I don’t know about ritalin..but this one paragraph lit a light bulb in my head…

Now i’m not sure about ADHD but this below paragraph is very fitting for me:

As an ADHD kid myself, and father to two more, this may also explain something I have found troubling my whole life. I don’t react well to praise. Tell me you like this article and I may just shrug it off. Tell me you hate it and we can have a good argument — well an argument at any rate. Praise doesn’t give me the hit it gives you — I need a lot of it to feel it.

 

Here’s some more to provide context:

What they found was the ADHD people had fewer of these cells, meaning our brains are less capable of processing dopamine, the chemical “attaboy,” than other people. It’s all gone into theJournal of the American Medical Association.

If you don’t have many cells that process dopamine, the best way to get a healthy dose in your brain is to flood it with chemicals that produce dopamine. Stimulants. That’s why Ritalin andAdderall help ADHD kids. These same chemicals overstimulate a brain with a normal load of dopamine receptors, which is why your kid just gets high on them.

But the study also explains a lot more. Eating stimulates dopamine, so fat ADHDers are self-medicating in the same way as their cousins who try benzedrine or other drugs. So does exercise, which may be why Michael Phelps stays in the pool all day.

This may also be why ADHD “poster boy” Robin Williams reported that, when he used cocaine, he felt quiet, normal, and sane. Cocaine also stimulates dopamine. This may also be why he later became an alchoholic. Alcohol helps stimulate the natural release of dopamine.

This may also be part of what drove Williams to be a comic and actor. Loud applause stimulates dopamine. It may explain why so many other ADHDers are so ambitious, so driven to succeed at their passions. We need more real attaboys to stimulate our limited dopamine receptors.

How interesting.  gives me something to think about in terms of how my own brain works..and about one other person as well…

via Now we know why Ritalin works | SmartPlanet.

Some feelings of mine….especially towards “fellow christians”

I wonder how many of your own people you have to destroy before you’ll realize you are only advancing the agenda of Satan with your attacks on each other. I wonder how many more destroyed lives the churches will allow before the pastors grow a set and start enacting biblical discipline on their congregations. I wonder many more destroyed fellowships have to be endured before Pastors will start taking their flocks to task. I wonder how many congregations will continue to play the power and mind games they play before they realize they aren’t being Godly but Satanic?  How many individuals faith do you have to destroy for your own satisfaction?   I wonder how many congregations being destroyed it will take for these people to stop being Satanic and start being godly?

What hurts the most,
Is being being so close
having so much to say
watching you walk away

You never when
what could have been
not seeing that loving you
is what i was trying to do
(courtesy of rascal flatts)

Here is the full song and it nearly perfectly details my feleings about “fellow Christians”.

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let em out

I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while even though
Goin’ on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m okay
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losin’ you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ it
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still harder gettin’ up, gettin’ dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(Much to say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do, oh
Oh yeah

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(To say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

Not seein’ that lovin’ you
That’s what I was trying to do, ooo

 

My inspiration for this post is a video on youtube.  Listen to his rendition and then read below after pondering the lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9ByJZ0vrQ

 

pastors, churches, congregations, PEOPLE it’s time for this lunacy to stop before we are relegated to an small… ineffective minority.  let’s not reject those with a passion for Christ..let’s embrace them.  it’s time for the destruction of each other to stop. If you truly want revival…when somebody cautiously enters your house looking for fellowship let’s welcome them as a member of Jesus’s family.  If you truly believed that it wouldn’t take nearly 10 years for someone to be truly welcomed.  The first act should be welcoming the person to your house of God…not immediately recruiting for whatever clique or fiefdom you have setup.  The first ongoing act should not be to see how this passionate person can be brought to heel….the correct way is to find out how that person can be plugged in and that god given fire been utilized to re-light the church’s beacon of Jesus’s light..not a systematic plan of attacks and whispers to keep the church’s light at a comfortable level that you can control.  how many churches are spiritually empty?  I’ve known quite a few and am currently worried about another one.  I could go on for much longer but most folks have already tuned out by now.  For those truly brave souls who have read through…and are truly moved to jump into your church and institute some change let me know you’ve found this inspiring.  As the Spirit inspires me i’ll post more here.

What is a friend? Beware our gov’t.

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.

I’ve been citified long enough

I’ve been trying to be “more civilized” the past few years…it’s gotten me more problems with folks who think they know more than me about many things they have no idea about.  The lid’s off now…:)  I’m going to express how i feel and if folks can’t handle it..too bad for them.  My loving wife likes to tell folks i’m a redneck…that hasn’t shown much…i won’t be vulgar or destructive but the filters are gone now…if i don’t like something..or you..you’ll know…right then.  I’ve had a better life when I’ve remained true to myself….it’s a hard lesson to learn..one I’ve recently been reminded of by a coward recently.  Now i have the Gov’t getting into my affairs.  It’s time for this lunacy to stop…and it’s time to get out of any kid of incorporated “city” entity…Frederick county isn’t rural enough anymore…because of Frederick city.  Their cancer is now spreading into the rest of the county..of course it’s a symptom of the state of Maryland being the way it is.  I’m looking for Kentucky or maybe Tennessee type rural area. Some folks are in for quite the awakening….i’ll leave those details as a “surprise”…watch for the rattlesnake..they tend to bite when tread upon..:)  My previous post with Aaron Lewis has some great lyrics:

 

I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

That’s where i’m going…as Charlie Daniels says at the end of the song:

I love my country…I love my guns.

I love my family…I lvoe the way it is now

And anybody that tried to change it has to come through me.

That should be all of our attitudes

Cause this is america and a country boy is good enough for me son.

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube

Just how i feel about everything..not just the government..but about most groups of people as well….seeing as how many of them think they know how to run my life.  Get out and leave me and my family alone.  Even Brunswick is feeling too big these days…time to start praying for a change in homestead location.

 

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube.

Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know
My pops picked the place up for 1500 bucks back in 1964

My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put em down
But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

That’s not me
I rarely drink from a bottle but I smoke a little weed
I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Now it’s been 12 years since I sold my soul to devil in L.A.
He said sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play

He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
He said you wanna sell a million records boy better listen to me

He said change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple pounds
And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?

And I said no, that’s not me
Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
[- From :http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/aaron-lewis-lyrics/country-boy-lyrics.html -]
And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
You’ll never catch me out the house without my 9 or 45

I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
And as a country boy you know I can survive

Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white and blue
The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
“Don’t tread on me” is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
Because this is me
I’m proud to be an american and strong in my beliefs

And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause I’ve never needed government to hold my hand
And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Louisianas bold bid to privatize schools | Reuters

Louisiana is embarking on the nations boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.”We are changing the way we deliver education,” said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. “We are letting parents decide whats best for their children, not government.”

via Louisianas bold bid to privatize schools | Reuters.

Senators File Idiotic Bill Against .01%.

This bill will do nothing to folks such as those mentioned in this article. It will only increase the flight from our country and they will all raise the middle finger since they’ll never have to come back to this country nor touch any operations that have any kind of business nexus in it either.  F-U money is what these folks have and they will utilize said Middle Finger power quickly.

 

Theres dumb and then theres real dumb.  This is in the latter category:During the 2012 election cycle Democrats are positioning themselves as the “defenders of the middle class,” and Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is honing that message by attacking the top .001 percent of income earners, including Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.Along with NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, Casey is introducing a bill that would prevent U.S. citizens from renouncing their citizenship in order to avoid taxes.Good luck Senators.People with enough money to care about this also wont care about your bill.  Theyll leave, take their money with them, and never come back.  You can chuckle about how “you got them” but the truth is that they got you, and all of America.Theres a point where people get what is commonly called “fuck you” money.  As the name implies it enables them to say exactly that to anyone they disagree with and who pisses them off — including petulent little Senators and their petty games.  Facebooks co-founder has no reason to come back into the United States, and you cant reach him beyond our borders, so what I expect youll see is a giant middle finger erected in your direction — from Singapore.There is no material revenue impact from this bill that will be forthcoming.  There will, however, be a capital drain that will accelerate and harm America.And when it does, it will be your fault.

via Senators File “Screw Capital” Bill in [Market-Ticker].

Nationwide Wireless Emergency Text Alert System Launching This Month | Ubergizmo

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.

via Nationwide Wireless Emergency Text Alert System Launching This Month | Ubergizmo.

