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Ron Paul to Obama: Use war chest to fund FEMA for Irene victims
Run Ron Paul
Trevor Lyman
August 31, 2011

Representative Ron Paul(R-TX), and GOP presidential hopeful, spoke with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday  this morning detailing the reasons why he says, “Fema is not a friend”, finally saying that when the Obama administration requests extra money for broke FEMA to aid states hit by Hurricane Irene, he was willing to deal with Obama by  using money intended for war. Otherwise, his vote is a resounding “No!” because our country is, he claims, “We are bankrupt. We don’t have any money.”  Read More

 

It's easy to be wasteful when you are spending someone else's money!!!
$60 billion lost to war zone waste, panel says
Wichita Eagle
Richard Lardner
August 31, 2011

As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.

In its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the figure could grow as U.S. support for reconstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to bear the long-term costs of sustaining the schools, medical clinics, barracks, roads and power plants already built with American tax dollars.  Read More

 

The decade's biggest scam
Salon
Glenn Greenwald
August 29, 2011

The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic "homeland security" projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of "9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, complete with turret" to guard against things like an attack on DreamWorks in Los Angeles.  All of that -- which is independent of the exponentially greater sums spent on foreign wars, occupations, bombings, and the vast array of weaponry and private contractors to support it all -- is in response to this mammoth, existential, the-single-greatest-challenge-of-our-generation threat: Read More

 

Florida Highway Patrol Illegally Ticketing Drivers for Obeying Law
The Blaze
Posted by Jesse Abrams
August 27, 2011

It seems that Florida state troopers don’t like it when drivers warn others about speed traps.

The Florida Highway patrol is illegally ticketing driver after driver for obeying the law, according to a report from 10 News in Tampa. Read More

 

Obama Seeks Holy Grail of Housing, Proverbial Free Lunch, Gain With No Pain; It's Another Bank Bailout in Disguise
Global Economic Analysis
Mike Shedlock
August 26, 2011

President Obama is in Fantasyland or in some alternate universe. He wants to strengthen the housing market provided

  • The plan helps a broad swath of homeowner
  • The plan stimulates the economy
  • The plan costs next to nothing


So says the New York Times in U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages:  Read More

Ron Paul Leaps Past Bachmann in Latest Poll
SFGate, San Francisco Chronicle
John Thorpe
August 24, 2011

Ignored by the media and dismissed by the Republican Party in general, liberty-minded Congressman Ron Paul leaped into third place today in the Gallup Presidential Nomination preference poll. Paul jumped over Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party darling/lunatic, relegating her to fourth-place in the current poll. Here's how the numbers shake out today.  Read More

 

Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion From Fed
Bloomberg News
Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz
August 22, 2011

Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.

By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.  Read More

 

Chalk one up for the People!
Washington Judge Issues $10,000 Ticket Against Red Light Camera Firm
The News Paper
August 18, 2011

A Whatcom County, Washington Superior Court Judge yesterday threw the book at a photo enforcement firm for interfering with the right of the public to petition their government. Judge Ira Uhrig handed down from the bench a stinging rebuke to American Traffic Solutions (ATS). Uhrig found the firm's lawsuit to block an anti-traffic camera initiative from reaching the ballot in Bellingham violated state law, so he slapped the Arizona-based firm with a $10,000 fine and ordered it to pay the legal fees of the initiative's sponsors.  Read More

 

Jan Cline Holds Yard Sales To Pay Medical Bills; City Shuts Them Down
KATU-TV via Huffington Post
August 17, 2011

According to KATU-TV in Salem, Ore., Jan Cline, a woman with terminal bone cancer, has been holding yard sales to raise money to pay off her bills.

But Cline recently received an unfortunate notice from the city of Salem: She is breaking the law, and the city is shutting her yard-sale operation down.

Why ever would they do this?  Read More

 

Editorial: Obamacare down, but not out
Orange Country Register
August 16, 2011

Escaping the catastrophic consequences of the new federal health care law may be a step closer since the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week declared the linchpin of Obamacare unconstitutional. The government, said the 2-1 decision, cannot force people to buy health insurance.  Read More

 

Ron Paul gave out fewer Iowa Straw Poll tickets than Michele Bachmann
Daily Caller
August 13, 2011

It appears that while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann beat Texas Rep. Ron Paul by 152 votes in the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday, she gave away far more admission tickets than he did.

Paul’s campaign gave out 4,750 tickets to straw poll voters, his campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, told The Daily Caller.

Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Bachmann, wouldn’t disclose the number of tickets her campaign distributed. But Ben Smith of Politico reported that Bachmann’s campaign gave away 6,000 tickets.  Read More

Related
Be Sure to read the blog entry Ron Paul, Who?

 

Why, indeed!!!
Why ever would they do this?   Cases lining up to ask Supreme Court to clarify Second Amendment rights

Washington Post
Robert Barnes
August 14, 2011

A funny thing has happened in the three years since gun-rights activists won their biggest victory at the Supreme Court.

They’ve been on a losing streak in the lower courts.  Read More



ABSOLUTELY!!!
11th Circuit says mandate unconstitutional
 
Politico
Jennifer Haberkorn
August 12, 2011 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds the Supreme Court will choose to review the law.

The suit was brought by 26 states — nearly all led by Republican governors and attorneys general — and the National Federation of Independent Business. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal.
Read More

And another report...I want every angle possible!
Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare mandate
Yahoo News
Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini
August 12, 2011

President Barack Obama's healthcare law suffered a setback Friday when a U.S. appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty. Read More

 

FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts
Yahoo News
Calvin Woodward
August 12, 2011

Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama's health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress.

The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground.  Read More

 

Ron Paul spars with other candidates over foreign policy
Des Moines Register
Iowa Caucuses
Mary Stegmeir

After getting scant air time early on Thursday, Ron Paul’s foreign policy views took center stage during the debate’s second half in a heated exchange about U.S. relations with Iran.

While Sen. Rick Santorum and U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said the Middle Eastern nation posed a clear threat to American security, Paul encouraged a policy of “respect” toward the country.   Read More

 

Is this for real?  And he is the supposed Republican front-runner???  Please!
Romney in Iowa: 'Corporations are people' too
Los Angeles Times
James Oliphant
August 11, 2011

Campaigning in Iowa on Thursday, Mitt Romney told a heckler, “Corporations are people, my friend”—words immediately seized upon by Democrats in what they termed as a possible defining statement by the presidential candidate.

Romney, speaking to a crowd of hundreds at the Iowa State Fair, was being pressed about raising taxes to help cover entitlement spending. When one mentioned raising corporate tax rates, Romney responded by saying corporations were no different than people. The line earned him a sustained round of applause from the crowd.  Read More


Perhaps, it has more to do with the ridiculous price for gasoline and regulations that weigh small businesses down???
Job Growth Stalls as New Businesses Fail to Take Off

Yahoo Finance
Jeremy Greenfield
August 11, 2011

As the Great Recession gives way to a non-recovery, the American dream of starting a business and making it big is dying -- and with it, the most significant driver of new jobs in the U.S. economy.

New, experimental data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates the phenomenon. During the recovery that followed the 2001 dot-com bust, small businesses employing 10 to 249 people hired vastly more than they have during the recovery that officially began in June 2009. These businesses typically account for the majority of new hires, as much as two-thirds. But in this anemic recovery, their growth is being strangled by lack of demand and thus, so is job creation.  Read More

 

Voters Question Tea Party-Backed Lawmaker After Vote on U.S. Debt Accord
Bloomberg News
Laura Litvan
August 11, 2011

First-term Representative Sean Duffy leveraged voter backlash over expanded government into an election win last year. His support last week for the U.S. debt- reduction deal is leaving the Republican vulnerable to a potential revolt of his own.

In Duffy’s northwest Wisconsin district, the stock market’s volatility following Standard & Poor’s lowering of the nation’s credit rating has some voters angered with a deal they say didn’t do enough to prevent a downgrade. Others say they’re fed up with an ongoing debt debate that diverts attention from ways to jump-start a slow-moving economy.  Read More

 

Imagine that...And it takes a poll to make it "official"???
New Low: 17% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

Rasmussen Report
August 7, 2011

Fewer voters than ever feel the federal government has the consent of the governed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed.  Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe the government does not have that consent. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.  Read More

 

Yeah, we needed the news to tell us this!  Well...MOST in alternative media have known AND reported it for months and years now!!!
Jobs: Worse than you think

CNN Money
Chris Isidore
August 8, 2011

The U.S. labor force is shrinking, as more Americans are giving up hope.

Last month, only 58.1% of Americans age 16 and over were employed, a significant drop from before the recession and the lowest since 1983.

That's especially worrisome to economists, who say a steady increase in those dropping out of the work force and not being counted in the unemployment rate is disguising just how bad the labor market really is.

