It won't be long now...
Times are changing, how long b4 MJ is in your home...
Slowly but surely our liberties fade away...
I bet you didn't know we have a new
and improved PATRIOT Act.
Well, the law may not be new, but the
way it's being applied is.
There's no longer any pretence that it's
for investigation of terrorists. Now anyone
is fair game.
It's gotten so extreme that even Sentators
on the Intelligence Committee are alarmed.
I'll take my man's word for it...
Just gangsters marking their territory until they go legitimate...
Alex talks with the executive director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, about the Mexican gun-running scandal that might bring down the ATF and discredits the accusation by the feds that U.S. gun sellers and the Second Amendment are responsible for the violence in Mexico as banker funded drug cartels slug it out and destabilize the country. Pratt has founded a variety of organizations, including English First, Gun Owners of America, U.S. Border Control, and Committee to Protect the Family.
Today, the Aspen Institute hosted a forum on global markets and American jobs, featuring leaders from government, industry, and academia.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan took part in a conversation with U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk and representatives from New Zealand, Korea, and Sweden. Other roundtable participants included executives from Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Intel, and officials from the Defense and Agriculture Departments. PBS NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner moderated the discussion.
Mr. Greenspan said he was more concerned about raising the standard of living in the U.S. than in creating jobs, adding "...you can have everybody in society employed if half the people dig a h*** and the other half fill it in... trade policy has always been about enforcing agreements and removing barriers to trade. The word jobs…has never been in that discussion." Ambassador Kirk said he believes the U.S. can "reap the job producing benefits of our trade agreements rather than seeing those jobs go elsewhere."
President Obama spent the week talking about job creation, including in a visit to Cree, Inc., a leading manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting in Durham, North Carolina. He told employees there that he wouldn't be satisfied "until everyone who wants a good job that offers some security has a good job that offers security....I won't be satisfied until the empty storefronts in town are open for business again. I won't be satisfied until working families feel like they're moving forward again, that they're progressing again."
Earlier this month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate at 9.1%, essentially unchanged from the previous month.
Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 5:13pm (ET)
Canadian government speech from the throne does not mention unemployment or climate change; gov plans to eliminate deficit by 2014 and move closer to US rules and regulations...
Chris Rock's perspective on the war on drugs...
Phase 1 in operation(Establish Marshall Law)...get used to house arrest folks, coming your way soon in years to come...they even told the Mayor to go take a long walk on a short pier...
Revealed multi-billion dollar fraud at NSA
DemocracyNow.org - National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake faces 35 years in prison on espionage charges for allegedly leaking information to the press about the NSA's overspending and failure to properly maintain its large trove of domestic spy data.
"Espionage is the last thing my whistleblowing and first amendment activities and actions were all about," Drake said recently in a public speech. "This has become the specter of a truly Orwellian world where whistleblowing has become espionage."
According to the New Yorker, the Obama administration has used the Espionage Act of 1917 to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous administrations combined. We play excerpts of Thomas Drake's first public comments and talk to former Justice Department whistleblower, Jesselyn Radack.
Gun-running, arms sales? Nobody beats the US at that. We are the no.1 gunrunners in the world.
|Black farmers still face political hurdles to discrimination settle...|
July 28, 2011
Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers
Despite a discrimination settlement and congressional and presidential approval for payment to cover past injustices, Black farmers in the United States are still struggling to get money and respect from government officials.
The latest attack is coming from Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and her tea party cohorts, who last week blasted the settlement recently saying that it reeks of fraud and that the money should go to flood victims on the Missouri River instead.
“When money is diverted to inefficient projects like the Pigford Project, where there’s proof positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River,” Bachmann said July 18 in report by MSNBC.
Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) agreed with Bachmann, saying, “That’s $2.3 billion, a large percentage of that paid out in fraudulent claims. Now we have them opening up a similar one for women farmers and Hispanic farmers. That’s another $1.3 billion. I’d like to apply that money to people that are under water right now.”
It’s not the first accusation of fraud in this case. At a February forum in Washington, D.C., a blogger criticized National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd for his advocacy.
“Not one damn dime has been paid out,” Boyd told the blogger, as reported by the AFRO. “And all of the sudden you’ve labeled 80 percent of these people fraudulent? Let them go through the process.”
It is the latest slap in the face to the farmers, who’ve been struggling to get money owed to them from the original Pigford v. Glickman case, in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture was found to have discriminated against Black farmers from 1983 to 1997.
Many were late in filing applications for funds and that led to more court action, resulting in a court mandate stating that claimants who’ve not had their cases heard can seek relief or damages of up to $250,000.
Both chambers of Congress passed legislation to pay the farmers, and President Obama signed the order in late 2010.
That final hurdle is a ruling by federal Judge Paul Friedman, who signed an order granting preliminary approval of the settlement agreement on May 13. He is set to issue a ruling Sept. 1 on whether the settlement should go forward.