Get Ready For a Flood of Dangerous Drugs and Medical “Procedures”

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.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

The Current Scam Called Healthcare….Pssst..it’s the Gov’t Running the Racket

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.

via The Mental Disease Called Liberalism (Health Reform) in [Market-Ticker].

Russia’s military threatens pre-emptive strike if NATO goes ahead with missile plan | Fox News

I’m not a fan of everything Reagan but I like how he handled the Russians when they got uppity during his time…give them the finger..time to do it again.

 

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.

President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system.

Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also warned on Thursday that talks between Moscow and Washington on the topic are “close to a dead end.”

U.S. missile defense plans in Europe have been one of the touchiest subjects in U.S.-Russian relations for years.

Moscow rejects Washington’s claim that the missile defense plan is solely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fears it will eventually become powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal.

Makarov’s statement on Thursday doesn’t seem to imply an immediate threat, but aims to put extra pressure on Washington to agree to Russia’s demands.

via Russia’s military threatens pre-emptive strike if NATO goes ahead with missile plan | Fox News.

What do We Work For?

In terms of after we’ve raised our kids and what not?  I don’t relaly want to give up my business..per se..but i DO wish to give up the rat race…this song by blackmoor’s night sums it up very well.  While I don’t ascribe to the apparent pagansistic ways of blackmors night there’s no doubt you can be a Christian and love Celtic music.  I’ve always been so drawn to the Celtic music I’m curious if I’ll wind up there “later in life”.  If not someplace similar in this country…I would live in a house with no internet..phones..etc etc..not totally modern free..but no anything else.  I would then drive a self-imposed commute to my literal office where i would carry out my business duties for ECC.  I might even start a christian Celtic music studio.  I’ve always wondered why there aren’t any really overt Celtic Christian musicians…maybe i could change that.  My wife says it’s going to be interesting to watch me age…i hope it will be just as interesting to watch me mature into the man i really want to be in all facets…:)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34YRZHAmgmc[/youtube]

 

Looking out and I’m wondering where I am
While I’m stuck in the daily traffic jam
I decide to get out and leave the world behind me
Everywhere there are people passing by
Empty faces and not a friendly smile
Under stress, loneliness, a part of our city

Now I finally have decided
I will leave it all behind
And discover something better
And l know where I will find
Find a place of harmony, of laughter and of dreams
It you want me, that is where I’ll be

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With its wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need, all I need

On the highland when I was a child
I would play with my friends and we were wild
And we all loved the moors, the nature and it’s freedom
And we went for ghost hunt in the mist
I remember the first time I got kissed
By the shy neighbour guy, who whispered “be my girlfriend”
But I longed for some excitement
So l travelled ’round the world
After that I settled down and
I became a city girl
Went to parties every night and lived intensively
Now I know it’s not a life for me

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With it’s wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need
On the Highland, on the Highland, you will see

Oh my darling, I would hate to leave it without you
I’m sure you love the highland too

If you join me I can promise
You’ll stay until eternity

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With it’s wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need
On the Highland

On the Highland

All the mountains on the highland are embracing
and surrounding me

So Much For “Tolerance”

The “gay” folks just as much right to refuse business to Christians as the Christians do to refuse to the Gays.  Purely Constitutional.  The fact the sate is apparently going to force the issue would be enough for me to move out of that state.

A Lexington, KY t-shirt company is under investigation by the city’s Human Rights Commission after they refused to print t-shirts for a local gay rights organization.

The owner of “Hands On Originals,” a well-known t-shirt company in the region, declined to print the shirts for the city’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) because it would conflict with their Christian convictions.

The privately owned company is now accused of violating Lexington’s Fairness Act – which protects people and organizations from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The attacks are out of line, said Jim Campbell, an attorney with Alliance Defense Fund, the organization representing “Hands On Originals.”

“No business owner should be forced to violate his conscience simply because someone demands it,” he said. “The Constitution absolutely supports the rights of business owners to decline a request to support a message that conflicts with their deeply held convictions.”

Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission told Fox News that “Hands On Originals” will be “required by law to participate in the investigation.”

“We have subpoena power and have the backing of the law,” he said. “We are a law enforcement agency and people have to comply.”

Should the company be found guilty of discriminating against the homosexuals Sexton said they could be subjected to fines.

“Hands On Originals” has faced a barrage of attacks since the accusations were made public. More than 2,000 people have joined a boycott movement on Facebook. Another group is trying to buy the company’s mortgage so they can be evicted.

via Gay Rights Group Files Human Rights Complaint Against T-Shirt Company | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes.

It’s Time To Stomp On The Left – MarketTicker Forums

Listen to the supremes vs the constitution episode below.  It details what is on the public record about the travon issue..and it’s a much different picture than what the media is protraying.    It’s time to look at the public record..folks don’t listen ot the media they aren’t interested in facts they just want to continue to take away rights underthe guise of keeping your safe.

 

The focus folks is in one place and one place only — was the use of force justified. 

That’s it.

The facts as we currently know them support that Zimmerman was attacked from behind, was flat on his back, was assaulted from the top and not free to escape. That’s consistent with both witness reports and physical evidence as noted in the above report.  I note that both former Governor Bush and the author of the “Stand Your Ground” law have both said that the Castle Doctrine is inapplicable to this circumstance and they’re correct; an altercation in which you are physically prevented from leaving by someone sitting on you after knocking you to the ground removes all consideration of that law from the decision process and the legal evaluation.

That there are contrary witness reports is not surprising; if you’ve ever looked at reports from a particular “simple” incident such as a traffic accident there are frequently very different things reported by the various witnesses.  The job of the investigating agency is to filter this information by both assessing the credibility of the witnesses and the physical evidence.  That which is contrary to the physical evidence can’t have happened, no matter how many people claim it did.  A couple of years ago I was a witness to a horrific traffic accident that was described very differently than what happened by one of the drivers and a couple of other witnesses — unfortunately for them the physical evidence (skid marks on the roadway and point of impact) were inconsistent with what they claimed they saw, but entirely-consistent with what I saw and reported.  The young driver (who they tried to pin the accident on) was in fact not at fault as the other vehicle emerged from between two trucks in a line and entered his lane outside of an intersection leaving him less than a car length to react — it was literally impossible for him to have avoided the collision as the distance covered by a vehicle during the best-case human reaction time exceeded the distance between the vehicles at the lawful speed for that section of road.  I suspect my testimony, which I was happy to provide in written form, saved him from at least a chargeable accident and perhaps a suspended or revoked license.

In this case Zimmerman had a documented physical injury on the back of his head that was bleeding when he was “cuffed and stuffed”, along with bleeding from his nose.  It was also apparent from physical evidence that he was on his back on wet ground (grass stains and water on the BACK of his shirt.)  Reports are that Martin was shot in the front of his body, not in the back, so he was facing the weapon when it discharged.

These are physical facts that to the best of my knowledge are not in controversy.

If Zimmerman was the aggressor how did he get injured on the back of his head with sufficient force to cause bleeding?  Further, if he was on top of Martin how did Zimmerman’s shirt get grass stains on the back?  Such claims are inconsistent with the physical evidence.

The media has refused to present a reasonably-recent picture of Martin.  There are multiple ones floating around on the Internet; one I’ve seen is of highly-questionable provenance and thus I discount it’s probative value until and unless it is validated as real.  But there’s likely a reason that all of the pictures presented thus far are four years or more old and show Martin when he was 13 — and not now, when he was 17.  This sort of blatant “in your face” distortion ought to be ringing everyone’s alarm bells at high volume — that it isn’t is very disturbing.

via It’s Time To Stomp On The Left – MarketTicker Forums.

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Frederick County Teachers Union Wants “Appreciation”…Throws Temper Tantrum

This is going to work well.  Because you want to have things exactly your way however it is and don’t get it you are going to cause the cancellation of various after school activities that specifically help students to expand their horizons and help them move forward in life. That’s interesting that in one hand the unions says we want appreciation but then they are going to take an action that while legal goes against the very thing they say they don’t want to do.  Folks wonder why i don’t like modern unions…it’s right here in plain view in our county.  The commissioners next time need to let the teachers strike then use replacements until the teachers themselves start loosing their own incomes(strike funds last maybe two weeks).  The teachers will realize they union isn’t helping them at all…at least the smart ones will.