"People are dropping out of labor force for all types of reasons," said Robert Brusca of FAO Economics. "And it's not a good trend. Read More

 

The U.S. credit downgrade: Who's to blame?
Yahoo News
August 8, 2011

Standard and Poor's strips the federal government of its AAA status, and a fingerpointing epidemic breaks out in Washington

Standard and Poor's controversial announcement on Friday that it would downgrade the U.S. government's credit rating — from AAA to AA+ — shook up global financial markets. As soon as American markets opened Monday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 200 points. And predictably, the first credit downgrade in U.S. history ignited a heated blame game in Washington.   Read More

In a blast from the recent past...Do we remember WHY we needed to raise the debt ceiling?  To prevent a downgrade in our nation's credit rating!
What Happens if the Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised
New York Times
Catherine Rampell
April 26, 2011

Still don’t understand what happens if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling?

Below is a letter from Matthew E. Zames, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase and the chairman of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly with the Treasury Department.  Read More

 

Jury convicts 5 officers in post-Katrina shootings
Mary Foster, Michael Kunzelman
August 5, 2011

A federal jury on Friday convicted five current or former police officers in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina, a high-profile victory for the Justice Department in its push to clean up the city's troubled police department.

The case was a high-stakes test of the effort to rid the police department of corruption and brutality. A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers were charged last year in a series of federal probes.  Read More

 

What the heck?  This is absurd...and then they turn their wrath on a man filming the incident...
In Miami, 12 officers shoot Haitian man over 100 times

Bay View
Jean-Guy Allard
August 5, 2011

Not one word has yet been published by the international press agencies, which are so prone to broadcasting the minor incidents that happen in countries who confront the American imperial power, about the execution in Miami of a 22-year-old-Haitian man by 12 police officers who fired on him 100 times while he was unarmed in his car.  Read More

Related
Police "finally found a gun" after leaving the car in the street...You have GOT to be kidding me!!!
Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse
Colorlines
Channing Kennedy
June 3, 2011

Earlier this week, we wrote about the racialized controversy surrounding Miami Beach’s annual Memorial Day Urban Beach Week Festival. The anxiety came to a head on Monday when police opened fire on Raymond Herisse, a 22-year-old black man, killing him; four bystanders and three officers were injured in the process.

At the time, reports that unseen individuals in the car had been firing back at police were unconfirmed, and police said they found no gun in the car. The Miami Herald reports that on Wednesday, after leaving the car in the street all Monday morning, police finally found a gun. Read More

 

Breaking news: Multi-agency armed raid hits Rawesome Foods, Healthy Family Farms for selling raw milk and cheese
Natural News
Mike Adams
August 3, 2011

A multi-agency SWAT-style armed raid was conducted this morning by helmet-wearing, gun-carrying enforcement agents from the LA County Sheriff's Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
Rawesome Foods, a private buying club offering wholesome, natural raw milk and raw cheese products (among other wholesome foods) is founded by James Stewart, a pioneer in bringing wholesome raw foods directly to consumers through a buying club. James was followed from his private residence by law enforcement, and when he entered his store, the raid was launched.

Law enforcement demanded that all customers (members) of the store vacate the premises, then they demanded to know how much cash James had at the store.  Read More



Going a bit too far???  I think maybe YES!
Coralville Police Shutdown Several Children's Lemonade Stands
KCRG Iowa
Mark Carlson
August 2, 2011

Police in Coralville shut down at least three lemonade stands run by children over RAGBRAI weekend. According to Dustin Krutsinger, police shut down his four-year-old daughters stand after just 30 minutes. Krutsinger said the officer told his wife, “this isn’t the first time I’ve had to do this.”

Krutsinger said his daughter was selling lemonade for 25 cents a glass, and had made less than $5. According to the city of Coralville, 4-year-old Abigail Krutsinger was in violation of a two day ordinance, which required all vendors to have permits when RAGBRAI rolled into town. 
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Rep. Paul introduces bill to cancel $1.6T in debt held by Federal Reserve
The Hill
Pete Kasperowicz
August 2, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul on Monday introduced legislation that would lower the federal government's debt by canceling the roughly $1.6 trillion in debt held by the Federal Reserve.

Paul has argued for the last few weeks that the idea represents a quick way to make the growing fiscal crisis more manageable. Under his bill, H.R. 2768, the $1.6 trillion that the Treasury owes to the Federal Reserve would disappear.  Read More

 

Debt deal set to pass but what were the costs?
Reuters via Yahoo News
Tim Reid and Emily Kaiser 
August 2, 2011

While the immediate crisis over a threatened default seems to have been averted by the eleventh-hour deal between the White House and Congress, the debt-limit drama has left behind crucial questions about the American political process, the viability of economic policy options and implications for the rest of the world.  Read More

House vote on Debt Ceiling Legislation...See how they voted!

