Condi must go
Under NSPD-51, only limited ‘National Essential Functions’ of government will continue, which may or may not include Congress and the courts. NSPD-51 assures us: “Enduring Constitutional Government means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches...” This “matter of comity,” which usually refers to the informal and voluntary recognition of jurisdiction among courts, is troublesomely ambiguous in this context. Is Bush claiming that he, rather than the
Free speech zones. Taser guns. Hidden cameras. Data mining. A new security curriculum. Private security contractors? Welcome to the new homeland security campus.
From Harvard to UCLA, the ivory tower is fast becoming the latest watchtower in Fortress
... and an excuse to make the big pharma lobbyists happy!
A newly released video has corroborated the account of Danny Riley, a supporter of income tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown, who claimed that he was fired at by
One by one your freedoms are being taken away, not by "The toilet" but by a government that has grown afraid of you and will never rest easy until you are helpless before them.
Reporter: Mr. President, following up on Vladimir Putin for a moment, he said recently that next year, when he has to step down according to the constitution, as the president, he may become prime minister; in effect keeping power and dashing any hopes for a genuine democratic transition there ...
Bush: I've been planning that myself.
Ahahahahaha. That's funny. It's a great comedian who can give voice to what everyone else is just thinking.
I still remember Bush's joke about being dictator.
Twenty-five protesters, most of them Baltimore high school students, were detained yesterday after they charged up the steps of the State House demanding that Gov. Martin O'Malley be arrested for not addressing what they called a "historic underfunding" of Maryland public schools.
"Look, government is choosing, government is setting priorities, and it's either education that you'll never get yo use in this economy anyway, or this big new shiny bomb!" -- Official White Horse Souse
What Lichtblau, Risen and Shane are describing is the dawn of a new
Florida law prohibits local governments from using images from cameras mounted at intersections to issue traffic tickets, but some cities have found a loophole.
So much for "Will of the people."
On Thursday night, Waxman said he was scheduling a hearing for Feb. 15 and challenged the White House to explain spokesman Tony Fratto's remark that "we have absolutely no reason to believe that any e-mails are missing."
This appears to be more sound and fury (remember Waxman's having subpoenaed Condolezza Rice?) which will, again, signify absolutely nothing.
Waxman and his colleagues, from both sides of the isle, appear to be collectively impotent to hold this administration accountable for anything.
The White House possesses no archived e-mail messages for many of its component offices, including the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President, for hundreds of days between 2003 and 2005, according to the summary of an internal White House study that was disclosed yesterday by a congressional Democrat.
Now, keep in mind that the White House does not own those e-mails. YOU DO. Everything the White House Generates is work product owned by their employer, the people of the
This is YOUR property the White House made you pay for, then destroyed.
What was on those emails? Well, we can guess part of it. The missing period is when the whole Valerie Plame affair went down, which is also when the White House was trying to keep the lid on the fact that they had lied to the world about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Valerie Plame was outed as a side-effect of the campaign to discredit her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson who had gone public exposing the forged documents Bush cited in his claim that
The White House is still clinging to the claim that the Iraq WMD debacle was an innocent mistake, but were any emails to surface that proved the White House was knowingly lying, Congress would be forced to act, or following Congress' failure to do so, We The People would be justified in firing our errant employees en masse.
The Bush administration did not rebuild
Steffey's attorney says her clothes, including her underwear and bra, were stripped from her body by at least seven male and female sheriff's deputies and jail workers. She lay face down in handcuffs at the time.
The sheriff denies this was a strip search.
And get this; the woman that the cops strip-searched WAS THE CRIME VICTIM!
"We protect you by keeping track of everywhere you drive, which fast food places you eat at, the "special men's club" you visit for a few beers on the way home..." -- Official White Horse Souse
Now, this administration has just the tools in place to do this, if it decides to use them.
I would not put it past the FBI to have actually been behind the mailings of these anthrax letters as part of the terror campaign which the Bush Administration and its criminal minions have been waging against the American people since 9-11. A bogus war on terror which led to the Patriot Act and the most intense assault on American freedoms in the history of this country.
There is little doubt that this bill is specifically targeting the growing patriot community that is demanding the restoration of the Constitution.
Ostensibly, the bill targets United States citizens because of its constant reference to basic Constitutional protections, but this has led some to fear that it is intended to shut down free speech on the Internet and stifle patriot and alternative talk radio networks.