 

Frederick County teachers are upset with budget decisions made by the Board of Education, and beginning March 30 will “work to the contract,” according to Frederick County Teachers Association president Gary Brennan.Theyll put in 100 percent during their seven-and-a-half hour workday to teach and grade papers, but theyll take a duty-free lunch, as the contract stipulates, he said.Once their workday is up, teachers will go home to their families, leaving any papers left to be graded at school, since they are supposed to have time during the school day for grading, according to Brennan.Brennan said the action centers around budget decisions made at the Feb. 22 board meeting where the board decided to put in a request for extra funding from county commissioners while balancing the budget by slashing the proposed salary resource pool for employee raises in half.The budget also includes possible furlough days dependent upon negotiations and the reversal of a 1.5 percent salary adjustment in fiscal 2012, which was a one-time stipend.”We feel that both the BoE and the county commissioners have not shown the commitment to public education that employees have,” Brennan said.The decision to implement a work-to-rule action was made unanimously March 8 by the unions representative assembly, which includes members from every school, according to Brennan.The teachers association is asking all of its nearly 2,800 members to participate in the upcoming work-to-rule. Teachers are going to work to the spirit and letter of their contract, Brennan said.The expectation during the action is that teachers will perform up to contract expectations, but it may take longer to assess student work and to get back to parents, as teachers will have to prioritize their core functions, he said.”What they really want from the community and the elected officials is appreciation,” he said.Ballenger Creek Elementary School will cancel its annual talent show because teachers volunteered their time for the event and were not compensated, according to a letter sent home to parents Friday.Theres probably a laundry list of similar situations in the county where after-school programs will need to be canceled, Brennan said.He said this action is “horribly negative,” but teachers have come to be taken for granted.”Its not a positive thing, but what I hope comes from it is a recognition of how much educators in this county do to see children succeed,” he said.

via Teachers: We wont work off the clock – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Scheme opens door to tax the tax-exempt

I’ve spoken about this kind of thing before.

 

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.’”

via Scheme opens door to tax the tax-exempt.

» Coup D’etat: Pentagon & Obama Declare Congress Ceremonial Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

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.

via » Coup D’etat: Pentagon & Obama Declare Congress Ceremonial Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

If You Don’t Want to Care for a Child Use Birth Control or Don’t have Sex at All.

How narcissistic have we become in this country?  We’ll have the baby as long as it doesn’t have any “defect”?  i work with a down’s individual.  he is one of the most caring individuals you could meet.  His Down’s causes him some problems…which while they infuriate me at times don’t make him any less special in God’s eyes and that’s what i constantly remind myself as.  If you don’t want a “non-perfect’ child…don’t do the knocking boots thing at all.  Nothing gives you the right on this earth to murder your child..especially not this..we’ll keep the child only if perfect…or we’ll make somebody else pay for the costs of the child’s care…this is total and utter crap.

 

Ariel and Deborah Levy are arguing in a Portland, Ore., courtroom that their 4-year-old daughter Kalanit should never have been born.

A jury just awarded the Levys $2.9 million for the “wrongful birth” of Kalanit, who has Down syndrome. According to a story in the Oregonian, the Levys, concerned about the risk of Down due to the mother’s age, sought prenatal testing. They maintain that the lab and doctors at Legacy Health Care’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland botched the test. 

They say they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known what a properly conducted test could have told them — their fetus would be born with Down’s. Now, they want $3 million to pay for the lifetime costs of care for their child. 

The very fact that such a case can make it into a courtroom reveals a lot that is wrong with public policy and ethics in America.

via Vitals – Bioethicist: Parents shouldn’t have to sue over ‘wrongful birth’ of child with Down syndrome.

Pink Slime Ruckus is NOT an Overreaction or a Panic

Just read the paragraph below as to what this stuff is and where it comes from.

 

“Pink slime” is bits of meat and muscle salvaged from slaughterhouse floors that are treated with a pink chemical to kill any dangerous pathogens. According to an earlier report by msnbc.com, the unappetizing pink goo is widely used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products. It’s regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, which classifies it as “generally recognized as safe.” Nevertheless,  McDonald’s, have said they are pulling the infamous “pink slime” from their hamburgers.

via Vitals – ‘Pink slime’ panic grows online: Are we overreacting?.

A Saddening Report From “Experts”

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’

via Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph.

Energy Secretary Chu Admits Administration OK with High Gas Prices – Yahoo! News

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.

via Energy Secretary Chu Admits Administration OK with High Gas Prices – Yahoo! News.

Doctors call for HPV shots for boys – Washington Times

Does anyone actually believe the drug companies are really out to fix illnesses?  This vaccine has been shown to be deadly and now we want to vaccinate boys too?

 

Despite lackluster acceptance among girls for a vaccine to prevent cancer-causing sexually transmitted viruses, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fully recommending that boys get the shots as well.

Boys 11 and 12 should be immunized routinely, with three doses of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the AAP said Monday in its online issue of Pediatrics. This formally updates the academy’s previous policy of “permissive recommendation” for vaccination of males.

The AAP has recommended since 2007 that girls ages 11 and 12 receive the HPV vaccine.

The new policy should end any resistance among health insurers to covering HPV vaccines for boys. Each HPV shot cost about $130 in July; three shots are needed for the vaccine to be fully effective.

Merck & Co.’s Gardasil is the only approved HPV vaccine for males; both Gardasil and Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, are approved for females.

via Doctors call for HPV shots for boys – Washington Times.

Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case

this is the very reason i advocate to my daughter that if the school tells you to do something that is dangerous to you or others..do not participate…and i’ll deal with the school over it.  me and my wife are looking to get our eldest out of the public schools and we hope we can also not have to put our youngest into the prison camps called the public schools system.

 

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that state agencies are not required to ensure children aren’t served food to which they are allergic.

The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Frederick resident who sued after her 5-year-old daughter was served a peanut butter sandwich despite being allergic to peanuts. The decision was released Wednesday.

In 2005, Liana Pace, a kindergarten student at Frederick’s Hillcrest Elementary School, did not have a lunch or enough money to buy one. She was given a peanut butter sandwich, but told a cafeteria worker she wasn’t allowed to eat peanut butter.

According to the decision, “The worker mistook her protests as misbehavior and ordered her to eat the sandwich.” The girl went into anaphylactic shock and was given a dose of epinephrine to relieve the symptoms.

Her mother, Nicole Pace, sued the state of Maryland, the state Department of Education and others. The case was dismissed in Frederick County Circuit Court and appealed until it reached the Court of Appeals. Pace and her daughter no longer live in Maryland, according to the decision.

A spokesperson for Frederick County Public Schools could not be reached Friday.

The decision involved the National School Lunch Act, passed in 1946, which requires that free or low-cost meals be provided to schoolchildren.

According to the decision, “The NSLA was not designed to protect a particular subset of students, such as those with food allergies, but rather, to serve the needs of all eligible school-aged children.”

via Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case.

TheTentacle.com – How “The Left” Intimidates

This is an excerpt.  Hit the link at the bottom for the full article.  Very well written.

Currently in the Maryland Senate there is debate over the same-sex marriage bill that was recently passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. It is likely to pass and then be signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).

 

The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has gained tremendous momentum in the United States over the last 10 years. The acceptance of more open discussion of homosexuality has – in large part – been due to the rapid change in an ever-evolving media culture that allows for freer expression and celebrating life outside the norms of society.

 

Those who don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, but accept or tolerate it, are a majority of our society. The societal norm for couples is and will always be defined as a woman and a man. For those who won’t – or don’t want to – accept the gay lifestyle as the norm do so because they believe homosexuality to be unnatural or abhorrent.

 

The left, which flexes its might through bullying tactics, treats those with traditional values as “out of step” with society. They deride these same people as “homophobic” – a term, if defined properly, would mean fear of the same – or afraid of homosexuality. Those who don’t tolerate homosexuality are not afraid of anything; they either have religious convictions or personal belief that it is an immoral act. Because they hold these beliefs does not make them bigots.

 

In the United States there are estimated to be well over 11 million illegal immigrants – this number would be much higher if it weren’t for a faltering economy. Attempts at curbing the tide of immigration and even deporting those here illegally comes at a price for those supporting deportation. The left, which benefits by the presence of illegal immigrants, will frequently and unhesitatingly intimidate those who disagree with them.

 

They attempt to intimidate opponents by claiming racism. But aren’t all men and women from the same race – the human race?

via TheTentacle.com.

It’s Cord Cutting Time

We’ve grown weary of Comcast’s fare hikes and transfer limits.  We are definitely cutting residential cable and internet and going business class.  We slow down form 16/2 to 12/2 but the upshot is we have no transfer caps and we get a higher priority on our node.  We’ll take those odds plus a 3 year price freeze via a contract.