Senate vote on Debt Ceiling Legislation...See how they voted!

Can anyone say...FARCE!  Made up nonsense and garbage...anyone voting for this needs to GO!
House votes to raise debt limit, cut spending
Yahoo News
August 1, 2011

The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future.

The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday, the deadline for Congress to act before the government loses its ability to pay all its bills.   Read More

EXTRA! The bill, HR 2693 Budget Control Act of 2011, has not shown up on the House records yet, but when it does, I will have the vote here...Anyone voting for this bill should be held accountable...

Related
On eve of deadline, House passes debt deal
Washington Post
Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane and Rachel Van Dongen
August 1, 2011

One day before a deadline set by Treasury to raise the debt ceiling, the House finally approved on Monday evening a debt deal that would save the country $2.1 trillion over the next decade. The Senate is set to take up the measure on Tuesday, and if all goes well, President Obama will sign the deal before the stroke of midnight on Aug. 2, ending the long-running saga that consumed Washington, the markets and the nation.  Read More


Do we own the property or don't we?  If we do, we should be able to do what we want with it!
New Jersey Town Tries to Force Resident to Remove His Ron Paul Yard Sign
Ron Paul 2012
Trevor Lyman
August 1, 2011

The Borough of Woodland Park, New Jersey, is fining resident Matthew LaCorte for refusing to remove a Ron Paul 2012 sign from his front yard. According to a friend of LaCorte’s, the recent high school alumnus received notice in the mail about a month ago that he was violating Woodland Park law by “display[ing] election signs prior to election date.”  Read More

 

"Yeah, we made a mistake, but you're the one that has to suck it up.  Too bad sucker!"
DEA Agents Raid Wrong House in Sterling Heights
WJBK FOX Detroit
August 1, 2011

Drug Enforcement Agency Officers bust into a home in Sterling Heights, armed with a search warrant. The only problem? The guy they were looking for doesn't live there. Fox 2 talked to the man who opened the door, and was stunned by what happened next.  Read More

 

Katherine Alrecht discussed this very thing going on in the US in Enemy of the State: Camp FEMA Pt 2
Big Brother is watching you: The town where EVERY car is tracked by police cameras

Mail Online
Anna Edwards
July 31, 2011

A sleepy Home Counties market town has become the first in Britain to have every car passing through it tracked by police cameras.

Royston, in Hertfordshire, has had a set of police cameras installed on every road leading in and out of it, recording the numberplate of every vehicle that passes them.

The automatic number-plate recognition system will check the plates against a variety of databases, studying them for links to crimes, and insurance and tax records, and alerting police accordingly.  Read More

 

So...Horne sees "reasonable cause to believe' the meeting was in violation?  Funny...the rest of us KNOW it was!
Attorney General Horne Finds Reasonable Cause to Believe Open Meeting Law Has Been Violated in Quartzsite
Arizona AG Official Website
AZ AG Tom Horne
July 29, 2011

“Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed.  However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded.   Read More

 

FL 1st DCA Fraudclosure Reversed
4closure Fraud
July 26, 2011

The only witness to testify at the bench trial regarding the allegations of the amended complaint was David Taxdal, the regional security officer for “M & I Marshall and Ilsley Bank” in the State of Florida.

According to Taxdal’s testimony, his “duties and responsibilities are fraud investigation, internal investigation and physical security for the branches” in Florida, and he does not originate loans, service loans or collect loans in default.

Through Taxdal, the bank attempted to introduce several documents, including an affidavit as to amounts due and owing. The affidavit was executed by Michael Koontz, who did not appear at trial, and the bank sought to introduce it as a business record.  Read More

 

So...You think you are going to find work...Well, think again!
Job listings say the unemp loyed need not apply
The Lookout
Liz Goodwin
July 26, 2011

Hundreds of job opening listings posted on Monster.com and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying.

The New York Times' Catherine Rampell said she found preferences for the already employed or only recently laid off in listings for "hotel concierges, restaurant managers, teachers, I.T. specialists, business analysts, sales directors, account executives, orthopedics device salesmen, auditors and air-conditioning technicians." Even the massive University of Phoenix stated that preference, but removed the listings when the Times started asking questions.  Read More

 

Me thinks Mr. Soros will now have too much time on his hands!!!
Soros to End Four-Decade Hedge-Fund Career

Bloomberg News
Katherine Burton
July 26, 2011

George Soros, the billionaire best known for breaking the Bank of England, is returning money to outside investors in his $25.5 billion firm, ending a career as hedge-fund manager that spanned more than four decades.

