Monday, August 20, 2012

JUST PLAIN FACT'S FOLKS ?

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No Matter What By Dr. Walter Williams, LIBERTERIAN

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YOUR VOTE'S ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY ANY ELECTION  EVER....

DR. Walter E. Williams
Walter E. WilliamsDr. Walter E. Williams, PhD; is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views. Wikipedia
Born: June 30, 1936 (age 76), Philadelphia
Education: University of California, Los Angeles
Books: Liberty versus the Tyranny of Socialism, state against Blacks, More
 
If you love the USA you will read this all the way to the end!  If you want our country to remain a democracy you will be watching all of the news stations and not just the ones owned by the Democratic Party--NBC, CBS, & ABC...watch Fox for awhile and pay very close attention because the truth is out there if you just pay attention.
Maybe you have read some newspaper articles written by Dr. Williams---a conservative. libertarian economist who happens to be Black. He has taught at several Universities and is currently teaching at George Mason University .
 
No Matter What

By Dr. Walter  Williams

  Can  President Obama be defeated in 2012?  No. He  can't.  I am going on record as saying that  President Barak Obama will win a second term.
The media won't tell  you this because a good election campaign means hundreds of millions (or in Obama's case billions) of dollars to them in advertising.

But the truth is,  there simply are no conditions under which Barak Obama can be defeated in 2012.
The  quality of the Republican candidate doesn't matter.   Obama gets reelected.
Nine percent unemployment?   No problem.  Obama will win. 
Gas  prices moving toward five  dollars a gallon?  He still wins. 
The economy soars or goes into the gutter.  Obama wins. 
War in the Middle East ?  He wins a second term.

America's role as the leading Superpower disappears? Just what he wants!
The U.S. government rushes toward bankruptcy, the  dollar continues to sink on world markets and the price of daily goods and services soars due to inflation fueled by Obama's extraordinary deficit spending? No matter.  Obama wins handily.

Many will say, “You are crazy Williams.  Don't you understand how volatile politics can be when overall economic, government, and world  conditions are declining?”  Sure I do.

And that's why I know Obama will win.  The American people are notoriously ignorant of economics.  And economics is the key to why Obama should be defeated.

Even when Obama's  policies lead the nation to final ruin, the majority of the American people are going to believe the bait-and-switch tactics Obama and his supporters in the media will use  to explain why it isn't his fault.  After all, things were much worse than understood when he took  office.

Obama's reelection is really a very, very simple math problem.  Consider the  following:

1) Blacks will vote for Obama blindly.  Period.  Doesn't matter what he does.  It's a race thing.  He's one of  us.
That’s why the media destroyed Herman Cain so handily. Too big a threat.

    
 2)  College educated women will vote for Obama.  Though they will be offended by this, they swoon at his oratory.   It's really not more complex than that.

 3)  Liberals will vote for Obama.  He is their great hope.

 4)  Democrats will vote for Obama.  He is the leader of their  party and his coat tails will carry them to victory nationwide.

 5)  Hispanics will vote for Obama.  He is the path to citizenship for those who are here illegally and Hispanic leaders recognize the political clout they carry in the Democratic  Party.

 6) Union  members will vote overwhelmingly for Obama. He is their  key to money and power in business, state and local politics.


7) Big  Business will support Obama.  They already have.  He has almost $1 Billion dollars in his reelection purse gained largely from his connections with Big Business and  is gaining more every day.  Big Business loves Obama because he gives them access to taxpayer money so long as they support his social and political agenda.

 8) The  media love him.  They may attack the people who work for him, but they love him.  After all, to not love him would be racist.

 9) Most  other minorities and special interest groups will vote for him.  Oddly, the overwhelming majority of Jews and Muslims will support him because they won't vote Republican.  American Indians will support him.  Homosexuals tend to vote Democratic.  And lastly…;

10) Approximately half of independents will vote for Obama.  And he doesn't need  anywhere near that number because he has all of the groups previously mentioned.  The President will win an  overwhelming victory in 2012. 