The Vow Disappoints in It’s Theater Debut

Unfortunately they took their story to Sony…I have to say i’m not surprised at the twists and omissions and additions that were made…:(

 

Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned.The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.The book tells the story of  Kim and Krickitt, who met and fell in love over a long distance phone call in 1992, bonded over their Christian faith, and were married a very short time later. Just 10 weeks into their marriage, the couple survived a terrible car wreck that left Krickitt in a coma with severe head trauma. Upon waking, Krickitt experienced amnesia and was essentially married to a stranger, forgetting the last 18 months of her life.Throughout the book, it is the couple’s religious belief in the unbreakable vow of marriage that keeps them together.“You make a promise before God with your wedding vows,” Krickitt Carpenter told Fox411.com. “You have to take that seriously.”The studio version of the Carpenter’s marriage, however, strips the couple of their Christianity.“The movie doesn’t talk about faith significantly. It would have been nice to see more of it,” Kim Carpenter told Fox411.com. “The first book we wrote was extremely embedded in our faith, but I think the movie does depict the inspiration of the battle to hang in there. I think the audience realizes we are a people of faith.”

via Real-life Couple From The Vow Says It would Have Been Nice To See Christian References In Film | Fox News.

The Battle of Chernobyl

THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to “liquidate” the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth “sarcophagus.” These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.

via Best Chernobyl Documentary 2006 The Battle of Chernobyl (HQ) 1hr 32min 1 clip – YouTube.

Joining the Cord Cutters

In May of this year.  It turns out our current pricing is a promotion.  When it ends cable alone is 80/month and that’s jsut basic digital.  Internet is another 65 bucks.  We can get another 1 year promotion on the cable and get it knocked down to 50/month but internet promo is only 6 months and then it stays up at 65 bucks a month.  So we can basically extend things for 6 months then blamo.  Ain’t happenin.  I am going business class.  I take 65/month and have unlimited downloads.  Right now we have been living with Comcast’s 250 gigs downloading limit.  With business class we get 65/month for 3 years locked in and no bandwidth limit.  We’ll keep netflix but instead of limiting ourselves we’ll just light it up.  Once we buy a new tv we’ll use the tons of internet apps they have these days to grab 95% of everything we watch anyway at least whatever apps we can’t find for the wii.  Yes there is a way to watch football without having cable tv..:)

We are joining the cord cutters as we are called..:)

Foreclosure Deal Means Homeowners Get Screwed Again

So the banks first get away with illegal fillings and bogus documents.  they then foreclosed while committing  Perjury  in court.  They have to pay 25 billion TOTAL.  What’s the real cost?  Over 1 TRILLION in bad documents.  Granted some homeowners made their own bed..but there are many many cases that are easily searchable on Google whre the banks were shown to be liars and they WON ANWAY because judges were essentially in the bankster’s pockets.

 

The $25 billion settlement with banks over foreclosure abuses may result in a wave of home seizures, inflicting short-term pain on delinquent U.S. borrowers while making a long-term housing recovery more likely.

Lenders slowed the pace of foreclosures as they negotiated with attorneys general in all 50 states for more than a year over allegations of faulty and fraudulent paperwork used to repossess homes. With yesterday’s agreement, banks are likely to resume property seizures.

“The best thing about the settlement, frankly, is that it will be done,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist for Seattle-based Zillow Inc. (Z), a provider of home-sales data. “The shadow of the settlement hung over the market for a year now.”

The backlog of foreclosures has trapped homeowners in properties they can no longer afford, depressed neighborhood prices by increasing the number of abandoned homes and led banks to tighten mortgage credit standards because of uncertainty about the cost of their potential obligations. Foreclosure starts fell 46 percent in December from October 2010, when the investigation into the so-called robo-signing of mortgage documentation began, according to Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac Inc.

The agreement will direct $17 billion to writing down debt to buffer about 1 million homeowners from foreclosure through mortgage forgiveness, forbearance or loan modification programs, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. About 750,000 borrowers may get direct payments of as much as $2,000 to compensate them for servicing errors.

via Foreclosure Deal to Spur New Wave of U.S. Home Seizures, Help Heal Market – Bloomberg.

Soaking the Rich Never Works

Ah yes class warfare at it’s best.  None of these nimrods care about one thing… soaking the rich(of which all of these folks are) ever works.  Why?  They have the ability to move themselves and/or their wealth offshore. These fools know good and dern well that this strategy isn’t going to work because it has already failed many times over.  It is great for getting the rest of the country to vote for them.  That is all this tactic is good for…it is the “rich” who are the job creators in this nation.

 

Democrats and Republicans agree: People with higher incomes must pay more. 

Democrats want upper-income people to pay more in taxes, but don’t want upper-income people to pay more for their Medicare benefits.

Republicans want upper-income people to pay more for their Medicare benefits, but don’t want them to pay more in income taxes.

A House-Senate conference committee is looking to upper-income people as it tries to find the money to offset the cost of a payroll tax cut package, which includes extended unemployment benefits.

A compromise that combines a bit of each (higher income taxes on the rich and higher Medicare premiums) seems unlikely.

For the Democrats, Sen. Bob Casey, D- Pa. has proposed a surtax on the rich to help pay for the payroll tax cut package.

Last year Casey’s proposed 3.25 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million failed to get the 60 votes it needed to advance in the Senate. He has now lowered his threshold, calling for a 1 percent surtax on any income over $1 million, which he said would raise about $76 billion, offsetting almost half the cost of a payroll tax cut package.

via NBC Politics – Getting the affluent to pay for payroll tax cut.

Komen Restores Funding

Komen just couldn’t resist the pressure by abortion groups.

 

Fierce controversy over a policy that cut — then apparently restored — funding for Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has left some longtime supporters of both groups feeling whipsawed by the fallout.Fans who’ve worn pink ribbons and jogged in Race for the Cure runs and those who’ve supported women’s reproductive health services had mixed reactions following news Friday that Komen had agreed to amend criteria that would have barred Planned Parenthood from future grants.Some Komen supporters said the organization had alienated them forever by cutting funding in the first place based on perceived political pressure from anti-abortion groups.advertisement“It’s difficult for me to want to continue to support Komen now,” said Peg Callaway, 63, a lawyer from Omak, Wash. “It makes me mistrust the organization.”

via Vitals – Supporters grapple with Komen fracas fallout.

Iraqi Massacre Leader Get no Jail Time….Derrick Miller Serves Time for Self-Defense

This guy leads other Marines to a massacre and gets no jail time…while this soldier killed a known insurgent in self-defense and get sentenced to life?!?!?  I’m former military and the military “justice” system is nothing like civil system.  The fact that soldiers are being ramrodded for purely political reasons is disgusting in the extreme.

 

After agreeing to a plea bargain on Monday, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich expected a sentence of 90 days in jail for slaughtering civilians during a 2005 massacre in Iraq. On Tuesday that term was nixed, and now the confessed killer will only be demoted.

A spokesman for the US Marine Corps base near San Diego, California told the media on Monday that “By pleading guilty to this charge, Staff Sergeant Wuterich has accepted responsibility for his actions.” Those actions — a starring role in a brutal massacre that left 24 people dead in Haditha, Iraq back in 2005 — led to eight Marines being faced with a multitude of charges over the last six-plus years. Wuterich was the last of the eight men to be brought to trial, but on Monday he accepted a plea bargain in lieu of continuing with his trial that involved, among other charges, nine counts of manslaughter against him.

The terms of the plea bargain, as reported Monday, were believed to include three months of containment in a military prison, the forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay and a rank demotion. On Tuesday, however, the harshest penalty for the staff sergeant was revoked and now Wuterich will see no jail time for his role in the murders.

On November 19, 2005, Wuterich led a squad of US Marines into two separate homes in Haditha, Iraq outside of Baghdad. The men opened fire on civilians, killing two dozen men, women and children, including an elderly man confined to a wheelchair. He would later admit to instructing his peers to “shoot first and ask questions later” and insisted that, despite no weapons ever being recovered from the Iraqi homes, that the American fighters were under assault.

On Tuesday, Wuterich admitted that his name will always be associated with that of “a cold-blooded baby-killer” and “an out of control monster,” but appeared emotionless when his scanty sentence was finally handed down, reports Reuters. He accepted guilt for leading the fighters through the massacre, but said that “the intent wasn’t that they should shoot civilians. It was that they would not hesitate in the face of the enemy.”