Soros, who turns 81 next month, will hand back the money, less than $1 billion, by the end of the year, according to two people briefed on the matter. His firm will focus on managing assets solely for Soros and his family, according to a letter to investors. Keith Anderson, 51, chief investment officer since February 2008, is leaving, said the letter, signed by Soros’s sons Jonathan and Robert, who are co-deputy chairmen.   Read More

 

Here is something fun to consider...
Eskimos Say Sun is in the Wrong Place - Earth has shifted!
Project NSearch
Glenn Canady
July 25, 2011

I think this video says it all.  The Inuits know more about the sun and stars than anybody because they use them everyday for navigation, hunting etc.  If anybody would notice something different then they would!

Watch this video.  I have noticed in Florida that the sun seems to be setting much too far North right now. This exactly matches up with the Eskimos are saying.  Read More

 

Obama and the Left: a problem for the WH?
Salon
Glenn Greenwald
July 26, 2011

In Salon today, Ed Kilgore argues that the White House ignores liberal dissatisfaction with the President because it is largely confined to the "liberal elite" and "liberal opinion leaders" but has not extended to the average liberal voter to any substantial degree.  To sustain this argument, Kilgore dismisses as statistically aberrational and insignificant a CNN article from last week about its new poll which found Obama's overall approval rating driven down to 45% "in part by growing dissatisfaction on the left with the president's track record in office" and "signs of a stirring discontent on the left"; CNN added: "roughly one in four Americans who disapprove of the president say they feel that way because he's not been liberal enough." 

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News of the unbelievable!
Mom spared jail in jaywalking conviction
Yahoo News
Liz Goodwin
July 26, 2011

Georgia mom Raquel Nelson was spared prison today in the sentencing phase of the jaywalking conviction she faced after her son was killed in a hit-and-run.

Nelson could have ended up spending more time in jail than the man who ran over her four-year-old son and sped off after a jury convicted her of jaywalking.  Read More

 

Produce pillaging on the rise in California as farm thieves nab fruits and veggies, farm equipment, copper
Natural News
Jonathan Benson
July 24, 2011

California's Central Valley, which has long been considered the nation's breadbasket, has also become a new hotbed for property crime. Except instead of stealing things like cars and high-dollar electronics, thieves there are stealing fruits and vegetables from farms, as well as farm equipment, and even the copper used to power water systems.

Dismal economic conditions, fewer rural law enforcement officers, and the continued influx of illegal aliens, have all contributed to a sharp increase in farm theft. Vineyards are having their grapes stolen, avocado groves are having their avocados stolen, beekeepers are having their bees stolen, and farms of all types are having their tractors, tools, truck batteries, and other equipment stolen as well.  Read More

 

Soooo...How is this even remotely constitutional???
Arkansas town council forbids citizens from freely meeting, forming groups without formal approval

Natural News
Jonathan Benson
July 21, 2011

Members of the Gould, Ark., city council, a town whose population is roughly 1,100, recently passed a new ordinance that prohibits all Gould residents from forming any kind of group or organization without first getting formal approval from the council.

In an apparent attempt to self-appoint themselves as the supreme overlords of Gould, council members left the language of their ordinance so broad that it technically prohibits residents from even discussing various matters with one another apart from official approval, a restriction that is both unconstitutional and, by all means, insane.  Read More

 

Missouri law includes vegetables in definition of garbage feeding
The Missourian
Ellen Thommesen, Will Floyd 
July 21, 2011

When Eric and Joanna Reuter of Chert Hollow Farm, 12 miles north of Columbia, decided they wanted to raise and sell pigs this spring, they checked out Missouri laws on feeding.

What they discovered surprised them: It is illegal to feed vegetables to pigs if the animals are going to be sold to consumers in Missouri.  Read More


UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg
July 20, 2011 

A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change.

Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence.

There has been talk, meanwhile, of a new environmental peacekeeping force – green helmets – which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources.  Read More

 

TSA body scans not unconstitutional says court of appeals
PROnline News
Jim Kouri
July 20, 2011 

The full-body scanning machines used at airport security checkpoints by the Transportation Security Administration security officers are not unconstitutional, according to a federal court ruling on Friday. 

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public-interest group, and individual plaintiffs had argued before the Washington, D.C., Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that the airports’ use of “advanced imaging technology” is an infringement on citizens’ Fourth Amendment right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. The court ruled Friday that it disagreed with the plaintiffs.  Read More

 

Former Jackson County Sgt. Charged With Theft, Forgery
KMBC Tv
July 20, 2011 

A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant is accused of claiming to work hours he did not and to pulling over drivers he did not stop. 