--  Dr.  Walter Williams

IN ADDITION TO THE VOTING BLOCKS HE MENTIONS, THERE IS ANOTHER HUGE GROUP:  NEARLY ONE-HALF OF ALL ADULTS DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES.  MOST OF THEM RECEIVE ENTITLEMENT MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT DO ANYTHING TO STOP THE FLOW OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO THEMSELVES.
 
It's  believed the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of   democracy, with some forty  percent of the nation's population already having reached the  "governmental dependency" phase. 

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal  invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the  USA in fewer than five years. 

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much  is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest  danger to our freedom.
WE CAN PROVE DR WILLIAMS WRONG
Please think this through. And then vote. The future of our Republic is literally at stake. WHICH CATAGORY ARE YOU IN ABOVE... VOTE   VOTE  VOTE  VOTE  VOTE..........




HIT THE ROAD BARRACK ?

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At the beginning of 2012, Newsweek asked “Why are Obama’s critics so dumb?”
This was par for the course, as with the rest of the mainstream media, they had joined in the hagiography of Obama when he was dutifully crowned with divinity:
I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above the world, he’s sort of God.”
Oh how the mighty are fallen!
Sunday morning conservatives were knocked out of their chairs with the just-released Newsweek with the magazine’s cover of a photo of Barack Obama, suit jacket swung over his shoulder, and looking arrogantly into the camera. The caption: “Hit the Road, Barack. Why We Need a New President.”
Inside is a 3000-word article by economist Niall Ferguson, excoriating Barack Hussein Obama for gutting the economy and putting us on a road to financial ruin. In slick magazine fashion, there are charts of the economy’s unemployment rate, sluggish growth, and skyrocketing debt.
It also delves into the fact that Obama’s lack of experience in either business or management has equated into a man that is clearly over his head; in which Niall Ferguson quotes Ron Suskind’s book, Confidence Men, of Larry Summers and Peter Orzag (Obama’s economic team) in conversation:
You know, Peter, we’re really home alone…I mean it. We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge.
A home where the children are left without adult supervision is problematic. But a country, the sole superpower in the world, without adult supervision is a recipe for disaster, as Niall Ferguson shows with Obama’s disastrous foreign policy leading to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East and the country’s path to financial ruin.
Is this the beginning of the end of the mainstream media’s love affair with Barack Hussein Obama? Will they send him packing? Will they tell him to “Hit the Road, Barack. And don’t you come back no more, no more…”
Let us hope so.

AMERICIA HALFTIME TWO BY CLINT EASTWOOD

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Whoa: Newsweek’s Latest Cover May Surprise You

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Now, we all know Newsweek isn’t shy when it comes to controversial cover photos and headline stories. Indeed, on more than a few occasions, Newsweek Editor Tina Brown has had to defend the magazine’s less-than-flattering photos and oftentimes incendiary articles.
Everyone’s also familiar with the publication’s left-leaning tendencies, right? Right.
Well, that’s precisely why Newsweek’s latest cover may surprise you:
Whoa: Newsweeks Latest Cover May Surprise You
“Hit the Road, Barack”
Whoa. Well, that‘s certainly a departure from the type of headline stories and cover photos we’ve grown accustomed to

EDITORIAL BY PAT BOONE

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Editorial...By Pat Boone



Pat Boone on Obama...Simply outstanding
When you have read what Pat Boone wrote about Obama (below), you may want to click on the link to "Snopes", which brings up a page telling you that this is an actual letter written by Pat Boone - and very well written, I might add. This is an excellent commentary that should be read by every American.


The President Without A Country
- Pat Boone


"We're no longer a Christian nation." - President Barack Obama, June 2009


" America has been arrogant." - President Barack Obama


"After 9/11, America didn't always live up to her ideals."- President Barack Obama


"You might say that America is a Muslim nation."- President Barack Obama, Egypt 2009


Thinking about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of president, I keep wondering what country he believes he's president of.