Subsequently in 2008, under the Federal Government's "Secure Flight Program" the Government will begin not allowing U.S. Citizens on domestic flights until the government has prescreened a passenger's information against "government Watch Lists." On its face—that sounds great. Everyone wants safe air travel. The Government states, "Watch Lists" will be used to identify individuals who "may pose" a known or suspected threat to aviation or national security. But what does that mean? "May pose a suspected threat—to national security? U.S. Government officials have called protesters potential terrorists and a threat to national security. The words "May pose a suspected threat... " are so vague one can't help wonder if that could" apply to an individual wanting to fly to an anti-war or environmental protest. You can read about the Government "Watch Lists" in the "Secure Flight Program" at: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm
Note the Federal Government never defines what "may pose" actually means when they state, "may pose a suspected threat" to national security. Have Americans reached a point where Citizens need to ask their representatives to clearly explain what lawful conduct or activities "may pose" a threat to National Security. Especially because S.1959 the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" could be passed by the Senate. That Federal bill vaguely defines "homegrown terrorism" as "any planned act" that might use force to promote or accomplish a "political or social objective." No actual force need occur. Government need only allege that an individual or organization thought about using force.
Mr. Marshall said he did not understand “how Web sites owned by a British national operating via a Spanish travel agency can be affected by U.S. law.” Worse, he said, “these days not even a judge is required for the U.S. government to censor online materials.”
The airlines, in fact, are worried, because travelers with driver’s licenses from states that do not have a waiver would have to use a passport or a military ID, or face additional screening, including a pat-down.
The only reason the telecoms would need retroactive immunity from prosecution is if they broke the law. Even if they broke the law at the Bush adminstration's request they chose to break the law without any guarantee of immunity.
They knew they were breaking the law. Since when do lawbreakers get immunity?
For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program.
Migrant workers chained beaten and forced into debt, exposing the human cost of producing cheap food
The Department of Justice declined to prosecute a State Department employee who allegedly sexually assaulted a female Halliburton/KBR worker in Iraq, despite a recommendation from the State Department that he be charged, according to an internal document obtained by ABC News.
Well, there you have it: the State Department is completely above the law!
When Hermann Hesse warned of the rise of Fascism in Germany, he was rejected by a majority of the population. The truth is that most people were experiencing first hand the benefits of Fascist ideology. Today we look at that part of our global history with shame, asking ourselves how something like Auschwitz could be allowed to happen.
Among the sixteen days for which email are missing from Vice President Cheney's office is Sept. 30, 2003, the same day the day the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they were investigating who outed former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.
That morning, then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales ordered the president and the vice president's staff to "preserve all materials that might be relevant" to an inchoate Justice Department probe.
Keep in mind that the outing of Valerie Plame is the visible tip of a very ugly iceberg that leads straight to the President lying this nation into a pointless war of conquest.
There is no greater crime a leader can commit against his own people then to lie them into a war of conquest. It is certainly not a power the Constitution grants to the United States government.
The Department of Homeland security is forging ahead and finalizing plans to use a network of spy satellites for domestic surveillance despite the fact that the Congressional committee supposedly overseeing the program has had no update on it for over three months.
ABC breaks the ice for us: in the future, and not too far into it, the process of getting and renewing a driver’s license will become more difficult, stressful, and fraught with all manner of unnecessary nonsense supposedly designed to protect us from terrorists, or rather CIA patsies paraded about to frighten us into submission, and as well prevent illegals from taking to the roads, never mind Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia allow illegals to hold a license, thus demonstrating the above is little more than a threadbare excuse.
After an outcry of objections, the California Energy Commission withdrew its proposal to require new buildings in the state to have radio-controlled thermostats that, in a power emergency, could be used to override customers’ temperature settings.
Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price events" those changes are limited to +/- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes. During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them.
To anyone contemplating coming to the US for business or vacation: just please don't.
We're treating foreign nationals, no matter how nice they may be, as criminals at US airports and border crossings these days.
In fact, we're treating US citizens, no matter how innocent and blameless they may be, as criminals at these locations as well.
Without comment, the Supreme Court decided not to hear We The People v. United States, a case which, if heard, would have required the Court to declare -- for the first time history -- whether the Government is obligated to respond to proper Petitions by ordinary, private individuals for Redress of Grievances – specifically Grievances alleging unconstitutional behavior by the Government, and whether the individual having so Petitioned, has the Right to act to peacefully hold the Government accountable if the Government refuses to respond.
In plain language, the Supreme Court has just told the American people that it is none of their business if the government is acting Constitutionally or not.
The court said plaintiffs represented by the ACLU could not sue the government because they could not prove their communications had been warrantlessly monitored by the National Security Agency. ACLU legal director called it a "Catch-22" scenario because records of who the government spied on were classified.
We are beginning to sink to the level of the old Soviet Union and Eastern Germany in terms spying on our own citizens. - M. R.
"One officer crushed his knee into Mr. Jacob's back," the complaint states. "They then repeatedly slammed his head onto the car and then pressed his head against the car for some time."