Lane Eitel, 54, of Lee’s Summit, was charged with four counts of forgery and three counts of theft.  Read More

 

You say privacy, they say, "No Way!!!
Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info
Local 10, Miami News
Jeff Weinsier
July 19, 2011

The state of Florida made $63 million last year selling what many think is personal information.   Local 10 has learned the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling people's names, addresses, dates of birth, a list of the vehicles they drive, and it's legal.

"Per federal mandate, there are companies that are entitled to this information. Insurance companies, for example, are entitled to this information. Employers are entitled to this information," said Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Read More  

 

Department of Transportation Sets Sights on Farmers' and States' Rights
New American
Bob Confer
July 18, 2011

The federal government just can’t stay out of agriculture. From subsidy programs that decide winners and losers in the markets by favoring corporate farms over family farms to ethanol rules that sacrifice food for fuel to laws that give undue influence and power to a select few pesticide and seed producers, Washington has maintained a stranglehold over farming that has forever altered the industry’s competitive landscape and doomed consumers to pay ever-higher prices at the grocery store.  Read More

McConnell outlines new proposal on debt ceiling
Washington Post
Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
July 12, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell moved Tuesday to head off a potentially disastrous U.S. default by offering President Obama new authority to raise the federal debt limit without cutting government spending.  Read More

Related:
Geithner’s Possible Departure Would Make Obama Rebuild Team For Campaign
Bloomberg
Hans Nichols
July 2, 2011

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s potential departure from the administration would force President Barack Obama to assemble a new economic team as he enters a re-election campaign that’s likely to be dominated by voter concern over jobs.  Read More

And...
Debt-Ceiling Deal Must Come by Mid-July to Avert Default, Officials Say
Bloomberg
Mike Dorning and Laura Litvan
June 30, 2011

Negotiators will need to reach agreement on raising the U.S. debt limit no later than July 22 so that legislation can get passed in time to stave off a default on U.S. debt, two Democratic officials familiar with the talks said.  Read More

 

Well...Hopefully this is good news for this border town...
New Mexico town dissolves police dept after gun smuggling scandal
Yahoo News
Lynn Goodwin
July 12, 2011

The scandal-plagued, tiny New Mexico border town of Columbus is dissolving its police department and asking the county sheriff to protect its citizens.

An employee at Columbus City Hall confirmed to The Lookout that the police force has been dissolved. The Luna County Sheriff's Office will now take over patrolling the town.  Read More

 

Homeland Security Gives MTA 10$ Million Dollars For Psyops Ad Campaign
American Sans-Culottes.com
July 11, 2011

This latest ad-campaign is a brilliant attempt to strike fear into the hearts and minds of the American Public. One will see the genius behind the psychological operation in the videos bellow. These videos are meant to scare the public into turning on their neighbors and other fellow countrymen.

Do we really need to be told to call 911 when seeing something that warrants the attention of law enforcement?  The country is in dire straights when it comes to our debt. Should we really be pouring money down the drain to fund over the top ad-campaigns?  Read More

 

Out-of-Control AZ Meeting Goes Viral
My Fox Phoenix
Dan Spindle Reports
July 10, 2011

The small town of Quartzsite is getting a lot of attention after a video goes viral. It shows a woman being hauled out of town council meeting.

She was there to talk about a tax that wasn't mandated, but the council says she was out of order.  (There is video at the site!)  Read More

 

Independent Report Blows lid off child Sex Trafficking Trade...Sandy Foster has been investigating this for a number of years, and publishing on the internet...FINALLY her research has paid off and the story has been picked up by the main stream!
U.S. Fishing Tours Accused of Running Child Sex Trips in Brazil
Bloomberg
Jesse Hamilton
July 9, 2011

Sex with minors, not just fishing, was part of the tour in Brazil’s Amazon, according to filings in a lawsuit brought against a Georgia man that state he is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Richard W. Schair, who ran fishing tours to Brazil for U.S. customers, filed papers in federal court July 7 in an effort to delay a lawsuit. The papers refer to investigations by both U.S. and Brazilian authorities. In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Gainesville, Georgia, the plaintiffs said he used alcohol, drugs and promises of money to lure girls aboard a fishing boat, the Amazon Santana.  Read More

 

Jellyfish shut down 3 nuclear power-plants
Advanced Aquarist
Leonard Ho
July 8, 2011