In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett Hale's "The Man without a Country," a young Army lieutenant named Philip Nolan stands condemned for treason during the Revolutionary War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed, young Nolan defiantly exclaims, "Damn the United States! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!"


The stunned silence in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge soberly says to the angry lieutenant: "You have just pronounced your own sentence. You will never hear of the United States again.. I sentence you to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country's naval vessels - under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you again about the country you have just cursed."


And so it was. Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan's dying hours in his small stateroom - now turned into a shrine to the country he foreswore - never fail to bring me to tears. And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America , refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.


But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president - a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young Americans, past and present, black and white - I want to ask him, "Just what country do you think you're president of?"


You surely can't be referring to the United States of America, can you? America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and ratified by Christians. It's because this was, and is, a nation built on and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you, sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her president.


You studied law at Harvard, didn't you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago ? Did you not ever read the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and an author of the landmark "Federalist Papers": "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers - and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation - to select and prefer Christians for their rulers"?


In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892: "Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian."


Did your professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till the mid 1900's that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson about a "wall of separation between church and state" was used to deny some specific religious expression - contrary to Jefferson 's intent with that statement?


Or, wait a minute: were your ideas about America's Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that "America is no longer a Christian nation"? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian, formed the belief that
“America has been arrogant"?

Even if that's the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of "not always living up to her ideals," how did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be "considered a Muslim nation"?


Is it because there are some 2 million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does that make us, by any rational definition, a "Muslim nation"?


Why are we not, then, a "Chinese nation"? A "Korean nation"? Even a "Vietnamese nation"? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than Muslims. And if the distinction you're trying to make is a religious one, why is America not "a Jewish nation"? There's actually a case to be made for the latter, because our Constitution - and the success of our Revolution and founding - owe a deep debt to our Jewish brothers.


Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time in Iran ? Even in Egypt ? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can't you? You do recall Muhammad's directives [Surah 9:5,73] to "break the cross" and "kill the infidel"?


It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are "no longer Christian," who have "failed to live up to our ideals," who "have been arrogant," and might even be "considered Muslim" - you are president of a country most Americans don't recognize.

 

Could it be you are a president without a country?

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All who love their Christian beliefs, and their country, should forward to all in your address books
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THE CHOOM GANG BY "TH DUMB OL' TEXAS BOY"

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

NUMBER 961: CHOOM CLOWNS!


Some folks ask, “Why has it taken four years to get the following information out.  Others say, “Why hasn't the main stream media investigated and published it?  Still others are wondering to themselves, “Why are we just now seeing this? 

Are you kiddin’ me!  Honestly, you don’t know the answers yet?  Get off the friggin’ couch and find some news, look up stuff on the net, read some blogs, ask friends or neighbors or go to Washington and demand the truth, but do something!  If, after all that has happened since this lil’ warped punk has taken office, you still do not have a clue why the media doesn’t put out the truth, then my friend, you are a lost cause!

Now, take a read about Barry and his Choom Gang:

1. The Choom Gang

A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School, an upper class prep school in Hawaii, whose members loved good times and called themselves the Choom Gang.  Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."

2. Total Absorption
As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called "TA," short for "total absorption."  In other words they’d get completely “zombied” out on the stuff.  No one or two puffs here, oh, and they did inhale!  A bunch!
3. Roof Hits

Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of "roof hits", which meant that Barry’s Gang would get in the car and all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.

4. Penalties
When you were with Barry and his pals, if you exhaled precious pakalolo (Hawaiian slang for marijuana, meaning "numbing tobacco") instead of absorbing it fully into your lungs, you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around. "Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated," explained one member of the Choom Gang, Tom Topolinski, the Chinese-looking kid with a Polish name who answered to Topo.

