Well, well, well….it’s almost fun watching the carnivorous dinosaurs eat each other. You also know what this means; at the end of the day, Sestak has got to be defeated because he is accepting the endorsement of one of the worst offenders in Congress. That old adage about judging a person’s character by the people that he associates with is raising it’s ugly head again. Hopefully, this time around more people will be paying attention, and act judiciously.
Monster readers know that Google is a corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations (who is no friend to Constitutional Americans), therefore, will not find the following tidbit of information surprising.
Anyone who’s a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more.
As of last Friday, even searchers who aren’t logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a ‘better service’.
The company explained: “What we’re doing today is expanding Personalized Search so that we can provide it to signed-out users as well. This addition enables us to customise search results for you based upon 180 days of search activity linked to an anonymous cookie in your browser.”
However, if you’ve previously been a fan of the log-out method to avoid being tracked, there’s still the option to disable the cookie by clicking a link at the top right of a search results page.
The pResident made a special trip to the Hill today to give the democratic caucus a “pep talk” about how they will be going down in history when they pass the lynchpin of socialist policies health care reform. Let’s not forget the transparency angle as deals were being made behind closed doors….again!
President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a “pep talk” on healthcare Sunday, telling them they stood to make history if they passed a bill expanding healthcare coverage to millions of Americans.
Obama, during a rare Sunday Democratic caucus in the Senate, said that the healthcare reform bill, which seeks to provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans, is “the most important social legislation since Social Security,” according to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
“He reminded us why we’re here, he reminded us why we run for office and he reminded us how many people are counting on us to come through,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Senate Democrats leaving the meeting expressed confidence that they would eventually pass a bill that would help Americans and would help Democrats politically as they enter into a crucial mid-term election year.
If they passed the bill, Democrats would be “rewarded in ’10, and in 10 years, in 20 years, in 30 and 40,” Baucus said. “Nothing’s more important.”
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said that Obama’s message was most effective when he was “putting into context how important [the healthcare bill] was to the economy and what this means in terms of how people judge this Congress and what happens to us.”
Obama said that despite their progress, Democrats should pass healthcare to show Americans that they can tackle big problems, Casey said.
“We tend to forget we’ve been about as productive a Congress as there’s been in a long time, but we’ve got to get this done to demonstrate that we can get something this substantial done,” Casey said.
Baucus said that Democrats would be able to get the 60 votes to invoke cloture on the bill to end debate and eventually pass it. He predicted that would happen within a week or two.
Sen. Tom Coburn has come out today stating that this bill will cost $2.5 Trillion and leaves millions uninsured. I am more prone to believe a practicing doctor with more than 25 years of experience than democrats who have actually failed at everything they are rammed through so far. (See next segment below)
What is important about Sen. Casey’s statement about being productive goes to the newest marketing scheme come up with by the Democrats and announced this past Friday. The reality vs. the rhetoric is amazing.
I have always thought that the IRS is totally un-Constitutional and is the KGB of America. The story of Seattleite Rachel Porcaro, a member of the working poor alongside so many millions of us shines a laser on how the IRS can say anything and do anything to average Americans, while meanwhile, ACORN is still being protected by Eric Holder and receives taxpayer money.
Rachel Porcaro knows she’s hardly rich. When you’re a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, you don’t need government experts to tell you how broke you are.
But that’s what happened. The government not only told Porcaro she was poor. They said she was too poor to make it in Seattle.
It all started a year ago, when Porcaro, a 32-year-old mom with two boys, was summoned to the Seattle office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She had been flagged for an audit.
She couldn’t believe it. She made $18,992 the previous year cutting hair at Supercuts. A few hundred of that she spent to have her taxes prepared by H&R Block.
“I asked the IRS lady straight upfront — ‘I don’t have anything, why are you auditing me?’ ” Porcaro recalled. “I said, ‘Why me, when I don’t own a home, a business, a car?’ ”
The answer stunned both Porcaro and the private tax specialist her dad had gotten to help her.
“They showed us a spreadsheet of incomes in the Seattle area,” says Dante Driver, an accountant at Seattle’s G.A. Michael and Co. “The auditor said, ‘You made eighteen thousand, and our data show a family of three needs at least thirty-six thousand to get by in Seattle.”
“They thought she must have unreported income. That she was hiding something. Basically they were auditing her for not making enough money.”
Seriously? An estimated 60,000 people in Seattle live below the poverty line — meaning they make $11,000 or less for an individual or $22,000 for a family of four. Does the IRS red-flag them for scrutiny, simply because they’re poor?
I asked the local office of the IRS. They said they couldn’t comment for privacy reasons.
“We can’t give you any kind of broad interview because your request is associated with the case of an individual taxpayer,” IRS Media Relations said in a statement.
So I’ll just tell you Rachel’s story.