Jellyfish just might pose a greater security risk to nuclear power-plants than terrorists! In the span of three weeks, jellyfish have shut down three separate nuclear power stations: One in Japan, one in Scotland, and one in Israel.  Read More

 

Remarks by the President on the Monthly Jobs Report
Presidential Speech, July 8, 2011

Good morning, everybody.  Obviously, over the last couple of days, the debate here in Washington has been dominated by issues of debt limit, but what matters most to Americans, and what matters most to me as President, in the wake of the worst downturn in our lifetimes, is getting our economy on a sounder footing more broadly so the American people can have the security they deserve.  Read More

Bureau of labor Statistics Report for June

 

UN Demands $76 Trillion for “Green Technology”
The New American
James Heiser
July 7, 2011

With the Western nations continuing their downward economic spiral, the advocates of the United Nations’ redistributionist schemes also continue to exploit the environmental agenda in their effort to fundamentally alter the global economy to serve their own ends.

Despite the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009 to achieve its goal of a treaty binding the industrialized world to an economic suicide pact, the "voluntary" agreements are still a threat to the West. The UN is engaged in an effort to use the imagined environmental crisis as the justification for a program of sweeping economic redistribution that would shift trillions of dollars from the industrialized nations to the Third World. The UN is now demanding an “investment” of $1.9 trillion per year in “green technology” to meet the goals that the internationalists have set for the nations of the world. Read More

 

US warns airlines: Terrorists interested in surgically implanting bombs in humans for attacks
Washington Post
Julie Pace
July 6, 2011

Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.”  Read More

 

Not new news for anyone who has been listening to Alternative Media, but it's worth reviewing!
Checklist: America Meets 90% of Karl Marx’s Demands
Worldnet Daily
Kirk Elliot
July 6, 2011

I recently re-read "The Communist Manifesto" written by Karl Marx in 1848.

What I read was a bit shocking. Marx had "10 planks" that this evil manifesto was based upon and he advocated the use of any means to accomplish these socialist goals including violent revolutions. The planks are listed bellow, followed by my comment on how it applies to America today:  Read More

Communist Manifesto can also be read here...

 

America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta
Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News
Patrik Jonnson
July 5, 2011

Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history.  Read More

 

Judge: Google Can Be Sued for Wiretapping in Street View Debacle
Wired
David Kravets
June 30, 2011

A federal judge has found that Google can be held liable for damages for secretly intercepting data on open Wi-Fi routers. The ruling is a serious legal setback for the search giant over activity it has engaged in across the United States for years.  Read More

Related:
Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Warrantless GPS Monitoring
Wired
David Kravets
June 27, 2011

At the Obama administration’s urging, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to review whether the government, without a court warrant, may affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.

The Justice Department told the justices that “a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements from one place to another,”  Read More

 

Issa staffer: Gunrunner investigation points much higher than ATF director
Daily Caller
Matthew Boyle
June 21, 2011


Chairman Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller the congressman expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than acting ATF director Kenneth Melson.

Melson is widely expected to resign some time in the next couple of days in the face of political pressure from Issa’s investigations into Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast Furious.  Read More

 

What have I been saying the entire time!?!?!?!  Government CANNOT run a program this big.  They didn't read it, they have no clue what's in it, and it is already costing more than projected...STOP THE MADNESS!!!
Obama Health Care Law Glitch Opens Medicaid To Millions Of Middle-Class Americans
Huffington Post
Richard Alonso-Zandivar
June 21, 2011

President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.  (Remember Nancy Pelosi's words, "But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it."  See Video Clip from Blood of Patriots.) 

The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.

Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly.  Read More

 

Citizen to the CIA: It’s Treason
Post and Mail
Suzanne Short
June 20, 2011

Attention CIA:

Below you will see information that was released by Major General Paul Vallely.  The Major General possesses a reputation beyond reproach.  The Patriots who have been striving to their utmost and beyond their call of duty as a citizen of this country believe this information to be quite accurate considering the source.  Read More



War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
New York Times
Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker
June 19, 2011

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects and birds.    Read More

Old news, but what do you think?  Be sure to read the Update to the side...
Chinese company eyes Boise
Idaho Statesman
Rocky Barker
December 31, 2010

A Chinese national company is interested in developing a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers and homes south of the Boise Airport.

Officials of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. have broached the idea — based on a concept popular in China today — to city and state leaders.

They are also interested in helping build and finance a fertilizer plant near American Falls, an idea company officials returned to Idaho this month to pursue.  Read More

Canada unveils mesmerizing “polymer” money
Yahoo News
Liz Goodwin
June 22, 2011

The Bank of Canada is rolling out new, plastic-based $100 bills, which will hit the country's wallets by November.