5. The Choomwagon
[Choom Gang member] Mark Bendix's Volkswagen bus, also known as the Choomwagon.  The other members considered Mark Bendix the glue which held the Gang together.  He was funny, creative, and uninhibited, with a thing for Marvel Comics. He also had that VW bus and a house with a pool, a bong (marijuana device), and a Nerf basketball, all enticements for them to slip off midday for a few unauthorized hours of recreation and weed.

6. Interceptions
Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted "Intercepted" and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.

7. Slippers
Choom Gang members often made their way to Aku Ponds at the end of Manoa Stream, where they slipped past the liliko'i vines and the KAPU (keep out) signs, waded into waist-high cool mountain water, stood near the rock where water rushed overhead, and held up a slipper (what flip-flops are called in Hawaii) to create an air pocket canopy. It was a natural high, they said, stoned or not.

8. Yearbook - Ray The Dealer
Ray was a long-haired haole hippie who worked at the Mama Mia Pizza Parlor not far from Punahou and lived in a dilapidated bus in an abandoned warehouse. … According to Topolinski, Ray the dealer was "freakin' scary." Many years later they learned that he had been killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover. But at the time he was useful because of his ability to "score quality weed."  He was Barry’s supplier.

In another section of the [senior] yearbook, students were given a block of space to express thanks and define their high school experience. … Nestled below [Obama's] photographs was one odd line of gratitude: "Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times."

9. Pumping Stations
Their favorite hangout was a place they called Pumping Stations, a lush hideaway off an unmarked, roughly paved road partway up Mount Tantalus. They parked single file on the grassy edge, turned up their stereos playing Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, and Stevie Wonder, lit up some "sweet-sticky Hawaiian buds" and washed it down with "green bottle beer" (the Choom Gang preferred Heineken, Becks, and St. Pauli Girl).

10. Veto
One of the favorite words in their subculture revealed their democratic nature. The word was veto. Whenever an idea was broached, someone could hold up his hand in the V sign (a backward peace sign of that era) and indicate that the motion wash not approved. They later shortened the process so that you could just shout "V" to get the point across. In the Choom Gang, all V's were created equal.

11. Maui Wowie, Kauai Electric, Puna Bud And Kona Gold:
In the Honolulu of Barry's teenage years marijuana was flourishing up in the hills, out in the countryside, in covert greenhouses everywhere. It was sold and smoked right there in front of your eyes and nose; Maui Wowie, Kauai Electric, Puna Bud, Kona Gold, and other local variations of pakololo were readily available.

12. The Barf Couch
The Barf Couch earned its name early in the first trimester when a freshman across the hall from Obama [in the Haines Hall Annex dorm at Occidental College] drank himself into a stupor and threw up all over himself and the couch. In the manner of pallbearers hoisting a coffin, a line of Annexers lifted the tainted sofa with the freshman aboard and toted it out the back door and down four steps to the first concrete landing on the way to the parking lot. A day later, the couch remained outside in the sun, resting on its side with cushions off (someone had hosed it clean), and soon it was back in the hallway nook.

13. The Annex Olympics
The main hallway at Haines Hall was called the Annex, home to the impromptu Annex Olympics: long-jumping onto a pile of mattresses, wrestling in underwear, hacking golf balls down the hallway toward the open back door, boxing while drunk. There were the non-Olympic sports of lighting farts and judging them by color, tipping over the Coke machine, breaking the glass fire extinguisher case, putting out cigarettes on the carpet, falling asleep on the carpet, flinging Frisbees at the ceiling-mounted alarm bell, tasting pizza boxes to the floor, and smoking pot from a three-foot crimson opaque bong, a two-man event involving the smoker and an accomplice standing ready to respond to the order "Hey, dude, light the bowl!"

Yessir.  We've come a long way in the few short years since Bill Clinton's famous but then necessary lie (no, Monica, we're talking about the other one) - you know, that he just didn't inhale.
More to follow, I'm sure.  People are beginning to talk about their history with Barry.

