According to Rossides, however, this ability is limited to engineers, training contractors, and Z level users. Z level users are described as select lab personnel from the TSAs Office of Security Technology.
The images are apparently also sent to the TSAs Threat Mitigation Lab.
A SWAC PDF specifically mentions treason in an exhaustive list of crimes and misdeeds that will result in the federal government denying a person the right to earn a living.The TWIC Disclosure and Certification form states the following: I acknowledge that if TSA or other law enforcement agencies determine that I pose an imminent threat to national security or transportation security, my employer may be notified.The TSA no-fly list contains thousands of names, including journalists and political activists. If the government determines you hold the wrong political beliefs, according to the TWIC document, your employer will be told and you may lose your job and the ability to provide for your family.The TWIC application also mentions treason and sedition as a criteria to put an end to an individuals employment.Sedition is defined as overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by officialdom to tend toward insurrection against the establishment. The Sedition Act of 1918 forbids the use of disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces. The Sedition Act was updated on October 26, 2001, when Congress signed the USA Patriot Act into law. In the mid 70s, the Church Committee discovered that the government had carried out an aggressive campaign for decades to neutralize as FBI director Hoover characterized it political activity the establishment considered a threat to its monopoly on power.
If you have a 401K get out of it…yesterday. it’s only a matter of time before the US gov’t does this as well.
You still submit to this pornfest/sexual assault why?
Nough said..read the link. I would just hang out on this blog. He is doing the best job of outing this travesty. It’ll be a bigger travesty if the American people continue to allow this. If WE don’t stop this right now by NOT FLYING AT ALL we have become the U.S.S.A. I honestly hope we have not become that.
This is a huge report. Read EVERY page. Now the courts are involved int he fraud. If it’s happening in Florida it’s everywhere folks. check on your own mortgage immediately..make sure you have the paperwork on your own. Don’t depend on the mortgage brokers to have their copy.
The foreclosure lawyers down in Jacksonville had warned me, but I was skeptical. They told me the state of Florida had created a special super-high-speed housing court with a specific mandate to rubber-stamp the legally dicey foreclosures by corporate mortgage pushers like Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase. This “rocket docket,” as it is called in town, is presided over by retired judges who seem to have no clue about the insanely complex financial instruments they are ruling on securitized mortgages and laby rinthine derivative deals of a type that didn’t even exist when most of them were active members of the bench. Their stated mission isn’t to decide right and wrong, but to clear cases and blast human beings out of their homes with ultimate velocity. They certainly have no incentive to penetrate the profound criminal mysteries of the great American mortgage bubble of the 2000s, perhaps the most complex Ponzi scheme in human history an epic mountain range of corporate fraud in which Wall Street megabanks conspired first to collect huge numbers of subprime mortgages, then to unload them on unsuspecting third parties like pensions, trade unions and insurance companies (and, ultimately, you and me, as taxpayers) in the guise of AAA-rated investments. Selling lead as gold, shit as Chanel No. 5, was the essence of the booming international fraud scheme that created most all of these now-failing home mortgages.
Third party quotes are italicized while karl’s comments are underlined. After you read the following material hit the link as well. take this all in. children are being actively molested by TSA agents. Are you REALLY able to consciously allow your children to fly now in the face of this? Really?
En route home through Charlotte, our 6 year old son was subjected to an aggressive pat down by a female TSA employee. He was pleading for me to help him and I was admonished for trying to comfort him. His genitals area was groped. He walked down to the plane in tears. When the stewardess asked why he was crying, I explained my frustration and I was further admonished for not being more compliant.
More compliant? A six year old is accosted by your goon squad in a fashion that would be chargeable as a a felony sexual assault if committed by a member of the public and the TSA and airline staff want his parents to be “more compliant”?I have three words in response to that: Go To Hell.
“One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes huge inconvenience for all of us,” Obama said.
One of the most-frustrating part of this “fight against terrorism” is that you are 3,000 times more likely to die in an automobile crash on the way to the airport than you are due to terrorism during the flight and yet your administration is demanding that we suffer strip searches and gropes to get on the plane.
The TSA warns that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and refuses to be subjected to the method of inspection designated by the TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport (emphasis added).
The TSA will work with local police in order to make sure the person remains on the premises and answers questions. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest, reports the Palm Beach Post.
Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process, Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, told the Florida newspaper. The policy includes people who decide not to fly.
Now the oppression begins. This person resisted and now he’s “under investigtion”
Are you still going to fly now? This WILL CONTINUE UNTIL YOU DON’T SLY AT ALL!!!
The TSAs invasive new screening measures include officers literally putting their hands down peoples pants if they are wearing baggy clothing in a shocking new elevation of groping procedures that have stoked a nationwide revolt against privacy-busting airport security measures.