In this frankly mesmerizing video, above, a narrator explains the bill's numerous security features, including a hidden circle of numbers that match the note's value. It can only be seen by holding up the "frosted maple leaf window" to a "single-point light source."  Read More

 

Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites
MSNBC
Jeff Donn
June 21, 2011

Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.    Read More  

 

Obama Just Eliminated Health Care Waivers, Meaning 1,433 Companies Will Have To Pay
Business Insider
Gus Lubin
June 18, 2011

The White House announced late last night that it would end the health care waivers program.

The program exempted some employers from a requirement to offer at least $1.25 million worth of coverage annually.

Currently there are 1,433 employers who use the program, covering 3 million Americans, according to the LA Times. Starting in September they will have to offer coverage.   Read More

GAO Report: ObamaCare Waivers Issued to Prevent Premium Increases Caused By Health Law’s Mandates
Reason Magazine
Peter Suderman
June 15, 2011

For months, it’s been unclear how the Obama administration’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)—the new bureaucracy set up to regulate health insurance under ObamaCare—was deciding whether to hand out waivers to businesses and unions seeking exemptions from some of the law’s requirements.  Read More

Related:
Helping Americans Keep the Coverage They Have and Promoting Transparency
Listed Waivers

 

Our own little Fukushima...
Project Flood: Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant under serious flood threat
Examiner.com
Deborah Dupre
June 21, 2011

After the Army released near record water from six major reservoirs, levees have failed to hold the Missouri River so flooding now poses a "serious threat" to Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant according to today's International Business Times article.

IBTimes Staff Reporter reported at 4:17 AM EDT that "Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant was reportedly very close to getting engulfed by the floodwaters, raising fears of a crisis similar to Japan’s Fukushima disaster."  Read More

Related:
Airspace Over Flooded Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Still Closed
Business Insider
Ricky Kreitner
June 15, 2011

A fire in Nebraska's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.

The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.

On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.  Read More

 

Bellevue man files suit after FBI raids wrong house
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Richard Lord
June 15, 2011

A Bellevue man whose home was searched in an FBI-led drug raid -- apparently in an effort to find someone who had moved away -- filed a lawsuit today alleging constitutional violations.

  Gary Adams and his family were distressed, embarrassed and humiliated when agents "battered down the door to his home and armed with assault rifles stormed into his house March 3 in a misguided attempt to serve an arrest warrant on a person who was not related to or who had ever resided with" them, according to a press release by Downtown attorney Timothy P. O'Brien, representing the family.    Read More

 

This is interesting...Wonder how THIS can be contributed to "Global Warming"...
Massive Plasma Waves Sweep the Sun --NASA: "We're seeing things we've never seen before"
The Daily Galaxy
June 10, 2011

A huge storm on the sun this past week unleashed what some have called the most massive eruption of solar plasma ever seen. NASA astronomers said the huge June 7 solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, probably wasn't the biggest ever, but it is notable both for its size and its odd behavior, as massive  waves of plasma roared off the sun only to rain back down on the solar surface.  Read More

 

Could this be true?  Probably!!!
China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills
CNS News
Terence Jeffrey
June 3, 2011

China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury.

Treasury bills are securities that mature in one year or less that are sold by the U.S. Treasury Department to fund the nation’s debt.  Read More

 

Obama solicitor general: If you don't like mandate, earn less money
Washington Examiner
Phillip Klein
June 2, 2011

President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.

Neal Kumar Katyal, the acting solicitor general, made the argument under questioning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, which was considering an appeal by the Thomas More Law Center.  Read More

 

New Mexico High Court Rules Cops Can Seize Guns During Traffic Stops
Reason Magazine
Nick Gillespie
June 1, 2011

Police officers in New Mexico can take guns away from drivers who pose no threat. The state supreme court ruled on May 20 that “officer safety” is more important than any constitutional rights a gun-owning motorist might have. The ruling was handed down in deciding the fate of Gregory Ketelson who was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over on November 13, 2008.  Read More



Black Boxes Becoming More Common in Cars
FoxNews
John Brandon
June 1, 2001

Imagine driving down the interstate on your daily commute, minding your own business. In the lane next to you, a car starts swerving erratically and comes dangerously close to your own vehicle. You decide to reach for the “Jesus button” on your dash, which notifies local law enforcement about the drunk driver. After a few seconds, the car next to you stalls and glides harmlessly to the shoulder.  Read More

 

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