Please take the time to go over and read the whole article because you will not believe how the story turns out, and it will get you off the couch to abolish the IRS along with The Federal Reserve, and flipping this Congress and White House. The left wanted a revolution and they are going to get their wish.
It appears that the Illinois prison is going to become Gitmo 2.0, and rather soon.
CHICAGO — Despite opposition from congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is signaling that a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., will probably become the new home for scores of terrorism suspects now housed at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Officials from the White House, Defense Department and U.S. Bureau of Prisons spent two hours last week briefing more than a dozen members of the Illinois congressional delegation in the office of Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). To reassure skeptical Republicans, they emphasized security.
Although the officials left open the possibility that another site could be chosen, participants emerged from the session convinced that the U.S. government will buy the largely unused $145 million Thomson Correctional Center, which was built in 2008.
If all goes well, administration sources involved in closing the Guantanamo Bay prison anticipate a handover of the Thomson facility by late winter. It would then take several months to prepare the prison to a level “beyond supermax” and put the staff in place, according to federal estimates.
In Thomson, a town near the Mississippi River, popular support is strong for a federal purchase of the prison. Unemployment in the area is 10.5 percent, and the White House suggests that as many as 3,000 jobs could be created — some going to local hires, others to people who would move to the area.
I wonder how much those 3,000 jobs will cost us (above and beyond the $145 Million), and is anybody surprised that Jan “My Single Payer Friends, The Man Was Right” and “Tea Partiers Are Despicable” Schakowski is for terrorists being brought inside our borders and given the Constitutional rights of citizens?
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who, along with the state’s senior Democratic leadership, supports the prison deal, dismisses GOP opposition as “politics at its worst.”
“We can defeat Republican efforts to stop this,” said Schakowsky, who contends the GOP is “‘absolutely politicizing the situation. They’re looking for any angle that would make the president somehow look soft on terrorists. Fear, in the past, has been their friend.”
Go to the link above to read the rest, and if anyone from Thomson, Illinois happens to stop by – please leave a comment on what is really going on in your town.
Hundreds of protesters rallied in the rain outside Manhattan’s federal court Saturday against plans to try the accused 9/11 mastermind and four cohorts in a civilian trial.
Loved ones of those killed in the 2001 terror attacks took to a podium to voice their concerns, and scores more huddled under umbrellas and braved the cold.
“We’re here not just to send a message to New Yorkers but to the people of America to become energized and activated,” said Debra Burlingame, 55, whose brother, Charles, was the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. “My brother spent the last minutes of his life fighting highjackers, he would want me to fight against the trial. “
Keep America Safe has a rather convincing video slamming Obama’s tough talking rhetoric (Always Get Tape):
Lt. Col. Allen West is again running for U.S. Congress, and considering the roughshod treatment that Americans are receiving at the hands of most of our elected non-representatives, one may think that this decorated former military man has a fighting chance this time around, especially against a democrat that has Nancy Pelosi’s talking points engraved on his brain.
Congressional candidate Lieutenant Colonel West speaking at the American Freedom tour in Fort Lauderdale Florida at the Revolution Nightclub, 10.21.09 For more information about the West for Congress campaign or to become involved please go here.
You will remember the dustup surrounding Lt. Col. West in 2003 when he was charged with aggravated assault and accepted non-judicial punishment for scaring an Iraqi into being more forthcoming with information about attacks on American soldiers.
While serving in Taji, Iraq on August 20, 2003 as commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Lieutenant Colonel West was in charge of the interrogation of an Iraqi police officer who was suspected of having information about planned attacks on American forces. According to the Iraqi police officer, Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi claimed that during the interrogation, soldiers under West’s supervision assaulted him attempting to get him to talk.
The police officer insisted that he did not know anything about planned attacks and was loyal to the United States Army. However, when the detainee didn’t talk, Lieutenant Colonel West fired his 9mm pistol close to the man’s head and at this point, the man, according to some mainstream media such as CNN, gave information about a planned ambush, resulting in its being thwarted. According to West, there were no further ambushes on U.S. forces in Taji until he was relieved of command on October 4, 2003.
West, who at the time was just short of having 20 years of service, was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and was in danger of receiving an 11 year prison sentence, dishonorable discharge and losing his retirement benefits. West was processed through an Article 32 hearing in November 2003, where he admitted wrongdoing, was fined $5,000 over two months for misconduct and assault. He then submitted his resignation, and was allowed to retire with full benefits in the summer of 2004.
After West’s resignation was brought to public attention the next Fall, he received over two thousand letters and e-mails from the American public offering him moral support. In addition, a letter was drafted to the Secretary of the Army, its signatories being ninety-five members of Congress in West’s support. Even a prominent critic of the Abu Graib affair, Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, wrote a letter to his constituents in support of West’s honorable intentions during the controversial incident.
In January 2004, the conservative Frontpage Magazine named West its Man of the Year.
For those you interested in this former Ft. Hood Commander’s thoughts about the massacre at Ft. Hood, go here.