Imagine, over 70% of Jewish people and over 90% of Black people voted for this PUNK!  He got over 50% of all the voters in America!  What does this say about our voting system?  What does this say about our vetting process?  What does this say about our election process?  And hell, what does this say about half the folks in America?  Amazin' how far we have come!  Some say America is flourishing, but I say America has taken a HUGE step backwards since this pickled brain PUNK has taken the main leadership role!  Just shows how MONEY rules our politicians.  Given enough financial backing and corruption and even Charles Manson could be president!

Please Google Choom Gang for more info....

DON'T FORGE***************** - Obama, you insignificant lil' flea, you cannot defeat me! I am backed by a fella, who had spikes driven in both hands and feet, then he was hung on timbers and the only thing holding him up were those spikes, then he was stabbed and given up for dead, then he was entombed, then he walked out of that tomb and ascended up into the sky and after all of that he still lives today! Yes, this is my backing! What's yours? George Soros? I am laughing whole-heartedly right now! How small you really are Obama! Oh yeah, if you think this fella backing me is something, I just can't wait 'til you meet his father! Good luck, Hehehehehe! 

FDA ABANDONING DRUG SAFETY FOR BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES

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Shocking Story Reveals How the FDA Is Recklessly Abandoning Drug Safety

August 13 2012 |
By Dr. Mercola
In the wake of shocking reports on how the FDA, terrified of being outed for its questionable practices, spied on its own employees in the hopes of rooting them out before they could become whistleblowers, a new story has emerged on how deep the deceit goes. From marginalizing safety reports to not reading them at all―and then going ahead and approving the drugs in question―the FDA once more stands accused of being little more than a rubber-stamping agency for Big Pharma.
Explosive revelations of an intensive spy operation by the FDA on its own scientists emerged last month. Using sophisticated spy software, the agency tracked and logged every move made by the targeted individuals. The program even intercepted personal emails and copied documents on their personal thumb drives.
The targeted scientists had expressed concern over the agency's approval of dangerous medical imaging devices for mammograms and colonoscopies, which they believe expose patients to dangerous levels of radiation. Now, another whistleblower has stepped forward, and what he has to say about the agency's drug safety reviews is shocking even to the jaded...

Former FDA Reviewer Speaks Out About Systemic Suppression of Safety

Ronald Kavanagh was a drug reviewer for the FDA in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research from 1998 to 2008. In a recent interview he reveals how the FDA bypassed or ignored safety issues on major drugs approved during his employment. In an interview for the online news magazine Truth-Out, he tells Martha Rosenberg1:
"In the Center for Drugs [Center for Drug Evaluation and Research or CDER], as in the Center for Devices, the honest employee fears the dishonest employee.
There is also irrefutable evidence that managers at CDER have placed the nation at risk by corrupting the evaluation of drugs and by interfering with our ability to ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs. While I was at FDA, drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs. We were prevented, except in rare instances, from presenting findings at advisory committees.
In 2007, formal policies were instituted so that speaking in any way that could reflect poorly on the agency could result in termination. If we asked questions that could delay or prevent a drug's approval - which of course was our job as drug reviewers - management would reprimand us, reassign us, hold secret meetings about us, and worse. Obviously in such an environment, people will self-censor."
According to Kavanagh, people would be shocked if they knew just how malleable safety data is. As examples, he points out that human studies are typically too short and contain too few subjects to get a clear picture of potential risks. In such a scenario, even a single case of a serious adverse event must be taken very seriously, and data from other longer term safety studies also need to be carefully analyzed. Kavanagh claims he has seen drug reviews where the medical safety reviewer completely failed to make such evaluations prior to the drug's approval.