“The truth is, I don’t believe anyone in my squad … behaved in any way that was dishonorable or contrary to the highest ideals that we all live by as Marines,” added Wuterich.

via “Cold-blooded baby-killer” will get no jail time for Iraqi massacre — RT.

Why NOT to Buy Into Facebook’s IPO.

After reading the s-1 myself and upon reading other analysis i ahve to agree with Karl on this one.  This is simply so the insiders can “monetize” their holding…aka line their pockiets with investors money.  They did not go public until AFTER they peaked..which is noted by Facebook in it’s own S-1.  There’s other things to be concerned about which Karl details below.

 

Further, upon reading the S-1:

The company identifies no particular need for the capital; it has cash.  This strongly implies that the only reason to IPO is for the insiders to monetize their position.  Why, if its rapidly growing in value and there is no meaningful risk to that value vaporizing and nobody knows better than top management if this is the case! would the company do this now?

All of the direct payments revenue are for the purchase of “virtual goods” e.g. things on Farmville; there is no actual hard good or service delivered in exchange for money.  Thats not shopping, its pretty close to burning money.  How long will that furnace keep operating?

I dont buy the ad revenue model.  This is not Google and it does not have to very intrusive into your experience before people leave.  If they leave, Facebook is dead. Advertising is 85% of their revenue.  When have you become aware of — or purchased something — based on a Facebook ad?  My answer: Never

.Facebook is a fad.  Myspace anyone?  Sure, theres apps and all this other stuff, but at the end of the day…. its a fad.  Tastes change, often quickly.

The primary means of creating value for advertising and marketing purposes is through mining the data.  But thats in direct conflict with peoples desire to not have their data taken and used for this sort of purpose.  The balance between making money off what people share with their “friends” and stepping over the intrusiveness line to the point that people feel exploited is a fine one, and not necessarily known in advance.  The execution risk here is very high and the company and its image is less open about this fact than it is about what looks like a warmed-over version of the “Hackers ethic.”  Eeeeehhhhhh…..

The mobile environment currently has no advertising.  The PC-based environment, since the latest changes Facebook made to the layout, is in my opinion hideously slow and nearly unusable — and I have both a ridiculously fast Internet connection and an 8-way multiprocessor computer.  For people with less how responsive is it if I find the performance annoyingly bad?

There is a disclosure in the S-1 that they are using leasing facilities that are not on the books.  I strongly dislike all off-balance-sheet activity of any sort.

This is not a company that will actually be publicly owned and it will pay no dividend.  Zuckerberg will retain full control of the board and all corporate matters as he will have a majority position even if all the other shareholders vote against him.  Since the company also intends at present to pay no dividend you are buying on one thing and one thing only — the premise that in the future some greater fool will pay more for the shares you buy in the IPO.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

Final Remarks

At a time of difficult trade offs and decisions.  We are all integral parts in our overall progress.  There are not easy decisions.  We must depend on the truth in our own hearts.  There is something that stirs with each of us.  When we talk to a family who has a job, who has saved their home from foreclosure, it is the same feeling we all saw in the eyes of native children.  These children were native Marylanders and recognized for the first time in 380 years.  There are many who will ask why the long time?

May the choices we make for human dignity, for jobs, for the generations that count on ours for a better future.

Same Sex Marriage

This state was founded on freedom of choice and conscience.  Children of gay couples should have the same rights for marriage as the children for traditional marriage.  Maryland will not force religious organizations to marry couples that are against their beliefs.  It is time to pass civil marriage equal rights under the law.

On the government

We are going to be submitting 700 pages of rules and regulations for reform or removal.  This government has settled with excelon.  They will build a new gas fired power plant.  They will create 6k new jobs.  Maryland is looking at more green projects.  Large scale housing septic developments cause more than 6 times the pollution into the bay than sewage.  The septic task force has presented a plan that will help solve this issue.

On the Budget

This is a jobs budget.  52k jobs for modern schools, infrastructure.  We must bear these costs for our state’s future.  This budget invest in 78k teaching jobs, 11k jobs of building real classrooms, 19k record procurement, 7k jobs from venture capital jobs,   Various jobs related to building various infrastructure projects all over the state.  Areas covered are law enforcement, higher education, utility, healthcare, utilities.  These must be balanced with cuts, revenue, and partnerships.  We have relied almost entirely on cuts.  With 84% dedicated to education and public safety,  cuts are nearing the end.  Revenues must be raised.

 

Pensions should be aligned with other states.  Maryland is proposing a 50/50 split for teacher pensions between state and counties. How much less public safety and education are we willing to accept?  Green upgrades have greatly helped the bay.  The flush tax should be reworked to a fee based system based on usage.

Transportation funding needs to be increased.  Our traffic is some of the worst in the nation.  Gasoline is our primary transporation revenue.  Tax is still 20 cents from 1992.  if we settle for 1992 tax rate we will have to settle for 1992 infrastructure.  Best way to fund current costs is to repeal the sales tax exemption at 2% per year.  Nobody is going to do this for us..we must do it.

 

On education

College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable. Maryland is number 1 in the nation for the 4th year in a row.  Teachers have been the driving force of this performance.  Colleges are graduation 19% more students than last year.  Failing to invest in out future is not a wise choice.

On Jobs

Nothing more important for family security is a job.  State of state is strong on jobs.  Moving into new era of job creation from Bush era recession.  Maryland in the lead by harnessing education, making higher education more affordable, modernizing infrastructure. More Marylanders are working this year than last.  Small Business are also moving to Maryland with the support of various state gov’t programs.  Home foreclosures are down due the state’s hope hotline.  This hotline saved a daycare form foreclosure as an example.  Investing in one stop centers has helped citizens retrain into new fields that has led to new jobs for citizens.

Unemployment is still to high.  Good enough is not the way.  Shortsighted choices have undercapitilized our busineses.  Last year good choices hae allowed maryland to create more jobs at a faster pace than Virginia.  Maryland has a AAA bond rating form all three bond agencies.

 

College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable.

Opening remarks

He thanks God for our people and state beauty and for our armed forces and their and their families sacrifices.

Thanks legislative leaders for their work at all levels.  Thanks law enforcement for lowest crime in 30 years.  Thanks foreign visitors and state cabinet for their attendance and in the case of the cabinet for their good work so far.

 

 

 

Wide Left

Cundiff had a 32 yd chipshot…so wide left it’s amazing.  The defense had some amazing plays and the offense for that last drive did a great job… then Cundiff misses.  Nough said..see you next year.

No Sopa or PIPA needed for the US Gov’t to Reach Across Continents

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.

via DOJ, ICE Shut Down MegaUpload – RIAA/MPAA’s Personal Police Force Goes Wild | DSLReports.com, ISP Information.

SOPA Won’t Stop the Theft Of Content

Read the Bill.  I hate to tell you that SOPA is going to do nothing to sotp your content form being stolen off the internet.  Folks will simply find ways around it and you will actually have to stop writing anything with links since you will be instantly guilty of copyright infringement.

I’m as adamant a supporter of Web free speech as you’ll find. And there’s a lot to dislike about the Stop Online Piracy Act. But when my stories about Web free speech are stolen and posted in their entirety by “rogue” websites, my head hurts. Stealing content is a funny way to prove your anti-SOPA credentials.

Opponents of controversial anti-piracy legislation called SOPA have been gaining momentum in the past week, and on Wednesday, their show of muscle reached orgasmic proportions.  Perhaps swept up in the excitement of a protest that seems to be working, a long list of websites copied in its entirety a story I wrote about it over the weekend and placed it on their own sites. Here’s one example, viewed early Wednesday afternoon

Red Tape – Stop pirating my stories about SOPA, or I’ll have to support it.

Brownsville Police Kill a Middle School Boy

So a boy who did not threaten teachers and student and simply had a pellet gun was shot and killed by police.  I know police defenders are going to say they were protecting themselves and others…did they to try something a little less lethal first?  There’s going to be a huuuuuuge lawsuit over this were some of the real fact are going to come out.  I don’t trust “law enforcement” because they have been shown over and over to lie and cover up.  Let’s see how the inevitable lawsuit plays out.

 

Police shot and killed an eighth-grader in the hallway of his middle school Wednesday after the boy brandished what looked like a handgun and pointed it at officers. It turned out to be a pellet gun that closely resembled the real thing.