Additional officers arrived on the scene with a witness to the earlier accident. The witness told them Jacob was the wrong guy.
"'I told you it was a white Maxima,'" the witness reportedly said, according to the complaint. Jacob drives a white Infiniti.
Jacob told the cops he was experiencing chest pains and began coughing uncontrollably.
A female cop said, "Nice acting," according to Jacob, and then drove off. Jacob said he struggled to drive home, stopping to vomit on the side of the road.
His wife rushed him to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a heart attack.
Whatever happened to "protect and serve?"
James Bludsworth, 54, a man with no criminal record, was was slumped over behind the wheel. Because of his condition he was not responsive to police commands. Police then fired tasers at the sick man three times. A police officer now says that he smelled alcohol on Bludsworth, even though later testing showed no trace of alcohol in his system.
For obvious reasons, it is highly disturbing that the U.S. Government imprisons journalists for years without bothering to charge them with any crime. The U.S. is doing the same with A.P. photojournalist Bilal Hussein. These aren't "prisoners of war" captured fighting on a battlefield, but rather, accredited journalists taking pictures and filming events that the U.S. Government dislikes.
I keep thinking that I'm going to wake up from this nightmare, but the nightmare is the waking reality with which I'm confronted on a daily basis.
The US used to be a country based on the rule of law and due process: not any more.
It seems that an affidavit she faxed to the local school district for the 2006-2007 school year, documenting her homeschooling plans, was lost by the district. So when she went to court with her juvenile son to have the charges dismissed (under a case held in abeyance procedure) stemming from a clash among children, she suddenly was presented with four counts against her for failing to comply with the state's compulsory education requirement.
THE USA GOVERNMENT'S cryptologic organisation, the National Security Agency, has admitted that it is behind some of the security changes to Microsoft's operating system Vista.
Well, no WONDER it's screwed up to the point of paralysis! The government touched it!
The Bush Administration shocked lawmakers and analysts two months ago when it denied a member of the House Homeland Security Committee permission to examine classified plans for maintaining the functioning of the government in the event of a major natural disaster or terrorist attack.
'Gagged' FBI Whistleblower, Risking Jail, Says American Media Has Refused Her Offer to Disclose Classified Information, Including Criminal Allegations, Information Concerning 'Security of Americans' Charges Several Mainstream Publications Have Been Informed of 'Full Story' by Other FBI Leakers Nearly a Year Ago, Have Remained Mum...
Ferrell is now suing the city of Cookeville, the police department, Putnam County, and the sheriff's office for $10 million.
Federal marshals are combing New Hampshire and other parts of the country for Ed and Elaine Brown sympathizers suspected of plotting violence in retaliation for the Plainfield couple's arrest last week.
"Suspected of plotting?"
Since when is it a crime to THINK about violence?
Can anyone show me just where in the Constitution it allows the President to break the laws, let alone authorize other people to break the laws?
A Los Angeles judge has rejected a decision by United States President George W Bush to allow the Navy to use sonar equipment accused of endangering marine life, saying there is no justification to override environmental laws.
The guard then insisted that cameras were banned because of the risk of a terrorist attack - and barred the bemused couple for life.
Another sterling recommendation for US tourism.
A mother and her two young daughters come to New York for a vacation. The mother comes down with pneumonia and has to go to the hospital. Because the daughters are minors, they are grabbed by New York Administration for Children's Services, strip-searched, interrogated if they had been abused or were suicidal, then separated and dumped into an orphanage!
The mother left the hospital before she was well in order to rescue her daughters, and NOW the New York Administration for Children's Services says it is investigating the mother!
Police Arrest 81 Protesters in Guantanamo Protest at Supreme Court
Demonstrators wearing orange jump suits intended to simulate prison garb were arrested inside and outside the building in the early afternoon. "Shut it down," protesters chanted as others kneeled on the plaza in front of the court.
They were charged with violating an ordinance that prohibits demonstrations of any kind on court grounds. Those arrested inside the building also were charged under a provision that makes it a crime to give "a harangue or oration" in the Supreme Court building.
You just have to appreciate the irony here.
Apparently, in front of that institution which allegedly exists to protect citizens under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, peaceful free speech has been banned.
Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'cause I'm the taxman,
yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'cause I'm the taxman,
yeah, I'm the taxman
If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman
Don't ask me what I want it for (ha ha Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more (ha ha Mr. Heath)
'cause I'm the taxman,
yeah, I'm the taxman
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'cause I'm the taxman,
yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me
The Tax Man -- The Beatles
Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.
Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.
Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.
If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me to my doom!'
And when he's gone,
We won't relax,
We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Marriage License Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax, Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'