FDA Actively Thwarts Serious Safety Investigations

There's no telling how many ineffective and/or dangerous drugs and medical devices have been approved and ushered into market through sheer intimidation and bullying, either by pharmaceutical companies or FDA management. Perhaps even more shocking are the revelations that some of the internal rules and regulations of the FDA are clearly designed to thwart serious safety reviews from the get-go.
According to Kavanagh:
"[H]uman clinical pharmacology trials are typically done in Europe, yet clinical pharmacology reviewers at FDA have been barred from analyzing this information prior to studies being conducted in the US. Without being able to do this, we are unable to detect evidence of risks early and cannot provide guidance that would help with the development of the drug in terms not only of safety and proving efficacy, but also with the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the drug's development."
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TRACKING YOU BY YOUR CELL PHONE NOW LEGAL BY FEDERAL JUDGE

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Cell Phone Tracking by Police Is Legal, Says Federal Court

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2012
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Your cell phone sends out a signal that reveals where it is. “Can you hear me now? I’m right here.” Therefore, the authorities can find out where it is. If it is with you, then they know where you are.
Doesn’t the Fourth Amendment protect us from unreasonable searches and seizures? According to the 6th Court of Appeals of the U.S. government, cell phone tracking is not unreasonable.
This even applies to a pre-paid cell phone.
This ruling does not apply outside the 6th District. But it is now a legal precedent that law enforcement authorities will use in other districts. It could spread.
The majority opinion said this: “When criminals use modern technological devices to carry out criminal acts and to reduce the possibility of detection, they can hardly complain when the police take advantage of the inherent characteristics of those very devices to catch them.”
The violation came in 2006. It has taken this long to bet a ruling.
The police obtained the phone number from a member of a ring of criminals. He squealed. Maybe the victim should call this a ring tone. One the police had the number, they could follow him.
They got a court order from the cell phone company to find out where he was.
The majority also said: “There is no Fourth Amendment violation because Skinner did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data given off by his voluntarily procured pay-as-you-go cellphone.” He cited the Stored Communications Act. If a third party provider is involved — phone company — the fourth amendment is weakened.
It turns out that the police did not get a warrant from a judge to track the criminal. The Court ignored this.
Google is going to introduce a smart phone next month for under $200. Before you buy it, find out if Google will know where you live when it tracks how you use this phone to do searches. How could it know? Maybe it will assume that you live wherever the phone is kept — turned off — at night. They are not really ever turned off.
Privacy is pretty much gone these days. I do not think it’s coming back.

9,516 CARS FOR 11,605 DO NOTHING BUREAUCRATS

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9,516 Cars for the Government’s Climate Change Bureaucrats

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2012

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Let’s say that the federal government employs 11,605 employees in the Natural Resource Conservation Center.
In fact, it does.
Let’s say these people need to get the word out on climate change. After all, the climate is changing. Temperatures over the last decade have been cooling.
What’s that? Cooling? Yes. Read about this here.
So, the climate is changing. No one can intelligently argue that climate does not change, right? It gets warm. Then it gets cold. This goes on all the time.
The public must be warned.
The federal government has 11,605 people being paid to sound the warning. These people want to keep their jobs. They need to look as though they are doing something useful.
So, they need to drive around, sounding out the warning. If you are not driving around, someone may think you are expendable.
So, the agency needs cars. Lots of vehicles. At least 9,516.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service owns 987 cars, 3,387 light-duty trucks, 4,341 four-wheel-drive light-duty trucks, 767 medium-duty vehicles, 33 heavy-duty vehicles, and one bus. Medium-duty vehicles, according to GAO, can be cargo vans and work trucks while heavy-duty vehicles include dump trucks and other large vehicles.
There is a vehicle for every 1.2 employees.
Are they all powered by natural gas or alternative fuels? One-third are.
This message must get out.
We read on the agency’s website these inspiring words.
Our goal is not just a sustainable, nutritious, abundant food supply, but also thriving ecosystems that support a diversity of life. In the next century, NRCS will not only continue to tackle familiar challenges like ensuring clean water and healthy soil, but will also rise to meet new issues, such as clean air, clean energy, climate change, and new technology.
This boondoggle agency has been absorbing taxpayers’ dollars ever since 1935. That was early in Roosevelt’s New Deal. It used to be called the Soil Conservation Service, but that’s so very 1935! “NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change.” Climate change. Right.
Why is this so important? Because “Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment.”
Excuse me? The government still owns 30% of the land? Why?
And the problem is what private landowners do? You mean private ownership is wasteful? Of course it is.
The solution is scientific land-use planning by federal bureaucrats, who have lots of vehicles to drive around in and plan.
Science and technology are critical to good conservation. NRCS experts from many disciplines come together to help landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. Whether developed in a laboratory or on the land, NRCS science and technology helps landowners make the right decisions for every natural resource. NRCS succeeds through partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of America’s natural resources.
I did not know about Earth Team volunteers. Now I do.
I winder if they have vehicles.
 by wp:  Still wonder about why our taxes are so high and getting higher???  We are paying for lots more of this kind of bureaucratic stupidity.  NO PRIVATE COMPANY CAN OPERATE LIKE THIS AND SURVIVE.