The 15-year-old “had plenty of opportunities to lower the gun and listen to the officers’ orders, and he didn’t want to,” Interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said.

Shortly before the confrontation, the boy had walked into a classroom and punched a random boy in the nose for no apparent reason. Police did not know why he pulled out the weapon.

“We think it looks like this was a way to bring attention to himself,” the police chief said.

The boy, identified as Jaime Gonzalez, did not threaten students or teachers, and no one else was hurt.

The officers “took the necessary action to protect themselves and the other kids,” Rodriguez said. There weren’t many others in the hall at the time, but “they had every right to take the action that they took.”

via Eighth-grader killed by police in Brownsville school had pellet gun | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth.

US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Breaching Debt Ceiling | ZeroHedge

The US now owes more than it makes.  Very few options are now available to our gov’t.

 

While not news to Zero Hedge readers who knew about the final debt settlement of US debt about 10 days ahead of schedule, it is now official: according to the US Treasury, America has closed the books on 2011 with debt at an all time record $15,222,940,045,451.09. And, as was observed here first in all of the press, US debt to GDP is now officially over 100%, or 100.3% to be specific, a fact which the US government decided to delay exposing until the very end of the calendar year.

via US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Breaching Debt Ceiling | ZeroHedge.

New System Build

As per my sad day post I have to do something to rebuld my box. After quite a bit of research i’ve come up with a few things:

1. I am not a huge gamer anymore. HIghly intensive, video card sapping games are not what i focus on.
2. Multiple threads are a must still…but i need to do them faster.
3. Power is quickly becoming a concern due to rising costs.
4. Windows 7 leverages the GPU more than i figured. I also do quite a few things that require more GPU performance than my hd3200 onboard GPU is really able to handle.

I decided to head back to AMD…only for the gpu. I am going specifically with the 6770. It gives me a significant bump in GPU performance over my 4830 AND draws 25% less power. The Nvidia equivalent draws about as much as my old card. i’ll take a hit on tessalation and of course physx(which Doug really loves..i agree it’s neat too.) but considering the power savings and the performance advantage i get elsewhere it is a tradeoff i have to take.

The cpu in an Intel core I3 sandy bridge. I’m going to get a dual core 3.3 ghz with HT that at full bore is going to draw 75W. My current cpu is a quad core 2.3 ghz that draws 95w at max load. I’m going to save significant power there.

I’ll take a 5w hit on the ram..but the cpu power savings alone more than makes up for that.

I’m gping to carry over my current hdd/dvd burner.
The case is going to be a shuttle case of some kind so everything else is contained there.
I’m going to be able to keep this build just a hair under $500…:)

Old Navy “Pump It” Video

I ran across this on military.com then it got deleted.  Luckily for me it was reposted to youtube..:)

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6_NWqO1RA0[/youtube]

Former O State Coach Tressel’s Days as a College Coach Most Likely Done

A show-cause penalty will be handed to former head coach Jim Tressel for failing to report knowledge of impermissible benefits given to players before the 2010 season, which resulted in ineligible players participating during that season. The how-cause means any school that hires Tressel could be subject to sanctions by the NCAA.The NCAA later released its statement on the findings from the Committee on Infractions. Most of it is already well-known information, but there is one new point of interest: The COI notes that Tressel had “at least four different opportunities to report” information of his athletes receiving benefits, but did not. The result is a show-cause, as mentioned above, for five years. Suffice to say, Tressel’s college coaching days are probably done.

via Updated: Tressel gets five-year show-cause as part of NCAA sanctions on Ohio State | CollegeFootballTalk.

It’s a Sad Day in HCS Ville

My computer has been acting up for a couple of weeks.  Tonight it just went poofies altogether.  I managed to nail it down to my video card…:(  Luckily my motherboard has onbaord gaphics and can drive two monitors..jsut no more gaming for accelerated internet vids(them quad cores goin to get a workout now).  Once i replace the vid, then my monitor(i’m on a spare one), my keybaord and mouse and speakers, plus upgrading psu to handle the new stuff..i’m at a new system.  That’s what i am going to do.  It’ll take a few months jsut to get started.  I’ll build it piece by piece.

 

This next statement is for my good friend Erik:

Tell Doug I am hearkening his advice.  The new vid is going to be nvidia something..i just have not made up my mind yet.  CPU is going to be Intel something..:)

More About Our Nanny State

Folks you REALLY need to read the entire article linked to in my last post.  HOwever for those who don’t follow links here’s the full story from the market Ticker which details the fallacies in the Govt’s story:

 

WASHINGTON – States should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

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The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year. The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash.

Ok, so the pickup driver (who was killed) may have been paying attention to his phone instead of the road, and hit a tractor trailer that had slowed down for construction.  That would be a nice narrative and certainly cause for concern if it were true. 

Let’s read carefully and see if it is:

Driver distraction wasn’t the only significant safety problem uncovered by NTSB’s investigation of the Missouri accident. Investigators said they believe the pickup driver was suffering from fatigue that may have eroded his judgment at the time of the accident. He had an average of about five and a half hours of sleep a night in the days leading up to the accident and had had fewer than five hours of sleep the night before the accident, they said.

So they’re not actually sure if he was paying attention to the phone at the time of the incident.  He had engaged in receiving and/or sending (heh wait a second… we’ll deal with that below) texts in the minutes leading up to the wreck, but they admit:

It’s not possible to know from cellphone records if the driver was typing, reaching for the phone or reading a text at the time of the crash, but it’s clear he was manually, cognitively and visually distracted, she (Deborah Hersman) said.

Actually, Ms. Hersman just admitted she doesn’t know exactly why the teen plowed into the tractor.  While the article says that 11 texts were either sent or received in the 11 minutes prior to the crash the direction of the messages is not disclosed nor are their timestamps.  If I send you 11 texts and your phone is in your pocket this pattern would be found in the telco records, but that in no way, without knowing more, evidences whether you pulled and read the texts or whether you sentany of them.  What if all of them were sent 10 minutes before he wrecked?  Ah grasshopper, perhaps the phone was in his pocket and he wasn’t manipulating it at all!  Why doesn’t the NTSB disclose the specifics?  Is it because what the data actually shows doesn’t fit their narrative?

Further Deborah assumes the driver was reading or sending the messages as proximately involved in the crash but being very tired the driver could have nodded off!  That will quite-reliably lead you to ram the guy in front of you, incidentally.  Ever driven while tired?  I have.  If you find yourself in that situation pull off the damn road at the nearest safe place and take a nap!  The life you save is very likely to be your own (and anyone else in the vehicle with you.)

Let’s continue onward here, because this story is about to get very interesting.

Let’s first look at the “justification” for the newly-pontificated NTSB position:

At any given moment last year on America’s streets and highways, nearly 1 in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device, the safety administration said. And those activities spiked 50 percent over the previous year.

Sounds bad, right?  Keep reading.

The agency takes an annual snapshot of drivers’ behavior behind the wheel by staking out intersections to count people using cellphones and other devices, as well as other distracting behavior.

Now wait a minute.  Staking out intersections eh?  Were the drivers reading a text or something else on their screen doing so while safely stopped at a red light in traffic?  How else could the “stake outs” see with sufficient clarity (time, ability to discern if someone has said device in their hand, is using it, etc) unless the car is stopped?  Isn’t it funny how the “surveillance” claims to be taken in a place and through a form and fashion that would pretty much mandate that the person being looked at was not moving at the time?  Further, how about the guy (like me) who has said phone in a holder and it’s running a navigation program speaking directions (e.g. “turn right in 200 yards”)?  Do I count as an “offender” in this case because my screen is lit?  It sounds like from the above they count someone with a Garmin sitting on the dash as “distracted.”  What if my bluetooth earpiece is in my ear (easily visible) but I’m not actually talking to anyone?  How do you know? And by the way, if I’m stopped at a red light exactly what’s dangerous about looking at a text that was received some time prior when I heard the phone “bing”?  Exactly what am I going to strike while stopped at a traffic signal?  If I’m using my bluetooth earpiece or speakerphone to make or receive a phone call (stopped at a light or not) how does that conversation differ from one with the person in the passenger seat of the car?  Are we going to be told that all passenger seating positions must be walled off from the driver — and that no radio or navigation assistance may be fitted in the vehicle either?

Why do I smell intentional fraud upon the public in this so-called “study”?

Here’s why — back to the accident details:

The pickup, traveling at 55 mph, collided into the back of a tractor truck that had slowed for highway construction. The pickup was rear-ended by a school bus that overrode the smaller vehicle. A second school bus rammed into the back of the first bus.

So let me guess — the school bus drivers were using their cellphones too, right?  That would explain why both bus drivers didn’t notice that the truck in front had slowed down and they both got involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up.  It would also provide reasonable justification for the NTSB position.

There’s only one problem – that’s not what happened, and now we get to the meat of the NTSB scam and fraud upon the public by our so-called “civil servants”:

Investigators also found significant problems with the brakes of both school buses involved in the accident. A third school bus sent to a hospital after the accident to pick up students crashed in the hospital parking lot when that bus’ brakes failed.

Wait a second!

Our intrepid 19 year old dies because he’s stupid.  Whether that was due to driving while tired or texting we will never know for sure, but it doesn’t matter.  Murphy is a bastard and the kid’s ticket got punched.

However, by taking a material amount of the impact himself he may have actually saved lives as it appears both of the school buses behind him had non-working brakes!  And the presence or absence of a cellphone by the 19 year old, no matter whether it was in his hand or pocket, has nothing to do with that!

First rule of driving: You’re always responsible for your own situational awareness so that you can either stop or evade irrespective of what the vehicle in front of you does (or doesn’t) do.

If you hit someone from behind it is almost always legally your fault as you’re required to maintain that aforementioned situational awareness.

Now remember folks that a School Bus has a much higher driving position and thus higher sight line than a pickup truck.  As such the driver of the School Bus had to have been able to see the tractor rig slow in front of him as he could see over the pickup and in any event the tractor is ~10+ feet tall!

In short it is rather obvious that the school bus hit the pileup of the tractor and pickup not because the pickup struck the tractor but because the school bus driver was either not paying attention or was unable to stop, and the second bus hit him because the second bus could not stop either!  And why couldn’t they stop?

The NTSB says both buses involved in the collision had significant problems with their brakes!

Worse, a third bus from the same school district sent to pick up the students after the wreck crashed in the hospital parking lot when its brakes failed too!

What the hell did this accident and all the kids that got hurt, other than the 19 year old in the pickup, have to do with texting on a cellphone?

NOTHING!

Had the 19 year old not been distracted (or half-asleep, which seems at least as likely) he almost-certainly would have slowed and been hit from behind by the first and second bus anyway.

This is a massive scam folks.

You have a kid here who’s dead and can’t defend himself against the libel that he was somehow responsible for the injuries other than his own.  Whether he was distracted or fell asleep behind the wheel he paid for his offense with his life.  We don’t even know with any reasonable degree of certainty that he was actually looking at his phone in the first place. You can bet, incidentally, that if the NTSB had proof that he had been sending those messages or that he was actually reading them at the time of the wreck they would have said so.

What’s obvious, however, by the NTSB’s own statement, is that the injuries would have ended with the teen driver of the pickup but for not one but two separate school buses operating on the roads without properly-working brakes and/or attentive drivers and the third one sent to the hospital to retrieve the victims had defective brakes as well.  The risk of further injury to the kids was avoided only due to the bare luck of that third bus crashing in the hospital parking lot first!

So what do we have here?  Slander of this kid’s good name without evidence.  An attempted deflection of the actual cause of the injuries to the children on the buses through the desperate search for something, anything to blame those injuries on that doesn’t rest upon three poorly-maintained school buses without properly-working brakes that were being operated on the public highways — something the NTSB and DOT is directly responsible for.  And finally, in the best of Goebbels tradition by our jackbooted Nazi Government we have an outrageous overreach and attempt to advocate new legislation for the purpose of harassing motorists who are doing nothing wrong based on falsified evidence, slander and lies.

The Latest Power Grab by Our Nanny State

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…:(

Goebbels (er, Hersman) Appears At The NTSB in [Market-Ticker].

More Adventures…:)

My younger daughter has decided she doesn’t want to wear pullups to nite nite anymore…i quote, “me no peepee bed..me no wear pullup me wear undies and be big girl”…:)

AHH The Pre-Teen years

The latest in my fatherly adventures. We got Alessa a kid friendly cell phone. We got back from Va Beach and the phone turned up missing. I nuked the phone and a search was undertaken. The phone has not been located…yet. Heather maintains it is inside the house. We’ll see. What’s kewl right now is i re-activated my old rumor touch for her that’s been sitting for at least a year. I replaced it because it was horridly unstable. I had called Sprint and they said LG informed them the phone has known issues so i got a nearly free phone(my current smartphone). Once i re-activated the rumor touch the phone informed me there was a firmware update available rated critical by LG and i should update the device. I ran the update..took about 10 minutes for all the reboots and refreshes…and so far it’s working better than new. We’ll see if Alessa can hang onto this one…and how long the touch remains stable..:)

Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms?(Only If We Allow It?)

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.

via Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms? | Fox News.

Emma Sullivan Don’t Apologize…Rile These PC touchy Feelies UP

Just like this..:)

 

After meeting Brownback on a field trip, 18-year-old Emma Sullivan tweeted, “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.”After Brownbacks office contacted the school about the tweet, Sullivan was called into the principals office and reprimanded.The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” she told the Wichita Eagle. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it … and now he had to do damage control.”

via Emma Sullivan, Kansas High School Student, Punished For Sam Brownback Tweet.

Let’s Talk About OWS

The media is hard at work trying to depict the OWS as nothing but bad.  Read Karl’s full post linked below and read his other posts about OWS and you’ll see a different picture.  The violence shown in the traditional media is meant to try to minimize the protests.  The same thing happened to MLK btw.

 

There are multiple swirling rumors (and some information that’s not-so-rumorish) about the “raids” that have been directed against “Occupy” folks across the country in various cities.

The tactics and coordinated dates of the actions strongly suggest central command and control — and that’s exactly what’s swirling around — that Washington DC is behind it, even the Department of Homeland Security.

Got that folks?  You’re a terrorist if you wave a sign and demand reform or, God Forbid, you choose sleep in a park or speak in public.  Never mind that the First Amendment says nothing about a time limit on your right to “peaceable assembly.”

Oh, and who’s in the White House right now and who was accused of organizing these groups by the hard right, with the claim that this was some sort of Saul Alinski (or worse) attempt to overthrow civil order and thus institute an effective Marxist dictatorship?

How’s that claim looking today now that the white hot spotlight of a cop helicopter has shone on both the facts and those hard-right “pundits”?  Scattering around like a cockroach looking for a good place to hide aren’t ‘ya?  Why my mailbox has gone oddly silent where it was once filled with those charges on a literal hourly basis.

Oh no you don’t go slithering away in the grass when your “big lie” is blown to bits.  Not around here anyway.  All of those so-called “Tea Partiers” who have made repeated claims that this group was part of Obama’s “underground” team and in fact were nothing more or less than an outright Marxist plot coordinated from the White House to seize this nation and destroy its republican form of government now have egg on their faces to an extreme degree.

I’ll take the retractions now, thank you very little, from the spittle-dripping hard right mouth-breathers.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

Emmitsburg Practically Bankrupted by Maryland

State mandated.  Sure they got tons in grants BUT they still have 5 million in debt which is crushing for a small municipality like Emmitsburg.  Keep in mind Emmitsburg is nearly half the size of Brunswick just to get an idea of the size and how crushing this debt load is.  400k a year in costs(that will also only go up) are huge for this community and it is only going to get worse.

 

Commissioners voted this past week to increase rates to fund construction of a new state-mandated wastewater treatment plant. The new plant comes with a $20 million price tag, and the town has been awarded $14.5 million in federal and state grants toward the cost. The town proposes to fund the remaining cost with a $5.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, necessitating quarterly payments of $51,000.On top of the loan payment, the new plant will cost the town $48,000 per quarter to operate, bringing the quarterly tab to nearly $100,000.

via Emmitsburg sewer rates could rise by 50 percent or more – The Frederick News-Post Online.

» FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the ‘Public Value’ of Every Broadcast Station Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

American journalism is in “grave peril,” FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says, and to bolster “traditional media,” he said the Federal Communications Commission should conduct a “public value test” of every commercial broadcast station at relicensing time.