HOW DID HARRY REID GET RICH???

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How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?
His career in public service has ended up being remarkably lucrative.
By Betsy Woodruff

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Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate.
But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to OpenSecrets.org. When Harry Reid entered the Nevada legislature in 1982, his net worth was listed as between $1 million and $1.5 million “or more,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. So, since inquiring minds inquire, let’s try to figure out how Reid’s career in public service ended up being so lucrative. He hasn’t released his tax returns, which makes this an imperfect science, but looking at a few of his investments helps to show how he amassed his wealth.
In 2004, the senator made $700,000 off a land deal that was, to say the least, unorthodox. It started in 1998 when he bought a parcel of land with attorney Jay Brown, a close friend whose name has surfaced multiple times in organized-crime investigations and whom one retired FBI agent described as “always a person of interest.” Three years after the purchase, Reid transferred his portion of the property to Patrick Lane LLC, a holding company Brown controlled. But Reid kept putting the property on his financial disclosures, and when the company sold it in 2004, he profited from the deal — a deal on land that he didn’t technically own and that had nearly tripled in value in six years.
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When his 2010 challenger Sharron Angle asked him in a debate how he had become so wealthy, he said, “I did a very good job investing.” Did he ever. On December 20, 2005, he invested $50,000 to $100,000 in the Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Fund (IYE), which closed that day at $29.15. The companies whose shares it held included ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and ConocoPhillips. When he made a partial sale of his shares on August 19, 2008, during congressional recess, IYE closed at $41.82. Just a month later, on September 17, Reid was working to bring to the floor a bill that the Joint Committee on Taxation said would cost oil companies — including those in the fund — billions of dollars in taxes and regulatory fees. The bill passed a few days later, and by October 10, IYE’s shares had fallen by 42 percent, to $24.41, for a host of reasons. Savvy investing indeed. Here’s another example: The Los Angeles Times reported in November 2006 that when Reid became Senate majority leader he committed to making earmark reform a priority, saying he’d work to keep congressmen from using federal dollars for pet projects in their districts. It was a good idea but an odd one for the senator to espouse. He had managed to get $18 million set aside to build a bridge across the Colorado River between Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz., a project that wasn’t a priority for either state’s transportation agency. His ownership of 160 acres of land nearby that stood to appreciate considerably from the project had nothing to do with the decision, according to one of his aides. The property’s value has varied since then. On his financial-disclosure forms from 2006, it was valued at $250,000 to $500,000. Open Secrets now lists it as his most valuable asset, worth $1 million to $5 million as of 2010.
How Reid acquired that land is interesting, too. He put $10,000 into a pension fund his friend Clair Haycock controlled, to take over the 160-acre parcel at a price far below its assessed value. Six months later, Reid introduced legislation that would help Haycock’s industry, a move many observers said appeared to be a quid pro quo, though Reid and Haycock denied that the legislation was the result of a property deal.
We don’t know how much more money Reid has or how he made all of it. For that, we’d have to see his tax returns.
 by wp:  tax returns that strangely he says are private and will not make public.  HYPOCRITICAL, WOULDN'T YOU SAY???





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