In a speech at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York on Thursday, Copps also said station relicensing should happen every four years instead of the current eight.

via » FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the ‘Public Value’ of Every Broadcast Station Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

» Beck: EAS Test Allows Feds to ‘Seize Control’ of Communications Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

Beck explained that in every previous instance where the EAS system was tested, broadcasters were in control of whether or not to flip the switch, although they did face losing their broadcast license if they failed to partake. However, for the very first time, the federal government will have complete control over the broadcast frequency and will be able to override all radio and television stations.

Next month’s test also marks the first time that the alert has been conducted nationwide.

“The nationwide test may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable,” states a FEMA press release.

Beck warned that the first of its kind test gave the government the pretext to take over all civilian communication outlets under the guise of a national emergency.

“If the state wants to take control…they can just take it and there is nothing I can do about it,” Beck stated, adding that the process “seizes control of the broadcast frequency.”

via » Beck: EAS Test Allows Feds to ‘Seize Control’ of Communications Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

To All NPO’s…..If You Use A Government Instrument to Avoid Paying Taxes The Government CAN Do This Type of Thing

If you don’t want the gov’t or any other entity to be able to interfere with you then don’t use their vehicles to avoid paying taxes or get around regulations they also enforce.  Otherwise they do have the right to regulate your behavior while using said instruments.  If you truly want to be free then don’t be an NPO.  Otherwise you have to deal with their interference.

A religious group is charging the Internal Revenue Service with using a legal loophole to first tax nonprofits’ free speech, then run away with impunity when challenged in court.

The nonprofit Catholic Answers tasted this tactic firsthand in 2008, when its president, Karl Keating, posted a discussion on the organization’s website arguing that, according to church rules, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., should not be allowed to receive communion in the Catholic Church because of his support for legalized abortion.

The IRS then levied an excise tax on Catholic Answers for engaging in alleged “political speech” against then-presidential primary candidate Kerry, a tax Catholic Answers paid.

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But when challenged in court, the IRS simply refunded the tax, while refusing to change its ruling that Catholic Answers’ speech was taxable political intervention in an election. Lower courts then ruled Catholic Answers had no course of action against the IRS.

But Catholic Answers, together with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, are now asking the Supreme Court to step in, claiming this “tax-and-run” strategy allows the IRS to arbitrarily tax churches, charities and religious activists into silence, or dodge the consequences if the nonprofits fight back.

“Not only did the federal courts in this case misapply Supreme Court law, they have allowed the IRS to engage in trickery by penalizing nonprofits who exercise their right to speak, only to return the money at the last possible second,” explained James Bopp Jr., general counsel for the James Madison Center and co-chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society. “So long as the IRS is allowed to do this, nonprofits like Catholic Answers will be deterred from speaking about individuals who are political candidates in any context for fear they’ll be investigated and taxed. Nothing prevents the IRS from doing this again. And these groups now have no judicial remedy.”

via Faith group to IRS: Don’t tread on us!.

Can America Stand Up For Itself?

I hate to inform the author but since that time NONE of the so called two parties are a bastion of govern by the Constitution. Neither of the two parties are really different just look at the records with anything but blinders and/or rose colored glasses. We need to vote third or no party across the board and then start a cleanup of the justice system(in terms of judges) to get the judicial back into it’s constitutional box. It is going to take at least 50 years to do this…i’m not sure our current batch of communist, mind-controlled, public “educated” citizens have the mental fortitude for it.

Will the real America please stand up?.

How Did The Obama Administration Justify The Assassination of a US Citizen?

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.

via Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen – NYTimes.com.

Time to Jail Holder and Impeach Obama

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.

via A smoking gun for ‘Fast and Furious’.

Fire companies plan open houses – The Frederick News-Post Online

News-Post Staff Advertisement Several Frederick County volunteer fire companies plan to host open house events through October during Fire Prevention Month.The National Fire Protection Association’s theme this year is “Protect Your Family From Fire.” Firefighters will be on hand to discuss developing a home escape plan, practicing a home fire drill and checking smoke alarms.Admission to the events is free. Each event includes station tours, fire safety activities, informational handouts and demonstrations of emergency equipment, according to a Division of Fire and Rescue Services news release.The open houses will take place at the following locations:Oct. 8From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Co. — Station 16, 2 S. Third St., Woodsboro. 301-898-5100.From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Independent Hose Co. — Station 1, 310 Baughman’s Lane, Frederick. 301-600-1720.Oct. 9From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Carroll Manor Volunteer Fire Co. — Station 14, 2795 Adams St., Adamstown. 301-874-5111.Oct. 13From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Vigilant Hose Co. — Station 6, 25 W. Main St., Emmitsburg. 301-447-2728.Oct. 16From noon to 4 p.m., Urbana Volunteer Fire/Rescue Co. — Station 23, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 301-663-3822.— Nicholas C. Stern

via Fire companies plan open houses – The Frederick News-Post Online.

OWS: Want To Turn The Tide? in [Market-Ticker]

If so — if this is really about “the 99%” — then you need to understand a few things.

Some of you already do.  To those, this article is redundant.  To the rest, and to the majority of the people in this nation, it is not.

Last night I appeared on Dylan Ratigan’s show.  You can watch the segment, and should.  I used the word financialization, which a few people emailed me about and asked me to explain.

Thus, this Ticker.

So what is financialization anyway?  It is the process by which something very ordinary (say, a TV set) becomes financed. In doing so there is inherently created the use (and usually the abuse) of leverage.

What is leverage?  Leverage is simply the ability to act as though you have much more of something than you really do.  For example, you can use leverage to pry off the lid on a beer bottle.  Your raw strength is multiplied by the lever (the bottle opener) to lift the cap.

But note that there is no free lunch.  While the opener may multiply the force applied to the cap, the distance the opener moves is proportionally reduced compared to the movement of your hand.

In economics, leverage is the use of debt to pretend to have more economic surplus (that is, purchasing power) than you really have.

Let’s take a TV set.  If you save up the money to buy one, then go into the store and pay for it, you now own a TV set.  There is no leverage involved; you took your economic surplus from working (which you didn’t need for food, energy, shelter and clothing – thus, it’s a true surplus to you) and you expend it on a TV set.  The transaction is simple; once it is completed there are no residual effects.  If you lose your job the next day, you still have the TV set and will forever more until it either breaks, wears out or you dispose of it in some way.

But what if the TV set costs $500 and you only have $100?  Well, you could financialize your acquisition of the TV.  That is, you could borrow $400 by buying the TV on installment payments with a $100 down payment, and now you have a TV.

Or do you?

Actually, the bank (or the store) owns a TV.  You may have custody of a TV set, but you don’t own a TV set. You owe a debt.  You have promised to work tomorrow to cover the expense of the television. You don’t own the TV until you pay it off.

This is all fine and well up until you lose your job.  Now the bank comes after you and wants the TV back, plus whatever deficiency there is on reselling the TV set to cover your debt.  You suddenly discover, much to your chagrin, that you never owned it at all.

This all sounds pretty ordinary, except that the economic effect of financializing that transaction isn’t, in fact, ordinary at all.

See, in economics there is this thing called “supply and demand.”  The more demand there is for something with a given supply, the higher the price tends to be.  In ordinary times a gallon jug of drinking water in a store is a dollar, and from the tap it costs so little we don’t ordinarily put a price on it.  Yet if there was just a hurricane, and there is no fresh water available, what would the price of that same gallon be?  Ah, now we have much demand and very short supply, and as such the price will be quite dear.  Perhaps the price of that water might be several gallons of gasoline (for the seller’s generator, of course.)

via OWS: Want To Turn The Tide? in [Market-Ticker].

Pro Libertate: The Awlaki Sanction: Who’s Next on the List?

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. 

via Pro Libertate: The Awlaki Sanction: Who’s Next on the List?.

Hundreds of pastors thumb noses at IRS- When They Use The IRS To Avoid Taxes

I’m no fan of hte abuses of the IRS but these pastors are forgettign one thing.  You are using an IRS regulation to avoid paying taxes( the 501 (c) series).  If you are taking government funds or using govt regulations to get around something you can expect the government to exercise it’s monetary authority over you.  If you want to be free of government interference you need to renounce your NPO status.  This way you have a leg to stand on when not if the government comes a calling.  These pastors who are challenging the IRS are going to loose if they are Federal NPOs and i bet all of them are.  If you want to have the ability to truly tell the government to go away stop using hte government to avoid taxes.  Until you do the government has the ability to and they will use it to tell you what you can and cannot say.  Once you take money from the government or you use a government regulation to bypass something like taxes you are ceding control to said government.

Hundreds of pastors thumb noses at IRS.